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Wild Thing

34 EpisodesProduced by Foxtopus InkWebsite

Wild Thing is a long-form, narrative podcast about the obsessions that capture our imaginations. This sound-rich and deeply reported show examines the relationship between science and society—that point where scientific inquiry collides with our very human desire to find answers, even when there are… read more

34 Episodes | 2018 - 2022

Introducing the new Wild Thing book

September 13th, 2022

11:10

Announcing "The Search For Sasquatch", a middle-grade, non-fiction book based on the first season of Wild Thing! Both the hardcover book and the audiobook (narrated by Laura Krantz), will be out on October 11, 2022. …

S3 Bonus Preview - Mutants

July 20th, 2022

4:43

A faulty reactor overheats, melting through its containment unit and poisoning a nearby town with radioactive gas. A spacecraft pushes further into …

S3 E9: An Atomic Future

July 12th, 2022

34:08

What were the long-term effects of the SL-1 explosion? Nuclear power is a shrinking part of America’s energy picture; accidents and fear have …

S3 E8: Risky Business

July 5th, 2022

29:45

Incidents like Chernobyl and Fukushima are often what comes to mind when we think about nuclear energy. Thankfully, events like these actually very …

S3 E7: Half-Life

June 28th, 2022

27:37

The aftermath of SL-1 highlighted a problem that we still haven’t solved, despite decades of searching for a solution: what to do with the waste. Our …

S3 E6: You Look Radiant

June 21st, 2022

33:03

As firefighters and medical personnel staged operations at SL-1, a plume of radioactive gas silently made its way over the Idaho desert, creeping towards the nearby towns. How much of a risk did the explosion at SL-1 …

S3 E5: Trust Issues

June 14th, 2022

25:42

The only three people who really knew what had transpired at SL-1 were dead, and it would take months to determine what likely happened—plenty of …

S3 E4: Chain Reaction

June 7th, 2022

22:48

Two of the men working the reactor that night had personal problems. They hated each other. They fought with their bosses. And those problems could …

S3 E3: A New(clear) Hope

May 31st, 2022

26:05

The horrifying devastation of Hiroshima and Nagasaki proved the destructive capabilities of nuclear power. But, in the aftermath of World War II, we …

S3 E2: Out Of Little Things

May 24th, 2022

29:01

How did we figure out that such a tiny particle—an atom—held all that power? For that matter, what is an atom? A primer on the basics of atomic energy—including its destructive capabilities—to help us better understand …

S3 E1: Close To Home

May 17th, 2022

25:02

In Wild Thing: Going Nuclear, we’ll use science, history and culture to probe the realities of atomic energy today, while analyzing our own …

S3 Wild Thing: Going Nuclear Trailer

April 19th, 2022

2:12

Back for its third season, Wild Thing uses science, history and culture to probe the realities of nuclear energy today, while analyzing our own …

S2 E10: The Truth Is Out There

November 19th, 2020

27:39

'Oumuamua is long gone—out of sight and almost impossible to reach. The excitement over it generated endless fascination about what (and who) might be out there. Ultimately, that’s what this search for extraterrestrial …

S2 E9: You Gotta Have Faith

November 12th, 2020

28:35

Our views on aliens can often be uplifting, offering a glimpse of a better, technologically-bright future, or a glimmer of hope about our ability to …

S2 E8: Popular Science (Fiction)

November 5th, 2020

32:01

American culture is saturated with extraterrestrial and UFO references—and we still can’t get enough. Hollywood has raked in billions on alien-themed …

S2 E7: E.T. Phone Home

October 29th, 2020

36:42

We’ve been broadcasting our presence for about 85 years now, with radio, television, and radar, essentially spamming space with all kinds of …

S2 E6: Hear No Aliens, See No Aliens

October 22nd, 2020

33:31

To really look for intelligent extraterrestrial life, say scientists, we have to look way far out into space. A new set of initiatives—the …

S2 E5: Independence Day

October 15th, 2020

33:01

In 2017, the nation’s prominent newspapers published outlandish-sounding stories about a secret UFO program run by the Pentagon. We talk to retired Navy pilot Ryan Graves who recalls seeing some weird objects and speak …

S2 E4: Roswell

October 8th, 2020

39:29

For all the people who think there’s life somewhere out there in space, there are also those who think the best place to look for it is closer to home. Thousands of people claim to have seen UFOs or have had alien …

S2 E3: Doing The Math

October 1st, 2020

38:32

What’s the actual likelihood of extraterrestrial life? Especially intelligent life? 60 years ago, astronomer Frank Drake took a crack at calculating …

S2 E2: What Is Life?

September 24th, 2020

33:07

We’re surrounded by life here on Earth—and given how huge the galaxy is, it’s got to be out there on other planets, too, right? But where to look? …

S2 E1: Out Of This World

September 17th, 2020

27:43

'Oumuamua almost slipped past Earth before an astronomer caught sight of this weird object. What was it? Some scientists thought it was just a comet; …

S2: Wild Thing: Space Invaders Trailer

August 20th, 2020

2:01

Back for its second season, Wild Thing: Space Invaders turns our eyes skyward in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. Coming September 17, 2020.

S1 Extra: Wild Thing... For Kids!

July 10th, 2020

24:45

Introducing Searching for Wild Thing! This is the first episode of a kid-friendly version of Wild Thing that host Laura Krantz made in collaboration …

S1 E9: Why We Want To Believe

December 4th, 2018

34:07

Bigfoot researchers remain optimistic that Sasquatch is out there; that the creature will one day be found. Why? Why do people continue to believe? We’ll talk to professional skeptic Michael Shermer about the nature of …

S1 E8: $a$quatch

November 27th, 2018

31:36

Chances are, you’ve already seen Bigfoot. On pizza boxes, advertising jerky, drinking beer, driving monster trucks. There are a lot of people who really do believe. There are even more who just think the idea of Bigfoot …

S1 E7: Taboo

November 20th, 2018

29:07

Bigfoot can be tongue-in-cheek fun - but what happens if you take it seriously? There are the people who’ve risked their professional careers and personal reputations, and expended a lot of time, money and energy …

S1 E6: Bump In The Night

November 13th, 2018

27:48

Tired of waiting around for other people to find Bigfoot, Laura goes into the woods (with some experts). This particular outing is led by Cindy …

S1 E5: A-C-G-T Spells B-G-F-T

November 6th, 2018

25:49

Everywhere you go, you leave bits of yourself behind - and Bigfoot would no different. But now, those DNA droppings are easier than ever to analyze, …

S1 E4: Eyewitness

October 30th, 2018

32:44

A Bigfoot sighting can apparently change your life and even lead to obsession. Thousands of people claim to have laid eyes on Sasquatch over the past century and Laura’s spoken to dozens of them—compelling stories that …

S1 E3: The Evidence

October 16th, 2018

32:09

Let’s look at the evidence. There are footprints and sounds, grainy pictures, and the notorious Patterson-Gimlin film—that shaky 1967 video of a big, …

S1 E2: Distant Relatives or Kissing Cousins?

October 9th, 2018

28:02

Just what is Bigfoot? Descendant of ancient apes? Close human ancestor? Evolution might hold the answer to this question. Homo sapiens may rule the …

S1 E1: Grover

October 2nd, 2018

28:12

Laura Krantz is a veteran public radio editor and producer. So how did she end up in the wilds of the Pacific Northwest, eyeballing some giant ground nests… that might have been made by Bigfoot? You can place the blame …

Wild Thing Trailer

August 30th, 2018

2:52

Wild Thing, a new podcast about our collective fascination with Bigfoot - even if we're not sure it exists. Coming October 2.

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