In this episode I talked about my experience with The Wild. This show is very reminiscent of nature documentaries, but underneath that familiarity lies a pointed look at our relationship with nature.
PodApplaud- The Wild
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 back to nature with Podcast: The Wild
The Wild is a journalistic look at the wilderness, its inhabitants and its relation with humankind. Currently the show has released 4 full episodes that trend towards about 25 minutes in length. Going forwards it looks like we can expect new episodes to be released weekly on Tuesday.
When it comes to checking out The Wild, I saw the show was trending and more impactfully, I saw the show’s amazing cover art. The image of the Great Grizzly’s fur melding away into a copse of trees is amazing and definitely caught my attention. The show is put out by KUOW which you might recall from shows such as Prime(d) and other Seattle based news-centric endeavours. Our Ecologist host Chris Morgan shares his passion for the wilderness and our connections with it. Alright so what does an episode of The Wild actually entail? Well in the first Episodes Chris lays out the story of how cougars are encroaching and overlapping more with humanity as our developed society reduces their eco systems. We learn some more about the cats and then dive into an expedition to track down a cougar momma and gather DNA from her little cubs. We get tantalizing on the scene audio including some rather cute mewlings of the young cubs.The next episode is about an even more dramatic encounter with a Grizzly, and the third is all about a labored search to track down a rare German wolf. The show feels very much like they ripped the audio from a nature documentary. Which I have mixed feelings about. Sometimes I feel like bigger media outlets are just taking things from other media spaces and just trying to cash in on the popularity of podcasts. I will say that Chris Morgans is a enthusiastic sweet host and that during episode 2 he got vulnerable and personal with the audience in a way that you would not likely experience if this was a televised nature doc. The format does lose a lot without the visuals of the animals. It is the rare allure of seeing The Wild with our own eyes, completely foreign to our modern comforts that makes those nature docs so compelling. My favorite episode was the most current one all about beavers. I knew some of the hidden beaver lore, but this episode really stepped up my beaver knowledge and respect for the radical Rodents. Worth noting in the beaver episode there is no emphasis on tracking down beavers and getting on the scene footage. Can you even call it footage if there is no video? The show touts additional content on their website, pictures of Chris, the production team, and their wilderness guides, I figured they might have some videos since they are making the efforts to be on scene, but so far that’s not the case. Regardless, I think they will find more success if they downplay tracking down the animals and stay focused on telling the history and current state of our relationship to the wild.
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 think it is a little early in the show’s life to give it a definitive rating, so far I would rate the beaver episode a 4, a round of applause. The other episodes are a 3 for me, passable but I would defer to a nature doc everytime for that content. I’ll keep an eye on this show and depending on what route they go I might be a loyal listener or practice catch and release with The Wild. At this point I’m not sure who to recommend the show to… Keep it on your radar if your an animal lover, but definitely listen to the recent beaver episode, that one I fully endorse.
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