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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.
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Episode 38: The Hunt

37:20 | Mar 14th, 2018

Jessi Johnson is a modern-day Artemis. But the perfect shot led her on a heartbreaking odyssey. (more…)
Episode 61: Tipping Point

23:37 | Jul 10th

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 physical strength – and the strength of their friendship. (more…)
Bonus Episode: Carbon And Dust

53:27 | Jun 18th

An encore presentation of our 2019 PRNDI Best Station Podcast award-winner. 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 f...Show More
Episode 60: The Source

25:32 | Jun 5th

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 to its source. (more…)
Episode 59: Vicious And Viral

19:33 | May 15th

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 involved. (more…)
Episode 58: Close Encounters Of The Wild Kind

39:12 | May 1st

It’s spring! Animals are on the move, and sometimes their paths cross with people. Here are four stories. (more…)
Episode 57: Forest Bathing

18:00 | Apr 17th

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 okay. (more…)
Episode 56: The Shuidong Connection

23:24 | Apr 3rd

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

30:35 | Mar 13th

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

30:14 | Mar 13th

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

15:48 | Feb 27th

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)

17:05 | Feb 13th

Emily Pennington was super in love with her boyfriend. But a backpacking trip put that to the test. (more…)
Episode 52: A Positive Experience!

17:43 | Jan 23rd

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

24:04 | Jan 9th

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

25:57 | Dec 12th, 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

20:47 | Nov 28th, 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…...Show More
Episode 49: Murphy’s Law

33:55 | Nov 14th, 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

24:43 | Oct 31st, 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

14:56 | Oct 16th, 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 ha...Show More
Bonus Episode: Catch And Release

14:19 | Oct 3rd, 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

28:54 | Sep 20th, 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

21:20 | Sep 6th, 2018

To Alua Arthur, life made no sense. But then she began to make sense of death. (more…)
The Event Horizon Part 2: Creativity

10:17 | Sep 6th, 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

10:16 | Sep 6th, 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

22:48 | Jul 25th, 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

14:49 | Jul 11th, 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: The Elephant Guardian

06:42 | Jun 20th, 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

21:42 | Jun 6th, 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

16:47 | May 23rd, 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

15:51 | May 9th, 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

51:28 | Apr 25th, 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

29:41 | Apr 11th, 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

30:27 | Mar 28th, 2018

Marcus Eriksen wanted to draw attention to a problem no one could see. So he sailed into the middle of it. (more…)
Episode 37: Crispy Crickets, Not Your Spin Instructor’s Paleo

19:15 | Feb 28th, 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 ...Show More
Extra: Hurricane Of The Heart

09:42 | Feb 14th, 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

29:25 | Feb 7th, 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 fe...Show More
Extra: “What Is Grain Alcohol, And Where Can I Get Some?”

07:44 | Feb 5th, 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

23:43 | Jan 24th, 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. ...Show More
Extra: “Watch Out For the Damn Horny Toads!” And Other Thoughts On Not Having Enough

06:33 | Jan 19th, 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

22:59 | Jan 10th, 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

30:15 | Dec 20th, 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

15:50 | Dec 6th, 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

17:20 | Nov 22nd, 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

18:43 | Nov 8th, 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

33:28 | Oct 25th, 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

16:04 | Oct 11th, 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

15:06 | Sep 27th, 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

30:23 | Sep 20th, 2017

Lucy came face-to-face with a family secret that upended her life. So she seized the moment. (more…)
Season 3 Preview

04:34 | Sep 13th, 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

13:54 | Aug 18th, 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 m...Show More
Episode 25: Ordinary Giants

16:38 | Aug 4th, 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

21:50 | Jul 12th, 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

24:37 | Jun 21st, 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 pla...Show More
Summer Series Preview

05:50 | Jun 16th, 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

21:03 | May 31st, 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

16:45 | May 12th, 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

26:07 | Apr 19th, 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

31:45 | Mar 29th, 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

23:07 | Mar 8th, 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

15:54 | Feb 14th, 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

12:34 | Jan 19th, 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

24:07 | Dec 21st, 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...Show More
Episode 14: It’s All Downwind From Here

15:30 | Nov 16th, 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

19:20 | Oct 19th, 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

20:17 | Sep 21st, 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

21:12 | Aug 17th, 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

20:10 | Jun 29th, 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

12:05 | May 18th, 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

17:36 | Apr 20th, 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.

16:50 | Mar 16th, 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

13:45 | Feb 17th, 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

14:21 | Jan 19th, 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

21:32 | Nov 18th, 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

15:25 | Oct 21st, 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

16:09 | Sep 16th, 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

15:03 | Aug 18th, 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?

08:56 | Aug 18th, 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 ...Show More