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Presenting Outside/In: Why Antlers Are Freaking Amazing

Jessica Hunt
Shed-hunter Will Staats inspects an antler– one of many in his collection of moose antlers.

This week we’re featuring an episode of Outside/In from New Hampshire Public Radio. It’s a podcast about the natural world and how we use it.

Whether you grow them, collect them or grind them up and swallow them, antlers are one of the most astonishing sets of bones. Its tissue is the fastest growing animal tissue on the planet. It grows faster than a human embryo, even faster than a cluster of cancer cells. On a hot summer day, some people say antlers can grow as much as one inch per day. And buried inside them is a cocktail of nutrients that both animals and humans are itching to get their paws on.

Credits for Outside/In:
Hosts: Jessica Hunt and Taylor Quimby
Executive Producer: Rebecca Lavoei
Editors: Taylor Quimby, Rebecca Lavoei, Felix Poon, Nate Hegyi
Music: Breakmaster Cylinder, Arthur Benson, Claude Signet

Ever since he was young, Dan has been fascinated with radio. From hearing the dulcet tones of John Gordon broadcast Minnesota Twins games, to staying up late listening to radio theater, he was captivated by the imaginative medium.
Morgan Springer is a contributing editor and producer at Interlochen Public Radio. She previously worked for the New England News Collaborative as the host/producer of NEXT, the weekly show which aired on six public radio station in the region.