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The Explorist

The Explorist is a podcast about the outdoors: how we change it, and how it changes us. We bring you stories from places where people and the wild collide, and the friction summons something strange and new. Each episode visits the Earth’s weirdest corners, whether that’s in your backyard or in the back of beyond. We’ll even show you how to experience them for yourself.

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EPISODE 5: THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT THE WOLF

In 1997, 31 gray wolves were reintroduced into Yellowstone National Park. Today, their descendants roam nearly to the Pacific Ocean — and one of them lives within commuting distance of Seattle. His name is WA75M, and to survive he'll have to navigate the raw wound that divides urban and rural America. We follow ranchers, scientists, conservationists, and journalists to find out what a wild wolf is worth to his new neighbors -- and what that means for wilderness in the modern world.  View fullsize Subscribe to The Explorist on:  Read Emma Marris' story, "A Very Old Man For A Wolf," right here.

43mins

9 Apr 2018

Rank #1

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EPISODE 3: UNDERGROUND WONDER

If we look where sonar and satellites can’t reach, deep into the guts of the Earth, this planet still has a few surprises left for us. Case in point: Hang Son Doong, the largest cave in the world, was only discovered in the last decade. In this episode, we visit Central Vietnam to understand how this discovery has transformed the people and the jungle around it — and to journey into the belly of the beast itself.  View fullsize View fullsize View fullsize View fullsize View fullsize View fullsize View fullsize View fullsize View fullsize Subscribe to The Explorist on:  Read a version of this story in Backpacker Magazine.

28mins

8 Jan 2018

Rank #2

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EPISODE 4: THE SNOWIEST PLACE ON EARTH

It's a question that unites weather nerds, powder hounds, and 8-year-olds praying for a snow day: Where does the most snow fall on our planet? A squad of meteorologists, skiers, rangers, and other experts join Justin Nobel and The Explorist to search the globe for the snowstorm that doesn't end.  View fullsize View fullsize View fullsize View fullsize Subscribe to The Explorist on:  Read about Justin Nobel's trip to Japan in National Geographic.Read Christopher Burt's Extreme Weather: A Guide And Record Book here.Read Leif Whittaker's memoir My Old Man And The Mountain here.Read Scott Schell's Backcountry Skiing: Skills For Ski Touring and Ski Mountaineering here.Read Cliff Mass's Weather Of The Pacific Northwest here.Adele Inugai Hinrichs designed and illustrated Unpacking TOK. Learn more here.

30mins

1 Mar 2018

Rank #3

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EPISODE 10: MEET THE EXPLORISTS

For our final episode of the season, show creators Ted and Jeff Alvarez step out from behind the curtain to talk about how The Explorist came to be, how the show gets made, and what comes next. Plus: Highlights from a season that spans five continents and many memorable characters — from the jungles of the Congo to the parks of Baltimore to the bottom of the world in South America. View fullsize View fullsize View fullsize View fullsize Subscribe to The Explorist on: 

24mins

24 Jan 2019

Rank #4

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EPISODE 9: THE MODERN HUNTER GATHERER: Resilient Future

For our final episode about modern hunter gatherers, we talk to National Geographic photographer Kiliii Yuyan, who honors his indigenous background by documenting extant hunter-gatherer tribes in the Arctic. He shares stories about close calls out on the ice, why indigenous cultures are so resilient, and why harnessing that resilience might be the key to surviving an uncertain future.   View fullsize View fullsize View fullsize View fullsize View fullsize View fullsize Subscribe to The Explorist on:   All photography by Kiliii Yüyan. More photography and work by Kiliii can be found here: https://kiliii.com https://www.instagram.com/kiliiiyuyan/Check out Ted Alvarez ' latest book, The Survival Hacker’s Handbook: How To Survive with Just About Anything

25mins

15 Nov 2018

Rank #5