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Wild Thing

Wild Thing

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Wild Thing is a podcast about the strange and unusual things that capture our imaginations. It’s about the relationship between science and society. 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 previous ones, so it’s best to start listening with Episode 1 of each season. New episodes are released on Thursday mornings.
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S2E3: Doing The Math
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.
37:56
October 1, 2020
S2E2: What Is Life?
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.
33:02
September 24, 2020
S2E1: Out Of This World
'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.
27:13
September 17, 2020
S2: Wild Thing: Space Invaders Trailer
Back for its second season, Wild Thing: Space Invaders turns our eyes skyward in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. Coming September 17.
02:01
August 20, 2020
S1 Bonus Episode #6: Wild Thing... For Kids!
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.  Interested in hearing the first season of Wild Thing ad-free? Go to https://wildthing.supportingcast.fm/ to find the premium edition!
24:45
July 10, 2020
S1 Bonus Episode #5 - Letters
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.  Interested in hearing the first season of Wild Thing ad-free? Go to https://wildthing.supportingcast.fm/ to find the premium edition!
08:56
February 14, 2019
S1E9: Why We Want To Believe
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? Interested in hearing the first season of Wild Thing ad-free? Go to https://wildthing.supportingcast.fm/ to find the premium edition!
33:34
December 4, 2018
S1 Bonus Interview #4 - Virginia Wade
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. Interested in hearing the first season of Wild Thing ad-free? Go to https://wildthing.supportingcast.fm/ to find the premium edition!
18:41
November 30, 2018
S1E8: $a$quatch
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. Interested in hearing the first season of Wild Thing ad-free? Go to https://wildthing.supportingcast.fm/ to find the premium edition!
31:36
November 27, 2018
S1 Bonus Interview #3 - Peter Byrne
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. Interested in hearing the first season of Wild Thing ad-free? Go to https://wildthing.supportingcast.fm/ to find the premium edition!
24:39
November 23, 2018
S1E7: Taboo
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. Interested in hearing the first season of Wild Thing ad-free? Go to https://wildthing.supportingcast.fm/ to find the premium edition!
29:06
November 20, 2018
S1E6: Bump In The Night
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. Interested in hearing the first season of Wild Thing ad-free? Go to https://wildthing.supportingcast.fm/ to find the premium edition!
27:48
November 13, 2018
S1E5: A-C-G-T Spells B-G-F-T
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. Interested in hearing the first season of Wild Thing ad-free? Go to https://wildthing.supportingcast.fm/ to find the premium edition!
25:18
November 6, 2018
S1 Bonus Interview #2 - William Dear
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. Interested in hearing the first season of Wild Thing ad-free? Go to https://wildthing.supportingcast.fm/ to find the premium edition!
15:48
November 2, 2018
S1E4: Eyewitness
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? Interested in hearing the first season of Wild Thing ad-free? Go to https://wildthing.supportingcast.fm/ to find the premium edition!
32:44
October 30, 2018
S1 Bonus Interview #1 - Bob Gimlin
An extended interview with Bob Gimlin, half of the famous duo that shot the Patterson-Gimlin film back in 1967. Interested in hearing the first season of Wild Thing ad-free? Go to https://wildthing.supportingcast.fm/ to find the premium edition!
15:13
October 19, 2018
S1E3: The Evidence
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? Interested in hearing the first season of Wild Thing ad-free? Go to https://wildthing.supportingcast.fm/ to find the premium edition!
31:44
October 16, 2018
S1E2: Distant Relatives or Kissing Cousins?
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. Interested in hearing the first season of Wild Thing ad-free? Go to https://wildthing.supportingcast.fm/ to find the premium edition!
28:02
October 9, 2018
S1E1: Grover
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? Interested in hearing the first season of Wild Thing ad-free? Go to https://wildthing.supportingcast.fm/ to find the premium edition!
28:12
October 2, 2018
Wild Thing Trailer
Wild Thing, a new podcast about our collective fascination with Bigfoot - even if we're not sure it exists. Coming October 2.
02:52
August 30, 2018