The Only Things You Need to Read, Watch, and Do This Week: December 2
The books, movies, music, podcasts, and other media on our radar
There's a lot of quality stuff to listen to from this past week, and, at least at Outside HQ, it couldn't have come sooner. We've been blessed with decent snowfall, and we can finally queue up our winter playlists for the drive to the ski hill. We'll have our favorite music picks soon; in the meantime, here are a few excellent podcasts.
Outside Podcast, “The Outside Interview: Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell”
In the days before Outside editor-in-chief Chris Keyes sat down with Jewell, election results came in and completely upended the nature of their conversation. She spoke with us about the future of the Department of the Interior and the environmental movement under the Trump administration.
Horizon Line, “The Arctic Balloonist”
We like reading Atlas Obscura for all things weird or mysterious, so we'll be tuning into their new podcast, conveniently focused on all things adventure. The first episode recounts the story of S.A. Andrée, described as “a Swedish janitor-turned-patent-clerk-turned-aeronaut,” who journeys to the North Pole in a hot air balloon, funded by Alfred Nobel (of Nobel Prize fame). Sold.
She Explores, “Diversity, Beyond the Buzzword”
A thoughtful, new-ish podcast we've been following adds to a critical conversation about diversity in the outdoors. Bonus: a cameo from Ambreen Tariq, who spoke with us in November about her Instagram account, @brownpeoplecamping.
Ultrarunner Podcast, North Face 50 Elite List Interviews
Excited about this weekend's North Face Endurance Challenge races in the Marin Headlands? Whether you're running it or just a running nerd, it's worth revisiting Ultrarunner Podcast's roundup of interviews with the elite athletes who will be taking it on. Lots of big names sharing smart tips here, including Clare Gallagher, Magda Boulet, and Jim Walmsley.
A short film and campaign from Patagonia sheds light on the uncertain future of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The Gwich'in people who live in Alaska and northern Canada depend on the caribou that migrate through the area, which is under threat from oil drilling and the impacts of climate change. One end goal: getting Congress to designate the coastal plane of the Arctic Refuge as a wilderness area, protecting it from oil drilling. (You can sign the petition here.)
‘The Distance Between Dreams’
Red Bull's latest is a big-wave surfing film with all the beautiful shots and big characters you'd expect. Ian Walsh and his brothers star, but Shane Dorian, John John Florence, and Greg Long also make appearances.
Longread from 'Outside'
The Most Dangerous Place on Earth to Be an Environmentalist
More than 100 activists have been killed in Honduras over the last five years, including Goldman Prize-winning activist Berta Cáceres last March:
Just before two o’clock in the morning on Thursday, March 3, 2016, the phone rang at Tomás Gómez Membreño’s home in La Esperanza, 70 miles west of Tegucigalpa, the capital of Honduras. Membreño, a leader of the Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH), the country’s most prominent environmental-activist group, groped for the receiver. The organization’s attorney was on the line, and the news he had was grim.
“The first thing he said was, ‘Tomasito, are you OK?’ ” recalled Membreño, a short, muscular man in his late thirties wearing cutoff jeans and a green T-shirt emblazoned with the words NO IMPUNIDAD—no impunity. “It scared me, because I knew that something must have happened. I said, ‘Yes, I’m fine. I was asleep.’ He said, ‘They shot Berta.’ ”