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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!

The Wild Life The Wild Life

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    • 5.0, 28 Ratings

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!

    Phylum: Porifera (SPONGES)

    Phylum: Porifera (SPONGES)

    The first installment of our first ever miniseries is here--Phylum: Porifera!
    Sponges are often overlooked aside from Spongebob Squarepants and cleaning. It's time that changed. Dive into the amazing life history of sponges!
    Throughout this series, we will be covering 9 of the main phyla in the animal kingdom. Next up on our list? Cnidaria (jellies)!
    On our website, https://thewildlife.blog/2020/08/08/phylum-porifera/ (https://thewildlife.blog/2020/08/08/phylum-porifera/), you will be able to find educational materials that coincide with the episode as well as a coloring sheet, worksheet, key, and two sponge anatomy posters. This will be the case with every episode in the series, so stay tuned!
    Support us at patreon.com/thewildlife or make a one-time donation at paypal.me/thewildlife
    Follow us on Twitter @thewildlifepod and Instagram @thewildlife.blog

    • 18 min
    #WormGate2020: An unimaginable can of worms with Ellen Weatherford!

    #WormGate2020: An unimaginable can of worms with Ellen Weatherford!

    On July 18th, Just the Zoo of Us posted a harmless tweet asking "what is the most overhyped animal?"
    It started an all out war: #WormGate2020
    This is our attempt, along with Ellen Weatherford's, at a tracing explanation of what exactly went down.
    To see the original tweet and follow the breadcrumbs yourself, go here: https://twitter.com/JusttheZooofUs/status/1284598945377812481?s=20
    Support The Wild Life at patreon.com/thewildlife and paypal.me/thewildlife

    • 43 min
    A Conversation with Chelsea Connor: Part 2

    A Conversation with Chelsea Connor: Part 2

    Hey everyone, a bit of a different approach with this episode. Last week, we left off talking SciComm and just about to talk about @BlackAFinStem and #BlackBirdersWeek. That's where we pick up this time in a conversation that spans immigration, COVID 19, the problem with SciComm, being a person of color in a scientific field, learning, antiracism, and so much more.
    A sizeable portion of what we discuss revolves around the earlier Florida Man administration announcement that international students on M-1 and F-1 Visas wouldn't be allowed to stay in the country if their fall course load was all online, despite there being a global pandemic. Since the, some of that has changed, but nothing is for certain.
    The only edits are the intro and outro. Everything else is the original raw conversation. Why? We didn't want to diminish the meaning. We didn't want to chime in and speak for Chelsea's truth. This is her story to tell, and our story to hear.
    Chelsea is not a spokesperson for people of color or international students, but her story and the uncertain reality that she finds herself in are ones shared by so many. We hope you listen, take note to heart, and take the words you hear as a call to action.
    "In a racist society, it is not enough to be non-racist, we must be antiracist." - Angela DavisGet her stickers here: https://www.redbubble.com/people/chelseaherps/shop?asc=u (https://www.redbubble.com/people/chelseaherps/shop?asc=u)
    Support Chelsea on Patreon here: https://www.patreon.com/ChelseaArts/posts (https://www.patreon.com/ChelseaArts/posts)
    Support The Wild Life at patreon.com/thewildlife and paypal.me/thewildlife

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Did You Anole? with Chelsea Connor Part 1

    Did You Anole? with Chelsea Connor Part 1

    Color changing, mini lassos, islands, superpowers, vivid blues, falling of limbs, and so much more!
    This first half is largely focused on the anoles, but part 2, see, Chelsea is one of the cofounders of #BlackBirdersWeek and @BlackAFinSTEM, and so our conversation in the second half largely revolves around that, SciComm, art, and at the time, the news that the nearly 1 million international students in the US would have to return home if they did not have in person classes due to COVID...a decision that might be being walked back in but things are still unclear and the conversation is important important and needed nevertheless. You’ll hear part two next week, but for now, drop and give us 50 to assert your dominance while you listen to our conversation with the wonderful...Chelsea Connor, anole expert, genius behind #DidYouAnole, contributor on anoleannals.com, and artist behind the adorable and creative anole/popsicle stickers that need to be smacked on the back of your laptop immediately!
    Get her stickers here: https://www.redbubble.com/people/chelseaherps/shop?asc=u (https://www.redbubble.com/people/chelseaherps/shop?asc=u)
    Support Chelsea on Patreon here: https://www.patreon.com/ChelseaArts/posts (https://www.patreon.com/ChelseaArts/posts)
    Support The Wild Life at patreon.com/thewildlife and paypal.me/thewildlife
    Further Reading:
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carib_Territory (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carib_Territory)
    http://kalinagoterritory.com/ (http://kalinagoterritory.com/)

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Islands, Snails, & other Tales with Dr Andrew Kraemer

    Islands, Snails, & other Tales with Dr Andrew Kraemer

    Our guest for the day has one of the coolest jobs on earth, studying in what is perhaps the coolest place on earth. He is full of stories, and knowledge, and passion for little creatures that so many would overlook. He will have you wood by the end of the episode as a lifelong ardent snail enthusiast, nay, lover.
    Richard and I spoke to him back in late May, and it was so much more than we bargained for. Now, you might be wondering, what are we talking about today? Well, mostly islands!
    Today’s guest is an adjunct assistant professor at Creighton University in Omaha Nebraska, received his B.A. at the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN and his PhD at Iowa State University.
    We talk islands, upside down tortoises, rafting, Judas goats, a morphological menagerie of snails, cities, clever birds, the Galapagos, and so much more. So, grab some dessert and get isolated for our interview with Dr Andrew Kraemer!
    Follow him on Twitter @andykraemer
    Check out his website: https://andrewckraemer.wordpress.com/ (https://andrewckraemer.wordpress.com/)
    Follow us on Twitter @thewildlifepod and @devthenatureguy
    Follow us on Instagram @thewildlife.blog and @devonthenatureguy
    Contact us at hello@thewildlife.blog
    Get Merched Up at thewildlife.blog/shop
    Support our nonprofit aiming to interrupt systemic barriers of exclusion in science and the outdoors that work against BIPOC, and our show, at patreon.com/thewildlife and paypal.me/thewildlife


    Dark Walk by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/))
    Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100468 (http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100468)
    Artist: http://incompetech.com/ (http://incompetech.com/)

    • 1 hr 34 min
    The Man with the Planarian with Dr. Oné R. Pagán

    The Man with the Planarian with Dr. Oné R. Pagán

    This episode starts with a major announcement, but then...
    Tattoos, superheroes, opportunities, regeneration, Men in Black, phallic fencing, 1st brains, discoveries, cocaine, addiction, belly button mouths, and so much more. So, wherever you are, maybe a floaty in a pool gliding around like a flatworm in a petri dish, get ready for our conversation with Dr. Oné R. Pagán ! His enthusiasm will have you hooked. By the end, you'll never want to stop talking about flatworms in any and all social settings, no matter how appropriate or inappropriate.
    Follow Dr. Oné R. Pagán on Twitter @BaldScientist
    Read his blog at baldscientist.wordpress.com
    Purchase his books at https://www.amazon.com/One-R.-Pagan/e/B00J6J1FCI%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share (https://www.amazon.com/One-R.-Pagan/e/B00J6J1FCI%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share)
    Follow us on Twitter @TheWildLifepod and @Devthenatureguy
    Follow us on Instagram @TheWildLife.blog and @Devonthenatureguy
    Check out our website at thewildlife.blog and purchase merch at thewildlife.blog/merch
    Join Our Book Club at https://www.facebook.com/groups/2678194339079182 (https://www.facebook.com/groups/2678194339079182)
    Support our organization at patreon.com/thewildlife
    Acoustic Meditation 2 by Audionautix is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
    Artist: http://audionautix.com/

    • 1 hr 33 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
28 Ratings

28 Ratings

Galatheallll ,

Great podcast!

The interviews are fun and informative. They cover a wide variety of topics.

txriver ,

🤣🤣👍👍

The EARTH IS AN ISLAND!!! You guys are awesome!
I’m watching your island from the sea of Karen’s! 🧐🧐🧐
Keep it up guys!
❤️❤️👍👍
Karyn Bergman

Ofliesandhope ,

Absolutely delightful

Found this pod through Dr. Pagán the planarian scientist. When you need to fall in love with the natural world again, listen to this show

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