“Must-listen.” —WIRED

Real stories where humans and our habitat meet.

“If you’re interested by the absurd, scary, and fascinating ways in which people interact with the natural world, this podcast deserves your ear.” —Abe Streep, Outside Magazine contributing editor

HumaNature is the award-winning podcast that tells real stories about human experiences in the natural world.

“Terrific storytelling.” —Audible Feast

The winner of PRNDI best podcast awards in 2018 and 2016, HumaNature has aired on more than 100 public radio stations, including CBC Radio-Canada, KUT Austin, New Hampshire Public Radio, and KQED San Francisco. The show also ran weekly on SiriusXM satellite radio in 2017-2018 and has been featured on WHYY’s The Pulse, WAMC’s 51% and on the podcasts Outside/In, She Explores, and HowSound.

“You could listen to any number of podcasts on climate change, but HumaNature from Wyoming Public Media provides a more thoughtful meditation on why our environment is sacred.” —Ashley Lusk, The Bello Collective

The show was selected for the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival’s first-ever AudioDocs event, accompanied an exhibition at Denmark’s ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, landed on two best-of-2016 lists, and has been profiled on Poynter.org.

“Absolutely delightful.” —Melody Kramer, Poynter

Visual artist Meg Thompson’s cover art (above) illustrates HumaNature’s overarching themes: human against nature, nature against human, and harmony between human and nature.

“These are playful, insightful, quirky, provocative, dark, funny, unexpected stories that leave listeners wondering whether we’ve learned more about ourselves or the natural world—and ultimately doubting whether this distinction is all that meaningful.” —Jeff Lockwood, University of Wyoming professor of Natural Sciences and Humanities

So pop in some earbuds, download or stream an episode, and discover the world we share.

“Really incredible stories about humans in nature…one of the most moving podcast episodes I’ve ever heard.” —Between Two Earbuds

The Podcast Team

Micah Schweizer

Micah Schweizer

Executive Producer

Micah Schweizer is Wyoming Public Media’s cultural affairs director and production director. Before to moving to Wyoming, he developed, hosted, and produced a variety of shows at public radio stations in Wisconsin and Indiana. He got his start in radio at Wisconsin Public Radio and has contributed to networks including NPR and the BBC.

Micah’s favorite outdoor pastimes include cross-country skiing, bicycle commuting, hiking, and gazing at mountains. And his three rescued cats offer daily encounters with the wild world.

Caroline Ballard

Caroline Ballard


Caroline Ballard is the host of HumaNature. She is also up before dark every day to host Morning Edition on Wyoming Public Radio, and is often around late into the afternoon reporting and producing news.

Her work has been featured on NPR’s Morning Edition, national newscasts, Marketplace, and WFUV in the Bronx. In 2016 her series “Women Run The West,” which explored the lack of political representation of women in western states, was workshopped at NPR’s inaugural Story Lab Workshop in Washington D.C. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from New York University and her Master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Before coming to Wyoming, Caroline lived in Virginia, Portugal, New York, and France, and has enjoyed traveling and exploring since she was little. When she isn’t immersed in the world of radio, she enjoys reading, knitting, cooking, and playing with the cutest dog in the entire world, her rescue chiweenie Scrappy.

Erin Jones

Erin Jones

Senior Producer and Fill-in Host

Erin Jones has a dual MFA in creative writing and environment and natural resources from the University of Wyoming and a BA in geography from the University of Texas at Austin. She has worked as a ranger, teacher, winter camping guide, and waitress. She writes essays and fiction.

She is mostly from Texas, but has also lived in Utah (red rock and alpine), Georgia, Pennsylvania, South Africa, Tennessee, and New Mexico. This diverse assembly of locales has resulted in deep and incongruous affairs with sweet tea, guacamole, trailer breakfast tacos, green chile, and all things spicy.

She started at Wyoming Public Radio two years ago as an intern in the newsroom, and has loved audio storytelling ever since. Erin believes in the power and necessity of tall mountains, good swimming holes, secret waterfalls, and dry eerie canyons. 

Anna Rader

Anna Rader

Digital Producer

Anna Rader graduated from the University of Wyoming with a degree in Journalism and is Wyoming Public Media’s digital media manager. As a born and bred Wyomingite, Anna enjoys everything the Cowboy State has to offer: hiking, stargazing, camping, and exploring the state’s unmarked trails.

When she’s not geeking out over Star Wars and everything in the Joss Whedon universe, she enjoys being a cinephile, baking, going to concerts, and indulging in wanderlust.

Melodie Edwards

Melodie Edwards

Contributing Producer

Melodie Edwards is a reporter and anchor for Wyoming Public Radio and has received three regional Edward R. Murrow Awards for her audio stories, as well as a national PRNDI award. She has an MFA in fiction writing from the University of Michigan where she received two Hopwood Awards. Her fiction has appeared in numerous literary magazines including Glimmer Train and NPR’s Selected Shorts.

Whatever she’s writing or doing, it often has a lot to do with place and landscape. She grew up in the tiny ranching town of Walden, Colorado where her father worked as a logger and roughneck and her mother was the editor of the local paper. Melodie has worked on hay cutting crews, wilderness trail crews, as a substitute teacher on the Navajo reservation. She lived for three years in a canvas geodesic dome with an 80-mile view of the Painted Desert out her door. She is the author of A Trail Guide To Northern Colorado.

Melodie is an avid gardener, backpacker, trail runner and Nordic skier. She co-owns Night Heron Books and Coffeehouse with her husband. They are the proud parents of two teenage daughters.

Ashton Hooker

Ashton Hooker

Associate Producer

Ashton was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas, and received a B.S. in environmental science and journalism. After moving eight times within a span of four years, she decided to settle in Laramie to pursue an M.A. in communication and environment/natural resources. When she’s not in class or teaching media writing and editing at UW, you can almost certainly find her on a trail, behind a camera, or scouring thrift stores for quirky finds. 

HumaNature alumni
Alanna Elder, London Homer-Wambeam, August Lah, Ryan Oberhelman, Annie Osburn, and Tressa Versteeg

Theme music by Caught A Ghost
Cover art by Meg Thompson
Logo by Adrienne Vetter

HumaNature is a production of Wyoming Public Media, Christina Kuzmych, General Manager

Wyoming Public Media is part of the University of Wyoming
HumaNature also offers training and experience for Wyoming Public Media interns.