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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.
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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.
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.
The Quietest Place on Earth

The Quietest Place on Earth

2019-06-1800:30:2121

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.).
Waiting for Penguins

Waiting for Penguins

2019-06-1100:31:322

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.
Guns, Bombs and Sea Lions

Guns, Bombs and Sea Lions

2019-06-0400:17:182

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.
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.
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.
50 Bears, 2 Hours from Rome

50 Bears, 2 Hours from Rome

2019-05-1400:30:592

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.
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 encounterHiking with bearsMountain biker meets mountain lionSea lion drags girl off dockGorillas in Uganda
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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Francisco Benavides Jr.

Love this podcast!!

Jul 19th
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Ryan Edwards

The Wild is incredible. I've listened to every episode at least twice.

Jul 11th
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Samgames10

Best Podcast EVER, I love everything about it. Super educational

Jul 9th
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Dario Petranović

Thank you for share this with us. You make me cry and laugh in this 20min podcast. Keep going. 💪

Jul 7th
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Bahareh

Omg! It was one of the best. I personally love the episodes like this one (and the forest therapist and the animal psychology episodes) which are talked about a concept in nature more than ones which are about one particular animal. For me, this one and the others like this works like both a meditation and educational session. I shared your podcast anywhere on social media for all my friends who love nature. Thanks for being so inspiring.💚

Jun 28th
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Maggie

So far this has been, in my opinion, the best episode. It is beautiful and magical! As someone who- due to medical issues- losing their he as ring, this episode made me cry...

Jun 18th
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Moira Manley

Love this. So happy I found this podcast.

Jun 18th
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Traci Bratton

this is my favorite podcast! it's hard to wait for the next episode to air.

Jun 11th
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Maggie

I've been on forest therapy walks and they are wonderful. However, I really didnt care for this "therapist". I think she was just nervous because she was being filmed, but to be honest she sounded like she didn't know what she was talking about.

May 28th
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Shane Marten

This is by far one of the greatest podcasts out there! I'm blown away by the details and up close sounds! I'm hooked from start to finish. Brilliant!

May 27th
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Bahareh

Omg! That last howl! Such a beautiful sound!

May 17th
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