100 episodes

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

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    • Society & Culture

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

    Geology of the Heart

    Geology of the Heart

    When we lose a loved one, we often experience competing emotions and urges. On the one hand, we cling desperately to memories and mementos; on the other hand, we strive to “move on.”

    Balancing the two can be tough.

    On this episode, journalist Matthew Schneeman brings us the story of a fatal accident, and of one woman’s efforts to preserve the memories of her fiancee. It takes us from the Grand Canyon to Yellowstone, and explores how you can remember someone, while still moving forward.

    • 34 min
    Skiing Without Snow

    Skiing Without Snow

    When Elizabeth Miller teaches kids to ski, her goal is to introduce them to the joy of winter.

    But lately, she’s been wondering whether it’s cruel to help children fall in love with something they’re about to lose. With climate change threatening to shorten ski seasons by as much as three-fourths in some parts of the country, winter could become a rare commodity.

    On this episode, Elizabeth explores the merits of introducing children to natural wonders they won’t be able to enjoy as grownups.

    • 25 min
    The Freeze Response

    The Freeze Response

    When Kristina Marcelli Sargent was nine years old, her father was struck by lightning. Immobilized by fear, she watched helplessly, wanting to help but unable to make herself move.

    As she grew older, Kristina found herself freezing up over and over again in scary situations.

    Then one day, a hike in the mountains changed everything.

    On this episode, Kristina shares her story. It’s a story about how we react to fear — and about what happens when our natural responses don’t serve us.

    • 19 min
    Brain on Nature

    Brain on Nature

    In 2015, Sarah Allely was hit by a car while riding her bike. She suffered a mild traumatic brain injury, and in the ensuing weeks and months, she found it impossible to function normally.

    Only one thing seemed to help: spending time in nature.

    Now, several years later, Sarah has turned her experience into a documentary podcast series called Brain on Nature. On this episode, we share an excerpt from her show and talk with her about why nature is so important for the brain — for all of us.

    • 42 min
    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

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