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Out There

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Out There

Out There

Willow Belden

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

Latest Episodes

The Freeze Response

When Kristina Marcelli Sargent was nine years old, her father was struck by lightning. Immobilized by fear, she watched helplessly, wanting to help but unable to make herself move. As she grew older, Kristina found herself freezing up over and over again in scary situations. Then one day, a hike in the mountains changed everything. On this episode, Kristina shares her story. It’s a story about how we react to fear — and about what happens when our natural responses don’t serve us.

19 MIN1 w ago
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The Freeze Response

Brain on Nature

In 2015, Sarah Allely was hit by a car while riding her bike. She suffered a mild traumatic brain injury, and in the ensuing weeks and months, she found it impossible to function normally. Only one thing seemed to help: spending time in nature. Now, several years later, Sarah has turned her experience into a documentary podcast series called Brain on Nature. On this episode, we share an excerpt from her show and talk with her about why nature is so important for the brain — for all of us.

42 MIN3 w ago
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Brain on Nature

Everest for a Sherpa Teen

Stories about Mt. Everest usually focus on the people trying to summit the mountain. But what about life for those who live near the world’s highest peak? Journalist Adam Popescu first went to Everest to report for the BBC, but while there, he realized that there was a deeper story he wanted to tell. And he needed fiction to tell it. On this episode, we talk with Adam about his debut novel, Nima, which is about a 17-year-old Sherpa woman trapped between tradition and ambition.

24 MINJAN 23
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Everest for a Sherpa Teen

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 MINJAN 9
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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 MIN2019 DEC 26
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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

Latest Episodes

The Freeze Response

When Kristina Marcelli Sargent was nine years old, her father was struck by lightning. Immobilized by fear, she watched helplessly, wanting to help but unable to make herself move. As she grew older, Kristina found herself freezing up over and over again in scary situations. Then one day, a hike in the mountains changed everything. On this episode, Kristina shares her story. It’s a story about how we react to fear — and about what happens when our natural responses don’t serve us.

19 MIN1 w ago
Comments
The Freeze Response

Brain on Nature

In 2015, Sarah Allely was hit by a car while riding her bike. She suffered a mild traumatic brain injury, and in the ensuing weeks and months, she found it impossible to function normally. Only one thing seemed to help: spending time in nature. Now, several years later, Sarah has turned her experience into a documentary podcast series called Brain on Nature. On this episode, we share an excerpt from her show and talk with her about why nature is so important for the brain — for all of us.

42 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Brain on Nature

Everest for a Sherpa Teen

Stories about Mt. Everest usually focus on the people trying to summit the mountain. But what about life for those who live near the world’s highest peak? Journalist Adam Popescu first went to Everest to report for the BBC, but while there, he realized that there was a deeper story he wanted to tell. And he needed fiction to tell it. On this episode, we talk with Adam about his debut novel, Nima, which is about a 17-year-old Sherpa woman trapped between tradition and ambition.

24 MINJAN 23
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Everest for a Sherpa Teen

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 MINJAN 9
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 MIN2019 DEC 26
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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
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
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The 'Privilege' to Choose

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