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

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

    Everest for a Sherpa Teen

    Everest for a Sherpa Teen

    Stories about Mt. Everest usually focus on the people trying to summit the mountain. But what about life for those who live near the world’s highest peak?

    Journalist Adam Popescu first went to Everest to report for the BBC, but while there, he realized that there was a deeper story he wanted to tell. And he needed fiction to tell it.

    On this episode, we talk with Adam about his debut novel, Nima, which is about a 17-year-old Sherpa woman trapped between tradition and ambition.

    • 24 min
    Critical Learning Period

    Critical Learning Period

    How do we learn to communicate with one another?

    On this episode, writer Chelsea Biondolillo shares an essay from her new book, The Skinned Bird. It’s about birds learning to sing, and humans learning to speak, and the complicated web of causality that shapes the way we interact with others.

    • 31 min
    Double or Nothing

    Double or Nothing

    Growing up, Becky Jensen wanted to be a writer, and she wanted to live in a little cabin in the woods. But then, real life happened, and her childhood aspirations faded.

    On this episode, Becky takes us on an 18-year journey from life-threatening pregnancy to new motherhood, from marriage to divorce, from an existence centered around kids to a dogged pursuit of her own individuality.

    Her story is about fledging the metaphorical nest, reconsidering neglected dreams, and redefining who you are.

    • 36 min
    Panic on a Country Road

    Panic on a Country Road

    Growing up, Lara McCaffrey loved going outside. But then one day, something happened that left her with a chilling fear of driving into the countryside. The open spaces she knew so well came to fill her with dread.

    On this episode, Lara shares her story. It’s a story about a paralyzing anxiety — and about the struggle to lead a “normal” life, when you feel too sensitive to function.

    • 26 min
    Social Creatures

    Social Creatures

    Allison Fowle has always been an introvert. So the idea of spending an entire summer in the wilderness was highly appealing.

    But during her time in the mountains of Idaho, she began to rethink her appetite for solitude.

    On this episode, she shares the story of her final days in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. During those final days, something happened that shook her to the core and changed her thinking on “alone time.”

    • 36 min
    Firefighting While Female

    Firefighting While Female

    Linda Strader was one of the first women to become a wildland firefighter for the U.S. Forest Service. Her book Summers of Fire documents that experience, and she joins me on this episode to talk about it.

    We explore what it was like entering a male-dominated field in the 1970s, and we talk about the tough realization that being liked is not the same as being respected.

    • 34 min

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