EPISODE 9: THE MODERN HUNTER GATHERER: Resilient Future

For our final episode about modern hunter gatherers, we talk to National Geographic photographer Kiliii Yuyan, who honors his indigenous background by documenting extant hunter-gatherer tribes in the Arctic. He shares stories about close calls out on the ice, why indigenous cultures are so resilient, and why harnessing that resilience might be the key to surviving an uncertain future.  

 
 

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 All photography by Kiliii Yüyan. More photography and work by Kiliii can be found here:

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EPISODE 8: THE MODERN HUNTER GATHERER: Two Worlds

In the last episode, we followed people in the Rewilding Movement who are trying to incorporate primitive skills into their daily lives. This time, we're going back in history to explore how hunter gatherers really lived — and how new science suggests the foraging lifestyle might've been easier, freer, and healthier than the civilized life. Then we journey to the fertile rainforests of Northern Congo to meet true modern hunter gatherers and the scientists who are trying to understand their way of life before it disappears.

 
 

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EPISODE 7: THE MODERN HUNTER GATHERER: Don't Let The Fire Go Out

Have you ever dreamed of leaving it all behind -- your job, your cell phone, your comfy life -- to walk into the wilderness and live off the land? Or have you ever wondered if you'd truly have the skills to make it out alive when an adventure goes south? If so, you are not alone. More and more people are learning how to start fires with sticks, build shelters from leaves, and forage for wild foods. The practice has many names, but some call it the Rewilding Movement, and it's spreading with everyone from paleos to preppers to techbros. For some it's a weekend escape; for others it's the beginning of a journey to build a life rooted in the dirt instead of concrete. But the path is fraught: hunger, cold, and isolation challenge even the most skilled modern hunter gatherers. The first rule? Don't let the fire go out.

 
 

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EPISODE 6: TO EAT A MOUSE

In this episode, we feature a conversation between our host, Ted Alvarez, and Bryan Pope, an instructor at Earth Native Wilderness School. For a few years now, these old friends have gone on wilderness trips to experiment with modern and traditional survival skills — which often means breaking a multi-day fast with a meal of creepy crawlies. Here, they go deep on survival sensationalism, the relative horrors of trapping vs. industrialized farming, and why wilderness living resonates with all kinds of people.  

 
 

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EPISODE 5: THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT THE WOLF

In 1997, 31 gray wolves were reintroduced into Yellowstone National Park. Today, their descendants roam nearly to the Pacific Ocean — and one of them lives within commuting distance of Seattle. His name is WA75M, and to survive he'll have to navigate the raw wound that divides urban and rural America. We follow ranchers, scientists, conservationists, and journalists to find out what a wild wolf is worth to his new neighbors -- and what that means for wilderness in the modern world. 

 
 

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EPISODE 4: THE SNOWIEST PLACE ON EARTH

It's a question that unites weather nerds, powder hounds, and 8-year-olds praying for a snow day: Where does the most snow fall on our planet? A squad of meteorologists, skiers, rangers, and other experts join Justin Nobel and The Explorist to search the globe for the snowstorm that doesn't end. 

 
 

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EPISODE 3: UNDERGROUND WONDER

If we look where sonar and satellites can’t reach, deep into the guts of the Earth, this planet still has a few surprises left for us. Case in point: Hang Son Doong, the largest cave in the world, was only discovered in the last decade. In this episode, we visit Central Vietnam to understand how this discovery has transformed the people and the jungle around it — and to journey into the belly of the beast itself. 

 
 

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EPISODE 2: LAND OF FIRE

Go far south enough and you’ll end up in Tierra del Fuego, a wild frontier where Patagonian glaciers collide with the Antarctic sea and the bloody chaos of history feels as close today as ever. We traveled to the border of Chile and Argentina to follow the path of explorers like Magellan and Darwin — and we found a modern-day pioneer who ran away from it all to make a home at the end of the world. 

 
 

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EPISODE 1: CAMPING IN MURDALAND

Thanks to Serial, The Wire, and West Baltimore’s own bloody history, Leakin Park is infamous for the 71 dead bodies dumped near its expansive forests and waterfalls. But one woman and a host of true believers are trying to help fix what locals call “Bodymore, Murdaland” by doing something revolutionary: taking kids camping in its biggest park.

 
 

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