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Literary storytelling from the editors and writers of Outside Magazine


Richard Louv Wants You to Bond with Wild Animals
Nov 12 • 26 min
Author Richard Louv is best known as the author of Last Child in the Woods, his 2005 bestseller that established the phrase nature-deficit disorder and helped spark an international movement to examine the health benefits of spending time outdoors. His…
The Hardest Part of a Rescue Comes Later
Nov 5 • 52 min
In our last episode, Peter Frick-Wright told the story of the time he broke his leg at the bottom of a remote canyon and was saved through the efforts of multiple search and rescue teams. Now, more than two years later, Peter is still processing what…
When Our Podcast Host Shattered His Leg in a Canyon
Oct 29 • 44 min
About two years ago, Outside Podcast host Peter Frick-Wright was canyoneering in Oregon when he jumped off a ledge and broke his leg. He was stuck at the bottom of a canyon, and it took an epic effort by search and rescue teams to get him out of there.…
The Curious Rise of Adult Recess Leagues
Oct 22 • 24 min
Recent years have seen a surge in adult-recess leagues across the United States. By some estimates, there are now 1.6 million grown-ups participating in these leagues across the country, and they’re only growing more popular. Today’s adults are seemingly…
Why the Godfather of Barefoot Running Trains with a Donkey
Oct 16 • 32 min
No one has had a greater influence on modern recreational running than writer Christopher McDougall. His 2009 book Born to Run introduced the masses to barefoot running and became a revolutionary bestseller. As a result, the multibillion-dollar…
A Wild Odyssey with the World’s Greatest Chef
Oct 8 • 34 min
At midlife, food writer Jeff Gordinier felt like he was sleepwalking. His marriage was crumbling, and he’d lost his professional purpose. Then he got a curious invitation: René Redzepi, the superstar head chef and co-owner of Noma, in Copenhagen, one of…
Dispatches: The Wrong Way to Fight Off a Bear
Oct 1 • 30 min
The odds of getting seriously injured by a bear in North America are slim. There are just a few dozen bear attacks on the continent every year, and only a handful of them put someone in the hospital. But bear-human encounters are on the rise, in part…
Dispatches: Getting Past Our Fear of Great White Sharks
Sep 25 • 44 min
Recent months have seen a media frenzy around the return of great white sharks to the waters surrounding Cape Cod. And with good reason: over the summer, great whites were routinely spotted off the iconic vacation destination’s most popular beaches. In…
Science of Survival: Defending Your Home from a Raging Wildfire
Sep 17 • 31 min
The 2018 Carr Fire was one of the worst wildfires in California history. By the time it was contained, it had burned 359 square miles, destroyed close to 2,000 buildings, and killed seven people. It also spawned a massive fire tornado—only the second ever…
The Outside Interview: David Epstein on Why the Best Athletes Like to Dabble and Frequently Quit
Sep 10 • 41 min
In the world of athletics, the idea is that if you want to be the best, you have to specialize young and maintain near laserlike focus. The archetypal example is Tiger Woods, who, as the legend goes, started swinging a golf club before he could walk. More…
Dispatches: Doug Peacock on the Fight to Protect Grizzly Bears
Aug 27 • 39 min
Doug Peacock took an unlikely path to becoming an icon of conservation. Following two tours in the Vietnam War as a Green Beret medic, he sought solace and comfort in the American Wilderness, where he began observing and then filming grizzly bears. He…
Dispatches: Will Drinking a Gallon of Water a Day Make You Healthier?
Aug 13 • 25 min
Water is critical to human life. Our bodies are more than 50 percent water. We can survive months barely eating, but even a few days without water and we’ll die. Water flushes toxins out of our organs and cools us down after a workout. But how much do…
Dispatches: This Is What a Runner Looks Like
Aug 7 • 29 min
When Mirna Valerio first began running ultramarathons, she immediately got a lot of attention, but not for the reasons you might expect. Because of her body size, she didn’t fit the accepted image of a long-distance runner. Her story isn’t about an…
Dispatches: Is Sunscreen the New Margarine?
Jul 30 • 30 min
Earlier this year, Outside contributing editor Rowan Jacobsen wrote a feature that questioned whether our efforts to avoid skin cancer have caused us to develop an unhealthy relationship with the sun and sunscreen. Looking at controversial new research…
What Awe in Nature Does for Us
Jul 23 • 25 min
A large and growing body of research has found that time outdoors makes us happier and healthier, but there’s relatively limited science explaining why. According to findings published last summer in the journal Emotion, a big part of the answer may be…
Dispatches: Bundyville, The Remnant
Jul 16 • 62 min
For the past few years, journalist Leah Sottile has been looking at the question of who owns public lands in the West. Her reporting began with the Bundy family, which infamously challenged the authority of the federal government on its ranch and then…
The Doctors Prescribing Nature
Jul 2 • 28 min
In recent years, a grassroots movement of physicians have begun prescribing time outdoors as the best possible treatment for a growing list of ailments, from anxiety and obesity to attention deficit disorder and high blood pressure. Meanwhile, research…
Sweat Science: The Mysterious Syndrome Destroying Top Athletes
Jun 25 • 44 min
A while back, Outside contributor Meaghen Brown noticed a strange phenomenon among the elite ultrarunners that she was training with. Runners would come on the scene, win races and smash records, and then a few years later succumb to a mysterious ailment…
Why a Walk in the Woods Cures the Blues
Jun 18 • 26 min
About six years ago, ecologist Chris Morgan was sitting in a doctor’s waiting room when he picked up a copy of Outside and read the cover story, “Take Two Hours of Pine Forest and Call Me in the Morning.” The article, written by Florence Williams,…
Science of Survival: Snakebit, Part 2
Jun 11 • 45 min
For the last 19 years, Tim Friede, a truck mechanic from Wisconsin, has endured more than 200 snakebites and 700 injections of lethal snake venom—all part of a masochistic quest to immunize his body and offer his blood to scientists seeking a universal…
The Radically Simple Digital Diet We All Need
Jun 4 • 37 min
These days our smartphone addiction has gotten so intense that many of us now habitually use the devices even when we’re supposedly unplugging. We listen to podcasts on our trail runs and endlessly document our weekend adventures for Instagram. All this…
Science of Survival: Snakebit, Part 1
May 28 • 40 min
When Kyle Dickman set out on a spring road trip with his wife and infant son, he was fueled by a carefree sense of adventure that had defined his life. Then he got bit by a rattlesnake in a remote part of Yosemite National Park. The harrowing event…
Dispatches: Buried Treasure and Duct Tape
May 14 • 39 min
So you just found a buried treasure. Hooray! But wait, what do you do next? Are other treasure hunters going to stalk you day and night? Are you going to have to pay taxes on your new riches? How do you turn gold and jewels into usable money anyway? If…
Dispatches: Bob Ross’s Strategies for Survival
May 7 • 22 min
Bob Ross is one of the most beloved painters of his generation, and he focused almost exclusively on the outdoors. Depicting the “happy trees” and “friendly mountains” of Alaska and the greater western US for his TV show, The Joy of Painting, he earned a…
Sweat Science: The Keto Conundrum
Apr 30 • 38 min
The ketogenic diet, a.k.a. “cutting carbs,” is all the rage in the fitness world. But is it better for you than any other kind of diet? And does it actually make athletes stronger or faster? These questions have been debated for hundreds of years, and…
The Outside Interview: Bill McKibben on the End of Nature
Apr 16 • 41 min
No one has done more to sound the alarm about climate change than writer and activist Bill McKibben. He’s been doing it since 1989, when he wrote his first big scary book on the topic, The End of Nature. Thirty years later, he’s still at it, and climate…
Dispatches: Can You Outrun Anxiety?
Apr 2 • 30 min
In 2008, Katie Arnold was hiking a trail near her home in Santa Fe with her baby daughter strapped to her chest when a man attacked her with a rock. Two years later, Arnold’s father died shortly after being diagnosed with cancer. Overwhelmed with grief…
The Outside Interview: Steven Rinella Wants Hunters and Hikers to Hold Hands
Mar 19 • 30 min
As the host and creator of the MeatEater podcast and Netflix series of the same name, Steven Rinella spends a lot of time talking about hunting, fishing, and cooking. He is a proud voice in what’s often called the hook-and-bullet crowd. But he’s also a…
Dispatches: Sports Recovery Secrets from Scientists
Mar 5 • 39 min
Recovery is the new frontier of athletic performance. The quicker you recuperate, the more you can train, and pro athletes across sports have been revitalizing their careers by taking time off. Now a wave of new recovery technologies are being pitched to…
The Outside Interview: Mindfulness for Peak Performance
Feb 19 • 32 min
Every day there’s more research showing the benefits of mindfulness. It reduces stress, lowers blood pressure, boosts the immune system, and may even slow the aging process. What we’re only starting to figure out, however, is how meditation might improve…
Dispatches: The Mountain Bikers Fighting New Trails
Feb 12 • 34 min
Since the sport’s early days in the seventies, mountain bikers have carved illicit trails on public and private land. Pioneering riders create winding singletrack in their favorite nearby hills, then carefully share the location with only a handful of…
Dispatches: Bianca Valenti Is on a Big Wave Mission
Feb 5 • 27 min
Over the past year, professional surfing has undergone a remarkable and very unexpected evolution. Beginning in 2019, the World Surf League is offering equal prize money to men and women at all of its events, making it one of very few global sports…
The Outside Interview: Using Pain to Reach Your Potential
Jan 22 • 36 min
Former Navy SEAL David Goggins has spent the past two decades exploring the outer limits of human performance, both in the armed forces and as an endurance athlete with more than 60 ultras under his belt. But what makes Goggins truly unique is the…
Sweat Science: The 3100-Mile Run Around the Block
Jan 8 • 38 min
There are a lot of really tough endurance races out there, but perhaps none are harder—both mentally and physically—than the Sri Chinmoy Self-Transcendence 3100 Mile Race in Queens, New York. The whole thing takes place on a single city block, and in…
Dispatches: Can We Please Kill Off Crutches?
Dec 18, 2018 • 34 min
Almost everyone who’s used underarm crutches agrees: they are terrible. They’re hard on your wrists, they cause falls, they cause nerve damage. This is why almost every country in the world has abandoned them. Except the U.S., where if you go to the…
Sweat Science: Loving the Pain
Dec 11, 2018 • 38 min
There’s no more painful pursuit for a cyclist than the hour record.It’s just you, by yourself, on a bike, going as far and as fast as you can in 60 minutes. Eddie Merckx, considered by many to be the greatest pro racer in history, called it the longest…
Dispatches: What Dogs Really Think about Dog Gear
Nov 27, 2018 • 28 min
For more than two decades, Ruffwear has been reinventing gear for dogs. The brand makes booties, jackets, collars, toys, and pretty much anything else you could want for your pup. But how do you design something when the end user can’t give you feedback…
Sweat Science: Don’t Waste Your Breath
Nov 20, 2018 • 45 min
Pararescue specialists—known as PJ’s in the military—are the most elite unit in the Air Force. But if you want to be a PJ you have to make it through Indoc, a brutal nine-week training course that’s designed to test your motivation and resolve. And…
Dispatches: Can Nature Heal Our Deepest Wounds?
Nov 14, 2018 • 39 min
Wilderness therapy has been used for decades to help troubled teens and addicts, and recently all kinds of people are seeking out guided nature experiences to detox from their hyper-digital modern lives. The classic approach of such programs is to push…
Sweat Science: The Pull-Up Artists
Nov 8, 2018 • 48 min
John Orth is a violin maker from Colorado. Andrew Shapiro is a college kid from Virginia. They have little in common except that for the last two years they’ve been trading back and forth the world record for the most pull-ups in 24 hours. Over the…
Dispatches: One Fork to Rule them All
Oct 30, 2018 • 16 min
In this first episode of a new series exploring how gear gets made, we investigate the origin of arguably the most refined fork in history. When designer Owen Mesdag was a graduate student in the late-1990s, he fell in love with a particularly clever…
Dispatches: Alex Honnold on “Free Solo”
Oct 23, 2018 • 23 min
The new movie Free Solo is arguably the greatest film about climbing that’s ever been made. In just over 90 minutes, it chronicles Alex Honnold’s astonishing no-ropes ascent of the 3,000-foot sheer face of Yosemite’s El Capitan, which he completed one…
Dispatches: Wild Thing
Oct 9, 2018 • 33 min
Journalist Laura Krantz doesn’t believe in Bigfoot. She’s trained to be skeptical, and all the best Sasquatch sightings and photos have been debunked. Except, then she heard about Grover Krantz, a serious academic and long lost relative who had spent his…
Science of Survival: Burnout
Sep 25, 2018 • 24 min
Maybe you saw the fire coming, maybe you didn’t. Maybe you were ready for it, maybe you weren’t. Maybe you did everything right. Maybe not. Maybe you just lost everything. Maybe that’s not even the worst of it. For this final episode of our wildfire…
Science of Survival: The Future of Fire
Sep 11, 2018 • 31 min
To reduce the intensity of megafires in America, we’d need to treat and burn about 50-80 million acres of forest. So, how do we do it? What would it cost? How long would it take? Is it possible? In this episode we look at whether or not there’s anything…
Science of Survival: Fighting Fire with Fire
Aug 28, 2018 • 23 min
How do you protect yourself from wildfire on a warming planet? You burn everything on purpose. No, seriously. Thanks to climate change, the whole world is a tinderbox. Fire season now starts sooner and ends later, and scientists say lightning will become…
Science of Survival: The Sky is Burning
Aug 14, 2018 • 36 min
There are between eight and ten thousand wildfires in the United States each year, but most quietly burn out, and we never hear about them. The Pagami Creek Wildfire in Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area was supposed to be like that. It was tiny and…
Dispatches: The Hidden Graves of Kuku Island
Jul 24, 2018 • 46 min
Carina Hoang grew up in a wealthy family in Vietnam. She had a nanny to take care of her and a maid who cleaned up after her—she didn’t even wash her own hair. But when the Vietnam War broke out, she and two siblings fled the country on a boat, landing on…
Science of Survival: Struck by Lightning
Jul 11, 2018 • 42 min
Most of the time, when lightning makes the news, it’s because of something outlandish—like the park ranger who was struck seven times, or the survivor who also won the lottery (the chances of which are about one in 2.6 trillion), or the guy who claimed…
The Outside Interview: The Simple Secrets to Athletic Longevity
Jun 26, 2018 • 37 min
Everyone gets older, but not everyone bows out of competition in middle-age. Journalist Jeff Bercovici wanted to know: Why? Why do some athletes flame out in their 30s and 40s, while others are still going as senior citizens? Is it genetics? Special…
Dispatches: Shelma Jun Can Flash Foxy
Jun 19, 2018 • 22 min
Climbing was Shelma Jun’s fallback sport. A snowboarder and mountain biker, she found her way into a climbing gym after injuring her shoulder and looking for an activity where she wouldn’t risk more impact. As a friend told her, you can’t fall very far if…
Dispatches: Knox Robinson Crafts Running Culture
Jun 12, 2018 • 23 min
Knox Robinson grew up watching his dad run and went on to race track himself at a Division I college, but he was never defined by the sport. He’s more of a renaissance man. For years, he gave up athletics, studying and living in Japan, then managing rock…
Dispatches: Ayesha McGowan Wants to Be First
May 29, 2018 • 25 min
Ayesha McGowan came late to competitive cycling. An accomplished violinist, she didn’t enter her first organized biking event until after college. Despite riding an old steel bike with a milk crate on the back and wearing jean shorts in a peloton of…
Dispatches: Mikhail Martin is a Brother of Climbing
May 22, 2018 • 17 min
When Mikhail Martin started climbing at a Brooklyn gym in 2009, he was one of very few African Americans to rope up. Today, his group, Brothers of Climbing, is working to change that. BOC is tackling diversity in rock climbing, which includes bridging the…
Dispatches: Bundyville
May 15, 2018 • 45 min
In 2014 the federal government rounded up Cliven Bundy’s cattle over a matter of unpaid grazing fees. So the Bundy family gathered a posse and took them back, at gunpoint. Two years later, they took over the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. The Bundys…
Dispatches: Kellee Edwards’s Story is a Trip
May 8, 2018 • 24 min
Kellee Edwards had a dream of getting her own show on the Travel Channel. She also had a plan. As a black woman trying to break into the overwhelmingly white and male world of travel television, she figured she would have to be overqualified to get…
Dispatches: Alexi Pappas Dreams Like a Crazy and Runs Like One, Too
May 1, 2018 • 22 min
Distance runner Alexi Pappas is the rare dual-threat of Olympic athlete and movie star. In the 2016 film Tracktown, which she wrote, directed, and plays the lead character in, she set out to capture the running-obsessed culture of Eugene, Oregon—a place…
Science of Survival: A Very Old Man for a Wolf
Apr 24, 2018 • 43 min
One day in 2005 or 2006, a young wolf in Idaho headed west. He swam across the Snake River to Oregon, which was then outside the gray wolf’s range. After he established a territory, he became the most controversial canid in the state. Dubbed OR4 by Oregon…
Dispatches: The Woman Who Rides Mountains
Apr 17, 2018 • 30 min
Mavericks, the monster surf-break off the Northern California coast, has long been a proving ground for the world’s best big-wave surfers. But the big wave surf contest held there most years has never included any women, despite the fact that female…
Dispatches: Kris Tompkins’s 10-Million-Acre Life
Apr 10, 2018 • 22 min
After building Patagonia into an internationally renowned apparel brand, the company’s first CEO, Kris Tompkins, walked away from the job, following her heart to South America. She landed on a small farm in Chile, where she and her soon-to-be husband, The…
Science of Survival: “F/V Destination, Do You Copy?”
Apr 3, 2018 • 40 min
It was the kind of disaster that wasn’t supposed to happen anymore. On February 11, 2017, the fishing vessel Destination disappeared in the Bering Sea on its way to crab grounds. It was a boat with an experienced crew, in unremarkable weather conditions,…
Dispatches: Bear Grylls Will Never Give Up
Mar 20, 2018 • 30 min
Apparently nobody told Bear Grylls that reality TV stars never have long careers. A dozen years after the cheeky Briton exploded onto American television, the king of survival entertainment is charging harder than ever, guiding A-list stars into the wild…
Dispatches: Cheryl Strayed’s Wild Creativity
Mar 6, 2018 • 97 min
In her acclaimed 2012 memoir, Wild, Cheryl Strayed delivered a fresh take on outdoor writing—a redemption story set on the Pacific Crest Trail. The book spent seven weeks on the New York Times Best Seller List and reminded people everywhere that a…
Dispatches: An Amazingly Crappy Story
Feb 20, 2018 • 31 min
In 2009, Canadian researcher Geoff Hill asked park managers across North America what problems did they needed solved? Every single one of them said, “Human waste.” Since then, Hill has been on a quest to figure out what to do about the fact that each…
The Outside Interview: Your Hungry Brain is Making You Fat
Feb 6, 2018 • 33 min
If you’ve ever beaten yourself up after eating an entire pint of ice cream, know this: it’s really not your fault. According to obesity researcher and neurobiologist Stephen Guyenet, author of The Hungry Brain and founder of the wellness and science blog…
Dispatches: Red Dawn in Lapland
Jan 23, 2018 • 22 min
On the 833-mile border between Finland and Russia, a band of elite Finnish soldiers are preparing to defend the country if Russia decides it wants to again redraw the map of Europe. With tensions still high after the Kremlin’s invasion of Crimea and…
The Outside Interview: Susan Casey Might Have Gills
Jan 9, 2018 • 35 min
To write her three bestselling books about the ocean, Susan Casey went deep with great white sharks in California, followed big-wave surfing icon Laird Hamilton in Hawaii, and chased wild dolphins around the world. Her willingness to literally immerse…
Science of Survival: He That is Down Need Fear No Fall
Dec 19, 2017 • 45 min
Falls are the leading cause of death in the backcountry. Nothing else comes close. And while many are freak accidents that amount to nothing more than bad luck, some are more nuanced and interesting—and personal. If you found yourself stuck at the bottom…
The Outside Interview: The Whole Life Challenge Is Easier Than You Think
Dec 12, 2017 • 41 min
Andy Petranek and Michael Stanwyck know fitness. Petranek was a former adventure racer and RedBull Athlete before founding one of the first CrossFit gyms. Soon after, Stanwyck walked in looking for a new type of workout and quickly became CrossFit LA’s…
Science of Survival: Bee Still My Heart
Dec 5, 2017 • 31 min
Bee venom is similar to a rattlesnake’s. It rapidly disperses in your tissue, and when you’re stung the pain you feel is a combination of proteins and peptides attacking your cell membranes. Each sting contains enough venom to incapacitate a small mouse,…
Science of Survival: Dangerously Delicious
Nov 28, 2017 • 28 min
There are several thousand species of mushroom, but only a handful that will kill you. And the toxins found in poisonous mushrooms are some of the deadliest natural poisons on Earth. Just seven milligrams—one quarter of a grain of rice—is enough to kill…
Dispatches: The Secret History of Biosphere 2
Nov 21, 2017 • 27 min
What if you could opt out of society and go live in a completely self-contained glass bubble in the desert? You and your team would be cut off from the rest of society. For two years, you’d have to grow every morsel of food that you wanted to eat and fix…
Science of Survival: Adrift
Nov 14, 2017 • 31 min
What happens to people who are swept out to sea? Some survive for months and even years, alone in life boats eating whatever they can catch and drinking rainwater. In this episode we ask you, the listener, to imagine a surfing session gone very wrong when…
Science of Survival: Frozen Alive Redux
Nov 7, 2017 • 28 min
As we get ready to roll out new Science of Survival episodes beginning on November 14, we wanted to replay the one that started it all. This thrilling re-creation of the classic Outside feature by Peter Stark leads the listener through a series of…
The Outside Interview: Can’t Hack It? Gene-Hack It
Oct 31, 2017 • 29 min
Peak performance has always been about getting as close to your genetic potential as possible. The limits of your training, nutrition, and recovery are dictated by your DNA. But what if they weren’t? What if you could change the genetic code you were born…
The Outside Interview: Doc Parsley Solves Your Sleep Crisis
Oct 24, 2017 • 34 min
If you want to understand sleep deprivation, you want to talk to a Navy SEAL, who go nearly a week without rest during training. And there’s probably no better Navy SEAL to talk to than Dr. Kirk Parsley, the physician who started noticing all sorts of…
Dispatches: Can Humans Outrun Antelope?
Oct 17, 2017 • 47 min
Several decades ago, radio producer Scott Carrier and his brother Dave tried to chase down an antelope on foot. That might sound crazy, but Dave was an evolutionary biologist and had just come up with a radical idea: that during the heat of the day humans…
The Outside Interview: Dr. Michael Gervais on Mental Mastery
Oct 10, 2017 • 34 min
For most athletes, achieving peak performance means training hard, eating right, and maybe some stretching. But when you get to the elite level, where everyone’s doing that, it’s the mental game that makes winners and losers. How hard can you push your…
Dispatches: Captain Jackass
Oct 3, 2017 • 58 min
Kevin Fedarko is a celebrated and well-heeled journalist, accustomed to dropping in on an exotic place and extracting a story, often in less than a week. But in 2004 he left his job at Outside and went looking for something deeper and more meaningful: a…
The Outside Interview: Laird Hamilton and Gabby Reece on the Extreme Edge of Fitness
Sep 26, 2017 • 32 min
More than two decades after he radically transformed big-wave surfing, Laird Hamilton is still a dominant force in the sport. As detailed in the new documentary Take Every Wave, Hamilton is again pushing the edge with his new obsession, hydrofoil surfing.…
Dispatches: The Fine Art of Weaponizing Critters
Sep 20, 2017 • 33 min
Killer frogs! Forest-destroying moths! Bird-eating mongooses! These may sound like biblical plagues, but they’re all the result of bad human decisions. After an invasive species shows up in an ecosystem and wreaks havoc, our response is to import another…
Dispatches: Jack Johnson Loses His Cool
Sep 5, 2017 • 22 min
Jack Johnson is known as the world’s mellowest pop star. A surfer raised on the North Shore of Hawaii, his acoustic strumming has been the default soundtrack to good-times beach living for more than 15 years. But these days, something’s up with Jack…
XX Factor: 1200 Miles on Blood Road
Aug 22, 2017 • 23 min
Rebecca Rusch is called the “Queen of Pain” for a reason. She’s a three-time world champion in the 24-Hour Mountain Bike race, the 2011 National XC single-speed champion, and she’s won the Leadville 100 mountain bike race four times. But a couple years…
XX Factor: Vanessa Garrison Walks the Walk
Aug 9, 2017 • 22 min
In 2012, Vanessa Garrison co-founded GirlTrek, an organization with a simple goal: get women walking for 30 minutes a day. Now 100,000 walkers strong, GirlTrek is a national force. The story of GirlTrek is about health, justice, power, and survival. But…
Science of Survival: A Very Scary Fish Story
Jul 25, 2017 • 28 min
The swamps of Alabama are one of the most biodiverse places on earth. They’ve been called America’s Amazon for the remarkable number of species of fish, turtles, mussels, and other aquatic creatures. Not so long ago, the Alabama sturgeon was a staple of…
XX Factor: How the Sports Bra Changed History
Jul 11, 2017 • 26 min
When it comes to important innovations in sports technology, few inventions can compete with the sports bra. In the 1970s, women’s interest in athletics was surging following the passage of Title IX. There was just one problem—actually, make that two…
Dispatches: Andy Samberg’s Tour de Farce
Jul 5, 2017 • 19 min
Nearly every sport can point to a classic comedy film taking aim at its flaws. Hockey has Slap Shot. Car racing got Talladega Nights. Skiing will always have Hot Dog. And dodgeball has, well, Dodgeball. Now cycling can claim its own: HBO’s Tour de…
Science of Survival: Racing a Dying Brain
Jun 27, 2017 • 40 min
When something goes wrong in the wilderness, someone needs to evacuate and get help. When that someone is you, and every minute counts, the stress is enormous. And you just might not be fast enough. Scott Pirsig and Bob Sturtz were on a spring canoeing…
XX Factor: The Ice Queen Cometh
Jun 13, 2017 • 23 min
You hear sometimes about how the Arctic changes people — how It can lead them to lose their minds a little bit, or make dumb mistakes. Then there are those rare adventurers like Sarah McNair-Landry who are at their best on the ice. McNair-Landry grew up…
Science of Survival: Drinking Yourself to Death
May 30, 2017 • 33 min
Water is life, we’re told. But what if you drink too much? As it turns out, there’s a little-discussed flipside to dehydration called hyponatremia—and it’s been on the rise, killing athletes and otherwise healthy people every year. And while you may think…
XX Factor: Diana Nyad Goes the Distance
May 17, 2017 • 27 min
What does it take to swim from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage? According to Diana Nyad, the answer is passion bordering on obsession. Nyad first attempted the 111-mile crossing in 1978. Thirty-five years later, at the age of 64, following four…
XX Factor: Snowboarding While Iranian
May 2, 2017 • 35 min
Mona Seraji is the first snowboarder from the Middle East to compete professionally in the Freeride World Qualifier, a series of big-mountain events that attract the best riders in the world. She’s also a talented surfer, rock climber, and mountain biker.…
Science of Survival: Cloudbusters
Apr 25, 2017 • 32 min
Human beings spent centuries trying to control the weather. Then, about 70 years ago, we figured out the basics of what it takes to make it rain. Now, we’re controlling more weather than you might think—and on the brink of a technology that may save us…
Science of Survival: The Death Blow
Apr 18, 2017 • 38 min
Science can’t fully explain why and how tornadoes form. But on May 31, 2013, all the factors we do understand pointed towards off-the-charts risk in central Oklahoma. Hundreds of amateur storm chasers, professional meteorologists, and thrill-seekers…
XX Factor: A Woman’s Place is on Top
Apr 11, 2017 • 30 min
Back when men still believed the “weaker sex” were inferior climbers, Arlene Blum led an all-women’s ascent of Annapurna, the world’s tenth-highest peak. The 1978 climb put the first women—and first Americans, period—on the summit, but the death of two…
XX Factor: Beth Rodden Unpacked
Apr 4, 2017 • 27 min
In the 90s, Beth Rodden was a climbing prodigy, celebrated for her athletic gifts and unwavering discipline. Then, while on an expedition in Central Asia in 2000, she and her small team of friends were kidnapped. That terrifying ordeal—and their daring…
Science of Survival: After the Crash, Part 2
Mar 29, 2017 • 46 min
Once Joe Stone learned how to use his paralyzed body, he immediately set an audacious goal: he would race in an Ironman triathlon—despite the fact that no quadriplegic athlete had ever attempted the event. And after that? Well, Joe decided he could go…
Science of Survival: After the Crash, Part 1
Mar 21, 2017 • 46 min
Joe Stone doesn’t do anything halfway. Back when he was a skater, he went big. When he partied, he went hard. When he took up skydiving and speed-flying, he flew almost every day. Then one day he crashed and became a C7 quadriplegic. What do you do when…
Science of Survival: The Everest Effect
Mar 7, 2017 • 34 min
On the morning of May 25th, 2006, Myles Osborne was poised to become one of the last climbers of the season to summit Mount Everest. The weather was perfect, and it seemed nothing would stop his team. Then a flapping of orange fabric caught Osborne’s eye.…
The Outside Interview: Florence Williams on The Nature Fix
Feb 21, 2017 • 34 min
Outside magazine contributing editor Florence Williams speaks with Editor Chris Keyes about the fascinating science behind the restorative power of wild places.
Science of Survival: Treed by a Jaguar
Feb 7, 2017 • 29 min
In the summer of 1970, Ed Welch and Bruce Frey put in a canoe at the headwaters of the Amazon and shoved off into the current. Their only plan was to travel downstream until it wasn’t fun anymore. They had a rifle, they had a machete, they had a vague…
Science of Survival: Line of Blood in the Sand
Jan 24, 2017 • 23 min
Denmark’s rugged Faroe Islands are known for sheep, rowboats, and a brutal tradition called “The Grind” in which Faroese men butcher hundreds of pilot whales by hand, on the beach, in full view of locals and tourists. Reporter Joel Carnegie traveled to…
The Outside Interview: Mark Sundeen on the New Pioneers
Jan 10, 2017 • 37 min
Writer Mark Sundeen spent the last three years chronicling the lives of three couples who have dropped out of mainstream society, trading cars, technology, and electricity for freedom and hard work on the new American frontier. The result is his latest…
Dispatches: Call of the Wild Things
Dec 13, 2016 • 25 min
Wolf howls, bird songs, , crickets, frogs—soundscapes contain clues to not only what’s going on around us but also who we are. Not just as individuals, but as human beings. Or at least, that’s what Bernie Krause says. Krause is a soundscape artist who’s…
The Outside Interview: Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell
Nov 29, 2016 • 43 min
“If you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu,” says Sally Jewell. Hopeful, thoughtful, slightly ticked-off, and surprisingly emotional, the outgoing Secretary of the Interior talks with Outside editor Chris Keyes about the presidential election and…
Science of Survival: Cliffhanger, Part 3
Nov 15, 2016 • 41 min
Dan and Isaac are back from searching through the wreckage of Eastern Airlines Flight 980 on a remote mountain in Bolivia, but their findings have prompted a whole new set of questions. Will anyone look at the material they brought back to the U.S.? Who…
Science of Survival: Cliffhanger, Part 2
Nov 1, 2016 • 39 min
Since colliding with a Bolivian mountain in 1985, Eastern Airlines Flight 980 has been frozen inside a glacier perched on the edge of a 3,000 foot drop. With wreckage now melting out of the ice at the base of the cliff, Dan Futrell and Isaac Stoner travel…
Science of Survival: Cliffhanger, Part 1
Oct 18, 2016 • 34 min
It’s one of history’s greatest aviation mysteries: on New Year’s Day in 1985, Eastern Air Lines Flight 980 was carrying 29 passengers and a hell of a lot of contraband when it crashed into the side of a 21,112-foot mountain in Bolivia. For decades…
Dispatches: National Parks Don’t Need Your Stinkin’ Reverence
Oct 5, 2016 • 23 min
John Muir rhapsodizing about Yosemite is one thing, but Outside contributing editor Ian Frazier has had it with people calling their favorite outdoor spots “cathedrals,” “shrines,” and “sacred spaces.” When he made his case in an issue of Outside, it…
Dispatches: The Sound of Science
Sep 20, 2016 • 23 min
Scientists are compiling huge amounts of data on the impact of global warming, but the story of that data often gets lost. Enter Nik Sawe, a researcher at Stanford who is transforming big data into music. Two parts science, one art, data sonification…
The Outside Interview: The Hard Lessons of Climbing Superstar Conrad Anker
Sep 7, 2016 • 42 min
For two decades, Conrad Anker has been at the forefront of climbing, evolving into America’s best all-around alpinist. With skills on rock, ice, and big peaks, he’s now something of an elder statesmen and mentor to a new generation of elite athletes.…
The Outside Interview: The Secret History of Doping
Aug 23, 2016 • 41 min
Author Mark Johnson argues that performance enhancing drugs are hardly a recent phenomenon. In his new book, “Spitting in the Soup,” he traces doping all the way back to the 1904 Olympic marathon in St. Louis and shows how doping and sport have been…
The Outside Interview: Tim Ferriss Overshares
Aug 9, 2016 • 47 min
Tim Ferriss is many things. A bestselling author. A kickboxing champion. A horseback archer. The first American in history to hold a Guinness World Record in tango. He has built an enormous following by doing just about everything—and, more importantly,…
The Outside Interview: Jason Motlagh on the Darién Gap
Jul 26, 2016 • 43 min
Jason Motlagh and his crew were the first journalists in years to successfully cross the Darién Gap, a lawless, roadless jungle on the border of Colombia and Panama. Teeming with deadly snakes, drug traffickers, and antigovernment guerrillas, it has…
The Outside Interview: Robert Young Pelton
Jul 13, 2016 • 45 min
Robert Young Pelton has made a career of tracking down warlords and interviewing people in the most dangerous places in the world. He’s been kidnapped in Colombia, survived an assassination attempt in Uganda, and joined the hunt for Osama Bin Laden in…
Science of Survival: In Too Deep
Jun 28, 2016 • 41 min
Michael Proudfoot was SCUBA diving on a shipwreck in Baja, Mexico when his regulator broke. He survived by finding an air pocket in the wreck, where he spent two days eating sea urchins and drinking fresh water from a teakettle before rescuers arrived.…
Science of Survival: Under Pressure
Jun 14, 2016 • 16 min
When you’re stuck underwater in a submarine, the number of of ways you can die is long and varied—crushing, burning, asphyxiation, exploding, the list goes on and on. Escaping alive requires maintaining calm and focus. Unless your name is Wilhelm Bauer,…
Science of Survival: The Devil’s Highway, Part II
May 17, 2016 • 29 min
In the spring 2001, a group set out from Mexico to cross the border into Arizona. The tragic result of their journey—and many others like it—helped researchers develop the Death Index, a new model for predicting dehydration fatalities.
Science of Survival: The Devil’s Highway, Part I
May 3, 2016 • 27 min
On a brutal route through the Sonoran Desert in southern Arizona, thousands have died from dehydration and thirst. But one man’s journey through hell led to a breakthrough for science.
Science of Survival BONUS: Whatever Happens, Happens
Apr 26, 2016 • 7 min
One of the most famous accidents in wingsuit history.
Science of Survival: Struck by Lightning
Apr 11, 2016 • 42 min
When Phil Broscovak was struck by lightning, his world got turned upside down.
Science of Survival: Frozen Alive
Mar 24, 2016 • 30 min
The cold hard facts of freezing to death.
Science of Survival
Mar 21, 2016 • 1 min
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