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Life’s Tough, Explorers Are TOUGHER!

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“Exploring is an innate part of being human.” Richard Wiese, spends 30 minutes every week with some of the world’s most compelling adventurers, explorers, and socio-environmental advocates, listening to their distinct adventures, unique discoveries, projects & goals, while discovering their multitude of challenges, surprises, triumphs and set-backs they encounter along the way. Join Richard as he pulls back the curtain on what it’s like to travel around the world and beyond; explore some of the most exotic and often dangerous places; and uncover what makes people, places and our planet so special.

“Exploring is an innate part of being human.” Richard Wiese, spends 30 minutes every week with some of the world’s most compelling adventurers, explorers, and socio-environmental advocates, listening to their distinct adventures, unique discoveries, projects & goals, while discovering their multitude of challenges, surprises, triumphs and set-backs they encounter along the way. Join Richard as he pulls back the curtain on what it’s like to travel around the world and beyond; explore some of the most exotic and often dangerous places; and uncover what makes people, places and our planet so special.

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United States

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“Exploring is an innate part of being human.” Richard Wiese, spends 30 minutes every week with some of the world’s most compelling adventurers, explorers, and socio-environmental advocates, listening to their distinct adventures, unique discoveries, projects & goals, while discovering their multitude of challenges, surprises, triumphs and set-backs they encounter along the way. Join Richard as he pulls back the curtain on what it’s like to travel around the world and beyond; explore some of the most exotic and often dangerous places; and uncover what makes people, places and our planet so special.

Language:

English


Episodes

Life’s Tough, but JR Harris is TOUGHER… Learn How This Man from Queens Became a Wilderness Trekker!

8/5/2021
When asked what inspired him to get started as a solo backpacker over fifty years ago, JR Harris will tell you it was Richard Burton… and the movie “Alexander the Great.” He was sixteen years old and recalled that Socrates asked Burton’s character if he wanted a short, exciting life or a long, dull one. Thinking about this later that night, he decided he would choose a short, exciting life for himself. Listen as he shares with the host of the Explorers podcast, Richard Wiese, and tells us...

Duration:00:37:04

Life’s Tough, but Geoff Green is TOUGHER… Learn How This Explorer Uses Trips to the Polar Region to Teach About Environmental Science

8/5/2021
He’s led over 120 expeditions to the polar regions. Many of these trips have been in the company of students, educators, artists, and leaders. While others are planning family holidays, Geoff Green prepares to take sixty teenagers to Antarctica with the Students on Ice Program. He took some time to talk with the host of our Explorers podcast, Richard Wiese, and share some of what he’s learned. He’s got “stuff” in warehouses all over the place—heavy-duty clothes and equipment which can be...

Duration:00:34:02

Life’s Tough, but Leela Hazzah is TOUGHER… This Champion Defender of Wildlife Reveals Her Winning Strategy to Save Lions

7/29/2021
From her earliest recollection, Leela Hazzah has loved animals of all types. Still, she has been wildly infatuated with lions and elephants. She was raised in Egypt, where Barbary Lions lived before they became extinct. Leela took some time to sit with the host of the Explorers podcast, Richard Wiese and shared some insights into wildlife conservation. After working in conservation for over twenty years, Leela has discovered that her most significant learning was from spending time living...

Duration:00:30:56

Sean Meagher, Super Yacht Captain Explains How Yachts Help the Environment

7/29/2021
When we think of yachts, most of us think of the “idle rich” spending days in the sun and surf without care. When Super Yacht Captain Sean Meagher sat down with Richard Wiese, the host of the Explorers podcast, he revealed some surprises that yacht technology provides to the rest of the world, specifically how they help the environment. Captain Sean Meagher wants you to know that the one thing all Super Yacht designers have in common is that they are innovative and forward-thinking....

Duration:00:36:03

Life’s Tough, but Brandi DiCarli is TOUGHER… This Innovator is Making a Difference in the Planet’s Food Production!

7/22/2021
She used to volunteer at a food bank. Today, she’s expanded that role and is the CEO and Co-Founder of Farm From a Box. This innovative company provides parts of the world with everything they need to grow the food they need. The host of our Explorers podcast, Richard Wiese, interviewed Brandi DiCarli about the project and her views on world hunger. What followed is an exciting look into what’s possible for our planet. Brandi DiCarli and her Co-Founder Scott Thompson saw food access...

Duration:00:27:34

Life’s Tough, but Richard Garriott is TOUGHER… This Explorer Reveals What’s Next in the World of Exploration

7/22/2021
You might say exploration runs in the family. Richard Garriott, astronaut, and pioneer of private space flight is the son of astronaut Owen Garriott. When he spoke in an interview with Richard Wiese, the host of the Explorers podcast, they discussed the fact that when it comes to exploration, paradigms have changed. We’ve exceeded previous boundaries, and yet there is still so much more to learn about. In addition to being an astronaut, video game developer, and President of the...

Duration:00:28:31

Life’s Tough, but Rachel Graham is TOUGHER… This Shark Expert Explains Her Work in Preservation of Shark Species

7/15/2021
Dr. Rachel Graham is practiced in the art of connecting with people. She has a love of sharks and a passion for the preservation of sea life that transcends any fear she might feel. In fact, she’s always had a love of maligned animals. And, when she sat down to speak with the host of the Explorers podcast, Richard Wiese, she talked about her vision of preservation and the team she’s put together to make it happen! Raised in Tunisia, she had the opportunity to camp with her family in the...

Duration:00:33:37

Life’s Tough, but Luca Parmitano is TOUGHER… This Italian Astronaut Shares the Adventure of His Journey!

7/15/2021
Luca Parmitano has the distinction of being the first Italian astronaut to walk in space. On his second spacewalk, he nearly drowned when his helmet filled with water. During the Explorers podcast, he talks with host Richard Wiese about the thrill of the spacewalk and what he’s learned about what’s important. Luca had a wonderful childhood in Catania, Sicily, and didn’t realize that this place was special. It’s a vacation destination for people around the world. His parent were both...

Duration:00:55:24

Life’s Tough, but Wade Davis is TOUGHER… This Cultural Anthropologist Talks About His Life as a Storyteller

7/8/2021
Although he certainly has a way with words, as evidenced by his success as a writer, it will surprise most people to know that he never thought of himself as a writer. As the author of 23 books, and countless articles, Wade Davis sits down with host Richard Wiese on the Explorers podcast to tell us about where he came from and what he’s passionate about. Wade Davis grew up in Canada, and that’s where he lives today. He made many alternative choices that others might not have but felt he...

Duration:00:36:16

Life’s Tough, but Austin Gallagher is TOUGHER… This Marine Biologist is known as the “Tiger Shark King!”

7/8/2021
Suppose you’re a fan of “Shark Week” on the Discovery Channel. In that case, you’re likely to be familiar with shark expert Dr. Austin Gallagher. Austin spent some time with our podcast host, Richard Wiese, for our Explorers are Tougher Podcast. They talked about ocean conservation, and we learned that sharks could be so much more than the subject of marine studies. They can actually be partners and collaborators to help us gain new scientific insights into the oceanic world. Dr....

Duration:00:31:21

Life’s Tough, but Alex More is TOUGHER… This Climatologist Explains the Truth About the Worst Year to Be a Human

7/1/2021
When he sat down with host Richard Wiese to record a podcast session for our Explorers are Tougher Podcast, Alex More talked about his life as an academic, pursuing the American Dream, and working as a researcher in the field of climatology. He’s taken an intense look at the relationship between the state of the environment and virology and pandemic health crises. Dr. More grew up in Italy and Greece, where he learned to dive for the first time at three. When he was seventeen and pondered...

Duration:00:46:39

Life’s Tough, but Alan Stern is TOUGHER… This Planetary Scientist Realized His Boyhood Dream!

7/1/2021
He was seven years old when he knew he wanted to be a scientist or an engineer. So he focused his school studies on the subjects that would support that career choice. Now, he wishes he’d spent a little more time on English and History. He didn’t realize as a scientist how much writing he would have to do. In a recent interview, Alan Stern sat down and talked with our host, Richard Wiese, for the Explorers podcast. We learned about the journey he took to become a scientist and some...

Duration:00:31:47

Life’s Tough, but Shelton Johnson is TOUGHER… This Explorer Enjoys Life’s Majesty as a US National Park Ranger

6/3/2021
Many people have never been to a US National Park. If you’re African American, the chances are even less that you feel compelled to visit. But today’s guest on the Explorers podcast tells us that the closest we can come to visit Africa is to spend time in one of America’s National Parks. Our podcast host, Richard Wiese, sat down and enjoyed a conversation with Shelton Johnson, a US National Park Ranger in Yosemite National Park. He is also a prominent speaker on our national parks. He...

Duration:00:27:46

Life’s Tough, but Silvia Vasquez Lavado is TOUGHER… This Explorer Has Overcome Great Odds to Stand on the Seven Summits

6/3/2021
Growing up in Lima, Peru, life wasn’t always easy for Silvia Vasquez Lavado. In fact, it was incredibly challenging and quite chaotic at times. Turbulent political groups and governmental change made it difficult for any consistency to develop. The environment was constantly changing and often unsafe. Recently, on our Explorers podcast, our host Richard Wiese had an opportunity to sit in with Silvia and hear about her experiences as the first openly gay woman to climb the seven summits...

Duration:00:35:12

Life’s Tough, but Chris Nicola is TOUGHER… This Rugged Caver Uncovers an Amazing Story of Survival

5/27/2021
When you’re inside a cave, there’s a chance you will see something that no one else has ever seen. Cavers look for darkness beyond void – nothingness. In a fascinating recent episode of our Explorers podcast, Chris Nicola revealed an incredible story. It’s his recounting of how one cave exploration in Western Ukraine led to the journey he’ll never forget. Our host, Richard Wiese, spoke with Chris during the podcast about this story's pursuit and the challenges he overcame to tell...

Duration:00:43:50

Life’s Tough, but Mikael Strandberg is TOUGHER… This Consummate Explorer Shares Insight on Perspective

5/27/2021
He’s been called the most respected explorer. Mikael Strandberg is known for carrying the legendary flag of the Explorers Club five times, more than any other Swede. His journeys into extreme conditions and harsh climates have taught him important life lessons that he can share as a public speaker and documentary producer. He’s been exploring Yemen on a camel. He’s trekked through Siberia with reindeer and sleds. After all these journeys under adverse conditions, he tells us of his...

Duration:00:32:06

Life’s Tough, but Adrian Shine is TOUGHER… This Monster Chaser Learned About Human Nature on Loch Ness

5/20/2021
As a boy, Englishman Adrian Shine became enthralled with stories about sea serpents that lived in Loch Ness. He began reading books about the expeditions to explore and seek new understanding about these serpents below the Loch's surface. In our recent Explorers podcast, our host, Richard Wiese, had an opportunity to learn about his adventures and what he now knows. Eventually, as an adult, Adrian decided to explore the Loch by starting his own expedition. His first study environment was...

Duration:00:23:35

Life’s Tough, but Joe Rohde is TOUGHER… This Imagineer Helps Us Understand the Link Between Diversity, Creativity, Exploration, and Adventure

5/20/2021
Consider for a moment that exploration is compulsive behavior… something you must do. It’s an engine that runs a lot of life energy. Our host of the Explorers podcast, Richard Wiese, had the opportunity to talk with Joe Rohde about this on an episode recently. Joe retired after working as an Imagineer at Disney for forty years. He started working for the company when Epcot Center was being built and helped design several country pavilions there. Imagineering is the company's branch...

Duration:00:38:07

Life’s Tough, but Hugo Vau is TOUGHER… This Big Wave Surfer Had a Life-Changing Experience with BIG MAMA in Nazare´

5/13/2021
Surfing wasn’t always popular in Portugal. It’s only in the last 35-40 years that it has been acknowledged as a sport. During this podcast, big wave surfer Hugo Vau talks with our host, Richard Wiese, about taking risks and pushing yourself to new extremes in exploration. In 2006, surfers began exploring and surfing on bodyboards in the Nazare´ Canyon area of Portugal. This huge underwater valley creates gigantic waves away from shore and out in the ocean. Watermen started telling surfers...

Duration:00:40:13

Life’s Tough, but George Kourounis is TOUGHER… This Storm Chaser is Fascinated with the Line Between Natural Force and Natural Disaster

5/13/2021
Most explorers study the weather charts to look for clear weather before starting an expedition. Our recent guest on the Explorers podcast, George Kourounis, does the exact opposite! His passion and appreciation for science and nature have helped him become one of the world's most famous storm chasers. George, the host of the television show, Angry Planet, sat down with Explorers podcast host Richard Wiese. They talked about his attraction to the extreme elements and his obsession with...

Duration:00:35:01