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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, fall in love, 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 SHOWS

2019 Recap

This year we dove a little deeper. Instead of just focusing on individuals, we talked about themes – mindfulness, facing fear, how to unplug, connecting deeper to nature, plastic pollution, being radically yourself no matter what, self-acceptance, how to win an Oscar (okay that happened after one of our guests came on the show) and…
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Not Impossible with Mick Ebeling

Entrepreneur, speaker, and philanthropist Mick Ebeling is the founder of Not Impossible Labs and a believer that nothing is impossible, forever. In 2009, Mick met Tempt One, a graffiti artist who had been paralyzed by ALS and could no longer do his art. Without any experience in ocular technology, Mick launched himself into a project… read more

Recycling with Helen Lowman

When it comes to recycling, it can be difficult to know what we can toss in that blue bin. Luckily, there are plenty of resources and organizations that can help us recycle properly. My guest today is Helen Lowman, President & CEO of Keep America Beautiful. She’s giving us some background on the recycling industry,…
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Lessons from Extreme Adventures with Jerry Holl, Julie Hotz, and Ryan Higginbotham

Jerry Holl, Julie Hotz, and Ryan Higginbotham are three ordinary people who decided to drop everything and pursue extraordinary adventures. Each of them wanted to shake themselves free from their routines, push themselves to extremes, and become the best versions of themselves. read more

Making it as an Artist with Loveis Wise and Lisa Congdon

Loveis Wise and Lisa Congdon are two visual artists who have turned their passion for art into amazing careers. Loveis takes inspiration from her own journey to overcome fear and her love of the outdoors, as well as her desire to showcase people from underrepresented communities through joyful illustrations. Lisa creates bright works of art… read more

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

2019 Trailer

Last year was a big year for this podcast, and this year we’re boosting our production even more. We’re diving deeper into stories and exploring not just people, but also about topics and ideas that will help you chase down your own wild adventures.
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2018 SHOWS

2018 Recap

Wild Ideas Worth Living Podcast’s Idea: To interview top athletes, health experts, adventurers, and authors about their wild idea and share them with you.
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Scott Jurek – How to Revitalize Your Purpose, Tackle the Longest Trails, Set Records, and Write Best-Selling Books

Scott’s Wild Idea: To renew his sense of purpose by running the Appalachian Trail (which he also set the speed record for), and chronicling his adventures with his wife in a book called North. read more

056 Mike Coots – How to be a World-Class Adaptive Surfer, Shark-Attack Survivor, Photographer and Marine Life Advocate

Mike’s Wild Idea: To turn the shark attack where he lost his leg into a life mission. To also photograph sharks, help preserve marine wildlife, and to help other amputees and shark attack victims get active. read more

2017 SHOWS

055 2017 Recap

Shelby’s Wild Idea: To make a podcast that inspires others to live more wildly, and share stories and advice from the top adventurers, athletes, health experts, and more.
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Shelby Stanger on She-Explores

An honor to be a guest and share my story on the popular outdoor podcast She-Explores: Inquisitive women in the outdoors, on the road, and besides. Listen to the the full interview here:...

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022 Norah Eddy – How to Use Business to Improve the Health of the Oceans

Norah’s Wild Idea: To create an innovative company that makes seafood not only sustainable and delicious, but helps improve the health of the oceans while connecting people with their food and where it comes from. To also empower other young female entrepreneurs to take risks in businesses even in industries primarily dominated by men. read more

013 Chris Burkard – Becoming a World-Class Adventure Photographer

Chris Burkard’s Wild Idea: To become an adventure photographer. Wanting to discover the best photographs in nature, Chris Burkard decided to go to the most remote and raw of places. While he was well on his way to become a leading surf photographer, spending most of his time in tropical water, Chris wanted to go… read more

010 Jaimal Yogis – Facing Fear with Mindfulness and Love

Jaimal Yogis’ Wild Idea: To run away from home as a teen and learn to surf in Hawaii. Then, join a Buddhist Monastery. Next, head to head to Columbia Journalism School and become an award-winning journalist, and then the award-winning author of Saltwater Buddah, the best seller The Fear Project (where Jaimal surfed Maverick’s), Turtles… read more

007 James Nestor – The Art of Freediving and Writing an Award-Winning Book

James Nestor’s Wild Idea: To leave the corporate life for a job as a freelance writer, then learn to freedive and uncover an entire world of science beneath the surface of the ocean that lead to an award-winning book, Deep: Freediving, Renegade Science, and What the Ocean Tells Us About Ourselves read more

006 Alison Teal – How to Thrive on Naked and Afraid, Travel The World With A Pink Bikini and Make A Difference in The World with Alison Teal of Alison’s Adventures

Alison Teal’s Wild Idea: To Travel the World, Win Discovery Channel’s Naked and Afraid, and Make Movies That Get People to Pay Attention to Plastic Pollution and Protecting Our Environment. read more

Ryan and Nicole Levinson – TwoAfloat’s Nicole and Ryan Levinson On Sailing to French Polynesia To Chase Their Dreams Despite Any Limits – WIWL005

Ryan and Nicole’s Wild Idea: To leave San Diego, their jobs and house to sail to French Polynesia. Now they are sharing their awesome story and you can find out how. read more

Joel Van Der Loon – Survival Skills for the Wild and Living Closer to Nature – WIWL004

As a young boy, Joel Van der Loon grew up in South Africa and Tanzania, and has always been somewhat of a “wild child.” He and his dad grew up in a remote area of Africa, where he learned from the Massai, then sailed around the world, and lived a life very connected to animals… read more

Cindy Whitehead – Stories From a Female Skateboarding Pioneer – WIWL003

Have you ever wanted to skateboard down the freeway?! Me too, except please don’t try that at home because you will most likely die! Cindy Whitehead managed to sneak in a session on the L.A.’s busiest freeway one day and also did some other wild things. She was one of the first females to get… read more