Adventures in Audio
A white ghost bike leans against a streetlight. It bears a sign that says

What Happens to Drivers Who Hit Cyclists

Talk to the victims of crashes and their families, and they’ll tell you: when a motor vehicle injures or kills a bicyclist, the American justice system lets drivers off the hook

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A ski patroller in a red coat stands on a snow-covered ridge, with mountains lining the horizon behind them. They are holding their skis and poles.

Weekend Read: The Supposed Dream Life of a Ski Patroller

Racing around a mountain resort sounds like the ultimate adventure job. But with housing and other costs soaring, getting paid in fun is no longer cutting it.

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Maizie and Legend in 2016

Weekend Read: The Adventures of a Pony Named Legend

He was born to a herd of wild horses on an island off Virginia and found his way into the heart of a little girl on the dusty trails of the Southwest.

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US and Finnish soldiers training in Sodankylä

What it Takes to Survive a Winter War

As Ukraine prepares for months of frigid conflict with Russia, its troops might look to another nation that held its own against the Red Army in the cold: Finland.

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Carr sailing in the Bahamas in 1981.

Weekend Read: An SOS from the Middle of the Ocean

Richard Carr was halfway across the Pacific, alone on a yacht, when he began sending frantic alerts that he was being kidnapped by pirates

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David Quammen is an older white man with a gray mustache. He is standing in front of a snowy mountain range wearing an orange baseball cap. He has his glasses hanging from his mouth and looks pensive.

Humanity’s Most Confounding Survival Epic

The Covid-19 pandemic is a survival story—but instead of one human versus a wild animal or a snowy peak, it's all of us against one tiny virus.

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Letting one rip

Weekend Read: The Obsessive Dedication of the World’s Greatest Rock Skipper

Kurt Steiner has dedicated his life to skipping stones, developing a technique to produce throws that defy the laws of physics

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Bear Grylls stands in the forest wearing a dirty rain jacket, backpack, and climbing rope. He is squinting and not smiling.

Bear Grylls Wants to Talk About Your Mental Health

The exuberant king of survival TV insists that our wild adventures are about more than just chasing fun—they are the keys that get us through the struggles of our everyday lives

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A black-and-white woodcut-style illustration of a bear attacking a man. The man lays face down on the ground with his hand on a sword. The bear's paw is on his back.

He Fought a Bear with a Pocketknife

Alone in the wilderness, facing a grizzly that was determined to kill him, Colin Dowler had only one option: fight for his life.

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The Thunder tries to escape by charging through a perilous patch of ice fields in Antarctica's Southern Ocean.

A Perilous Chase on the Open Sea

It began in the waters off Antarctica: a crew of eco-vigilantes found the illegal fishing ship they’d been hunting. It wouldn’t end for some 10,000 miles, when one of the vessels sank.

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What I Learned About Survival and Motherhood from Two Lambs

Farmers aren’t supposed to get emotionally attached to their livestock. But when you suddenly find yourself caring for two newborn sheep, these things happen.

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Abigail holds the scorpion that stung her in a vial. The scorpion is less than an inch long.

Paralyzed by a Scorpion in the Grand Canyon

When a rafter was stung by a scorpion, she assumed she’d be fine. Within hours she lost her ability to see or speak clearly.

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John John Florence on a sailboat.

The Unshakeable Spirit of the World’s Greatest Surfer

John John Florence has remarkable physical talents, but his greatest asset as an athlete might be his enduring positive attitude

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A contestant on Alone wears a fur hat inside a structure and smiles.

Why You Can’t Stop Watching Survival TV

There’s a reason that shows like ‘Alone’ hold our attention: we can’t help but imagine that it’s us out there.

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A white woman with blonde hair looks directly at the camera, crying quietly. She is wearing a white tank top.

Why Outdoor Sports Make You Cry

Spoiler alert: It’s not because you’re a wuss.

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A juicy hamburger and fries sit on a table with a map, compass, and pocket knife.

Why Outdoor Adventures Make You Crave a Giant, Juicy Burger

There’s a reason a strenuous outing makes you desire a greasy mound of meat: it has a lot of what your body needs

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Pam and Eric at a gallery opening in 1993

Summer Read: They Chose Death over Life Apart

Eric and Pam Bealer were living in a cabin in rugged coastal Alaska when they made a dramatic decision: they would exit the world together

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The Obsessives Who Hunted Forrest Fenn’s Treasure

When retired art dealer Forrest Fenn hid a chest full of a million dollars’ worth gold, rubies, and diamonds in the Rocky Mountains, he sent thousands on a journey of desperation

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An illustration of an angry man with a beard on a bicycle waving a wrench above his head.

Summer Read: My Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Dream Job

Leading cross-country bike tours was supposed to be the ultimate escape from the monotony of normal life. Instead it was a kind of torture.

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(L to R) Viggo Mortensen as Rick Stanton, Joel Edgerton as Harry Harris, Tom Bateman as Chris Jewell, Colin Farrell as John Volanthen, and Thiraphat 'Tui' Sajakul as Capt. Arnot Sureewong in THIRTEEN LIVES, directed by Ron Howard, a Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures film.

How Viggo Mortensen Became a Cave-Diving Legend

To portray the hero of the Thai cave rescue in the new film ‘Thirteen Lives,’ the Hollywood star had to go deep—literally

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A black and white photo of Mt. Hood. There are smaller mountains in the foreground and clouds around the base of Mt. Hood. The image looks old, faded, and ominous.

Summer Read: A Tragedy on Mount Hood

A group of high school sophomores set off on what was supposed to be a grand climb. Instead, it became one of the deadliest alpine disasters in North American history.

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Trees on fire at night reflect in a placid lake.

A Frantic Escape from a Wildfire

Greg and Julie Welch were relaxing at their campsite in Minnesota’s Boundary Waters when a tiny fire in a nearby bog suddenly exploded into a massive blaze that began racing toward them

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A man an a woman are on the deck of a boat. She is at the helm, he is standing. They both look faintly puzzled.

Summer Read: Testing Love on the Open Sea

Can a relationship survive a grand adventure? That was the big question hanging over two novice sailors as they set out on a voyage off the coast of New England.

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An illustration of a blonde man in a forest smiling while pushing a wheelbarrow full of poop.

A Bold New Way to Poop in the Outdoors

Long-standing rules for how we do our business in the wilderness are changing in a very big way—and it’s about time

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Emma Marris’s six-year-old sun, Nico, walking the Oregon woods where Sheehy got lost at the same age.

Summer Read: A Little Boy Lost in the Woods

When Cody Sheehy was six years old, he disappeared into the Oregon wilderness. More than three decades later, he insists the experience gave him an invaluable life lesson.

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Bad Decisions, Good Stories

Presenting three delightful tales of adventures gone very, very wrong

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Breaking waves

Summer Read: The Sinking of the ‘Henrietta C.’

A father and son working a crab boat in Chesapeake Bay were caught in a rising storm when they realized that something was very wrong: water was coming up through the floor

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Baratunde Thurston stands on a cliff and looks out over a mountainous, forested landscape.

How I Met Your Motherland

For his new PBS show, ‘America Outdoors,’ comedian and activist Baratunde Thurston connects us to our natural environments through the most interesting of creatures: humans.

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Lone tree on fire in field at night.

What It Feels Like to Fight a Wildfire

As an out-of-control blaze approached their home, a couple made what seems like a crazy choice: they ignored evacuation orders and stood their ground.

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Jack Johnson looks upward in a nature background

Jack Johnson Reaches for Hope

On his first album in five years, the singer-songwriter brings us a collection of heartfelt tracks that offer warmth and comfort when we really need it

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Cropped hand photographing lake through smart phone during winter

How Blockchain Technology Can Get Us Outside

Amid all the noise surrounding Web3, something fascinating is emerging: a new kind of immersive adventure storytelling

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Open ocean, with no one in sight.

Swimming for Your Life in the Open Ocean

After two young pilots crashed their small plane into the water off Hawaii, they realized their best hope for survival was to make it back to land on their own.

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Massimo Alpian and Brett Kennedy on the summit of Imja Tse in Nepal’s Himalayas during a four-week climbing expedition trip at 20,210 feet above sea level

How We Find Love in Wild Places

Is there something about adventure and risk that opens our hearts? Absolutely.

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Writer Amy McCulloch starts writing the idea for Breathless while still on Manaslu

A Thriller from the Death Zone

Amy McCulloch went to the Himalayas looking for adventure. She came back with an idea for an epic novel.

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The author with Sunny in Flagstaff, AZ in 2019

The Many Ways Dogs Can Heal Us

Our furry friends are the best of adventure playmates. But they can also provide pure, unconditional love that gets us through the darkest times.

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Mushrooms cooking in a pan

What It Feels Like When You Eat a Deadly Mushroom

There’s a distinct pleasure to eating wild foods that you forage yourself—unless you pick the wrong thing

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A batch of Appalachian Truffles

The Sometimes Shady, Always Weird World of Truffle Hunters

In forests across the planet, secretive hunters are searching for that rare and insanely expensive wild delicacy: the truffle.

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One Woman’s Wholesome Mission to Get Naked Outside

To become one of those people who joyfully hikes, bikes, and skis in the nude, she’d have to train for it

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Woman in headphones listening music in nature

Learning to Listen to Wild Sounds

When we open our ears to the marvels of natural soundscapes, we experience the energies of the world in a unique way—and begin to understand the mysteries behind them

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Monet Izabeth

Is TikTok Motivating People to Get Outdoors?

Something surprising is happening on the video app best known for silly dance moves: users are finding inspiration for adventure

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Cheryl Strayed’s ‘Wild’ Decade

In the ten years since she published her memoir about hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, her life has changed dramatically—and so has the trail itself

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The whole race takes place on a single city block.

The World’s Toughest Endurance Race Might Be Around a City Block in Queens

What motivates someone to run more than 3,000 miles around a block in Queens, New York? Transcendence.

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Joey Santore examines an Asclepias prostrata flower.

How a Vigilante Botanist Became a Cult Icon

Joey Santore is a tattooed ex-punk who is self-taught in the sciences. Which might explain why he’s getting so many people to care about plants.

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Drew Petersen

A Professional Athlete’s Battle with Mental Illness

Drew Petersen seemed like just another free-spirited mountain dude. But the pain he was hiding nearly destroyed him.

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Nature heartbreak illustration

Can Nature Heal Heartbreak?

Science shows that spending time outdoors can help with all kinds of serious ailments. So why not a broken heart?

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Markus Eder skiing a dream ice cave in Zermatt, Switzerland on April 28, 2021.

When Athletes Dare to Dream Like Artists

Professional skier Markus Eder had a fantasy of an impossible descent. Then he got creative.

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Alex (right) and Max (left, age 3) in December 1991 in Zion National Park, Utah.

A Father’s Death in the Mountains—and What Came After

Filmmaker Max Lowe on what it’s been like to tell his family’s story in his new documentary, Torn, and what he hopes we can all learn from it

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Mikaela Shiffrin celebrates on the podium during the medal ceremony after competing in the first and second run of the Women's Slalom on February 20, 2021 at the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships

Olympics Special: The Doubts that Power Mikaela Shiffrin

The most dominant ski racer on the planet is constantly questioning her talents—which may be the secret of her greatness

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avalanche comes from a big mountain

What Surviving an Avalanche Can Teach You About Risk

Over two decades of ambitious adventures, elite skier and climber Zahan Billimoria has had some very close calls in the mountains

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A surfer at Sunset Beach, north shore, Oahu, Hawaii.

To Save a Life on the North Shore

What it feels like to rescue a surfer from the massive winter waves that crash into the Hawaiian island

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A Man, a Plan, a Steam Room

He needed something—anything—to cure his winter COVID blues. Science led him to a mildewy steam room and a very cold shower.

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Two Women Dressed In Ski Wear

Who Killed the Ski Bum?

You can blame the usual suspects: the crazy cost of mountain-town housing, the corporatization of the ski industry, the Man. Or dare to believe that our hero lives on.

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Pattie Gonia poses with a pride flag

Forces of Good: So a Drag Queen Walks into a Mountain Town…

What makes a queer person choose to live in an outdoorsy hot spot instead of an urban gayborhood?

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Jeff Ament at a skatepark with kids

Forces of Good: Pearl Jam’s Jeff Ament Is on a Mission to Build Havens for Young Skateboarders

America’s youth are in desperate need of real-life human connection. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame bassist says there’s no better place to provide that than a skate park.

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Forces of Good: Hiking 48,000 Miles to Create Community

Lo Phong La Kiatoukaysy, a.k.a. Lil’ Buddha, started thru-hiking America’s trails after 9/11. He hasn’t stopped yet.

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Lawlor Coe

Forces of Good: Running in the Name of Love

After Lawlor Coe lost his brother Hunter to tragedy, he did everything he could to avoid his pain. Then he began to run.

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Forces of Good: Teaching the Psychology of Survival

When someone gets hurt in the wild, we know what to do. But what we’ve lacked for way too long are the tools to help people in severe mental distress.

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Mike McCastle

Forces of Good: A Herculean Quest to Make a Difference

Mike McCastle has found a very unusual way to benefit others: by enduring agonizing physical challenges

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Matt DeLaney

Forces of Good: The Gearhead Librarian Who Revived a Town

Millinocket, Maine, had been struggling for years following the closure of the local paper mill. Then an enterprising librarian acted on a big idea.

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Ivy Le

Forces of Good: A Comedian Faces Her Fear of Nature

Ivy Le’s wildy funny take on adventure entertainment might just shift the conversation on who belongs in the outdoors

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Forces of Good: Getting All Bodies Outdoors

Meet the innovators and activists who are making their favorite sports more accessible to plus-size adventurers

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It Happened Deep in a Cave in the Amazon

David Kushner went to the rainforest to write about a mysterious place and the people who go there. He never imagined the experience would change him forever.

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Why We Love an Internet Dog

From adventurous sled dogs to aging golden retrievers, online canines make millions of people feel good about their day

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Forces of Good: W. Kamau Bell Seeks a United America

The host of CNN’s ‘United Shades of America’ on what we learn when we engage with communities very different than our own

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Finding Freedom Through Climbing

As a city kid with a back condition, Maricela Rosales was an unlikely outdoor athlete. But scaling walls became her pathway to joy.

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Nick Offerman at Avalanche Lake in Glacier National Park

Nick Offerman Gets Down to Earth

The actor, woodworker, and dedicated outdoorsman offers up choice lessons for making a deeper connection with the world beyond your door

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Alexis Krauss

A Rock Star’s Guide to Road Tripping

As the lead singer of the band Sleigh Bells and a dedicated climber, Alexis Krauss knows a thing or two about enjoying life on the open highway

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British rapper Testament

The Musicians Capturing the Power of Wild Places

For Indie singer-songwriter Jesca Hoop and British rapper Testament, the natural world is an endless source of creative inspiration

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Rae Wynn-Grant

A Scientist Finds Her Way in the Rainforest

On an expedition to track lemurs in Madagascar, wildlife ecologist Rae Wynn-Grant found her confidence and her voice

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What the Mountains Teach Us About Patience

For philosopher John Kaag, a trek in the Alps during his youth was the beginning of a long and winding journey

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A Wild Ride into the Garden of Eden

A daring advice columnist sets off on a road trip with a singular goal: to ask strangers if they make love outside—in towns named Eden

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When Wild Animals Misbehave

Intrepid author Mary Roach shares tales of thieving bears, murderous possums, and mugging monkeys from her new book, ‘Fuzz’

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Why Thinking About Death Makes Us Happier

When you confront your mortality on a regular basis, the shift in perspective can be profound

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The Dumbest, Greatest Road Trip Ever

In which two bold but questionably sane adventurers actually do for reals what Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels only pretended to do

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Cedar Wright and Alex Honnold

What It Takes to Be Alex Honnold’s Climbing Partner

An unnatural lack of fear, a high tolerance for suffering, and a healthy sense of humor. Just ask Cedar Wright.

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Desperate Road-Trippers Saved by… Instagram?

When you carry the whole world in your pocket, aid can arrive from the most unexpected places

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Luke and Amy Bushatz with their newborn son at Luke’s deployment ceremony, May 2009

A Soldier’s Long Road Back from Afghanistan

After an American Army captain came home traumatized from the war, he lost his ability to love. It took the wilderness to reopen his heart.

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Hillary Allen running

A Runner’s Terrifying Fall—and What Came After

For elite mountain athlete Hillary Allen, a near deadly fall was the start of a long, winding journey to find a new source of strength and purpose

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How to Date an Athlete

The curious challenge of loving someone who’s always leaving you in the dust

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The Rattlesnake Bite That Changed Everything

Kyle Dickman had spent his life chasing adventure. But after nearly dying from a snake bite, he saw menacing risks everywhere he went.

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