The Cryptonaturalist – Podcast Review

In this Episode I talk about my experience with the fictional and farcical podcast, The Cryptonaturalist, created by Jarod Anderson. The podcast had 18 full episodes at the time of review.

PodApplaud- The Cryptonaturalist

Welcome to PodApplaud, the Monday through Friday podcast that aims to enable your Podcast habit. I’m your host Seb, and today we are going to talk about the Podcast: Crypto Naturalist.

Crypto Naturalist is…well…It defies categorization, but to capture your attention, it is a humorous cryptid-focused anthology of poetry, worldbuilding and storytelling hosted by a mountain man. It might make more sense later, I’ll try my best. Regardless the show is created by Jarod Anderson. Episodes tend to hover around the 15 minute mark, and release roughly every second week. The show is safe for all ages

Usually at this point I would quote show descriptions or the about section of the show’s website, but I feel like I need to get right into describing this cast. The Cryptonaturalist revolves around its titular character. The Cryptonaturalist. This mountain man character who is acted with quite the folksy appalachian accent serves as the show’s viewpoint into the world. And boy does our craggy friend love the world. Most episodes start with a passionate monologue of humankind’s relationship to the surrounding world and all the life therein both mundane and of the more legendary variety. These monologues are weirdly poetic yet meandering, philosophical yet frivolous. At some point the monologue either gives way to a first person recollection, or the mountain man narrates a writer submitted story focused upon an interaction with a cryptid or experience beyond the possibilities of our world. These sections are called: Hidden Lore segments. The other recurring segment is a guest Cryptonaturalist delivering a similar world-bending account via transmission or audio recording. There have been so pretty impressive guest Cryptonaturalists including Adal Rafai, Justin McElroy, Sarah Rhea Werner, and other familiar voices from the podcasting realm. Between the opening monologue and these segments you are treated to more mountain man musings. One moment he is just waxing poetic about forests and natural imagery the next he is quoting William Butler Yeats or John Muir, then immediately he is making comments about Kinetic Seals or his Winnebago named Cassandra. The show is ride down the mountain side with no seatbelt on.

It is hard for me to describe the show because looking back I’m not sure there would have been a description that could have prepared me for this show. I find myself latching on to something in the show thinking about it a moment only to realize that the show has charged ahead further into the unknown. I really enjoy all the writing, poetry, and just general collaboration going on with the show.  The world this podcast inhabits is unique and inspiring, I really liked concepts such as The Half Remembered Forrest, from episode 8, for example. I also really like that all the mythical cryptic creatures are new imaginings instead of being dredged from pop culture and our earthly lore. The way an idea is brought up in the beginning and then expanded upon in the hidden lore or other parts of the episode is a treat as well.

I think part of the fervor of the episodes for me is the bouncy cadence and accent that our narrator speaks in. It can be Difficult sometimes to follow along with everything being said, this isn’t a podcast you put on as background noise to accompany you while you focus on something else. The show demands your attention there is a lot going on and you will get much more out of it if you are present for it.

Ok so here on PodApplaud I rate shows on a 1-5 scale, 1 is silence, 2 is a slow clap, 3 is applause, 4 is a round of applause, and 5 of course is a standing ovation! I would give Crypto Naturalist a 4/5, a round of applause ladies and gents! The show is one of the most innovative podcasts around, there is real energy and passion behind this project and it shows. For my taste the narration is a bit of a labor to listen to for too long. That may be my fault since I binged all the episodes in two day. I feel the show could be slowed down just a bit, there really is so much happening in that short below 20 minute window.

I would recommend this podcast to lovers of imagery, creativity, and novel ideas! If you’re the type who likes the idea of dedicated podcast time, make a cup of tea, set aside 15 minutes, and really soak this show in.

So that’s been the show for today I hope you found it valuable If you wish to reach out to me you can find me on twitter @podapplaud or send an email to podapplaud@gmail.com Thank you for listening, and please tune in again.