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June 18, 2019
The Quietest Place on Earth
If you are enjoying The Wild and want us to keep on making more episodes, we could really use your help. Please take a few minutes to fill out our listener survey. We’d love to get your thoughts. Thanks! A lot of time we go to nature to find silence, to find solace. But what is silence really? You might think you’re in a quiet place, but it is hard to find complete natural silence with no human noise pollution. In this episode, Chris hits the road with sound engineers Gordon Hempton and Matt Mikkelsen on a mission to find the quietest place on earth. You can learn more about Matt and Gordon’s work [here](http:// https://www.quietparks.org/partners.).
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30 min
June 11, 2019
Waiting for Penguins
If you are enjoying The Wild and want us to keep on making more episodes, we could really use your help. Please take a few minutes to fill out our listener survey. We’d love to get your thoughts. Thanks! Filmmakers Jeff Wilson and Mark Smith spent four months in a tiny shack in the Antarctic documenting a colony of 500,000 Adelie penguins. They endured 130 mile hour winds, sub-zero temperatures and penguin poop…lots of penguin poop. Jeff and Mark documented penguins in two films, one for the BBC’s Frozen Planet and the other in Disneynature’s Penguins.
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30 min
June 4, 2019
Guns, Bombs and Sea Lions
Learn how you can support The Wild and can get early access to new episodes and bonus content by going to our donation page. In the 1800’s over 10 million salmon would return to the Columbia River that borders Washington and Oregon. Today that number is closer to two million. Many factors account for this change including lower water quality, a warmer climate and sea lions. Hundreds of sea lions gather at the base of the Bonneville Dam eating salmon that are trying to make their way up river to spawn. Humans are going to great lengths to scare off the sea lions in hopes of preserving the salmon run. Chris examines the tensions between man and animal, telling the story from the point of view of the sea lion.
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16 min
May 28, 2019
The ‘Ghost Bears’ of Washington State
Learn how you can support The Wild and can get early access to new episodes and bonus content by going to our donation page. Two hundred years ago grizzly bears roamed the North Cascades, but today there are less than twenty, maybe even just one or two. No one really knows for sure since they are so hard to find. That is why they are known as ‘ghost bears.’ But today there is a movement to bring them back. Many people love the idea, others hate it. Chris looks at the challenges of bringing grizzlies back to northeast Washington and what has fueled his life long love of bears.
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23 min
May 21, 2019
Chris Sees a Forest Therapist
Learn how you can support The Wild and can get early access to new episodes and bonus content by going to our donation page. Nature can lower your blood pressure, reduce depression and may even help fight cancer. Chris takes a walk in woods with forest therapist Julie Hepp and learns about the powers of nature. He also chats with author Florence Williams who has written extensively about the health benefits of forests and research being conducted in this growing field of study.
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21 min
May 14, 2019
50 Bears, 2 Hours from Rome
Learn how you can support The Wild and can get early access to new episodes and bonus content by going to our donation page. Italy’s Lazio e Molise National Park, just two hours outside of Rome, has an incredible variety of wildlife: wolves, boar, red deer, roe deer, goat-antelope. It’s also home to about 50 European brown bears, the smaller cousins of the grizzly, and the world’s rarest subspecies of brown bear. Chris meets up with the “Italian Chris Morgan” for a tour of the this island of wilderness.
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30 min
May 7, 2019
Animal Psychology and How to Stay Safe in the Wild
Learn how you can support The Wild and can get early access to new episodes and bonus content by going to our donation page. When you’re outside hiking or camping and you encounter an animal, it’s important to understand what’s going on from the animal’s perspective. On today’s episode Chris will share people’s real life interactions with animals and discuss what they did right and what they should have done differently. Here are links to the videos discussed on the episode capturing people’s surprising encounters with other creatures: Brown bear encounter Hiking with bears Mountain biker meets mountain lion Sea lion drags girl off dock Gorillas in Uganda
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24 min
April 30, 2019
A Siberian Tiger Named Bloody Mary
No one had filmed Siberian tigers before Sooyong Park. There are only about 500 of the big cats left in the wildest part of eastern Russia. On this episode, Chris Morgan will take us to Siberian with Park and show the dedication needed to catch a glimpse at the rarest tiger in the world. To learn how you can listen to The Wild episodes in advance and bonus material trek on over to our website.
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19 min
April 23, 2019
Leave it to beavers. Seriously.
On this episode we'll learn how the mighty beaver has reshaped the landscape of America, had a role in politics and may help us adapt to climate change. To learn how you can listen to The Wild episodes in advance and bonus material trek on over to our website.
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25 min
April 16, 2019
Return of Ze Big Bad Wolf
Wars and man have pushed wolves out of Germany since the early 1900s but in 2000 they started coming back. In a process called rewilding wolves increasing in number, finding refuge among the dilapidated military bases strewn across the German countryside.
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26 min
April 9, 2019
How to Catch a Grizzly
On a research trip in the Canadian Rockies Chris helps a biologist friend capture and release a grizzly. This was part of a research program to better understand what grizzlies need to survive by tracking their health, movements and mating habits.
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17 min
April 2, 2019
A Cougar Walks Into Your Backyard...
A cougar biologist with Washington state once received a complaint. An old lady called him up and said, “There’s a cougar in my backyard.” And the biologist responded, “Well, that’s funny because I got a call this morning from a cougar. He told me there’s an old lady in his frontyard!” Our backyards are getting bigger. And the cougar’s front yard is getting smaller. This episode, we search out some of these big cats to understand the impact cougars and humans have on each other.
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25 min
March 6, 2019
Season 1 Preview
Ecologist and award-winning filmmaker Chris Morgan uncovers the surprising connections we share with animals and the wild around us. Taking listeners around the world to Italy, Germany and Chris’ own back yard in the Pacific Northwest, The Wild explores the resilient power of nature and our relationship to it.
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1 min
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