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Ed Yong and The Spoonbill Club

Ed Yong won a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting on the pandemic. Now, he’s found another way to help: birding.

20 Jun 2024 · 21 minutes
The Winter Rangers

Could your relationship survive twelve winters in the most remote areas of Yosemite National Park?

13 Jun 2024 · 35 minutes
Wolves, water, and global weirding

We open the mailbag to answer your questions about dog drool and waste-water treatment, plus, we debunk a climate narrative... more

06 Jun 2024 · 21 minutes
Dead bird rabbit hole

Want to know how hundreds of millions of birds die every year? Just look out the window.

30 May 2024 · 30 minutes
The Department of Living Animals

From the near-extinction of bison to “panda diplomacy": the story of our National Zoo

23 May 2024 · 27 minutes
The papyrus and the volcano

How often do you think about the Roman Empire?

16 May 2024 · 32 minutes
The Kings and Queens of "the Water Prom"

The Colorado River is disappearing – can one Gen Z dealmaker help save it?

09 May 2024 · 41 minutes
The Element of Surprise

From Napoleon's cutlery to the WWII occupation of Greenland, we dig up the hidden history behind the most abundant metal... more

02 May 2024 · 27 minutes
‘Til the landslide brings it down

What happens when the growing threat of landslides collides with a housing crisis?

25 Apr 2024 · 29 minutes
The mystery of the missing extinctions

If we’re in the middle of a mass extinction, shouldn’t more species be going extinct?

18 Apr 2024 · 40 minutes
Meet the meatfluencers

Some social media influencers tout the all-meat diet and say that plants are making people sick. The science says otherwise.

11 Apr 2024 · 54 minutes
Reefer madness, the CBD bubble, and the future of hemp

Is hemp overhyped? Or is it a planet-saving super plant?

04 Apr 2024 · 26 minutes
Songbird accents, eating rats, and why we need the moon

In which we consider Flaco the Eurasian eagle owl, impulse goat purchases, and a big night for salamanders. Plus, our... more

28 Mar 2024 · 32 minutes
In search of an ethical 401k

The SEC is trying to make sustainable investing easier. But can you save for retirement in a way that’s both... more

21 Mar 2024 · 24 minutes
The story you won’t hear in Christopher Nolan’s “Oppenheimer”

Host Nate Hegyi looks at the hidden history behind the world’s first radioactive fallout.

14 Mar 2024 · 34 minutes
You can make kids hike, but you can’t make them hikers

We gather tips on how to manipulate — er, inspire kids into liking the outdoors, and stories of what happens... more

07 Mar 2024 · 34 minutes
The disappearing dunes of 'Dune'

Grass is the sand-killer.

29 Feb 2024 · 33 minutes
Hunters do cry

Producer Felix Poon exits his comfort zone and picks up a crossbow, to find out if one weekend in the... more

22 Feb 2024 · 36 minutes
What's the most successful species on Earth?

Who should wear the crown of GSOAT (Greatest Species of All Time), and are humans even in the running?

15 Feb 2024 · 31 minutes
The edge of the ice

Life on a scientific mission to one of Antarctica’s most remote glaciers.

08 Feb 2024 · 27 minutes
The plot thickens

What’s the greenest way to die: casket, cremation, or compost?

01 Feb 2024 · 32 minutes
Blue is the loneliest color

Roses are red, violets are… red-absorbing? We tackle your questions on the illusory essence of nature’s most elusive color.

25 Jan 2024 · 26 minutes
Not everyone is wild about wild horses

What happens when a symbol of the American West is also a nuisance?

18 Jan 2024 · 28 minutes
Pigeons are weird

Thought these frequently frowned-upon birds were boring, metropolitan pests? Think again.

11 Jan 2024 · 27 minutes
The Oatly Chronicles

In 1994, the world’s first oat milk company was born in Sweden. Three decades later, Oatly is on a high-stakes... more

04 Jan 2024 · 32 minutes
Dragons, trolls and pine trees

How game designers created the 'natural world' of Skyrim

28 Dec 2023 · 36 minutes
Baby it’s GREAT outside: 12 more tips for embracing winter

The weather outside is frightful, but don’t let that stop you from having a wonderful winter.

21 Dec 2023 · 38 minutes
Is 'Yellowstone' ruining Montana?

‘Yellowstone’ is one of the most popular television shows in the country. What does it get right – and wrong... more

14 Dec 2023 · 29 minutes
Dear ChatGPT: Are you a climate solution? Or climate problem?

AI is a powerful tool for climate science. It’s also a dangerous distraction.

07 Dec 2023 · 30 minutes
How does the National Weather Service work?

A brief history of the national agency tasked with predicting the future

30 Nov 2023 · 32 minutes
Why did the road cross the chicken?

From turtles to cougars, the answer to the roadkill epidemic might require more infrastructure, not less.

21 Nov 2023 · 28 minutes
The secret lives of bugs

We peek inside the chrysalis and answer your questions about mosquitoes, fireflies, and more.

16 Nov 2023 · 28 minutes
As American as hard apple cider: an immigrant food story

What if apples have more in common with American immigrants than they do colonial heritage?

09 Nov 2023 · 31 minutes
Time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like a banana

Let’s do the time warp again

01 Nov 2023 · 34 minutes
Bat Out of Hell Ranch

Nate discovers a colony of bats living in the siding of his new house and is forced to either evict... more

26 Oct 2023 · 21 minutes
Environmental disinformation is getting weirder

We tracked down the people fighting fake news on social media to ask them how they do it. .

19 Oct 2023 · 25 minutes
Do airports dream of electric planes?

Please fasten your seatbelts. The future of decarbonized aviation is preparing for take-off.

12 Oct 2023 · 33 minutes
Close Encounters with Mato Tipila

Endless Thread’s Ben Brock Johnson is obsessed with a National Monument that goes by many names.

05 Oct 2023 · 39 minutes
Where there’s smoke, there’s ire

Republicans say the solution to wildfires is more logging. Are they right?

28 Sep 2023 · 27 minutes
The greatest disaster story of all time

You think the asteroid that killed the dinosaurs was bad? Wait until you hear about the Siberian Traps.

21 Sep 2023 · 30 minutes
The greatest disaster story of all time

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You think the asteroid that killed the dinosaurs was bad? Wait until you hear about the Siberian Traps.