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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

30:11

This thrilling re-creation of the classic hypothermia feature by Peter Stark brings the listener through a series of plausible mishaps on a bitterly …

Science of Survival: Struck by Lightning

April 11th, 2016

42:17

Most of the time, when lightning makes the news, it’s because of an outlandish happening, seemingly too strange to be true. Like the park ranger who was struck seven times. Or the survivor who also won the lottery (the …

Science of Survival BONUS: Whatever Happens, Happens

April 26th, 2016

7:58

One of the most famous accidents in wingsuit history.

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

May 3rd, 2016

27:54

Thirst is an unpredictable threat. In its early stages, it’s much like mild hunger. For centuries, hydration was as much superstition as science. But historical events at Devil’s Highway—a notoriously deadly path in the …

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

May 17th, 2016

29:10

For centuries, the Devil’s Highway—a waterless pathway through desert in southern Arizona—was one of the deadliest places in North America, killing …

Science of Survival: Under Pressure

June 14th, 2016

16:28

When you’re stuck underwater in a submarine, the number 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 making all …

Science of Survival: In Too Deep

June 28th, 2016

41:26

It could be one of the most incredible, yet perplexing, survival stories of all time: In 1991, a man named Michael Proudfoot was supposedly SCUBA …

The Outside Interview: Robert Young Pelton

July 13th, 2016

45:12

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

43:35

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

47:12

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

41:43

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

42:47

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

23:57

Scientists are compiling huge amounts of data on the impact of global warming, but the story of that data often gets lost. Enter NikSawe, 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

23:31

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

34:13

Since colliding into 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 2

November 1st, 2016

39:57

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

41:59

Dan  Futrell and Isaac Stonerand are back from searching through the wreckage of Eastern Airlines Flight 980 on a remote mountain in Bolivia, …

The Outside Interview: Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell

November 29th, 2016

43:00

“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

25:50

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 individuals, …

The Outside Interview: Mark Sundeen on the New Pioneers

January 10th, 2017

37:19

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

23:26

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

29:26

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

34:41

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

34:06

On the morning of May 25, 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

46:26

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

46:55

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

27:44

In the 1990s, 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

30:43

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

Science of Survival: The Death Blow

April 19th, 2017

38:34

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

32:34

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

35:40

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

27:52

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

33:06

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

23:36

You hear 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 adventurers like Sarah McNair-Landry who are at their best on the ice. …

Science of Survival: Racing a Dying Brain

June 27th, 2017

40:36

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

19:09

Nearly every sport can point to a comedy taking aim at its flaws. Hockey has Slap Shot. Car racing has Talladega Nights. Skiing has Hot Dog. And dodgeball has, well, Dodgeball. Now cycling can claim its own: HBO’s Tour …

XX Factor: How the Sports Bra Changed History

July 11th, 2017

26:19

Among most important advances in sports technology, few can compete with the invention of the sports bra. Following the passage of Title IX in 1972, …

Science of Survival: A Very Scary Fish Story

July 25th, 2017

28:51

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 that live there. Not …

XX Factor: Vanessa Garrison Walks the Walk

August 9th, 2017

22:45

In 2012, Vanessa Garrison co-founded GirlTrek, an organization with a simple goal: get women walking for 30 minutes a day. Now 110,000 walkers strong, GirlTrek is a national force. The story of GirlTrek is about health, …

XX Factor: 1200 Miles on Blood Road

August 23rd, 2017

23:34

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

22:28

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

33:32

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

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

September 26th, 2017

32:33

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

58:29

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

34:53

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

47:05

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

34:23

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

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

October 31st, 2017

29:29

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

28:56

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

Science of Survival: Adrift

November 14th, 2017

31:26

What happens to people who are swept out to sea? Some survive for months and even years, alone in lifeboats 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

27:24

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

28:24

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

31:35

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

41:50

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

45:29

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

35:08

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

Dispatches: Red Dawn in Lapland

January 23rd, 2018

22:15

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

33:57

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

31:39

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

Dispatches: Cheryl Strayed’s Wild Creativity

March 6th, 2018

1:37:22

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

30:41

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

40:49

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 the crab grounds. The boat went missing with an …

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

April 10th, 2018

22:09

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

30:43

Maverick’s, 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 contest held there most years has never included women, despite the …

Science of Survival: A Very Old Man for a Wolf

April 24th, 2018

43:43

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

22:47

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

24:20

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

45:21

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

17:58

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

25:38

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

23:49

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

22:58

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

37:46

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

42:42

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

46:40

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

36:14

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

23:41

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

31:32

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

24:14

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

33:57

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

23:52

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

16:47

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

48:36

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

39:46

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

45:22

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

28:32

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

38:16

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

34:02

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

38:50

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

36:05

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

27:11

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

34:40

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

32:05

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

39:39

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

30:16

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

30:49

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

41:03

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

38:06

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

22:44

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

39:06

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

40:55

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

37:06

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

45:02

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

26:16

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

44:34

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

28:01

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

1:02:43

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

25:12

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

30:56

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

29:23

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

25:22

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

39:48

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

41:05

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

31:50

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

44:19

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

30:21

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

34:41

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

32:24

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

24:58

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

44:51

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

52:46

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

26:07

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

39:36

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 …

Jimmy Chin and Chai Vasarhelyi’s All-In Partnership

November 27th, 2019

58:07

When Free Solo was released last fall, it was an instant sensation—the movie that everyone was telling their friends they had to see. The picture, …

When Nature Gets Heavy Metal

December 4th, 2019

29:54

Search a major online music platform for “nature” and you get a lot of stuff designed to help you relax. Recordings of chirping rainforest creatures, …

How Kikkan Randall Keeps Coming Back

December 11th, 2019

30:11

Of the many story lines that came of the New York Marathon this November, perhaps the most inspiring was the performance of Kikkan Randall. The …

How a Ski Accident with My Daughter Changed Everything

December 19th, 2019

20:03

It’s around this time of year that we tend to ask ourselves the big questions: Am I living the life I want to be living? Am I a good a person? And, of course, is this going to be an epic ski season, or a bust? This …

Rich Roll Is the Oprah of Endurance Sports

January 8th, 2020

43:43

As host of one of the most popular interview shows in the podcast universe, Rich Roll is known for his limitless empathy. That approach grew out of …

Seeking Magic and Solace in the Northern Lights

January 15th, 2020

34:16

Ask scientists about the aurora borealis and they’ll explain that the spectacular display of lights we see in the wintertime sky is caused by solar …

The Only Time It's OK to Jump Off a Chairlift

January 22nd, 2020

31:39

At some point, almost every skier or snowboarder who has sat on a stalled chairlift has wondered, Could I just jump off here? The resounding reply …

Ben Greenfield’s Radical Fitness Strategies

January 29th, 2020

44:01

In today’s fitness space, self-experimentation is the name of the game. All kinds of people are embracing new technologies and diets in the hope of …

A Long-Shot Bid to Save the Monarch Butterfly

February 5th, 2020

29:08

Conservationists hoping to protect a threatened wild species tend to take a standard set of actions. These can involve political campaigns, lawsuits, …

A Tale of Two Dramatic Big-Wave Rescues

February 12th, 2020

39:41

Every winter, the Pacific Ocean produces massive swells that roll across the open sea and crash into the Hawaiian island of Oahu. For more than 50 …

What A.I. Hears in the Rainforest

February 19th, 2020

29:40

Topher White founded the nonprofit Rainforest Connection with the intent of creating a low-cost monitor that could help remote communities in their …

How Nature Heals an Injured Brain

February 26th, 2020

49:55

After suffering a brain injury in a bicycle accident, Sarah Allely found it difficult to read, write, and watch television. She struggled with …

The Dawn of a New Sports Bra Era

March 5th, 2020

33:18

Recent years have seen all kinds of major progress in outdoor sports equipment, from maximalist running shoes to electric bikes to crazy-lightweight camping gear. But the most important breakthroughs of all have been in …

What It’s Really Like Being on ‘Naked and Afraid’

March 11th, 2020

31:19

When experienced wilderness guide Blair Braverman was invited to audition for the Discovery Channel reality show ‘Naked and Afraid,’ she saw it as a chance to live out a childhood fantasy. Here was an opportunity to …

When 18 Tigers Were Let Loose in Zanesville, Ohio

March 18th, 2020

27:02

Now here’s a mind-boggling fact: there are more tigers in captivity in the United States right now than all of the wild tigers in the world combined. …

An Unsettling Crime at the Top of the World

March 25th, 2020

33:09

In the isolated Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard, some 800 miles from the North Pole, the tiny town of Longyearben is the kind of place where people …

Is the Battle Over Nike’s Vaporfly Ruining Running?

April 1st, 2020

39:30

Over the past few years, the sport of running has been upended by a debate over shoe technology. It all began in early 2017, when Nike announced a …

Why You Desperately Want to Jump in a Lake

April 8th, 2020

28:14

Unlike most other animals, humans have to be taught to swim, and yet many of us feel an irresistible pull to the water. There’s something about …

Chased by a Jaguar in the Heart of the Amazon

April 15th, 2020

33:58

The longer we’re stuck at home, sheltering in place, the greater our hunger for tales of far-flung journeys. For this week’s episode, we’re offering one of our favorite adventure stories from our archives, about a …

The Switch in Your Brain That Turns Down Stress

April 22nd, 2020

50:24

Wouldn’t it be great if there was a technique that would allow us to vanquish fear and beat back stress? There just might be. In his latest book, The …

A Half-Baked Trip that Ended with a Magical Eclipse

April 29th, 2020

29:01

As every seasoned traveler knows, the most meaningful trips are the ones where everything goes wrong. Take, for example, climber and longtime Outside

What Happens to a Cyclist's Body When It's Hit by a Car

May 5th, 2020

38:34

Last summer, 34-year-old Andrew Bernstein, known to his friends as Bernie, was riding his bike alone on a road outside Boulder, Colorado, when he was …

The Filmmaker Who Cracked Open Lance Armstrong

May 20th, 2020

38:03

The first question most people have when they hear about Lance, the new documentary series about the world’s most infamous cyclist, is: Why now? Back in 2013, we watched Armstrong give his first doping confessions to …

How Kara Goucher Stood Up to Running's Goliath

May 27th, 2020

37:40

When Olympic marathoner Kara Goucher went public in 2015 with her accusation that her former coach, the legendary Alberto Salazar, had skirted …

A Love Story Interrupted by a Bison Attack

June 3rd, 2020

38:42

It’s an established fact that outdoorsy people have the best stories about dating. Getting to know a potential partner while climbing, paddling, or otherwise exploring an unpredictable environment just offers more …

Running While Black in New York

June 10th, 2020

33:11

There’s been a running boom in the age of coronavirus, with veteran runners and newbies alike lacing up their shoes to get outside. But the experience has not been the same for everyone. Coffey, a well-known figure in …

A Kayaker’s Brush with Death

June 17th, 2020

29:27

Nouria Newman is one of the best whitewater kayakers in the world. She’s won numerous prestigious competitions and has completed historic first descents of some of the planet’s most dangerous rapids. But it wasn’t until …

A Close Encounter with the Real Moby Dick

June 24th, 2020

24:38

For a good number of travelers, the ultimate bucket-list experience is swimming with whales. There’s something about the idea of being in the water …

That Time the Camp Snake Tried to Eat a Counselor

July 8th, 2020

36:44

Amazing things happen when young people spend their days outside and their nights sleeping among new friends—and a week far, far away from their parents. Kids learn to take care of themselves, and each other. But …

The Dirty Awesome Truth About Summer Camp

July 15th, 2020

33:20

There’s a misguided notion that the ultimate kid’s paradise would look something like a cross between Disneyland and Willie Wonka’s chocolate …

Trapped Underwater and Running Out of Air

August 5th, 2020

45:19

If you were to try to come up with the most outlandish survival story imaginable, you’d be hard pressed to do much better than the tale of Michael Proudfoot, a scuba diver who found himself trapped alone in a shipwreck …

Ayana Elizabeth Johnson Wants YOU to Save the Planet

August 19th, 2020

32:59

Marine biologist Ayana Elizabeth Johnson has to be among the busiest scientists in the world. She runs a conservation consulting firm, Ocean …

Why Big Wild’s Songs Feel Like Adventures

September 2nd, 2020

25:02

You know how when you listen to certain songs, you feel you feel like you’re being transported to a totally different place? Most of the time, this is exactly what the musician was trying to do—especially if the …

What We Really Know About Life in Outer Space

September 17th, 2020

34:45

In recent years, the search for extraterrestrials has been accelerated by a wave of new technologies that allow us to better probe distant reaches of …

A Harebrained Dream of Building a Cabin in the Woods

September 23rd, 2020

36:50

It sounds like a fantasy: join forces with a good friend to build a sweet little cabin in the woods. And for Bryan Schatz and Patrick Hutchison, that’s exactly how it felt. They took time away from promising careers to …

Changing How You Breathe Could Change Your Life

September 30th, 2020

47:22

You’ve been breathing wrong your whole life. That’s the message journalist and outdoor athlete James Nestor delivers in his new bestseller Breath, …

A First-Time Hunter Gets a Lesson from #WomenWhoHunt

October 7th, 2020

40:57

Of all the people who might end up on a deer hunt in Arizona, Rachel Levin has to be among the least likely candidates. Growing up, her closest connection to hunting was Elmer Fudd cartoons. Today she’s a food writer in …

How the Pandemic Is Teaching Us to Listen to Nature

October 15th, 2020

29:37

One of the defining aspects of modern life is our inability to hear the sounds of nature due to noise pollution. But since the start of the COVID-19 …

The Climbers Speaking Up About Eating Disorders

October 21st, 2020

24:32

To become an elite climber, you need to get very good at defying gravity. This requires developing extraordinary control of your body while also …

A Snowboarder's Quest to Get Out the Vote

October 28th, 2020

27:49

For many years, Jeremy Jones had a simple job: he was the king of freeride snowboarding, traveling the planet to carve lines down jagged peaks for action films. But then he began to notice changes in the mountains he …

How a Fight over Trees Transformed American Politics

November 4th, 2020

37:11

It wasn’t all that long ago that protecting the environment was an issue considered to be above partisanship. In 1970, it was Richard Nixon who announced the formation of the Environmental Protection Agency and signed …

Latria Graham’s Love Letter to Black Adventurers

November 11th, 2020

32:18

In the past couple of years, South Carolina–based writer Latria Graham has published a pair of essays in Outside magazine about the challenges that …

How BASE Jumping Saved Jeb Corliss's Life

November 18th, 2020

42:19

Jeb Corliss is one of the original madmen of BASE jumping. For more than two decades, he flung himself from the top of massive waterfalls, bridges, …

Two Wild Trips with Surprisingly Happy Endings

December 2nd, 2020

37:14

When we embark on a big adventure outdoors, the truth is that we rarely know what we’re getting into. Usually, the reasons we give for taking a trip are rarely what make it so memorable. You might go into the mountains …

Tim Cook on Health and Fitness

December 9th, 2020

1:06:55

With the latest version of its Watch and the imminent launch of its online training platform Fitness+, Apple is positioning itself as a leader in the health and wellness space. For CEO Tim Cook, this effort has been …

Life Lessons from Elite Explorers

December 17th, 2020

31:25

Ask a professional adventurer to share the most important lesson they’ve learned from their time in the wild, and you’re bound to get a good story. Which is exactly why we posed this question to Steven Rinella, host of …

Inside Emily Harrington's Triumph on El Capitan

December 23rd, 2020

31:42

Serious athletes are used to digging deep. But there’s pushing yourself, and then there’s what climber Emily Harrington did on November 4, when she became the first woman, and the fourth person ever, to free-climb the …

Why Learning a New Skill Is So Good for You

January 13th, 2021

41:49

As it turns out, being a grown-up novice offers all kinds of surprising benefits. Just ask journalist Tom Vanderbilt, who spent a year attempting to pick up a variety of challenging skills, from surfing to singing to …

How a Surfer Survived Being Stranded in the Open Sea

January 20th, 2021

34:53

Serious surfers train themselves to be ready for difficult moments: a brutal wipeout, being held down underwater by waves, losing a board and being …

A Veteran Surfer’s Big-Wave Nightmare

January 27th, 2021

26:53

It began as every surfer’s dream: an empty point break, a rising swell, and a good friend to share the rides. But what happens when you’re out there and the waves just keep getting bigger and bigger and bigger? So it …

The Pure Joy of Bionic Skiing

February 3rd, 2021

32:38

It sounds like something out of a James Bond film: a robotic exoskeleton that helps you ski better. But the real thing exists. A San Francisco–based startup called Roam has developed a breakthrough device that pairs …

A Climbing Disaster Interrupted by a Love Story

February 10th, 2021

38:11

When a groups of friends in their twenties set out to climb Mount Rainier, they felt like they were ready for anything. But on the upper slopes of the peak, trouble found them. A storm moved in, and members of the party …

Buried Alive—and Running Out of Time

February 17th, 2021

33:41

It was a glorious powder day in the Sierra Nevada when three friends set off into the backcountry at dawn. They had tons of experience and all the essential emergency gear, so they were unfazed by the fact that the …

“It Was a Way to Keep His Spirit Alive”

February 24th, 2021

27:15

In 2001, when Caroline Gleich was 15 years old, her half-brother Martin died in an avalanche while skiing in the Utah backcountry. That tragedy …

A Desperate Need for the Mountains

March 3rd, 2021

42:30

People are drawn to the mountains for all kinds of reasons—the desire to challenge themselves physically or emotionally, a hunger for risk or perhaps …

How the Ski Bum Was Made

March 17th, 2021

31:15

It’s the ultimate mountain-town caricature: the shaggy semi-athlete who lives in a van (or truck or crowded apartment), works a number of crappy jobs …

Embracing a Fear of Falling

March 24th, 2021

31:11

If you’re a climber, the risk of falling is always there—it's an essential fact about the sport. And for a lot of climbers, this is actually part of the appeal. That was definitely how Brendan Leonard saw it. Today …

When an Athlete Refuses to Be Broken

April 6th, 2021

48:19

For survivors of harrowing events, the most challenging part of the saga often comes after they’ve lived through what seemed like an impossible scenario. Such was the case of Joe Stone, who was a high-flying athlete …

A Bold Plan to Make Pro Cycling Cool Again

April 9th, 2021

27:10

American road racing has struggled in the past decade. Following the downfall of Lance Armstrong, road racing became almost synonymous with doping, …

Life and Death Among the Polar Bears

April 13th, 2021

28:41

There are few places on earth where humans aren’t at the top of the food chain, but the Arctic sea ice is one of them. Photographer Kiliii Yuyan saw this firsthand while documenting the Inupiat people’s spring whale …

Biking the Iditarod in Search of Pain

April 20th, 2021

33:29

Among people who spend a lot of time in the wilderness, there’s a notion that the trail is our teacher. And if you talk to serious outdoor …

An Appalachian Trail Horror Story

April 23rd, 2021

56:19

When we venture into the wilderness, we accept that there are certain dangers, like bears and snakes and crazy weather. Truth be told, a bit of risk …

An Elite Adventurer Reckons with Risk

April 27th, 2021

32:51

Professional outdoor athletes can seem invincible—like no matter what crazy thing they do next, they’ll come out the other side alive (and probably smiling). But if you actually ask these athletes about their …

A Journey to the Strange World Beyond Our Screens

April 30th, 2021

33:08

After more than a year of pandemic living, our lives have migrated online to a remarkable degree: we Zoom and tweet and Slack all day, then Netflix …

When the Tornado Chased the Storm Chaser

May 4th, 2021

33:23

Jennifer Brindley Ubl had become obsessed with tracking down something that most of us hope never to see: tornados. Every spring, she would close up …

A Quest to Expose the World’s Most Dangerous Frontier

May 11th, 2021

34:32

Investigative journalist Ian Urbina had a bold plan: he would journey to the unpatrolled waters of the open ocean and bring back stories about the …

The Story Behind the Forrest Fenn Treasure Hunt

May 14th, 2021

43:08

A decade ago, Santa Fe art dealer Forrest Fenn filled a box with a box with treasure, placed it somewhere in the Rocky Mountains, then published a …

The Wild Trips That Transformed a Scientist

May 18th, 2021

31:28

Biologist M. Sanjayan has traveled to remarkable places around the world, crossing a vast desert in Namibia, tracking man-eating tigers in …

Running from the Truth

May 21st, 2021

35:17

Most tales of adventure follow a predictable arc: someone sets off on an epic trip, they encounter moments of great peril, and they come out the …

Alone and Injured in the Wild

May 25th, 2021

45:11

There’s a special kind of appeal to a solo adventure—being out on your own, away from everything and everyone. Unless, of course, something goes …

Casting out of Darkness

May 28th, 2021

27:47

After years of family trauma, Kayla Lockhart was desperate for relief from the panic that plagued her. At her lowest moment, she picked up a fly-fishing rod and headed out to a stream—and for the first time in her life, …

An Agonizingly Thirsty Crawl Through the Desert

June 2nd, 2021

31:19

Just how long can someone last in the desert without a drink of water? That’s something listeners asked us after last week’s episode about Claire …

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

June 9th, 2021

53:35

When he was in his early twenties, Mason Earle was living the dream. After dropping out of college so he could climb full-time, he signed a …

The Adventures That Made a Super Dad

June 16th, 2021

28:34

When our fathers tell us tales of their wild youth, we usually listen closely. This is partly because hearing about pop’s bolder, bearded past is …

A Pro Climber’s Coming-Out Story

June 23rd, 2021

32:30

In May, professional climber Jordan Cannon celebrated his birthday by publicly announcing that he was gay. Getting to this point wasn’t easy for Jordan—he’d had a hard time coming out even to close friends. But …

The Wild Songs in Thomas Rhett's Heart

June 30th, 2021

33:28

All too often, life gets in the way of the things we really care about. So it was for Thomas Rhett, one of the biggest names in country music, whose rise to superstardom meant that he no longer had time for the outdoor …

The Most Painful Record in Sports

July 7th, 2021

39:00

When we watch an elite endurance competition like the Tour de France, it’s easy to get caught up in the drama of moments that generate …

The Many Upsides of Taking On Unreasonable Challenges

July 14th, 2021

29:15

Every so often, Outside magazine publishes a collection of stories that fit into what we call a “zero to hero” package. The idea is to send our …

Saved by Far-Flung Travel

July 21st, 2021

29:46

Today, Melinda Spooner is the founder and CEO of the SheTravels Adventure Company, which designs trips and experiences for women of color. It's the …

The Stinky Truths About Your Sweat

July 28th, 2021

33:42

Sweating is evolution’s most efficient cooling strategy, allowing humans to stay on the move far longer than most fur-covered animals. But how much …

The Rattlesnake Bite That Changed Everything

August 4th, 2021

41:15

When we head into wild places, we accept a certain amount of risk. Often, we don’t think much about it, because we’re excited to be in an extraordinary place. But then something happens, and we are forced to reckon with …

How to Date an Athlete

August 11th, 2021

33:36

Learning how to love to someone who is constantly pushing the edge of their physical abilities can be one of the strangest challenges to overcome in a romantic relationship. What does it take to stick with a partner who …

A Runner’s Terrifying Fall—and What Came After

August 18th, 2021

30:25

Elite runner Hillary Allen was at the top of her sport when she fell 150 feet down a mountain slope during a race. She was lucky to survive but suffered numerous serious injuries, and in the aftermath of the accident …

A Soldier’s Long Road Back from Afghanistan

August 25th, 2021

28:36

When Army captain Luke Bushatz returned home from the war in Afghanistan, he was seemingly in one piece. Yet he was struggling far more than either he or his wife, Amy, realized. The first signs of a problem were lapses …

Desperate Road Trippers Saved by…Instagram?

September 1st, 2021

34:02

Here’s the often forgotten truth about road trips: the best moments are usually when everything goes sideways. We might dream of cruising open roads, …

What It Takes to Be Alex Honnold’s Climbing Partner

September 14th, 2021

24:11

Alex Honnold is the planet's most famous rock climber, known for scaling massive walls without ropes. He’s at the absolute peak of his abilities. So …

The Dumbest, Greatest Road Trip Ever

September 17th, 2021

29:50

Earlier this year, two men set out do something that seemed impossible. And also just dumb. They would squeeze together onto a minibike—a vehicle …

Why Thinking About Death Makes Us Happier

September 21st, 2021

34:29

In the United States, we rarely think about death—especially our own death. And when we do, it tends to make us sad and uncomfortable. But there are …

When Wild Animals Misbehave

September 24th, 2021

26:56

Every day, critters all around the planet break human laws. They steal food and destroy our stuff. They kill. And, naturally, humans take it upon ourselves to intervene—often with all kinds of unfortunate consequences. …

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