The Caroline Gleich Show

The Caroline Gleich Show

By Caroline Gleich
On this show, we’re going to be exploring a variety of topics – adventure and activism, climate change messaging, outdoor adventure, allyship, relationships and how we can use sport to change the world.
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Celebrating Black Joy with Ultrarunner Mirna Valerio: Episode 13
Recorded 5/28/20. With everything going on today – protests against police brutality, an awakening of the persistence of racial injustice – a global pandemic – it’s more important than ever that we find places to celebrate joy and specifically Black joy from Black people’s stories. I know that seems counter intuitive, but joy will fuel us through these difficulties. Mirna Valerio is an ultradistance runner whose passion for the outdoors, inclusivity, diversity, and inspiring others is palpable. Mirna started a blog called Fat Girl Running to talk through her experiences as a “larger woman in a world of thinner athletes.” Her blog has since propelled her into the spotlight. Mirna now travels around the country and the world to speak, teach, and encourage others to live large. In this podcast, we talk about Mirna’s upbringing and how she got her start in ultrarunning. As a Brooklyn native, Mirna didn’t have access to trails as a child, but excursions through her middle and high school helped develop her love for the outdoors, while her drive for team sports encouraged her athleticism. After a health scare in 2008, Mirna started running again and hasn’t looked back since. She’s now a cross-country coach (she helped train Will Smith for a half-marathon!), an acclaimed author of her recent memoir A Beautiful Work in Progress, and a participant in races both nationally and abroad. I’m so inspired by Mirna’s infectious positivity and her drive to keep pushing herself. I so enjoyed speaking with her about racism, the connection between COVID and ultrarunning, and how to manage imposter syndrome. “Find a way.”––Diana Nyad Find Mirna’s website here Check out Mirna’s Instagram Find Mirna on Facebook Follow Mirna on Twitter Buy Mirna’s Book “A Beautiful Work in Progress” here Scroll through her blog at Fat Girl Running Support Mirna on Patreon Check out her current favorite book Big Summer by Jennifer Weiner Today’s episode is brought to you by Fat Tire. Born on a bike, Fat Tire strives to be a role model for other businesses in their impact on the communities they serve and the planet itself. Fat Tire is a certified B-Corp and gives 1% of profits to environmental non-profits. They supported my 2019 Everest #ClimbForEquality and continue to be supporters and champions for a variety of causes including Protect Our Winters and the High Fives Foundation.
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June 30, 2020
How Business Can Be a Force For Good With Steve Fechheimer, CEO of New Belgium Brewing, Makers of Fat Tire: Episode 12
On this episode, I chat with Steve Fechheimer, CEO of New Belgium Brewing, Makers of Fat Tire, about what role businesses have to play in making the world a better place. We discuss his path to becoming CEO, what climate change has to do with beer, B-Corp certification, 1% for the planet, and how to spot corporate greenwashing from authentic environmental responsibility.  We also talk about Steve's own activism, from writing an Op-Ed to support the CORE Act and what issues he cares about personally. Lastly, he gives us some advice about how he balances parenthood and corporate leadership. Today’s episode is brought to you by Fat Tire. Born on a bike, Fat Tire strives to be a role model for other businesses in their impact on the communities they serve and the planet itself. Fat Tire is a certified B-Corp and gives 1% of profits to environmental non-profits. They supported my 2019 Everest #ClimbForEquality and continue to be supporters and champions for a variety of causes including Protect Our Winters and the High Fives Foundation.
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June 16, 2020
How to be an environmental justice activist with Raul Grijalva: Episode 11
What can you do to advocate for environmental justice for all, fight for underrepresented voices and protect our frontline communities? What inspires you to protect public lands? How can we find healing through these turbulent times? On this episode of the Caroline Gleich show, U.S. Representative Raul Grijalva dives deeper into these questions and finds solutions on how we can transition towards a sustainable future.  Congressman Raul Grijalva is a Democrat serving Arizona’s 3rd District. He began his career in public service four decades ago as a community organizer in Tucson. Throughout his career, he’s always fought for underrepresented voices. In 2018, Rep. Grijalva became the Chair of the House Natural Resources Committee and I had a chance to meet him in February 2020 when I was invited to testify in support of his bill, The American Public Lands and Waters Climate Solutions Act (HR 5435). Testifying was strangely intense and scary experience, but whenever I got scared, I felt comforted by his presence. I feel better about our country knowing there are people like him advocating for livable wages for American workers, immigration reform and land protections to safeguard our nation’s natural treasures for the next generation. On the show today, we discuss the story behind the American Public Lands and Waters Climate Solution Act, how public lands can be a part of the climate solution, and the intersectionality of climate, environment, and racial/social justice. He shares what inspired him to protect public lands and gives us tips on how we can make our environmental activism intersectional and inclusive to build resilience coalitions to advocate for public lands and to unite against climate change. Thank you to Protect Our Winters Action Fund for supporting this as a part of their Virtual Lobby Camp and Fat Tire.
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June 12, 2020
How to Be a Pro Skier and Activist With Leah Evans: Episode 10
In this episode, I talk with Leah Evans about activism, skiing, allyship, meditation, and the importance of sport. Leah Evans started Girls Do Ski in 2008 while also attending university and working to become a professional skier. Since then, her business, her ski career, and her activism have become the cornerstones of a super diverse and fascinating life. Originally from Rossland, British Columbia, Leah has lived in Revelstoke, home of some of the most epic backcountry lines, for 12 years. In the summer, she’s an Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG) hiking guide, and in the winters she’s fully hands-on with all-women backcountry and resort skiing clinics she creates with Girls Do Ski. Leah is a champion of wild places and was deeply involved in the Jumbo Wild project–one of a growing list of successful land protection stories–which helped protect natural grizzly habitat and Ktunaxa Nation land, from the development of a ski resort. Earlier this year, the Ktunaxa Nation, with Federal and Provincial governments, declared the Qat’muk Indigenous Protected and Conserved Area, forever protecting Jumbo. She’s also a native seed keeper, avid reader, and volunteer with Wildsight. “Make a decision and go for it. Don’t waste time thinking about it.”–Leah Evans Rent Jumbo Wild Learn more about Jumbo and the Ktunaxa Nation Girls Do Ski Girls Do Ski Instagram Page Get involved with Wildsight  Map of Indigenous Land Natives Outdoors Follow Leah Evans on Instagram Snow Drifter Pant on Backcountry.com The Rosie Project Book The Dovekeepers Book Outro music: Resilient by Rising Apalachia
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May 22, 2020
How to Embrace Failure With Jess Lahey, Author of "The Gift of Failure" and My High-School English Teacher
I’m so excited for this episode with Jess Lahey. She was my high school English teacher when I moved to Utah when I was 15 year old.  In 2015, Jess wrote The Gift of Failure, a New York Times Best Selling book about how parents must let their children fail. Providing a path toward solutions, Jess lays out a blueprint with targeted advice for handling homework, report cards, social dynamics, and sports. Most importantly, she sets forth a plan to help parents learn to step back and embrace their children’s failures. She has a BA in comparative literature and a JD with a concentration on juvenile and education law and hosts a successful podcast, #AmWriting. Her second book, The Addiction Inoculation: Raising Healthy Kids in a Culture of Dependence, will be released in April 2021. I’m so excited to reconnect with her to talk about failure, addiction and me as an awkward high school student. Resources: The Journal of Best Practices by David Finch Lindy West: What Happened When I Confronted My Cruellest Troll  Lindy West on This American Life  Follow Jess Lahey on Twitter
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May 11, 2020
How to Be A Climate Activist With Molly Kawahata: Voting, Messaging, and the Need for Systemic Change. Episode 8
"We're not here for very long, so we're going to do everything we can to move historical climate legislation forward." -Molly Kawahata, about her years of working on climate and energy for the White House during the Obama Administration I am thrilled to share this conversation with Molly Kawahata. I first met Molly when she worked as the Policy Advisor for Energy and Climate Change at the White House during the Obama Administration. I remember being invited to a call about a climate initiative by the White House, and being so excited, only to accidentally mess up the time on the call and miss it while on a trail run! I was so disappointed, but luckily, I was able to join a future call. Molly started the #ActOnClimate social media campaign, which currently has over 130,000 posts, which is what the call I missed was about!  I got to meet Molly on a trip to Washington DC with Protect Our Winters and we instantly bonded. She’s one of the brightest people I know, with a special talent for climate messaging. In this episode, we chat about climate, voting, what it was like working at the White House, environmental sinners vs. environmental saints and mountaineering adventures with tips for how we can all improve our messaging on climate. Resources: When We all Vote League of Conservation Voters Asian Pacific Environmental Network  Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression and the Unexpected Solutions Molly's Favorite Book: The Largesse of the Sea Maiden by Denis Johnson Molly's Instagram
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May 4, 2020
Adventure, Activism and Allyship with Dr. Len Necefer: Episode 7
Dr. Len Necefer is one of my favorite people and I’m so excited he could join us on the show! Len is a climber, mountaineer, skier and scholar and the founder of Natives Outdoors – a business with the mission of empowering indigenous communities through their products and storytelling for a sustainable world. He has a Ph. D. and is a professor with the American Indian Studies program at the University of Arizona. He holds a bachelor’s of science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Kansas & a doctorate from Carnegie Mellon University’s Department of Engineering and Public Policy. Previously, he worked at the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio on supersonic vehicle research and most recently worked for the Department of Energy’s Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs supporting tribes realizing their energy futures through research and grant making. His research focuses at the intersection of indigenous people and natural resource management policy. He serves on the board of the Honnold Foundation and the American Alpine Club. In his free time, he’s outside – rock or ice climbing, ski mountaineering and bikepacking to tell stories about environmental activism and Indigenous history. These stories have been documenting through his writing and photography and he’s been featured in Alpinist, Outside, Besides Magazine, Patagonia’s Cleanest Line and various film festivals. In this episode, we talk about Len's adventures with skiing, mountaineering and climbing and he shares lessons he's learned from adventures in the mountains that can help us during challenging times. We hear about the accomplishments he's most proud of, as well as some failures he's made along the way. He shares Navajo wisdom. We discuss his love of memes! Then we go in to more difficult topics: we talk about cultural appreciation vs. cultural appropriation and he gives us his take on what authentic allyship looks like.  Follow Len on Instagram.  Follow Natives Outdoors on Instagram.  Dispossessing the Wilderness: Indian Removal and the Making of the National Parks Collapse: How Societies Chose to Fail or Succeed
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April 24, 2020
Everything You Need to Know About Climate Change Right Now With Dr. Naomi Oreskes: Episode 6
Dr. Naomi Oreskes is a Professor of the History of Science and Affiliated Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Harvard University. A world-renowned geologist, historian and public speaker, she is a leader in communicating climate science to the wider public. She’s a ripping skier and outdoorswoman. I met Naomi on a trip to Washington DC with Protect Our Winters (she serves on the Board of Directors) and we instantly bonded. Like me, Dr. Oreskes is petite in stature, but don’t let her size fool you. She has more courage and bravery than most people I know. Her book, Merchants of Doubt, which covers the parallels between climate change denial and controversies of tobacco smoking, acid rain and the hole in the ozone layer helped me find my voice on climate change again after years of ad-hominem attacks by climate change trolls and deniers.  In this episode, she shares with us everything you need to know about climate change right now. We discuss how you can get involved as a climate activist, how to talk to about climate change with people who don't believe it's real, why we need to listen to scientists and how to deal with attacks when you talk about climate. She shares tips on how we can discern between credible and misinformation on social media and where we can go for good climate science. We discuss the parallels between climate change and Coronavirus, both in our government response and what we can take from that to address the problems of climate change.  Then, she goes into discredited the big lies of climate change denial and she outlines the solutions to fix climate change now. Dr. Oreskes discusses why it's not a population growth problem and speaks to all these issues with clarity and precision. With Coronavirus dominating the news, it's more important than ever that we continue to talk about climate change. This episode will answer your questions and empower you to find your voice to lead these important discussions. Resources for Climate Science: NASA Climate Change American Geophysical Union American Meteorological Society American Association For the Advancement of Science National Academy of Science Other papers referenced in the show: A Trillion Tons Pope Francis's Encyclical on Climate Change Naomi's Favorite Book, The Burger's Daughter Thanks to Rising Appalachia for providing our opening and closing music, for Avery Sandack for his audio editing expertise and to Aaron Blatt for the image of Naomi. If you learned something from today's episode, share it with one friend. 
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April 13, 2020
How to Hike Solo and Make it in Outdoor Journalism with Shawnté Salabert: Episode 5
I am so excited to share this episode and conversation with Shawnté Salabert. She's hiked over a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail and spent two years on the trail taking photos and recording impressions for her book, Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail: Southern California. I got to know Shawnté through her work as a journalist when she interviewed me for Adventure Journal. She's had articles published in Alpinist, Backpacker, Outside, Los Angeles Magazine and Modern Hiker, among others.  In this episode, we chat about how she got her start in the outdoor world, leaving the security of a well-paying job in the music industry to pursue her passion as an outdoor journalist. We talk about her tips for tackling big goals and hiking solo and she shares her favorite trail food. After talking about adventure, we take a deep dive about the role that journalism can play in disrupting implicit bias, and why we need to protect and support a free and independent press now more than ever. This episode is filled with inspiration as well as practical advice. It was a treat to interview Shawnté. I hope you enjoy this episode and I look forward to hearing your thoughts about it. Resources on disrupting implicit bias: The Avarna Group: Justice + Equity + Diversity + Inclusion Here are links to some of Shawnté's work we reference in the show: Welcome to Black Van Life What We Can Learn from the Camber Outdoors Fiasco Trona's Boom Bust and Uncertain Future Follow Shawnté on Twitter and Instagram or via her website.
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April 7, 2020
How to Set and Achieve Big Mountain Goals with Sunny Stroeer: Episode 4
Sunny Stroeer is a runner, climber and adventurer with a specialty in the high altitude endurance realm. She holds speed records on Aconcagua and on the Annapurna Circuit and has excelled on high trails in the Colorado Rockies. She's been a big inspiration to me in the way she sets her goals sky high. Following her on social media gives me a lot of motivation and inspiration. On this episode, we talk about her accomplishments and failures and she gives us advice on training, dealing with altitude, nutrition and hydration and staying warm and comfortable in the mountains. We talk about goal-setting and how to find goals that are ambitious enough without over-reaching. We chat about her becoming the first woman to complete the Aconcagua 360 route and summit and about her scholarship program with AWExpeditions, and how she deals with naysayers and doubters.    Keep up with Sunny on social media.   Check out her website.   Support women in mountaineering with by making a donation or applying for a scholarship through AWExpeditions.   Book a tour with Sunny and Paul through Dreamland Safari Tours. Thanks to Rising Appalachia for our opening and closing song.
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April 6, 2020
Your Coronavirus Questions Answered with Dr. Lindsay Keegan from the University of Utah: Episode 3
This podcast started from a need to spread information from scientists and experts about Coronavirus. In this next episode, I sit down and ask Dr. Lindsay Keegan, an epidemiologist at the University of Utah and avid outdoorswoman questions we all have about Coronavirus. We started out with a discussion of why it's imperative to listen to scientists, why we need to trust science, and what we can do to support scientists right now.  Then, we go into a round of questions - when will we see the peak - how long can we expect to socially distance for - can you get Coronavirus twice - how to disinfect groceries and if Coronavirus can be transmitted by water, to name a few. I'm incredibly grateful for Dr. Keegan to take time out of her busy schedule right now (she says she's been existing on less than four hours of sleep) to answer our questions.  Putting Gamers to work to fight COVID-19 Count Penguins in remote regions to help us understand their lives and environments The Virus Can Be Stopped, But Only With Harsh Steps: NY Times Article  Animals and Coronavirus Lindsay Keegan on Instagram
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March 26, 2020
Training, Relationships and Adventure with Rob Lea: Episode 2
In 2019, Rob Lea completed his "Ultimate World Triathlon," where he climbed Everest, swam the English channel and rode his bike across American, all in six months. He did it as a "Tri For Equality," to talk about men's role in advocating for gender equality. He was the 2012 world champion half Ironman in his age group. He's climbed some of the highest mountains in the world. When he's not adventuring, he makes his living selling residential real estate in Park City, UT with his dad, Jim. Rob did one other notable thing in 2019, and that was he got married to me. In this episode, we talk about his athletic achievements, how men can become advocates for gender equality, how we met, and our most embarrassing nicknames for each other. We share training advice for novices and professionals alike and discuss our future goals and dreams.  To support the Tri For Equality, check out the bigmountaindreamsfoundation.com. To follow Rob on Instagram, check him out at @rob.lea, his website, roblea.com and his real estate, Lea Team Real Estate.  Thanks to Rob for being on the Caroline Gleich Show! 
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March 23, 2020
Your Coronavirus Questions Answered By Epidemiologists: Episode 1
March 17, 2020 I was grateful to have a chance to chat with University of Utah epidemiologists Lindsay Keegan and Angela Presson to answer your questions from Instagram about the current state of the Coronavirus pandemic.
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March 20, 2020