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The River Radius Podcast
A cultural nexus of rivers, people and boats. Stories of rivers around the world: boating, fish, agriculture, climate change, water, life.
Jun 1, 2020
The Confluence of boating and writing
This episode digs into a key concept of waste and the philosophy of Georges Bataille that Zak Podmore uses to define waste. The authors that have influenced his writing and given him insight into challenging topics are explored to include Charles Bowden and Ed Abbey. Zak talks about the process of writing this book and the mentors that supported him: Amy Irvine, Craig Childs, Mark Sundeen. Zak also explains the power of his Mom's life on his life, and then simply enough, uses his own adventures to weave all of this knowledge and wisdom into some fresh perspectives on the pressing layers of life that recirculate through generations. Zak is writing and publishing this book in the beginning of his 3rd decade and he approaches it with frank humbleness and clarity.
May 4, 2020
In December of 2019, "The Salad Days" film was released telling a brief story of Herm Hoops's life. He landed his dream job as a Ranger at Dinosaur National Monument, home of Echo Park. He boated Desoloation Canyon on the Green River again and again and again. Possibly his last trip down Deso is documented in "The Salad Days." This interview is with Herm Hoops, his wife Valerie Hoops and film maker Cody Perry. They talk about Herms life, the concepts of this film, and rivers need the boaters to care for the rivers, and how Herm sees his life.
Mar 21, 2020
From The Grand to Corona
While spending 25 days intentionally away from the world of technology and news and globalization, a group of friends navigated the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon building friendships, exploring the canyons, resetting their life trajectory. In that 25 day period, a virus that started at a market in inland China has caught rides in cars, on planes and trains, and has moved to 6 continents, killing people, maxing out health care systems, scaring financial markets, causing rigid governmental responses, and in many places it is ignored as nothing big. In one moment these friends are having moments of reflection and joy, and then moments of confusion, then they are welcomed back to their new paradigm. Two members of the trip tell the story with humor and heartfelt observation. They went into the canyon to take a break, and they come out of the canyon to concerns about family, uncertainty with personal employment, and wondering why there is a toilet paper shortage.
Feb 20, 2020
8000 Years on the Selway
For two summers, I have been able to row gear boats down the Selway to support this archaeology research. My view has been that of the laymen, the novice archeologist, the boater. At the end of each summer's trip, I have interviewed Jeff Adams of Interior West Consulting to hear the onsite interpretation of what was recorded over the past 8 days. The stone artifacts tell a story. The river and its perfect water add to the story. While I find it stubbornly awkward to make assumptions about a human existence a few hundred years ago to several thousand years ago, I absolutely thrive when I am able to contemplate my short life and how I am like, and am different from the humans who came before me. This show is two people sitting in an amazing place wondering about life beyond their own. https://www.facebook.com/theriverradius/?ref=bookmarks Also on Instagram at The River Radius, and https://www.theriverradius.com
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Jan 26, 2020
2020 is an important push out year for this podcast. Target topics are discussed here, and an invitation for you as the listener to engage. Also, some insight is covered regarding what happened in 2019 to build this podcast.
Jun 18, 2019
138 Days on a River
Jenny and Mike Fiebig took 6 months off from their normal working, shopping, daily life to get back to the land and the river. They hiked to the headwaters of the Green River in the Wind River Mountains of Wyoming and started walking, then packrafting and eventually they launched their custom dory on the Green River and went downstream, all the way to the Mexican border with the United States. This could be a story about all the big rapids and waves and runs....and its not. It’s a story about this married couple, these two humans and how they slowed down and went at the pace of a river for 138 days. Stereotypes fell away. New connections were made. And as they say, they met each again after many years of marriage.
May 12, 2019
Highwater, Helicopters and Money
As the winter of 1983 closed out in the Western United States, the Central and Southern Rocky Mountains were covered in exceptionally deep snow. Spring was warming up and rain was falling. This combination of fast melting snow and rain timed the runoff into the Green and Colorado Rivers just perfect to create record high flows well above 100,000 CFS into Cataract Canyon. It was commercial river season in Cataract and two trips were being pushed into running the biggest water in North America to ensure the company made its profit. As the river level continued to rise, trips were loosing boats and the risk was intense. Bego, Laurie Cooper and Tim Cooper were guides that season and are still friends today. 35 years later, they told that story around the campfire of running Cataract Canyon in 1983, a boss who was seeing dollar signs, and helicopters that shuttled notes and people up and down the corridor. See more at Instagram and Facebook.