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Episode 45: Remembering How To Be Human

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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…)

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Episode 61: Tipping Point

July 10th, 2019

23:37

Natalie Warren and Ann Raiho paddled thousands of miles in a canoe from Minneapolis to the shores of the Hudson Bay. The journey tested their …

Bonus Episode: Carbon And Dust

June 18th, 2019

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An encore presentation of our 2019 PRNDI Best Station Podcast award-winner. Felicia Friesema and Steve Julian had a “miracle relationship.” They …

Episode 60: The Source

June 5th, 2019

25:32

Manasseh Franklin wanted to make the melting of glaciers more real to people through her writing. So on an Alaskan rafting trip, she followed water …

Episode 59: Vicious And Viral

May 15th, 2019

19:33

Travis Kauffman went for a trail run near his home in Colorado. But an unexpected run-in almost turned him into trail mix. Then the internet got …

Episode 58: Close Encounters Of The Wild Kind

May 1st, 2019

39:12

It’s spring! Animals are on the move, and sometimes their paths cross with people. Here are four stories. (more…)

Episode 57: Forest Bathing

April 17th, 2019

18:00

When she became a mom, Andrea Sarubbi Fereshteh went from full speed ahead to a full stop. But then she found a place that showed her stillness is …

Episode 56: The Shuidong Connection

April 3rd, 2019

23:24

In 2016, a team of undercover investigators infiltrated an international ivory-smuggling ring. It all began with a sea cucumber trader in Zanzibar. (more…)

Episode 55 Part 1: The Sinking Of The Blythe Star

March 13th, 2019

30:35

For this special two-part story, the Australian podcast Off Track takes us across the globe to the coast of Tasmania and back in time to 1973 for a story of survival and loss. (more…)

Episode 55 Part 2: The Sinking Of The Blythe Star

March 13th, 2019

30:14

For this special two-part story, the Australian podcast Off Track takes us across the globe to the coast of Tasmania and back in time to 1973 for a story of survival and loss. (more…)

Episode 54: A Life For Science

February 27th, 2019

15:48

Sergio Avila Villegas always loved big cats. But his faith in his scientific research was shaken when he discovered its true cost. (more…)

Episode 53: We’re Thru-(Hike)

February 13th, 2019

17:05

Emily Pennington was super in love with her boyfriend. But a backpacking trip put that to the test. (more…)

Episode 52: A Positive Experience!

January 23rd, 2019

17:43

Monty Hudson wanted his daughter, Siena, to have a good time on her first backpacking trip. But things didn’t go according to plan. (more…)

Episode 51: The Water At The Roof Of The World

January 9th, 2019

24:04

Wang Ping wanted to go to Tibet to bless the world. But to do that, she had to risk her own safety. (more…)

Episode 50: Witness

December 12th, 2018

25:57

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

November 28th, 2018

20:47

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 …

Episode 49: Murphy’s Law

November 14th, 2018

33:55

Marty Edwards wanted to go on a fun trip with his girlfriend. But Mother Nature had other plans. (more…)

Episode 48: The In-Between II

October 31st, 2018

24:43

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…)

Episode 47: Protector

October 16th, 2018

14:56

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 …

Bonus Episode: Catch And Release

October 3rd, 2018

14:19

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.

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Episode 46: Sanctuary

September 20th, 2018

28:54

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 …

The Event Horizon Part 3: Death

September 6th, 2018

21:20

To Alua Arthur, life made no sense. But then she began to make sense of death. (more…)

The Event Horizon Part 2: Creativity

September 6th, 2018

10:17

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

September 6th, 2018

10:16

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 …

Bonus Episode: Through The Keyhole

July 25th, 2018

22:48

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 …

Episode 44: The Elephant Guardian

June 20th, 2018

6:42

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

June 6th, 2018

21:42

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 …

Episode 43: Dogs On A Plane

May 23rd, 2018

16:47

When Paul Steklenski got his pilot’s license, he didn’t just want to fly to lunch. Instead, he flew to the pound. (more…)

Episode 42: Out Of The Frying Pan

May 9th, 2018

15:51

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.

Episode 41: Carbon And Dust

April 25th, 2018

51:28

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 …

Episode 40: Her Legacy

April 11th, 2018

29:41

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 …

Episode 39: Junk

March 28th, 2018

30:27

Marcus Eriksen wanted to draw attention to a problem no one could see. So he sailed into the middle of it.

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Episode 38: The Hunt

March 14th, 2018

37:20

Jessi Johnson is a modern-day Artemis. But the perfect shot led her on a heartbreaking odyssey.

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Episode 37: Crispy Crickets, Not Your Spin Instructor’s Paleo

February 28th, 2018

19:15

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 …

Extra: Hurricane Of The Heart

February 14th, 2018

9:42

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

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Episode 36: The Oregon Trailblazer

February 7th, 2018

29:25

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 …

Extra: “What Is Grain Alcohol, And Where Can I Get Some?”

February 5th, 2018

7:44

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…)

Episode 35: Time Bomb

January 24th, 2018

23:43

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 …

Extra: “Watch Out For the Damn Horny Toads!” And Other Thoughts On Not Having Enough

January 19th, 2018

6:33

In 2017, the Great American Eclipse drew thousands of spectators to otherwise wild and desolate spots in Wyoming. For writer Liberty Lausterer, this …

Episode 34: The Law Of Gravity

January 10th, 2018

22:59

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.

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Episode 33: Ten Steps

December 20th, 2017

30:15

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…)

Episode 32: Trash Bandits And Border Collies

December 6th, 2017

15:50

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 …

Bonus Episode: It’s All Downwind From Here

November 22nd, 2017

17:20

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 …

Episode 31: Why Elephants Never Forget

November 8th, 2017

18:43

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…)

Episode 30: The In-Between

October 25th, 2017

33:28

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…)

Episode 29: Parks And Scandinavian Recreation

October 11th, 2017

16:04

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…)

Episode 28: Things That Go Squeak In The Night

September 27th, 2017

15:06

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

Episode 27: What Her Cells Knew

September 20th, 2017

30:23

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

Season 3 Preview

September 13th, 2017

4:34

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…)

Episode 26: Surviving Mom

August 18th, 2017

13:54

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 …

Episode 25: Ordinary Giants

August 4th, 2017

16:38

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 …

Episode 24: Bearded Ladies

July 12th, 2017

21:50

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 …

Episode 23: Between A Rock And A Holy Place

June 21st, 2017

24:37

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 …

Summer Series Preview

June 16th, 2017

5:50

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

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Episode 22: Through The Keyhole

May 31st, 2017

21:03

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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Episode 21: Running For Your Life

May 12th, 2017

16:45

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

Episode 20: Dogs Are People, Too

April 19th, 2017

26:07

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 …

Episode 19: Freedom

March 29th, 2017

31:45

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 …

Episode 18: Go Tell It In The Desert

March 8th, 2017

23:07

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…)

Episode 17: The Ents Of Melbourne

February 14th, 2017

15:54

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…)

Episode 16: Amy And The Animals

January 19th, 2017

12:34

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

Episode 15: The Young Man Of The Mountain

December 21st, 2016

24:07

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 …

Episode 14: It’s All Downwind From Here

November 16th, 2016

15:30

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 …

Episode 13: Bigfoot

October 19th, 2016

19:20

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…)

Episode 12: Home On The Waves With A Seafaring Cowboy

September 21st, 2016

20:17

Herb Pownall wanted to see the world. So he boarded a ship bound for Europe…along with 800 cows.

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Episode 11: Hoofprints On The Heart

August 17th, 2016

21:12

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

June 29th, 2016

20:10

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 …

Episode 10: The Moon And The Possum

May 18th, 2016

12:05

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…)


Episode 9: May The Road Rise Up To Meet You, And May The Wind Stop Blowing In Your Face

April 20th, 2016

17:36

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 …

Episode 8: Row Row Row Your Boat. Or Not.

March 16th, 2016

16:50

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…)

Episode 7: Man vs. Machine

February 17th, 2016

13:45

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 6: In The Beginning, God Created The Heavens And The Earth And The Allosaurus

January 19th, 2016

14:21

Erin Jones thought the answers were written in stone. But a summer internship at a remote dinosaur quarry eroded her certainty.

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Episode 5: Finding The Way Home In A Purple Canoe

November 18th, 2015

21:32

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…)

Episode 4: Catch And Release

October 21st, 2015

15:25

Tonia Hanson had a secret. But when a private river retreat turned out to be very, very public, Tonia found unexpected healing.

(more…)

Episode 3: When A Search And Rescue Becomes A Search For Something Else

September 16th, 2015

16:09

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.

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Episode 2: A Ballroom Dancer, A Shark, And A PR Problem

August 18th, 2015

15:03

Debbie Salamone was an environmental journalist who was passionate about the ocean—and ballroom dancing. One day at the beach, all that changed. (more…)

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

August 18th, 2015

8:56

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 …

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