What if… You could sail to French Polynesia, run from San Francisco to New York, skateboard down the busiest freeway in California, quit your job and ski around the world, start a business, move to Costa Rica, surf every day, get in the best shape of your life, fall in love, and GET WILD?

2019 & 2018 SHOWS

The Making of Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable with Director Aaron Lieber

When she was 13, up-and-coming pro surfer Bethany Hamilton lost her left arm in a shark attack. She bounced back a month later and today is one of the best surfers in the world who is rewriting the rules on being a fearless athlete. This week we’re talking to Aaron Lieber, the director of a… read more

What to Cook While Camping with Brad Leone, Anna Brones, and Brendan Leonard

Today’s episode is a deep dive into the art of cooking and eating outside, perfect to help you up your game this summer season. For many people, figuring out portable meals that are healthy, filling, and tasty is a challenge. For others, the prospect of bringing food on the trail is an afterthought entirely. I… read more

Be Wildly You with Pattie Gonia

Pattie Gonia is the world’s first outdoor drag queen and activist. The brainchild of Wyn Wiley, a talented photographer and Eagle Scout from Nebraska, Pattie rocks her platform boots to hike, ski, and now surf her way through Mother Nature’s most beautiful settings. She’s become an example of how to be WILDLY YOU, no matter… read more

The Stuff That Matters with Karen Rinaldi and David Romanelli

I’m speaking with two authors who’ve released books that are less about the extreme, and more about the in between – the important stuff in life. Karen Rinaldi is the author of It’s Great to Suck at Something, a book about the joy she found in pursuit of surfing, a sport she says she’ll never… read more

Earth Day: Plastic Pollution

In honor of Earth Day 2019, we recorded a bonus episode that dives into the problem of plastic pollution and the impact it’s having on our oceans. I recently spent some time in Laguna Beach with a handful of experts that are channeling their creative and innovative brain power to combat the issue of plastic… read more

Design to Empower with Sally Bergesen and Sensi Graves

Today’s guests are two founders of athletic apparel companies whose goal is to make clothes that function well, feel good, and look good, so you can focus on your adventures. Sally Bergesen, the founder of Oiselle, fell in love with running in college but couldn’t find the kind of running clothes she wanted to wear,… read more

Facing Fear with Kim Chambers

Kim Chambers was 30 years old, an athlete and a powerful executive, when she slipped and fell down a set of stairs. The injuries she sustained changed the course of her life. In 2014, she became the sixth person (and third woman) to complete the Oceans Seven, and in 2015, Kim set a new world… read more

Creating Art as a Couple with Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi

In June of 2017, rock climber Alex Honnold climbed El Capitan, a granite rock formation about 3,000 feet high in Yosemite National Park without any ropes. His journey was captured and made into a beautiful, Academy Award-nominated documentary by filmmakers Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi. read more

How to Unplug with Danny Kim

Have you ever been out in the wilderness, staring at a gorgeous vista or surrounded by falling snow and found yourself struggling against the urge to pull out your phone in order to capture the moment? Are you planning to go back and look at that photo later? Or are you snapping a picture so… read more

Mindfulness with John Allcock

Back in December I got to spend a morning with the kids at Sea Change Preparatory, a school in Del Mar, San Diego that not only educates junior high and high school students in traditional subjects, but also focuses on mindfulness, physical fitness, teamwork, and goal setting. At Sea Change they begin each day on… read more
Shelby Stanger Wild Ideas Worth Living Podcast

About Wild Ideas Worth Living

Have you ever wanted to sail around the world, climb a mountain, travel to a new country, learn a new skill, start a business, write a book, or get in the best shape of your life? Wild Ideas Worth Living is podcast dedicated toward empowering others to take a break from the mundane and live out their wildest ideas.


Host and Adventure/Business Journalist, Shelby Stanger, interviews world-class explorers, scientists, health experts, authors, athletes, performers and entrepreneurs about how they’ve taken their own wild ideas and made them a reality, so you can too.

From people who have sailed around the world, started a new business, broke a record or just stood up for something they believed in, some of the wildest ideas can lead to the most rewarding adventures.


Shelby lands incredible interviews with fascinating humans because she walks their walk – over and again, she has turned her own wild ideas into reality. I am as big a fan of Shelby’s as I am of her podcast.

Alyssa Roenigk

Senior Writer and TV reporter, ESPN

You’re so much closer to your dream wild life than you realize. And thanks to Shelby Stanger and “Wild Ideas Worth Living,” you may just find the key that unlocks the wilder, bolder, healthier future you’re been yearning for. Shelby is already living the wild life herself, and on her podcast, she taps into her amazing network of visionaries to hear their stories and learn tips for transforming our wildest ideas into a way of life. Think of Tim Ferris with the testosterone dialed down and the fun dialed up, and you’ve got Wild Ideas Worth Living. Every time I listen, I come away inspired, impressed, and exhilarated.
Christopher McDougall

Author of “Born to Run” and “Natural Born Heroes."

Shelby knows everyone in the outdoor world and knows how to get them to reveal what makes them tick in the most interesting ways. I can’t wait to see who she’s interviewed next!

Mary Turner

Deputy Editor, Outside Magazine


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