Podcast

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.

Episodes

  • Episode 53: We’re Thru-(Hike)

    Feb 13 2019

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

  • Episode 52: A Positive Experience!

    Jan 23 2019

    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

    Jan 09 2019

    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

    Dec 12 2018

    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

    Nov 28 2018

    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 had never canoed before. (more…)

  • Episode 49: Murphy’s Law

    Nov 14 2018

    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

    Oct 31 2018

    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

    Oct 16 2018

    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 point of view, she found she had to listen, too.  (more…)

  • Bonus Episode: Catch And Release

    Oct 03 2018

    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. (more…)

  • Episode 46: Sanctuary

    Sep 20 2018

    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 their mountain home. (more…)

  • The Event Horizon Part 3: Death

    Sep 06 2018

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

  • The Event Horizon Part 2: Creativity

    Sep 06 2018

    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

    Sep 06 2018

    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 they’re also creative? (more…)

  • Bonus Episode: Through The Keyhole

    Jul 25 2018

    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 ended up coming face to face with it instead. (more…)

  • Episode 45: Remembering How To Be Human

    Jul 11 2018

    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…)

  • Episode 44 (VIDEO): The Elephant Guardian

    Jun 20 2018

    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

    Jun 06 2018

    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 helped carry the weight. (more…)

  • Episode 43: Dogs On A Plane

    May 23 2018

    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 09 2018

    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. (more…)

  • Episode 41: Carbon And Dust

    Apr 25 2018

    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 facing one of the most fundamental aspects of nature: death. (more…)

  • Episode 40: Her Legacy

    Apr 11 2018

    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 National Park in Patagonia. (more…)

  • Episode 39: Junk

    Mar 28 2018

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

  • Episode 38: The Hunt

    Mar 14 2018

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

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

    Feb 28 2018

    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 breasts and pre-washed baby spring mix. Tory Taylor set out to discover what folks really ate thousands of years ago. (more…)

  • 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. (more…)

  • Episode 36: The Oregon Trailblazer

    Feb 07 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. (more…)

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

    Feb 05 2018

    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

    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. (more…)

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

    Jan 19 2018

    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. (more…)

  • Episode 34: The Law Of Gravity

    Jan 10 2018

    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. (more…)

  • 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. (more…)

  • Episode 32: Trash Bandits And Border Collies

    Dec 06 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. (more…)

  • 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. (more…)

  • Episode 31: Why Elephants Never Forget

    Nov 08 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. (more…)

  • Episode 30: The In-Between

    Oct 25 2017

    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

    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. (more…)

  • Episode 28: Things That Go Squeak In The Night

    Sep 27 2017

    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

    Sep 20 2017

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

  • Season 3 Preview

    Sep 13 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. (more…)

  • 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. (more…)

  • Episode 25: Ordinary Giants

    Aug 04 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. (more…)

  • 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. (more…)

  • 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. (more…)

  • Summer Series Preview

    Jun 16 2017

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

  • 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. (more…)

  • 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. (more…)

  • Episode 20: Dogs Are People, Too

    Apr 19 2017

    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 just begun. (more…)

  • 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. (more…)

  • Episode 18: Go Tell It In The Desert

    Mar 08 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. (more…)

  • 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. (more…)

  • 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 fresh perspective. (more…)

  • Episode 15: 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? (more…)

  • Episode 14: It’s All Downwind From Here

    Nov 16 2016

    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. (more…)

  • Episode 13: Bigfoot

    Oct 19 2016

    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

    Sep 21 2016

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

  • Episode 11: Hoofprints On The Heart

    Aug 17 2016

    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

    Jun 29 2016

    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 your grill(e)! (more…)

  • Episode 10: The Moon And The Possum

    May 18 2016

    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

    Apr 20 2016

    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 the way from New York to San Francisco. (more…)

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

    Mar 16 2016

    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

    Feb 17 2016

    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. (more…)

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

    Jan 19 2016

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

  • Episode 5: Finding The Way Home In A Purple Canoe

    Nov 18 2015

    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

    Oct 21 2015

    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

    Sep 16 2015

    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. (more…)

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

    Aug 18 2015

    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?

    Aug 18 2015

    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 into town to be developed before the clients returned. (more…)