Real stories where humans and our habitat meet.
HumaNature tells stories about human experiences in the natural world, “blending adventure, reality, activism and thrilling storytelling.” —The Dyrt
“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
Wyoming is among America’s last wild places, and our proximity to nature informs the show’s outlook. Stories from around the world are grounded in the belief that humans are not separate from nature but inextricably a part of it.
“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
Visual artist Meg Thompson’s cover art (above) illustrates the show’s overarching themes: human against nature, nature against human, and harmony.
“Really incredible stories about humans in nature…one of the most moving podcast episodes I’ve ever heard.” —Between Two Earbuds
The winner of three PMJA (Public Media Journalists Association) Best Station Podcast awards, HumaNature has aired on more than 100 public radio stations and ran weekly on SiriusXM satellite radio in 2017-2018. It has been featured on CBC Radio-Canada’s Podcast Playlist, WHYY’s The Pulse, and WAMC’s 51% and on podcasts including Brain on Nature, NHPR’s Outside/In, and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Off Track.
“Terrific storytelling.” —Audible Feast
HumaNature was an official selection at the 2018 Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, accompanied an exhibition at Denmark’s ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, and landed on the Bello Collective’s “Best Audio Stories of 2016.”
“Absolutely delightful.” —Melody Kramer, Poynter
So pop in some earbuds and discover the world we share.
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
The Podcast Team
Host and Senior Producer
Erin Jones is HumaNature’s host and senior producer. Her work has received recognition including multiple national awards for Best Station Podcast from PMJA, the Public Media Journalists Association. Jones has also led two innovative science series for the podcast: “Science Camp,” which explored the human side of science, and “The Event Horizon,” inspired by new discoveries about black holes.
Jones earned her Bachelor of Arts from The University of Texas at Austin in geography and her Master of Fine Arts from the University of Wyoming in creative writing and environment and natural resources. Her writing has won the Frank Nelson Doubleday Award, a Kimmel Harding Nelson residency and has been published in The Normal School and Western Confluence. Jones grew up in Texas, Utah, and Georgia, but she’s mostly Texan. She loves backpacking, hiking, camping, and skiing of all kinds. Her partner in crime is her Hurricane Harvey rescue lab mix, Frankie.
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 Dungeons and Dragons, Critical Role, Star Wars and everything in the Joss Whedon universe, she enjoys being a cinephile, baking, going to concerts, and indulging in wanderlust.
Greg Ronco is a Boston native and current nonfiction candidate in the University of Wyoming MFA Program. In addition to working as an associate producer for HumaNature, he teaches at the university and hosts the MFA Program’s live reading series. He has also spent time teaching English in Japan and working in psychiatric rehabilitation in the Greater Boston area.
Greg spends most of his time writing, hiking, drinking tea, and attempting photography. He loves storytelling in all its formats and is happiest when listening to an audiobook during a long drive or while antagonizing his cat. A traveler at heart, with a penchant for prioritizing curiosity over intelligence, he has gotten lost on several mountains and chased a few too many wild animals. The resulting encounters with tanuki, seals, sunrises, and starlit skies have not helped this habit, but have left him with a romantic affinity for the natural world.
Charles Fournier teaches English at East High School in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Since earning an MA in literature from the University of Wyoming, Charles has dabbled in Italian archaeology, road trip classrooms, paddleboard building, and coaching wrestling. His work, written and audio, has been featured on The Modern West and HumaNature podcasts, in The Owen Wister Review, and at various academic conferences.
When given the opportunity, Charles loves to escape outside with his wife, Jennie, and dogs, Sophie and Remi. Whether cross-country skiing in the Rocky Mountains, hiking in Moab, backpacking in the Wind River Range, paddling in the Finger Lakes, climbing at Vedauwoo, or making big decisions while staring at the ocean, he prefers to be outside.
Sarah-Anne joined HumaNature as a volunteer to learn about the workings of public radio. She is majoring in English at the University of Wyoming and enjoys learning about nature and Indigenous studies. As a supporter of public radio and television, she looks forward to this opportunity.
Caroline Ballard, Alanna Elder, Megan Feighery, Ashton Hooker, London Homer-Wambeam, August Lah, Ryan Oberhelman, Annie Osburn, Micah Schweizer, and Tressa Versteeg
HumaNature is a production of Wyoming Public Media, Christina Kuzmych, General Manager