Bear Grease


The Bear Grease Podcast with host Clay Newcomb delivers compelling storytelling through documentary-style episodes exploring the culture, traditions, and history of rural America. He’ll dive in deep with hunters, biologists, anthropologists, and hillbillies to learn about human nature and our ancient connection to the land. Bear Grease explores unique people, topics, and stories that reveal the incredible value of life lived close to the land. Part of the MeatEater Podcast Network. read less

Our Editor's Take

The Bear Grease podcast is a documentary-style show hosted by Clay Newcomb. The show talks about the culture, history, and traditions of rural America. Newcomb is from Arkansas and his family has lived there for seven generations. He says he wants to talk about Americans who live "close to the land." The show has interviews with both biologists and hunters. Both anthropologists and hillbillies also talk about what it is like to live off the land. The show comes from the people behind The MeatEater Podcast. Newcomb is part of what they call "the MeatEater crew."

Newcomb said the title Bear Grease "is a metaphor." Bear grease is something Native Americans and rural Americans once used. They put the rendered fat to work with everything from cooking to skin and hair conditioning to lubricating leather. Yet most people today have never heard of it. This podcast wants to talk about such traditional things involving hunting and gathering.

Bear Grease guides listeners on a journey. They learn about life lived close to nature in all its complexity. The podcast explores hunting practices passed down for generations. It also examines how humans have evolved alongside wildlife over time. Newcomb has an engaging style. He also has a deep curiosity about rural people's lives and experiences.

Each episode features guests with varying outdoor backgrounds and experiences. They explain things like tracking game and building shelters in remote locations. Both seasoned hunters and newcomers may enjoy Bear Grease. Past podcast topics include bear hunting and taxidermy located at gas stations. This show has even talked about what to do if getting bitten by a snake.

The show also touches on topics not related to hunting or trapping. Those include history and community building. The guests talk about their passion that motivates them to go out into nature every year. This, even though there are some negative attitudes towards those activities in modern society. Newcomb's enthusiasm comes through in his natural conversations with guests. New Bear Grease episodes get released each week.

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