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How many geese?

Jack Baddams & Roddy Shaw

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The comedy nature podcast for more than just nature nerds. A really wild show for grown ups, each episode looks at stories and science from across the natural world and also pits a host against a listener suggested species of animal to decide how many they could take in a fight. Insta @howmanygeese Support the show at https://www.buymeacoffee.com/howmanygeese
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This is a podcast designed to foster conversation and deeper reflection on vocation. We interview current students and alumni from PLU from various disciplines, asking big questions, and really fleshing out what vocation looks like in the everyday. The name is a reference to Mary Oliver’s poem, Wild Geese. Discovering vocation is not about being perfect or good, but about listening. It requires authenticity, self-awareness and awareness of the world around us. Hosted by Becca McInally, a stu ...
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Gather the hive and listen in - we're buzzing into your ears with a whole episode on bees! We've travelled to the World Museum in Liverpool to meet bee expert Leanna Dixon for an awesome apine* hour, and just in the nick of time too - as it was world bee day on the 20th May. With everything from the bumbling to the buzzing, we cover carpenter, maso…
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Listeners, there's no other way to put this than simply saying that you are in for one of the finest episodes of How Many Geese? that there has ever been. We're down to Joseph's Amazing Camels to meet Daisy Fossett on her very unusual farm. to learn all about the truly wild world of being a camel farmer/trainer/chocolatier/(add your own mad profess…
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We've travelled up to Scotland to visit Europe's biggest penguin pool - why? Because it's none other than World Penguin Day! Join us as we head to Edinburgh Zoo to meet the people behind the penguins and learn about the home of over 130 Antarctic avians, including none other than Major General Sir Nils Olav III, Baron of the Bouvet Islands - offici…
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Order in the courts! Today we're hopping back into the Goose Time Machine as Roddy tells us all about the many and varied times throughout history that animals were put on trial. PLUS - we have an update on our team up with Birdfy as we commence Operation Parakeet - we work out what the best radioactive animal would be to be bitten by - Roddy gets …
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It's calcium o'clock at Goose HQ as we talk all things milk in How many geese's very first PREQUEL episode, diving deep into dairy and marvelling at just what makes mammals so....mammal-y. We're not skimming on this episode either, as we go from milk's origin right up to a recent evolutionary step in (none other than our very own) human kind that m…
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Today we're diving into one of the most badass ways of fighting back against the overexploitation of the seas as technology teams up with nature with some pretty awesome outcomes. Meet the Ocean Sentinels tracking down illegal fishing vessels down in the Southern Oceans in one of the coolest bits of research we've ever covered. There's a slight cha…
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With the Academy Awards behind us, the world may be moving on from awards season... but Team Goose is here to deliver one more trophy as we take a look and present the award for one of the most insane movies you've probably never heard of - 1981's "Roar"! It's lions, lions and more lions as we look at one couple's passion project that got A LITTLE …
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It's time to man the harpoons as we hop in the Goose Time Machine and set the dial back to the early 1900s to meet a very special Orca with a fascinating relationship with the local whalers. Our Birda chums shine the spotlight on one of the biggest birds in the world as we soar with the Andean Condor, before a child forces Roddy to do battle with L…
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Grab your nearest Gregorian and summon up a sharpie - we've got some key dates for your calendar this week as we ask the question: why do some days have names? Not just Christmas, Halloween or Valentine's, we're talking World Marmot Day, World Pangolin Day and ... International Talk Like a Pirate Day? We dive deep into the calendar of the bizarre t…
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As the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to falter, your pals at "How Many Geese?" are here to offer you an alternative. Suit up to meet our radioactive team of superheroes as we introduce Wales' nuclear sheep, Bavarian boar and Mutant Turtles as we turn off the lights to see which animals are glowing in the dark. Continuing our superhero theme, …
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Love is in the air and so too is Season SEVEN as we return to the mics refreshed and renewed for a Valentine's Day special - only.... not quite the most romantic one it turns out! Looking to show love is all around us, Roddy tried to find the cute and loving side of creatures the world deems weird (see: not you sea otters), except it didn't quite g…
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We're back in your ears to kick off 2024 with the episode that was meant to close out 2023 - it's the end (beginning) of year special! So sit down, ignore your resolutions and get ready to listen to what happens when we lose a handle on the conversation... A seemingly straightforward audience question takes us over half an hour to sift through, as …
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Our time in Mexico comes to an end with the final episode of the expedition! We park our usual animal heavy chat to speak to Dr Kathy Slater (Mission Mexico: Welcome to the Jungle guest) about the communities who live around the biosphere and the threats it is under. Dare we say it - but we get serious for possibly the first time ever on the show! …
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Today's episode is spreading it's weird fleshy wings and echolocating into your ears as we delve into the frankly absurd world of the bats. We've woken up a trio of guests from their daytime slumber to lift the lid on the superpowered world of bats and bring us face to face with one of the largest species in the Calakmul jungle. Oh and yes, don't b…
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We are swimming, sliding and hopping into your ears this week as we head out under cover of darkness to look for all things herpetological - aka reptiles and amphibians. With the help of blacksmith-come-herpetologist Stuart and PhD student Fred, we dive into the scaly world of reptiles and (the permanently moist world of) amphibians. As ever though…
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Today's jungle diary has got us all a-flutter as we explore the world of tropical butterflies. With the help of entomologists Liz and Holly, we're learning about why they're such important indicators for the health of the forest and heading out on a survey to get our hands on some ourselves. Also in today's episode we join Private Jamie Hartup to g…
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The Mayan journey continues as Jack and Roddy move deeper into the Mexican jungle and set up shop at a new camp that is not without its (small and very, very well organised....) challenges - as they reach the Western front of humanity's battle with a colony of leaf cutter ants! But before they fall prey to the colony, it's time to get the flock tog…
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Part three of our journey into the Mexican jungle and today, we're focusing on the big, fluffy stuff. It's an absolute mammal-fest this episode as we delve into some of the jungle's most famous residents. Find out the difference between Jaguars and your Jaguarundis, which mammal is the Mafia boss of Mexico and why monkeys are such dicks to each oth…
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Our Mexican adventure continues as today's episode sees us getting to grips with one of the most important aspects of the Calakmul jungle - the Mayans. Come with us as we explore the ancient city of Calakmul and the ruins of Hormiguero with Holly Cunningham as our guide. From blood sacrifices to Belugas of the underworld, this is the closest you'll…
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Come with us deep into the heart of the Mayan jungle as we embark on a once in a lifetime expedition into Mexico’s Calakmul Biosphere Reserve. Joining the Operation Wallacea team, we head out with scientists and locals to get under the skin of Calakmul, learning about the scientific work being undertaken, the history of the forest and the threats i…
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Ahoy sailors! All aboard the good ship HMS Goose as your favourite nature podcast sails into uncharted waters for a meeting with the creatures of the deep. We've travelled down to the Royal Navy's central command base at Whale Island to meet marine biologist Harriet, whose job it is to tell us all about the ocean's weird world beneath the waves....…
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Greetings ant fans! Today's episode is acting as a super colony of ant facts with Roddy as its queen as we dive into a group of animals we've been in awe of on the show for quite some time. Strap in as we learn about the most sophisticated and fearsome civilizations on planet earth and why ants are the ones running the world. Our pals Birda also in…
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We've done Australia at war with the emu, we've done artists in love with wombats, but strap in for one of the maddest mash ups of humans and animals from history as we look at how THE ACTUAL US GOVERNMENT had a plan to weaponise bats in WW2... move over Oppenheimer, we're talking bat bombs! Then join us as we say hello again to Hollywood in our Bi…
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After some spectacular summer specials with guests, we're back with just Roddy and Jack on the mics for an episode that returns to the purest of goose roots and looks at a weird animal you've (probably) never heard of before - Australia's own antechinus (..... .... antechini?). Then, get comfy with going across the pond as all things goose begin to…
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Ladies and Gentlemen, please take your seats in the auditorium as tonight's performance from the Goose Philharmonic is set to begin! Join us in welcoming composer Kain Ravaei to our first transatlantic episode (via the power of internet) as he takes us through both his work and the wider world of wonderful orchestra. Looking at how classical music …
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It's time for our now apparently annual tradition of bringing you a How Many Geese? Slimbridge Summer Special! A whole year to the day that that made our first visit to the Wildfowl and Wetland Trust's flagship reserve in Gloucestershire - we returned with our attentions set firmly on the amphibious. Join us as Kay Baxter, Living Collections Superv…
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On this, the anniversary of the first scientific paper documenting the theory of evolution being presented to the world, we talk about the man that made it all happen. And no, not that one. Today's episode is dedicated to shining a light on one of biology's most overlooked figures as we celebrate the life and times of Alfred Russell Wallace - who c…
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Today's episode is going all Mythbusters as we take on some of the most outrageous animal facts to grace the internet. Our Birda buddies are talking about Jack's worst bird in the world (the Cormorant) before Roddy does battle with the King of the Avian World; the Harpy Eagle. And finally, we round up the show with your classic "What would a goose …
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Today's episode is taking on a question that some of the finest minds across human civilisation have put their minds to - what the hell is going on with eels?! Plus; it's hammer time with Birda as we go south of the equator to meet the Hamerkop, debate what animal legs would make the best replacement for our own.. whilst it all gets a little meta i…
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What's in a name? Well, today's episode aims to find out just that as we explore the animals that are named after people and if it's really a good idea to be doing it after all. We find Birda skulking around in the reeds to tell us about Clapper Rails before Roddy defends the UK's Ribena stocks against hordes of Wrinkle-faced Bats. Then we put our …
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Today's show offers you a glimpse into podcast future as Roddy asks artificial intelligence to write an episode of How Many Geese? Our feathered friends Birda are tearing out the sky at over 200mph to talk Peregrine Falcons, we discuss which animal will be behind a coup of Planet Earth and it's the Huntsman Spider's turn to enter the HMG battle are…
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Today's episode is evolving before your very eyes as we get our Darwin (and Wallace) on to explore animals that are changing at lightning speed. Our Birda of the week this week has made a special journey from the opposite side of the world as we welcome Arctic Tern, before Roddy does battle with the Fiddler Crabs. And we round the show off with a b…
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Today's episode has overthrown the captain and changed course for life on a tropical island as we explore the Mutiny on the Bounty and its repercussions for one iconic animal. Also in this episode - Birda takes us south of the Equator on a search for one of the world's most hardcore geese, we discuss what animal would make the worst emotional suppo…
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Today's episode has been cryogenically stored to safeguard all its information on the importance of Frozen Zoos and how they're helping modern day conservation work. We look at how cloning is bringing species back from the brink, get to know which animal is one of the most inbred in the world and take heart from the fact that extinction may not hav…
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All aboard Roddy's weird & wonderful mystery tour as we explore some bizarre creatures living their best lives in the most extraordinary ways... and yes, most of it is in the sea. We team up with Birda again, this time to look at one of the most accurately named birds on planet Earth - the Dipper. And before we finish off deciding which animal woul…
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Today's episode has passed through the gastro-intestinal tract of a Tuna to be delivered straight to your ears as we explore the world of unusual things found inside animals. We take a look at some high flying birds with our new pals Birda, as well as exploring what the world would look like if human jobs were replaced by geese. And we finally answ…
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A new Geesebumps on this day? On all days!? You better believe it. We are looking upon R.L. Stine's The Cuckoo Clock of Doom (Goosebumps #28). It's not about what you think it is, because you didn't think it's about time travel. Talking points include frog suits, origin of the word fib, 2023 predictions, and not wanting to be a cowboy. Time is a fl…
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Seasons greetings and Feliz Navidad listeners! Join us as HMG goes all in one of Christmas' favourite animals - the Reindeer. When did they become so hardcore? And what's the reason Rudolph had a red nose? Then we meet our festive foe, the Common Basilisk, before we get down to your questions about animal arboreal ornaments and which species would …
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There are robots among us, perhaps even in this podcast, discussing the finer points or R.L. Stine's work! On this episode we have the severe pleasure of discussing Haunted Mask 2 (Goosebumps #36) by old Jovial Bob Stine himself, and we have, against all odds, loved it. Talking points include ChatbotGPT, existential death by aging, the untold histo…
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Gravity tried very hard to stop this episode from coming to be, but we sure showed them. It's time to talk about The Abominable Snowman of Pasadena (Goosebumps #38) care of horror master R.L. Stine. Our initial verdict: it's a mess. Talking points include: the war on gravity, fake fake outs, main character grown-ups, and goosebumps roads not taken.…
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We've delved into the HMG vaults for today's series finale as we've put together an episode featuring a couple of our favourite segments that we've been sitting on for a while now that just didn't have a home. Join us as we cast animals as the seven deadly sins and virtues before exploring the surprisingly baffling world of animals whose name begin…
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Today we're looking into one of the greatest competitions in the sporting calendar - the annual Man vs Horse marathon in Wales. We explore the story, the history and just how it's possible for humans to compete with horses over long distance. Then we get back to our own human vs animal trial by combat segment as Roddy does battle with the Southern …
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Twitter has been reclaimed by nature in the same way that we were reclaimed by Goosebumps books to which we say silly things. It's time to discuss R.L. Stine's It Came from Beneath the Sink! (Goosebumps #30). Talking points include turning in your twitter gun, nonsense escalation, potato movement, and messing around with the kitchen sink. It's dead…
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We're stepping into our hazmat suits and picking up our Geiger counter as we take a step into the world of nuclear seagulls and toxic ducks. If that isn't enough avian danger for you, Roddy comes face to beak with the mighty Goliath Heron in today's animal rumble before we lay down our swords with the animal kingdom to work out which species would …
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Originally, this was to be out on Halloween, and also this was to be titled how Jesse Thorn stole food from my children's mouths, but in fact, we have pushed through to the other side to discuss the latest piece of R.L. Stine written literary art: a collection of short spooky stories called Stinetinglers. It's absolutely great and you should all go…
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Today's episode is walking with giants as we enter the realm of the biggest organisms on earth. From colossal snakes to humungous fungus, join us as we dive into a world that'll leave you feeling pretty small by the end of it. Roddy takes on the Leopard Gecko in today's animal fight before we answer once and for all - which is better, penguins or m…
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With a name like A Night in Terror Tower, you'd think they'd spend like...a night there. It's time for R.L. Stine's 27th Goosebumps title wherein everything you think you know about towers, nights, time, and existential dread are all questioned and found wanting. Also, Joe didn't read the book and feels really vulnerable about it so back off. Enjoy…
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Ever wondered what the Victorian Pre-Raphaelite art movement had in common with a marsupial from the other side of the world? Well thank God we're here to answer all your burning questions as we look into one of the most peculiar animal obsessions on record. Once we've recovered from that bout of marsupial madness, Roddy does battle with the formid…
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It's part two of our special collaboration with the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour and we're exploring those organisms that give each other a helping hand to get through the trials of life. Whether it's help finding food or looking for a place to live, these symbiotic species are going to make you re-evaluate your own friendships. We…
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