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Wild Thing is a podcast about the strange and unusual things that capture our imaginations. It’s about the relationship between science and society. It’s about wild places, wild people, and wild ideas. Because whether it’s seeking out Bigfoot, in season one, or gazing skyward to look for extraterrestrial life in season two, the search for the unknown helps us better understand ourselves. Each episode, host Laura Krantz takes us through the latest chapter, which builds on previous ones, so it ...
 
The V-Word by Sarah-Jane Crawford is a vegan podcast. After being inspired to turn vegan back in 2015 by Grime MC JME who came on my radio show, I’ve been on a mission to uncover the new age and face of veganism ever since. I figured you don’t have to be a hippy or white, middle class, only eat rabbit food or shop in Notting Hill’s organic food stores to live on a plant-based diet. On the V-Word I meet athletes, celebrities, influencers, and just all-around interesting people, reflecting a b ...
 
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This episode of the Wisdom Podcast, recorded live as a Wisdom Dharma Chat, features a conversation with Lama Migmar Tseten. In this episode, we celebrated the launch of Lama Migmar’s first major book, The Play of Mahamudra. In it, Lama Migmar provides essential commentary on the mystical songs of the Indian Buddhist rebel-saint Virupa. One of the m…
 
Megan and I had a conversation that was about how the outdoors has been a huge part of her evolution of who she is over her lifespan. How can the outdoors help with transition from military life to civilian life? How do you go from the military family to civilian life? Where is the camaraderie? How can it help heal our soul? Let's have this convers…
 
This episode of the Wisdom Podcast, recorded live as a Wisdom Dharma Chat, features a conversation with Thupten Jinpa Langri, renowned scholar, translator, and interpreter for His Holiness the Dalai Lama. In this conversation, Jinpa gives wonderful advice on how to read Dharma texts and integrate them with your practice. He also discusses the art o…
 
*Become a subscriber! For $4.99/month, you’ll get upcoming episodes early, as well as access to subscriber-only bonus episodes. Go to https://anchor.fm/wildthing/subscribe to sign up! While we hypothesized about exoplanets for years, it wasn't until recently that we could confirm their existence. Astrophysicist and MIT professor Sara Seager has bee…
 
Jenn and I have now been able to hang out twice in Texas in person and hug each others' necks. We have been able to chat about our faith, our love of the outdoors, our family and who we are. When we were discussing what this podcast was going to involve it was hard because Jenn is on Instagram just to almost treat it like a journal of her love of t…
 
This episode of the Wisdom Podcast, recorded live as a Wisdom Dharma Chat, features a conversation with Sarah Harding, a translator and qualified lama in the Shangpa Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. Sarah and host Daniel Aitken discuss many topics including her new book with Wisdom, Four Tibetan Lineages. In 1972, Sarah became a student and tra…
 
Sarah and I sat down and talked about how she grew up in the outdoors, how her grandmother introduced her to wrestling and her move to Japan. We shift gears to then get back to the root of being grounded in family, the outdoors, farm life and being unashamed in who she is. We do not fit the box society puts us in. We discuss the difference between …
 
This episode of the Wisdom Podcast, recorded live as a Wisdom Dharma Chat, features a conversation with simplicity blogger and bestselling author Leo Babauta. Leo created Zen Habits, a Top 25 blog with over a million readers, when he started writing to chronicle and share what he’s learned while changing a number of habits, including waking early, …
 
May highlights the necessity of attention to mental health! Annie joins me from Arizona to discuss how her faith and the outdoors has been a huge part of healing for her. How do you go from growing up in the outdoors and hunting to needed to take a break due to a tragic event and then come back? Listen in as my sweet friend shares her heart and sto…
 
This episode of the Wisdom Podcast, recorded live as a Wisdom Dharma Chat, features a conversation with special guest and beloved teacher Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche. In this episode, Rinpoche and host Daniel Aitken discuss what it means to train in tenderness, including opening the heart to people we find difficult; the central teachings of his new b…
 
Women, the Outdoors and Gender Bias Cindy Stites joins me for a conversation on the article she wrote for B.R. Shadley Sporting Report. It is "an article that needed written but no one wanted to write" and she took on the first in the series. We discuss how hard it was to write an article highlighting what women and other hunters deal with on a dai…
 
*Become a subscriber! For $4.99/month, you’ll get upcoming episodes early, as well as access to subscriber-only bonus episodes. Go to https://anchor.fm/wildthing/subscribe to sign up! 2020—already not a great year—was made worse for astronomers when the Arecibo Telescope collapsed in Puerto Rico. Abel Méndez, an astronomer who grew up in the telesc…
 
An organization for women, by women to not only give experience but to educate...that is wildHERness! These hunters not only teach hunting, they also educate others on responsibilities of the outdoors. Think bee keeping, land management, fishing, hiking and hunting. This organization is going further into the community than just one time moments th…
 
This episode of the Wisdom Podcast, recorded live as a Wisdom Dharma Chat, features a conversation with guest Thupten Jinpa Langri. This Dharma Chat was a special book launch where we celebrated the release of Jinpa’s translation of Tsongkhapa’s Illuminating the Intent: An Exposition of Candrakīrti’s Entering the Middle Way. Topics discussed includ…
 
Lindsay and I had so much fun talking solo hunting because WE LOVE IT!!!!! Is it easy? Hell no! Is it safe? Hell no! Is it rewarding? HELL TO THE YES! So lets get into it! How do you get started? What do you need to be prepared for? Not everyone has a person to get them into hunting so how do you do it? We cover these topics and more. Lindsay has a…
 
This episode of the Wisdom Podcast, recorded live as a Wisdom Dharma Chat, features an interview with Malcolm Smith, renowned Tibetan Buddhist translator. Malcolm is the translator of two box sets from the Seventeen Tantras, published by Wisdom: The Self-Arisen Vidyā Tantra (Vol. 1) and The Self-Liberated Vidyā Tantra (Vol. 2), and The Tantra Witho…
 
Mel and I have a conversation on archery. Archery can be used for recreation, competition or hunting, but all of them are enjoyable and therapeutic usually to the archer. How in the world do you even start? Especially as a woman or youth! Partners often ask what bow should I get my significant other or child, how do I get one that fits their body? …
 
This episode of the Wisdom Podcast features an interview with Mark Van Buren, a mindful living trainer, yoga and meditation instructor, personal trainer, and musician who has been promoting health and wellness for over a decade. He’s the author of A Fool’s Guide to Actual Happiness and Your Life IS Meditation. Mark discusses: how it can sometimes f…
 
Join me for this conversation with Allison as we discuss everything from traveling all over the world, to hunting all over, noodling huge catfish, turtle soup and her book Chasing Deer! We both have a heart for getting the next generation open to enjoying the outdoors and understanding hunting and angling. Our kids should never be forced into hunti…
 
For this episode of the Wisdom Podcast, host Daniel Aitken interviews poet and teacher John Brehm. Wisdom is proud to have published two of John’s books: his collection The Poetry of Impermanence, Mindfulness, and Joy, which came out in 2017, and his 2021 book The Dharma of Poetry. In this episode we explore the fascinating and profound territory w…
 
In this special episode of the Wisdom Podcast—recorded live as a Wisdom Dharma Chat—host Daniel Aitken speaks with Michael Imperioli, best known for his role as Christopher Moltisanti in The Sopranos, for which he won a 2004 Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. Michael is also a practicing Tibetan Buddhist and is a student…
 
*Become a subscriber! For $4.99/month, you’ll get upcoming episodes early, as well as access to subscriber-only bonus episodes. Go to https://anchor.fm/wildthing/subscribe to sign up! David Anderson likes the idea of aliens, but he’s not a big fan of the TV show Ancient Aliens. The archeologist has real problems with how the show portrays his chose…
 
First Episode of the New Season!!!! Sara Gamache joins me in talking about a few things close to her heart. Hunting and Family! We get to chat a bit about her stag hunt in Scotland. A little bit about a debacle when it came to credit taken for the hunt. But even. more so we talk about family. The balance a parent must have between kids, spouse, hun…
 
In this special episode of the Wisdom Podcast—recorded live as a Wisdom Dharma Chat—host Daniel Aitken speaks with Anne C. Klein (Lama Rigzin Drolma), professor of religion at Rice University and a founding director and resident teacher of Dawn Mountain, a center for contemplative study and practice in Houston. Anne brings us into the world of tran…
 
For this episode of the Wisdom Podcast, host Daniel Aitken speaks with Zen teacher John Tarrant Roshi about one of John’s favorite topics: Zen koans. As a meditation teacher, koans are a core foundation of John’s teaching methodology, and he has spent a lifetime refining his understanding of their function as a gateway to insight as well as a teach…
 
Sarah Stewart Johnson is a planetary scientist who has worked on several Mars missions and is also the author of The Sirens of Mars: Searching for Life on Another World. She talks to us about her book, the latest mission to the Red Planet—the Perseverance rover—and why our closest neighbor holds such fascination for us Earthlings. *Wild Thing premi…
 
Hunter, Photographer, Equine Specialist, Trapper...I could keep going! Theresa joins me for an awesome conversation about growing up in a guiding family and taking it on herself over the years! We get to talk about how the outdoors life deeply impacts her every day life. Animals are a huge part of it, but the artistry of photography has a piece of …
 
For this episode of the Wisdom Podcast, host Daniel Aitken speaks with returning guest and author Venerable Thubten Chodron about her latest book with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, In Praise of Great Compassion. This is the fifth volume in the Library of Wisdom and Compassion series, which continues the Dalai Lama’s teachings on the path to awakenin…
 
Jen Shears...kicking ass and showing the next generation how to do it. This episode has some great stories in it but Geez Louise did I learn a lot about what to pack and what not to pack for myself and a kiddo on a backcountry trip hunting! Jen and her family have some pretty exciting things coming up for all of you so listen in and find out what y…
 
Renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson gives his perspective on the rare earth hypothesis, the difficulty of wrapping one's head around the universe, and the problem with movie aliens. *Wild Thing premium members get access to all of season 2, ad free, plus early access to bonus interviews. Sign up now to listen and support the show. https://w…
 
Jenn and I have been trying to sit down for a conversation since late spring of last year when COVID was kicking her tail. Jenn is a passionate hunter who has an amazing story to tell about how she got started. We were able to truly relate on a few levels of how becoming a hunter sometimes can seem strange to those who have known us the longest. Je…
 
For this episode of the Wisdom Podcast, host Daniel Aitken speaks with returning guest, author and celebrated teacher David Nichtern. Drawing from his book Creativity, Spirituality, and Making a Buck, David discusses how creativity naturally arises and the conditions that make it flourish before diving into concepts of “clarity, intention, and effo…
 
Ashley and I sat down to have an important conversation about hunter retention. The female hunter percentages are so high for entering into our community. Sadly though the amount of women who stay in hunting more than a year are much much lower. So what is the reason? COMMUNITY! Ashley and I chatted about how important it is to have community for h…
 
For this, our 100th episode of the Wisdom Podcast, we have the honor and privilege of being joined by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and other important guests celebrating the release of Science and Philosophy in the Indian Buddhist Classics, Volume 2: The Mind. During this special live event, His Holiness is presented with a copy of the book and answ…
 
In a wide-ranging interview, Joe Scott, the host of the popular YouTube series Answers With Joe and fellow science nerd, discusses panspermia, whether octopuses are aliens, and the rare earth hypothesis. *Wild Thing premium members get access to all of season 2, ad free, plus early access to bonus interviews. Sign up now to listen and support the s…
 
I had the honor of talking with Edie, The Bass Queen. We were able to bring to the table how her love for fishing as a kid resurfaced just recently and has grown into fishing in tournaments. As an angler that finds both excitement in tourney fishing and solo fishing that recharges her soul, she has the best of both worlds at her fingertips. We get …
 
In this episode of the Wisdom Podcast, host Daniel Aitken speaks with author, teacher, and researcher Dr. Alejandro Chaoul. Alejandro has been teaching meditation and Tibetan yoga (tsa lung and trul khor) workshops under the Ligmincha Institute since 1995 and recently released Tibetan Yoga, a Wisdom Academy online course. During this episode, which…
 
In September 2020, just days before this podcast launched, scientists announced that they might have found evidence for life on Venus... or at least in Venus's atmosphere. We talk to Clara Sousa-Silva, one of the scientists involved, about the findings, what life on Venus might be like, and what the next steps might be. *Wild Thing premium members …
 
Hannah Marcom is a woman of Texas who hunts. She is also a woman who hunts and gives unbiased, unsponsored reviews of hunting products. Her videos and testimonies of gear truly have spoken to people who all over despite being so different from each other find a community of authentic truth spoken. We get to hear about some of the stories of learnin…
 
In this episode of the Wisdom Podcast, host Daniel Aitken speaks with acclaimed Wisdom author Toni Bernard. In this powerful conversation, which was recorded as part of our live Wisdom Dharma Chats program, Toni discusses her most recent book, How to Be Sick: Your Pocket Companion, and shares her personal story detailing how her practice has helped…
 
'Oumuamua is long gone—out of sight and almost impossible to reach. The excitement over it generated endless fascination about what (and who) might be out there. Ultimately, that’s what this search for extraterrestrial life represents—a series of questions that don’t have good answers and may never have them, not now, not in another millennia. So w…
 
Our views on aliens can often be uplifting, offering a glimpse of a better, technologically-bright future, or a glimmer of hope about our ability to survive. In some cases, our thoughts about them are almost spiritual, as though aliens are divine beings. To understand why, we make a trip to Colorado’s UFO Watchtower, which has become something of a…
 
You might have heard or seen Doug on a few MeatEater podcasts alongside Steve Rinella and on the Back40 episodes with Mark Kenyon. Joe Rogan also has had a great conversation with Doug. You might have heard Doug speak so passionately about land management and ethical responsibility. Doug actually has come alongside some of my very own West TN lando…
 
American culture is saturated with extraterrestrial and UFO references—and we still can’t get enough. Hollywood has raked in billions on alien-themed programming and it comes in every flavor you can imagine—from horror to camp to science fiction to documentary. What’s the cultural appeal? Why aliens as opposed to any other topic? How have these ima…
 
For this episode of the Wisdom Podcast, host Daniel Aitken speaks with Evan Thompson, professor of philosophy at the University of British Columbia, and author of several books including Waking, Dreaming, Being: Self and Consciousness in Neuroscience, Meditation, and Philosophy. Evan is among the most widely respected philosophers and writers on Bu…
 
We’ve been broadcasting our presence for about 85 years now, with radio, television, and radar, essentially spamming space with all kinds of messages. What would we do if someone answers back? What if our message reaches someone, or something, hostile? Others argue that we should be trying to communicate with whoever might be out there. But who sho…
 
Kyla took some time to have a conversation about how she fell in love with archery and with being outdoors hunting. There is a completed circle to it when you start with building your strength in not only a bow but in handling all changes and repairs to your own equipment, moving things over to make things work and also how important it is not to r…
 
Hailey sat down and had a conversation with me today about her recent mule deer hunt in Idaho. We talk about her foundation in hunting and where the passion has come from, her heart for the authentic and ethical hunting, how she has handled the past few days of scrutiny. Hailey gets to tell her story here. We were able to talk about how we as a hun…
 
To really look for intelligent extraterrestrial life, say scientists, we have to look way far out into space. A new set of initiatives—the Breakthrough Initiatives—are experimenting with cutting-edge technology to do just that. These new ideas, funded by private industry instead of the government, are the future of the search for extraterrestrial i…
 
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