20 episodes

The Bear Grease Podcast with host Clay Newcomb delivers compelling storytelling through documentary-style episodes exploring the culture, traditions, and history of rural America. He’ll dive in deep with hunters, biologists, anthropologists, and hillbillies to learn about human nature and our ancient connection to the land. Bear Grease explores unique people, topics, and stories that reveal the incredible value of life lived close to the land. Part of the MeatEater Podcast Network.

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    • 4.9 • 4K Ratings

The Bear Grease Podcast with host Clay Newcomb delivers compelling storytelling through documentary-style episodes exploring the culture, traditions, and history of rural America. He’ll dive in deep with hunters, biologists, anthropologists, and hillbillies to learn about human nature and our ancient connection to the land. Bear Grease explores unique people, topics, and stories that reveal the incredible value of life lived close to the land. Part of the MeatEater Podcast Network.

    Ep. 19: Bear Grease [Render] - High Speed Chases, Kindergarten Ricky, and Boone's Death

    Ep. 19: Bear Grease [Render] - High Speed Chases, Kindergarten Ricky, and Boone's Death

    On this Render episode, Clay and the crew discuss the nuanced social signals in riding mules, horses and wearing sweat pants in Macy's. Clay discloses his overreaction to the scandal after listening to the MeatEater Campfire Stories tale about the game warden, and equates it to an experience in kindergarten. However, the discussion gets deep as they talk about Daniel Boone's later years, his impact on American culture, and why the woodsmen of North American have earned a seat at the table of American identity. 

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    • 1 hr 32 min
    Ep. 18: Daniel Boone - American Woodsman (Part 3)

    Ep. 18: Daniel Boone - American Woodsman (Part 3)

    This is part three and our final episode in our series on Daniel Boone. On this episode, we'll go in depth about his life from when he was 35 years old to his death at age 86. We’ll again interview acclaimed writers Steve Rinella and Robert Morgan about Boone’s impact on American identity and culture. We’ll explore the highlights of Boone’s life including the rescue of his daughter, rumors of his wife’s unfaithfulness, his stint as a Virginia legislature, and the controversy around where Boone is buried. Then we'll explore Boone’s identification as a woodsman and his impact on American’s view and utilization of wilderness with Dr. Daniel Rupp. Lastly, Clay makes an appeal that the American woodsman deserves a lasting place at the table of American identity.

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    • 1 hr 19 min
    Ep. 17: Bear Grease [Render] - White Panthers, Black Roosters, and Danny-Boy Boone

    Ep. 17: Bear Grease [Render] - White Panthers, Black Roosters, and Danny-Boy Boone

    On this episode of the [Render], Gary Newcomb is back. He tells us how to not get canceled and waxes about Clay's fairly average story telling ability. Clay reveals his mother is upset with him because of his reaction to podcast feedback. Misty and Josh cover a famous song about the Cumberland Gap. The crew has an enlightening discussion on the second Daniel Boone podcast. It's action packed and fun, as usual.

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    • 1 hr 21 min
    Ep. 16: Daniel Boone - The Legend of Cumberland Gap (Part 2)

    Ep. 16: Daniel Boone - The Legend of Cumberland Gap (Part 2)

    We're on to part two of our series on the incredible life of the American backwoodsman, Daniel Boone. We’re going to dive deep into a topographic feature in the Appalachian Mountains that was a major player in the identity of Daniel Boone and America – we’re talking about the Cumberland Gap. We’ll interview two New York Times best-selling authors and Boone experts - Steven Rinella and Robert Morgan, we’ll nerd out with a geologist, we’ll talk about the potential of historical revision of Boone, and lastly, we’ll talk with a member of the Cherokee Nation, Professor Taylor Keen, and hear his perspective on the Ol’ Gap. The path is rough, and American identity is at stake.

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    • 1 hr 23 min
    Ep 15: Bear Grease [Render] - Mule Kicked, Scandals and Boone Mythology

    Ep 15: Bear Grease [Render] - Mule Kicked, Scandals and Boone Mythology

    On the episode of the Bear Grease [Render], Clay and the gang discuss an array of riveting topics including getting ninja kicked by a mule. They discuss how Clay got it wrong on the game warden story, and Kolby Morehead of Bear Hunting Magazine squeezes in a legitimate "bears, beets and Battle Star Galactica" reference. The guys are joined by writer Seth Haines, who was also a guest on the first episode of the Daniel Boone series. They discuss the tension created by Boone potentially having a Cherokee wife, and wrestle with "armchair valor" in saying how they wouldn't have done it. The discussion is rich as they render down the first episode of the Daniel Boone series. 

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    • 1 hr 24 min
    Ep. 14: Daniel Boone - Foundations of an American Archetype (Part 1)

    Ep. 14: Daniel Boone - Foundations of an American Archetype (Part 1)

    On this episode of the Bear Grease Podcast, we’ll be exploring a story as American as cornbread and black-eyed peas, we’re talking about one of America’s first heroes--Daniel Boone. We’ll sift through the myth and truth and discuss why the heck we’re still talking about him 200 years after his death. We’ll learn about the mechanism of archetypes, and Clay Newcomb will interview two New York Times best-selling authors Robert Morgan and Steven Rinella about their fascination with Boone. We'll learn that the truth is wilder than the myth. This is part one of our series on Ol’ Dan’l Boone, and in it we’ll walk through the first 35 years of Boone’s life. You’re not going to want to miss this one.

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    • 1 hr 6 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
4K Ratings

4K Ratings

fowlerman59 ,

New listener for life!

Hello Clay and company, just wanted to say I’m a new listener to the Bear Grease Podcast and I very much enjoyed the Daniel Boone episodes, especially the very end where you featured Nick Shoulders! (Nick Shoulders is the best!) I work for the Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry and my immediate co-workers have enjoyed listening to your podcast along with me. I’ll make sure they subscribe to the Bear Grease podcast as well! Wishing the best of luck with all future endeavors!
-Dan Fowler

Gracie1108 ,

Stories good… render bad

Love the stories and clay telling the story. The render episodes are not great. Lots of people talking over each other and seems they are having a good time. But for the listener it isn’t enjoyable. I do love the history lessons and stories. And enjoy clays story telling skills. This has potential to develop into a very good podcast. Hope they work out the identity and find the sweet spot.

soul life ,

Feeling connected

I have really enjoyed your podcast immensely. It is well produced and shares great information we are at risk of losing. I am from Appalachian blood although I was raised outside the area. How awesome was it to hear and learn about William Champ and Daniel Boone, my last name is Champ and my family can trace its heritage in modern day West Virginia area going back to the late 1600s. Was William Champ my kin? You never know. Thank you!

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