HumaNature

HumaNature

humanaturepodcast.org
Where humans and our habitat meet.
50: Witness
Dec 12 • 25 min
Gayle Woodsum finally found a safe place in the remote Rocky Mountains. But when an oil rig moved in, she wondered how safe it was after all. (more…)
Bonus Episode: Finding The Way Home In A Purple Canoe
Nov 28 • 20 min
While we’re putting the finishing touches on a great new release, here’s a rescored episode from Season 1. Patrick Dobson was stuck in his life, so he decided to take a trip by canoe from Montana to Missouri. Only he had never canoed before. (more…)
49: Murphy’s Law
Nov 14 • 33 min
Marty Edwards wanted to go on a fun trip with his girlfriend. But Mother Nature had other plans. (more…)
48: The In-Between II
Oct 31 • 24 min
A haunted shop. An interview with spirits. A protective force field. It’s the time of year when the shadows lengthen and we bring you stories that aren’t quite natural and aren’t all the way human. (more…)
47: Protector
Oct 16 • 14 min
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…
Bonus Episode: Catch And Release
Oct 3 • 14 min
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. (more…)
46: Sanctuary
Sep 20 • 28 min
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. (more…)
The Event Horizon Part 3: Death
Sep 6 • 21 min
To Alua Arthur, life made no sense. But then she began to make sense of death. (more…)
The Event Horizon Part 2: Creativity
Sep 6 • 10 min
If creative and destructive forces are linked, what does this say about artists, or mothers, or god? (more…)
The Event Horizon Part 1: Black Hole
Sep 6 • 10 min
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? (more…)
Bonus Episode: Through The Keyhole
Jul 25 • 22 min
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. (more…)
45: Remembering How To Be Human
Jul 11 • 14 min
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. (more…)
44 (VIDEO): The Elephant Guardian
Jun 20 • 6 min
When Patrick Kilonzo Mwalua saw wild animals suffering from drought, he decided it was his responsibility to bring them water. (more…)
Bonus Episode: Hoofprints On The Heart
Jun 6 • 21 min
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. (more…)
43: Dogs On A Plane
May 23 • 16 min
When Paul Steklenski got his pilot’s license, he didn’t just want to fly to lunch. Instead, he flew to the pound. (more…)
42: Out Of The Frying Pan
May 9 • 15 min
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. (more…)
41: Carbon And Dust
Apr 25 • 51 min
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. (more…)
40: Her Legacy
Apr 11 • 29 min
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. (more…)
39: Junk
Mar 28 • 30 min
Marcus Eriksen wanted to draw attention to a problem no one could see. So he sailed into the middle of it. (more…)
38: The Hunt
Mar 14 • 37 min
Jessi Johnson is a modern-day Artemis. But the perfect shot led her on a heartbreaking odyssey. (more…)
37: Crispy Crickets, Not Your Spin Instructor’s Paleo
Feb 28 • 19 min
The paleo diet aims to take nutrition back to the basics—to the way Paleolithic people ate. But prehistoric people didn’t eat boneless chicken breasts and pre-washed baby spring mix. Tory Taylor set out to discover what folks really ate thousands of years…
Extra: Hurricane Of The Heart
Feb 14 • 9 min
It was 2012. Caroline was in love. But then heartbreak washed over her, like the storm surge from Hurricane Sandy. (more…)
36: The Oregon Trailblazer
Feb 7 • 29 min
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.…
Extra: “What Is Grain Alcohol, And Where Can I Get Some?”
Feb 5 • 7 min
As we discovered in Episode 35, sometimes grain alcohol is the solution, not the problem. For Sandra Jones, it was a bit of both. (more…)
35: Time Bomb
Jan 24 • 23 min
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. (more…)
Extra: “Watch Out For the Damn Horny Toads!” And Other Thoughts On Not Having Enough
Jan 19 • 6 min
In 2017, the Great American Eclipse drew thousands of spectators to otherwise wild and desolate spots in Wyoming. For writer Liberty Lausterer, this was a cause for concern. (more…)
34: The Law Of Gravity
Jan 10 • 22 min
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. (more…)
33: Ten Steps
Dec 20, 2017 • 30 min
On December 22, 2016, Karen Klein got trapped in a snowstorm near the Grand Canyon. But she pushed through it to save her family. (more…)
32: Trash Bandits And Border Collies
Dec 6, 2017 • 15 min
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. (more…)
Bonus Episode: It’s All Downwind From Here
Nov 22, 2017 • 17 min
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. (more…)
31: Why Elephants Never Forget
Nov 8, 2017 • 18 min
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. (more…)
30: The In-Between
Oct 25, 2017 • 33 min
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. (more…)
29: Parks And Scandinavian Recreation
Oct 11, 2017 • 16 min
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. (more…)
28: Things That Go Squeak In The Night
Sep 27, 2017 • 15 min
When the Massaro family traded life on dry land for a life at sea, they encountered some unexpected company. (more…)
27: What Her Cells Knew
Sep 20, 2017 • 30 min
Lucy came face-to-face with a family secret that upended her life. So she seized the moment. (more…)
Season 3 Preview
Sep 13, 2017 • 4 min
Season 3 of HumaNature takes to the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, the middle of an Indiana creek, and into one woman’s DNA. (more…)
26: Surviving Mom
Aug 18, 2017 • 13 min
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…
25: Ordinary Giants
Aug 4, 2017 • 16 min
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. (more…)
24: Bearded Ladies
Jul 12, 2017 • 21 min
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. (more…)
23: Between A Rock And A Holy Place
Jun 21, 2017 • 24 min
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.…
Summer Series Preview
Jun 16, 2017 • 5 min
We’re starting a new three-part summer series on June 21: Science Camp, where we explore the human side of science. (more…)
22: Through The Keyhole
May 31, 2017 • 21 min
Tyler Dunning went into the wild to distract himself from his grief…but ended up coming face to face with it instead. (more…)
21: Running For Your Life
May 12, 2017 • 16 min
After breaking his back, doctors told Gary Havener he would never walk again. So…he decided to run. (more…)
20: Dogs Are People, Too
Apr 19, 2017 • 26 min
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. (more…)
19: Freedom
Mar 29, 2017 • 31 min
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. (more…)
18: Go Tell It In The Desert
Mar 8, 2017 • 23 min
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. (more…)
17: The Ents Of Melbourne
Feb 13, 2017 • 15 min
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. (more…)
16: Amy And The Animals
Jan 19, 2017 • 12 min
It was November 9, 2016. Amy was worried about the new political landscape. But some unusual encounters at work gave her fresh perspective. (more…)
15: The Young Man Of The Mountain
Dec 21, 2016 • 24 min
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…
14: It’s All Downwind From Here
Nov 16, 2016 • 15 min
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. (more…)
13: Bigfoot
Oct 19, 2016 • 19 min
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. (more…)
12: Home On The Waves With A Seafaring Cowboy
Sep 21, 2016 • 20 min
Herb Pownall wanted to see the world. So he boarded a ship bound for Europe…along with 800 cows. (more…)
11: Hoofprints On The Heart
Aug 17, 2016 • 21 min
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. (more…)
Season 1 Recap
Jun 29, 2016 • 20 min
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)! (more…)
10: The Moon And The Possum
May 18, 2016 • 12 min
Where do we come from? And where do we go when we die? Paul Taylor shares one of the oldest answers to those questions. (more…)
9: May The Road Rise Up To Meet You, And May The Wind Stop Blowing In Your Face
Apr 20, 2016 • 17 min
Christina Lee should have been having the time of her life. Instead, she was stressed and lonely. Until she decided to run away from the rat race…all the way from New York to San Francisco. (more…)
8: Row Row Row Your Boat. Or Not.
Mar 16, 2016 • 16 min
It was supposed to be a leisurely float down the Snake River. But when they lost their guide, a group of tourists got more than they bargained for. (more…)
7: Man vs. Machine
Feb 17, 2016 • 13 min
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. (more…)
6: In The Beginning, God Created The Heavens And The Earth And The Allosaurus
Jan 19, 2016 • 14 min
Erin Jones thought the answers were written in stone. But a summer internship at a remote dinosaur quarry eroded her certainty. (more…)
5: Finding The Way Home In A Purple Canoe
Nov 17, 2015 • 21 min
Patrick Dobson was stuck in his life, so he decided to take a trip by canoe from Montana to Missouri. Only he had never canoed before. (more…)
4: Catch And Release
Oct 20, 2015 • 15 min
Tonia Hanson had a secret. But when a private river retreat turned out to be very, very public, Tonia found unexpected healing. (more…)
3: When A Search And Rescue Becomes A Search For Something Else
Sep 15, 2015 • 16 min
Greg Ley was deep in the Rocky Mountains, training as an outdoor guide, when his group encountered tragedy. What happened next forever changed his beliefs about the importance of humans to the wilderness. (more…)
2: A Ballroom Dancer, A Shark, And A PR Problem
Aug 18, 2015 • 15 min
Debbie Salamone was an environmental journalist who was passionate about the ocean—and ballroom dancing. One day at the beach, all that changed. (more…)
1: Up A River, Without… A Pigeon?
Aug 18, 2015 • 8 min
Charlie Thomas worked as a whitewater rafting guide in the 80s. 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…