The Wild Life

The Wild Life

The Wild Life is a show by two brothers: one, a Minnesota science teacher with a background in wildlife biology; the other, a space science student in Texas. The Wild Life blends science, nature, and the human experience through storytelling and interviews with earths experts---with a few detours!... Show More

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October 11, 2020 41 min
While we're on a brief hiatus, we wanted to take a trip back in time to revisit our Season 2 premier from February 2019. In this episode, Devon and Richard attempt to settle an age old argument between them by enlisting the help of renowned biochemist, professor, and author, Dr Nick Lane of the University College of London. The debate: is there complex alien life somewhere out there, or is it improbable that there is anything ...
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Swishy dainty areas, droppable penises (well, just the tip), butt-breathing, smelling things with horns, the tenacity of nudi niche filling, over-generalizations, taxonomy, blind dates, and how nudies came to kick butt and chew bubblegum, and they’re all out of bubblegum! We sit down this week with the Nagging Naturalist herself, Kristen Mankowski to talk nudibranchs in all their glory. So, hold onto your butts, wherever they may ...
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Tomorrow, we have an episode coming out in which The Nagging Naturalist herself, Kristen Mankowski, drops some major Nudibranch Knowledge on us. BUT as two naturalist, we had a very hard time staying on topic. This...this is our ramblings. Think of it as an opportunity to get acquainted with Kristen before tomorrows episode! We talk the horribleness of naturalist uniforms at Target, Noodle Knockers, True Facts videos, Biomechanics,...
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September 28, 2020 18 min
In this episode from 2018, Devon and Richard look into the void to unveil the cause of the once mysterious Deep Scattering Layer, taking you on a journey involving covert military research in World War 2, the largest migration on earth, shimmering creatures of the deep (and their food), and an organic machine responsible for capturing carbon and sinking it into the depths of the ocean. Support this podcast
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Behind the SCiENcES with Dr Diva Amon Let's get to know deep sea biologist, Dr Diva Amon How long has she been interested in science? What was her first real connection with nature? Why the deep sea? What advice would she give a younger version of herself? No intros, outros, ads, or credits. Just 100% science! Support us at patreon.com/TheWildLife Support this podcast
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We're back with another carefully, specially curated segment from our last full episode with Dr Diva Amon. In this SHORT, you'll get to here about underwater lakes (like the Goo Lagoon), hydrothermal vents, and life in the dark. No intros, outros, ads, or credits. Just 100% science! Support us at patreon.com/TheWildLife Support this podcast
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In need of some science in your soul but a full episode is too long at the moment? We're selecting specially curated segments just for you! No intros, outros, ads, or credits. Just straight up science facts! Support us at patreon.com/thewildlife Support this podcast
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September 15, 2020 73 min
This is the bonus episode we've been promising, where Richard and Devon teach you about the nature of spicy whilst torturing themselves with spicy foods, and it is virtually unedited for your ears---with the exception of dolphin noises to block profanity. Regardless, maybe don't listen with kids. There is some chasing on foot, hiccups, threats, a spider encounter, and way too much audio of me trying to convince Richard to e...
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I can’t even begin to describe how excited I am to share this episode with you. By far one of my favorite interviews I’ve done! It’s sea-ptember, and today we are diving deep A month or so back, I had the opportunity to sit down for a conversation with today’s guest that left me wonderstruck. As I mentioned at the top, this started as an attempt to follow the journey of the body of one of the oceans most fascinating creatures after...
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It's Sea-ptember, and it's about time we revisit this old favorite of ours in which we explore the true source of the Air We Breathe. In this episode that originally aired May 30th, 2018, Devon and Richard talk to Dr Julie Koester of UNC-Wilmington and Dr Orly Levithan of Rutgers about the truth behind where our oxygen comes from, and the tiny organisms we have to thank for our very existence. Support The Wild Life at patr...
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In the second part of our Phylum miniseries, we're talking Ctenophores (box jellies) and Cnidaria (jellyfish, anemones, hydra, and coral!) Unlike our episode on sponges, we had done a lengthy episode two years ago on Jellyfish with Lucas Brotz, research associate at the Marine Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries at the University of British Columbia and a Cnidaria Scientist for Quantitative Aquatics. That being said, we fel...
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How do plants make more plants? Better yet, how can one plant reproduce with itself? That was the question Devon's wife asked when an accidental pumpkin plant sprouted and eventually conquered their backyard. Who better to answer that than Vikram Baliga! Vikram is a research associate and greenhouse manager at Texas Tech University, a horticulture expert, host of the amazing podcast Planthropology, and an all around fantastic ...
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Everybody knows their sound. It's haunting, but it also holds fascinating secrets. Hyena’s have been painted as villains, demons ridden by witches, grave robbing ghouls, and the embodiment of all things vile by people for thousands of years. Nature documentaries and Disney films alike play no small role. That’s what we’re exploring today. Much like in our episode on sharks, what is at the root of such a divide in how culture a...
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August 16, 2020 18 min
In this episode, Devon and Richard find out how to resolve conflicts peacefully, answer the age old question "Do dogs really see in black and white?", explore vision in the animal kingdom, and tell you all about the most amazing animal ever: the mantis shrimp. Support this podcast
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August 16, 2020 14 min
In S1E1, Devon and Richard tell the story of Nigel "No Mates" the lonely Gannet, explore the reason behind a massive crab migration, and share this weeks Animal Sound of the Week! Support this podcast
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August 16, 2020 8 min
A random find while hiking that lead to a life history story that was unexpectedly fascinating. Read more and see images of the find here: https://thewildlife.blog/2018/09/06/this-ghostly-parasitic-plant-survives-by-hacking-the-wood-wide-web/ Support this podcast
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Why do seagulls hang out in parking lots? Do seagulls even exist? Why are they always after my fries?!?!?! Find out in this short episode of #TheWildLife To read the blog version, visit https://thewildlife.blog/2018/08/09/gulls-and-the-concrete-sea/ Become a patron (and our best friend) at www.patreon.com/TheWildLife and help us to keep doing what we are doing and getting better! Follow us on instagram at instagram.com/devonthe...
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#TheWildLife is setting out on new horizons. Now not only is our show available wherever you get your podcast, but starting September 1st, we will be releasing new episodes every single Friday! Each month will have a shorter episode by Devon, an hour+ episode with a special expert guest, a shorter episode by Richard, and a new series we are super excited about—#CitSciFri! Citizen Science Friday will feature an expert guest to s...
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In this episode, we tell the story of two Harvard professors with a bucket of frogs and a rooftop, solve the decade old mystery of exploding toads in Germany, explain what was the culprit of frog deformities across the Western US, speak with Dr Voyles about her research on disease ecology and amphibians in Panama, and chat with Dr Konrad Rykaczewski about the inspiration for his antifreeze technology. Support this podcast
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Grace is basically synonymous with butterflies. The truth, however, is far...dirtier. Like poop, pee, blood, sweat, and tears dirty. After this, you'll never be able to look at one the same way again. Oh, and also, stay tuned for a big announcement coming soon about the future of the podcast and The Wild Life. You're not going to want to miss it! To read the blog version, visit https://thewildlife.blog/2018/08/18/mud-pud...
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