Meet a woman who decided to devote her life to the wild birds of New York City, and a Los Angeles man who formed a once-in-a-lifetime friendship.
In June of 2016, Dion Leonard attempted one of the toughest races in the world—155 miles through the Gobi Desert. At the start of day two, he looked down and saw a little brown dog chewing on his shoes. Dion and the little dog were about to embark on an adventure that would change both of their lives.
The B-15 iceberg in Antarctica was the largest iceberg in recorded history. Explorer Jill Heinerth wanted to see what it looked like from the inside. She assembled a team of the most accomplished divers in the world, and they traveled for 12 days through the rough waters of the Southern Ocean. Attempting to dive into cracks in the iceberg, her life was in very real danger three times. And the third time, she would be saved by an animal so small, so transparent, that you can see its heart beating right through its skin.
When Drew Lanham was a child, he used to lie down in a field and play dead, just so he could get a glimpse of vultures flying over him. He made binoculars out of toilet paper rolls, and wings out of cardboard. He loved birds. But when he went to college, he says "I was trying to live up to the expectations of others who said, ‘you're a black kid who's good at math and science.’” So he studied engineering, and was miserable. And then, one day he heard the call of a Prairie Warbler.
When Kayleigh Davis saw Kyler Bourgeous’ profile on a dating app, she liked that he loved the outdoors as much as she did. But what really stood out is that he said he’d survived a bison attack. So, Kayleigh messaged him, and asked to hear the story. And then, something...
Michael Hingson was on the 78th floor of the North Tower of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. He says the first indication that something was wrong was the sound of a muffled explosion. Then the building began to tilt, and he felt the floor drop like an elevator. But Michael Hingson didn’t panic because his guide dog, Roselle, was calm.
We go searching for wolves in Yellowstone, and learn about the dramatic and surprisingly relatable relationship between a powerful young wolf and the small, elderly wolf who had raised him.
One day Franco Magnani picked up a paintbrush.
At 43, Anna Bonavita had given up on finding love. But then she traveled to Cesena, Italy, and met Massimo. She says it was worth the wait. We also speak with Anna about Pennabilli—the town that helped her recover.
We visit a place where the “black sheep” of the Guggenheim family went to be free.
We visit ancient ruins in Rome where cats have taken over. We speak with Silvia Viviani, who co-founded the Torre Argentina Cat Sanctuary in 1994.
We visit a city in Northern Italy where everyone decided to stay quiet to save something beautiful. We speak with Paolo Bodini, Leonardo Tedeschi, Virginia Villa, and others about the Cremona Violin Museum’s “Stradivarius Sound Bank.”
We visit a place where it's good to be ugly.
More than 40 years ago, Billy Barr moved to an abandoned mining town in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains to be alone. He says that there are days in the winter “when it’s so quiet that the noisiest thing is the snow hitting your jacket.”
In 1983, Susan Rogers moved thousands of miles from home to work with her favorite artist in the world: Prince. “He was unlike any human I’d ever known,” she says. A story about making remarkable things, together—plus the secret history of the song “Nothing Compares 2 U,” that Prince wrote...
The story of a color marked by effort and desire.