HumaNature

HumaNature is the podcast that explores where humans and our habitat meet. The show tells real stories about human experiences in nature. Along the way, we’ll meet people whose encounters help us reflect on our own place in the natural world. 

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HumaNature Extra: Hurricane Of The Heart

Feb 14, 2018

It was 2012. Caroline was in love. But then heartbreak washed over her, like the storm surge from Hurricane Sandy.

HumaNature Episode 36: The Oregon Trailblazer

Feb 7, 2018

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.

As we discovered in Episode 35, sometimes grain alcohol is the solution, not the problem. For Sandra Jones, it was a bit of both.

HumaNature Episode 35: Time Bomb

Jan 24, 2018

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.

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.

HumaNature Episode 34: The Law Of Gravity

Jan 10, 2018
Wyoming Public Media

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.

HumaNature Episode 33: Ten Steps

Dec 20, 2017

On December 22, 2016, Karen Klein got trapped in a snowstorm near the Grand Canyon. But she pushed through it to save her family.

HumaNature Episode 32: Trash Bandits And Border Collies

Dec 6, 2017

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.

HumaNature Bonus Episode: It's All Downwind From Here

Nov 22, 2017

  

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.

HumaNature Episode 31: Why Elephants Never Forget

Nov 8, 2017

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.

HumaNature Episode 30: The In-Between

Oct 25, 2017
Wyoming Public Media

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.

HumaNature Episode 29: Parks And Scandinavian Recreation

Oct 11, 2017

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.

HumaNature Episode 28: Things That Go Squeak In The Night

Oct 10, 2017

When the Massaro family traded life on dry land for a life at sea, they encountered some unexpected company. 

HumaNature Episode 27: What Her Cells Knew

Sep 20, 2017

Lucy came face-to-face with a family secret that upended her life. So she seized the moment.

HumaNature Season 3 Preview

Sep 14, 2017

Season 3 of HumaNature takes to the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, the middle of an Indiana creek, and into one woman’s DNA.

HumaNature Episode 26: Surviving Mom

Aug 18, 2017

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 be far away.

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HumaNature Episode 25: Ordinary Giants

Aug 4, 2017

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.

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HumaNature Episode 24: Bearded Ladies

Jul 12, 2017

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.

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HumaNature Episode 23: Between A Rock And A Holy Place

Jun 21, 2017

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.

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HumaNature Episode 22: Through The Keyhole

May 31, 2017

Tyler Dunning went into the wild to distract himself from his grief…but ended up coming face to face with it instead.

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HumaNature Episode 21: Running For Your Life

May 12, 2017

After breaking his back, doctors told Gary Havener he would never walk again. So…he decided to run.

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HumaNature Broadcast Special #5

Apr 20, 2017
Meg Thompson

A special edition of HumaNature formatted for air: journeys to freedom, on two legs…and four. Ten years ago, 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. And 150 years ago, two girls crossed the Missouri River trying to escape a life of slavery. In the summer of 2016, a high school teacher and his students set out on a 500-mile journey to follow in their footsteps. 

Story 1: Dogs Are People, Too

HumaNature Episode 20: Dogs Are People, Too

Apr 19, 2017

Ten years ago, more than 50 pit bulls were discovered at a dogfighting ring in Virginia. Most people thought they weren’t savable. But their stories had just begun.

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HumaNature Episode 19: Freedom

Mar 29, 2017

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 has brief, non-graphic references to rape.

HumaNature Broadcast Special #4

Mar 10, 2017
Meg Thompson

A special edition of HumaNature formatted for air: stories of animal encounters. A scientist risks his reputation to pursue Bigfoot; pigeons save the day by getting camera film across a river; a shark attack survivor becomes a shark conservation advocate; animals comfort a woman troubled by the political landscape.

Story 1: Bigfoot

HumaNature Episode 18: Go Tell It In The Desert

Mar 8, 2017

  

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.

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HumaNature Episode 17: The Ents Of Melbourne

Feb 14, 2017

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.

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HumaNature Episode 16: Amy And The Animals

Jan 19, 2017

It was November 9, 2016. Amy was worried about the new political landscape. But some unusual encounters at work gave her new perspective.

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HumaNature Bonus Episode: The Young Man Of The Mountain

Dec 21, 2016

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?

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HumaNature Broadcast Special #3

Dec 6, 2016
Meg Thompson

A special edition of HumaNature formatted for air: a man walks from Mexico to the tip of South America with his best friend, a donkey; a man crosses the Atlantic to deliver livestock to post-World War II Europe; and an outdoorsy woman discovers she has more to learn about the wilderness. 

Story 1: 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. 

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