Adventures in Audio
Even the most serious scientists get that something special happens when we engage with wild animals.

Why Connecting with Wild Animals Makes Us Happier and Healthier

The bestselling author is back with a bold book arguing that we desperately need to connect with other species

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Peter Frick-Wright is still processing what happened to him. Meanwhile, the rescuers who cared for him have participated in numerous other high-stakes incidents in the wilderness.

The Hardest Part of a Rescue Comes Later

Two years after he was saved in a remote canyon, our host talks with one of his rescuers about coping with life-altering trauma

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Outside Podcast host Peter Frick-Wright was canyoneering in Oregon when he jumped off a ledge and broke his leg.

When Our Podcast Host Shattered His Leg in a Canyon

It took an epic effort to get him out. Two years later, the healing for him and his rescuers continues.

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Today’s adults are seemingly desperate for more playtime.

The Curious Rise of Adult Recess Leagues

Across the country, grown-ups are bounding outside after work for kickball, capture the flag, and other kid games. What's going on?

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Chris McDougall and his rescue donkey Sherman

Outside Podcast: Why Christopher McDougall Runs with a Donkey

Author Christopher McDougall is back with a new book about his surprising relationship with a burro named Sherman

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René Redzepi in Mexico

A Wild Odyssey with the World’s Greatest Chef

When Jeff Gordinier accepted an invite from chef René Redzepi to hunt for tacos in Mexico, he had no idea what he was getting into

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Bear-human encounters are on the rise, in part because more people than ever before are heading out into bear country.

The Wrong Way to Fight Off a Bear

The year's most dramatic story of a bear attack offers potentially lifesaving lessons for anyone venturing into the wild

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This episode investigates the extreme reactions we have to living alongside one of the world’s most terrifying predators.

Getting Past Our Fear of Great White Sharks

Behind the headlines about the return of great whites to Cape Cod is a story about how we're learning to live alongside a terrifying predator

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What does it take to stand up against a wildfire like the Carr Fire?

How a Couple Defended Their Home from a Wildfire

Why one California couple chose to stand and fight an inferno

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Epstein cites Roger Swiss tennis star Roger Federer as an example of a highly successful generalist.

Why Top Athletes Like to Dabble and Frequently Quit

In his new book, Range, author David Epstein makes a strong case against specialization in sports and life

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Meet the man trying to keep faces like this one safe.

Doug Peacock on the Fight to Protect Grizzly Bears

The conservation icon talks about the surprising history of grizzlies in America and what comes next

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Aleta Burchyski asks,

The Fine Art of Drinking the Right Amount of Water

Hydrating is supposed to make us healthier and more vibrant. But how much is too much?

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Mirna Valerio is reshaping the ultrarunning world, one step at a time.

Mirna Valerio Is the Runner You Never Expected

When Mirna Valerio first began running ultramarathons, she immediately got a lot of attention—but not for the reasons you might expect

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Some studies say sunscreen isn't worth it. Are they true?

Is Sunscreen the New Margarine?

Journalist Rowan Jacobsen discusses his controversial feature suggesting we need to reconsider our relationship with the sun and sunscreen

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Awe can change our brains.

What Awe in Nature Does for Us

New research suggests that the emotion has a singular ability to lower stress and improve our overall well-being. So how do we get more of it?

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This is the story of the Bundy family.

Bundyville: The Remnant

Why two bombings that rocked the tiny town of Panaca, Nevada, help us understand who really owns public lands in the West

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What will it take to convince big health care that free medicine is the way of the future?

The Doctors Prescribing Nature

Can a grassroots movement of physicians convince big health care that free medicine is the way of the future?

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OTS can afflict anyone who takes a more-is-more approach to their sport.

Sweat Science: The Mysterious Syndrome Destroying Top Athletes

A mysterious syndrome is leaving elite athletes lethargic, depressed, and unable to get out of bed

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Chris Morgan during a forest bathing session at IslandWood, a learning center on Bainbridge Island.

Why a Walk in the Woods Cures the Blues

Ecologist Chris Morgan sensed that nature had healing powers. But it wasn’t until he tried forest bathing that he understood them.

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Tim Friede make be able to change the course of venom science forever.

Snakebit, Part 2

A Wisconsin truck mechanic has has endured hundreds of snakebites in a quest to immunize his body. Scientists think he might have found the cure.

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Time for a detox.

The Radically Simple Digital Diet We All Need

Cal Newport, author of 'Digital Minimalism,' explains how we need to reimagine our relationship with technology

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It took almost dying for Kyle Dickman to look at the world in a new light.

Snakebit, Part 1

After Kyle Dickman nearly died from a rattlesnake bite in Yosemite, he began a quest to understand what venom really does to us

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Buried Treasure and Duct Tape

The surprising answers to two critical questions that every adventurer has: What do you after you find buried treasure? And what can't duct tape fix?

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What does Bob Ross’s art say about the natural world?

Bob Ross’s Strategies for Survival

A fascinating data analysis of the 381 painting the beloved artist did for his TV show will have you looking at him in a whole new light

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Does the Keto Diet actually make athletes stronger or faster?

Sweat Science: The Keto Conundrum

The ketogenic diet is all the rage in the fitness world. But does it really make athletes healthier, stronger, or faster?

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Is there any hope at all?

Bill McKibben on the End of Nature

No one has done more to sound the alarm about climate change than Bill McKibben. We asked him: is there any hope at all?

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The author winning the TransRockies Run, a 52-mile stage race, in 2014

Can You Outrun Anxiety?

Katie Arnold, author of the new memoir Running Home, talks about the unique healing power of endurance sports

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Steven Rinella is a proud voice in what’s often called the hook-and-bullet crowd. But he’s also a staunch conservationist.

Steven Rinella Wants Hunters and Hikers to Hold Hands

The host of the MeatEater podcast and Netflix series talks about the need for us all to unite forces and rally to protect public lands

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The quicker you recuperate, the more you can train.

Recovery Takes More Than Infrared PJ’s

As wacky recovery tech goes mainstream, science writer Christie Aschwanden explains what works and what doesn’t

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Mindfulness not only improves performance, it can literally change the makeup of your brain.

Talking with Mindfulness Guru Pete Kirchmer

The director of a meditation program developed by neuroscientists explains how teaching athletes mindfulness can change their brains

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A rider in North Conway, New Hampshire

The Mountain Bikers Fighting New Trails

A crew of feisty veteran riders is trying to halt the development of previously illegal trails in New England.

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Beginning in 2019, the World Surf League is offering equal prize money to men and women at all of its events.

Bianca Valenti Is on a Big-Wave Mission

How a quest to get women included in the Mavericks surfing contest fueled a transformation that could impact all of sports.

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Goggins found strength in putting himself through hell and relying on mental toughness to find his way through.

Using Pain to Reach Your Potential

Former Navy SEAL and endurance athlete David Goggins insists that discomfort is the key to self-improvement

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The whole race takes place on a single city block.

The 3,100-Mile Run Around the Block

There are a lot of tough endurance races, but the hardest one of all might take place on a single block in Queens, New York

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Let's ditch the crutches.

Can We Please Kill Off Crutches?

Doctors around the world have stopped prescribing underarm crutches to injured athletes. So why do we still use them in the U.S.?

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

Learning to Love the Pain

Setting cycling's hour record hurts so much that it's been called death without dying. So what does it take to get past the discomfort?

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How do you design something when the end-user can't give you feedback other than incessant tale wagging?

What Dogs Really Think About Dog Gear

How do you design something for a user whose only feedback is incessant tail wagging?

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There’s no easier way to make someone uncomfortable than sending them underwater for a long, long time.

Don't Waste Your Breath

To become an Air Force pararescue specialist, you have to get through a brutal training course and stay underwater for a long, long time

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This episode reveals the surprising ways we can find comfort in wilderness.

Can Nature Heal Our Deepest Wounds?

It takes a unique form of wilderness therapy to help people suffering from emotional trauma

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Over the summer, both John Orth and Andrew Shapiro set their sights on 10,000 pull-ups.

The Pull-Up Artists

There's only one way to do 10,000 pull-ups in under 24 hours: Reset the limits of the human body

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A fork is all about the details, apparently.

One Fork to Rule Them All

A designer's quest to make the world's greatest piece of cutlery tells us a lot about the tireless creators of our favorite things

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Alex Honnold holds all of his climbing gear atop the summit of El Capitan.

Alex Honnold on 'Free Solo'

Has being the subject of arguably the best climbing film ever made changed him? Absolutely.

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Bigfoot: implausible, but not necessarily impossible.

Wild Thing

There's a reason that some form of the Bigfoot legend persists all over the world

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A single catastrophic blaze is neither the start or end of anyone's troubles.

Burnout

Losing your home to a wildfire is often just the start of your troubles

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Is there anything we can do about wildfires in the West?

The Future of Fire

Is it even possible to reduce the number of massive blazes that are now commonplace in the American West?

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Thanks to climate change, the whole world is a tinderbox.

Fighting Fire with Fire

How do you protect yourself from wildfire on a warming planet? You burn everything on purpose.

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Most wildfires quietly burn out, and we never hear about them. The Pagami Creek Wildfire was supposed to be like that.

Science of Survival: The Sky Is Burning

A rare convergence of events turned a wildfire in the Boundary Waters into a massive burn. Two campers were right in its path.

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The Hidden Graves of Kuku Island

Carina Hoang fled the Vietnam War on a boat that was supposed to take her to a refugee camp. Instead it took her to a deserted island.

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“You become a bag of shattered glass, really.”

Struck by Lightning (Replay)

If you live through a strike, the recovery can be a confounding, bizarre journey that never really ends

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Why do some athletes flame out in their 30s and 40s, while others are still going as senior citizens?

The Simple Secrets to Athletic Longevity

Why do some of us flame out in our thirties while others are still racing in their sixties? And how can we reverse the effects of getting older?

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As a friend told Jun, you can’t fall very far if you’re attached to a rope.

Shelma Jun Can Flash Foxy

The founder of the Women's Climbing Festival talks about the influence female athletes are having on a sport long dominated by men

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Knox Robinson was never defined by running. He's more of a renaissance man.

Knox Robinson Crafts Running Culture

The eclectic founder of the Black Roses NYC running collective on using athletics to create community in urban environments.

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Ayesha McGowan is aiming to be the first African American female cyclist on the pro tour, and gets closer to that goal every day.

Ayesha McGowan Wants to Be First

A violinist describes her bold quest to become the first female African American cyclist on the pro tour

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Martin’s group, Brothers of Climbing, is tackling diversity in rock climbing.

Mikhail Martin Is a Brother of Climbing

The athlete-activist is on a mission to get more people of color into the sport he loves

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The Bundys are making a habit of taking on the federal government and winning.

Bundyville

What the Bundy family's battle with the federal government really means for the future of public lands in the American West

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In just a few years, Kellee Edwards went from working as a bank teller to hosting the Travel Channel show Mysterious Islands.

Kellee Edwards's Story Is a Trip

How a former bank teller became the first African American woman to host a regular-season show on the Travel Channel.

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We spoke with Pappas about her many interests, her athletic drive, and her support systems.

Alexi Pappas Dreams Like a Crazy and Runs Like One, Too

The Olympian and filmmaker connects with people in ways that other athletes can't. We asked her why.

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OR4, the Imnaha wolf pack's alpha male.

A Very Old Man for a Wolf

As the alpha male of the first pack to live in Oregon since 1947, he was beloved by conservationists. Then he broke one too many rules.

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Sarah Gerhardt is one of six women to be invited to compete in the first all-female heat at a Mavericks event

The Woman Who Rides Mountains

Sarah Gerhardt, the first woman to surf Maverick's, on her long path from homelessness to the top of a monster wave

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Kris Tompkins speaks during a signing ceremony in Patagonia Park, Chile in January.

Kris Tompkins's 10-Million-Acre Life

She worked tirelessly with her husband to conserve one of the last wild places on earth. Since his tragic death, she's worked even harder.

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The FV Destination shown unloaded on April 23rd, 2016

“F/V Destination, Do You Copy?”

How the mysterious disappearance of a boat in the Bering Sea changed Alaskan fishing

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A dozen years after the cheeky Briton exploded onto American television, the king of survival entertainment is charging harder than ever.

Bear Grylls Will Never Give Up

Reality TV stars never have long careers. So how come Grylls is charging harder than ever?

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Author Cheryl Strayed's advice on getting started—you don't have to start at the beginning.

Cheryl Strayed's Wild Creativity

The acclaimed author of 'Wild' shares her process and philosophy with Tim Ferriss

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With every trip to the outhouse we're contaminating groundwater, spreading disease, and costing parks a fortune.

An Amazingly Crappy Story

Efforts to manage human waste in national parks have failed miserably. Now a creative scientist may have found an elegant remedy.

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Millions of years of evolution have hardwired us to seek out sugary, fatty, and salty foods.

Your Hungry Brain Is Making You Fat

Evolution has made humans instinctually crave sugary, fatty, and salty foods. Here's how you can fight back.

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A band of elite Finnish soldiers are preparing to defend the country.

Red Dawn in Lapland

On the border between Russia and Finland, a band of Finnish soldiers are preparing to defend the country if the Bear decides to charge

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Susan Casey Might Have Gills

The bestselling author on going deep with great white sharks, big-wave surfers, and dolphins—plus her concerns about the future of the sea

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Falls are the leading cause of death in the backcountry.

He That Is Down Need Fear No Fall

If you found yourself stuck at the bottom of a canyon with a broken leg, what do you do? Not long ago, our host faced this exact scenario.

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Andy Petranek and Michael Stanwyck know fitness.

The Whole Life Challenge Is Easier than You Think

The cofounders of the wildly popular program explain why the easiest way to get in better shape is to make healthy living a game

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You might not be allergic, but in an encounter with a swarm African bees, that might not matter.

Bee Still My Heart

A bee sting won't hurt you unless you're allergic—or so you thought until you disturbed a hive of African bees

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Picking mushrooms can be fun, but if you aren't careful you can end up fighting for your life.

Dangerously Delicious

When you picked some mushrooms off the forest floor, you planned to make a nice risotto. But now you're in the hospital, fighting for your life.

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What if you could opt out of society?

The Secret History of Biosphere 2

A team of scientists entered a glass bubble in the desert to live for two years cut off from society. Things didn't go as planned.

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Do you have what it takes to endure until a rescue arrives?

Adrift

You're alone in the open sea on a surfboard, blown far offshore by a strong wind. What does it feel like? What do you do?

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Frozen Alive Redux

A remote car accident, a broken ski, a tumble in the snow, and a slow descent into hypothermia

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Josiah Zayner is doing everything he can to bring gene-editing to a laboratory near you.

Can’t Hack It? Gene-Hack It.

You may soon be able to change your DNA to optimize performance in your favorite sport

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Parsley says getting enough rest at night is the single most effective performance-enhancing habit.

Doc Parsley Solves Your Sleep Crisis

Former Navy SEAL doctor Kirk Parsley insists getting enough rest is the single most effective performance-enhancing habit

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Can a human chase down an antelope on foot?

Can Humans Outrun Antelope?

As endurance predators, we should be able to catch anything—even one of the world's fastest animals

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If you’re a top-tier professional athlete trying to train your brain, you’re likely going to turn to Dr. Michael Gervais.

Dr. Michael Gervais on Mental Mastery

The renowned expert in high-performance psychology offers up an incredibly simple approach to training your mind

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Kevin Fedarko went looking for a story forged over months and years.

Captain Jackass

Writer Kevin Fedarko went looking for meaning in the bottom of the Grand Canyon. He ended up in charge of a boat full of poop.

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Hamilton and Reece constantly experiment with new approaches to exercise and nutrition.

Laird Hamilton and Gabby Reece on the Extreme Edge of Fitness

The power couple shares lessons from their extreme approach to training, nutrition, and recovery

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