Adventures in Audio
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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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The Stinky Truths About Your Sweat

Answers to the questions you’ve always had about perspiring but were afraid to ask

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Melinda Spooner

Saved by Far-Flung Travel

After her prestigious corporate job nearly destroyed her, Melinda Spooner found her path forward by getting way, way out there

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The Many Upsides of Taking On Unreasonable Challenges

What we learn from getting way, way outside our comfort zones

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Italian cyclist Vittoria Bussi wants the hour record for herself. For her father’s memory. For history.

The Most Painful Record in Sports

When an elite cyclist attempts to ride a bike as far as possible in an hour, one thing is guaranteed: they will hurt like never before

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The Wild Songs in Thomas Rhett's Heart

The superstar country singer realized he needs to chase adventure every day—and then turn it into music

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Getting to this point wasn’t easy for Jordan—he’d had a hard time coming out even to his close friends.

A Pro Climber’s Coming-Out Story

Jordan Cannon found the courage to share his true self in an unlikely place: on the face of Yosemite’s El Capitan, with his hero

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When your dad shares an experience from his younger days, you learn something about who he is.

The Adventures That Made a Super Dad

He wanted to be the best man he could be. This required some bold and questionable choices.

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Mason Earle speaks about going from being an elite athlete to spending most of his waking hours in bed, the pleasure he now finds in the littlest things, and why he actually doesn’t miss climbing.

A Pro Climber and the Disorder That Brought Him Down to Earth

Mason Earle was scaling iconic rock faces when he was diagnosed with a chronic illness. Now he faces his greatest test of endurance.

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Dying Earth

An Agonizingly Thirsty Crawl Through the Desert

To really understand the outer limits of dehydration, you need to listen to the remarkable story of Pablo Valencia

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At her lowest moment, Kayla Lockhart picked up a fly-fishing rod and headed out to a stream.

Casting Out of Darkness

Kayla Lockhart was desperate for relief from the panic that plagued her. She found it at the edge of a stream.

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Light painting a Joshua Tree at night

Alone and Injured in the Wild

The remarkable survival story of Claire Nelson, whose solo hike in the desert turned into a desperate fight for her life

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Alex Showerman spent years trying to outrun a secret about herself, only to crash headlong into it.

Running from the Truth

Outdoor athlete Alex Showerman spent years trying to escape a secret about herself, only to crash headlong into it

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Sanjayan relives the journeys that spurred him to look at our relationship to the planet—and each other—in a whole new way.

The Wild Trips That Transformed a Scientist

Conservation International CEO M. Sanjayan saw our relationship to the planet in a new way after a series of remarkable adventures

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