On today’s episode of Modern Notion Daily, our guest is Henry Hemming, author of The Ingenious Mr. Pyke: Inventor, Fugitive, Spy (Public Affairs, May 2015). Hemming discovered Pyke when he was reading a volume about English eccentrics—and Pyke certainly falls into that category. His crowning achievements include sneaking into and out of Germany during World War I, creating a radical kindergarten, and establishing Special Forces in the United States and Canada. Later in the hour, author Tristan Donovan takes producer Cheryl Brumley on a tour of Brighton, England, to learn about the animals that are running wild through our cities. Plus, contributing editor Mark Hay introduces us to Obama’s butterfly highway.

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