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Out There

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Out There

Out There

Willow Belden

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108
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Out There is a podcast that explores big questions through intimate stories in the great outdoors.

Latest Episodes

Critical Learning Period

How do we learn to communicate with one another? On this episode, writer Chelsea Biondolillo shares an essay from her new book, The Skinned Bird. It’s about birds learning to sing, and humans learning to speak, and the complicated web of causality that shapes the way we interact with others.

31 MIN1 w ago
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Critical Learning Period

Double or Nothing

Growing up, Becky Jensen wanted to be a writer, and she wanted to live in a little cabin in the woods. But then, real life happened, and her childhood aspirations faded. On this episode, Becky takes us on an 18-year journey from life-threatening pregnancy to new motherhood, from marriage to divorce, from an existence centered around kids to a dogged pursuit of her own individuality. Her story is about fledging the metaphorical nest, reconsidering neglected dreams, and redefining who you are.

36 MIN3 w ago
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Double or Nothing

Panic on a Country Road

Growing up, Lara McCaffrey loved going outside. But then one day, something happened that left her with a chilling fear of driving into the countryside. The open spaces she knew so well came to fill her with dread. On this episode, Lara shares her story. It’s a story about a paralyzing anxiety — and about the struggle to lead a “normal” life, when you feel too sensitive to function.

26 MIN2019 DEC 12
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Panic on a Country Road

Social Creatures

Allison Fowle has always been an introvert. So the idea of spending an entire summer in the wilderness was highly appealing. But during her time in the mountains of Idaho, she began to rethink her appetite for solitude. On this episode, she shares the story of her final days in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. During those final days, something happened that shook her to the core and changed her thinking on “alone time.”

36 MIN2019 NOV 28
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Social Creatures

Firefighting While Female

Linda Strader was one of the first women to become a wildland firefighter for the U.S. Forest Service. Her book Summers of Fire documents that experience, and she joins me on this episode to talk about it. We explore what it was like entering a male-dominated field in the 1970s, and we talk about the tough realization that being liked is not the same as being respected.

34 MIN2019 NOV 14
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Firefighting While Female

More Honest

When Benjamin Drachman announced 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 resulting podcast, which weaves together highlights from the journal, is called The Attempt. On this episode of Out There, we give you a taste of the show, and we talk with Julia about what it’s like telling such an intimate story about a sibling.

34 MIN2019 OCT 31
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More Honest

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 lack of options can actually be helpful? On this episode, Fran shares her story. It's a story of coming terms with — and learning to appreciate — limitations.

29 MIN2019 OCT 17
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The 'Privilege' to Choose

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 traditional adventuring, Alastair wanted a different sort of challenge. So he set out to walk across Spain, with the intention of supporting himself by busking. The trip was scarier than anything he'd done before — and it changed his definition of adventure

35 MIN2019 OCT 3
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Redefining Adventure

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 sense of identity took a while to solidify. Most of us have had moments in our lives, when we felt we don’t belong. But what happens when you finally figure it out, only to realize that society doesn’t agree with you? How important is external validat

22 MIN2019 SEP 19
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How to Belong

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 managed to do so. Her story explores what it means to dream, and what it takes to make a change in your life.

32 MIN2019 SEP 5
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Too Poor to Dream?

Latest Episodes

Critical Learning Period

How do we learn to communicate with one another? On this episode, writer Chelsea Biondolillo shares an essay from her new book, The Skinned Bird. It’s about birds learning to sing, and humans learning to speak, and the complicated web of causality that shapes the way we interact with others.

31 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Critical Learning Period

Double or Nothing

Growing up, Becky Jensen wanted to be a writer, and she wanted to live in a little cabin in the woods. But then, real life happened, and her childhood aspirations faded. On this episode, Becky takes us on an 18-year journey from life-threatening pregnancy to new motherhood, from marriage to divorce, from an existence centered around kids to a dogged pursuit of her own individuality. Her story is about fledging the metaphorical nest, reconsidering neglected dreams, and redefining who you are.

36 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Double or Nothing

Panic on a Country Road

Growing up, Lara McCaffrey loved going outside. But then one day, something happened that left her with a chilling fear of driving into the countryside. The open spaces she knew so well came to fill her with dread. On this episode, Lara shares her story. It’s a story about a paralyzing anxiety — and about the struggle to lead a “normal” life, when you feel too sensitive to function.

26 MIN2019 DEC 12
Comments
Panic on a Country Road

Social Creatures

Allison Fowle has always been an introvert. So the idea of spending an entire summer in the wilderness was highly appealing. But during her time in the mountains of Idaho, she began to rethink her appetite for solitude. On this episode, she shares the story of her final days in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. During those final days, something happened that shook her to the core and changed her thinking on “alone time.”

36 MIN2019 NOV 28
Comments
Social Creatures

Firefighting While Female

Linda Strader was one of the first women to become a wildland firefighter for the U.S. Forest Service. Her book Summers of Fire documents that experience, and she joins me on this episode to talk about it. We explore what it was like entering a male-dominated field in the 1970s, and we talk about the tough realization that being liked is not the same as being respected.

34 MIN2019 NOV 14
Comments
Firefighting While Female

More Honest

When Benjamin Drachman announced 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 resulting podcast, which weaves together highlights from the journal, is called The Attempt. On this episode of Out There, we give you a taste of the show, and we talk with Julia about what it’s like telling such an intimate story about a sibling.

34 MIN2019 OCT 31
Comments
More Honest

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 lack of options can actually be helpful? On this episode, Fran shares her story. It's a story of coming terms with — and learning to appreciate — limitations.

29 MIN2019 OCT 17
Comments
The 'Privilege' to Choose

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 traditional adventuring, Alastair wanted a different sort of challenge. So he set out to walk across Spain, with the intention of supporting himself by busking. The trip was scarier than anything he'd done before — and it changed his definition of adventure

35 MIN2019 OCT 3
Comments
Redefining Adventure

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 sense of identity took a while to solidify. Most of us have had moments in our lives, when we felt we don’t belong. But what happens when you finally figure it out, only to realize that society doesn’t agree with you? How important is external validat

22 MIN2019 SEP 19
Comments
How to Belong

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 managed to do so. Her story explores what it means to dream, and what it takes to make a change in your life.

32 MIN2019 SEP 5
Comments
Too Poor to Dream?
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