Everyone's got a story to tell. Join host Martin Bauman as he finds the ones worth telling.
Todd Spoth: “[Photography is] the only class I’ve ever failed in my existence”
An award-winning photographer based in Houston, TX, Todd Spoth has photographed U.S. presidents, Olympic athletes, and recording artists alike. Known as “Uncle Todd” to more than a few hip-hop artists’ families, Spoth has played golf with rapper Scarface and been doused in slime with NBA All-Star Chris Paul. Todd currently serves on the board of directors for the American Society of Media Photographers and has taught photography classes for Canon and the NFL.
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Marta Zaraska: “Optimism, kindness, and friendship”
From the day her daughter was born, science journalist Marta Zaraska (Washington Post, The Atlantic) fretted about her family’s health. She fasted, considered adopting the keto diet, and ran a half-marathon. She bought goji berries and chia seeds and ate organic food. But then her research brought her to a new way of understanding, one that shattered her old beliefs about aging and longevity.
In Growing Young, Zaraska makes the case for health’s social factors: a supportive network of family and friends, volunteering, and developing a sense of purpose. In uncovering the science behind these factors, she catches wild mice in central England, arranges flowers with Japanese octogenarians, and visits a Polish hugging centre.
Bio adapted from Growing Young book jacket. Photo of Marta Zaraska from Facebook.
Sarah McNair-Landry: “The Arctic Ocean is an amazing and terrifying place”
Raised in Iqaluit, adventurer-filmmaker Sarah McNair-Landry learned to ski and drive sled dogs from her polar guide parents. At nineteen, she became the youngest person to reach both the North and South Poles. She has traversed the Gobi Desert by kite-buggy, traveled Greenland by kayak, survived brushes with hungry polar bears, and now teaches newcomers how to thrive on winter expeditions.
“[On the Arctic Ocean], it can be minus 40, and you can run into open water, or have these big chunks of ice crack in half, and then the next day, they’ll pile together and create these massive pressure ridges to get up and over. It’s a hard place to describe; it’s so different and dynamic and moving and changing. On one side, it can be very beautiful, and on the other side, it can be very demoralizing.” – Sarah McNair-Landry
Photo: Sarah McNair-Landry. This episode has been edited for clarity.
Frances Cha: “Books were something that consumed my life”
A former travel and culture editor for CNN International, Frances Cha grew up between the United States, Hong Kong, and South Korea. She has written for The Atlantic, The Believer, and the Yonhap News Agency, among others. Her debut novel, If I Had Your Face, follows four young women in Seoul’s underclass, “making their way in a world defined by impossible standards of beauty, after-hours room salons catering to wealthy men, ruthless social hierarchies, and K-pop mania.”
Bio adapted from the book jacket for If I Had Your Face. Photo credit: Illooz.
Cameron Dueck: “Mennonite has a lot of definitions”
Across Latin America, from the plains of Mexico to the jungle of Paraguay, live a cloistered Germanic people. In Menno Moto, a memoir of an eight-month, 45,000 kilometre motorcycle journey across the Americas, Mennonite writer Cameron Dueck searches for common ground within his cultural diaspora. From issues of drug smuggling and water rights in Mexico, to a mass-rape scandal in Bolivia, to the Green Hell of Paraguay and the wheat fields of Argentina, Dueck follows his ancestors south, finding reasons to both love and loathe his culture — and, in the process, find himself.
Blurb adapted from Menno Moto book jacket. Photo provided by Cameron Dueck.
Eva Holland: “Fear is essential”
In 2015, writer and Outside magazine correspondent Eva Holland was forced to confront the question: what happens when the thing you fear the most comes true? The daughter of a mother who lost her own parents young, Holland long feared the same would happen to her. Then, on a camping trip in northwestern British Columbia, she got the news: her mother had suffered a stroke.
In Nerve: A Personal Journey Through the Science of Fear, Holland examines the extent to which fear inhibits us. What happens in the body when we go into a panic attack? How do we overcome our deepest fears? What would it be like to live without any fear at all? Conversely, what is the case for keeping fear around?
“Fear is our most important survival tool, I think … without it, we have no drive to survive; we have no guardrails on our lives.” – Eva Holland
Eva Holland is a Whitehorse, Yukon-based writer and editor. Her work has appeared in Wired, Grantland, The Walrus, and Canadian Geographic, among other places.
Photo provided by Eva Holland (photo credit: GBP Creative).
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