Special guest co-host Conrad Anker joins us this week to speak with Chad Brown, founder of Soul River. After his doctor prescribed fly fishing as a method to heal PTSD, Chad wanted to bring that same healing to other veterans and inner-city youth. Beyond individual healing, he now also works to raise awareness about issues facing BIPOC in adventuring, advocate for mental health, build safe spaces in nature, and dismantle racism in the outdoors.
Chris Rainier is one of the most acclaimed photographers of our time. He has dedicated his career to photographing traditional cultures around the world. As a storyteller deeply connected to the emotions of his subjects and the places he visits, he uses his craft to aid in the empowerment of indigenous peoples on their own terms. On this episode, he shares lessons he’s learned on the road, advice for responsible storytelling, and a million other wisdoms.
Mario Rigby is an eco-explorer known for traveling the length of Africa by foot and kayak. He joined us on Roam from Home to discuss the importance of inclusion in conservation and what he learned from the communities he spent time with in Africa about being a more responsible world citizen. He also talks about his upcoming trip, The Caicos Challenge, which will raise money and awareness for the Turks and Caicos Reef Fund through. You can join virtually for runs, swims, bike rides, and other challenges to help preserve and protect the environment of the islands.
Melissa Arnot is probably best known as the first American woman to summit and descend Everest without supplemental oxygen (she’s summited six times in total). In 2012, the death of a fellow mountain guide and friend revealed a problem to her: the loss of a Himalayan high-altitude worker often means the loss of the main source of income for that person’s family. This realization inspired her and David Morton to found The Juniper Fund, which has now provided cost of living grants, vocational training, and small business grants to 48 families. On this episode, she teaches us about creating valuable change, accepting visceral uncomfortability, and fighting against the ‘American view’ of philanthropy.
Jordan Marie Brings Three White Horses Daniel is a fourth generation runner using her platform to raise awareness and help solve the epidemic of missing and murdered indigenous women. On this week’s episode of Roam from Home, she tells the story of how she turned the practice of running into a force for good in her community, brings up frightening statistics about the effects of white supremacy on native populations, and explains how you can help her make a difference.
National Geographic Photographer and Alpinist Cory Richards joins CJ and Terry to kick off our effective altruism season of Roam from Home. We discuss turning the solo act of climbing into a way to connect with the world, the power of photography in promoting activism, and what he’s learned from talking openly about his struggles with mental health.