Wild Thing

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Subscribers: 1053
Reviews: 15

JohnC
 Sep 29, 2020
First season was fantastic...second season is shaping up to be just as good, if not better. What could be better than bigfoot? Aliens.

foof
 Apr 6, 2020
good stuff 👍.


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Description

Wild Thing is a podcast about the strange and unusual things that capture our imaginations. It’s about the relationship between science and society. And it’s about wild places, wild people, and wild ideas. Because whether it’s seeking out Bigfoot, in season one, or gazing skyward to look for extraterrestrial life in season two, the search for the unknown helps us better understand ourselves. Each week, host Laura Krantz takes us through the latest chapter, which builds on the previous ones, so it’s best to start listening with Episode 1. New episodes are released on Thursday mornings.

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Episode 10: The Truth Is Out There
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Oumuamua is long gone—out of sight and almost impossible to reach. The excitement over it generated endless fascination about what (and who) might be out there. Ultimately, that’s what this search for extraterrestrial life represents—a series of questions that don’t have good answers and may never have them, not now, not in another millennia. So why search? What does it matter? What are we hoping to find? And what does it mean if we don’t find anything at all? *Wild Thing premium members get access to all of season 2, ad free, plus exclusive bonus episodes. Sign up now to listen and support the show. https://wildthing.supportingcast.fm/ *Season 2 of Wild Thing is produced by Laura Krantz and Scott Carney. Editing by Alicia Lipinski. Music and mixing by Louis Weeks. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 19, 2020
Episode 9: You Gotta Have Faith
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Our views on aliens can often be uplifting, offering a glimpse of a better, technologically-bright future, or a glimmer of hope about our ability to survive. In some cases, our thoughts about them are almost spiritual, as though aliens are divine beings. To understand why, we make a trip to Colorado’s UFO Watchtower, which has become something of a shrine for the alien faithful, and talk to author Sarah Scoles about why people place their faith in aliens and UFOs. *Wild Thing premium members get access to all of season 2, ad free, plus exclusive bonus episodes. Sign up now to listen and support the show. https://wildthing.supportingcast.fm/ *Season 2 of Wild Thing is produced by Laura Krantz and Scott Carney. Editing by Alicia Lipinski. Music and mixing by Louis Weeks. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 12, 2020
Episode 8: Popular Science (Fiction)
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American culture is saturated with extraterrestrial and UFO references—and we still can’t get enough. Hollywood has raked in billions on alien-themed programming and it comes in every flavor you can imagine—from horror to camp to science fiction to documentary. What’s the cultural appeal? Why aliens as opposed to any other topic? How have these imagined aliens evolved as we have? *Wild Thing premium members get access to all of season 2, ad free, plus exclusive bonus episodes. Sign up now to listen and support the show. https://wildthing.supportingcast.fm/ *Season 2 of Wild Thing is produced by Laura Krantz and Scott Carney. Editing by Alicia Lipinski. Music and mixing by Louis Weeks. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 05, 2020
Episode 7: E.T. Phone Home
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We’ve been broadcasting our presence for about 85 years now, with radio, television, and radar, essentially spamming space with all kinds of messages. What would we do if someone answers back? What if our message reaches someone, or something, hostile? Some argue that we should be trying to communicate with whoever might be out there. But who should do the talking? And what would we say? *Wild Thing premium members get access to all of season 2, ad free, plus exclusive bonus episodes. Sign up now to listen and support the show. https://wildthing.supportingcast.fm/ *Season 2 of Wild Thing is produced by Laura Krantz and Scott Carney. Editing by Alicia Lipinski. Music and mixing by Louis Weeks. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 29, 2020
Episode 6: Hear No Aliens, See No Aliens
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To really look for intelligent extraterrestrial life, say scientists, we have to look way far out into space. A new set of initiatives—the Breakthrough Initiatives—are experimenting with cutting-edge technology to do just that. These new ideas, funded by private industry instead of the government, are the future of the search for extraterrestrial intelligence—and we hear from the scientists who are leading the charge. *Wild Thing premium members get access to all of season 2, ad free, plus exclusive bonus episodes. Sign up now to listen and support the show. https://wildthing.supportingcast.fm/  *Season 2 of Wild Thing is produced by Laura Krantz and Scott Carney. Editing by Alicia Lipinski. Music and mixing by Louis Weeks. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 22, 2020
Episode 5: Independence Day
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Recently, the nation’s prominent newspapers published outlandish-sounding stories about a secret UFO program run by the Pentagon. We talk to retired Navy pilot Ryan Graves who recalls seeing some weird objects and speak with Luis Elizondo, who supposedly ran this Pentagon program. What was the military looking for? What did they find? And what are they hiding? *Wild Thing premium members get access to all of season 2, ad free, plus exclusive bonus episodes. Sign up now to listen and support the show. https://wildthing.supportingcast.fm/  *Season 2 of Wild Thing is produced by Laura Krantz and Scott Carney. Editing by Alicia Lipinski. Music and mixing by Louis Weeks. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 15, 2020
Episode 4: Roswell
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For all the people who think there’s life somewhere out there in space, there are also those who think the best place to look for it is closer to home. Thousands of people claim to have seen UFOs or have had alien encounters and one of those most famous of these happened in 1947 in the desert outside Roswell, New Mexico. *Wild Thing premium members get access to all of season 2, ad free, plus exclusive bonus episodes. Sign up now to listen and support the show. https://wildthing.supportingcast.fm/  *Season 2 of Wild Thing is produced by Laura Krantz and Scott Carney. Editing by Alicia Lipinski. Music and mixing by Louis Weeks. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 08, 2020
Episode 3: Doing The Math
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What’s the actual likelihood of extraterrestrial life? Especially intelligent life? 60 years ago, astronomer Frank Drake took a crack at calculating those odds and his famous Drake Equation still resonates with scientists and UFO enthusiasts alike. We breaks down the equation for us, piece by piece, and talks about the chance of finding something and whether we’re any closer to the answers. *Wild Thing premium members get access to all of season 2, ad free, plus exclusive bonus episodes. Sign up now to listen and support the show. https://wildthing.supportingcast.fm/  *Season 2 of Wild Thing is produced by Laura Krantz and Scott Carney. Editing by Alicia Lipinski. Music and mixing by Louis Weeks. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 01, 2020
Episode 2: What Is Life?
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We’re surrounded by life here on Earth—and given how huge the galaxy is, it’s got to be out there on other planets, too, right? But where to look? What to look for? And would life on other planets be anything like life here? It turns out that while we know a lot about life on this planet—like what it needs to survive—we’ve still got a lot to learn. *Wild Thing premium members get access to all of season 2, ad free, plus exclusive bonus episodes. Sign up now to listen and support the show. https://wildthing.supportingcast.fm/  *Season 2 of Wild Thing is produced by Laura Krantz and Scott Carney. Editing by Alicia Lipinski. Music and mixing by Louis Weeks. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 24, 2020
Episode 1: Out Of This World
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'Oumuamua almost slipped past Earth before an astronomer caught sight of this weird object. What was it? Some scientists thought it was just a comet; others theorized it could be an alien spacecraft. And why not? While tabloid aliens elicit giggles, loads of serious scientists, statesmen, and even members of the military, consider extraterrestrial life a real possibility. *Wild Thing premium members get access to all of season 2, ad free, plus exclusive bonus episodes. Sign up now to listen and support the show. https://wildthing.supportingcast.fm/ *Season 2 of Wild Thing is produced by Laura Krantz and Scott Carney. Editing by Alicia Lipinski. Music and mixing by Louis Weeks. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 17, 2020
Wild Thing: Space Invaders—Trailer
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Back for its second season, Wild Thing: Space Invaders turns our eyes skyward in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. Coming September 17. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 20, 2020
Bonus Episode #6: Wild Thing... For Kids!
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Introducing Searching for Wild Thing! This is the first episode of a kid-friendly version of Wild Thing that host Laura Krantz made in collaboration with Pinna, an ad-free, kidSAFE-certified, audio streaming service developed exclusively for kids, ages 3-12. Listen to this first episode of the ten-part series and, if you like what you hear, you can subscribe to the whole season through Pinna.  *Wild Thing premium members can get access to all of seasons one and two, ad-free, plus exclusive bonus episodes. Sign up now to listen and support the show. https://wildthing.supportingcast.fm/ *Season 1 of Wild Thing is produced by Laura Krantz and Scott Carney. Production help from Kelsey Ray. Editing by Alisa Barba. Music and mixing by Ramtin Arablouei. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 10, 2020
Bonus Episode #5: Letters
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In a special bonus letters segment, we'll hear a musical performance from a Wild Thing listener, as well as some of your stories and letters.  *Wild Thing premium members can get access to all of seasons one and two, ad-free, plus exclusive bonus episodes. Sign up now to listen and support the show. https://wildthing.supportingcast.fm/ *Season 1 of Wild Thing is produced by Laura Krantz and Scott Carney. Production help from Kelsey Ray. Editing by Alisa Barba. Music and mixing by Ramtin Arablouei. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 14, 2019
Episode 9: Why We Want To Believe
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Bigfoot researchers remain optimistic that Sasquatch is out there; that the creature will one day be found. Why? Why do people continue to believe? We’ll talk to professional skeptic Michael Shermer about the nature of belief. And we’ll look at why—even for those who think Bigfoot is a complete myth—the idea of Bigfoot holds so much appeal. What makes us so fascinated by this creature? Why do we want so badly to believe that it’s out there? *Wild Thing premium members can get access to all of seasons one and two, ad-free, plus exclusive bonus episodes. Sign up now to listen and support the show. https://wildthing.supportingcast.fm/ *Season 1 of Wild Thing is produced by Laura Krantz and Scott Carney. Production help from Kelsey Ray. Editing by Alisa Barba. Music and mixing by Ramtin Arablouei. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 04, 2018
Bonus Interview #4 - Virginia Wade
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Sasquatch sells. So does sex. And Sasquatch sex? Well, you can make quite a living off of that. We talk to Virginia Wade, renowned Bigfoot erotica author, about her work and how she started writing steamy Sasquatch scenes. *Wild Thing premium members can get access to all of seasons one and two, ad-free, plus exclusive bonus episodes. Sign up now to listen and support the show. https://wildthing.supportingcast.fm/ *Season 1 of Wild Thing is produced by Laura Krantz and Scott Carney. Production help from Kelsey Ray. Editing by Alisa Barba. Music and mixing by Ramtin Arablouei. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 30, 2018
Episode 8: $a$quatch
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Chances are, you’ve already seen Bigfoot. On pizza boxes, advertising jerky, drinking beer, driving monster trucks. There are a lot of people who really do believe. There are even more who just think the idea of Bigfoot is fun. And then there are those who see Sasquatch as a real cash cow. A Cash-squatch. We’ll sit down with CEOs and creative directors to find out what’s in a name and a logo. No doubt about it—Bigfoot is big business and Sasquatch sells. *Wild Thing premium members can get access to all of seasons one and two, ad-free, plus exclusive bonus episodes. Sign up now to listen and support the show. https://wildthing.supportingcast.fm/ *Season 1 of Wild Thing is produced by Laura Krantz and Scott Carney. Production help from Kelsey Ray. Editing by Alisa Barba. Music and mixing by Ramtin Arablouei. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 27, 2018
Bonus Interview #3 - Peter Byrne
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Of the Four Horsemen of Sasquatchery - the four men held up as the pioneers of Bigfoot research - only one remains: Peter Byrne. The 93-year-old tracker has looked for Bigfoot for decades but, as we learned when we sat down with him, that’s only one adventure in a life that’s jam-packed with them. *Wild Thing premium members can get access to all of seasons one and two, ad-free, plus exclusive bonus episodes. Sign up now to listen and support the show. https://wildthing.supportingcast.fm/ *Season 1 of Wild Thing is produced by Laura Krantz and Scott Carney. Production help from Kelsey Ray. Editing by Alisa Barba. Music and mixing by Ramtin Arablouei. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 23, 2018
Episode 7: Taboo
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Bigfoot can be tongue-in-cheek fun - but what happens if you take it seriously? There are the people who’ve risked their professional careers and personal reputations, and expended a lot of time, money and energy seeking out Sasquatch. We’ll attend an exclusive symposium, for the crème de la crème of Bigfoot researchers, and hear from many who’ve been ridiculed for their interests. *Wild Thing premium members can get access to all of seasons one and two, ad-free, plus exclusive bonus episodes. Sign up now to listen and support the show. https://wildthing.supportingcast.fm/ *Season 1 of Wild Thing is produced by Laura Krantz and Scott Carney. Production help from Kelsey Ray. Editing by Alisa Barba. Music and mixing by Ramtin Arablouei. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 20, 2018
Episode 6: Bump In The Night
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Tired of waiting around for other people to find Bigfoot, Laura goes into the woods (with some experts). This particular outing is led by Cindy Caddell and three other seasoned ‘Squatchers, out in Oregon’s Mt. Hood National Forest, who explain what it takes to go looking for Bigfoot. And once the sun sets, we’ll hear a few hair-raising stories around the campfire before heading out on a nighttime hike. *Wild Thing premium members can get access to all of seasons one and two, ad-free, plus exclusive bonus episodes. Sign up now to listen and support the show. https://wildthing.supportingcast.fm/ *Season 1 of Wild Thing is produced by Laura Krantz and Scott Carney. Production help from Kelsey Ray. Editing by Alisa Barba. Music and mixing by Ramtin Arablouei. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 13, 2018
Episode 5: A-C-G-T Spells B-G-F-T
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Everywhere you go, you leave bits of yourself behind - and Bigfoot would no different. But now, those DNA droppings are easier than ever to analyze, making it possible to identify a species, even without a body. We’ll talk to Dr. Todd Disotell, a molecular primatologist at New York University and a regular on Spike TV’s $10 Million Bigfoot Bounty, about the magic of DNA analysis and what it might mean for Bigfoot. *Wild Thing premium members can get access to all of seasons one and two, ad-free, plus exclusive bonus episodes. Sign up now to listen and support the show. https://wildthing.supportingcast.fm/ *Season 1 of Wild Thing is produced by Laura Krantz and Scott Carney. Production help from Kelsey Ray. Editing by Alisa Barba. Music and mixing by Ramtin Arablouei. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 06, 2018
Bonus Interview #2 - William Dear
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Time for a little 80s nostalgia! We pay homage to the movie classic, Harry and the Hendersons, the ultimate (if fictional) Bigfoot encounter. William Dear, the movie’s director, talks to us about the movie’s origins. *Wild Thing premium members can get access to all of seasons one and two, ad-free, plus exclusive bonus episodes. Sign up now to listen and support the show. https://wildthing.supportingcast.fm/ *Season 1 of Wild Thing is produced by Laura Krantz and Scott Carney. Production help from Kelsey Ray. Editing by Alisa Barba. Music and mixing by Ramtin Arablouei. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 02, 2018
Episode 4: Eyewitness
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A Bigfoot sighting can apparently change your life and even lead to obsession. Thousands of people claim to have laid eyes on Sasquatch over the past century and Laura’s spoken to dozens of them—compelling stories that will set your hair on end. If they didn’t see Bigfoot, what did they see? *Wild Thing premium members can get access to all of seasons one and two, ad-free, plus exclusive bonus episodes. Sign up now to listen and support the show. https://wildthing.supportingcast.fm/ *Season 1 of Wild Thing is produced by Laura Krantz and Scott Carney. Production help from Kelsey Ray. Editing by Alisa Barba. Music and mixing by Ramtin Arablouei. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 30, 2018
Bonus Interview #1 - Bob Gimlin
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An extended interview with Bob Gimlin, half of the famous duo that shot the Patterson-Gimlin film back in 1967. *Wild Thing premium members can get access to all of seasons one and two, ad-free, plus exclusive bonus episodes. Sign up now to listen and support the show. https://wildthing.supportingcast.fm/ *Season 1 of Wild Thing is produced by Laura Krantz and Scott Carney. Production help from Kelsey Ray. Editing by Alisa Barba. Music and mixing by Ramtin Arablouei. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 19, 2018
Episode 3: The Evidence
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Let’s look at the evidence. There are footprints and sounds, grainy pictures, and the notorious Patterson-Gimlin film—that shaky 1967 video of a big, hairy beast striding through the forest. But how well does it hold up? We hear from a variety of people—the skeptics and the certain—who make their case for what evidence is out there. How much of it stands up to scrutiny? *Wild Thing premium members can get access to all of seasons one and two, ad-free, plus exclusive bonus episodes. Sign up now to listen and support the show. https://wildthing.supportingcast.fm/ *Season 1 of Wild Thing is produced by Laura Krantz and Scott Carney. Production help from Kelsey Ray. Editing by Alisa Barba. Music and mixing by Ramtin Arablouei. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 16, 2018
Episode 2: Distant Relatives or Kissing Cousins?
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Just what is Bigfoot? Descendant of ancient apes? Close human ancestor? Evolution might hold the answer to this question. Homo sapiens may rule the planet now but once upon a time, we weren’t the only hominid creatures walking around. Who’s to say that Bigfoot wasn’t—and still isn’t—among us? We talk to evolution experts and anthropologists, including Ian Tattersall, curator at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 09, 2018
Episode 1: Grover
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Laura Krantz is a veteran public radio editor and producer. So how did she end up in the wilds of the Pacific Northwest, eyeballing some giant ground nests… that might have been made by Bigfoot? You can place the blame squarely on the shoulders of a guy named Grover. He was a tenured professor of anthropology at Washington State University and one of world’s preeminent experts on Sasquatch. And it turns out that Grover is also Laura’s long-lost cousin. How could she not do a story about this guy? *Wild Thing premium members can get access to all of seasons one and two, ad-free, plus exclusive bonus episodes. Sign up now to listen and support the show. https://wildthing.supportingcast.fm/ *Season 1 of Wild Thing is produced by Laura Krantz and Scott Carney. Production help from Kelsey Ray. Editing by Alisa Barba. Music and mixing by Ramtin Arablouei. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 02, 2018
Wild Thing Trailer
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Wild Thing, a new podcast about our collective fascination with Bigfoot—even if we're not sure it exists. Coming October 2. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 30, 2018