Out There

82 EpisodesProduced by Willow Belden

Out There is a podcast that explores big questions through intimate stories in the great outdoors.

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Crag Rats

December 13th, 2018

45:47

On this episode, we have a guest story from the podcast Hear in the Gorge, about what happens when something goes terribly wrong in the outdoors.

Producer Sarah Fox brings us the story of an accident that happened to a …

Perfect Strangers

November 29th, 2018

28:58

Bill and Linda Ware live in the middle of Maine's notorious 100-Mile Wilderness. The only people they see on a regular basis are thru-hikers on the …

Keeping It Fresh

November 15th, 2018

32:25

When Halimah Marcus moved to Brooklyn, she took pride in getting to know Prospect Park. Running the park’s 3.5-mile loop over and over, as she trained for half marathons, was a comfort — a way to clear her mind.

Into the Blue

November 1st, 2018

52:47

In 2015, Tiffany Duong was living the life — she’d finished law school, moved back to L.A. to join a big law firm, and traveled as much as she could. …

Powerless

October 18th, 2018

23:51

It’s been just over a year since Hurricane Harvey hit the Texas Gulf Coast. The Category Four storm devastated small coastal communities and dumped …

Fractured Self

October 4th, 2018

19:47

Monica Gokey was an avid whitewater kayaker. Paddling had stolen her heart, shaped her identity, and given her a tribe to belong to.

Then she had …

Selfless Acts

September 20th, 2018

21:32

Bill Appel has devoted his retirement years to helping strangers.

He’s a “trail angel,” providing support to hikers and mountain bikers on several long-distance trails. He offers food and beverages to travelers, gives …

Moments to Waste

September 6th, 2018

19:49

Susan Shain was on track to pursue her dream. She had worked hard in college, put in her time with unpaid internships, and had landed interviews with …

How do I put myself in the driver's seat of my own life?

August 30th, 2018

28:33

On this episode of our advice segment, Dear Nature, we respond to a question from a listener called Feeling Stuck, who is struggling to find motivation and passion. 

"I’ve never been very adventurous or a go getter," …

Wonder

August 16th, 2018

30:11

Kayla Bordelon grew up thinking she didn't have a brain for science. Charts and numbers were indecipherable to her, and Latin names of plants and animals seemed irrelevant to her life. Instead, she was drawn to the …

A Different Kind of Love

August 2nd, 2018

25:15

When Paula Davis went to Alaska to work with sled dogs, she had a storybook vision of what her life there would be like. There would be fur-filled …

How do I make my children fall in love with nature?

July 26th, 2018

41:04

On this episode of Out There's advice segment, Dear Nature, we answer a question from a listener who wants to know how to instill a love of the outdoors in her two small children.

"Day adventures used to be so easy …

Denial

July 19th, 2018

18:50

Cindy Gagnon was backcountry skiing in Canada when she was buried in an avalanche.

Just a few hours later, the people she was skiing with — her friends — acted like nothing had happened. They reveled in the fresh …

The Instinct to Kill

July 5th, 2018

26:01

Should I drop everything and move into a van?

June 28th, 2018

39:54

On this installment of our advice segment, we address a question about making a huge life change. A listener named Where Am I Going writes of his disillusionment with his corporate job, and shares his dreams to live a …

Behind a Pane of Glass

June 21st, 2018

42:26

When Olivia Round set off on a cross-country bicycle trip, she told people she was doing it to have an adventure, or to take a semester off school. …

Solo

June 7th, 2018

26:36

Jen Kinney wanted to be a strong, independent woman. She had just split up with her long-term partner, and she felt a powerful need to prove that she …

The Nature Fix: How do I overcome a paralyzing fear?

May 31st, 2018

37:13

On this episode of our advice segment, The Nature Fix, we respond to a question about fear.

A listener called Over My Head writes to us about a terrifying whitewater rafting trip she went on with her husband two years …

My Big Fat Greek Breakup

May 17th, 2018

14:11

Maya Kroth had her future all planned out: she and her boyfriend would move to Greece, where his family was from, they'd settle down in a beautiful …

Thank You To My Mom

May 3rd, 2018

20:33

Camille von Kaenel lost her mother when she was just 18. Her mom’s death left a gaping hole in her life. But in the years that followed, Camille …

The Nature Fix: Should I suck it up, to take care of my family?

April 26th, 2018

31:40

On the first episode of our advice segment, The Nature Fix, we tackle a question from a listener who feels trapped in his own life. He's desperate to move away from a place he hates, but feels obligated to stay, in …

The Right to Complain

April 19th, 2018

31:26

In 2015, Australian journalist James Bennett moved to India, to take up a long-coveted role as a foreign correspondent.

James was an outdoorsy type: …

Introducing The Nature Fix

April 5th, 2018

46:45

We're thrilled to be launching a new segment on Out There: an advice series called The Nature Fix.

Nature has the power to help us make sense out of …

A Little Too Late

March 15th, 2018

19:07

When Mary Roberts went on a backpacking trip in New Mexico's Sangre de Cristo mountains, she was looking for an epiphany — a vision that would help …

We Followed Our Hearts

March 1st, 2018

26:07

When it comes to making decisions, we often know what we should do. But then there's that little voice, urging you to throw caution to the wind. What …

My Inner Teenager

February 15th, 2018

29:21

When Bassam Tarazi set out to hike the 23-mile Presidential Traverse in New Hampshire, he wasn't worried. It was a nice summer day, he had a lifetime of mountaineering experience behind him, and compared to his other …

Nothing Left to Give

February 1st, 2018

32:19

Michael King was homeless, depressed, and drinking. Tabor was a lost, injured and hungry. One rainy night in Portland, Oregon, the two found each other.

Even though Michael had nothing to offer -- no money, no shelter …

With My Toes in the Sand

January 18th, 2018

29:35

Throughout most of her life, whenever things weren't going well, Susan Conrad's tendency was to run. She ran from one problem to the next, one job to the next, one man to the next. 

But seven years ago, she embarked on …

The More I've Given Up

January 4th, 2018

43:41

On this episode, we bring you excerpts from an episode of Wild Ideas Worth Living, a podcast about people who have wild ideas and do them anyway.

We talk with host Shelby Stanger about her choice to give up a stable …

A Few Steps Closer

December 21st, 2017

30:49

When we lose a loved one, distracting ourselves can sometimes make grieving easier. We dive into work, school, hobbies — anything to keep our minds …

The Sand Is For Me

December 7th, 2017

38:28

Mari Andrew was leading a charmed existence. At 30 years old, she had a book deal, was living in Spain, learning Flamenco, and making a living …

Podcast Past, Podcast Present, Podcast Yet-To-Come

November 28th, 2017

24:05

On this episode, we preview some of the stories we have in the works, share feedback from you (our listeners), and introduce you to the people behind the scenes at Out There.

We also offer a vision for the future. We …

The Same Humanity

November 16th, 2017

23:57

Journalist Maya Kroth was in Mexico City this fall, when a magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck.

Hundreds of people died; it was the deadliest quake in a generation. But in the weeks after the earthquake, Maya watched …

Coyote's Beauty Secrets

November 2nd, 2017

26:40

Becky Jensen was that girl with the acne and the crooked teeth. The girl who always felt she had to hide, in order to be accepted.

As she grew older, …

When Nature Knows Best

October 19th, 2017

20:10

Two years ago, I made a plan for how to rekindle my happiness.

A smothering melancholy had settled over my life at the time: I was reeling from the …

The Friendliest Way

October 5th, 2017

21:01

New York City isn't known for being bike friendly. The streets are busy, drivers are impatient, and pedestrians often clog the bike lanes. So if you're a cyclist, it often seems like raising your voice is the only way …

In My Own Hands

September 21st, 2017

34:06

Kaleen Torbiak has tried to kill herself many times. She grew up in a troubled family, spent years struggling with depression, and was convinced that …

If a Badger Dreams

September 7th, 2017

29:37

Charles Foster has been fascinated with animals for as long as he can remember. He wants to know what makes them tick, how they experience the world, what they dream about.

This curiosity has been all-consuming for …

Small Beauty on the Appalachian Trail

August 17th, 2017

44:04

What's it like doing something that People Like You almost never do?

This week, we introduce you to another outdoor podcast we think you'll love: She Explores. We chat with the host, Gale Straub, and share her …

Fear and Loving

August 3rd, 2017

41:25

Outdoor adventures have a remarkable ability to instill a sense of confidence in us.

In 2009, Jackie Sofia went on a trip that did just that. It was a cross-country bike ride, which she was undertaking with dozens of …

The Human Race

July 20th, 2017

27:21

When Bernadette Murphy flew to an island in the South Pacific, her friends thought she was indulging in an extended tropical vacation. But the three …

Off the Hamster Wheel

July 6th, 2017

33:18

For Matt Miller, cycling was golden. It was his exercise, his commute, and his therapy. When he was in the saddle, troubles seemed to melt away, and …

The Motherload

June 15th, 2017

34:38

Becky Jensen had a lot of things going for her: sweet kids, a caring fiance, a promising career. But deep down, she wasn't happy. So last summer, she left everything (and everyone) behind to do a 500-mile hike by …

What the Future Will Hold

June 1st, 2017

24:21

When evolutionary biologist Brian Barber first heard that some stuffed birds had been found at a Wyoming high school, he didn't think much of it. But …

The Reluctant Outdoorsman

May 18th, 2017

17:27

BONUS EPISODE: Mother's Day Special

May 14th, 2017

8:34

In honor of mother's day, we're sharing stories from you - our listeners - about your mothers, and how they've influenced your relationship with the outdoors.

A Place to Belong

May 4th, 2017

34:10

Three years ago, folk singer Joel Shupack set off from Portland, Oregon on his bicycle. The plan was to ride across the entire U.S., all the way to …

This Concrete Life

April 22nd, 2017

36:46

Two friends set out one March morning with an inflatable raft, a camouflage tent ... and a ridiculous idea. They plan to paddle the Bronx River, all …

Failure in Success

April 20th, 2017

23:21

We’ve gotten a lot of new listeners in the past few months, so this week, we're playing a story that some of you may have missed.  It ran back in 2015, when the show was still very new, and it won a national award last …

Another Channel

April 6th, 2017

23:35

Many of us put science and religion into separate boxes, assuming they're mutually exclusive. But what if it isn't that simple?

On this episode, producer Maya Kroth brings us a story about something that happened on a …

Truly Equal

March 16th, 2017

31:05

Many of us spend a lot of time and energy striving for equality -- equality between men and women, rich and poor, gay and straight, Christian and …

Bonus Episode: Birthday, Beer, and Beaches

March 9th, 2017

11:43
It's Out There's second birthday!

To celebrate, we're sharing some of our favorite moments from stories we've aired over the past two years.

We'll also give you a sneak peak at upcoming episodes, invite you to a party, …

Moral Compass

March 2nd, 2017

35:17

When Myles Osborne set out to climb Mt. Everest, he knew he was up against a dangerous mountain. What he didn't consider was that it might not be his own life on the line.

On this episode, producer Phoebe Flanigan …

The Outsider

February 16th, 2017

25:37

Producer Jackie Sojico brings us a story about a man who doesn’t fit the description of a traditional “outdoorsman.” It’s a story about trying to do something you love, when you don’t look the part. And it's about …

Bad Feminist?

February 2nd, 2017

28:02

Colorado-based writer Stacey McKenna shares a story about love, fear, and what happens when you don’t share your partner’s obsession.

The Instinct to Kill

January 19th, 2017

27:25

Sam Anderson lives in New York City, and for most of his life, it never occurred to him to go hunting. But last year, at his father's request, he decided to give it a try.

Sam had no idea whether he'd actually be able …

The Desert Half

January 5th, 2017

25:05

Brooklyn-based writer Rebecca Worby first visited Moab in 2011. The small Utah town, surrounded by some of the country's most stunning desert …

Song to Science

December 8th, 2016

27:12

Emily Stewart always wanted to be a singer. It was her deepest wish, her strongest desire. Growing up, she doggedly pursued a career in the opera. …

Bonus Episode: Exciting News!

November 29th, 2016

5:01

Tune in to hear what's in store for Out There in the coming months. Plus, a special message for Giving Tuesday.

Farm to Table

November 10th, 2016

23:13

Across the country, communities are running out of landfill space -- and running out of money to deal with their trash. But recently, some cities have been responding with creative new plans. From Durham, North …

A New Identity

October 13th, 2016

22:33

Fresh out of college, Brendan Leonard was an alcoholic. A total mess. 

And -- spoiler alert -- he got sober. But drinking had been his favorite …

Exiled from Ranch Country

September 8th, 2016

23:17

Growing up, Heather Kitching loved the countryside. She loved the rolling hills, the open fields, the horses, country music. And she dreamed of a …

My Daguerrotype Boyfriend

August 11th, 2016

18:45

Lynn Downey first fell for Fred Loring when she discovered a photo of him amongst some archives in a small town in Arizona. Her crush led her on a journey across the American West, and through time.

On this episode, she …

From the Horns of Beetles

July 14th, 2016

26:33

Rekindling Childhood on the CDT

June 9th, 2016

22:04

In the Spring of 2015, writer Chilton Tippin quit his job and set off on the Continental Divide Trail, a 3,000-mile hiking route that runs from Mexico to Canada along the Rocky Mountains. 

In the five months he spent on …

High on Failure

May 12th, 2016

39:54

The Wilds of Urbia

April 14th, 2016

13:32

From the Mouths of Babes

March 10th, 2016

9:39

On this episode, writer-philosopher-entomologist Jeff Lockwood shares an essay that was inspired by his work as a grasshopper killer. The story takes …

Love Is Not A Finish Line

February 11th, 2016

18:57

This is a story about relationships, and in particular, how to take a relationship to the next level. Some couples try to accomplish that with …

When a Thru-Hike Falls Through

January 14th, 2016

23:17

Last summer, writer Erin Jones set out to hike the Colorado Trial, a 500-mile footpath through the Rocky Mountains. 

Erin was pursuing her master's …

Dreading Nature

December 10th, 2015

27:40

Tranquility; meditation; serenity. These are words that many of us might use to describe what we feel when we’re in the woods. But for Tiara Lin, a different word comes to mind: terror. Since she was a teen, Tiara has …

Failure in Success

November 12th, 2015

21:13

This summer, I signed up for a 70-mile mountain bike race called the Laramie Enduro. I've always liked big athletic challenges, like triathlons and half marathons. But this race was different. This time, pushing my …

Life Beneath the Ice

October 8th, 2015

17:53

On Episode 5, a scientist named Trista Vick-Majors shared a first-person account of her team's quest to find out if there's life, deep beneath the ice in Antarctica. After the story aired, several listeners asked to …

Solace in Solitude

September 10th, 2015

32:39

Last year, I quit my job, packed everything I needed into a backpack, and started walking. The plan was to thru-hike the Colorado Trail, a …

Better Than Fun

August 13th, 2015

16:19

This spring, I found myself in a lonely situation: I craved a vacation (and actually had time for one), but I had no one to go with. This is the story of what transpired -- how I turned a social failure into an …

One More Run

July 9th, 2015

32:34

What happens when something you love keeps hurting you? Many of the activities that draw us to the outdoors are inherently risky, and millions of sports injuries are documented in the U.S. each year. On this episode, …

A New Conservation

June 11th, 2015

32:15

Life in Antarctica

May 14th, 2015

25:09

Racing Marathons in a Wheelchair

April 9th, 2015

25:31

Pedaling and Paddling

March 12th, 2015

14:07

Over The Hill

March 11th, 2015

33:48

Living With The Deer

March 10th, 2015

21:03

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