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Welcome to The Sport and Recreation Podcast, a brand-new podcast where we'll be delving into the important issues impacting the sports sector, asking the challenging questions and drawing on experts from across the sector to help drive best practice. In early episodes we'll be chewing over the implications of Brexit, exploring how we can encourage more of our youngsters to get active and also discussing how we can collectively demonstrate the economic and social value of sport ahead of the g ...
 
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Heidi Sarna is co-founder with Ted Scull of quirkycruise.com. She focuses on small ship cruises of under 300 people -- on lakes, rivers, and oceans around the world. We discuss all aspects of small vessels, and by the end of the episode you'll get an idea if this special, more intimate kind of cruising is for you. Heidi tells why she started quirky…
 
Winter can be cold, and Lea prefers warmth, but the lights, markets, and festivals of the winter months create warm, beautiful (sometimes weird) experiences, terrific travel opportunities to understand the variety of customs and cultures around the world. Lea reflects on pleasures of winter. She talks of lights and fireworks and remembers festiviti…
 
Deeanne Burch is a deceptively gentle woman, but super strong when she needs to be. In her travel memoir, Journey Through Fire and Ice: Shattered Dreams Above the Arctic Circle she recounts life in a remote Inuit village. She tells it like it is -- and it gets scary. But she prevails. We begin with her comfortable early life in Canada centering on …
 
What's it like to live in Beverly Hills? Julie Wagner, CEO of The Beverly Hills Conference and Visitors Bureau gives us the inside scoop -- not just the stars' homes and Rodeo Drive, but the arts, green space, and surprises of this glam Southern California destination. We start with what makes Beverly Hills, so magical, including a discussion of it…
 
Luc Mehl. Photo with permission from the owner. Luc Mehl. Photo with permission from the owner. Luc Mehl packrafting the Matanuska River. Luc Mehl backcountry skating in Katmai. Photo courtesy Luc Mehl. Trip planning and risk analysis are keys to safe and successful outings, whether it is a day hike or an extended trip far from medical help. Alaska…
 
Kikkan and Breck riding to school, photo courtesy Kikkan Randall. Former NSAA Junior Nordic skier Kikkan Randall, photo courtesy Kikkan Randall. NSAA Executive Director Kikkan Randall, photo courtesy Kikkan Randall. Our guest for this episode of Outdoor Explorer is Kikkan Randall, one of Alaska’s most popular and well-known athletes. In the 2018 Wi…
 
Donna Sandstrom is passionate about whales. She is founder of The Whale Trail, and author of Orca Rescue! The True Story of an Orphaned Orca Named Springer. She and Lea share a fascinating discussion of whales, and other cetaceans, including orcas and porpoises. And also, best places to see them around the world. After talking about The Whale Trail…
 
Heidi Sarna, author of Secret Singapore, is an expat living with her family on that island-nation for 15 years. Lea introduces facts about Singapore, and then Heidi tells its secrets, including seawalls, shophouses, rail lines, mansions and shrines. We talk cruising and of exceptional Changi airport with its offerings, and 'Gardens By The Bay.' We …
 
Crow Pass Trail, photo courtesy Max Romey Debris found on the beach, photo courtesy Max Romey Max Romey sketching Raven Glacier at Crow Pass, photo courtesy Max Romey. Our guest this week is Max Romey. Max is a watercolor artist and filmmaker from Anchorage. He has joined us before to tell us about his creative style of using watercolors in his fil…
 
Jean Chatsky knows how to save you money. A frequent guest on Oprah's show, a columnist for AARP, and 'Today' financial expert at NBC for 25 years, she's helped millions make the most of their budget. And that applies to traveling, as well. Jean offers us tips and then gets personal about some of her favorite travels, from childhood to now. We star…
 
Much of Alaska’s landmass is covered in water. During the winter when those lakes and rivers freeze solid, and if the snow isn’t deeper than an inch or so, all that frozen water makes for great ice skating! Around the world, people have been ice skating for a very long time. But recent advances in skate and binding technology, including the popular…
 
David Downie lives on the Italian Riviera -- the Ligurian Coast -- the area of Genoa, Cinque Terre, Rapallo, Portofino and other appealing towns. And lucky for us, he writes about them, both non-fiction and fiction. His latest thriller, Red Riviera, is set in and around Rapallo, and offers excitement and thrills as well as a gorgeous setting. We ta…
 
Economic impact of outdoor activities, image courtesy Alaska Outdoor Alliance. Lee Hart, Executive Director of Alaska Outdoor Alliance, photo courtesy Alaska Outdoor Alliance. The guest for this show is Lee Hart, Executive Director of Alaska Outdoor Alliance. The Alliance’s mission is to build the best outdoor economy in the world. The outdoor econ…
 
Patrice Henry, with The Korea Tourism Organization, shares her travel experiences and memories of Korea with Lea. They talk a bit about the geography and history of the Korean peninsula, and then go on to the wonders of Seoul and of the areas outside the capital, including Busan and several of the islands, including national parks. We go on to disc…
 
Aaron Leggett, President of the Native Village of Eklutna, photo courtesy Aaron Leggett. This show is a follow-up to a show that aired in February of 2021 about Chugach State Park. We found a few paragraphs in the 2016 Management Plan about the First People to arrive in the Anchorage area intriguing. We will learn more about the seafaring First Peo…
 
Canadian expat Geraint Isitt has lived in the Middle East for 14 years, most of them in Dubai, the modern metropolis in the United Arab Emirates. We talk of the history of Dubai, and Lea remembers when she first visited in the 1980s, when it was a small desert town. Safety, expenses, heat, geography, outdoor activities, and lodgings from the opulen…
 
Heather Caldwell Sarah Histand On this show, our guests are Sarah Histand and Heather Caldwell. Sarah is a mental health professional as well as a fitness trainer and we talk about easing the transition of both your brain and your body from summer into winter. We cover some important areas of strength and fitness to focus on as you think about wint…
 
Brian Demo, a former U.S. Marine helicopter mechanic and now a Master RV Technician, has taken to the RV life -- full time -- along with his wife and daughter. They have spent years traveling from one coast of America to the other in their recreational vehicle. He tells us what to consider before buying or renting, types of vehicles, expenses, heal…
 
Jason Flesher, Expedition Team Leader on the discovery yacht Scenic Eclipse, shares all about Antarctica, from the elements to the explorers to experiencing the wonders of the icy continent. -- Jason tells how he became an expedition leader, and choosing the best ships to go to Antarctica. He gives us overviews of land and underwater, and talks abo…
 
Mike Branham On this show, our guest is Mike Branham. Mike is a financial planner with a passion for the outdoors. We talk about how you can fund your outdoor adventures and save for your future, why it’s important to find a balance between these things, as well as some ideas for maximizing your dollars when it comes to the gear and gadgets you nee…
 
CEO Larry Korman, a frequent California Highway One traveler, and Lea, who drove it on her honeymoon and many times since, take us along the Pacific Coastal Highway from Mendocino to Malibu, with stops along the way: realities like washouts, and the frequent pleasures of this spectacular drive, going north to south. -- We cover Mendocino with its g…
 
A celebration of fall around the world! Lea remembers ceremonies she attended in Asia and Mexico, as well as offering the best places to view autumn leaves, suggestions for Halloween and Thanksgiving, wine and beer celebrations, and some of the most unusual fall festivals, including a laughing-in-unison celebration in Japan. ___ Podcast host Lea La…
 
Tony Perelli and Becky King with morels_Photo: Tony Perelli Mushrooms Raina picking blueberries. Understory. Highbush cranberries. Late summer and fall are the time for picking blueberries, hunting for mushrooms, and getting ready for winter. Gathering edible berries and plants has many benefits besides their great taste. Jackie Qataliña, Tony Pere…
 
Lee Bolling’s book “Welcome to Earth Fellow Human”. Lee Bolling. Lee Bolling riding in Anchorage. The Anchorage Bowl is known for its trail networks, and many residents and visitors think our various trail systems are one of the city’s best features. During this Outdoor Explorer, we’ll be talking about one element of the city’s trail system: The so…
 
Lori Erickson, an award-winning travel writer, shares intense experiences around the world, and discusses deep, meaningful travel, often of great beauty. -- We talk of spiritual journeys, not only for religious reasons. Lori's trip to Lourdes showed her how people rely on faith. and she reflects on the beauty of a Maori area in New Zealand. Lea rem…
 
Is cruising coming back strong? Is it safe? Where are the best places to cruise right now? Bob Levinstein, CEO of Cruise Compete, covers many of your questions, and covers many types of ships and cruises, and offers inside tips. Lea and Bob share some or their favorite, memorable experiences, including a special moment by a waterfall in Guadalope; …
 
St Elias the trench, photoby John Bauman. Russell base camp, photo by John Bauman. Mt Deborah basecamp igloo, photo by John Bauman. Bauman Kayaking 1 Paddlng the Katmai Coast 1992, photo by Paul Twardock. Bauman Kayaking BaumanKayaking2 Alaska has thousands of world-class outdoor men and women. Most have gone about their business without fanfare or…
 
Mark Everard is just who you would imagine a New Zealander to be: warm, fit, open, informative, hospitable, polite -- and extremely proud of his very special homeland. He is one of New Zealand's most sought after private guides, and on this episode we speak to him in Auckland, as he tours us through the North and South Islands of this stunning Paci…
 
Hilary Nangle is a Maine maven -- born there, lives there and writes guidebooks about her beloved most-eastern New England state. She takes us on a trip up the coast, from the sandy south beaches to the rocky Down East peninsulas, and inland, to oudoor pleasures, sharing stories and fun facts along the way. --- What makes Maine so special? Hilary s…
 
You might not expect a producer of pop culture phenomena like 'American Idol' and 'So You Think You Can Dance' to create a dramatic wildlife documentary series. But when Emmy-Award-winning producer Simon Fuller met Emmy-award winning doc director John Downer, a "perfect partnership" began. -- The result is the Serengeti series, set on the plains of…
 
Patricia Schultz, author/editor of the best-selling series 1,000 Places To See Before You Die, is a terrific guest. On this super-size 25th episode, she and Lea share stories, experiences and info about favorite places around the world. -- Patricia first tells when she started traveling, and how the "1,000 Places" brand came to be, about 20 years a…
 
Morocco has all the elements travelers love: historic interests, great cities, friendly people; mild climate, scenic beauty, good food and lodging, and great shopping. Expert guide Ahmed Taoumi leads us through the country. -- Ahmed tells of the Imperial Cities: Marrakech, Fez, Meknes, Rabat, with their casbahs. We also discuss the Roman ruins at V…
 
"Life is short and the world is wide. The sooner you start exploring it the better" is a popular quote from Simon Raven. Family trips, backpacking, gap year, exchange programs, international schools -- all are wonderful for young travelers, say guests Bob Gogel, CEO of WorldStrides, and student traveler Sabrina Lane. -- Bob covers the first section…
 
Liz Georges, and Joan and Julia Haskins, all long-time D.C. residents, share secret places and special D.C. moments. Lea asked each of them to share their five favorite things about Washington, and each, their favorite memory. -- After Lea offers a brief history of the city (did you know that George Washington, who founded it, never got to live the…
 
Jim Davidson's story is hard to believe, but all too true. He survived mountain avalanches that took the life of his climbing partner and best friend. And later, while climbing Mt. Everest in Nepal, the highest mountain in the world, a severe earthquake hit. --Many lost their lives, and Jim helped rescue many others. He eventually returned to summi…
 
Between Lezlie Bishop and her son, actor Stephen Bishop, we cover the realities of traveling as a person of color around the world, from the Jim Crow era to the George Floyd reckoning. -- Lezlie and Lea remember the indignities of Jim Crow in the U.S. south. Lezlie tells of when she was the only black student on a field trip to Jackson, Mississippi…
 
Lea takes on the world's weirdest, oddest summer festivals around the world. -- In the USA, there's underwater music in Key West, hat contests in Connecticut, and all things Elvis in Memphis. In Canada, she remembers participating in a noisy celebration of survival. -- Bayonne, France celebrates Basque culture; and Italians high in the Dolomites sw…
 
This episode of Outdoor Explorer first aired on May 14, 2020. In the fall of 2020, it was submitted to the Alaska Professional Communicators 2020 – 2021 Communications Contest where it won first place in the category of “Special Programming – Radio.” First-place state winners are automatically submitted to the National Federation of Press Women’s C…
 
Husband Bill and I invited my son Cary and his partner Zhanna on a travels through the major European World War battlefields, in Belgium and France, ending 10 days later in Paris -- a road trip of charm and history. First, we hear tips on road tripping, then we describe our trip. Right away we missed The Compiègne Wagon, the train carriage in which…
 
The Stan-Kamps on the last leg of their journey in Utah, photo courtesy Jodi Harskamp. Leif and Tui Stanbury with Nukka at Capitol Reef National Park, photo courtesy Jodi Harskamp. Tui and Leif Stanbury at Landscape Arch in Arches National Park, photo courtesy Jodi Harskamp. Leif and Neal Stanbury at Delicate Arch in Arches National Park, photo cou…
 
Delightful award-winning guide Eskerne Falcon talks with us from San Sebastian (also called Donostia) in Northern Spain), near the French border. We discuss the best pintxo bars and take a super tour in this beautiful Basque city and environs, between mountains and the Bay of Biscay. -- Eskerne tells of the city's culture and history, developing fr…
 
Fran Golden and Midgi Moore, authors of 100 Places To Do in Alaska Before You Die, talk with Lea about the travel superlatives of the biggest, most northern and most spectacular state. -- We start with cruising. Does size matter when it comes to seeing glaciers, up close? (Not that much, as in other things.) We name glaciers and describe some of th…
 
Most accidents occur for similar reasons: not being prepared, poor equipment, being in a rush, and lack of skill. Some accidents, however, are unpredictable. Learning from others is a great way to avoid the perils of being outdoors. Whether it is talking to friends, watching documentaries, or reading one can learn how to be ready for a particular a…
 
Tim Gravel Gina Shively On this show, we are talking about enjoying coffee in the outdoors. First, you’ll hear from Tim Gravel who is the co-owner of Kaladi Brothers Coffee about his favorite backcountry coffee brewing method as well as some other ideas for making coffee on your next camping trip. Then you’ll hear from Gina Shively who is a pilot a…
 
In Part 1's amazing tales, Episode 14, we found out that Randall Lane likes to live on the edge -- from the jungles of Liberia to the deserts of Nevada. Besides being chief content officer and editor of Forbes, he's my son, and I found out details on the episode that I never knew about. His motto is "life is to be experienced," and in both his work…
 
A tool at work. Photo from MatSu Trail Parks Foundation. A trail near Kachemak Bay Alaska Trails Volunteers Trails at Kincaid Park, photo by Paul Twardock. A trail crew near Kachemak Bay. A trail crew near Kachemak Bay Trails are one of the primary infrastructures in the outdoors. They lead us to destinations or are and end unto themselves. Trails …
 
Randall Lane likes to live on the edge: I know because, besides being chief content officer and editor of Forbes, he's my son. His motto is "life is to be experienced," and in both his work and play, he would rather do things than regret the things he didn't do. Here he gives us four exciting (sometimes harrowing) tales of his adventurous travels. …
 
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