Meik Wiking: “The happiness of pursuit”



Meik Wiking has made a life out of studying happiness. The Copenhagen-based researcher and international bestselling author (The Little Book of Hygge, The Little Book of Lykke) has worked with countries around the world to explore what brings meaning and satisfaction to our lives. The Happiness Research Institute founder and CEO’s latest book, The Art … Continue reading Meik Wiking: “The happiness of pursuit”


Pachi Ibarra: “You have to be prepared for everything [in Antarctica]”



Maria Paz ‘Pachi’ Ibarra may well be one of the most experienced alpinists in all of Antarctica. The Santiago, Chile-raised climber has over ten first ascents in the Ellsworth Mountains, more than anyone else. A guide for more than 15 years, she first arrived on the continent to survey peaks in the Sentinel Range. She … Continue reading Pachi Ibarra: “You have to be prepared for everything [in Antarctica]”


Alex Wong: “You’ve got to check your ego at the door”



A Toronto-based freelance writer and bestselling co-author of We The Champs: The Toronto Raptors’ Historic Run to the 2019 NBA Title, Alex Wong is among the most preeminent personalities in the NBA’s digital sphere. A former accountant, his path to journalism was an unconventional one, sparked by an early-career layoff. Now, Wong — whose work … Continue reading Alex Wong: “You’ve got to check your ego at the door”


Lamont ‘Tory’ Stapleton: “If we want to make a change, we’ve got to start with prisons”



The co-founder of Between the Lines, a prison basketball program aimed at rehabilitation, Lamont ‘Tory’ Stapleton has always kept the game of basketball close. An Athletic Hall of Fame member at Gill St. Bernard’s School in New Jersey, Stapleton played for Southern New Hampshire University and finished with over 1,300 career points. A self-described “dot … Continue reading Lamont ‘Tory’ Stapleton: “If we want to make a change, we’ve got to start with prisons”


Carl English: “[Basketball] was a way out”



Carl English’s basketball story is anything but ordinary. A longtime veteran of the Canadian National Team and 2018 NBL Canada Most Valuable Player, the 37-year-old grew up in Patrick’s Cove, Newfoundland (population: 56), shooting hoops on the side of the highway. He went on to star at the University of Hawaii and led the team … Continue reading Carl English: “[Basketball] was a way out”


Kiliii Yüyan (Part 2): “Let reality unfold before you”



In photographer Kiliii Yüyan’s work, he has drawn on both wilderness survival skills and empathy — qualities he deems “critical” for the projects he embarks on in extreme environments and cultures outside his own. “Human cultures are the most complicated things to understand,” he says. “Human culture is so rich. There’s so much to it.” … Continue reading Kiliii Yüyan (Part 2): “Let reality unfold before you”


Kiliii Yüyan (Part 1): “I never stayed put”



Storytelling has always been a part of Kiliii Yüyan’s life. As a young Chinese-American, his earliest stories came from his Nanai grandmother — stories of hunters riding orcas and roaming the seas. Today, a kayak builder, Nia Tero Storytelling Fellow, National Geographic photographer, and sought-after speaker, Yüyan explores the “human relationship to the natural world,” … Continue reading Kiliii Yüyan (Part 1): “I never stayed put”


Benveet Gill: “Nothing is designed for people with disabilities”



In 2012, Benveet Gill was on holiday in Las Vegas when a virus paralyzed her from the waist down. “I had the most excruciating pain in my low back,” she said. Doctors diagnosed her with transverse myelitis, an autoimmune disorder in the spinal cord. Since then, she’s co-launched ReYu, an Edmonton-based not-for-profit promoting neurorecovery; and … Continue reading Benveet Gill: “Nothing is designed for people with disabilities”


Marc Hamer: “This is a small life”



Marc Hamer has lived a great many lives — from wandering the English countryside as a homeless teen to teaching creative writing to inmates. But it’s his latest chapter, that of an author and retired mole-catcher, that has sparked interest around the world. Hamer’s debut book, How to Catch a Mole, has been called “effortlessly … Continue reading Marc Hamer: “This is a small life”


Best of Story Untold: Fear (Part 2)



On this week’s Story Untold, hear from more of the most noteworthy episodes on the podcast about fear — from walking on a highline 1,000 feet in the air, using fear as a tool in marathon competitions, insecurity and how it leads to self-sabotage, and the experience of fleeing a child soldier camp. Snapshots from … Continue reading Best of Story Untold: Fear (Part 2)