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This travel podcast travels the unbeaten path. Unfolding Maps talks to adventurers of all dimensions about their expeditions and the experiences that shaped them. Join the host, Erik Lorenz, in his conversations with globetrotters, who are best-selling writers, award-winning photographers and critically-acclaimed filmmakers. Through the pens and lenses of these border crossers, Unfolding Maps tells stories that encourage us to step out of familiar spaces, to venture to the other side of bord ...
 
Inspire people. Support each others' growth. Create a meaningful life. Does this mission reflect your values? Welcome to the community! What is WHYLD about? Bringing together friends and strangers for conversations on topics that expand their horizons. Fostering the exchange of thoughts between people of diverse walks of life. Giving extraordinary people „from next door“ a voice to share their stories. Celebrating people’s authentic life choices. Why? So that YOU feel inspired to step into Y ...
 
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🏃‍♀️Running away from where it hurt? We all have done that. But walking back towards it? 🚶‍♀️ Being rejected for who you are takes a toll on a soul. Especially so if the ones rejecting you are the very people you love most - your family, your community. 💔 This happened to Meagan after being outed as a gay woman 👭. One day she is a valued member of …
 
What can we learn from the tribes in the rainforest of New Guinea? What are the greatest dangers facing humanity and the earth today, and how can they be overcome? These are some of the many questions we address in this conversation with a leading scientist that has been voted one of the world's top ten intellectuals by various British and American…
 
🛑 When will you stop treating your passion as a hobby? 🛑 To Ady Parzentny, music is everything. Has been for decades. When the working day was over, he used to hit the rehearsal room and play the night away. 🎸 👨‍🎤 But making music for a living? 💰 Unthinkable. After all, is it really appropriate for a punk rocker to make money with his music? Just w…
 
In this very special episode, we welcome a real survival icon: Bear Grylls has become known worldwide as one of the most recognized faces of survival and outdoor adventure. Trained from a young age in martial arts, Bear went on to spend three years as a soldier in the British Special Forces, as part of the 21 SAS Regiment. It was here that he perfe…
 
What if you chose YOU today? “By making that choice I became significantly happier. And from then on, every time I made a choice that literally felt authentic, I would gain freedom, I would gain happiness.” 🤗 Those are the words of Sam Sheppard. A kind woman with a big heart and a beautiful warm laugh. A teacher👩‍🏫 all her life, a facilitator with …
 
Chris Burkard, born in 1986, is many things: he is an adventurer, photographer, creative director, speaker, author, father, husband, surfer, certified yoga instructor ... and first and foremost, a storyteller. He travels much of the year to explore the most remote places on earth, capturing stories there to inspire people to rethink their relations…
 
„Why do white people hate black people?” This is an honest question ⁉️ which people visiting Candidly Speaking events might seek answers to. In other contexts, (white) people might read this as an accusation and begin to push back – but not in the intimate space ❤️ Adolpha Cole & her team create for their participants. Candidly Speaking is a concep…
 
Have you ever, during your travels, had a conversation that was so beautiful, so rare, so impactful that you wished others could have witnessed it? A fleeting moment in time, sharing your universe with a person whom you will likely never meet again. The stranger at the café in Marrakesh, the trucker in New Zealand, the villager in Tonga. Sharing th…
 
How can you tell a season is ending? That’s a question I have asked myself for 19 episodes of WHYLD Podcast 😅 When I first started this podcast, I guess it felt calming to have a built-in drop out option, a natural end in case this creative endeavour was going nowhere. The opportunity to say anytime: “Hey, this is the last episode of Season 1… and …
 
Who needs to do something about it? For Delia Botea, the answer was “Me.” In Romania, a country where there are 600 000 stray dogs roaming the streets, waiting to be captured and very likely killed, Delia made a choice: If no one helps these poor, often malnourished, injured, sick, abandoned souls… she must do it. Once scared of dogs herself, she s…
 
“I just think back to that first time I got a proper look at Antarctica: There was something about the simplicity and the beauty and the perfectness of it all that made me want to scoop it all up and somehow contain it in me.” That's a quote from our guest, Polar explorer, Antarctic scientist, author, speaker and expedition leader Felicity Aston MB…
 
Can you be the same person at work that you are at home? Before brushing off this question, pause and reflect. Why should you even ask yourself this? Why shouldn’t you be able to be yourself at work? Why should this be important, after all? Workplaces are spaces in which we spend a whole lot of our time. It’s where we show up, challenge ourselves a…
 
Do you show your true self at work and in all your relationships? You do not need to struggle with your gender identity to experience difficulties in answering YES to that question. Being ourselves first and foremost – and not what we think is expected of us in our many social roles – can be a courageous act. For Anastasia Biefang, the first transg…
 
⁠Do you doubt you live up to people's expectations of you? Do you tend to belittle your own successes? Welcome to the club of many.⁠ ⁠Sometimes we call it modesty, sometimes we speak in the name of realism, sometimes we claim to acknowledge the support of others.⁠ But frankly: oftentimes we simply cannot accept our own greatness.⁠ ⁠In this episode,…
 
Are you holding open the door for fate to enter or do you push it close? Sometimes we win, sometimes we lose. Sometimes we hit obstacles, sometimes miracles lift us across them. In this episode, musical theatre performer Romeo Salazar shares his experience of losing the stage to perform on during the Covid pandemic. In this juicy, textured conversa…
 
"One of the most amazing things about Mike Horn's life is that it still hasn't come to an end." This sentence sums up the life of this episode’s guest quite well: Mike Horn is introduced again and again as one of the world's most important explorers and adventurers of our time. What he has achieved and demonstrated in terms of endurance, determinat…
 
How much are you willing to sacrifice in order to hide your „imperfections“? We all do it at times. We throw our energy, time, and an impressively creative charade of excuses onto the things we feel insecure about, ashamed of, or „not ready yet“ for. We willingly trade our dreams, opportunities, and belief in ourselves for a chance to hide our impe…
 
In this episode the tables are turned. Instead of asking them, Erik answers questions – such as: What can we learn from travel? How can storytelling change the world? How do we experience adventures and what does that do to us? How can we travel in times of climate change? And what opportunities do we see within the challenges of the current pandem…
 
Did you know that up to 1 in 4 recognized pregnancies end in miscarriage? This is something few know about. In school during sex education, we learn how to avoid pregnancies. However, the other side of the medal is rarely spoken about: How to deal with not being able to get pregnant or the child never making it through to being a new, miraculous li…
 
A childhood in the shadow of a Cold War border - this is how Kapka Kassabova grew up in Sofia, Bulgaria. After studying in Sofia and emigrating with her family to New Zealand, Kapka Kassabova, now a writer, poet and journalist, lives in the Scottish Highlands. From 2013 until 2015 she returned to the Balkans and embarked on a special journey into t…
 
Can you imagine sharing life with more than one partner? Find the love of your life, get married, buy a house, have kids. This default notion of a desirable, successful path in life is a common theme in society. In this picture, a monogamous “escalator” type relationship plays a central role. However, vowing sexual exclusivity to, loving and living…
 
60 years of research on social and family interactions of wild chimpanzees. And decades of commitment to animal welfare and environmental protection. This episode’s guest is the world-famous British ethologist and environmental activist, Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE. Originally, she has been best known for her long-term study of wild chimpanzees in Tanzan…
 
A winter walk in the woods with an icon of heavy metal: Eric Adams is world-famous as the singer of the American band Manowar. In episode 16 of Unfolding Maps, he has already talked about another passion that shapes his life besides music - his love of nature, wildlife and hunting. In this second interview, he now delves deeper into these topics. D…
 
Have you ever questioned feeling pity for someone with a disability? This conversation might make you do just that. Kara Scott had been confronted for years with strange neurological symptoms and vague diagnoses that would make a spelling champion break a sweat. Her life changed for good when, on the flight home after a family vacation, paralysis h…
 
Maureen (Mo) Beck was born without her left hand, but that didn’t stop her from starting to climb at the age of 12 – to prove everyone wrong, who thought this sport might not be for her. By now she has won multiple titles, including a gold medal at the 2014 Paraclimbing World Championships in Spain and a gold medal at the 2016 World Championships i…
 
Does your way of asking questions get you ahead or does it set you back? We pose questions all the time, out of a desire to understand, to connect, to get clearer on a course of action, to challenge others, and a million more reasons. Questions are such a basic component of our linguistic toolkit, rarely do we pay attention to their power. Yet, que…
 
Over a two-year period, storyteller and National Geographic photographer Erika Larsen travelled to many locations in the western United States to learn about the significance of the horse in Native American tribes - culturally, spiritually, and economically. ⁠ ⁠ Along her journey she met many Native Americans who shared their profound stories and e…
 
Are you attuned to your inner voice? Can you relate to the feeling of not being able to be your true self in the circumstances you are in? To experiencing pressure, stress, and the resulting effects on your body and mind as you try to meet the expectations of yourself and others? Depending on how deep you are stuck in the rabbit hole, you might thi…
 
She was a successful CEO of the clothing manufacturer Patagonia and played a decisive role in building the company. And then left everything behind to move to the wilderness of the actual Patagonia in Chile. For nature conservation – and for love. Our guest in this episode is Kristine Tompkins, an environmentalist and the president of Tompkins Cons…
 
"Fathoms - The World in the Whale": That is the title of Australian author Rebecca Giggs' first book (published by SCRIBE and Simon Schuster in April 2020) – and it is, indeed, the gate to a large world... In it, Rebecca blends natural history, philosophy and science to reveal an unexpected world in a stranded whale – with more cross-connections to…
 
How well are you connected to who you truly are being at the core? What might sound like an awkward question to some is a game changer once we actually open up to it. We are more than our name, our profession, our history. Jason Stephenson, the creator of guided mediation and affirmation recordings, reflects on how mindfulness helps to strip away t…
 
Sitting in a snow-covered tent, surrounded by a pretty harsh environment where no horizon can be seen, in the arctic circle. Cooking with reindeer blood and learning the fascinating Sami language. Photographer Erika Larsen experienced all this when she lived with the Sami people in Scandinavia for a total of four years. She had been looking for peo…
 
For many years Sierra Leone and Liberia have been too dangerous to travel through. They were places of terrible violence – associated with child soldiers, prisoner mutilation and blood diamonds. With their wars officially over, Tim Butcher set out on a journey across both countries. In this episode, he remembers this journey. It is his second appea…
 
Have you ever wondered why phone booths in Italy might be wider than elsewhere? Well, it's most likely an untrue myth, to be fair. Plus, this is definitely not the topic of the episode - but you'll hear an answer anyway if you keep listening to the very end. In this episode, you'll get to meet Francesco Leone. A serial entrepreneur who does not con…
 
(Rerelease of previously published Weltwach episode.) Eric Adams is world famous as the singer of the legendary American heavy metal band Manowar. Besides music however, another passion shapes his life: his love for nature, wildlife and hunting. This is what this episode of Weltwach is about: Eric Adams tells how his father once showed him the wild…
 
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