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Outside's longstanding literary storytelling tradition comes to life in audio with features that will entertain, inspire, and inform listeners. We launched in March 2016 with our first series, Science of Survival, which was developed in partnership with PRX, distributors of the idolized This America… read more

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Science of Survival: Frozen Alive

March 24th, 2016


In which you, the listener, face a bitterly cold night, a car accident on a lonely stretch of road, a broken ski binding that foils a backcountry …

Science of Survival: Struck by Lightning

April 11th, 2016


Science doesn’t understand lightning very well—or how a strike affects the human body. Survivors sometimes claim to have super-senses, or special powers. Others develop talents they never knew they had. Phil Broscovak …

Science of Survival BONUS: Whatever Happens, Happens

April 26th, 2016


One of the most famous accidents in wingsuit history.

Science of Survival: The Devil’s Highway, Part I

May 3rd, 2016


On a brutal route through the Sonoran Desert in southern Arizona, thousands have died from dehydration and thirst. But one man’s journey through hell led to a breakthrough for science.

Science of Survival: The Devil’s Highway, Part II

May 17th, 2016


In the spring 2001, a group set out from Mexico to cross the border into Arizona. The tragic result of their journey—and many others like it—helped …

Science of Survival: Under Pressure

June 14th, 2016


When you’re stuck underwater in a submarine, the number of of ways you can die is long and varied—crushing, burning, asphyxiation, exploding, the list goes on and on. Escaping alive requires maintaining calm and focus. …

Science of Survival: In Too Deep

June 28th, 2016


Michael Proudfoot was SCUBA diving on a shipwreck in Baja, Mexico when his regulator broke. He survived by finding an air pocket in the wreck, where …

The Outside Interview: Robert Young Pelton

July 13th, 2016


Robert Young Pelton has made a career of tracking down warlords and interviewing people in the most dangerous places in the world. He’s been …

The Outside Interview: Jason Motlagh on the Darién Gap

July 26th, 2016


Jason Motlagh and his crew were the first journalists in years to successfully cross the Darién Gap, a lawless, roadless jungle on the border of …

The Outside Interview: Tim Ferriss Overshares

August 10th, 2016


Tim Ferriss is many things. A bestselling author. A kickboxing champion. A horseback archer. The first American in history to hold a Guinness World …

The Outside Interview: The Secret History of Doping

August 24th, 2016


Author Mark Johnson argues that performance enhancing drugs are hardly a recent phenomenon. In his new book, “Spitting in the Soup,” he traces doping all the way back to the 1904 Olympic marathon in St. Louis and shows …

The Outside Interview: The Hard Lessons of Climbing Superstar Conrad Anker

September 7th, 2016


For two decades, Conrad Anker has been at the forefront of climbing, evolving into America’s best all-around alpinist. With skills on rock, ice, and …

Dispatches: The Sound of Science

September 20th, 2016


Scientists are compiling huge amounts of data on the impact of global warming, but the story of that data often gets lost. Enter Nik Sawe, a researcher at Stanford who is transforming big data into music.  Two parts …

Dispatches: National Parks Don’t Need Your Stinkin’ Reverence

October 5th, 2016


John Muir rhapsodizing about Yosemite is one thing, but Outside contributing editor Ian Frazier has had it with people calling their favorite outdoor spots “cathedrals,” “shrines,” and “sacred spaces.” When he made his …

Science of Survival: Cliffhanger, Part 1

October 18th, 2016


It’s one of history’s greatest aviation mysteries: on New Year’s Day in 1985, Eastern Air Lines Flight 980 was carrying 29 passengers and a hell of a lot of contraband when it crashed into the side of a 21,112-foot …

Science of Survival: Cliffhanger, Part 2

November 1st, 2016


Since colliding with a Bolivian mountain in 1985, Eastern Airlines Flight 980 has been frozen inside a glacier perched on the edge of a 3,000 foot …

Science of Survival: Cliffhanger, Part 3

November 15th, 2016


Dan and Isaac are back from searching through the wreckage of Eastern Airlines Flight 980 on a remote mountain in Bolivia, but their findings have …

The Outside Interview: Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell

November 29th, 2016


“If you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu,” says Sally Jewell. Hopeful, thoughtful, slightly ticked-off, and surprisingly emotional, the …

Dispatches: Call of the Wild Things

December 13th, 2016


Wolf howls, bird songs, , crickets, frogs—soundscapes contain clues to not only what’s going on around us but also who we are. Not just as …

The Outside Interview: Mark Sundeen on the New Pioneers

January 10th, 2017


Writer Mark Sundeen spent the last three years chronicling the lives of three couples who have dropped out of mainstream society, trading cars, …

Science of Survival: Line of Blood in the Sand

January 24th, 2017


Denmark’s rugged Faroe Islands are known for sheep, rowboats, and a brutal tradition called “The Grind” in which Faroese men butcher hundreds of …

Science of Survival: Treed by a Jaguar

February 7th, 2017


In the summer of 1970, Ed Welch and Bruce Frey put in a canoe at the headwaters of the Amazon and shoved off into the current. Their only plan was to travel downstream until it wasn’t fun anymore. They had a rifle, they …

The Outside Interview: Florence Williams on The Nature Fix

February 21st, 2017


What’s the cure for our modern malaise of stress, distraction, and screen-addiction? Nature, of course. But while many people advocate the benefits of getting outside, we are only just beginning to understand what …

Science of Survival: The Everest Effect

March 7th, 2017


On the morning of May 25th, 2006, Myles Osborne was poised to become one of the last climbers of the season to summit Mount Everest. The weather was …

Science of Survival: After the Crash, Part 1

March 21st, 2017


Joe Stone doesn’t do anything halfway. Back when he was a skater, he went big. When he partied, he went hard. When he took up skydiving and speed-flying, he flew almost every day. Then one day he crashed and became a C7 …

Science of Survival: After the Crash, Part 2

March 30th, 2017


Once Joe Stone learned how to use his paralyzed body, he immediately set an audacious goal: he would race in an Ironman triathlon—despite the fact …

XX Factor: Beth Rodden Unpacked

April 5th, 2017


In the 90s, Beth Rodden was a climbing prodigy, celebrated for her athletic gifts and unwavering discipline. Then, while on an expedition in Central Asia in 2000, she and her small team of friends were kidnapped. That …

XX Factor: A Woman’s Place is on Top

April 12th, 2017


Back when men still believed the “weaker sex” were inferior climbers, Arlene Blum led an all-women’s ascent of Annapurna, the world’s tenth-highest peak. The 1978 climb put the first women—and first Americans, period—on …

Science of Survival: The Death Blow

April 19th, 2017


Science can’t fully explain why and how tornadoes form. But on May 31, 2013, all the factors we do understand pointed towards off-the-charts risk in …

Science of Survival: Cloudbusters

April 26th, 2017


Human beings spent centuries trying to control the weather. Then, about 70 years ago, we figured out the basics of what it takes to make it rain. …

XX Factor: Snowboarding While Iranian

May 2nd, 2017


Mona Seraji is the first snowboarder from the Middle East to compete professionally in the Freeride World Qualifier, a series of big-mountain events that attract the best riders in the world. She’s also a talented …

XX Factor: Diana Nyad Goes the Distance

May 17th, 2017


What does it take to swim from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage? According to Diana Nyad, the answer is passion bordering on obsession. Nyad first attempted the 111-mile crossing in 1978. Thirty-five years later, at …

Science of Survival: Drinking Yourself to Death

May 30th, 2017


Water is life, we’re told. But what if you drink too much? As it turns out, there’s a little-discussed flipside to dehydration called …

XX Factor: The Ice Queen Cometh

June 13th, 2017


You hear sometimes about how the Arctic changes people — how It can lead them to lose their minds a little bit, or make dumb mistakes. Then there are those rare adventurers like Sarah McNair-Landry who are at their best …

Science of Survival: Racing a Dying Brain

June 27th, 2017


When something goes wrong in the wilderness, someone needs to evacuate and get help. When that someone is you, and every minute counts, the stress is enormous. And you just might not be fast enough. Scott Pirsig and Bob …

Dispatches: Andy Samberg’s Tour de Farce

July 5th, 2017


Nearly every sport can point to a classic comedy film taking aim at its flaws. Hockey has Slap Shot. Car racing got Talladega Nights. Skiing will always have Hot Dog. And dodgeball has, well, Dodgeball. Now cycling can …

XX Factor: How the Sports Bra Changed History

July 11th, 2017


When it comes to important innovations in sports technology, few inventions can compete with the sports bra. In the 1970s, women’s interest in …

Science of Survival: A Very Scary Fish Story

July 25th, 2017


The swamps of Alabama are one of the most biodiverse places on earth. They’ve been called America’s Amazon for the remarkable number of species of fish, turtles, mussels, and other aquatic creatures. Not so long ago, …

XX Factor: Vanessa Garrison Walks the Walk

August 9th, 2017


In 2012, Vanessa Garrison co-founded GirlTrek, an organization with a simple goal: get women walking for 30 minutes a day. Now 100,000 walkers strong, GirlTrek is a national force. The story of GirlTrek is about health, …

XX Factor: 1200 Miles on Blood Road

August 23rd, 2017


Rebecca Rusch is called the “Queen of Pain” for a reason. She’s a three-time world champion in the 24-Hour Mountain Bike race, the 2011 National XC single-speed champion, and she’s won the Leadville 100 mountain bike …

Dispatches: Jack Johnson Loses His Cool

September 6th, 2017


Jack Johnson is known as the world’s mellowest pop star. A surfer raised on the North Shore of Hawaii, his acoustic strumming has been the default …

Dispatches: The Fine Art of Weaponizing Critters

September 20th, 2017


Killer frogs! Forest-destroying moths! Bird-eating mongooses! These may sound like biblical plagues, but they’re all the result of bad human …

The Outside Interview: Laird Hamilton and Gabby Reece on the Extreme Edge of Fitness

September 26th, 2017


More than two decades after he radically transformed big-wave surfing, Laird Hamilton is still a dominant force in the sport. As detailed in the new documentary Take Every Wave, Hamilton is again pushing the edge with …

Dispatches: Captain Jackass

October 3rd, 2017


Kevin Fedarko is a celebrated and well-heeled journalist, accustomed to dropping in on an exotic place and extracting a story, often in less than a week. But in 2004 he left his job at Outside and went looking for …

The Outside Interview: Dr. Michael Gervais on Mental Mastery

October 10th, 2017


For most athletes, achieving peak performance means training hard, eating right, and maybe some stretching. But when you get to the elite level, where everyone’s doing that, it’s the mental game that makes winners and …

Dispatches: Can Humans Outrun Antelope?

October 17th, 2017


Several decades ago, radio producer Scott Carrier and his brother Dave tried to chase down an antelope on foot. That might sound crazy, but Dave was …

The Outside Interview: Doc Parsley Solves Your Sleep Crisis

October 24th, 2017


If you want to understand sleep deprivation, you want to talk to a Navy SEAL, who go nearly a week without rest during training. And there’s probably no better Navy SEAL to talk to than Dr. Kirk Parsley, the physician …

The Outside Interview: Can’t Hack It? Gene-Hack It

October 31st, 2017


Peak performance has always been about getting as close to your genetic potential as possible. The limits of your training, nutrition, and recovery …

Science of Survival: Frozen Alive Redux

November 7th, 2017


As we get ready to roll out new Science of Survival episodes beginning on November 14, we wanted to replay the one that started it all. This …

Science of Survival: Adrift

November 14th, 2017


What happens to people who are swept out to sea? Some survive for months and even years, alone in life boats eating whatever they can catch and drinking rainwater. In this episode we ask you, the listener, to imagine a …

Dispatches: The Secret History of Biosphere 2

November 21st, 2017


What if you could opt out of society and go live in a completely self-contained glass bubble in the desert? You and your team would be cut off from …

Science of Survival: Dangerously Delicious

November 28th, 2017


There are several thousand species of mushroom, but only a handful that will kill you. And the toxins found in poisonous mushrooms are some of the …

Science of Survival: Bee Still My Heart

December 5th, 2017


Bee venom is similar to a rattlesnake’s. It rapidly disperses in your tissue, and when you’re stung the pain you feel is a combination of proteins and peptides attacking your cell membranes. Each sting contains enough …

The Outside Interview: The Whole Life Challenge Is Easier Than You Think

December 12th, 2017


Andy Petranek and Michael Stanwyck know fitness. Petranek was a former adventure racer and RedBull Athlete before founding one of the first CrossFit …

Science of Survival: He That is Down Need Fear No Fall

December 19th, 2017


Falls are the leading cause of death in the backcountry. Nothing else comes close. And while many are freak accidents that amount to nothing more than bad luck, some are more nuanced and interesting—and personal. If you …

The Outside Interview: Susan Casey Might Have Gills

January 9th, 2018


To write her three bestselling books about the ocean, Susan Casey went deep with great white sharks in California, followed big-wave surfing icon …

Dispatches: Red Dawn in Lapland

January 23rd, 2018


On the 833-mile border between Finland and Russia, a band of elite Finnish soldiers are preparing to defend the country if Russia decides it wants to …

The Outside Interview: Your Hungry Brain is Making You Fat

February 6th, 2018


If you’ve ever beaten yourself up after eating an entire pint of ice cream, know this: it’s really not your fault. According to obesity researcher …

Dispatches: An Amazingly Crappy Story

February 20th, 2018


In 2009, Canadian researcher Geoff Hill asked park managers across North America what problems did they needed solved? Every single one of them said, …

Dispatches: Cheryl Strayed’s Wild Creativity

March 6th, 2018


In her acclaimed 2012 memoir, Wild, Cheryl Strayed delivered a fresh take on outdoor writing—a redemption story set on the Pacific Crest Trail. The book spent seven weeks on the New York Times Best Seller List and …

Dispatches: Bear Grylls Will Never Give Up

March 20th, 2018


Apparently nobody told Bear Grylls that reality TV stars never have long careers. A dozen years after the cheeky Briton exploded onto American …

Science of Survival: “F/V Destination, Do You Copy?”

April 3rd, 2018


It was the kind of disaster that wasn’t supposed to happen anymore. On February 11, 2017, the fishing vessel Destination disappeared in the Bering Sea on its way to crab grounds. It was a boat with an experienced crew, …

Dispatches: Kris Tompkins’s 10-Million-Acre Life

April 10th, 2018


After building Patagonia into an internationally renowned apparel brand, the company’s first CEO, Kris Tompkins, walked away from the job, following …

Dispatches: The Woman Who Rides Mountains

April 17th, 2018


Mavericks, the monster surf-break off the Northern California coast, has long been a proving ground for the world’s best big-wave surfers. But the big wave surf contest held there most years has never included any …

Science of Survival: A Very Old Man for a Wolf

April 24th, 2018


One day in 2005 or 2006, a young wolf in Idaho headed west. He swam across the Snake River to Oregon, which was then outside the gray wolf’s range. …

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

May 1st, 2018


Distance runner Alexi Pappas is the rare dual-threat of Olympic athlete and movie star. In the 2016 film Tracktown, which she wrote, directed, and plays the lead character in, she set out to capture the running-obsessed …

Dispatches: Kellee Edwards’s Story is a Trip

May 8th, 2018


Kellee Edwards had a dream of getting her own show on the Travel Channel. She also had a plan. As a black woman trying to break into the …

Dispatches: Bundyville

May 15th, 2018


In 2014 the federal government rounded up Cliven Bundy’s cattle over a matter of unpaid grazing fees. So the Bundy family gathered a posse and took them back, at gunpoint. Two years later, they took over the Malheur …

Dispatches: Mikhail Martin is a Brother of Climbing

May 22nd, 2018


When Mikhail Martin started climbing at a Brooklyn gym in 2009, he was one of very few African Americans to rope up. Today, his group, Brothers of Climbing, is working to change that. BOC is tackling diversity in rock …

Dispatches: Ayesha McGowan Wants to Be First

May 29th, 2018


Ayesha McGowan came late to competitive cycling. An accomplished violinist, she didn’t enter her first organized biking event until after college. …

Dispatches: Knox Robinson Crafts Running Culture

June 12th, 2018


Knox Robinson grew up watching his dad run and went on to race track himself at a Division I college, but he was never defined by the sport. He’s …

Dispatches: Shelma Jun Can Flash Foxy

June 19th, 2018


Climbing was Shelma Jun’s fallback sport. A snowboarder and mountain biker, she found her way into a climbing gym after injuring her shoulder and …

The Outside Interview: The Simple Secrets to Athletic Longevity

June 26th, 2018


Everyone gets older, but not everyone bows out of competition in middle-age. Journalist Jeff Bercovici wanted to know: Why? Why do some athletes …

Science of Survival: Struck by Lightning

July 11th, 2018


Most of the time, when lightning makes the news, it’s because of something outlandish—like the park ranger who was struck seven times, or the survivor who also won the lottery (the chances of which are about one in 2.6 …

Dispatches: The Hidden Graves of Kuku Island

July 24th, 2018


Carina Hoang grew up in a wealthy family in Vietnam. She had a nanny to take care of her and a maid who cleaned up after her—she didn’t even wash her own hair. But when the Vietnam War broke out, she and two siblings …

Science of Survival: The Sky is Burning

August 14th, 2018


There are between eight and ten thousand wildfires in the United States each year, but most quietly burn out, and we never hear about them. The Pagami Creek Wildfire in Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area was …

Science of Survival: Fighting Fire with Fire

August 28th, 2018


How do you protect yourself from wildfire on a warming planet? You burn everything on purpose. No, seriously. Thanks to climate change, the whole …

Science of Survival: The Future of Fire

September 11th, 2018


To reduce the intensity of megafires in America, we’d need to treat and burn about 50-80 million acres of forest. So, how do we do it? What would it …

Science of Survival: Burnout

September 25th, 2018


Maybe you saw the fire coming, maybe you didn’t. Maybe you were ready for it, maybe you weren’t. Maybe you did everything right. Maybe not. Maybe you just lost everything. Maybe that’s not even the worst of it. For this …

Dispatches: Wild Thing

October 9th, 2018


Journalist Laura Krantz doesn’t believe in Bigfoot. She’s trained to be skeptical, and all the best Sasquatch sightings and photos have been debunked. Except, then she heard about Grover Krantz, a serious academic and …

Dispatches: Alex Honnold on “Free Solo”

October 23rd, 2018


The new movie Free Solo is arguably the greatest film about climbing that’s ever been made. In just over 90 minutes, it chronicles Alex Honnold’s …

Dispatches: One Fork to Rule them All

October 30th, 2018


In this first episode of a new series exploring how gear gets made, we investigate the origin of arguably the most refined fork in history. When designer Owen Mesdag was a graduate student in the late-1990s, he fell in …

Sweat Science: The Pull-Up Artists

November 8th, 2018


John Orth is a violin maker from Colorado. Andrew Shapiro is a college kid from Virginia. They have little in common except that for the last two …

Dispatches: Can Nature Heal Our Deepest Wounds?

November 14th, 2018


Wilderness therapy has been used for decades to help troubled teens and addicts, and recently all kinds of people are seeking out guided nature experiences to detox from their hyper-digital modern lives. The classic …

Sweat Science: Don’t Waste Your Breath

November 20th, 2018


Pararescue specialists—known as PJ’s in the military—are the most elite unit in the Air Force. But if you want to be a PJ you have to make it through Indoc, a brutal nine-week training course that’s designed to test …

Dispatches: What Dogs Really Think about Dog Gear

November 27th, 2018


For more than two decades, Ruffwear has been reinventing gear for dogs. The brand makes booties, jackets, collars, toys, and pretty much anything …

Sweat Science: Loving the Pain

December 11th, 2018


There’s no more painful pursuit for a cyclist than the hour record.It’s just you, by yourself, on a bike, going as far and as fast as you can in 60 …

Dispatches: Can We Please Kill Off Crutches? 

December 18th, 2018


Almost everyone who’s used underarm crutches agrees: they are terrible. They’re hard on your wrists, they cause falls, they cause nerve damage. This is why almost every country in the world has abandoned them. Except …

Sweat Science: The 3100-Mile Run Around the Block

January 8th, 2019


There are a lot of really tough endurance races out there, but perhaps none are harder—both mentally and physically—than the Sri Chinmoy …

The Outside Interview: Using Pain to Reach Your Potential

January 22nd, 2019


Former Navy SEAL David Goggins has spent the past two decades exploring the outer limits of human performance, both in the armed forces and as an …

Dispatches: Bianca Valenti Is on a Big Wave Mission

February 5th, 2019


Over the past year, professional surfing has undergone a remarkable and very unexpected evolution. Beginning in 2019, the World Surf League is …

Dispatches: The Mountain Bikers Fighting New Trails

February 12th, 2019


Since the sport’s early days in the seventies, mountain bikers have carved illicit trails on public and private land. Pioneering riders create …

The Outside Interview: Mindfulness for Peak Performance

February 20th, 2019


Every day there’s more research showing the benefits of mindfulness. It reduces stress, lowers blood pressure, boosts the immune system, and may even …

Dispatches: Sports Recovery Secrets from Scientists

March 5th, 2019


Recovery is the new frontier of athletic performance. The quicker you recuperate, the more you can train, and pro athletes across sports have been revitalizing their careers by taking time off. Now a wave of new …

The Outside Interview: Steven Rinella Wants Hunters and Hikers to Hold Hands

March 19th, 2019


As the host and creator of the MeatEater podcast and Netflix series of the same name, Steven Rinella spends a lot of time talking about hunting, fishing, and cooking. He is a proud voice in what’s often called the …

Dispatches: Can You Outrun Anxiety?

April 2nd, 2019


In 2008, Katie Arnold was hiking a trail near her home in Santa Fe with her baby daughter strapped to her chest when a man attacked her with a rock. …

The Outside Interview: Bill McKibben on the End of Nature

April 17th, 2019


No one has done more to sound the alarm about climate change than writer and activist Bill McKibben. He’s been doing it since 1989, when he wrote his first big scary book on the topic, The End of Nature. Thirty years …

Sweat Science: The Keto Conundrum

May 1st, 2019


The ketogenic diet, a.k.a. “cutting carbs,” is all the rage in the fitness world. But is it better for you than any other kind of diet? And does it actually make athletes stronger or faster? These questions have been …

Dispatches: Bob Ross’s Strategies for Survival

May 8th, 2019


Bob Ross is one of the most beloved painters of his generation, and he focused almost exclusively on the outdoors. Depicting the “happy trees” and “friendly mountains” of Alaska and the greater western US for his TV …

Dispatches: Buried Treasure and Duct Tape

May 15th, 2019


So you just found a buried treasure. Hooray! But wait, what do you do next? Are other treasure hunters going to stalk you day and night? Are you …

Science of Survival: Snakebit, Part 1

May 28th, 2019


When Kyle Dickman set out on a spring road trip with his wife and infant son, he was fueled by a carefree sense of adventure that had defined his life. Then he got bit by a rattlesnake in a remote part of Yosemite …

The Radically Simple Digital Diet We All Need

June 4th, 2019


These days our smartphone addiction has gotten so intense that many of us now habitually use the devices even when we’re supposedly unplugging. We listen to podcasts on our trail runs and endlessly document our weekend …

Science of Survival: Snakebit, Part 2

June 12th, 2019


For the last 19 years, Tim Friede, a truck mechanic from Wisconsin, has endured more than 200 snakebites and 700 injections of lethal snake venom—all part of a masochistic quest to immunize his body and offer his blood …

Why a Walk in the Woods Cures the Blues

June 19th, 2019


About six years ago, ecologist Chris Morgan was sitting in a doctor’s waiting room when he picked up a copy of Outside and read the cover story,

Sweat Science: The Mysterious Syndrome Destroying Top Athletes

June 25th, 2019


A while back, Outside contributor Meaghen Brown noticed a strange phenomenon among the elite ultrarunners that she was training with. Runners would …

The Doctors Prescribing Nature

July 2nd, 2019


In recent years, a grassroots movement of physicians have begun prescribing time outdoors as the best possible treatment for a growing list of ailments, from anxiety and obesity to attention deficit disorder and high …

Dispatches: Bundyville, The Remnant

July 16th, 2019


For the past few years, journalist Leah Sottile has been looking at the question of who owns public lands in the West. Her reporting began with the Bundy family, which infamously challenged the authority of the federal …

What Awe in Nature Does for Us

July 23rd, 2019


A large and growing body of research has found that time outdoors makes us happier and healthier, but there’s relatively limited science explaining why. According to findings published last summer in the journal …

Dispatches: Is Sunscreen the New Margarine?

July 30th, 2019


Earlier this year, Outside contributing editor Rowan Jacobsen wrote a feature that questioned whether our efforts to avoid skin cancer have caused us to develop an unhealthy relationship with the sun and sunscreen. …

Dispatches: This Is What a Runner Looks Like

August 7th, 2019


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

Dispatches: Will Drinking a Gallon of Water a Day Make You Healthier?

August 13th, 2019


Water is critical to human life. Our bodies are more than 50 percent water. We can survive months barely eating, but even a few days without water …

Dispatches: Doug Peacock on the Fight to Protect Grizzly Bears

August 27th, 2019


Doug Peacock took an unlikely path to becoming an icon of conservation. Following two tours in the Vietnam War as a Green Beret medic, he sought …

The Outside Interview: David Epstein on Why the Best Athletes Like to Dabble and Frequently Quit

September 10th, 2019


In the world of athletics, the idea is that if you want to be the best, you have to specialize young and maintain near laserlike focus. The archetypal example is Tiger Woods, who, as the legend goes, started swinging a …

Science of Survival: Defending Your Home from a Raging Wildfire

September 18th, 2019


The 2018 Carr Fire was one of the worst wildfires in California history. By the time it was contained, it had burned 359 square miles, destroyed close to 2,000 buildings, and killed seven people. It also spawned a …

Dispatches: Getting Past Our Fear of Great White Sharks

September 25th, 2019


Recent months have seen a media frenzy around the return of great white sharks to the waters surrounding Cape Cod. And with good reason: over the summer, great whites were routinely spotted off the iconic vacation …

Dispatches: The Wrong Way to Fight Off a Bear

October 1st, 2019


The odds of getting seriously injured by a bear in North America are slim. There are just a few dozen bear attacks on the continent every year, and …

A Wild Odyssey with the World’s Greatest Chef

October 8th, 2019


At midlife, food writer Jeff Gordinier felt like he was sleepwalking. His marriage was crumbling, and he’d lost his professional purpose. Then he got a curious invitation: René Redzepi, the superstar head chef and …

Why the Godfather of Barefoot Running Trains with a Donkey

October 16th, 2019


No one has had a greater influence on modern recreational running than writer Christopher McDougall. His 2009 book Born to Run introduced the masses …

The Curious Rise of Adult Recess Leagues

October 22nd, 2019


Recent years have seen a surge in adult-recess leagues across the United States. By some estimates, there are now 1.6 million grown-ups participating …

When Our Podcast Host Shattered His Leg in a Canyon

October 29th, 2019


About two years ago, Outside Podcast host Peter Frick-Wright was canyoneering in Oregon when he jumped off a ledge and broke his leg. He was stuck at the bottom of a canyon, and it took an epic effort by search and …

The Hardest Part of a Rescue Comes Later

November 6th, 2019


In our last episode, Peter Frick-Wright told the story of the time he broke his leg at the bottom of a remote canyon and was saved through the …

Richard Louv Wants You to Bond with Wild Animals

November 13th, 2019


Author Richard Louv is best known as the author of Last Child in the Woods, his 2005 bestseller that established the phrase nature-deficit disorder and helped spark an international movement to examine the health …

Getting Stung by the Nastiest Creatures on Earth

November 20th, 2019


On the new History Channel show Kings of Pain, Rob “Caveman” Alleva and cohost Adam Thorn get bit and stung by the nastiest insects, reptiles, and …

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