The Wild

By KUOW

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Chris Morgan takes listeners around the world to Italy, Germany and his own  backyard of the Pacific Northwest to explore the beauty and wonder of the outdoors and its inhabitants. From beavers to wolves to grizzly bears we experience up close the resilient power of nature and our relationship with it.


Episode Date
The Ancient Wild
28:23

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When we talk about the wild in North America, the narrative is usually from the perspective of white European settlers. But the wild of this amazing continent, and it’s relationship with humans goes back way beyond that - thousands of years. Members of the Lummi Nation share with me their tradition of storytelling and how it is used to teach future generations about their past and their connection to the land and animals that live among them.

Mar 31, 2020
Finding Peace in the Silence
31:45

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These are strange times for all of us.....unknown territory......it's only reasonable that we're all worried - a global pandemic is a huge concern. We've heard from a lot of our podcast listeners about how THE WILD helps them escape for 20 or 30 minutes each week, and reconnect with nature, which is wonderful because that's what we set out to do. So we've decided to re-release our most loved episode from season 1. It's about the sounds of nature, and the silence you can find there.....it's the perfect place to reflect if you need to think and recharge. Maybe listen to the story, and then step outside, stare up at a tree, take a deep breath and think about wild creatures, your neighbors, and this amazing place we all call home.

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.).

Mar 24, 2020
The Wildlife Superdog
30:51

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Karelian Bear Dogs were bred in Finland hundreds of years ago for hunting everything from bears to moose. Now, ironically, they are being used to save bears and other species. In some remote parts of the country grizzly bears have been known to wander into town, presenting a danger of encounters with humans. These Karelian Bear Dogs are being used to scare bears away and prevent future returns. We'll head to Montana to talk to the woman whose brainchild it was to bring this breed to North America to help with wildlife research, poaching, search and rescue, reducing conflict between humans and big wild animals.

Mar 17, 2020
The Secret Life of Trees
24:48

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When you walk through a forest and enjoy the beauty of the trees towering above, there is a giant social network pulsing just below your feet. Underneath the surface lives an extensive network of roots that trees use to communicate with one another, share nutrients to other sick and struggling trees and even alert fellow trees of danger. In this episode I’ll dive deep into the secret world below the forest floor and learn about the largest communications network in the world: the wood wide web.

Mar 10, 2020
Richard Louv and our Connection with Animals
25:02

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As our society moved from the Industrial Revolution to the Information Age we now live in a time of constant interruption. In spite of social media and advances in communications, studies have shown that our society is becoming more lonely than in previous generations. It is something author Richard Louv calls “species loneliness” in his book Our Wild Calling. In this episode I talk with Richard about the transformative powers of connecting with animals and how these bonds can benefit our mental, physical and spiritual health.

Mar 03, 2020
A River Runs Through It...Once Again
29:53

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When the Elwha dam was completed in 1913, it brought hydroelectricity and economic progress to the Olympic Peninsula in Washington state at a steep environmental cost: destroying ancient salmon runs and the historic fisheries of Lower Elwha Klallam tribe. Five years after two dams on the Elwha were removed, something extraordinary happened: The ecosystem began to repair itself - rewilding itself before our very eyes.

Feb 25, 2020
Return to Svalbard
27:56

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This summer, I returned to the remote Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard, famous for polar bears, walruses and migratory birds. It’s been 13 years since I’ve last visited the islands and I’m excited - but apprehensive - about what I might find. We’ll explore how this delicate arctic ecosystem works and the future of this beautiful corner of the north.

Feb 18, 2020
Season 2 Preview
03:29

Ecologist and award-winning filmmaker Chris Morgan kicks off Season 2 with more adventures in the wild. He takes listeners across the Pacific Northwest and around the world to explore wildlife, the complex web of ecosystems they inhabit, and the colorful human characters that know these places and species best.

Jan 28, 2020
Stories from the Wild, Part 2
48:08

Earlier this fall, we did a stories from the wild event in Seattle. Just to give you all a little background on how this night came together. We were finishing up the first season of THE WILD this summer and we wanted to do something fun and get people together. So we decided to put on a storytelling event.

We put out a call on social media and to our friends and asked people to volunteer and send us their stories. They auditioned, and we worked with them to edit their stories. All the people you are about to hear from have worked really hard to prepare, and share their experiences of the wild with us, to connect with us. Sometimes in some very personal ways.

The night was a great success. I had a ton of fun. It was great for me just to sit back and listen to a few stories instead of always telling them.

We’ve broken the show up into two parts. This is the second half of the event. If you missed the first half, it is available in your podcast feed now.

And if this has made you think about your own experiences in the wild we’d love to hear about it. We are planning to do another storytelling event later in the Spring. You can submit your story at KUOW.org/thewild or email us at thewild@kuow.org. **

Dec 10, 2019
Stories from The Wild, Part 1
37:37

Earlier this fall, we did a stories from the wild event in Seattle. Just to give you all a little background on how this night came together. We were finishing up the first season of THE WILD this summer and we wanted to do something fun and get people together. So we decided to put on a storytelling event.

We put out a call on social media and to our friends and asked people to volunteer and send us their stories. They auditioned, and we worked with them to edit their stories. All the people you are about to hear from have worked really hard to prepare, and share their experiences of the wild with us, to connect with us. Sometimes in some very personal ways.

The night was a great success. I had a ton of fun. It was great for me just to sit back and listen to a few stories instead of always telling them.

We’ve broken the show up into two parts. I hope you enjoy this first half and look for part 2 also in your podcast feed.

If this has made you think about your own experiences in the wild we’d love to hear about it. We are planning to do another storytelling event later in the Spring. You can submit your story at KUOW.org/thewild or email us at thewild@kuow.org

Dec 10, 2019
BONUS - Learning to listen with Gordon Hempton
12:05

Gordon Hempton has spent his entire career trying to answer that question. You may remember Gordon from our earlier episode about searching for silence. We headed out to the wilderness of the Olympic Peninsula, to the Hoh Rainforest, looking for what Gordon calls One Square Inch of Silence.

Gordon refers to himself as The Sound Tracker. He travels the world looking for natural soundscapes that are free from human-caused sounds. His hope is to draw attention to these areas and keep them free from noise pollution.

I talked to Gordon for well over an hour for that earlier episode. He said a lot. Much more than we could include in the original show. 

So we decided to include some of that interview with Gordon in a special bonus episode of The Wild. In it Gordon shares what it means to him to listen. To truly and completely open your ears to the world.

Now, I have a special request for this episode. 

We are going to play you a few of Gordon’s field recordings. But I don’t want you to just hear them...I want you to listen to them. Here’s the request part...grab a pair of headphones and find a quiet place where you can focus….and for the next 10 minutes let yourself melt into the sounds of nature.

A special thanks to Gordon Hempton and Matt Mikkelson who made these recordings possible. You can learn more about their work at Quiet Parks International.

Nov 12, 2019
BONUS - Jeff Wilson and Mark Smith Full Interview
59:05

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. This is an uncut version of Chris’ interview with Jeff and Mark as they share their experiences of documenting penguins for their two films for the BBC’s Frozen Planet and Disneynature’s Penguins.

Oct 08, 2019
Florence Williams - Full Interview
20:53

You may remember Florence Williams from our episode on Forest Bathing. Florence is a journalist and author. She wrote an article in Outside Magazine about the benefits of time spent in nature. She has expanded that article into a book. The book is titled, The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative.

Sep 10, 2019
Ben Goldfarb - Full Interview
29:19

What does the smell of motor oil, vanilla ice cream, and parachutes have in common? A little aquatic rodent known as the beaver. We are hard at work on season 2 of The Wild. But in the meantime, we thought we’d share an earlier interview that we did for our beaver episode.

In that episode Chris spoke to Ben Goldfarb. Ben is a great journalist and he loves beavers. He wrote a book called Eager: The surprising, secret lives of beavers and why they matter. In that earlier episode we only used a small portion of what Ben told us about beavers. So we thought it would be fun to share the  full interview.

If you still haven’t gotten enough of your beaver fix you might want to check out our Facebook live Wild Bookclub interview with Ben Goldfarb here.

Aug 20, 2019
The Great Bear Rainforest - Live in Seattle
29:18

Did you know that there is a group of rare white bears that live in Canada? These bears are completely white. But these aren’t polar bears. And they aren’t albino. They are actually black bears with a genetic mutation that makes them white. They are known as Spirit Bears and only live in the coastal rainforest in British Columbia.

Conservationist and filmmaker Ian McAllister has spent years documenting the Spirit Bears and is the director of the IMAX film The Great Bear Rainforest. He is also an awarding winning photographer, the author of six books, co-founder of Pacific Wild.

Ian joined Chris Morgan on stage at The Mountineers in Seattle to talk about his film and his life in conservation.

Jul 23, 2019
The Quietest Place on Earth
30:09

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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.).

Jun 18, 2019
Waiting for Penguins
30:52

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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.

Jun 11, 2019
Guns, Bombs and Sea Lions
16:18

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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.

Jun 04, 2019
The ‘Ghost Bears’ of Washington State
23:28

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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.

May 28, 2019
Chris Sees a Forest Therapist
21:45

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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.

May 21, 2019
50 Bears, 2 Hours from Rome
30:02

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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 this island of wilderness.

May 14, 2019
Animal Psychology and How to Stay Safe in the Wild
24:46

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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:

May 07, 2019
A Siberian Tiger Named Bloody Mary
19:21

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 Siberia 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.

Apr 30, 2019
Leave it to beavers. Seriously.
25:48

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.

Apr 23, 2019
Return of Ze Big Bad Wolf
26:52

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.

Apr 16, 2019
How to Catch a Grizzly
17:00

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.

Apr 09, 2019
A Cougar Walks Into Your Backyard...
25:02

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.

Apr 02, 2019
Season 1 Preview
01:19

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.

Mar 06, 2019