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INTRODUCTION

4/8/2018
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INTRODUCTION “” EPISODE NOTES Out Here tells the stories of people who've dared to live life differently. Focused on the end-of-the-road community of McCarthy, Alaska, it explores off-the-grid living, raising children in the wilderness, bucking the 9-to-5 and living off the land. It's easy to romanticize, but what's it really like living at the end of a 60-mile dirt road in Alaska surrounded by the country's largest national park? Here you'll find grizzly bears, a rugged landscape, a...

Duration:00:12:04

1: HEADING NORTH

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EPISODE I: HEADING NORTH “” EPISODE NOTES For Gary Green, it was gold prospecting. He wanted a place that was wild and lonely like the Westerns of his youth. For Carole and Daniel Morrison, it was chance. And for Greg Runyan and Kristin Link, it was the adventure, the community and the lifestyle. And love. Everyone has their own story. Some people come here to run away from the world. Others are seeking adventure and an alternative way of living. Some stumble in as seasonal workers...

Duration:00:27:16

2: BUILDING IN THE WILDERNESS

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EPISODE II: BUILDING IN THE WILDERNESS “” EPISODE NOTES Building is what brought Karla Freivalds and Martin Morrison together. Karla worked as a television producer on a show called "Building Alaska." Martin was on the show. Two years later they're still together, and they're renting the log cabin Martin helped build for the tv show. But they're not going to stay there forever. They want to try their hands at building a cabin on their own. "It's kind of like a right of passage," Martin...

Duration:00:28:39

3: LIVING IT

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EPISODE III: LIVING IT “” EPISODE NOTES Ali Towers and Scott Anthony first came to McCarthy in the summertime. When a couple needed a caretaker for their cabin, they traded in a winter in Hawaii for cold weather gear, a generator, a chainsaw and a snow machine. They decided to stay through the winter together in a tiny cabin, and they'd only just met a few months before. The odds were against them. They didn't know how to run a chainsaw or how to get water. They didn't know how to go...

Duration:00:30:31

4: BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS

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EPISODE IV: BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS “” EPISODE NOTES In 2000, Laurie Rowland and her husband Keith uprooted their family of five from Fairbanks and moved to the end of the road. They wanted their kids to grow up in a place where they would learn how to do things for themselves. "We wanted our kids to be not just educated but competent," Laurie said. Life in the wilderness with young kids wasn't always easy. Sometimes they did really dangerous things. Sometimes they got hurt. And they had...

Duration:00:32:16

5: LIVING WITH THE WILD

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EPISODE V: LIVING WITH THE WILD “” EPISODE NOTES In the middle of the country's largest national park, people live with animals large and small, and they also live with the weather. In a place like McCarthy, the outside creeps in. Because you can't even go to the bathroom without having to venture outside. That makes climate change more obvious and impactful. It means people use the resources around them to survive. And it means most people want to live more of a subsistence lifestyle....

Duration:00:34:20

6: MAKING COMMUNITY

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EPISODE VI: MAKING COMMUNITY “” EPISODE NOTES People come and go. Others stay for years. There's no government beyond the state. And there are all different ideas of what the community really is or what it should be. Yet, somehow, it works. "We are a far-flung, loosely dispersed bunch of people," Stephens Harper said. The community is far from traditional. There are no schools, no hospitals, no year-round stores or restaurants. A non-profit helps with community-wide decisions. They hold...

Duration:00:34:05

7: CHANGE

4/7/2018
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EPISODE VII: CHANGE “” EPISODE NOTES It started as a boom town. And then it busted. Then people came to live an older way of life. But progress called. First came the road and then the park. And then, the people. Tourism increased. The economy shifted. A hand tram was replaced by a footbridge. Later a vehicle bridge was added by a private individual. Letters, CB radios and radio messaging systems were replaced by cell phones and 4G LTE internet. Vacation homes started. Services were...

Duration:00:36:54