Episode 47: Protector

Episode 47: Protector

Miho Aida wanted to tell unheard stories about the outdoors. So she set out on a bicycle to promote her documentary about the people who live in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. But when she encountered a different point of view, she found she had to listen, too. ...
Bonus Episode: Catch And Release

Bonus Episode: Catch And Release

As part of our partnership with the SHIFT Festival this fall, here’s a re-scored episode from Season 1. Tonia Hanson had a secret. But when a private river retreat turned out to be very, very public, Tonia found unexpected healing.   Music Credits Avec Soin –...
Episode 46: Sanctuary

Episode 46: Sanctuary

In 2012, 30 wolves and wolf-dogs were living at W.O.L.F. Sanctuary in northern Colorado. But one sunny June morning, a massive wildfire closed in on their mountain home. The HumaNature team at W.O.L.F Sanctuary   The wolves in our episode Ashima Spartacus Atlantis...
The Event Horizon Part 3: Death

The Event Horizon Part 3: Death

To Alua Arthur, life made no sense. But then she began to make sense of death. This is Part 3 of The Event Horizon, a three-part series where we’re considering creation and destruction. If you haven’t heard Part 1 or Part 2, go back and listen.   Further Discovery...
The Event Horizon Part 2: Creativity

The Event Horizon Part 2: Creativity

If creative and destructive forces are linked, what does this say about artists, or mothers, or god? This is Part 2 of The Event Horizon, a three-part series where we’re considering creation and destruction. If you haven’t heard Part 1, go back and listen. In that...
The Event Horizon Part 1: Black Hole

The Event Horizon Part 1: Black Hole

This is the first part of a three-part series on creation and destruction. Black holes are the most destructive force in the universe. But what if they’re also creative? An event horizon is the point of no return at the border of a black hole. In this series, I’m...
Bonus Episode: Through The Keyhole

Bonus Episode: Through The Keyhole

An encore presentation of our 2018 PRNDI Best Station Podcast award-winner. Tyler Dunning went into the wild to distract himself from his grief…but ended up coming face to face with it instead.     Tyler Dunning     Music by Kai Engel is licensed under an Attribution...
Episode 45: Remembering How To Be Human

Episode 45: Remembering How To Be Human

After almost a decade making art in New York City, Stephanie Housley craved being closer to nature, her source of inspiration. So she moved to Bondurant, Wyoming – population 93.       The Western-inspired designs of Coral & Tusk. The Coral & Tusk staff...
Bonus Episode: Hoofprints On The Heart

Bonus Episode: Hoofprints On The Heart

Here’s a re-scored take on one of our all-time favorite episodes. It’s the story of a love that spans continents. Jon Dunham set out on the longest, toughest walk of his life. But along the way, he met someone who helped carry the weight. Music Credits Seattle Denver...
Episode 43: Dogs On A Plane

Episode 43: Dogs On A Plane

When Paul Steklenski got his pilot’s license, he didn’t just want to fly to lunch. Instead, he flew to the pound.         Just a tiny selection of adorable photos with Paul’s furry passengers. Music Credits High Valley (ID 395) by Lobo Loco is licensed under a...
Episode 42: Out Of The Frying Pan

Episode 42: Out Of The Frying Pan

Cheryl and Greg left Portland, Oregon, one hot summer for the cool of the mountains. But that put them out of the frying pan and into the fire.     Bear Lake Picking huckleberries Trailhead huckleberries First glimpse of the wildfire   Music Credits The last ones by...
Episode 41: Carbon And Dust

Episode 41: Carbon And Dust

Felicia Friesema and Steve Julian had a “miracle relationship.” They carved out an oasis in the middle of Los Angeles. But then they found themselves facing one of the most fundamental aspects of nature: death.       Click here to see a map of where...
Episode 40: Her Legacy

Episode 40: Her Legacy

This episode is about what we do that leaves a mark: the visible impact we leave behind on the country we live in and the countries we visit. Another podcast we admire, She Explores, takes us to Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonia. Listen to more episodes of...
Episode 39: Junk

Episode 39: Junk

Marcus Eriksen wanted to draw attention to a problem no one could see. So he sailed into the middle of it.   Learn more about Marcus’ conservation work here:  5Gyres Leap Lab     Adding additional pontoons of plastic bottles to the Junk raft. Initial test...
Episode 38: The Hunt

Episode 38: The Hunt

Jessi Johnson is a modern-day Artemis. But the perfect shot led her on a heartbreaking odyssey.   The elk that eluded Jessi.   Learn more about Jessi’s conservation work here:  artemis.nwf.org  wyomingwildlife.org Music Credits Heliograph by Chris Zabriskie is...
Extra: Hurricane Of The Heart

Extra: Hurricane Of The Heart

It was 2012. Caroline was in love. But then heartbreak washed over her, like the storm surge from Hurricane Sandy.   These photos are all from the night Sandy hit, taken in the middle of 6th Avenue right after lower Manhattan lost power. No traffic, no lights....
Episode 36: The Oregon Trailblazer

Episode 36: The Oregon Trailblazer

In 2011, Rinker Buck crossed the Oregon Trail — yes, that Oregon Trail — in a covered wagon pulled by a team of mules. He traveled with his brother Nick and a Jack Russell Terrier named Olive Oyl. The journey forced Rinker to confront his greatest fear....
Episode 35: Time Bomb

Episode 35: Time Bomb

Brian Corliss just wanted to quench his thirst. But on a snowmobile outing, he grabbed the wrong bottle. *Disclaimer: The actions taken in this story do not constitute medical advice. In the case of poisoning, call Poison Control at (800) 222-1222.       Music Credits...
Episode 34: The Law Of Gravity

Episode 34: The Law Of Gravity

Bruce Smith was on a routine helicopter flight in the remote Wind River Mountains. But what goes up must come down…one way or another. Surveying elk Surveying bighorn sheep Wind River Range Scoping Washakie Needles Trail Ridge National Elk Refuge National Elk Refuge...
Episode 33: Ten Steps

Episode 33: Ten Steps

On December 22, 2016, Karen Klein got trapped in a snowstorm near the Grand Canyon. But she pushed through it to save her family.       Music Credits Celeste by Alex Fitch is licensed under an Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 International License. Fluidscape by Kevin...
Episode 32: Trash Bandits And Border Collies

Episode 32: Trash Bandits And Border Collies

Maggie had it all: a fine house, a loving family, and a big yard. But she threw it all away for adventure. And when things got bad, she had to use her wits.   Screen grabs from the camera footage of Maggie getting into the University of Wyoming Raccoon Project‘s...
Bonus Episode: It’s All Downwind From Here

Bonus Episode: It’s All Downwind From Here

For your Thanksgiving podcast binge, here’s a second helping of an older episode. Sophie May grew up in Alaska, spending lots of time outside. But when it came time to explore the wilderness as an adult, she found out she had more to learn.   Bear spray tips...
Episode 31: Why Elephants Never Forget

Episode 31: Why Elephants Never Forget

Aubrey Bertram traveled to East Asia to help animals that had been abused by humans. But a harrowing experience taught her that good intentions might not be enough.   Aubrey and her rescued Thai dogs, (L-R) Regina and Rex (L-R): Regina and Rex Regina   Music Credits...
Episode 30: The In-Between

Episode 30: The In-Between

A possessed basement. A magic mirror. A shop of spirits. Mysterious lights where they don’t belong. Gather around the campfire as we open the portal to a place that isn’t quite human or all the way natural.     Our storytellers are Brian Profaizer, Trish Rader,...
Episode 29: Parks And Scandinavian Recreation

Episode 29: Parks And Scandinavian Recreation

Linda McGurk wanted her children to love the outdoors, just like she did as a little girl in Sweden. But when she moved to the U.S., she found out it wasn’t quite that simple.   Linda’s children’s adventures in the outdoors Music Credits Comfortable...
Episode 28: Things That Go Squeak In The Night

Episode 28: Things That Go Squeak In The Night

When the Massaro family traded life on dry land for a life at sea, they encountered some unexpected company.    Photos from the Massaros’ life at sea aboard Benevento This slideshow requires JavaScript.   Music Credits Candlepower by Chris Zabriskie is licensed...
Episode 27: What Her Cells Knew

Episode 27: What Her Cells Knew

Lucy came face-to-face with a family secret that upended her life. So she seized the moment. Photos from Lucy’s time in Alaska This slideshow requires JavaScript. Music Credits Harbor by Kai Engel is licensed under a Attribution License. January by Kai Engel is...
Season 3 Preview

Season 3 Preview

Season 3 of HumaNature takes to the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, the middle of an Indiana creek, and into one woman’s...
Episode 26: Surviving Mom

Episode 26: Surviving Mom

In this episode, we’re excited to introduce you to a great storytelling podcast from Montana, Last Best Stories. Two friends were on a hike in Glacier National Park when a pair of fuzzy, cuddly-looking grizzly cubs crossed their path. But they knew momma bear wouldn’t...
Episode 25: Ordinary Giants

Episode 25: Ordinary Giants

Science journalist Lynda Mapes takes us deep into a New England forest, where one tree is telling the story of climate change. This is the final episode of our summer series, Science Camp, where we’re exploring the human side of science.       Click the image to watch...
Episode 24: Bearded Ladies

Episode 24: Bearded Ladies

This is the second episode in our three-part Science Camp series, where we’re exploring the human side of science. Paleobotanist Ellen Currano noticed a lack of other women in her field. So she decided to dress up as a man. Dr. Ellen Currano, Paleobotanist, University...
Episode 23: Between A Rock And A Holy Place

Episode 23: Between A Rock And A Holy Place

This is the first episode in a three-part summer series, called Science Camp, where we’re exploring the human side of science. Ryan Haupt had a lot of questions about his faith. When he started looking for answers, he unearthed them in unexpected places.     Some of...
Summer Series Preview

Summer Series Preview

We’re starting a new three-part summer series on June 21: Science Camp, where we explore the human side of science....
Episode 22: Through The Keyhole

Episode 22: Through The Keyhole

Tyler Dunning went into the wild to distract himself from his grief…but ended up coming face to face with it instead.     A Field Guide To Losing Your Friends from Chad Clendinen on Vimeo.   Photos from Tyler’s book Yosemite Sand Dunes Capitol Reef Grand Canyon...
Episode 21: Running For Your Life

Episode 21: Running For Your Life

After breaking his back, doctors told Gary Havener he would never walk again. So…he decided to run. Photos by Tyler Tomasillo and Myke Hermsmeyer. Make your own Tarahumara pinole energy bars! Thanks to Andrew Olson of oneingredientchef.com for sharing this...
Episode 20: Dogs Are People, Too

Episode 20: Dogs Are People, Too

In 2007, more than 50 pit bulls were discovered at a dogfighting ring in Virginia. Most people thought they couldn’t be saved. But their stories had just begun.             Little Red. Credit Best Friends Animal Society Little Red. Credit Susan Weidel Paul and...
Episode 19: Freedom

Episode 19: Freedom

150 years ago, two girls crossed the Missouri River trying to escape a life of slavery. In the summer of 2016, Barry Jurgensen set out on a 500-mile journey to follow in their footsteps. Listener advisory: Just a note that this episode deals with themes of slavery and...
Episode 18: Go Tell It In The Desert

Episode 18: Go Tell It In The Desert

Arik was burning to share his faith with the world. But the people he thought needed his message the most weren’t interested in what he had to say. And the camels weren’t, either. Photos from the mission to Sudan.  Photography by Jon Dunham This slideshow requires...
Episode 17: The Ents Of Melbourne

Episode 17: The Ents Of Melbourne

Melbourne, Australia wanted its residents to help keep an eye on its trees. So they gave every tree an email address. But then the trees started to write back.     Share your love for trees! Post a picture of you with your favorite tree (or just the tree) on...
Episode 16: Amy And The Animals

Episode 16: Amy And The Animals

It was November 9, 2016. Amy was worried about the new political landscape. But some unusual encounters at work gave her fresh perspective.     Music Credits Less Than Three by Adrianna Krikl is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License. One Last...
Episode 15: The Young Man Of The Mountain

Episode 15: The Young Man Of The Mountain

In this episode, we’ll introduce you to another outdoor show we really like…New Hampshire Public Radio’s Outside/In. 12-year-old Tyler Armstrong was on a quest to climb Mount Everest, but he had people wondering: how young is too young to climb Mount Everest?   Tyler...
Episode 14: It’s All Downwind From Here

Episode 14: It’s All Downwind From Here

Sophie May grew up in Alaska, spending lots of time outside. But when it came time to explore the wilderness as an adult, she found out she had more to learn.   Bear spray tips from My Open Country Essentials in Bear Country, a breakdown by the Alaska Department of...
Episode 13: Bigfoot

Episode 13: Bigfoot

For our 13th episode, we venture off the beaten path to hear about Bigfoot and the scientist who’s on a mission to find him.    Photos from visiting John Mionczynski’s home in the Wind River Range.   A look into John Mionczynski’s Sasquatch evidence...
Episode 12: Home On The Waves With A Seafaring Cowboy

Episode 12: Home On The Waves With A Seafaring Cowboy

Herb Pownall wanted to see the world. So he boarded a ship bound for Europe…along with 800 cows. Photos taken by Herb during his time in Newport News, Va., on the sea, and in Germany. Featured Music The Mooche – Duke Ellington All of Me – Count Basie Mood Indigo –...
Episode 11: Hoofprints On The Heart

Episode 11: Hoofprints On The Heart

This is the story of a love that spans continents. Jon Dunham set out on the longest, toughest walk of his life. But along the way, he met someone who helped carry the weight.  A small portion of Jon’s photos from his trek with Judas across Mexico and South...
Season 1 Recap

Season 1 Recap

Caroline and Micah reminisce about how HumaNature’s first season came about. And they play a part of the never-before-heard pilot episode. Fire up your grill(e)! Roy Hunter’s Roadkill Recipes  Here is my philosophy. In general, I like my game to taste like game....
Episode 7: Man vs. Machine

Episode 7: Man vs. Machine

Micah Schweizer was skiing in the back-country when he uttered a curse against snowmobilers. But you know what they say—be careful what you wish for.

Episode 1: Up A River, Without… A Pigeon?

Episode 1: Up A River, Without… A Pigeon?

Charlie Thomas worked as a whitewater rafting guide in the 80’s. His boss became obsessed with selling photos of clients taken while they ran the rapids. The only problem was getting the film back across the river and into town to be developed before the clients returned.