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High-impact interviews for those who love adventure and the outdoors. Host and journalist Shelby Stanger interviews world-class explorers, athletes, authors, scientists, health experts, and entrepreneurs about how they’ve taken their own wild ideas and made them a reality, so you can too. Some of the wildest ideas can lead to the most rewarding adventures. Take a listen to start living more wildly today.
 
On September 2nd 2017, just east of Portland, Oregon, 150 hikers were trapped behind a wall of flames created by one mistake, one that would lead to immense fear and loss. Wildfire, a podcast from REI Co-op, investigates the causes and repercussions of this devastating wildfire.
 
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Hello, Nature

Dustlight Productions, REI Co-op Studios

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Hello, Nature host, Misha Euceph, didn’t know about the national parks until she turned 21. But after an experience in Joshua Tree and watching 12 hours of a national parks documentary, she sets out on a road trip to answer the question: if the parks are public, aren’t they supposed to be for everyone? In this podcast, she goes out to see America to tell a new story of our national parks.
 
These are the stories of impossible encounters with impossible creatures in the wildest corners of North America. We’ll travel the country, sit around campfires and talk about that thing that ran across the trail in the middle of the night, just beyond the beam of your flashlight. Come closer to the fire. Let’s hear the next legend.
 
These are the people who took a hard left. Traded in their chips and changed their minds – all in the name of fresh air. And to get inside the minds of these enterprising misfits, we are letting them interview each other. Each week, teacher becomes student, interviewee becomes interviewer, grasshopper becomes… bigger grasshopper.
 
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When Elena Cheung first took a yoga class, she didn't like it. It was harder than she had anticipated and she wasn't flexible. She started to love it when she leaned into the discomfort and realized the benefits of doing something that was both physically and mentally challenging. Fast forward to today, and Elena is a movement specialist and yoga t…
 
Connor Ryan is a professional skier and proud Hunkpapa Lakota. As an athlete who spends his days in the mountains, Connor is always exploring how he can weave together his Indigenous culture and his love of winter sports. To highlight the relationship between skiing and his heritage, Connor recently made a film with Natives Outdoors and REI Co-op S…
 
Wild Ideas Worth living features high-impact interviews for those who love adventure and the outdoors. Host and journalist Shelby Stanger interviews world-class explorers, athletes, authors, scientists, health experts, and entrepreneurs about how they’ve taken their own wild ideas and made them a reality, so you can too. Some of the wildest ideas c…
 
Our guests this season were all about breaking boundaries, shaking things up and challenging the norm. There were some wild ones: the most enthusiastic birder, a Bigfoot scholar, some of the world’s fastest athletes and a handful of musicians. We talked to a lot of people working to make the outdoors a more inclusive, accessible place. We learned a…
 
The third and final episode in our series with On Running is all about recovery with professional steeplechaser Leah Falland. In combination with great training and a strategic recovery plan, in 2021 Leah has become one of the top 20 steeplechasers in the world, and this past season, she ran a personal best for the first time in five years. Leah’s …
 
The second episode in our bonus series with On Running is all about training. Sometimes when you’re working on improving your endurance, speed, or form, you can get stuck in a running rut. That’s why it’s important to train your mind and your body. In 2014, pro trail and mountain runner Allie McLoughlin won the World Long Distance Mountain Running …
 
Chico takes his message to the national and international stages, where he finds both support and increased threat of violence. Jim and Graham take a look at the larger drivers of deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon. It ends at the beginning, with Chico’s murder. Sources: Revkin, Andrew. The Burning Season: the Murder of Chico Mendes and the Figh…
 
As the new year rolls around, there’s a lot of talk of resolutions. For some of us, that means creating new goals that help us get outside and move our bodies. In that spirit, we’ve partnered with On Running to bring you a series of episodes about three important aspects of running. This first episode is all about nutrition and features internation…
 
Chico reaches out to the Indigenous communities to help his cause in the forest, a resource on which they both rely. Similarly, Graham and JIm contact the Surui tribe, who have their own innovative way to combat deforestation. In the end, Chico sees that he must take his message to the international stage — but he has doubts. Sources: Revkin, Andre…
 
When Gina Lucrezi fell in love with trail running in her 20s, she didn't see many other women out on the trail. Gina craved a community of female runners that she could connect with, so she decided to create Trail Sisters, a national organization that supports and inspires women to get into trail running. Now, Trail Sisters has over 130 chapters ac…
 
Chico begins organizing against deforestation and starts a war with the local ranching community. The hosts see first hand what the burning looks like on the ground and learn more about the “good guys” and “bad guys” in the complex conflict between rubber tappers and ranchers, as well as the individuals and groups opposed to Chico before his murder…
 
Christian Gering is a multimedia artist and one of the fastest ultra runners in America. Even though he’s built a career as a sponsored athlete, he doesn’t just run to win races. For Christian, running connects him with his Indigenous heritage and inspires him to create. Hailing from Katishtya (San Felipe Pueblo) and the Pi'pil people of El Salvado…
 
In the second episode, hosts Graham and Jim explore the origin story of Chico Mendes. They explore the past of the rubber trade in the Amazon, the rubber tappers' relationship with the forest, and their plight. More about the show: In the second season of Wildfire, we’re shifting our perspective from fires in the forests of the American west to tho…
 
In December 1988, Brazilian environmentalist Chico Mendes was murdered at his home in the Amazon Rainforest. Chico was a rubber tapper who witnessed the destruction of the forest—of his home—and built a community both in Brazil and abroad to stop the devastation. For this, he was killed in cold blood. In episode one, hosts Graham Zimmerman and Jim …
 
When he’s not running, Lesford is the Senior Director of Programs at Outdoor Outreach, an organization that connects kids to the transformative power of nature. It’s not just about surfing or climbing — Outdoor Outreach teaches them about sustainability and advocacy. When these kids spend time outside, they’re discovering new passions, building con…
 
Ryan Kinder isn’t your average Nashville musician. In addition to recently releasing his full length album Room to Dream, Ryan is an endurance athlete. What started as a way to honor a friend’s passing has now become a full blown obsession with Ironman triathlon competitions. With six Ironman races under his belt, Ryan spends time between recording…
 
In the Great Smoky Mountains, Misha sees what is possible when Black, Indigenous and people of color are in a positions of power. She takes her first solo hike, making friends with an unlikely cast of characters along the way, and reflects on her conversations with Superintendent Cassius Cash, Ranger Antoine Fletcher, and others who are diversifyin…
 
In Mammoth Cave, Misha learns how important it is to bring what has been buried above ground. She follows ranger Jerry Bransford through the tightest passages of the world’s largest cave system. She learns about his deep family connection to the cave, the troubling history of enslaved men who first explored it, and the fight to remember them. Lift …
 
Back in 2014 in the midnight alleys in Chicago, people began to encounter something larger than the raccoons and coyote that are sometimes seen around the area. Something like a dog—or a wolf—but larger. Something that should walk on four legs but was seen walking...sprinting... on two. After an initial flurry of sightings the reports died down, bu…
 
Bigfoot, also known as Sasquatch, is the subject of campfire stories and heated conversation as people ponder Bigfoot’s existence. You can go down a YouTube rabbit hole and find convincing evidence on either side of the debate. Cliff Barackman has dedicated much of his life to studying Bigfoot. He owns the North American Bigfoot Center in Boring, O…
 
In this bonus episode we're gathering around a digital campfire in the new REI Co-op store in Sunnyvale. What's so special about this store? We're glad you asked. This store has a haunted reputation. Previous tenants have complained of flickering lights, unusual noises and that eerie feeling that has you looking over your shoulder. This bonus episo…
 
In Yellowstone, Misha asks what it means to restore a place. She gets stuck in the snow, goes wolf watching, and finds out that we almost lost wolves forever in the park, and how reintroducing them healed the ecosystem. Learning about the wolves makes her question what it would mean to restore the native connection and history of Yellowstone and th…
 
Professional surfer Pete Devries surfs waves that not many have experienced. That’s because he lives in Tofino, B.C., and spends most of his time surfing the frigid waters up north. Pete has traveled to plenty of more tropical locales during his career, but he feels at home in Tofino. Plus the chilly temps mean he’s often the only one in the water.…
 
In Big Bend, Misha learns to see in the dark, instead of running away from it out of fear. She and Jonathan go scorpion hunting, and learn about the creature from scientist Lauren Esposito. She explores the night sky with dark sky expert, Stephen Hummel, and goes back in time to when dinosaurs lived in Big Bend with scientist Lisa White. She also t…
 
In Arches, Misha uncovers the pain and the healing power of the land. She listens to the soil crust with Ranger Erik Jensen and the arches with scientist Riley Finnegan and Navajo nation and Hopi tribe member, Angelo Baca. Then, she heads on a hike with Canyonlands Field Institute’s Michele Johnson, and talks about what it means to have lived throu…
 
Climber Alannah Yip spent her summer competing on the international stage in Tokyo, Japan. Even though she’s been a competitive climber since she was six years old, this competition was unlike anything she’d ever done before. It was the first year that rock climbing was included on the international athletics circuit, and in order to participate Al…
 
Misha gets on the road to see America, and to tell a new story of our National Parks. When she gets to her first park, Yosemite, she learns about the Chinese and Black history of Yosemite from rangers, Yenyen Chan and Shelton Johnson. She also overcomes one of her greatest fears. The Southern Sierra Miwok Nation, The Bishop Paiute Tribe, Bridgeport…
 
Can you see your reflection in the window? Like a ghost standing just outside in the night, looking back at you. It’s a trick the light plays, when you’re inside looking out on a night as dark as this one. One of many tricks light can play — some stranger than others. That’s what must be the explanation behind this story — it must be a very specifi…
 
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