Ep. 18 - Pain, Healing & Instagram with Corey Richards (Part 1)

How Corey shows up? By letting his raw and self possessed life show in his work.

It’s impossible to talk about what Corey Richards has accomplished in his professional life without looking at what he’s gone through in his personal life. Corey found photography after surviving a painful relationship with his older brother and several attempts at clinical treatment. That early trauma both helped create the ferocity with which he tackled his later endeavors and also a jealousy that’s he’s learned to tame and channel.  

We don’t just talk about Corey’s accomplishments, like being a National Geographic photographer and a North Face athlete, but what’s it’s like to have actually lived those experiences. That includes the nearly-fatal avalanche that was featured in the award-winning film Cold, which chronicled his team’s ascent of Pakistan’s Gasherbrum II. We also talk about how his iconic self portrait in the aftermath of that event caught him in a raw emotional state, and how he feels about one of his most well-known shots being of himself in the age of social media.

Corey has lived a rich life, not always pretty one, not always the perfectly manicured image of an outdoor profesional we are used to seeing plastered across the internet.

More than anything, we talk about what goes on in Corey’s head, including what it’s like to deal with trauma, both from his early childhood and his near death experience. We also touch on what it’s like to parse the idea of masculinity in the Me Too era and why, moments from death, what flashed through his mind wasn't his life, but thoughts of parking tickets and Cheerios.

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Ep. 17 - How to be Perfectly Present with Nat Geo Photographer Aaron Huey

A National Geographic Photographer. 

A Harper's Magazine Contributing Editor. 

A Stanford d.School Ambassador. 

A Wearer of Gold Shoes. 

A Climber of Rocks. 

A Father. 

A Husband. 

An Artist. 

Aaron Huey is National Geographic photographer, a Stanford Media Designer, and Founder and Creative Director of Amplifier.org.  As a photographer Huey has created over 30 stories for the National Geographic magazines.  As the first Global Ambassador for Stanford's d.School, and as a Media Experiments Fellow there, Huey focused on experiments using the human centered design process in both the analog and digital world.  His combination of art and storytelling as a tool for social change has resulted in the creation of the Pine Ridge Community Storytelling Project, The Sherpa Photo Fund, and the global art phenomenon called "We The People" with artist Shepard Fairey that appeared at Women's March Rallies around the world.

Aaron lives in Seattle with his wife Kristin, his son Hawkeye, and his dog Suki. 

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Ep. 16 - Hilaree Nelson - The most adventurous women in sports.

Combining a passion for exploration, mountains and skiing, Hilaree has traveled to some of the most exotic mountain ranges on earth. Outside Magazine named her one of the most adventurous women in the world of sports.

She is the first woman to climb two 8,000m peaks in 24 hours (Everest and Lhotse). She’s also skied from the Himalayan summit of Cho Oyu in Tibet and climbed and skied several high peaks in Bolivia and Argentina. Elsewhere, Hilaree has cut turns on remote volcanoes in the Kamchatka Peninsula of Russia, Mongolia, Pakistan, Lebanon, as well as many first descents in the tight couloirs of Baffin Island.

Born and raised in the Northwest, Hilaree began skiing at age 3 at Stevens Pass in the Cascade Mountains of Washington State. Eventually she moved to the Chamonix Valley of France where she learned most of what she needed to know in order to take her skiing skills to the next level- ski mountaineering.

In addition to her work for The North Face, Hilaree is a mother to two young boys, and although they have changed her life dramatically, her passion for the mountains has not abated. She lives in Telluride, Colorado and finds her sanity in the beautiful San Juan Mountains.


Ep. 15 - Eric "Hoji" Hjorleifson - Possibly the best skier of our time...

Born and raised into a family where seasonal employment and a place to live revolved around skiing and snow conditions, Big mountain specialist Eric Hjorleifson can't actually recall his first day on skis. Raised in the shadowy spine of the Rocky Mountains which rise dramatically from his Canmore, AB, home, "Hoji"s early days were spent on the rope tow at Mount Norquay in Banff National Park.

Hjorleifson's talent soon led to an association with a Canmore-area filmmaker named Dustin Lindgren, who contributed footage to Colorado-based Match Stick Productions. Almost broke and hardly able to afford heli-time, Hoji and Lindgren wound up at Mica Heli Guides, a wild backcountry lodge north of Golden, BC. They got enough useful footage for Hjorleifson to produce a 'highlight reel' that eventually led to an Oakley sponsorship.


Ep. 14 - Starting a revolution within yourself -Breanne Butler - Co-FOUNDER OF THE Women's March

Breanne is a chef in New York City, and the CEO of 'by Breanne', a fashion and food concept that specializes in candy jewelry. Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Breanne received a scholarship to attend Macomb Culinary Institute during her senior year in high school, and graduated from the program at just 20 years old. She moved to New York City in 2011 and began working at the Michelin-starred Rouge Tomate, and became their Pastry Sous Chef 18 months later. She then became the Executive Pastry Chef at Facebook NY, becoming widely known in the company for her innovative and unique desserts. When Breanne isn’t in her kitchen, she loves to put stamps in her passport, traveling from South Africa to France to expand her food knowledge. She loves to advocate for women and diversity in the restaurant industry, and has mentored many cooks throughout their careers. She has been able to use her strength and experience in organizing kitchens to help organize almost 400 marches around the world.



Ep. 13: Making an all female Big Wave Surf Film - Sachi Cunningham

Sachi Cunningham is a documentary filmmaker and Professor of Multimedia Journalism at San Francisco State University. Her award winning stories have screened at festivals worldwide, and on outlets including the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, PBS FRONTLINE, FRONTLINE/World and the Discovery Channel. The Emmys, Webbys, and Pictures of the Year International have honored Cunningham's work. A graduate of UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism and Brown University, Cunningham's documentaries focus on international conflict, the arts, disability, and the ocean environment. On land she has turned her lens everywhere from the first presidential election in Afghanistan, to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. In the water, she has swum with her camera alongside everything from 350-pound blue fin tuna to big wave surfers, to Olympian, Michael Phelps. Once an assistant to actress Demi Moore and Director/Producer/Writer Barry Levinson, Cunningham brings a decade of experience in feature films and commercial productions in New York, Hollywood and Tokyo to her career in journalism and filmmaking.


Ep. 12: Progressing the sport of Big Wave Surfing - Keala Kennelly

Keala Kennelly is a professional surfer, DJ, and actress from Kauai, Hawaii. After spending a decade ranked in the top 10 of the ASP World Championship Tour (WCT), Kennelly took a break from the tour in 2007 to explore her passions for acting and music. She now continues her surfing career by progressing the sport of female Big Wave surfing.

In this conversation we discuss what it is like riding giants like Teahupoo as well as her journey progressing the sport of female big wave surfing. I grabbed Keala at a recent event in Hawaii when she was with Sachi Cunningham promoting and fundraising for a new film they are working on together.


Ep. 11: Finding Common Ground - James Q Martin

James Q Martin is photography and filmmaker. Q is dedicated to regional and international conservation and we stepped aside from a recent Protect Our Winters summit to chat. Q has worked with Brands such as Patagonia, Keen, REI, HBO and Editorial’s like Outside Magazine and Nat Geo Adventure. He hopes that through his art he will raise awareness for issues facing our communities worldwide, and unite people in taking steps to preserve and protect the special places on this planet for future generations. Q has traveled extensively throughout the American Southwest and to more than 30 countries, spanning six continents, documenting the stories of world-class athletes, artists, conservationists, filmmakers, and scientists who inspire him.


Episode 10: The role of civil society in protecting displaced populations - Beth Ferris

Beth's work encompasses a wide range of issues related to human rights, forced migration, humanitarian action, the role of civil society in protecting displaced populations and the security implications of displacement. The goal her work with the Brookings Institute is to develop global and regional normative standards on internal displacement, to support governments, civil society and international actors in their work with internally displaced persons(IDPs), and to carry out independent research on situations of internal displacement.

Prior to joining the Brookings Institution in November 2006, Ferris spent 20 years working in the field of humanitarian assistance. Most recently, she worked in humanitarian response and long-term development for the World Council of Churches in Geneva, Switzerland. Ferris served as the Director of the Church World Service’s Immigration and Refugee Program and the Research Director for the Life & Peace Institute in Uppsala, Sweden. She also served as chair of the International Council of Voluntary Agencies from 2003-2006 and, in that capacity, was an active participant in the Inter-Agency Standing Committee. She has been a professor at several US universities, including Lafayette CollegeMiami University and Pembroke State University, and served as a Fulbright Professor at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.

Our conversations ranges from her start in Humanitarian work to Environmental Disasters which displace people all over the world. From Draught to Sea levels rising and their impacts on communities, Beth is on the forefront of trying to get Government agencies to be prepared for these disasters and finding future solutions. I am honored to have gotten to sit down her and truly inspired. I hope you enjoy as much as I did!