In the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia, where I grew up, needle-leafed evergreens grew so thick they became invisible, in the way that abundant things do. In my memory, they grow in walls along highways, homogeneous, never-ending. Roads curved or straightened and either way you’d never see ahead or over, because of the pines. You couldn’t catch a view. The ground, wherever I played—at school, at home, in the front yard, in the backyard, by the creek—lay thick with red dry needles. The branches started twenty feet above my head, too high to climb. Continue reading
One of the greatest compliments our show has received is listener requests for more episodes. So now, instead of coming to you just once a month, we’re going to release episodes every few weeks. At the very end of every episode, we’ll let you know when to expect the next one. Because we’re telling more stories, you’ll be hearing a new voice: our producer Erin Jones is stepping in as fill-in host. (You’ve already met her as the storyteller in episode 9, and she’s hosting our newest episode.) Continue reading
Do you ever wonder if outdoor adventure types have different DNA than you or me? You know, the people who summit mountain peaks (plural), take 30 mile bike rides before breakfast, go on weeks-long backpacking treks or rafting trips, people who own specialized Spandex or rock climbing helmets or Telemark skis? Continue reading
Editor’s note: Here’s the first of what we hope will be many guest contributions to the HumaNature blog. (Have an idea for a post? Get in touch!) Susan Anderson, from Evanston, WY, offers encouraging thoughts fitting for the conclusion of an especially acrimonious political campaign season.
A recent interview with Ira Glass on Wyoming Public Radio caught my ear. In it, he praised HumaNature for having a “weird” mission. But is telling stories about human experiences in nature weird? Not in Wyoming, at any rate. Continue reading
At the top of every episode, the first thing you hear Caroline say is “From Wyoming Public Media, this is HumaNature.” It’s a pretty self-explanatory statement, but there’s one word that I’d like to single out right now: public. Continue reading
Hi HumaNature listeners! Caroline here.
The last few episodes of HumaNature have been a little different. Namely, Erin and Micah, our last two interviewees, have also been producers on the show. Continue reading
I’ll be the first to say it: I didn’t anticipate producing a story about cancer for this podcast. But I shouldn’t have been surprised. The premise for HumaNature is as broad as it is specific—first-person stories about human experiences in nature—so it’s really no surprise that we’re discovering such wide-ranging stories.
Last week the HumaNature staff was in Jackson, Wyoming to promote the podcast at the third annual SHIFT Festival. According to founder and director Christian Beckwith, SHIFT explores “the intersection of outdoor recreation and conservation. And what we’re trying to do is leverage outdoor recreation for conservation gains.”
If you’re acclaimed German film director Werner Herzog, and you spend years in the Amazon shooting and re-shooting the film Fitzcarraldo, you eventually feel like this: Continue reading
Earlier this month, HumaNature producer and outdoor aficionado Erin Jones took me on my first backpacking trip. I love the outdoors, but this was taking things to a whole new level, kind of like changing my Facebook status to “In A Relationship With The Outdoors.” Continue reading