HumaNature Broadcast Special #4

Mar 10, 2017

Credit Meg Thompson

A special edition of HumaNature formatted for air: stories of animal encounters. A scientist risks his reputation to pursue Bigfoot; pigeons save the day by getting camera film across a river; a shark attack survivor becomes a shark conservation advocate; animals comfort a woman troubled by the political landscape.

Top row (L-R): Amy's prairie dogs and John Mionczynsk. Bottom row (L-R): Charlie Thomas and Debbie Salamone
Credit Wyoming Public Media

Story 1: Bigfoot

Biologist John Mionczynski is one of the world’s leading experts on Bigfoot. And if science is all about open-minded inquiry, how can we be sure Bigfoot isn’t out there somewhere?

Story 2: A Ballroom Dancer, A Shark, And A PR Problem

Debbie Salamone was an environmental journalist who was passionate about the ocean—and ballroom dancing. One day at the beach, all that changed.

Story 3: Up A River, Without… A Pigeon?

Charlie Thomas worked as a whitewater rafting guide in the ‘80s. His boss became obsessed with selling photos of clients taken while they ran the rapids. The only problem was getting the film back across the river and into town to be developed before the clients returned.

Story 4: Amy And The Animals

It was November 9, 2016. Amy was worried about the new political landscape. But some unusual encounters at work gave her fresh perspective.