Podcasts

  • Who you callin' puny? These little harvester ants sting with venom that is big-time toxic: 30 times more toxic than a rattlesnake's, in fact. Guest: Justin Schmidt. Art by Simon Hayes.

  • LIVE SHOW! A lonely, meat-eating bachelor living in the heart of Los Angeles faces the challenges of cougar attraction…literally. Guest: Beth Pratt-Bergstrom.

  • Do sea otters really eat the equivalent of 160 hamburgers per day?  How is a furry little sea otter pup built like a beach ball?  And, can great white sharks really get hairballs from eating sea otters?

  • LIVE SHOW! Ana Garcia bravely travels to Africa to battle a horrendous parasite. The IMPROVology team sends girl detective, Nancy Drew, along with her to help.

  • Dr. Megan Owen loves the Arctic, but being stalked by a polar bear...not so much. Find out what makes polar bear moms mysterious and why scent is such an important research tool.

  • What if you’re the only person who knows the location of the last surviving California condor in the wild? What do you do? The amazing Jan Hamber looks back on 87 years of life and birds.

  • LIVE SHOW! Two parasite tribes battle to the death to win the coveted reward: a snail’s private parts. May the gonads be ever in your favor. (Parental Advisory)

  • When it comes to the most powerful mammal on land, veterinarian Dr. Mark Stetter has a very steady hand…and a very innovative approach to wild African elephant conservation. (Parental Advisory)

  • Why does this orphanage have armed guards? Do rhino calves have nightmares? How do you give CPR to a rhino calf?

  • Jellyfish expert Nate Jaros joins our IMPROVology players, Michael McShane and Brian Lohmann, for a live show in which Nate talks about some of his more interesting interactions with jellies.

  • Dr. Anthony Giordano joins our IMPROVology players, Michael McShane and Brian Lohmann, live on stage for this hilarious short segment about an animal few people have heard of or seen.

  • When you’re playing the game of love, it’s hard to wing it. Barbara Heidenreich, one of the world’s premier animal trainers, flies to New Zealand to aid a lovelorn Kakapo parrot. Parental advisory.

  • What happens when a lonely male gorilla meets a female gorilla for the first time in 27 years?

  • LIVE SHOW! A creature too lazy to raise its own babies creates a zombie nanny parent substitute. Parasitologist Sara Weinstein tells the story of the sacculina parasite, puppet master of the animal kingdom.

  • Why would anyone use a Super Soaker to flush the stomach of a 12-foot-long wild crocodile? Dr. Maria Tellez, aka the "Croc Doc," enlightens us.

  • Are jaguars the pit bulls of the big cat family? How many samples of jaguar poop do you really need for a good collection? And, who would win in a fight, a puma or a jaguar? Dr. Anthony Giordano knows.