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Jul 28, 2022

Tiffany Duong had achieved the pinnacle of success: she’d finished law school, worked for a big firm in LA, and traveled as much as she could. But she was miserable.

Then she went scuba diving in the Galapagos, and everything changed. Her story is about letting go of your safety net, embracing the unknown, and finding bliss.

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Jul 7, 2022

In 2015, Out There host Willow Belden signed up for a 70-mile mountain bike race. She had always liked big athletic challenges, but this time, pushing her limits turned out to be a mistake. On this episode, she shares her story. It's about trying to prove yourself — and learning when to say no.


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Jun 16, 2022

How do you decide whether to leave someone for dead?

This is the story of a trip up Mt. Everest, in which climber Myles Osborne comes face to face with one of the hardest decisions mountaineers ever have to make.


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Jun 9, 2022
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May 26, 2022

The number of Americans hunting and fishing is declining, but women are bucking the trend.

On this guest episode from The Modern West podcast, journalist Melodie Edwards finds a sisterhood at an all-women hunting camp—and catches her first fish with her dad.


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May 12, 2022

It’s healthy to know who you are. But sometimes, defining yourself too rigidly can be problematic.

On this episode, Bo Jensen takes us from the Gulf of Mexico to the Camino de Santiago and explores what happens when you stop forcing yourself to choose a single identity.


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May 4, 2022
Here’s a special preview of Not Lost, a new podcast about finding yourself in places you’ve never been from our friends at Pushkin Industries. Host Brendan Francis Newnam takes us around the world, learning about new places by getting invited to a stranger’s house for dinner. From Montréal to Mexico City, Brendan and his guests drink, dance, and eat, learning as much about themselves as the places they visit. Not Lost is both a travel escape and an insightful look at people — locals and visitors alike — trying to make sense of a constantly changing world. You can hear more from Not Lost at  https://podcasts.pushkin.fm/notlost?sid=outthere.
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Apr 28, 2022

When we lose a loved one, many of us seek healing from the outdoors. But what happens when the weather is bad, and your happy place is miserable? 

Today’s story takes us to “the most beautiful beach in Washington State” and explores what can we learn about grief and acceptance when nature is at its ugliest.


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Apr 14, 2022

It’s easy to measure achievements based on what other people are doing. But how do you know what you should really expect from yourself?

This episode takes us from a mountain in Arkansas to an attempted thru-hike on the Appalachian Trail and explores how much better life can be when you realize your shortcomings might not be your fault.


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Mar 31, 2022

We often go outside to get away from our problems. But escapism has its limits.

On this episode, we share the story of how Live Action Role Play taught one woman the importance of confronting your troubles head on.

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Mar 17, 2022

Ziyi Xu spent so much time on her phone that it was ruining her focus and productivity.

Then, one night in Texas, she tried stargazing.

On this episode, Ziyi tells the story of how she kicked the smartphone habit and got her creativity back.


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Mar 10, 2022

Last year, the term ‘climate crisis’ was added to the Oxford English Dictionary.

The words we use to talk about the environment are evolving. But could they motivate us to take action?  

On this bonus episode, we bring you a guest story from the podcast Living Planet about the relationship between language and the environment. Plus, a behind-the-scenes conversation with one of Living Planet’s hosts.

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Mar 3, 2022

National Parks are often referred to as “America’s best idea.” And there’s a lot to love about them.

But they also have a complicated history — a history of broken promises, displacement of indigenous people, and genocide. And that history is not over.

Is there a way to right historical wrongs? Can we protect wild spaces in a way that is also socially just?

This episode takes us from a young national park in Germany to Denali in Alaska and offers some hope for a better future.


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Feb 17, 2022

Church was Angie Chatman's sanctuary, both literally and figuratively. So when the pandemic began, and she couldn’t attend services in person, there was a big void in her life.

On today’s episode, Angie shares the story of how she discovered a new way to find peace and community — in an unexpected place.

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Feb 3, 2022

After attending a wilderness therapy program, Sarah Dealy was intent on becoming a rugged outdoorswoman.

But the transformation didn’t work out as she had imagined. Sarah was an indoor kid at heart. She disliked many of the activities she imagined her outdoorsy self doing.

On this episode, she takes us from the Utah desert to the mountains of Colorado and explores what happens when the person you think you want to be doesn’t mesh with the person you are.


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Jan 27, 2022

Think of this episode as a pre-season treat.

We reached out to listeners and fellow podcasters and asked: “What is one way your relationship with nature has changed in a way that has surprised you?”

The answers we received were thought-provoking, inspiring, and hopeful, and on this episode, we’re sharing some of our favorites.


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Jan 20, 2022

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Jan 13, 2022
How many times have we been told the story of the fearless leader — in work, in politics, in the mountains? When the stakes are high, it’s natural to place our confidence in strength and certainty. To turn to the leader and believe they have no doubt.

This story, which originally aired on She Explores in 2020, isn’t about how to become a fearless leader in the mountains. Nor is it about how to overcome your fear, or even how to harness it. But it is about listening to what fear is trying to teach us. It’s an opportunity to consider what kind of leader you need, as well as the one you might want to be.


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Music in this episode includes works by Gracie & Rachel via Music Bed.

Dec 16, 2021

In 2001, Donna Martino stuck a newspaper clipping on her fridge. It was a photo of a handsome kayaker paddling through the surf. A few months later, Donna matched with the man on a dating website.

We tend to assume that improbable beginnings are a recipe for disaster — that sappy romances can’t last — that fairytale endings are only for movies. But sometimes, the real world serves up a dose of schmaltz.

This story, which first aired in 2020 and went on to win a national award, is about what happens when coincidences pile up, and strangers go out on a limb and take a chance on each other.


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Dec 2, 2021

Melat Amha had been struggling with chronic illness for years, when she decided to move to an organic farm in the Sierra National Forest.

On this episode, she shares her story. It’s a story about finding your way back to health when modern medicine has failed you. And it’s about learning what it means to love yourself and honor your needs.


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Nov 18, 2021

On the surface, competing as a runner seems straight forward: the winner of a race is the fastest person from point A to point B, and to progress, you just have to be a better runner than everyone else. Right?

Turns out, it’s not so simple. Fairness is a surprisingly complicated concept.

On this episode we bring you the story of two athletes — a “ghost runner” from the U.K. and a phenom from Uganda — and we explore how rules meant to ensure fairness can end up excluding some of the best athletes from competitions.


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Nov 4, 2021

Growing up with a rare bone condition, Will Cox was constantly in and out of hospitals — and constantly fearful of the world around him.

The fear eventually took over his life, controlling almost everything he did. And that’s probably the way his future would have played out, had it not been for a mountain bike.

On this episode, Tanya Chawla brings us Will’s story.


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Oct 21, 2021

We often hear that you shouldn’t worry about what society thinks of you — you should chart your own course in life. But that’s easier said than done.

What if different parts of you are at odds? How do know if you’ve made a mistake by following your gut?

This is a story about learning to trust yourself on a mountain bike, and in life.


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Oct 7, 2021

Molly-Anne Dameron had struggled with severe mental illness her whole life. And, after years of drug addiction, she had recently gotten sober.

But — as she puts it — getting sober is "not always f*cking rainbows." She wasn’t sure she was going to make it in sobriety, with the added isolation of the pandemic.

So she set out to skate from Maine to New Jersey.


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Sep 23, 2021

Shannon Prince comes from a family with a rich relationship to the natural world. Her Cherokee ancestors were skilled at using plants as medicine.

But her family’s eco-literacy had been stripped away over the generations. Yearning to rediscover forgotten knowledge, Shannon traveled across the world to Mongolia, where ancient traditions were more intact.

On this episode, she explores the surprising things that can happen to you on a personal level, when you attempt to preserve a way of life that’s slowly disappearing.


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