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A show about the natural world and how we use it. We explore science, energy, environmentalism, and reflections on how we think about and depict nature, and always leave time for plenty of goofing off. Outside/In is a production of New Hampshire Public Radio. Learn more at

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Tourism Spoils

October 14th, 2021


There’s a type of travel industry which defines itself as different: ecologically minded, even “responsible.” It’s a type of travel meant to support …

The Himalayan Land Grab

October 7th, 2021


The Great Himalayan National Park in India is among the most dramatic landscapes on Earth. Count the layers in a single panoramic photo of the park …

Outside/Inbox: The Ramen Wasp Murders & Other Mysteries

September 23rd, 2021


We introduce our new mailbag segment: the Outside/Inbox, where we answer your questions about the natural world.

This time: 

Question 1: What are those blue boxes sticking out of East Coast salt marshes?

Question 2: …

Scents and Sensibility

September 9th, 2021


Once upon a time, potpourri was a popular way to freshen up a space. Now, for some, it feels a bit like the lava lamp of fragrance: an outdated fad …

Book Club: Four Lost Cities

August 26th, 2021


Science journalist and sci-fi novelist Annalee Newitz thinks and writes a lot about the future. But in their latest book, Four Lost Cities: A Secret History of the Urban Age, Annalee looks at the distant past in four …

The Problem with America’s National Parks

August 12th, 2021


This week, we’re sharing an episode from The Experiment, a podcast from The Atlantic and WNYC that tells “stories from an unfinished country.”

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Bonus: Ciao for Now, Sam Evans-Brown

July 30th, 2021


As we wave off our erstwhile host as he moves on to new adventures, we recall a drive through the mountains and assemble (what else?) a riotous montage.

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Windfall, Part 5: The Just Transition

July 22nd, 2021


To be profitable, the offshore wind industry requires vast sums of money only accessible to some of the world’s biggest companies. But is the environmental movement ready to welcome oil majors and devoted capitalists …

Windfall, Part 4: Port of Departure

July 15th, 2021


Billions of dollars in investment will rain down on the cities that are best positioned to launch America’s offshore wind industry. But not every …

Windfall, Part 3: Squid Pro Quo

July 8th, 2021


The promise of the nascent American offshore wind industry meets an unlikely foe: squid fishermen in Rhode Island. Forces collide — like the enduring …

Windfall, Part 2: Please Let Me Finish, Mr. Kennedy.

July 1st, 2021


Ten years ago, a Kennedy and a Koch shared the same goal: stop Cape Wind, America’s would-be first offshore wind farm.

Despite nearly two decades of …

Windfall, Part 1: Sea Change

June 24th, 2021


Picture this: thousands of wind turbines off the Atlantic coast, each one taller than the Washington Monument. Offshore wind is seen as an essential …

Introducing: Windfall

June 17th, 2021


A new series and an announcement.

After 20 years of politicization and red tape, the U.S. is moving full speed ahead on plans to install thousands …

In Pittsburgh

June 3rd, 2021


We’re exposed to plenty of invisible risks in our daily life: toxic compounds in the fabric of our couches, contaminants in the water, and pollutants …

Book Club: Trace

May 20th, 2021


Geologist and writer Lauret Savoy considers fossil hunting and historical inquiry to be versions of the same pursuit.

In Trace: Memory, History, …

The Sand Protocol

May 6th, 2021


While sand beaches comprise just over 30% of the world’s ice-free shorelines, the collective idea of the sand beach can sometimes cast a much bigger …

The Trouble With Music About Wilderness

April 22nd, 2021


When composer and traveling musician Ben Cosgrove was just 7 years old, he wrote a song called “Waves”. Since then, he’s made a career out of music …

10x10: Sand Beach

April 8th, 2021


Even in the quietest of times, sand beaches are defined by movement and change.

“I think it's fair to say the beach is one of the most flexible or …

A Climate Activist Goes to Business School

March 25th, 2021


This week, we’re featuring an episode from How To Save A Planet, a podcast about climate change hosted by Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson and Alex Blumberg.

Heating and powering buildings takes a lot of energy, which is …

10X10: City Gutter

March 11th, 2021


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Gutters can refer to the curbside drainage channels that lead into storm drains, to the metal or …

The Acorn: An Ohlone Love Story

February 25th, 2021


In the early 1900s, an Ohlone woman named Isabel Meadows was recorded describing her longing to eat acorn bread again. She detailed the bread’s flavor; the jelly-like texture; the crispy edges; the people who made it. …

Ask Sam: Do Hummingbirds Sleep and Other Questions

February 11th, 2021


Another edition of Ask Sam, where Sam answers listener questions about the natural world. This time, questions about hugging trees, bumpy roads, objects stuck on power lines, and epic hummingbird battles.

Featuring …

I Would Prefer Not To

January 28th, 2021


A lot of us may feel like our time and attention is not our own, and can easily disappear into the ether of work and the internet. But rather than merely suggesting a digital detox, Jenny Odell presents a third way.

In …

Thin Green Line

January 14th, 2021


When producer/reporter Dan Taberski collected data about the long-running reality TV show Cops, he found that it depicts a distorted version of …

If You Wanna Get Kosileg, You Gotta Get a Little Friluftsliv

December 31st, 2020


For many of us during the pandemic, the dark and cold of winter brings a special sense of dread. But it’s not just this year: the seasonal darkness …

Coal and Solar in the Navajo Nation

December 17th, 2020


This week, we’re featuring an episode from A Matter of Degrees, a podcast about climate change hosted by Dr. Leah Stokes and Dr. Katherine Wilkinson. …

Climate Migration

December 3rd, 2020


In the coming decades, the scale of climate migration could be dizzying. In one projection, four million people in the United States could find …

Cat of the Clouds

November 25th, 2020


Marty, Maine coon cat, 12-year resident of the Mount Washington Observatory, and the highest-altitude feline in the Northeastern United states, died after a sudden illness on November 9th, 2020.

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The Forest for the Carbon

November 19th, 2020


A carbon offset is a simple premise: if you take a cross-country flight and are responsible for a half ton of carbon emissions, spend a few dollars …

Fortress Conservation

November 5th, 2020


Throughout the 20th century, conservationists and environmentalists have looked to protect wildlife and biodiversity through the creation of parks and other forms of exclusionary wildlife zones. Zones that seek to …

10x10: Pine Barren

October 22nd, 2020


Another year… another record-breaking wildfire season. Thanks to climate change the fire season now starts sooner and ends later.  Scientists also say climate change will make lightning more frequent, and winds more …

The Olive and the Pine

October 8th, 2020


Planting a tree often becomes almost a shorthand for doing a good deed. But such an act is not always neutral. In some places, certain trees can …

Rice is Food and Other Stories

September 24th, 2020


Listeners submit their cases for the best fruit ever, and we explore the intersections of fruit, food, and colonialism.

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The Lithium Gold Rush

September 10th, 2020


In one version of a sustainable, carbon-neutral future, the world’s cars will transition from fossil fuels to electricity. Right now that vision …

Sidedoor: The Riverkeeper

August 27th, 2020


Fred Tutman is a voice for Maryland’s Patuxent River. In 2004, he founded Patuxent Riverkeeper, an environmental advocacy organization. His mission is to protect and preserve all 110 miles of the Patuxent—a mission …

The Darién Gap

August 13th, 2020


There are places on the map where roads end.

The Darién Gap, or el Tapon del Darién, is one of them. It’s a stretch of rainforest in southern Panama, right on the edge of Central and South America. From a …

Ask Sam: Spice Must Flow

July 30th, 2020


Are snow-making machines an example of climate adaptation, or an example of an emissions feedback loop? Does the fire risk posed by planting trees outweigh the benefits of their use as a carbon sink? Can the team talk …

Open Worlds

July 16th, 2020


The world of Skyrim is vast. The video game contains cities, villages, and rugged wilderness: high waterfalls cascading into deep pools, packs of …

UPDATE: The GFOAT, or Greatest Fruit of All Time

July 9th, 2020


In this update, we tally your votes and announce the winner of our fruit fight. What seed-bearing plant ovary will be crowned the GFOAT, or Greatest Fruit of All Time? The pepper? The coconut? The gourd? The vanilla …

Ginkgo Love

July 2nd, 2020


In 2016, we produced an episode about the ginkgo tree titled "Ginkgo Stink." With its fan-shaped leaves and golden fall foliage, the Ginkgo biloba is …

Fruit Fight!!!

June 18th, 2020


For months, producer Taylor Quimby has been trying to craft a story about spicy peppers. Every one of his pitches has been shot down…until now. On this episode of Outside/In, a CULINARY challenge, a DELICIOUS debate, a …

Birding While Black

June 11th, 2020


The experience of public outdoor spaces isn't the same for everyone. Today, we explore birding while Black (and #blackbirdersweek) and how racist …

Massachusetts v. EPA

June 4th, 2020


Today on the show, we’re bringing you inside what may be the most important environmental Supreme Court Decision in history. Massachusetts v. EPA

Inside/In: Moss & Mold

May 21st, 2020


With so many of our favorite outdoor activities currently off-limits, we’re look for accessible ways to explore the magic of the nature from the safety of our homes our neighborhoods. In this edition of Inside/In, we …

On Fires and Feelings

May 14th, 2020


Being stuck at home for an extended period of time, worrying about the safety of yourself and your loved ones takes a toll on your mental health. …

The Carrington Event

April 30th, 2020


You know that scene in every disaster movie, where the frantic and panicky science nerd unsuccessfully tries to warn the powers that be that …

Inside/In: How To Be A Backyard Birber

April 16th, 2020


With so many of our favorite outdoor activities currently off-limits, we’re look for accessible ways to explore the magic of the nature from the safety of our homes our neighborhoods. This is the first in a series of …

Cat People

April 9th, 2020


Cat People is a podcast series by Longreads that examines the strange relationships people have with big cats and the legal loopholes that have made …


April 2nd, 2020


On today’s show, we are addressing a question we have seen A LOT. As we’re all adjusting to life with the coronavirus, the advice is to stay home and stay safe. But depending on where you are in the world, that advice …

10X10: Kettle Bog

March 19th, 2020


In our series 10X10, we examine ordinary places that are more interesting than they might initially appear; and few places hold more unexpected …

Tempest in a Teacup

March 5th, 2020


The passenger pigeon is one of the world’s most symbolic extinction stories. It’s a cautionary tale of how in just a few short generations, one of …

Nudge-Off Results! Plus, The Forest for the Treesap [Replay]

February 20th, 2020


The winner of our “Battle of Tiny Proportions” is revealed! Plus, one of our favorite episodes about the pace of technology: The Forest for the …

Nature Has Done Her Part

February 6th, 2020


In New England, the Waterman name is like mountain royalty. But beyond a tight circle of outdoors-people, they're not a household name. Today, we …

A Battle of Tiny Proportions

January 23rd, 2020


A government bureaucrat builds a website that saves a billion gallons in gas. The minuscule Irish invention that enables the industrial revolution. …

Leo Rising

January 10th, 2020


Depending on who you ask, astrology is a science, an art, a form of therapy… or, a pseudo-science, fortune-telling, a scam.  But astrology is way …

Chasing The Light

December 20th, 2019


From the ancient charcoal animals of France's Chauvet Cave, to 17th century Dutch windmill paintings, art history can tell us a lot about our …

A Year of Wonders

December 5th, 2019


As extreme weather wreaks havoc around the globe NPR's Throughline looks at a natural disaster more than 200 hundred years ago that had far-reaching …

Jesabel Y Eddie

November 21st, 2019


Before Hurricane Maria hit in September of 2017, Puerto Rico's rickety electric grid was a notorious headache. After the storm, it was a crisis.

This is the story of how a pair of star-crossed lovers came to see …

The Particular Sadness of Trout Fishing in America

November 12th, 2019


People love fishing for trout. They love it so much that we are willing to go to insane lengths to catch them. But what should we make of the fact …

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bug

October 24th, 2019


When most of us heard about the "insect apocalypse" we were worried. When producer Jimmy Gutierrez heard it, he thought "this is great." Today he takes a journey in which he tries to learn to appreciate our many-legged …

Ask Sam: Grandpa's Rhubarb

October 10th, 2019


Sam answers questions about rethinking the toilet, line-dry laundry, rhubarb, and sleeping mosquitoes.

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Cold, Dark, and Sharky

September 25th, 2019


Last year, two people were attacked by sharks on Cape Cod, and one died. The result has been a  media frenzy that really you have to see to believe.

Patient Zero: The Laser

September 12th, 2019


When it feels like doctors have closed the door to establishment medicine, another set of doors open. These doors lead to dubious providers, and untested treatments.

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Patient Zero: The Vector

August 29th, 2019


A perfect carrier of disease. A race underneath your skin. The part we know, before we get to the parts we don't.

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Patient Zero: The Triangle

August 15th, 2019


When you're fighting off a cold or flu, it's easy to imagine the battle is being waged solely inside the confines of your body. 

But in order to …

Introducing Patient Zero

July 23rd, 2019


A first look at Patient Zero, a series we'll be putting out next month! Hosted by Outside/In's Taylor Quimby. Sweet new theme by Ty Gibbons.

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Can You Feel the Lies Tonight

July 4th, 2019


With Disney's reboot of The Lion King hitting theaters, does the original still hold up all these years later? In this episode, the team revisits an …

Plan B

June 20th, 2019


 Ever since the threat of climate change was first made public, scientists have offered the possibility of a get-out-of-jail-free card: geoengineering. While reducing emissions is hard and complicated, why not just …

Swimming Lessons

June 6th, 2019


Swimming is something that is more or less a part of human experience, depending on who you are, where you are, when you are alive in history. More than half of Americans can't perform all of the basic swimming skills.

I'm a Penguin Counter for God's Sake!

May 23rd, 2019


Traveling to Antarctica to hang with penguins on the company dime likely seems like the dream assignment for a journalist... or anyone. Ron Naveen has been living that dream, counting penguins by hand for decades. And …

Operation Confirmation Bias

May 10th, 2019


Today on the podcast, a story that seemed like a perfect fit Outside/In that wound up going places that we didn’t expect to go. When workers at the American embassy Cuba claimed to have been attacked by a mysterious …

Ask Sam: Bidets the Day

April 25th, 2019


Ask Sam: that special segment when scientists cringe as Sam and the team speculate wildly on answers to a diverse range of questions from listeners …

Pants on Fire

April 18th, 2019


Textiles are all around us. We live in them, sleep on them, sit on them, walk on them, live in houses filled with them. It’s one of the biggest industries in the world. But it’s also one with a big problem and, at least …

Must Love Logs

April 12th, 2019


This month, Outside/In is asking for your support. Your donations will keep the show kicking butt, and help us make our next big series!  Plus, we’ve got special (limited-edition, super-twee) swag, handcrafted with an …

Killing Cats, Saving Numbats

April 4th, 2019


In Australia, conventional conservation wisdom has stated that in order to save the small indigenous mammals, it's necessary to kill invasive …

The Family Business

March 28th, 2019


The Sununus are one of New Hampshire's grandest families. John H. Sununu was governor and White House Chief of Staff. One of his sons, John E. Sununu, was a U.S. congressman and senator, and another, Chris Sununu, is …

Hunting The Night Parrot

March 14th, 2019


For a long time, the elusive night parrot of the Australian outback was believed to be extinct. Then, an experienced birder with a reputation for …

10X10: Under The Ice

February 28th, 2019


In our 10X10 series, we examine places that might not seem all that interesting... places like your typical frozen pond.  Sure, on the surface it's a wind-swept desert of crunchy snow and frigid temperatures, but drill …

Leave No Stone

February 14th, 2019


Outdoorsy types are the among the biggest ambassadors of Leave No Trace, a set of principles and best practices for sharing and conserving wilderness areas. But while most people agree on the broad strokes - DON'T SCREW …

32 Is the New 40

January 31st, 2019


The 40-hour workweek is as American as apple pie, and it’s been around almost as long. So, is it finally time to re-think our Monday-through-Friday …

Falling Doesn't Count

January 17th, 2019


Here's a humdinger of a thought experiment: How fast could people go before the combustion engine and other technologies drastically increased the …

Rake and Ride

January 3rd, 2019


Pirate trails are everywhere: the pioneers of mountain biking built them on private land, public land and everything in between. They were built by riders just looking for a place to take their new bikes, and in the …

Just Decide

December 20th, 2018


Everyone's heard of Vikings - their daring North Atlantic voyages, their mysterious runes. But there's another ancient culture in Arctic Scandinavia …

Now I am an Axolotl

December 6th, 2018


There's only one place in the world that you can find the axolotl—the Mexican salamander—in the wild. This creature is the living embodiment of …

Ask Sam: Trichomes, Bug hair, Bug Tumors, & Mollusk Shells

November 21st, 2018


Ask Sam: that special time when scientists worldwide cringe as Sam & the team speculate wildly on a diverse range of topics before picking up the …

The Meat Matrix

November 8th, 2018


Listener feedback is a big part of working in radio and podcasting. We try to look for the lesson in every critical email, phone call, or tweet (even the cranky ones). However, there is one listener who has probably …

So Over Population [Part 2]

October 25th, 2018


Today the second in our two-part series on the politics of population. In this episode, we’re digging into the story of how around the turn of the …

So Over Population [Part 1]

October 11th, 2018


Today, we’re talking about population. How it went from being on the front pages of our newspapers and all over late night television to being the …

O/I Presents: Bear Brook

October 4th, 2018


Two barrels. Four bodies. And the decades-long mystery that led to a serial killer.

A special look at a new podcast from NHPR, Bear Brook: A podcast …

Look Toward the Dawn

September 27th, 2018


Today, we take a step back to imagine a world without a web of GPS satellites telling your smartphone where you are every second of the day. While this might sound scary, come along and maybe you’ll discover you have a …

This Isn't Science, It's a Love Story

September 13th, 2018


Today, we’re giving you an inside look at what it takes to make the podcast. A bunch of people make this show, which means that our ideas meetings almost inevitably turn into total chaos when one of us starts shouting …

Shrunk and Punk'd

August 30th, 2018


News flash: men aren't the only people who enjoy the outdoors. No sh*#, right? But the outdoor gear industry has only recently started to realize that there are more people wanting high quality gear than traditionally …

The Sky is Burning

August 16th, 2018


There are between eight and ten thousand wildfires in the United States each year, but most quietly burn out and we never hear about them. The Pagami Creek Wildfire in Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area was supposed …

10x10 - Pine Barren

August 2nd, 2018


Another year… another record-breaking wildfire season. Thanks to climate change the fire season now starts sooner and ends later.  Scientists also say climate change will make lightning more frequent, and winds more …

Loser Wolves: A Cat Fancy

July 19th, 2018


Bengal cat is an attempt to preserve the image of a leopard in the body of a house cat — using a wild animal’s genes, while leaving out the wild …

Molto Moleche

July 5th, 2018


It took 200 years of dealing with with the invasive European green crab before American scientists finally decided to head back to the source. And when they did, they discovered that the invasive scourge of our …

The Most Dangerous Game

June 21st, 2018


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The Forest for the Treesap

June 7th, 2018


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Mysteries are brewing in the sugar shack. Changes are coming to New England’s sugar bushes. And …

Ride or Die

May 24th, 2018


Storm chasing is a pursuit we love to hate in the comment section, but if you look at the TV ratings, or YouTube views, it’s clear that we can’t look away, either. So what motivates chasers to actively put themselves in …

Ask Sam: Hair of the Dog, Walking Fish and the Truth About Palm Trees

May 10th, 2018


Curiosity abounds in the listener ranks and the Ask Sam Hotline (1-844-GO-OTTER) has been ringing off the hook! Sam and the gang tackle your questions about decorative fountains, land fish and the difference between dog

Stay In Your Lane

April 26th, 2018


  If you ask John Forester, there’s a war being fought, between the forces that want to eject cyclists from the roads, and those that want to preserve their right to ride. According to him, it’s been underway for at …

Shine Service

April 12th, 2018


Robert Person Sr. — Percy, as he’s known — has been shining shoes for 70 years. He started around age 10 and now, at 80, continues to work at Percy’s Shoe Shine Service in Nashville. He’s worn out, stressed out, but …

One Bin to Rule Them All

April 2nd, 2018


The reality is, recycling doesn’t work because we believe in it. It works because it’s an industry.  You might be keeping that plastic bottle out of your trash bin, but the commodities market keeps it out of the …

Life on the Edge of the Olympics

March 15th, 2018


When you watch the Olympics, you think you’re watching the best in the world competing at the pinnacle of their fitness.

And while that is often true when it comes to America’s very best, when you start to get farther …

Magical Drinking

March 1st, 2018


For thousands of years, natural spring waters have been associated with health. But recently something called the “raw water movement” has scientists and health officials reminding the public that drinking from untested …

Updates For Your Brain

February 15th, 2018


There have been a couple of important developments on the subject of Canadian hydropower since we released our 4-part series, Powerline. Today, we bring in NHPR's environmental reporter, Annie Ropeik, and our executive …

An American Lobster in Stockholm

February 1st, 2018


In 2010 a researcher found a clutch of hybrid American-European lobster eggs in a Norwegian fjord. This kicked off a decade of research attempting to determine if Scandinavia was in the midst of a foreign lobster …

Ask Sam: Caterpillar Legs, Living Fossils, & Sam Ruins Edison Bulbs

January 18th, 2018


You've left us lots of great questions on the Ask Sam hotline (1-844-GO-OTTER) so Sam and the team crammed into a studio to try and answer a few.  In this episode we'll tackle metamorphosis, animal sexuality, how to …

Stoner Panels

January 4th, 2018


There’s a legend among energy nerds. According to this legend, California pot-growers — with their illicit capital and counter-cultural ideas — were …

What's the Deal with Coydogs?

December 21st, 2017


This canine can be found all the way from Panama to Alaska, and shows no sign of going away anytime soon. But what are they? In this episode from Brave Little State, a podcast made next door in Vermont, we get some …

Fantastic Mr. Phillips

December 8th, 2017


In the late sixties, a soap factory in suburban Illinois discovered one of its outflow pipes had been intentionally clogged by an industrial saboteur. Does environmental damage ever demand radical action? And when does …

Powerline, Part IV: Down the Line

November 30th, 2017


Decades of legal and public relations battles with First Nations have changed the way that Hydro-Quebec approaches new projects. Today, the company …

Powerline, Part III: The Peace of the Braves

November 23rd, 2017


The Crees of Quebec signed a landmark agreement with their province and country. The Pessamit Innus now look to that playbook for help in their present-day fight against the provincial utility, but is it too late? On …

Powerline, Part II: The Project of the Century

November 16th, 2017


Hydro-Quebec is the provincially-owned utility that helped French-Canadians stake a claim in Quebec politics and economy. As it forged ahead with two …

Powerline, Part I: Masters In Our Own Home

November 9th, 2017


This is part one of our series about how a company, with all of the force of a colonial culture behind it, tried to use its power to push original …

Introducing: Powerline

October 27th, 2017


Hydro-Québec, the world’s fourth largest hydropower producer, pumps out low carbon electricity at the cheapest rates in North America. For some, it is the key to a greener, more prosperous, future, but that “clean …

Vultures Inherit the Earth

October 26th, 2017


The Bicknell's Thrush is a bird that can only live in a few very very restricted places. It spends its summers in dense alpine forests in the Northeast of the US. In the winter, perhaps as many as 90 percent of the …

Ask Sam | Eating Grass, Killing Trees, Bottling and Logging

October 12th, 2017


The Ask Sam hotline has been blowing up lately! Not like the Galaxy 7, no. In a good way! So Sam, along with a couple of producers from the Outside/In team, took a moment to answer your questions about tree killing, …

In Too Deep

September 28th, 2017


The story of Michael Proudfoot is everywhere, and the details are always more or less the same: a SCUBA diver exploring a shipwreck breaks his …

Pick Your Poison

September 14th, 2017


In our long, evolutionary history, modernity is just a blip. The wiring of our brains took place over hundreds of thousands of years of hunting and …

Lime and Tabasco

August 31st, 2017


Two young, starry-eyed conservation biologists take a college road trip through Mexico that transforms their outlook on the world. In so doing, they …

The Hitchhiker's Guide to WWOOFing

August 17th, 2017


Looking for a relatively cheap way to spend a few weeks abroad? You might want to consider World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms, or WWOOF. Have an aversion to mud, farm animals, and learning on the job? Maybe …

Bright Lights, Big Salad

August 3rd, 2017


Lēf Farms built a $10 million dollar, state of the art, automated greenhouse, hoping to sell baby greens branded as fresh and local to area grocery …

Healing Hands of Nature

July 20th, 2017


Wilderness Therapy is a form of treatment that uses the natural world to address behavioral and mental health issues in teens. But with a tattered history of institutional abuse, patchwork oversight, and absent …

After The Flood

July 6th, 2017


In 1982, Times Beach was wiped off the map by an environmental disaster. But once the houses and streets were gone, the town was erased again, this …

Eat the Invaders & Ask Sam

June 22nd, 2017


This week we attempt to not only eat the invaders, but drink them as well. And this time, most of us were on board. Also, the Ask Sam hotline gets some attention as Sam answers questions about bird feeders, black flies, …


June 8th, 2017


Global Rescue is a business that, should you get yourself into trouble, will drop everything to come and save you, anywhere in the world. They employ …

10x10 - Midden

May 25th, 2017


Up along the banks of the Damariscotta River in Maine there used to be two stadium-sized piles of oyster shells. Where did they come from? Why are they there? What can they tell us about the people that created them? …

Champagne on the Rocks

May 18th, 2017


If you're a long-time listener of the podcast, you might remember this as Episode 6: Champagne on the Rocks. But if you're new around here, we thought you'd like to hear one of our favorite episodes from the archives, …

Daisy Supply Chain

May 11th, 2017


Ever wonder where those flowers in the grocery come from and why, no matter what time of year, there are always roses available? Just in time for Mother's Day—the second busiest floral day behind Valentine's Day—we look …

Ask Sam Round-up

April 27th, 2017


Since we launched the toll free version of our Ask Sam hotline, 1-844-GO-OTTER (844-466-8837), we've seen a real healthy uptick in queries. This time …

Leave it to Beavers

April 13th, 2017


Beaver (Castor canadensis), have been kicking around in North America for 2 million years. Ecologically they do all sorts of great things: their …

Full Disclosure

March 30th, 2017


Nature documentaries and wildlife films transport us to places in the world that still feel wild, but what if the wilderness they present is staged? What if, in order to capture nature’s unvarnished beauty and conflict, …

The Company Man

March 16th, 2017


When he was just 38 years old, Mackie Branham Jr., a coal miner, was diagnosed with progressive massive fibrosis, a debilitating and terminal form of …

Bonus Episode: 3 1/2 Feet Under

March 9th, 2017


This is a follow-up to Episode 30: The Death Machine.

Gnar Pow

March 2nd, 2017


Is skiing a sport reserved for rich people? Producers Maureen and Jimmy think so, and Sam wants to prove them wrong. In this episode, Sam takes his …

Fantastic Mr. Phillips

February 16th, 2017


In the late sixties, a soap factory in suburban Illinois discovered one of its outflow pipes had been intentionally clogged by an industrial saboteur. Does environmental damage ever demand radical action? And when does …

Ask Sam | Snow Fleas, Wind, Mount Mitchell

February 2nd, 2017


Every so often, we take some time out from telling stories to answer questions from you, our friends and listeners. These questions have been piling up, and so we thought we’d dig through them and bring you some of the …

The Death Machine

January 19th, 2017


When Ryan and Sinehan Lessard first started dating, they discovered they have something strange in common: after they die, they both want to “become a tree”. This is the story about a growing number of people who want …

A House Built on Sand

January 12th, 2017


Coastal communities of every partisan stripe are wrestling with the reality of rising seas. But when you’ve built a life centered around your dream …

The Accidental History of Solar Power

January 5th, 2017


If you’re even the least bit interested in solar power, you’ve probably come across an obscure, hard-to-parse, seemingly conflict-free term: net …

Millionaires' Hunt Club

December 29th, 2016


Sam is going to take us all hunting this week. Not hunting for animals, but instead, hunting for the secret of what’s behind that 26-mile fence cutting through the woods of New Hampshire, and why some people want it to …

HumaNature - Hoofprints on the Heart

December 22nd, 2016


This week on the show we’re bringing you something a little different, a story from someone else. Caroline Ballard and Micah Schweizer started …

The 2nd Greatest Show on Earth

December 15th, 2016


Mount Washington is famously home of "The World's Worst Weather", but it also hosts a huge amount of tourist infrastructure. Senior producer Taylor Quimby brings us this tale of how the mountain was conquered, and how …

Don't Cheer For Me Argentina

December 8th, 2016


Sam won’t tell you this, but he’s a really great athlete. He has another secret, too. There’s this photo of him leading a ski race, and it’s plastered on the side of a city bus in Argentina. So, how did Sam wind up on …

10x10 - Traffic Circle

November 22nd, 2016


In our series, 10X10, we take you on a journey to a 10X10 plot and uncover the secrets in spaces you’d never think to look. This time, we look for signs of extraordinary life, at the center of a traffic circle.

Always. Wear. Earth. Tones.

November 10th, 2016


Tony Bosco hid in plain sight for more than two decades in the most densely populated state in the nation. How did he do it? And what makes someone …

Nature is a Haunted House

October 27th, 2016


Little Red Riding Hood, Hansel and Gretel, Friday the Thirteenth, Blair Witch. It seems the woods make a great backdrop for scary stories, but why? Are we hardwired to fear the forest? Or, let’s throw it out there, do …

Eat the Invaders - Lionfish

October 20th, 2016


This is Eat The Invaders - our occasional segment where we take a bite out of invasive species populations. On the menu today, one of the scariest, …

Look Toward the Dawn

October 6th, 2016


Today, we take a step back to imagine a world without a web of GPS satellites telling your smartphone where you are every second of the day. While this might sound scary, come along and maybe you’ll discover you have a …

Dr. Percy & the Magic Soybean

September 22nd, 2016


It’s not surprising that many of the medicines we use today are derived from plants. The surprising part is how similar the molecular components of …

The Early Birder Gets the Bird

September 8th, 2016


In 2013, Neil Hayward was depressed. He had just left the biotech company he helped start, and he was getting over the end of a very serious relationship. He had disposable income, and free time. Suddenly, he found …

When the Cat's Away, The Mice Will Play

September 1st, 2016


The producers commandeer the show while host Sam Evans-Brown is on a much-needed vacation. They sail into weird territory almost immediately. Note: Sam will be back with a new, normal episode right after Labor Day.


August 18th, 2016


When you walk a trail in the woods, have you ever wondered, how did this get here? Who carved this path? Was this stone staircase always like this? Nope. Chances are a team of hardscrabble men and women worked …

Never Bring a Sledgehammer to a Scalpel Fight

August 4th, 2016


When a Harvard professor accidentally let Gypsy Moths loose in the 1860s, he didn’t realize he was releasing a scourge that would plague New England …

These Shoes Were Made For Mocking

July 21st, 2016


Producer Taylor Quimby has been defending Vibram FiveFingers™ shoes to naysayers for years. When people see him wearing them while he’s on the trail or out for a run, they tend to have a pretty visceral reaction, and …

The Pokémon Question

July 14th, 2016


Pokémon Go is getting people outside and moving around, but is that enough? When it comes to developing a lasting appreciation for the natural world, will augmented reality make a dent? Sam hashes it out with a …

Up Against the Ropes

July 7th, 2016


The “Save the Whales” movement of the 1970’s was instrumental in putting a stop to commercial whaling. But even as humpbacks and other whale …

Ask Sam | Syrup-titious

June 23rd, 2016


Two listeners, two very different questions for Sam. Can you 'taste' which state maple syrup comes from & why do dogs spend so much time deciding where to go #2?

Anothah Boston Cheat

June 9th, 2016


Ari Ofsevit is a guy from Boston fueled by an intense, nerdy love for sports. The day after running this year’s Boston Marathon, his face was all over the cover of the Boston Globe and on all of the network news …

Tiny Terror

March 25th, 2016


A mini-episode about the world's cutest predator.


March 18th, 2016


We're gonna give it to you straight. This story is Sam's white whale. For years, the electrical grid has called to him like a siren, and lead him down a treacherous path of unintelligible tech jargon, mind-numbing …

Parenting At 24,000 Feet

March 4th, 2016


For alpinist Ben Clark, scaling the world's toughest montains was a source of pride and accomplishment, for his parents it was a source of constant worry. After learning to live with their son's adventurous streak, Ben …

The Young Man of the Mountain

February 26th, 2016


Tyler Armstrong is 12 years old. He likes to play laser tag. He’s learning to play guitar. And this spring he’s heading to China, where he will …

Smashing Pumpkins-The Gourd That Changed A Town

February 3rd, 2016


In the early '90s Keene, New Hampshire created a pumpkin festival to bring the community together, but after 24 years the quaint festival tore the town apart.

Champagne on the Rocks

January 19th, 2016


This past summer, Scott Jurek set a new record for running the 2,181 miles of the Appalachian Trail. But on his triumphant day atop the last mountain in Northern Maine, his 21st century campaign for the trail's record …

Pier Pressure

December 22nd, 2015


In 1998, Forest Quimby spent thousands of dollars building one of the most beautiful, most elaborate docks on Franklin Pierce Lake in New Hampshire. …

The Moose Whisperer

December 15th, 2015


In 2015 about 2,700 of the 50,000 people who applied will receive a moose hunting permit. If you're one of the lucky ones who has waited 20 years for this moment, you're going to want an expert on your team. You're …

10x10 - Vernal Pools

December 8th, 2015


....or, why you should always be careful when you're traipsing through the woods in the springtime. In this episode we check out the most short-lived …

The Kiwi Apocalypse

December 1st, 2015


Or, how Sam learned to stop worrying and love the cold hardy kiwi. It's a fruit you've never heard of, but it could be the key to one man's dream, …

Trailer: What is Outside/In?

November 20th, 2015


Introducing our new podcast about the outside world and how we use it. Outside/In is a production of New Hampshire Public Radio

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