podcast cover
Science

Outside/In

New Hampshire Public Radio / Panoply

+28 FANS
Our connection to the outdoors runs deep in our DNA, but our relationship to the natural world can be complicated. From the unintended human costs of clean energy, to the murky ethics of high-risk rescue missions, to our seemingly eternal conflict wi...Show More
Best
Newest
One Bin to Rule Them All

26:39 | Apr 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 landfill. That plastic bottle is cash ...Show More
Daisy Supply Chain

26:09 | 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 inside the billion dollar flow...Show More
Full Disclosure

39:11 | Mar 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, filmmakers have to engage in a...Show More
Patient Zero: The Triangle

45:00 | Aug 15th

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 spread, pathogens rely on nearly every aspect of our shared societies. Food and drink, social customs, our...Show More
Introducing Patient Zero

04:09 | Jul 23rd

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. First episode drops mid-August!  Find more at patientzeropodcast.com.
Can You Feel the Lies Tonight

44:11 | Jul 4th

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 epic tale of class, land rights, and destiny... and critiques the landscapes, animals, and themes tha...Show More
Plan B

35:39 | Jun 20th

 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 engineer the Earth's atmosphere in ...Show More
Swimming Lessons

40:03 | Jun 6th

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. On this episode, two stories th...Show More
I'm a Penguin Counter for God's Sake!

22:26 | May 23rd

Traveling to Antarctica to hang with penguins on the company dime likely seems like the dream assignment for a journalist... or anyone. Rob Naveen has been living that dream, counting penguins by hand for decades. And today you're going to hear about...Show More
Operation Confirmation Bias

53:31 | May 10th

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 weapon that left no trace, it led ...Show More
Ask Sam: Bidets the Day

29:21 | Apr 25th

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 before calling in the real experts.  This time we tackle paper towels, cow poop, body temperature, and...Show More
Pants on Fire

32:42 | Apr 18th

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 for consumers in the United St...Show More
Must Love Logs

35:11 | Apr 12th

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 actual branding iron. Donate her...Show More
Killing Cats, Saving Numbats

33:30 | Apr 4th

In Australia, conventional conservation wisdom has stated that in order to save the small indigenous mammals, it's necessary to kill invasive predators. But is it?  Today on the show, we follow environmental writer Emma Marris as she explores the con...Show More
The Family Business

1:01:48 | Mar 28th

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 governor today.  In their roles o...Show More
Hunting The Night Parrot

35:58 | Mar 14th

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 dubious finds offered up foolproof evidence that the bird is still alive: photographs, feathers, and bir...Show More
10X10: Under The Ice

25:45 | Feb 28th

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 a few inches down though, and y...Show More
Leave No Stone

39:57 | Feb 14th

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 UP NATURE! - sorting out the d...Show More
32 Is the New 40

31:33 | Jan 31st

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 lifestyle? With modern mechanization and automation, should we all have more leisure time? And what wo...Show More
Falling Doesn't Count

46:58 | Jan 17th

Here's a humdinger of a thought experiment: How fast could people go before the combustion engine and other technologies drastically increased the speed of the human race? And how did they pull it off? Skis? Sled-dogs? Catapults? From ancient horseri...Show More
Rake and Ride

35:03 | Jan 3rd

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 process they simply appropriated l...Show More
Just Decide

37:01 | Dec 20th, 2018

Everyone's heard of Vikings - their daring North Atlantic voyages, their mysterious runes. But there's another ancient culture in Arctic Scandinavia that's much older, and just as fascinating - the Sámi. While the Vikings have been celebrated, Sámi m...Show More
Now I am an Axolotl

40:20 | Dec 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 Xolotl, the Aztec god of heavenly fire, of lightning and the underworld, and the renegade twin brother of ...Show More
Ask Sam: Trichomes, Bug hair, Bug Tumors, & Mollusk Shells

26:30 | Nov 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 phone to call in the real experts.  This time, we've got another hirsute mystery: Are insect and plant h...Show More
The Meat Matrix

53:21 | Nov 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 gotten in touch with producers at ...Show More
So Over Population [Part 2]

40:46 | Oct 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 millennium, population got all tangled up in immigration in one vote at the Sierra Club.That ugly fight...Show More
So Over Population [Part 1]

38:50 | Oct 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 issue that you’ll only hear from out of the mouth of comic book super-villain Thanos. It's a big story,...Show More
O/I Presents: Bear Brook

38:38 | Oct 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 about a cold case that's changing how murders will be investigated forever.www.bearbrookpodcast.com
Look Toward the Dawn

30:29 | Sep 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 secret sixth sense...one that’s...Show More
This Isn't Science, It's a Love Story

37:38 | Sep 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 our favorite facts about our fav...Show More
Shrunk and Punk'd

35:03 | Aug 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 fit men. Today, we're digging in...Show More
The Sky is Burning

38:22 | Aug 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 to be like that, but things tu...Show More
10x10 - Pine Barren

27:44 | Aug 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 powerful… basically the world is a...Show More
Loser Wolves: A Cat Fancy

37:48 | Jul 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 animal personality. But is it possible to isolate the parts of a wild animal that you like, and forgo the...Show More
Molto Moleche

23:05 | Jul 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 estuaries is a straight up Italian deli...Show More
The Most Dangerous Game

36:17 | Jun 21st, 2018

Show that you love Outside/In! (And stick it to the guy in the corner office) Click here to donate: https://goo.gl/ijzVaZ On June 27th, 1981, a bodybuilder, a stockbroker, and 10 other men entered the woods of New Hampshire, determined to settle an a...Show More
The Forest for the Treesap

39:40 | Jun 7th, 2018

Show that you love Outside/In! (And stick it to the guy in the corner office) Click here to donate: https://goo.gl/ijzVaZ Mysteries are brewing in the sugar shack. Changes are coming to New England’s sugar bushes. And the very identity of a product t...Show More
Ride or Die

34:51 | 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 front of a storm when everyone...Show More
Ask Sam: Hair of the Dog, Walking Fish and the Truth About Palm Trees

26:16 | 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 hair and dog fur. Oh, and thin...Show More
Stay In Your Lane

39:17 | Apr 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 least a century, and environmentali...Show More
Shine Service

22:27 | Apr 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 this veteran shoe shiner just can’...Show More
Life on the Edge of the Olympics

23:38 | Mar 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 down the list, choosing which ath...Show More
Magical Drinking

31:47 | Mar 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 springs can make you sick.  To...Show More
Updates For Your Brain

38:20 | Feb 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 producer, Erika Janik, to talk ...Show More
An American Lobster in Stockholm

29:08 | Feb 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 invasion. This question is hard to an...Show More
Ask Sam: Caterpillar Legs, Living Fossils, & Sam Ruins Edison Bulbs

30:51 | Jan 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 ride a bicycle when it's -18 degre...Show More
Stoner Panels

26:16 | Jan 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 instrumental in getting the solar industry off the ground, and without them, the industry as we know ...Show More
What's the Deal with Coydogs?

20:12 | Dec 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 answers.
Fantastic Mr. Phillips

35:59 | Dec 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 environmental protest cross the...Show More
Powerline, Part IV: Down the Line

30:17 | Nov 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 hires specialists who consult with impacted communities, and modify the designs of their projects to t...Show More
Powerline, Part III: The Peace of the Braves

29:44 | Nov 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 episode two of Powerline, we brin...Show More
Powerline, Part II: The Project of the Century

30:48 | Nov 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 massive hydro projects, the company flooded land that had been used by indigenous people for thousan...Show More
Powerline, Part I: Masters In Our Own Home

33:53 | Nov 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 occupants—its indigenous people—to one side. It’s also the story of how that effort led to something th...Show More
Introducing: Powerline

02:20 | Oct 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 energy” comes freighted with a compl...Show More
Vultures Inherit the Earth

30:36 | Oct 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 birds fly to the Dominican Republic...Show More
Ask Sam | Eating Grass, Killing Trees, Bottling and Logging

26:46 | Oct 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, grass eating and the sound in the ...Show More
In Too Deep

46:05 | Sep 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 regulator, and surfaces in an air pocket deep in the belly of the ship. He finds a tea-kettle full of fresh...Show More
Pick Your Poison

27:25 | Sep 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 gathering food out in the wilderness, and nothing proves that more vividly than the practice of mushro...Show More
Lime and Tabasco

35:49 | Aug 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 created the foundation for a strategy that would lead them to succeed where heavy-handed government p...Show More
The Hitchhiker's Guide to WWOOFing

25:49 | Aug 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 reconsider that first suggestion. Bu...Show More
Bright Lights, Big Salad

24:25 | Aug 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 stores and restaurants. But even local foods can meet with local opposition when the neighbors see a f...Show More
Healing Hands of Nature

34:05 | Jul 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 legislation, is this treatment option t...Show More
After The Flood

26:02 | Jul 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 time in a way that may make it difficult to learn from the mistakes of the past. 
Eat the Invaders & Ask Sam

27:03 | Jun 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, storm clouds, and dew.
S.O.S.

32:04 | Jun 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 former Navy Seals, helicopters, airplanes, and even yaks to get the job done. But this service comes...Show More
10x10 - Midden

29:32 | 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? There are mysteries abound in the...Show More
Champagne on the Rocks

18:58 | 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, complete with an update at the e...Show More
Ask Sam Round-up

19:58 | Apr 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 around we decided to ask Chris Martin of the New Hampshire Audubon, and Dave Anderson from the Fores...Show More
Leave it to Beavers

28:15 | Apr 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 ponds ease flooding downstream, and support large numbers of bird species, fish, amphibians, and otters. ...Show More
The Company Man

18:51 | Mar 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 black lung, a disease that was thought to be a relic of the past; a problem when coal mining was at ...Show More
Bonus Episode: 3 1/2 Feet Under

18:12 | Mar 9th, 2017

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

30:29 | Mar 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 skeptical colleagues skiing for the very first time to show that it doesn’t have to be a fancy endeavo...Show More
Fantastic Mr. Phillips

35:23 | Feb 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 environmental protest cross the...Show More
Ask Sam | Snow Fleas, Wind, Mount Mitchell

20:36 | Feb 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 more interesting ones. This wee...Show More
The Death Machine

32:01 | Jan 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 to forgo standard funeral practi...Show More
A House Built on Sand

23:26 | Jan 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 home by the shore, the decision to pull up stakes and leave is a wrenching one. 
The Accidental History of Solar Power

39:36 | Jan 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 metering. It’s a system that has come to be the bedrock of the American rooftop solar industry, and the r...Show More
Millionaires' Hunt Club

24:01 | Dec 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 stay a secret.
HumaNature - Hoofprints on the Heart

23:15 | Dec 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 HumaNature, which is based in Wyoming, and they’re part of the team responsible for bringing us the story o...Show More
The 2nd Greatest Show on Earth

21:24 | Dec 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 that process became the template...Show More
Don't Cheer For Me Argentina

19:35 | Dec 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 the side of a bus? This story ex...Show More
10x10 - Traffic Circle

17:11 | Nov 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.

24:37 | Nov 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 exchange all of the comforts of their home for the simplicity of a shed in the woods? 
Nature is a Haunted House

21:48 | Oct 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 ghosts just like hanging out in ...Show More
Eat the Invaders - Lionfish

16:07 | Oct 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, most voracious and intractable invaders out there: the lionfish.
Look Toward the Dawn

24:33 | Oct 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 secret sixth sense...one that’s...Show More
Dr. Percy & the Magic Soybean

35:36 | Sep 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 plants are to the building blocks of our own human, mammalian bodies. This week we dive head first int...Show More
The Early Birder Gets the Bird

23:07 | Sep 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 himself doing a lot of birding. A L...Show More
When the Cat's Away, The Mice Will Play

09:44 | Sep 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.
WTF is TFC?

25:10 | Aug 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 tirelessly to make sure the paths you fo...Show More
Never Bring a Sledgehammer to a Scalpel Fight

29:35 | Aug 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 forests for more than a century. Nothing could stop the moths except a controversial method of wildli...Show More
These Shoes Were Made For Mocking

24:42 | Jul 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 that reaction is typically disgus...Show More
The Pokémon Question

20:51 | Jul 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 Poké-believer and a Poké-skeptic.
Up Against the Ropes

27:47 | Jul 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 populations have bounced back, one species is still up against the ropes. Literally. In this story, Sam tackl...Show More
Ask Sam | Syrup-titious

21:42 | Jun 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

21:32 | Jun 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 channels, but on the internet, people ...Show More
S01|E05: Stake Your Claim

57:03 | May 19th, 2016

There used to be a time when you could strike out into the vast unexplored wilderness and stake your claim – but not anymore. Today, the story of one seaside town where one homeowner is facing a brutal property dispute against an undefeatable oppone...Show More
S01|E04: Living Fossils

56:04 | May 12th, 2016

Technology advances at breakneck speed, so why hasn’t the electric grid hasn’t changed in 60 years? This week’s episode explores things, that for one reason or another, haven’t changed in a very, very long time. Like the ginkgo tree, which has remain...Show More
S01|E03: Nurture vs. Nature

59:13 | May 5th, 2016

Tyler Armstrong is 12-years-old. He loves video games, laser tag, and he wants to become the youngest person to summit Mount Everest. In this episode, Outside/In poses an ethical question: how young is too young to climb Mount Everest? Plus, what to ...Show More
S01|E02: On the Hunt

55:16 | Apr 28th, 2016

Ever since becoming a reporter, Sam has heard stories about a secret hunting reserve in New Hampshire, stocked with elk and 200-pound wild boar. It's the size of a medium-sized town, but most people have never even heard about it, and almost nobody ...Show More
S01|E01: Let's Take This Outside

56:17 | Apr 21st, 2016

How do you define wilderness? Why are humans drawn to summits? Will the cold-hardy kiwi save a struggling local economy, or will it destroy a native eco-system? What is nutria, and why does it taste so good? Meet Outside/In. A brand new radio show an...Show More
Trailer: Outside/In Season 1

01:29 | Apr 15th, 2016

We've got some really cool stuff coming up! But not until next week. Here's a sneak peek.
Tiny Terror

07:33 | Mar 25th, 2016

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

22:15 | Mar 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 energy reports, unfinished radio sto...Show More
Parenting At 24,000 Feet

19:48 | Mar 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 decided to quit mountaineering ...Show More
The Young Man of the Mountain

20:31 | Feb 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 attempt to summit the world’s highest mountain. In this episode, an ethical debate: how young is too young...Show More
Smashing Pumpkins-The Gourd That Changed A Town

22:50 | Feb 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

18:02 | Jan 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 ran afoul of a park founded on i...Show More
Ginkgo Stink

22:10 | Jan 12th, 2016

Ginkgo Biloba is a beautiful tree with an incredible history that dates back millions of years – it’s also a popular street tree among urban foresters. So why are some cities clamoring to have them all cut down, while others are planting them in the ...Show More
Pier Pressure

21:53 | Dec 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. There was just one problem – it was illegal. In this story, we hear about Quimby’s seventeen-year bat...Show More
The Moose Whisperer

14:35 | Dec 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 going to want a moose whisperer.
10x10 - Vernal Pools

11:21 | Dec 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 and abundant sources of life that you've never heard of.
The Kiwi Apocalypse

17:16 | Dec 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, even though it's another man's invasive nightmare. 
Trailer: What is Outside/In?

01:36 | Nov 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