Outside Podcast

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Outside’s longstanding literary storytelling tradition comes to life in audio with features that will both entertain and inform listeners. We launched in March 2016 with our first series, Science of Survival, and have since expanded our show and now offer a range of story formats, including reports from our correspondents in the field and interviews with the biggest figures in sports, adventure, and the outdoors.

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  • Logan jung
    Outside.io was a rug pull
    It’s been nearly 5 months since any update from Outside Magazine about the defunct NFT project they tried to launch. It would be awesome if they addressed this in their podcast, discord channel, or even on twitter because the people who bought into the NFT project were most likely loyal Outside Magazine customers and Outside did them wrong by leaving them high and dry when layoffs happened at Outside.
  • RoseCityDweller
    Love show, question sponsors
    Visit Florida? I don’t think so - the NAACP has issued a travel advisory for good reason - The formal travel notice states, "Florida is openly hostile toward African Americans, people of color and LGBTQ+ individuals. Before traveling to Florida, please understand that the state of Florida devalues and marginalizes the contributions of, and the challenges faced by African Americans and other communities of color."
  • Fmj556
    Due to advertiser unable to listen
    The story telling is classic Outside style. I am unable to listen because of travel Florida advertising.
  • Emily.Joy
    In response to “great content but”
    Love the hosts voice- several podcasts have great content but this is one of the very few I enjoy the hosts voice! Don’t change the host! LOVE! Listen every week
  • SeattleCapHill
    Great stories, Annoying host
    The stories in this podcast are great. But man, the guy who hosts it is obnoxious. He sounds like a wealthy east coast kid moved to Denver, over-pronouncing words with strange tonal shifts akin to Moira Rose eating the microphone. Just talk, dude. Just talk.
  • AK0008
    Great content but
    Wish you’d get another host. Voice isn’t really great for broadcasting (sounds like he’s trying to be Rod Sterling?). I’m sure he’s an awesome guy, but this is not his wheelhouse.
  • Jessi_rose
    Great podcast
    To save the soul of a mountain town was such an awesome episode. This hits so close to home for me, I look forward to each episode you guys do! Keep it up
  • TiredMiddleoftheRoader
    Interesting content but ….
    I’ve enjoyed Outside magazine for years and have enjoyed the podcast but it’s taken a bit of a tilt over the past couple of years. Interesting content but wow it’s incredibly pompous and pretentious in its reporting. Not all and not always but it’s a bit off putting. Listen to the runner moving from a vegetarian diet to meat and you may fear for our future at the over dramatization and pretension.
  • Listenlistenup
    Backcountry racing to the bottom
    Regrettably, the Outside podcast has regressed in quality since its amazing host, Peter Stark, departed. His storytelling was exemplary - his informal series on Survival is still some of the most riveting audio I've ever heard - his pace and timing is unforgettable. Most episodes since then seem like filler. But fast forward to now, and the podcast seems to have devolved so much more, into an SEO exercise thirsting for listeners. How else to make sense of the current episode,"Quest to Become a Meat Eater" which traffics in multiple tropes and even fictions regarding the holy cultural grail that is meat consumption. The host does not question or factually locate any of the tropes -- no journalistic lens is applied at any time --so the message is clear. The poor speaker vis-a-vis main character is probably iron and/or B12 deficient but this possibility is not explored. Why consider this when it might interfere with online search optimization. ?? Even if it's what fits and what is true.
  • ChrisM102
    Outside in the bubble…
    I tried, but every episode seemed to be Outside editors interviewing each other, or their close friends. They all share the same views and opinions, which just seemed really self centered and kinda selfish. Finally I had to give it up on the “vegan meat eater. She had to surrender her personal values because she loved running so much. She suffered such angst of eating living things. The solution? Make them taste good! Queue the friend who is also an editor and a chef, and things just get weird from there….
  • america is over
    Dream job?
    To imagine a person could raise a family of 4 as a ski patroller is delusional. You make him sound like a victim. Poor guy, he has the best job in the world. Of course it doesn’t pay… if it did, one half of America would be patrollers, emt’s, cops, fire, ect.
  • SquillyTheKid
    Ditch outside
    Outside - bringing dystopian capitalism to love of nature.
  • MirjSx
    Fought a bear w/ pocketknife
    Great episode. Thanks for re sharing! However, the voice of the outside voice over is driving me a bit nuts. Why does she lower her voice at the end of every sentence to a dramatic whisper mumble ? Just speak clearly and don’t lower your voice when there’s a question. Isn’t that radio voice 1:1?
  • bullet report
    Scorpion dies, Moron lives to share.
    225 miles of dangerous white water, should have slept in her raft.
  • Chrisbhuimnol
    Excellent podcast!
    Really well done podcast and I love the variety of shows. I don’t get bored knowing every episode is a different variation of the last. I am really enjoying the summer readings of books, it’s fascinating to hear about others and their lives in the outdoors. I’m learning so much more about people and their experiences in the outdoors than I ever thought I would. Plus, I like they are not interviewing experts, which gets very boring.
  • Anthony Wilson
    Interesting, but kind of podcasty
    The host sounds like Ira Glass imitating Rod Serling.
  • Zinnia1280
    Creepy narrator
    What is with the narrator’s voice? It’s so modulated and fake it’s downright creepy. And what’s with hiring “professional actors” to read parts? They’re even worse. More like listening to some cheesy Harlequin romance novel than stories about adventures in the outdoors. Come on Outside! You're blowing it!
  • FrankPetronio
    Outdoors with obese Jewish women
    Neurotic womyn from the Tri-State area discuss irrational fear of weather, gentiles and God’s creatures
  • so899
    I wanted to like it
    I tried to listen to a few episodes but had to turn it off. The narration is unbearable. The writing made me cringe. The commercials… yuck.
  • Tandem Bear
    Don’t mushroom hunt!
    Everyone should listen to the episode about dying by mushroom poisoning. Brutal but so valuable! I attended a week long mycology seminar as a young college student. Not a biology student and this was a graduate seminar, so it went TOTALLY over my head. (Still had a great time.) But the ONE thing I did learn? Don’t hunt for wild mushrooms! All of the mycologists said the same thing, “NO way would I pick wild mushrooms for consumption. Too many look-alikes & unidentified species out there!” MAYBE one exception: Morels, because they’re unique & distinctive. But that’s it! Anyone who says otherwise is actually ignorant of the dangers. When the experts won’t do it, probably not a good idea for the layman! Not worth losing your liver and/or life over an amateur mistake!
  • Team Shadow X
    Love it!
    I absolutely love the outdoors and this podcast makes me feel like i’m outside on an adventure when i’m really inside at home or in school, I love it!!
  • podddu
    blockchain doesn’t belong in this space
    hey y’all love your stories but am SO shocked and frankly disgusted that you’re hyping blockchain in your latest ep considering what an absolutely devastating environmental toll is involved with this tech. those of us who respect the earth and treasure nature must categorically reject new harmful capitalist tech ventures that come at the expense of our planet, not simply jump on the bandwagon to pursue ‘connection’ with a digital audience. upsetting.
  • prnhoney
    Amazing story of survival & teamwork!!
    Swimming For Your Life in the Open Ocean was probably the most riveting episode yet! I mean, I knew they survived because they were relaying their experience but it was produced very well & their story captivated me, as it most likely did other listeners. So glad the outcome was positive!!
  • _theeprince
    Love the first person accounts of survival
    More science of survival!
  • tuppy146
    Used to be great
    Newer episodes all sound the same and the line between ad and show are way too blurred for comfort.
  • Sephorafan
    Kara Goucher
    💗love the episode of Kara Goucher from 2020 talking about speaking up about Nike’s Oregon Project & Alberto Salazar,& also advocating for women being paid during pregnancy.💗love Kara she is so full of passion for running💗
  • Tpb718
    What happened?
    Used to be great. Looked forward to it on my runs. Now I can’t get through an episode. From the reviews I see I’m not the only one. Unfollowing.
  • geldster
    The subject matter is interesting, delivery is not
    Each episode seems like it’s an interesting topic, but the interviewers somehow find a way to make it really boring, going on and on about how touching or special the interview will be, how important the person or topic is, but they never get to the meat of the story. This review is for the last few episodes
  • Dwoo2021
    Come back…
    I miss the survival stories and epic story telling. More tips and advice on outdoor activities, would be neat. Haven’t downloaded any new episodes lately as they all have the same theme. :/ You got this Outdoor crew! Not giving up yet on you guys.
  • Dave Rhodes 5282991
    WOKE outdoors
    Another outdoor company lost to the cult
  • tnguy5701
    Outdoor Stories to Social/Political Agendas
    Used to throughly enjoy listening to this podcast for its incredible storing telling (specifically the survival series was incredible), informative interviews with experts, and getting to hear about the latest in the “outdoor” scene. Lately, it’s mostly has become a platform to promote political stances and advocate certain social ideas. With most everything else becoming that way, I look forward to hiking, backpacking, fishing, hunting, etc where the people there are there to enjoy the beautiful outdoors. There is an immediate commonality shared amongst us regardless of what political tribe we may or may not ascribe. I love that about nature and no longer find that here.
  • smk6548
    Not as good as it used to be
    I used to love this podcast…had great content, interesting guests and introduced me to new sports and places. It’s honestly very boring now and has really gone down hill. Sad because I used to love it but will likely stop following.
  • Dh5601
    Content has become less intriguing to me lately
    This show use to captivate me nearly every episode with stories of survival, epic adventures, and fascinating people. Lately, it seems there are more “self discovery” and social cause episodes which I struggle to find interesting. Using a platform to bring awareness to social issues is fine and admirable, but this show has gone overboard and thus lost my interest. I don’t want to hear stories of minorities or drag queens going camping for the first time, I want to hear epic adventures and tales of survival.
  • pnw24climber
    Podcast has lost focus
    Outside used to be one of my absolute favorites. Compelling, well-constructed stories of adventure and achievement. However, in the last year, this podcast turned to mush. Stories are about social activism loosely related to the outdoors, not adventure and certainly not achievement. I’ve been passively standing by for months, waiting for better content to resurface, but the latest “Forces of Good” series sent me over the edge. There’s a place for this type of storytelling in the world, don’t get me wrong, but it’s not this podcast. Here’s to hoping they right the ship soon and I can update this review to reflect the previous nature of this show.
  • mtnFitness
    Lost Focus
    Too much social and feelings. I want more hard core outside adventure stories, techniques, and other interesting related topics. This podcast has lost their focus or at least is focusing on things not interesting to me. My friends have all felt the same.
  • 764799
    As an outdoor person I find this podcast boring and uninspiring. Just like outsides magazine.
  • Kburgert
    Changed my opinion
    Only listened to two episodes so far and this podcast has quickly become one of my favorites. Edit: I used to really love the outside podcast but it has gone from incredible stories of people doing really interesting things, to “inspiring” stories of people gently dipping their toes in the outdoors. I don’t mind hearing a variety of voices, viewpoints, and experience levels, but scattered throughout (not beginners all the time). Seems to focus more on social stuff than the outdoors anymore.
  • e-spe
    Worth a listen and occasional eye roll
    Every 5th episode touches on adventure and interesting tales, the rest are corporate commercials spread through what seems to be virtue-signaling diary entries
  • nalliwok
    5 star podcast but difficult to listen to
    I love the content of this podcast but the host’s voice is difficult to hear unless I’m using headphones in a very quiet place. Or sometimes I just give up and accept that I can’t hear what he says. I end up listening to very one sided interviews that way, but it says a lot about the podcast that I continue to listen anyway.
  • Jamiemcgil
    Thanks for correcting the vocal fry
    The vocal fry is back! Please make it stop! I had to stop listening to the episode! I found t handle it anymore!!! HELP!!!
  • fpoonline
    “Artic”?! And other narration issues
    I like the episode length and many of the general topics. However, the narration is very unprofessional. The highly self-conscious stylized handling of vowels, idiosyncratic pronunciations, l-o-n-g elongation of final syllables, and extreme vocal fry, do not bestow a sense of gravitas or maturity upon the narrators — quite the contrary. And, “Artic?” (9/21/21 episode, repeatedly; Stephanie, please learn how to pronounce this basic place name.) Hard to listen given all the Amateur Hour features; it could be so much more — more depth would be welcome as well, as the content often just skims the surface. Criticism aside, thanks for producing the podcast; I know it takes a lot of work.
  • JonHandshake
    Content is great. Guests are great. But there is way too much editing. Just let us listen to the whole interview - raw! And the way the host puts on this weird fake TV game show host voice is really distracting. The forced inflection and pregnant pauses… Sounds like a 1990’s movie trailer. Does anyone talk like that in real life? Just be yourself, man!
  • dougjep
    Well done
    I recently discovered this podcast. Great job and interesting interview.
  • sfmermaid
    I cannot listen anymore
    the narration is awful. I just don’t enjoy this pod at all anymore.
  • 1971kmrk
    I don’t intend to just jump on the bandwagon, but...
    At the risk of a pile-on, the lowered pitch and slow pace at the end of the host’s every utterance is flat-out bizarre. I’m a licensed speech-language pathologist, and this is diagnosable
  • JDO110201
    Could be great
    Lose the vocal fry narrator and you’ll have a great podcast. It is painful!
  • thisismylastattempt
    The narration is almost annoying enough to prompt me to stop listening. Getting close.
  • Matt73940552
    Could be a good podcast but the language is rather juvenile, and there is no explicit language warning.
  • phildo_baggins
    Too much greenwashing
    I enjoy the podcast, and the stories told within, but I’ve had to unsubscribe because for months all the ads are from car companies and fossil fuel companies trying to greenwash their reputations through a podcast that is ostensibly about protecting and recreating outdoors. Do better than that Outside.
  • EMarieS1
    Poor audio
    Wanted to love it but the interviewer is so much louder than the interviewee that we’re getting blasted by one and have to turn up the volume for the other. I want to devour the content but just can’t.
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