Out There is a podcast that explores big questions through intimate stories in the great outdoors.
A Series of Unlikely Events
In 2001, Donna Martino stuck a photo on her fridge. It was a picture from the newspaper of a handsome kayaker paddling through the surf.
A few months later, Donna matched with the man on a dating website. The rest is history.
We tend to assume that fairytale beginnings are a recipe for disaster. But sometimes, the world serves up a dose of schmaltz.
This story is about what happens when coincidences pile up, and strangers take a chance on each other.
Under the Radar
Chris Boskoff was a mountaineer who pushed boundaries and set records. She climbed mountains no North American woman had ever summited, and she was the only American woman to reach the top of six of the world’s 8,000-meter peaks. But despite her impressive resume, Chris’s story went largely untold — until this year.
On this episode, Johanna Garton, author of Edge of the Map, joins us to discuss Chris's rise in the mountaineering world: the challenges, the triumphs, and the complicated moral questio
Different Shades of Fear
When David Klebosky was out in the desert earlier this year, he ended up being shot at. The gunfire wasn’t malicious, but there were bullets coming at him.
Yet David didn’t freak out.
This kind of response is typical for David; he always seems to remain calm in the face of stress.
On this episode, producer Max Wasserman delves into David’s past and explores what makes some of us so unflappable.
Resilience Through Diversity
As a marine biologist, Colin Howe sees diversity as an indicator of health: the more diverse an ecosystem, the more likely it is to thrive.
But while scientists work hard to preserve diversity in the wild, they often fail to achieve it in the workplace.
Colin is one of just a handful of Black biologists in the United States. On this episode, we talk with him about pursuing his passion in a predominantly white field. And we discuss what oceans can teach us about the benefits of diversity.
The Tools to Thrive
When KC Cheng decided to hike the Camino de Santiago, she imagined it as a kind of therapy. She wanted to feel young and adventurous again, in charge of her own life. Like so many other thru-hikers, she saw a long-distance trek as an opportunity for an emotional reset.
But what does a solo adventure really do to a person? Does “getting away from it all” change us in a fundamental way?
On this episode, KC shares the story of a surprising realization she made as a result of her pilgrimage.
Black and Outdoorsy
On this episode, we talk with outdoor adventurer and educator Ron Griswell about his efforts to close the adventure gap and get more students of color outside.
We share the story of how Ron became a leader in the outdoor industry; we discuss the barriers that keep many POC from engaging in outdoor adventures; and we talk about the ways that Black joy can help combat racist narratives.