From Ew! to Oh!

Below you'll find my podcast series, "From Ew! to Oh!". This podcast discusses animals that we might usually think of as scary or gross and highlights their amazing features and the important things they do for us! I'm hoping to change listeners' minds about these animals because the more we learn to care about an animal, the more likely it is that we'll want to help and care for that animal.   

I was inspired to create this podcast because I've always had a soft spot for animals with bad reputations, from sharks to snakes to bees. I have to admit, I get a little frustrated when an animal is dismissed or reviled just because it has scales, sharp teeth, or no bones. Traditionally, "cuddlier" animals (like pandas) have a lot of conservation programs devoted to their survival, which I think is due in part to the fact that most people can relate more to a sea otter than they can to a king cobra. I'm hoping to make these more unusual animals more relatable. 

I hope I can change your mind about these amazing animals! Take a listen and be sure to peruse the extra content accompanying each episode! 

May 28, 2019

After a long hiatus, our podcast, "From Ew! to Oh!" is back with another episode! On this installment, I'm talking to Olivia Shangrow from Rent Mason Bees about some positively perfect pollinators: bees! Listen to the episode here

Below, you'll find a few supplemental images and information that was referenced in this episode. Remember, if you like what you heard, subscribe to our website, like us on Facebook, and follow us o...

January 10, 2019

Coyotes in your cul-de-sac? Bears in your backyard? Pine martens on your patio? As urbanization continues its sprawl and humans infringe on the natural habitats of all kinds of animals, we need to learn how to coexist with carnivores* in urban areas in ways that are safe and healthy for us and for them! On this episode of "From Ew! to Oh!" I get to talk to three people who are helping to facilitate that coexistence. Dr. Robert...

August 17, 2018

"If you were to stand on the moon and look down at what the wolf represents on this planet, it's pretty significant." - Rebecca Bose

This episode of our podcast from "Ew! to Oh!" is all about some of the most majestic yet misunderstood animals ever: wolves! In this episode, I got to speak with Rebecca Bose, the Curator at Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem, New York. Click here to listen to the episode and click here to ac...

January 27, 2018

I'm so excited for you all to listen to our next episode of "From Ew! to Oh!". This one is all about bats and we were lucky enough to interview Leith Miller, a bat researcher at the University of Washington. The episode can be found here! The transcript of the episode is here

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In this episode of the podcast, Leith mentions that a bat box is a good option if you've noticed bats taking residence in or near...

December 7, 2017

This episode of "From Ew! to Oh!" discusses an animal that we all probably see on a daily basis: spiders! Are these eight-legged animals friends or foes? Find out when I interview Mike Cash, a keeper at Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo who works with spiders every day! 

You can find my podcast here and the transcript here.


In this episode, Mike Cash tells us al...

October 16, 2017

This episode of the podcast is all about one of my favorite cephalopods: the octopus! Octopuses, while not the most reviled animals in the world, are still considered by some to be creepy and alien-like. In reality, they are smart, well-adapted invertebrates that can be found all over the world. 

Click here for the podcast and here for a transcript of the episode! 

I was fortunate to be able to interview Kathryn Kegel for this e...

August 30, 2017

This is a special international episode! 

If you're thinking, "Wait, didn't you just have an episode about snakes?", you are correct! However, I recently had the opportunity to go to Borneo (which was an incredible experience I will talk more about in future blog posts) and I visited the Danau Girang Field Centre in Sabah, Malaysia. There, I met Richard Burger, a researcher who studies the world's longest reptile: the reticulat...

May 20, 2017

The second episode of my podcast, "From Ew! to Oh!", is now available! This episode, which you can listen to on SoundCloud here, is all about snakes! Give it a listen!  You can also read the script here

Below is some extra content based on what's talked about in the episode. Enjoy and please feel free to comment below! 




April 26, 2017

I'm so excited to get this podcast series started! This first episode is all about one of the most unjustifiably vilified animals of all time: the shark! 

The link to the episode is here

If you'd like to follow along, you can read this episode's script here

 Source: NOAA Images from Flickr


To learn more about the Seafood Watch program mentioned in the episode, please visit its website.

I mentioned the incredible way that...

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