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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.
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 with invasive species, we dive head first into those complexities with stories, in-depth reporting, and a touch of nerdiness. You don’t have to be a conservation biologist, a whitewater kayaker, or an obsessive composter to love Outside/In. It’s a ...
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A frantic cacophony of loud, rapid birdcalls tells other birds there’s a predator on the prowl. It’s called “mobbing” as birds clamor and dart — back and forth — at the threat.By (Tune In to
Researchers at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography hope to turn surfers into citizen scientists by equipping them with a "smartfin" that gathers data as they surf.
Hot weather can influence cognitive performance, according to new research. Young adults living in non-air-conditioned dorms during a heat wave performed worse on math and attention tests.
Generations of birders have puzzled over how to tell Downy Woodpeckers from Hairy Woodpeckers. The two species’ patterns of black and white feathers are so alike that it was long thought they were the closest of relatives.By (Tune In to
A flight of White-collared Swifts, huge swifts the size of small falcons, wing their way toward a small waterfall in Southern Mexico. Flying up to 100 miles per hour, they slice right through the waterfall into the cave beyond. White-collared Swifts are found from Mexico to Brazil.By (Tune In to
Gordon Orians describes an unusual adaptation in blackbirds called gaping: "...the ability to forcibly open the bill against some pressure, so that a bird can push its bill into the base of a grass clump, and forcibly open it, which reveals the insects that may be down hidden in the baseBy (Tune In to
Pruitt Out, Wheeler In | Fracking On The Rachel Carson Trail | Judge Kavanaugh & Environmental Protection | Beyond The Headlines | BirdNote: Sparrow Sing In Arizona Monsoon | Hospital Farming For Better Health | The Place Where You Live: Anchorage, AlaskaScott Pruitt is gone and his deputy and former coal lobbyist Andrew Wheeler, now acting adm ...…
Summer is a crucial time to keep your backyard birds supplied with water for drinking and bathing. Birdbaths set at different heights serve a great variety of birds.By (Tune In to
Electric scooters, skateboards and bicycles are popping up all over in cities all over the country. Ride-hailing companies are also moving to two wheels. Uber bought the bike sharing company Jump, and Lyft followed suit by scooping up Motivate, which operates bike sharing services in San Francisco, Boston, Chicago, New York and other cities. Is ...…
When it comes to protecting the environment, sometimes the most unusual ideas are the best ones. From using donkey dung to help save an endangered bat to brewing beer out of old bread, we examine some of the strange and innovative ways people are helping save the planet.
Solar power is growing fast, but there need to be ways to store that power for use at night. The biggest energy storage technology involves pumping water up a mountain.
After hatching, baby robins spend up to 15 days in the nest. By July, many young American Robins have left the nest, or fledged. But they aren't ready to make it entirely on their own yet, and they follow their parents around, learning to fend for themselves.By (Tune In to
Most of the time, when lightning makes the news, it’s because of something outlandish—like the park ranger who was struck seven times, or the survivor who also won the lottery (the chances of which are about one in 2.6 trillion), or the guy who claimed lightning strike gave him sudden musical talent. This is not one of those stories. This is ab ...…
Kavanaugh has a skeptical view of agencies that seek to expand their reach. Environmental groups worry he may be willing to strike down regulations designed to address issues such as climate change.
Michigan and the city of Flint will argue Wednesday that the lawsuit they face over the city's water crisis should be dismissed. States are generally shielded from lawsuits.
Football and baseball players sometimes wear eye black to reduce glare from the sun or stadium lights. According to scientists, some birds — including many shrikes, like this Northern Shrike — have evolved a band of black feathers across their eyes that helps in the same way.By (Tune In to
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…)
International shipping sometimes brings unwanted guests: invasive species. The latest invader, the spotted lanternfly, threatens fruit and hardwoods. It's recently spread to Pennsylvania.
When you think of climate activism, Wall Street doesn’t immediately come to mind. But as investors are coming to realize, they do have a voice – and a vote – when it comes to corporate environmental action. Responsible investing is a concept that’s been around for many years, but it’s only recently that companies have begun to take notice. And ...…
Wimbledon is legendary: the verdant green of the courts, the throngs of fans in sun hats, sightings of royalty ... and lots of pigeons. Since the tennis tournament at the All England Club began in 1877, pigeons nested in the stands and generally made a mess of things.By (Tune In to
As the climate warms, temperatures are spiking and heat waves are more frequent. Phoenix — one of the country's hottest cities — aims to be a model in figuring out how to keep people cool.
Author Paul Greenberg says the harvesting of tiny fish for omega-3 supplements is having a ripple effect, leading to less healthy and bountiful oceans. His new book is The Omega Principle.
In Mumbai, beaches are strewn with plastic trash, so now there's a ban on plastics — and penalties for violators. But there are some exceptions.
Just in time for summer hikes and outdoor play, a study finds that the ticks that often convey Lyme disease become unable to bite, and soon die, after exposure to clothing treated with permethrin.
By 2100, Phoenix summers could resemble the 114-degree averages found in Kuwait. The city wants to become a model for coping in a warming world.
Both this Eastern Towhee and the Spotted Towhee of the West sport a black or dark brown hood and back. And when they fly, their tails flash white. When a hawk gives chase, the towhee's flashing tail-feathers draw the predator's attention.By (Tune In to
A year after the U.S. pulled out of the Paris climate agreement, NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks with Elliot Diringer of the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions for an update.
Superb Fairy-wrens teach their embryonic chicks a secret code. This "incubation call" contains a special note that will later serve as a password. When the chicks have hatched, this password enables the adult birds to identify their babies in the darkness of their domed nest.By (Tune In to
NPR's Michel Martin speaks with energy lobbyist and media strategist Frank Maisano about former Senate staffer and oil lobbyist Andrew Wheeler, who was just named acting EPA administrator.
NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks to Georgetown University law professor William Buzbee about the legacy of former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and his deregulation efforts.
Mark's in Orkney visiting the places which inspired writer George MacKay Brown
Large algae blooms in lakes and rivers have become an annual warm weather headache in nearly every U.S. state, endangering water supplies and local economies. A new competition hopes to help.
Conservatives Join Climate Agenda | Beyond The Headlines | The Tide Keeps Rising | Ozone-destroying Chemicals Make A Comeback | An American Eden: The Lost Garden Underneath Rockefeller Center | Mark Seth Lender: Tern AboutAs America celebrated Independence Day, we looked back to the legacy of the generation that followed the “founding fathers,” ...…
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 delicacy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
Shoot to kill or live and let live? We're not always kind to animals, unless perhaps they're in a zoo. We'll get up close and personal with a zebra finch and find out why Germans really love their bears.
An extended interview with legendary climber Sir Chris Bonington.
Mark Stephen and Euan McIlwraith with stories from around Scotland.
Farm Bills Tough on Conservation And Food Stamps | US Relies On Imported Organic Foods | Climate Will Drive Corn Crop Failure | Beyond The Headlines | Central America’s Climate Refugees | Audio PostCard: Sounds of São Paulo, BrazilFamilies say they are migrating from Central America in part because they are feeling climate disruption right now ...…
It’s a summer movie special as Climate One talks to the directors/producers of four recent documentaries that bring human drama to the climate story: Hillbilly, which explores the myths and realities of life in the Appalachian coalfields; My Country No More, the story of one rural community divided by the North Dakota oil boom; Saving the Dark, ...…
Are you up for a Wild Challenge this summer? The RSPB’s new online activity awards, funded by their partnership with supermarket chain Aldi, aims to connect children with nature. Wild Challenge is full of ideas to inspire children to get outdoors and during Wild Challenge week, from the 30th of July to August 5th, those who gain their bronze, s ...…
Women in Saudi Arabia made the headlines this week. They are now allowed to drive, thanks not least to the campaigning by some bold women. In this week's episode, we'll meet some other bold women: Abu Dhabi's first female falconer, an Indian activist fighting plastic pollution, an Italian investigative journalist uncovering a mozzarella scandal ...…
On the bicentenary of Humphry Repton's death Helen Mark finds out all about the landscape gardener and his red books. Humphry Repton is the last English landscape designers of the eighteenth century, often regarded as the successor to Capability Brown. He created over 400 designs across Britain and Ireland and it was Repton who coined the phras ...…
Everyone gets older, but not everyone bows out of competition in middle-age. Journalist Jeff Bercovici wanted to know: Why? Why do some athletes flame out in their 30s and 40s, while others are still going as senior citizens? Is it genetics? Special training? Diet? And could amateur athletes achieve similar results? Outside editor Chris Keyes t ...…
Mark and Helen are at the Royal Highland Show - Scotland's premier agricultural event
Are GMOs the answer to our planet’s food shortage? Or do they jeopardize our health, crops and climate by creating a destructive cycle of Roundup resistance? Like many issues these days, it depends on who you believe. Supporters of genetically modified organisms say that altering the DNA of corn and other crops is just another tool in the farme ...…
Seas Rising Faster With Antarctic Melt | Boston’s Rising Tide | Humpback Whales Rebound | Beyond The Headlines | The Last LobsterIn this episode, we delve into Antarctica’s rapid ice loss, which is three times what it was just a decade ago thanks to warmer ocean temperatures that eat away at the icy continent from below.These same warmer waters ...…
Show that you love Outside/In! (And stick it to the guy in the corner office) Click here to donate: On June 27th, 1981, a bodybuilder, a stockbroker, and 10 other men entered the woods of New Hampshire, determined to settle an argument. They called it The First Annual Survival Game, and the details are the stuff of the leg ...…
Most people think of insects as pests to get rid of — but our survival may be intimately tied to them. The problem is: Insects are in decline. Find out how the Berlin Philharmonic is drawing attention to the issue, why insects don't live at the seaside, and what makes bugs so important in the first place.…
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