May 16, 2019

Buried Treasure and Duct Tape

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So you just found a buried treasure. Hooray! But wait, what do you do next? Are other treasure hunters going to stalk you day and night? Are you going to have to pay taxes on your new riches? How do you turn gold and jewels into usable money anyway? If these are the kinds of questions that keep you up at night, then this episode is for you. Or maybe you’ve been wondering about something more practical, like what’s the craziest thing duct tape has ever been used to repair? This week our friends at the show Every Little Thing, who are committed to answering listeners’ most interesting, least important questions, take on both topics.

Podcast Transcript

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Outside Podcast Theme: From Outside Magazine and PRX, these are Dispatches, stories from our writers in the field. 

Peter Frick-Wright (host):Have you ever seen a tiny dog chase a really big squirrel and thought to yourself, what's he gonna do if he catches that thing? Or, same question, watched your big dog disappear into the woods after a deer or elk, and thought, it's going to be really bad if he gets it? Well, here at Outside, we come across a lot of stories where someone is chasing something, whether it's Sasquatch, buried treasure or a giant squid. There's always this unanswered question there that basically comes down to what are they going to do if they find it? Their life is not going to just go back to normal, maybe ever. Now in the case of treasure, you might think that's a good problem to have, but it's still a problem and it can actually be a pretty big one. If you look at some of the recent shipwreck discoveries with treasurer onboard people who have gone to jail or caused international incidents because they didn't handle it properly. 

So what should you do if you find buried treasure? Lucky for us, there's a podcast devoted to questions like these called Every Little Thing. Our former producer, Phoebe Flanagan works there now and today I want to share two of their stories because they're about treasure and the craziest duct tape repair of all. You know, stuff you need to know to get through your day. The show is hosted by Flora Lichtman who zeroes right in on the kind of useless information that actually comes in handy at dinner parties. And the whole show is just generally a lot of fun. Anyway, these two stories are some of my Favorite Little Things in a while. So enjoy.

[Listen to Every Little Thing here: and]



Frick-Wright: Every Little Thing is produced by Aaron Reese, Phoebe Flanagan, Annette Heist and Flora Lichtman. Help from Nicole Posuca and Doug Barron. Consulting editors are Caitlin Kenny and Jorge Just. It was mixed by Dara Hirsch, scored by Dara Hirsch, Bobby Lord and Haley Shaw. This episode is brought to you by Visit Maine, Coasta sunglasses, Bob's Red Mill and Spearfish, South Dakota. 

The Outside Podcast is a production of Outside Magazine and PRX. We'll be back in two weeks with an absolutely crazy Science of Survival.

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Outside’s longstanding literary storytelling tradition comes to life in audio with features that will both entertain and inform listeners. We launched in March 2016 with our first series, Science of Survival, which was developed in partnership with PRX, distributors of the idolized This American Life and The Moth Radio Hour, among others. We have since expanded our show and now offer a range of story formats, including interviews with the biggest figures in sports, adventure, and politics, as well as reports from our correspondents in the field.