The Wild

The Wild Podcast

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.

The Great Bear Rainforest - Live in Seattle
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 w...

The Quietest Place on Earth
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...

Waiting for Penguins
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 P...


Guns, Bombs and Sea Lions
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. Huma...

The ‘Ghost Bears’ of Washington State
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 t...

Chris Sees a Forest Therapist
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
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....

Animal Psychology and How to Stay Safe in the Wild
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 e...

A Siberian Tiger Named Bloody Mary
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....


Leave it to beavers. Seriously.
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....

Return of Ze Big Bad Wolf
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....

How to Catch a Grizzly
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....


A Cougar Walks Into Your Backyard...
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....

Season 1 Preview
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....