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Hosted by Heather Thorkelson, business strategist and professional freedom-seeker, Republic of Freedom Radio cracks open and wades through the tough bits of being an multi-passionate human trying to make your mark on the world. With the occasional rule-breakin’ guest, we unpack some hard truths to help you (merrily) kick your mental handcuffs to the curb. (Insert Judd Nelson air punch a la Breakfast Club here)
 
AntArctic Stories is a podcast that takes you behind the scenes into the rich world of people who live, work, and undertake daring expeditions in the polar regions. The podcast is produced by a merry band of career polar guides who primarily work in the expedition cruise industry, and is hosted by Heather Thorkelson. AntArctic Stories is our way of bringing the incredible lives of the people we meet and work with into your homes and headsets, no matter where you are in the world.
 
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Today on AntArctic Stories we have a different kind of guest. In fact, there are two: Tami Harris and Dave Weisman. We've received a number of requests to feature "regular travellers" who have been to the polar regions so we invited Tami and Dave on the program to share their experiences. Since retiring in 2012/2013, Tami and Dave have been spendin…
 
Stephen Eastaugh is an Australian contemporary artist from Melbourne, Australia. He is known for producing semi-abstract, mixed media art, and his work is informed by his decades of experiences travelling. He has made nine trips to Antarctica: three trips as the official Australian Antarctic Arts fellow (2000, 2002–3, 2009), and six times as an art…
 
Few faces in the sub-Antarctic world are as familiar as that of Sarah Lurcock, South Georgia Heritage Trust's Director on South Georgia. Tireless in her management of the annual team that heads to Gryviken to manage the museum, the post office, and various goings-on in this remote outpost, Sarah is one of the strongest ambassadors for an island tha…
 
Alexander Feldt has spent the last decade working as an Arctic guide both on land and on expedition cruise ships in Russia’s Far North and Northern Norway, as well as serving as a Park Ranger for the Russian Arctic National Park. Originally from Arkhangelsk on Russia’s northern coast, he's spent his entire career focused on learning about and shari…
 
Ted Cheeseman is the founder of happywhale.com, a project that aims to photo identify the world's whales through Citizen Science and as such, better understand these mysterious creatures, both for fun and scientific purposes. In just a few short years happywhale.com has become one of the greatest contributors to whale science both in the volume of …
 
Danish national Michael Andersson let his military training and certified carpenter skills lead him from Europe to Canada, Zanzibar to Greenland and Svalbard, and then back Greenland where his growing interest and skills led him to fulfill a childhood dream by being accepted into Denmark’s Sirius Patrol - an elite unit of the Danish Navy that enfor…
 
What happens when you thought your destiny would take you closer to the equator to a Spanish-speaking country, and then discover that your heart is actually in remote, chilly, and wild Greenland? Our guest on the podcast today is Sarah Woodall, a Paraguayan-born naturalized US citizen who was raised in Washington DC and found her way to Greenland o…
 
Today we bring you the story of Bob Gilmore, a former McMurdo base staff member and longtime polar expedition guide who supported both the on-the-ground research projects on the continent and then went on to spearhead polar citizen science programs on tourism expedition vessels. In this episode, Bob tells his story of how he came to work in Antarct…
 
Felicity Aston's story is absolutely incredible - going from someone who didn't particularly like Phys Ed class in school to being the first woman to ever cross the Antarctic continent alone over the course of two months, she has shown that courage, tenacity, and mindset are more important in achieving massive goals than pure physical capability. I…
 
On this episode of AntArctic Stories, we speak with Graham Charles, one of New Zealand’s most versatile outdoor professionals, with over thirty years of professional outdoor experience and qualifications to the highest levels. He is also the founder and President of the Polar Tourism Guides Association. Graham shares with us his experiences of bein…
 
Allison Cusick is a wildly interesting 'woman scientist' and key member of the Polar Citizen Science Collective who spent 10 years as a research biologist before taking on PhD studies at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. In this episode, she shares how she turned her passion for science and travel into numerous opportunities to engage with the n…
 
Mikolaj Golachowski, a biologist by training, lived and worked at Henryk Arctowski Polish Antarctic Station off-and-on over the course of several years, including taking on the role of base commander in his final season. He shares stories of lessons learned about human nature, his self-rescue after falling down a crevasse while alone, and the unusu…
 
Johanna Davidson is a Swedish adventurer and self-described 'cheerful ski bum' who has gone further than most humans in chasing her dreams of a life outdoors in extreme polar conditions, among them skiing alone across Antarctica to the South Pole and then kite-skiing back out to the coast. Listen as she recounts the planning, funding, and endurance…
 
Paul Hart, former Army and Royal Navy officer, takes us along on the recounting of his incredible journey across the Antarctic Peninsula by man-haul, a feat that had never been done before. Leading a team of eight, we learn how the original well-planned route had to be abandoned due to inaccessibility, leaving Paul and his team to cross this crevas…
 
Photo by rawpixel on Unsplash Life is Short. Don’t Settle: What is the only thing of real value you can lose? Your life. Beyond that, we are already naked. When you know you have nothing to lose, you can choose excellence. You don’t have to put up with bullshit. You have the power to change your circumstances. Don’t settle for anything less. Don’t …
 
Photo by Andrew Neel on Unsplash Is “Easy” Worth The Cost of Your Freedom?: The modern role of “employee” has made most of us lazy. For most of recorded history you didn’t even have the option of applying for a job and receiving any sort of financial security?—?you had to have the initiative. Modern life has afforded us an easier option. We aren’t …
 
If you’re not the real deal, I don’t have time: Do entrepreneurs give you trust issues? Does it seem like people are trying to sell you a dream without substance? Coaching, consulting, and entrepreneurship aren’t easy, but when buzzwords and bad marketing are leading to loss, it might be time to rethink your approach. Most people’s lives do not cha…
 
Feeling the burnout of content creation? You don’t want to content-create yourself into the grave! What’s the value of generating constant content when it feels like you’re fighting against the algorithm? One thing is certain: Growth never comes easy. It’s not always about perfection, it’s about creating content that resonates. How do we know what …
 
How is your body like a startup? Approaching both with a self-directing mindset can help! There’s a great divide between conventional learning and manifesting change?—?how can we become our own best expert, and what does it mean to become discerning? We’ve already talked about how the Law of Attraction is total BS. Ali Shapiro helps us deconstruct …
 
How can an email from a friend in the Mexican desert?—?swarming with danger, instability, and beauty?—?turn into the professional opportunity you never knew you needed? Does it matter what the responsible thing is? Have you ever struggled with the idea that choosing the wrong path might lock you into something forever? Does it seem worth it to weig…
 
If you just want to get a message across, sometimes it’s okay to tell a little lie if it means somebody doesn’t get hurt. We know, it’s counterintuitive, right? In this episode, we interview Randi Buckley, life coach and creator of the workshop Healthy Boundaries for Kind People. Cultivating boundaries can be difficult if you’re the sort of person …
 
Manifestation vs. practical application: If Oprah loves it, can it really be bad? On this week’s episode, Heather deconstructs the Law of Attraction, an idea popularized for the modern age in Rhonda Byrne’s The Secret. In looking at the fragments that form Manifestation thinking, Heather proposes an alternative method of manifesting success through…
 
Anyone who says it’s easy to be an adult is a liar. On this week’s episode, Heather sits down with Lynn Crymble to talk about negativity bias, why it’s so hard to ask for help, and the importance of community. Negativity bias is an archaic tool that used to be helpful. We needed to be watching out for danger, in order to survive. But now, what purp…
 
Dreaming vs. Doing: On this week’s episode we talk about what it means to create and sustain a business. We talk about the infinite loop of taking online-courses that never actually turn into a body of work, how to break this cycle and the steps it talks to actualize your business. It starts with an idea, a passion, or an a-ha moment. Then it moves…
 
All over the world, there is a huge need for love, compassion and fostering innerstrength. This week, Heather sits down with Leela Codron, who has dedicated her life to creating compassionate spaces for underpriveleged people in her community. She talks to us about the power of mindfulness— a tool that doesn’t require permission or money; A tool th…
 
A new way of being: On this week’s episode, Sara Nur sits down with us to explain what it means to be a multipotentialite. Sara proves that as humans we are innately complex and shouldn’t have to shrink ourselves down to define ourselves. We chat about viewing curiosity as a positive, the anxiety of defining yourself by your job, and how to move fr…
 
Am I a fraud?: What do Tina Fey, Tom Hanks, Neil Gaiman, Maya Angelou and Seth Godin have in common? Comparisonitis. You may have heard of this by it’s more common name, Imposter Syndrome. Imposter Syndrome: refers to high achieving individuals, marked by an inability to internalize their accomplishments and a persistent fear of being exposed as a …
 
The Republic of Freedom Radio is a podcast by Republic of Freedom. It is a community of people who are tired of being sheep. It’s a place where we talk about the stuff that’s uncomfortable, and where we recognize that the societally-approved stories we’ve been telling ourselves are wrong (or you know….just not applicable to us). The Republic of Fre…
 
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