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Love Nature

Love Nature

By NC Museum of Natural Sciences
The “Love Nature” podcast explores humans’ inherent fascination with the natural world by connecting listeners with experts from across fields of science, research, art and more. Listen for lively, passionate discussions as guests share their affinity for nature and their hopes for its preservation. Listeners will find our guests’ inspiration infectious, walking away with a deeper understanding of how to better navigate our ever-evolving environment and live more responsibly in it. For more information or to listen, visit or
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Exquisite Creatures
For over 22 years artist and naturalist Christopher Marley has traveled the world to reclaim collected rare (and real) organisms to create unique and beautiful works of art. Marley's love of nature and its beauty are evident as he discusses his career and his creations. Through March 20, 2022, Marley’s work is on special exhibit at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences' downtown Raleigh location. Be inspired by the “magical space” at the intersection of art, nature and science, while experiencing the natural world in a way you never have before. (Get tickets and special exhibition details at
October 20, 2021
Facing the New Horsemen of the Apocalypse
New York Times best-selling author, Richard Louv, returns to provide further insight in this week’s episode, discussing how humans can commit to re-wilding natural areas and how cities can play a role by becoming engines for biodiversity and environmental revitalization. Louv also addresses the four horsemen of the apocalypse: climate change, the collapse of biodiversity, pandemic and human loneliness and shares his wisdom on how humans can combat these issues.
October 5, 2021
Our Wild Calling
Join New York Times best-selling author, journalist and environmental advocate, Richard Louv, for the second season premiere of the Love Nature podcast. Richard discusses his latest book, Our Wild Calling, and a childhood dog named Banner who taught him a set of ethics for engaging with both humans and animals. Plus, find out why Louv thinks humans are hungrier than ever for connection with the natural world.
September 22, 2021
Rue Mapp and Outdoor Afro: Building a Bridge to Nature
In less than a decade, Rue Mapp grew her passion for nature from a blog to a national network of over 45,000 trained volunteers that comprise the organization Outdoor Afro. Rue and her organization seek to connect historically underserved communities with nature while advocating for inclusivity and accessibility within these spaces. Whether through hiking or birdwatching, art or history, cookouts or tailgates, find out how Outdoor Afro is meeting people where they are to inspire greater appreciation for the natural world. Don’t miss this engaging, illuminating discussion and the Season One finale of Biophilia: The Love Nature Podcast.
January 5, 2021
Dueling Dinosaurs: A 67 Million-Year-Old Whodunit
Dinosaurs! Is it the mystery, the problem solving, or the discovery that interests us most? For Lindsay Zanno, Head of the Museum’s Paleontology Unit and Associate Research Professor at North Carolina State University, it is all three and more. Join us as Lindsay shares her journey into Paleontology and how the past (dinosaurs) and present (birds) help us to understand our future. You’ll also hear about the Museum’s recent acquisition of the most spectacular fossils – the Dueling Dinosaurs as Lindsay shares her inspiration and the driving force behind this new research endeavor for the Museum.
December 15, 2020
Meet The Hosts
Have you been wondering about the gentlemen behind this podcast? Well, wonder no more. Today you get to meet the hosts in a special interview hosted by the Museum's Science Correspondent, Chris Smith.
December 1, 2020
Urban Nature
Deja Perkins is an urban ecologist, an advocate for nature exploration and one of the co-organizers of Black Birders Week. As a Chicago native, Deja understands it is important for city residents to have access to nature and green spaces, but far too often communities of color encounter unique challenges when trying to interact with the natural world. Tune in to find out how Deja is breaking down these barriers as a champion for environmental justice.
November 17, 2020
Cold Nose, Warm Heart
What do you do with a sick pet goldfish or iguana? What about a turtle or snake who has encountered trouble on the road? Dr. Greg Lewbart has seen it all caring for a range of creatures as a professor of aquatic animal medicine and veterinarian at NC State College of Veterinary Medicine. Join us for this delightful, insightful conversation that illuminates how humans can share a bond with even the most unconventional creatures.
November 3, 2020
Lights, Camera…Ants!
Did you know the Museum has our own “Ant-Man”? Meet Dr. Adrian Smith, Head of the Museum’s Evolutionary Biology & Behavior Research Lab. On social media, his exciting videos inspire curiosity and fascination as he provides unique, observable views of insects and their behavior. Join us for this illuminating conversation.
October 20, 2020
The World’s Largest Natural Habitat Zoo
Meet Pat Simmons, Director & CEO of the North Carolina Zoological Park. “One of the things zoos do best,” she notes, “is reach out to large masses of people and give them that up-close personal experience with nature. A safe place where you can rely on experts to dispel fears and bring in joy. It’s incredibly important to the human soul.” Patricia Simmons is the current Director & CEO of the North Carolina Zoo and past-President and Chief Executive Officer of the Akron Zoological Park, Akron Ohio. She was Chairwoman of the Board of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) in 2012. Pat has over 30 years of experience in zoological management. Pat is nationally and internationally recognized, receiving many awards and appointments including the Women’s History Project Woman of the Year for Imagination and the first non-profit executive to receive the Chairman’s Award from the Visitor and Convention Bureau. Most recently, Pat became one of 100 hand-selected CEO’s worldwide to be a Founding Fellow of the National Arts Strategies Chief Executive Program, a program designed to tackle global challenges for non-profit organizations.
October 6, 2020
Studying the Species in Peoples’ Lives
Join us as we chat with Dr. Rob Dunn, Professor of Applied Ecology at NC State University and author of five popular science books, including “Every Living Thing” and “The Wild Life of our Bodies.” From bellybutton microbes to fabulous face mites, listen and learn all about the species that are on us, in us and around us. Rob Dunn’s bio Rob Dunn is an ecologist and evolutionary biologist who works in the Department of Applied Ecology at North Carolina State University and in the Center for Evolutionary Hologenomics at the University of Copenhagen, where he a the professor of human biodiversity. His work considers the biology of daily life, whether that is the species bubbling in sourdough starters, the insects beneath your bed or the mites mating on your head. He has written six books, most recently Never Home Alone, the story of the species that live in our houses and their surprising histories and consequences. His newest book, Delicious (Princeton University Press, spring 2021), written with Monica Sanchez, considers the role of flavor in human evolution and history.
September 29, 2020
Part II: E.O. Wilson and the Half-Earth Project
Part II of our conversation with Dr. E.O. Wilson explores his concept of Half-Earth, a call to protect half the Earth’s land and sea in order to manage sufficient habitat to reverse the species extinction crisis and ensure species have the space they need to thrive. Hear how the Half-Earth Project is bringing this vision to life.
September 22, 2020
Meet Legendary Biologist E.O. Wilson
The inaugural episode of the Love Nature podcast explores humans’ innate desire to connect with nature, a desire legendary biologist and author Dr. E.O. Wilson termed “biophilia.” Join us to meet the hosts and to hear from E.O. Wilson as they all share their personal attraction to, and journeys through, nature
September 15, 2020
Love Nature: The Biophilia Podcast Promo
Promo for Love Nature: The Biophilia Podcast, the new podcast from the NC Museum of Natural Sciences.
September 9, 2020