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The Cryptonaturalist

36 EpisodesProduced by Jarod AndersonWebsite

The CryptoNaturalist is a scripted bi-weekly podcast that explores strange nature. A bit true. Mostly fiction. New episodes 3rd/17th.

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Episode 35: The Quiet Folk

July 6th, 2020


The quiet folk are there. Sort of. Let’s not call too much attention to them.

Special thanks to Elliott Kalan for voicing Paul Hogan. I’ve been a fan …

Episode 34: Pep Talk

April 18th, 2020


In this episode recorded in quarantine, the CryptoNaturalist gets philosophical about meaning, life, magic, and you.

Episode 33: Glass Mice

March 17th, 2020


Special thanks to Jo Firestone for today’s field report. Jo Firestone is a Brooklyn-based comedian who can be seen on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Joe Pera Talks With You, High Maintenance, Shrill, The Chris …

Episode 32: Tree Bug

March 3rd, 2020


Some of my favorite trees are actually fifty-foot insects.

Special thanks to Jesse Thorn. Jesse Thorn is the host and producer of Bullseye and Jordan, …

Episode 31: A Voice in the Woods

February 18th, 2020


There are many voices in the woods. The more you listen, the more you’ll here.

Special thanks to Ella Watts for voicing Juniper Grey. Ella Watts is a podcast producer for BBC Studios, and executive producer for the …

Episode 30: Basic Facts About Owls

December 19th, 2019


Owls know about you. The least you can do is know about them.

Special thanks to Hank Green. Hank Green is the CEO of Complexly, a production company that creates educational content, including Crash Course and SciShow, …

Episode 29: Cemetery

October 17th, 2019


There’s a cemetery that has never had a proper gate, but we’ll explore it all the same.

The CryptoNaturalist has been nominated for the 2019 Audio Verse awards in the categories of: Spoken Word – Program; Spoken Word – …

Episode 28: Bardic Hills

October 2nd, 2019


When a landscape chooses a rhyme scheme, we must join in the poetry.

This episode is written as a series of Shakespearean sonnets.

Hidden lore by Leslie J. Anderson

Episode 27: Burrow

September 9th, 2019


If you crawl into a burrow to meet its owner, it’s good to keep an open mind and a close eye on all your body parts.

Thank you to Jeffrey Cranor for playing Dr. Simon Blank. Jeffrey is a co-creator of a number of my …

Episode 26: Glow Tiger

July 17th, 2019


Cats are cats, even when they’re also trees or crustaceans.

This episode was co-written by Alice Pow. You can find Alice on twitter @AlicePow8. Special thanks to Matt Young for playing Skipper McCloud. You probably know …

Episode 25: What on Earth

July 3rd, 2019


I don’t want to alarm you, but today’s creature is a lot closer to you than it is to me.

Angela Hall played by Jordan Cobb. Learn more about Jordan’s work at or on Twitter @inkphemeral.

Hidden Lore …

Patreon Bonus Episode: Winter Horses and Other Unknowables

June 24th, 2019


This is a bonus episode from the CryptoNaturalist Patreon page. Subscribing to our Patreon page supports the show and unlocks more bonus content. Visit for details.

Winter Horses and …

Episode 24: You

June 3rd, 2019


You are a cryptid worthy of study, a creature of the marshland night, a fascinating animal who is about to make a new friend.

Hidden Lore poetry by Jarod K. Anderson.

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Episode 23: Omni Sparrow

May 20th, 2019


Today we learn about the small, migratory songbird that’s bigger than all existence.

Holly Day’s poetry has recently appeared in Plainsongs, The Long …

Episode 22: Kushtaka

May 3rd, 2019

You can’t always believe your ears and you shouldn’t trust cute, furry faces peering up from the sea.

This episode was thought-up and mostly written …

Episode 21: Highway Islands

April 18th, 2019


The patchwork islands of greenery nestled on the edges of roadways hold secrets worth our attention.

Hidden Lore fiction by Olivia Williams. Olivia is …

Episode 20: Under Hawk

April 4th, 2019


Beneath our feet, the under hawks glide in search of shadows to pluck from the surface of the world.

Hidden Lore poetry by Eli Reeve. Eli is an aspiring artist and writer from Norway nesting in the jungles of Hawaii. …

Episode 19: Midnight Library

February 25th, 2019


There’s a wilderness inside every library. This episode visits one of the nocturnal residents after closing time.

Hidden Lore poetry by Lucille Valentine. Lucille is a desert rat masquerading as a voice actor, poet, …

Episode 18: The Green Stranger

February 4th, 2019


A strange visitor joins the CryptoNaturalist around the campfire for a pleasant, if one-sided, conversation.

Special thanks to Tim Sniffin for being the voice of The Transmission. Hear more of Tim on the Hello From The …

Episode 17: Found

January 18th, 2019


The Cryptonaturalist is lost and then found in the usual place, a twisted scientist’s volcano lair.

Hidden lore poetry by Leslie J. Anderson. Leslie’s …

Episode 16: Missing

January 4th, 2019


The CryptoNaturalist is missing, but Cassandra is on the case.

Hidden lore poetry by Emily Olorin Emily is a writer from Down Under (whether the depths of hell or Australia is open to interpretation). They are interested …

Episode 15: The Cobs

December 24th, 2018


Today we visit an elusive cryptid that hides in plain sight and borrows human voices.

Hidden lore poetry by Alice Pow. Alice Pow allegedly saw Mothman in a Chicago neighborhood during the summer of 2017. She is a writer …

Episode 14: Constellation Turtle

November 26th, 2018


We’re all made of star stuff, some of us more literally than others.

Lauren Dee was played by Julia Schifini. Julia is a podcaster, historian, and big …

Episode 13: Sassafras Grove

November 2nd, 2018


This week we visit home territory and visit a special grove of sassafras trees.

Hidden lore segment poetry contributed by Suzannah Dalzell. Suzannah lives on Whidbey Island north of Seattle, Wa where she divides her time …

Episode 12: Storm Shark

October 5th, 2018


What creature swims through the ocean of the sky? What could graze within the storm? I know the answer. Listen and you will too.

Poetry by Priyanka …

Episode 11: Dirt Road Desolation

September 16th, 2018


When you find the dirt road with the unnamed creature, obey the rules, respect the emptiness, and make peace with the fact that not everything is …

Episode 10: Electric King Snake

September 5th, 2018


This week we explore safety, discover a very unusual snake, and receive an important update about squirrels.

Saker played the voice of Jed VanDorn. Saker is a cohost of It's All Been Done: A Barenaked Ladies podcast. …

Episode 9: The Old Barn

August 15th, 2018


If you stop to check, it turns out that not all barns are barns.

The voice of Valentina Blackwood was played by Sarah Rhea Werner. Sarah Rhea Werner is a professional writer and podcaster who loves to help creators find …

Episode 8: The Half-Remembered Forest

July 30th, 2018


This week the show takes a half-remembered expedition to a strange forest that manipulates minds, shares secrets, and consumes memories.

The voice of …

Episode 7: Parking Lot

July 15th, 2018


On this episode we visit a special amphibian perfectly adapted to life in parking lots.

Special thanks to Cal Cleary for playing the Kroger employee.

Episode 6: Your Basement

July 2nd, 2018


This episode explores the wildest parts of your home. Featuring a guest voice by podcasting icon and journalist Justin McElroy. You can hear Justin on the podcasts My Brother, My Brother and Me; The Adventure Zone; and

Episode 5: Elephant Spider

June 22nd, 2018


Today we meet a tiny spider that defies the laws of physics in a place that is, at best, semi-real. We also hear a transmission from another Cryptonaturalist in the field and read some flash fiction by Jamie Lackey.

Episode 4: Russell's Visitor

June 14th, 2018


We pass the long miles with a story of a rare and dangerous cryptid that lurks in the dark, lonely wilds. Not all visitors are friendly and a light …

Episode 3: Orbital Kingfisher

June 2nd, 2018


A visit to Oregon’s Sky Lake Wilderness brings us a glimpse of a rare bird that fishes from its perch in the vast abyss of outer space. Hidden Lore segment contribution by Leslie J. Anderson. Leslie J. Anderson’s …

Episode 2: Teacup Whales

May 15th, 2018


A fateful trip to the hidden island of Lower Nantucket brings us face-to-face with the legendary Teacup Whale (and other assorted wonders of the …

Episode 1: Blue Spruce

May 4th, 2018


The confluence of Waffle House and blue spruce set the stage for new breakthroughs in the field of cryptonaturalism. A new cryptid is discovered beneath the blue spruce.

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