HumaNature Update

A HumaNature update.

Episode 95: Close Encounters Of The Wild Kind III

It's late spring and animals are on the move. Sometimes their paths cross with people. For our last episode of the season, here are two stories...this time from the deep.

Episode 94: Surfing With Jason

Justin Murray and his brother Jason spent their childhoods in Florida. They did everything together: fishing, surfing, making their own surfboards. But when they grew up, they forgot about their old dreams and got corporate jobs--until something happened that reminded Justin what life was all about.

Episode 93: Reaching Rob's Roadhouse

Greg Mills and his best friend Rob adventured together in the Alaska wilderness. Their dream was to run the Iditarod Trail Invitational Trail together. A wild river seemed to present an insurmountable obstacle. Despite everything, Greg kept going.

Episode 92: Fireline

Introducing Montana Public Radio's new podcast, Fireline. When Lily Clarke arrived at the August Complex Fire, it was a fire of sensational size. The blaze eventually burned more than 1 million acres, becoming the largest recorded wildfire in California history. Across the country in 2020, flames charred an area nearly 5 times the size of Yellowstone National Park — the largest swath of land burned since reliable records began. Wildfires across the country are getting bigger, hotter and more devastating. But what's all this fire really mean — for the west, for firefighters and for everyday folks? And what's it really like to fight fire on the ground?

Episode 91: Meeting A King

Shermin de Silva was an elephant researcher looking for a sign. Then she met a king.

Episode 90: These Boots Were Made For Hiking

Wyn Wiley thought they had to pass for straight, even in their beloved outdoors. But then a special pair of boots came into their life.

Episode 89: Beyond The Court

Damen Bell-Holter faced a lot of trauma growing up in his small village in Alaska. He formed a goal to play professional basketball. But reaching for his dreams revealed an even larger purpose.

Episode 88: From One Glowworm To Another

How has your relationship with nature changed during the pandemic? The HumaNature community weighs in.

Bonus Episode: Ten Steps

We're on a holiday break until January 20. In the meantime, here's a dramatic story from the archives. In December 2016, Karen Klein got trapped in a snowstorm near the Grand Canyon. But she pushed through it to save her family.

Episode 87: 'Have I Had My Last Good Oyster?'

HumaNature's taking a holiday break. We'll be back with a fresh new episode on January 20. In the meantime, we'd like to introduce you to Life Raft, an upbeat podcast about living with climate change. In this episode, they take us on a journey from a famous oyster bar in New Orleans to a lab that's trying to prepare oysters for a more turbulent future.

Episode 86: A Vegan's Guide To Eating Chicken

Muyambi loved biking, so when his friends asked him to plan a cycling trip across his home country of Uganda he was thrilled. But challenges arose one late night when they had to get creative for dinner.

Episode 85: The Unclimbables

Mo Beck was a professional climber who regularly won gold in competitions. But when she joined a team on a long expedition in the remote Cirque of the Unclimbables, she was amused to witness the tension between two of her fellow teammates...and the stinky solution.

Episode 84: Out On The Road

Mikah Meyer grew up the son of a pastor and secretly struggled with his sexuality. But on a record-setting road trip to all of America's national parks, he realized its success hinged on being open about who he was.

Episode 83: The In-Between IV

The leaves are scattering down the sidewalk and fog touches the tips of the trees. It's that time of year again when the shadows lengthen and we bring you stories that aren't quite human or all the way natural. Welcome to a most haunted theatre.

Episode 82: The Afrovivalist

Sharon Ross wanted to be prepared for anything. But when she joined others getting ready for the end of the world, she found herself the odd one out. (more...)

Season 6 Preview

A glimpse of some of the stories coming your way this season, starting October 14. (more...)

Bonus Episode: The Source

Climate change is all over the news, from burning forests to melting ice sheets. But it can seem like a big, abstract problem. Writer Manasseh Franklin wanted to make the melting of glaciers more real to people. So on an Alaskan rafting trip, she followed water to its source. It's a story from our archives that's just as poignant—and humorous—today. (more...)

Bonus Episode: Row Row Row Your Boat. Or Not.

As summer wanes, we're reaching into the archives for a story about a classic summer activity: a leisurely river float. At least, that's what it was supposed to be. But when they lost their guide, a group of tourists got more than they bargained for. (more...)

Bonus Episode: Tipping Point

While we work on new stories for this fall, here's a summer favorite from 2019. 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...)

Episode 81: The Ghost Of Africa

South Africans Chris Diedericks and Anna Calitz wanted to go on a romantic getaway, but their adventure broke down before it even began. (more...)

Episode 80: Starstruck

Juan Martinez grew up in South Central L.A. in the early nineties. He was struggling to find his way until he traded detention for a pack of jalapeño seeds. Those led him all the way to the stars. (more...)

Episode 79: The Feeling Of Being Alive

Boyd Varty lives on a game reserve in South Africa near Kruger National Park. After his family began returning the land to its wild state, it awakened something wild in him, too. (more...)

Episode 78: Biking On Empty

After cycling across America, Taylor Thibodeau had a lifetime of adventures ahead of him...until a mysterious illness cut that short. Then he decided to adventure anyway. (more...)