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a show that blends science, nature, and the human experience


Tainted Love Part 2: Spider Sex and Freaky Facts with Shakira Quiñones and Sebastian Echeverri
Feb 18 • 75 min
We’re flipping the script this Valentine’s Day with a three part series where we show some love to nature’s unloved: spiders and snakes! In part 2, we talk to Shakira Quiñones about Nephilid Spiders (like North America’s Golden Silk), weird spider sex,…
Tainted Love Part 1: Spider Speed Dating with Sebastian Echeverri and Shakira Quiñones
Feb 14 • 92 min
We’re flipping the script this Valentine’s Day with a three part series where we show some love to nature’s unloved: spiders and snakes! In part 1, we talk to Sebastian Echeverri about everything from fear of spiders, spider VR, spider dancing, spider…
How to Make a Snowflake
Dec 14, 2019 • 45 min
In this episode, Devon and Richard talk snow, Frozen 2, whether or not water has memory (and if it’s good or bad), the Big Bang, the formation of planets, the secret role of bacteria, why snowflakes are intricately symmetrical, and more! **Stay tuned for…
When the Tables are Turned (a Thanksgiving Special!)
Nov 26, 2019 • 16 min
My how the turntables! In today’s special holiday episode, Devon and Richard summarize some recent news of tenacious turkey turmoil, and explain how it is that the wild turkey became our Thanksgiving centerpiece. Prepare for a hearty helping of puns,…
Fireflies with Lynn Frierson Faust
Nov 19, 2019 • 82 min
Discover why we are seeing less fireflies, the secrets behind their natural glow, how to find yourself a lady firefly, and so much more in this jam-packed episode. Our guest is Lynn Frierson Faust, the lightning bug lady of Knoxville, TN. She’s the author…
The Smell of Rain
Nov 10, 2019 • 12 min
It’s summer and a storm has just passed through. You step outside and are instantly greeted with that good ole’ familiar smell—-the smell of rain. But what is that smell? After all, water itself isn’t particularly smelly, right? In this episode, Richard’s…
A Tell Tale Beetle Romance Story
Oct 31, 2019 • 19 min
Happy Halloween! In this super special, unexpected, and therefore super last minute holiday treat (and trick), Devon reads a retelling of Edgar Allen Poe’s famous short story, A Tell Tale Heart, that you undoubtedly were coerced into reading in high…
Stardust: Time, Tides, and Theia
Oct 27, 2019 • 19 min
The Wild Life presents, Stardust—-a show that explores all of the other science-y things that don’t quite fit under the umbrella of The Wild Life. Things like why is the ocean salty, where did all the of earths water come from, how is gold made, what…
Myth-understood + Nature’s Vampires
Oct 13, 2019 • 45 min
In honor of Spooktober, we are doing the time warp to revisit two fan-favorites on one of nature’s most needlessly feared and misunderstood critters: bats. Part 1 Belief…belief is an interesting thing. Some of our beliefs are very close to our hearts,…
Mr Smarty Plants with Dr Liz Van Volkenburgh
Oct 6, 2019 • 84 min
Have you ever looked at plant and wondered if maybe, just maybe, it might be smarter than you? No? Well, okay, maybe not smarter than you, but perhaps just “smart”? In this episode, we sit down to talk to Dr Liz Van Volkenburgh of the University of…
The Fungus Among Us| Part 2 with Dr Kabir Peay
Sep 29, 2019 • 56 min
In this episode, we sit down with Stanford’s Dr Kabir Peay, self described mykophile and fungi expert who recently helped to maap out the Wood Wide Web on a global scale. We talk Spongebob, Gringotts, Wall Street, and reveal the secrets of an underground…
#CitizenScienceFriday with Carrie Seltzer of iNaturalist
Sep 28, 2019 • 56 min
It’s our very first #CitizenScienceFriday! We sit down to chat with Carrie Seltzer, Stakeholder Engagement Strategist at iNaturalist to discuss their amazing platform, how it works, the democratization of science, bird feathers, dragonfly wings, Russian…
The Fungus Among Us| Part I with Dr Tom Volk
Sep 22, 2019 • 64 min
In this episode, we sit down and chat with a really fun guy (get it? like fungi? aha..ha…), Dr Tom Volk of UW-Lacrosse, and holy cow, pun intended (you’ll see), we covered a lot of ground. Everything from how mushrooms are made, to the best mushrooms to…
The Mystery of Zebra Stripes with Dr Tim Caro
Sep 19, 2019 • 14 min
Interview with Dr. Tim Caro, professor of Wildife Biology at UC Davis, on his research which may have revealed the truth behind the mystery of zebra stripes.
A Parasitic Ghost of a Plant
Sep 14, 2019 • 11 min
An unexpected turn of events, a last-minute decision, and here we are! This week, we revisit an oldie but a goodie as we preview what is to come. Next week is The Fungus Among Us Part I, and the following week will be a double whammy: Part II and our…
Velvet (Worm) Revolver with Tia Freeman
Sep 6, 2019 • 49 min
This creature is one of the oldest living animals in existence, it shoots a death slime out of its face, and drinks it’s prey up like a smoothie. They’re one of the coolest creatures on 20+ legs—- I’m talking about, of course, the Velvet Worm. Hold onto…
When a Spider isn’t a Spider
Aug 3, 2019 • 5 min
Nothing is ever as it seems. Get ready for a tangled web of semantics and systematics! To read the blog version and see the video mentioned, visit https://thewildlife.blog/2019/07/09/when-a-spider-isnt-a-spider/ If you are interested in learning more…
Frogcicles
Jul 27, 2019 • 7 min
If you live in the north, you almost definitely know we have frogs, but how do they survive the winter? If you are interested in learning more about our upcoming hikes, visit https://thewildlife.blog/hike/ Become a patron (and our best friend), and get…
Like, Pelican Fly
Jul 19, 2019 • 20 min
How do Pelican beaks work? How much can they fit in their pouch? How do Pelicans hunt? I’ve got the answers to those and more! To read the blog version and see the video mentioned, visit https://thewildlife.blog/2018/07/07/pelicans-are-fly/ If you are…
The Electric Light Loving, Scuba Diving, Toe Biting, Giant Water Bug
Jul 12, 2019 • 14 min
Toe-Biter, Electric-Light Bug, Alligator-Tick; people have come up with many names for the fascinating critter. It’s actual name is perhaps the most boring—the Giant Water Bug. They are the largest of the ‘true bugs’ and belong to the Belostomatidae…
Head in the Sand? All About Ostriches
Jul 5, 2019 • 13 min
This week, it’s time to bust some myths, bow down in awe, and learn something new about the biggest birds outside of Sesame Street. To read the blog version and see an ostrich dance an some adorable babies, visit…
Turtle Trekkers
Jun 29, 2019 • 9 min
This time of year, a spin on a classic joke about a chicken comes to life as thousands of turtles are seen crossing roadways and trails, leading many to wonder, “why?” and “how can I help do it safely?”. Well, here’s the answer to both! To read the blog…
Gulls and the Concrete Sea: Why do Seagulls Love Parking Lots?
Jun 22, 2019 • 8 min
Why do seagulls hang out in parking lots? Do seagulls even exist? Why are they always after my fries?!?!?! Find out in this short episode of #TheWildLife To read the blog version, visit https://thewildlife.blog/2018/08/09/gulls-and-the-concrete-sea/…
New Horizons: The Future of The Wild Life
Jun 20, 2019 • 12 min
#TheWildLife is setting out on new horizons. Now not only is our show available wherever you get your podcast, but starting September 1st, we will be releasing new episodes every single Friday! Each month will have a shorter episode by Devon, an hour+…
SHORT: The Dirty Truth About Butterflies
Jun 15, 2019 • 11 min
Grace is basically synonymous with butterflies. The truth, however, is far…dirtier. Like poop, pee, blood, sweat, and tears dirty. After this, you’ll never be able to look at one the same way again. Oh, and also, stay tuned for a big announcement coming…
SHORT: The Trouble with Trilobites
Jun 7, 2019 • 8 min
It’s #FossilFriday, and you know what that means—fossils. Big surprise, right? This week, with an unoriginal but begging to be used titular parody on the classic Star Trek episode ‘The Trouble with Tribbles”—we’re talking trilobites!
No Brainer
May 21, 2019 • 48 min
In the mid-season finale, Devon and Richard talk to Lucas Brotz, research associate at the Marine Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries at the University of British Columbia and a Cnidaria Scientist for Quantitative Aquatics, to discuss how a creature…
Scattered
Feb 24, 2019 • 18 min
In this episode, Devon and Richard look into the void to unveil the cause of the once mysterious Deep Scattering Layer, taking you on a journey involving covert military research in World War 2, the largest migration on earth, shimmering creatures of the…
Animal Magnetism
Feb 9, 2019 • 15 min
In this episode, Devon and Richard explore the animal magnetism. No, not the kind you might be thinking. Instead, we’re talking about the surprisingly common animal superpower which allows creatures all around the world, from the skies to the oceans, to…
Ant Farm
Jan 27, 2019 • 28 min
We as humans often think of ourselves as unique. In this episode, we discover that we may not be as unique, or advanced, as we thought as we learn about amazing subterranean fungi farmers, cowboy insects, and a 55 million year old relationship that puts…
Is Anybody Out There?
Jan 12, 2019 • 42 min
In the Season 2 premier of The Wild Life, Devon attempts to settle an age old argument between him and his co-host by enlisting the help of renowned biochemist, professor, and author, Dr Nick Lane of the University College of London. The debate: is there…
SHORT: Plant or Fungi?
Dec 21, 2018 • 8 min
A random find while hiking that lead to a life history story that was unexpectedly fascinating. Read more and see images of the find here: https://thewildlife.blog/2018/09/06/this-ghostly-parasitic-plant-survives-by-hacking-the-wood-wide-web/
SHORT: Hoarfrost
Dec 11, 2018 • 7 min
In this short, Devon shares a story from thewildlife.blog of a hoarfrost christened hike he had last spring and explains how this magical rock candy frost phenomena occurs.
SHORT: ATTACK OF THE BYROZOANS
Aug 20, 2018 • 6 min
While we work on Season 2, I decided to begin a sub-series of shorts in which we take some of our most popular blog post and create audio versions. Now, something you may have read on the website (thewildlife.blog)will be available to listen to on the go!…
The Metamorphosis Metaphor
Jul 26, 2018 • 37 min
Starting at a young age, we are all introduced to this idea, an idea that we carry with us and adapt, and reapply as a metaphor for our own lives—-this idea of becoming something new, beginning again as something better. But behind this idea is a process,…
Leave it to Beavers
Jul 1, 2018 • 29 min
In this episode, Devon and Richard go on a totally real, not-recorded-indoors, time travel adventure to explore the life history of the busiest mammal out there—-the beaver. Meet Beatrice the Beaver in the Boundary Waters, a Voyageur in the 1600’s and…
The Air We Breathe
May 30, 2018 • 33 min
In this episode, Devon and Richard talk to Dr Julie Koester of UNC-Wilmington and Dr Orly Levithan of Rutgers about the truth behind where our oxygen comes from, and the tiny organisms we have to thank for our very existence.
Life in the Twilight (Crepuscular) Zone
May 11, 2018 • 18 min
Devon and Richard venture into the Twilight Zone, by going on a walk at Twilight, the time between light and dark, to explore what life is like and what has pressured so many animals to take advantage of this peculiar time of day—-er, night—-the…
It’s Not Easy Being Green: Canary in the Coal Mine
Apr 23, 2018 • 40 min
In this episode, we tell the story of two Harvard professors with a bucket of frogs and a rooftop, solve the decade old mystery of exploding toads in Germany, explain what was the culprit of frog deformities across the Western US, speak with Dr Voyles…
Taste For Blood: Nature’s Vampires
Mar 24, 2018 • 25 min
This episode, we have a story that takes us all the way from Copenhagen, to the rain forest of South America—- from the belly of the beast, to it’s excrement—-as we explore nature’s Vampires Our guest is Dr Marie Lisandra Zepeda Mendoza, who recently…
Myth-Understood: Busting Bat Myths
Mar 6, 2018 • 23 min
Belief…belief is an interesting thing. Some of our beliefs are very close to our hearts, untouchable, unchangeable. Some of our beliefs are more flexible, changing if you have some kind of evidence or experience that can convince you otherwise. Belief can…
Spectrum
Feb 19, 2018 • 18 min
In this episode, Devon and Richard find out how to resolve conflicts peacefully, answer the age old question “Do dogs really see in black and white?”, explore vision in the animal kingdom, and tell you all about the most amazing animal ever: the mantis…
Love and Loneliness
Feb 10, 2018 • 14 min
In S1E1, Devon and Richard tell the story of Nigel “No Mates” the lonely Gannet, explore the reason behind a massive crab migration, and share this weeks Animal Sound of the Week!