Out There is a podcast that explores big questions through intimate stories in the great outdoors.
On this episode, we talk with Sarah Maslin Nir, author of the book Horse Crazy.
Horse Crazy is part memoir and part cultural exploration. It’s a love letter to an animal. It’s a story about the struggle to belong. And it’s a deep dive into the fascinating things that horses — and the humans connected to them — can teach us about ourselves and our society.
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The Bucket List Traveler
Many of us assume that self care is inherently selfish — that we either focus on ourselves, or we help others.
But what if that’s a false dichotomy? This story explores how self care can end up being good for the greater community.
The story follows a woman named Linda Mohammad, also known as the Bucket List Traveler, who set out to visit all the national parks in the United States. When she started the project, she was just trying to get in shape and unplug from her hectic life. But the experience snowballed into something much bigger, and much more beautiful, than that.
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Don't Take 'No' for an Answer
My mother always told me I shouldn’t take “no” for an answer. If you don’t get what you want, she said, keep pushing. Growing up, I took that advice to heart: whatever the task at hand, I charged forward with dogged determination. But in 2018, a bicycle accident changed my outlook on what it means to back down, and I started standing up for myself in a new way.
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The Ultimate Outdoorswoman
How Harriet Tubman could change your perspective on who belongs outdoors You probably learned about Harriet Tubman in school growing up — how she led slaves to freedom on the underground railroad. But she was a lot more than an activist and freedom fighter. She was a daughter, wife, entrepreneur — and a talented outdoorswoman.
On this episode, we explore Tubman’s relationship with nature; we unpack how that history shapes the way Black Americans engage with the outdoors today; and we show how a closer look at Tubman could offer new perspectives on who belongs outdoors.
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The Thru-Hike of Misery
When Paul Barach embarked on his first thru-hike, he was expecting a life-changing experience. The Shikoku Pilgrimage, which traverses Japan’s most rural island and takes visitors past 88 Buddhist temples, promised to be a spiritual and meditative journey, as well as an epic adventure.
But the reality wasn’t so nice.
On this episode, Paul tells the story of what happens when the adventure of a lifetime doesn't turn out the way you'd hoped. How do you make peace with the worst parts of hiking, when those parts never end?
Vulnerability is a Strength
Climbing a mountain can be a lot like coming out.
That’s a metaphor filmmaker Devin Fei-Fan Tau explores in his new documentary Who’s On Top. The film follows four LGBTQ climbers who set out to summit Mt. Hood. It explores their connection to nature and their efforts to challenge stereotypes about gender and sexuality — and it offers an inside view into the literal and metaphorical mountains they face.
Devin joins us on this episode to talk about it.
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This episode is incredibly compelling and thought provoking. The incorporation of personal details made it all the more evocative. It had me misty-eyed by the end ☺️
Congrats on the success of your podcast. From one podcast host to another. I was pulled in by your Nice Guys Finish First episode. That’s the name my book, Nice Guys Finish First, hope to have you tune into my podcast too The Nice Guys on Business.
So Much Potential
So many of these episodes seem self-important and very, very earnest. Proselytic and righteous that tends toward the ridiculous. Drama. This kind of storytelling would have me planning a pre-dawn escape to the trail and a hasty pace to gain separation. True, some folks will revel in this social drama; I’d rather get out there.