Out There: A Podcast About The Outdoors


Out There is a podcast that explores big questions through intimate stories in the great outdoors.

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Out There is a podcast that explores big questions through intimate stories in the great outdoors.
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last modified
2019-10-31 13:44
last episode published
2019-10-31 06:01
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16.15 days
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31.10.2019 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/6/8/3/d/683d616a19fd96e5/Out_There_3.jpg

More Honest

When Benjamin Drachman announced that he wanted to keep an audio journal during his thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail, his sister Julia saw an opportunity: Why not make it into a podcast? Benjamin agreed to send her his recordings — all of them. The...
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17.10.2019 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/6/8/3/d/683d616a19fd96e5/Out_There_3.jpg

The 'Privilege' to Choose

When Fran Turauskis set off to hike the Camino de Santiago, she was frustrated by her lack of options. She had picked the trail because it was one of the only thru-hikes she felt she could safely undertake, given that she had epilepsy. But what if a la...
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3.10.2019 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/6/8/3/d/683d616a19fd96e5/Out_There_3.jpg

Redefining Adventure

When we talk about adventure, we often think of extreme endeavors. But what actually is an adventure? And why do some of us seek them out? On this episode, we talk with Alastair Humphreys, author of the book My Midsummer Morning. After a lifetime of c...
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19.09.2019 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/6/8/3/d/683d616a19fd96e5/Out_There_3.jpg

How to Belong

Wendy Villalta has spent most of her life trying to fit in. Her biological parents are immigrants from Mexico and El Salvador, but at age 10, she was put into foster care and was later adopted by a white, Jewish family. So it’s no no surprise that her ...
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5.09.2019 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/6/8/3/d/683d616a19fd96e5/Out_There_3.jpg

Too Poor to Dream?

Many people talk about the outdoors as an inexpensive place to play — a place where you don’t need money to have fun. But how true is that? This episode comes to us from a woman named Charlsie Shaver, who yearns to build a life outdoors, but hasn't yet...
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22.08.2019 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/6/8/3/d/683d616a19fd96e5/Out_There_3.jpg

Nature Saved My Life

On this episode, we introduce you to the newest cohort of Out There ambassadors, listeners who help spread the word about the podcast. They come from wildly different backgrounds, but each feels that nature has rescued them in some way — that it's resh...
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8.08.2019 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/6/8/3/d/683d616a19fd96e5/Out_There_3.jpg

In the Long Run

We live in a society that honors persistence. We celebrate people who tough it out and finish what they start. But how do you know when you've taken it too far? Where is the line between a healthy amount of perseverance, and blind stubbornness? Today's...
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25.07.2019 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/6/8/3/d/683d616a19fd96e5/Out_There_3.jpg

Conservation Refugees

A lot of conservation efforts focus on the negative impacts people have on the environment. Humans are seen as an invasive species, and their presence is assumed to upset the natural balance. But what if it’s not so clearcut? On this episode, we explor...
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11.07.2019 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/6/8/3/d/683d616a19fd96e5/Out_There_3.jpg

Just for Me

My mother always told me I shouldn’t take “no” for an answer. If you don’t get what you want, she said, try again. Keep asking. Stick to your guns. Growing up, I took that advice to heart: whatever the task at hand, I pushed forward with dogged determi...
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27.06.2019 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/6/8/3/d/683d616a19fd96e5/Out_There_3.jpg

What You Can Find in Glaciers

On this episode, we bring you a guest story from the podcast Outlandish, a show that focuses on stories from our public lands. The story is about a remarkable discovery that happened in the wilderness of Canada. It takes us behind the scenes on the hun...
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13.06.2019 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/6/8/3/d/683d616a19fd96e5/Out_There_3.jpg

My Own Way

Carolyn McDonald adores trees. She even spends time pondering what trees would say if they could talk. But she’s not the typical outdoorsy type; the very idea of camping gives her the shivers. On this episode, Carolyn shares her story. She takes us fro...
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30.05.2019 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/6/8/3/d/683d616a19fd96e5/Out_There_3.jpg

Pleasure in Pain

Most of us want to speed through the hard times; we want to get to a place where life feels smooth and easy. But what if the line between good times and bad isn’t so clear? What if hardship can actually be enjoyable? On this episode, Heather Daya Rideo...
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16.05.2019 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/6/8/3/d/683d616a19fd96e5/Out_There_3.jpg

That's Just Not Me

Growing up, Adrienne Lindholm was dead set against having children. She didn’t like kids, and she felt that parenthood would force her to give up the things she loved most in life. But as time went on, her husband became more and more determined to sta...
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2.05.2019 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/6/8/3/d/683d616a19fd96e5/Out_There_3.jpg

Before It's Too late

Shannon Prince comes from a family with a rich relationship to the natural world. Her Cherokee ancestors were skilled at using plants to heal the deepest of wounds, and Shannon grew up with the understanding that nature could — quite literally — save y...
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18.04.2019 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/6/8/3/d/683d616a19fd96e5/Out_There_3.jpg

Noise for the Soul

We often hear about people escaping to nature as an antidote to stress. Quiet places can help us find inner peace, we’re told. But what if it isn’t so simple for everyone? What if some people need busier urban environments — and not just for the career...
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4.04.2019 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/6/8/3/d/683d616a19fd96e5/Out_There_3.jpg

Controlling Chaos

This episode is about control: control of wildfires, and control of your own life. My guests are Alex Jablonski and Kahlil Hudson, producers the film Wildland. We talk about the deeply personal forces that draw people to wildland firefighting; about th...
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21.03.2019 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/6/8/3/d/683d616a19fd96e5/Out_There_3.jpg

Single in Your Thirties

Most of us want a life partner. But what if your soulmate never materializes? On this episode, writer and photographer Mara Kuhn shares a story about being single well past the age when most of your peers are paired off. It’s a story that takes us from...
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7.03.2019 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/6/8/3/d/683d616a19fd96e5/Out_There_3.jpg

In the Name of Love

We hear it again and again: relationships require compromise. But what happens when you realize you’ve been letting your own identity slip away, for the benefit of a relationship? Today’s story, by Dani Harris, is about young love and a cross-country r...
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21.02.2019 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/6/8/3/d/683d616a19fd96e5/Out_There_3.jpg

The Truths We Hold

This is a story about our beliefs — about things we’re brought up to know to be true. Beliefs so strong and powerful that they shape the identity, culture, and attitudes of an entire nation. We all have these kinds of beliefs — things we’ve been taught...
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7.02.2019 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/6/8/3/d/683d616a19fd96e5/Out_There_3.jpg

Becoming a Secular Pilgrim

Beth Jusino was neither outdoorsy nor religious, but, craving a break from her hectic life, she set her sights on the Camino de Santiago, an ancient pilgrimage route through Europe. Her book Walking to the End of the World chronicles the trip, and she ...
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24.01.2019 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/6/8/3/d/683d616a19fd96e5/Out_There_3.jpg

Seeing the Forest through the Trees

Overachievement. The word conjures up specific kinds of feats: high grades, promotions, success in the traditional sense. Things that are unambiguously good. But what happens when you realize the quest to achieve has been holding you back? On this epis...
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18.01.2019 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/6/8/3/d/683d616a19fd96e5/Out_There_3.jpg

Meet the Ambassadors

Post-partum depression. Anxiety over gender identity. Anorexia. Struggles with weight. A cancer diagnosis during pregnancy. The first cohort of Out There ambassadors have very real challenges to talk about, despite some of the gorgeous photos they’re p...
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10.01.2019 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/6/8/3/d/683d616a19fd96e5/Out_There_3.jpg

Well-Meaning But Clueless White People

Part of our mission at Out There is to make the concept of ‘the outdoors’ more accessible to all. But so far, we don’t have a great track record. Contrary to our intentions, this has become a show mostly about white people — and while we’re at it, most...
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27.12.2018 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/6/8/3/d/683d616a19fd96e5/Out_There_3.jpg

Beyond Repair?

Adrian Fernandez thought he would never speak to his father again. His dad had ruined everything, and the situation seemed hopeless. But sometimes, the people who hurt us most are the only ones we can turn to for help. On this episode, Adrian shares hi...
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13.12.2018 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/6/8/3/d/683d616a19fd96e5/Out_There_3.jpg

Crag Rats

On this episode, we have a guest story from the podcast Hear in the Gorge, about what happens when something goes terribly wrong in the outdoors. Producer Sarah Fox brings us the story of an accident that happened to a 10-year-old boy in Oregon, and sh...
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29.11.2018 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/6/8/3/d/683d616a19fd96e5/Out_There_3.jpg

Perfect Strangers

Bill and Linda Ware live in the middle of Maine's notorious 100-Mile Wilderness. The only people they see on a regular basis are thru-hikers on the Appalachian Trail. On this episode, we explore why people would choose to live like that — totally remov...
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15.11.2018 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/6/8/3/d/683d616a19fd96e5/Out_There_3.jpg

Keeping It Fresh

When Halimah Marcus moved to Brooklyn, she took pride in getting to know Prospect Park. Running the park’s 3.5-mile loop over and over, as she trained for half marathons, was a comfort — a way to clear her mind. But eventually, her little oasis lost it...
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1.11.2018 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/6/8/3/d/683d616a19fd96e5/Out_There_3.jpg

Into the Blue

In 2015, Tiffany Duong was living the life — she’d finished law school, moved back to L.A. to join a big law firm, and traveled as much as she could. She worked hard and played harder. And yet, she was miserable. Then, on a whim, Tiffany signed up for ...
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18.10.2018 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/6/8/3/d/683d616a19fd96e5/Out_There_3.jpg


It’s been just over a year since Hurricane Harvey hit the Texas Gulf Coast. The Category Four storm devastated small coastal communities and dumped 51 inches of water in Houston. Harvey flooded over 200,000 homes and nearly burst major dams. But that’s...
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4.10.2018 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/6/8/3/d/683d616a19fd96e5/Out_There_3.jpg

Fractured Self

Monica Gokey was an avid whitewater kayaker. Paddling had stolen her heart, shaped her identity, and given her a tribe to belong to. Then she had kids. These days, Monica’s kayaking life has been replaced by the routine of caring for three small childr...
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20.09.2018 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/6/8/3/d/683d616a19fd96e5/Out_There_3.jpg

Selfless Acts

Bill Appel has devoted his retirement years to helping strangers. He’s a “trail angel,” providing support to hikers and mountain bikers on several long-distance trails. He offers food and beverages to travelers, gives them rides into town to resupply, ...
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6.09.2018 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/6/8/3/d/683d616a19fd96e5/Out_There_3.jpg

Moments to Waste

Susan Shain was on track to pursue her dream. She had worked hard in college, put in her time with unpaid internships, and had landed interviews with top media companies. And then, just as she was about to graduate from college, one interview changed e...
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30.08.2018 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/6/8/3/d/683d616a19fd96e5/Out_There_3.jpg

How do I put myself in the driver's seat of my own life?

On this episode of our advice segment, Dear Nature, we respond to a question from a listener called Feeling Stuck, who is struggling to find motivation and passion.  "I’ve never been very adventurous or a go getter," Feeling Stuck writes, "and I have o...
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16.08.2018 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/6/8/3/d/683d616a19fd96e5/Out_There_3.jpg


Kayla Bordelon grew up thinking she didn't have a brain for science. Charts and numbers were indecipherable to her, and Latin names of plants and animals seemed irrelevant to her life. Instead, she was drawn to the humanities, where human experiences w...
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2.08.2018 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/6/8/3/d/683d616a19fd96e5/Out_There_3.jpg

A Different Kind of Love

When Paula Davis went to Alaska to work with sled dogs, she had a storybook vision of what her life there would be like. There would be fur-filled cuddles, meaningful gazes, and nonstop dog kisses. But of course, it wasn't that simple. On this episode,...
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26.07.2018 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/6/8/3/d/683d616a19fd96e5/Out_There_3.jpg

How do I make my children fall in love with nature?

On this episode of Out There's advice segment, Dear Nature, we answer a question from a listener who wants to know how to instill a love of the outdoors in her two small children. "Day adventures used to be so easy before I had children," she says. "Do...
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19.07.2018 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/6/8/3/d/683d616a19fd96e5/Out_There_3.jpg


Cindy Gagnon was backcountry skiing in Canada when she was buried in an avalanche. Just a few hours later, the people she was skiing with — her friends — acted like nothing had happened. They reveled in the fresh powder, hooting and hollering as they s...
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5.07.2018 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/6/8/3/d/683d616a19fd96e5/Out_There_3.jpg

The Instinct to Kill

Public Radio News Directors, Inc., a nation-wide association of radio professionals, recently honored Out There with a first-place award for our story The Instinct to Kill, which ran in January 2017. To celebrate, we thought we'd play you the story. It...
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28.06.2018 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/6/8/3/d/683d616a19fd96e5/Out_There_3.jpg

Should I drop everything and move into a van?

On this installment of our advice segment, we address a question about making a huge life change. A listener named Where Am I Going writes of his disillusionment with his corporate job, and shares his dreams to live a nomadic lifestyle. But taking the ...
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21.06.2018 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/6/8/3/d/683d616a19fd96e5/Out_There_3.jpg

Behind a Pane of Glass

When Olivia Round set off on a cross-country bicycle trip, she told people she was doing it to have an adventure, or to take a semester off school. But her real reason was more personal, more urgent: she wanted to overcome a paralyzing fear. A fear of ...
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7.06.2018 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/6/8/3/d/683d616a19fd96e5/Out_There_3.jpg


Jen Kinney wanted to be a strong, independent woman. She had just split up with her long-term partner, and she felt a powerful need to prove that she was capable — that she could make it by herself — that she could meet her own needs. So she decided to...
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31.05.2018 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/6/8/3/d/683d616a19fd96e5/Out_There_3.jpg

The Nature Fix: How do I overcome a paralyzing fear?

On this episode of our advice segment, The Nature Fix, we respond to a question about fear. A listener called Over My Head writes to us about a terrifying whitewater rafting trip she went on with her husband two years ago. The experience left her so ra...
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17.05.2018 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/6/8/3/d/683d616a19fd96e5/Out_There_3.jpg

My Big Fat Greek Breakup

Maya Kroth had her future all planned out: she and her boyfriend would move to Greece, where his family was from, they'd settle down in a beautiful village, lead an idyllic expat existence, maybe grow artichokes. But that vision was shattered when the ...
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3.05.2018 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/6/8/3/d/683d616a19fd96e5/Out_There_3.jpg

Thank You To My Mother

Camille von Kaenel lost her mother when she was just 18. Her mom’s death left a gaping hole in her life. But in the years that followed, Camille discovered things about her mother that would give her a whole new appreciation for the parent she lost. On...
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26.04.2018 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/6/8/3/d/683d616a19fd96e5/Out_There_3.jpg

The Nature Fix: Should I suck it up, to take care of my family?

On the first episode of our advice segment, The Nature Fix, we tackle a question from a listener who feels trapped in his own life. He's desperate to move away from a place he hates, but feels obligated to stay, in order to care for his daughter and el...
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19.04.2018 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/6/8/3/d/683d616a19fd96e5/Out_There_3.jpg

The Right to Complain

In 2015, Australian journalist James Bennett moved to India, to take up a long-coveted role as a foreign correspondent. James was an outdoorsy type: he liked to cycle, surf, camp, and fish. So he knew the move to India's crowded capital city was going ...
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5.04.2018 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/6/8/3/d/683d616a19fd96e5/Out_There_3.jpg

Introducing The Nature Fix

We're thrilled to be launching a new segment on Out There: an advice series called The Nature Fix. Nature has the power to help us make sense out of our lives - particularly those parts of our lives that are messy and scary and overwhelming. The Nature...
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15.03.2018 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/6/8/3/d/683d616a19fd96e5/Out_There_3.jpg

A Little Too Late

When Mary Roberts went on a backpacking trip in New Mexico's Sangre de Cristo mountains, she was looking for an epiphany — a vision that would help her sort out her troubled marriage and pull her back into happiness. What happened out in the wilderness...
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1.03.2018 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/6/8/3/d/683d616a19fd96e5/Out_There_3.jpg

We Followed Our Hearts

When it comes to making decisions, we often know what we should do. But then there's that little voice, urging you to throw caution to the wind. What happens when we give into that voice - when we make a decision that's clearly irrational - that everyo...
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15.02.2018 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/6/8/3/d/683d616a19fd96e5/Out_There_3.jpg

My Inner Teenager

When Bassam Tarazi set out to hike the 23-mile Presidential Traverse in New Hampshire, he wasn't worried. It was a nice summer day, he had a lifetime of mountaineering experience behind him, and compared to his other outdoor conquests, this would be ea...
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