Episode 94: Surfing With Jason

Episode 94: Surfing With Jason

Justin Murray and his brother Jason spent their childhoods in Florida. They did everything together: fishing, surfing, making their own surfboards. But when they grew up, they forgot about their old dreams and got corporate jobs–until something happened that reminded Justin what life was all about. (more…)

Episode 92: Fireline

Episode 92: Fireline

Introducing Montana Public Radio’s new podcast, Fireline. When Lily Clarke arrived at the August Complex Fire, it was a fire of sensational size. The blaze eventually burned more than 1 million acres, becoming the largest recorded wildfire in California history. Across the country in 2020, flames charred an area nearly 5 times the size of Yellowstone National Park — the largest swath of land burned since reliable records began. Wildfires across the country are getting bigger, hotter and more devastating. But what’s all this fire really mean — for the west, for firefighters and for everyday folks? And what’s it really like to fight fire on the ground? (more…)

Bonus Episode: Ten Steps

Bonus Episode: Ten Steps

We’re on a holiday break until January 21. In the meantime, here’s a dramatic story from the archives. In December 2016, Karen Klein got trapped in a snowstorm near the Grand Canyon. But she pushed through it to save her family. (more…)

Episode 87: ‘Have I Had My Last Good Oyster?’

Episode 87: ‘Have I Had My Last Good Oyster?’

HumaNature‘s taking a holiday break. We’ll be back with a fresh new episode on January 21. In the meantime, we’d like to introduce you to Life Raft, an upbeat podcast about living with climate change. In this episode, they take us on a journey from a famous oyster bar in New Orleans to a lab that’s trying to prepare oysters for a more turbulent future. (more…)

Episode 85: The Unclimbables

Episode 85: The Unclimbables

Mo Beck was a professional climber who regularly won gold in competitions. But when she joined a team on a long expedition in the remote Cirque of the Unclimbables, she was amused to witness the tension between two of her fellow teammates…and the stinky solution. (more…)

Episode 83: The In-Between IV

Episode 83: The In-Between IV

The leaves are scattering down the sidewalk and fog touches the tips of the trees. It’s that time of year again when the shadows lengthen and we bring you stories that aren’t quite human or all the way natural. Welcome to a most haunted theatre. (more…)

Bonus Episode: The Source

Bonus Episode: The Source

Climate change is all over the news, from burning forests to melting ice sheets. But it can seem like a big, abstract problem. Writer Manasseh Franklin wanted to make the melting of glaciers more real to people. So on an Alaskan rafting trip, she followed water to its source. It’s a story from our archives that’s just as poignant—and humorous—today. (more…)

Bonus Episode: Row Row Row Your Boat. Or Not.

Bonus Episode: Row Row Row Your Boat. Or Not.

As summer wanes, we’re reaching into the archives for a story about a classic summer activity: a leisurely river float. At least, that’s what it was supposed to be. But when they lost their guide, a group of tourists got more than they bargained for. (more…)