Matt Martin is a podcast producer who has worked on many different show for KUOW. He helped get KUOW's listener based podcast SoundQs off the ground before then heading on to pitch and create THE WILD with Chris Morgan, a sound rich and experiential podcast about ecology and conservation. Before moving to the on demand side of the station, Matt worked for 2 years as a producer on The Record, KUOW's local news show. Matt has also worked as a general assignment reporter and host for public radio stations in upstate New York and bush Alaska. He was also an intern with StoryCorps and Aljazeera America.
The polar bears of Hudson Bay: cubs, climate, and calories, part 1
How the changing seasons of our planet are shifting the traditions of the place, the polar bears, and the people of the north.
A coyote walks into a Quiznos: What urban wildlife can teach us about ourselves
Here's how these canids survive among city skyscrapers and sidewalks, and what that can teach us about saving the planet.
Digital Dr. Dolittle: decoding animal conversations with artificial intelligence
We could be talking to animals in the next year using AI. But are we ready?
Welcome (back) to The Wild
Season 5 kicks off with new episodes on March 14th
Soundside goes live: Behind the scenes of 'Ghost Herd'
All six episodes of the series are out now, and Soundside host Libby Denkmann caught up with host Anna King, and producer Matt Martin to talk about reporting on one of the biggest cattle swindles in U.S. history.
Part 6: The Reckonin'
Native Americans once owned these lands, and they still treat the Columbia Basin as their sacred home. We’ve all benefited from that taken land, but now corporations are the West’s new settlers. Meanwhile, Cody faces a federal judge and his tight-knit rural community. His sons start taking over what remains of the family’s vast operation and beat-up reputation.
Part 5: The Bidding War
The Easterday empire is being broken apart. Some of the most valuable farmland in America is up for sale, and the billionaires are coming to town. The bidding war over water-rich lands shows the shift in how America farms.
Part 4: The Crash
Cody's swindle comes crashing down, and it’s all thanks to Covid. When a giant meat operation discovers the truth about his ghost herd, they take aim at Cody.
Part 3: The Gamble
Why would someone create a ghost herd? Behind Cody Easterday’s swindle was an even-bigger gambling habit on the futures market. That vice may have changed the price of American beef slapping down on your kitchen table. We also look at how all farmin’ is a gamble.
Part 2: The Swindle
Cowboy Cody Easterday lies big, creating a “ghost herd” of 265,000 cattle that only exist on paper and bringing in hundreds of millions of investment dollars from companies including a meat-packing giant. It’s fraud on a massive scale. We examine how he carried it out.