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In Here, Out There: Stories from the Road

In Here, Out There: Stories from the Road

By Christopher Ives
Binge all of Season 1 now! — Season 2 starts January 2020!

A short audio exploration by Christopher Ives, a nomadic artist and storyteller, traveling the country in his campervan and listening to the world around him.

Featuring an alternating selection of travel and adventure stories; quality field recordings; spontaneous interviews; and thoughts on minimalism and vanlife.

Each episode is only 5-10 min in length. It is recorded, produced, and edited EVERY day, from the road, and then published fresh the next morning at 6:00 am Eastern Time.

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So Many Stories - Season Closer
Today, I'm closing out Season 1 with a little bit of a recap and some thoughts on Season 2. Thanks for listening.... talk to you soon. 🤙 Please share an episode or two with a friend, leave a review, and I'll be back in a few weeks.
February 28, 2019
"Little Luna" by Sara Egan
Today the reading of a story by my friend Sara. It's written for kids, but good vibes for everyone. If you'd like to help her get this book illustrated or published. Reach out. 
February 27, 2019
Direct, Quick
A sleepy day... Here's a poem I wrote a few years ago about a moment of energy, an electric high, a time when I realized that I'd be ok again.... someday.  Part of this podcast is examining myself in relation to the world. Looking 'in here' while I'm 'out there.' Dig?  Yeah I know, it's obscure. It's a poem. So.... I dunno, listen a few times, maybe you'll get something out of it. 
February 26, 2019
Impromptu Community
Today was the last day of the Great American Tiny House Show - Tampa edition. A few of us created a neat little impromptu community there, and honestly, for the first time in a while, I felt a bit of hope for humanity. Macon, GA Tiny House Festival Next weekend: Great American Tiny House Show:
February 25, 2019
Today, I...
I'm so tired. There was so much. Please don't be mad at Tulsi, she got scared.
February 24, 2019
Great American Tiny House Show
I'm at the Great American Tiny House Show this weekend, showing off the Vitruvian Van, talkin about vanlife, minimal living, .... probably going to gush on Thoreau a bit. Stay tuned! Van:
February 23, 2019
Existential Fluency
I wrote this while cruising the straights of I-95 South through Georgia and Florida this week. After chilling with some owls this evening, I thought I'd share my thoughts on becoming more aware of existence - by listening, learning, and building fluency in the  -way-  existence unfolds. I'm not deep..... YOU'RE deep. 🥺 (oh, and, pretty sure it was two barred owls, if you were wondering.)
February 22, 2019
False Pretenses
Today, the story behind the theme music for "In Here, Out There" — a track from almost exactly 10 years ago, called 'False Pretenses', written by ... me! (kinda). Info on RJDJ: Info on RPM Challenge (it's still a thing!):
February 21, 2019
Little Grill Collective
The 50th Episode! Today, I visited one of my favorite little restaurants. A 'dot' of something different, a place for the community to gather and grow, a place for new beginnings. Thanks to Molly, Doug, and Brent for taking the time to talk with me about the Little Grill Collective. If you enjoyed the episode, please share with a friend and/or leave a comment on Apple Podcasts, and/or click 'follow' on Spotify... Or do all three
February 20, 2019
Rushing is the Anti-Cruise
I'm headed back down to Florida for the Great American Tiny House Show with the van. I got up early to get a head start, but then I opted to take it slow..... why rush? VAN:
February 19, 2019
Pronoun Diligence
Today, a story from Sara about confronting her own ignorance and choosing respect, even if it made her uncomfortable.
February 18, 2019
I Messed Up, How About Marrow Instead?
Turns out yesterday's 'saying' may have been less common than I thought, oops. Try this one on instead. Also mentioned: Check out the Great American Tiny House Show in Tampa next weekend. I'll be showing off my van, come say hi. Music today by both, myself and Terrible Horrible Enormous Things
February 17, 2019
Have You Heard this Saying?
Hard on the heels of a government shutdown -averted and with the declaration of a 'state of emergency' by the president, I thought we could chat about a little thought-experiment/colloquialism. I'm wondering if you've ever heard of this saying before.... take a quick listen.
February 16, 2019
The Mysterious Postcard
I received a cryptic postcard in the mail... to an address almost no one has. There was a just a phone number and a note that said "Ask for Jennifer". Today I call the number.
February 15, 2019
What's the Context?
I recorded this podcast three times before coming to a more concise thought. Here it is. (Also some exciting news about tomorrow's episode.) Today I'm thinking about passive and institutional racism, how it spreads, how it comes to exist. I could tell you my theories, but let's cut to the chase and get to work.... listen, I think you'll get what I mean. 
February 14, 2019
Snow Day
Today some folks are having a snow day. I'm leaving work early to venture through the snow and sleet in my adventure van. Let's talk about snow days and driving theory and land preservation, yeah? Cool.
February 13, 2019
Sharing Rob's Wisdom
I met this guy Rob a while back. I don't remember much about him, but he gave me a little wisdom and I'm going to try and pass it on today. And today I'm taking that wisdom in the direction of expanding your perspective; to try and use the information and ART around you to connect with people who live differently than you do.  Here's a playlist of Kendrick: Here's a playlist of Beat-goodness: Here's a link to wiki about J Dilla:
February 12, 2019
Hey Bear, Whoa Bear
A little bear story from about a year ago, when I was standing just where I'm standing tonight. Also - Come say hello to me in Tampa, FL next week at the Great American Tiny House Show.
February 11, 2019
A Creek's Legacy
I was listening to the wind in the trees and thought about the local lake here. It's man-made and fed by a small creek. I felt bad for the creek and I wrote this little thing. Check out more of my stuff:
February 10, 2019
Hiking and Getting to Know You
I want to hear from you! All 22.6 (on average) of you who listen to each episode. (Also, listen to reeds as I hike all over northwest Connecticut.) Leave a comment on whatever app you're on - it's helps boost the ratings for the show or head over to and leave a comment on the contact page, or in Instagram if you fancy the photo-land.
February 09, 2019
Smelling Home
I made it up to New England from Florida in two days of straight driving. I grew up here, and there's just something about it..... "it's the smell!" says Agent Smith.... (jokes, but for real.)... I can always FEEL a change when I drive from north to south on the east coast—at some point you know you're there, you've crossed some imaginary line and returned to the region you were born from.
February 08, 2019
Peeper Party by the Highway
I left Florida early this morning after exploring the state for a little over two months. Now I'm headed up to New England, where I built the van, for a short work trip. On the way I found one of my favorite sounds in an unexpected place — unexpected adventures, unexpected sounds..... seems like we are establishing a theme here on the ol'cast.
February 07, 2019
When Do We Intervene?
Think with me.  I went for a walk and just started recording. I've been thinking about when it's ok to intervene; to confront someone; to try to influence an outcome. This is what I made. If you enjoy the diversity of this podcast; adventures, stories, thinky thoughts.... leave me a review and subscribe to see what's next. 
February 06, 2019
Helicopters and The Lady Atlantic
Today I have a story for you from my friend, Nicole. It's a story about how adventure can be found, even in the most familiar places. Enjoy with headphones or in the car - I'm pretty proud of my sound design on this one. I'm learning as I go, but I'm really enjoying building a world with audio - it leaves so much to the imagination.
February 05, 2019
That Time I was Followed: A Meta Story
I've been getting curious all weekend. Yesterday about art, today about the form of stories. A few years back I drove for Lyft in Denver and had a creepy experience caught in the middle of a feud of some kind and it left me thinking about what actually MAKES a story worthwhile.
February 04, 2019
Art That Makes You Feel Bad
Today I'm bringing you along on my evening walk to talk about authenticity, and art that makes you feel bad. Also the coolest thing happens mid walk. (I'm not telling you, just go listen.) If you want to see how many edits I ACTUALLY made during this episode, head over to my facebook profile for the proof. Let's talk about it, leave me an authentic comment.
February 03, 2019
The Vitruvian Vanlife
Today a behind-the-scenes intro to the Vitruvian Van - my 'vanlife' home and mobile podcast office.  I talk about my motivation to build a van-home / tiny house and the art project that formed around it. More: YouTube Channels Mentioned: Living Big in a Tiny House CheapRVLiving (Bob Wells) Into The Mystery 13 Casey Neistat
February 02, 2019
That Time Our Bus was Hijacked in Peru - Part 4
Part 4 - Pucallpa The final episode of January (recorded Jan 31, released Feb 1) and the conclusion of the story of my trip across the Andes by bus. Check out Pucallpa on Google Maps, you can actually find the correctional facility and see how the road changes coming out of the Andes, dead-ending in Pucallpa. If you liked this sort of story, leave me a comment and let me know you'd like to hear more like this.
February 01, 2019
That Time our Bus was Hijacked in Peru - Part 3
Part 3 - The Hijacker.   Don't skip to this one, it won't make sense - I promise the suspense is worth it! If you haven't listened to Part 1 and 2, go back and check that out first - it's quick... hurry up!
January 31, 2019
That Time our Bus got Hijacked in Peru - Part 2
Part 2 - Mas Elevation, Mas Sketchy .... Be sure to listen to Part 1 first! Grab your headphones and dig into this 100% real journal entry that I wrote while I winded my way up the Andes in a sketchy bus. Once you listen you'll be thinking... 'wait for real tho?' ..... indeed good fellow, indeed.
January 30, 2019
That Time our Bus was Hijacked in Peru - Part 1
Part 1 - Big Plans Today (and tomorrow) a multipart story of one of my more sketchy adventures. We've got full on history-channel acting vibes on this episode - NOT TO BE MISSED! As always - grab your headphones or listen in the car - get in on the nuance, friend! 🎧
January 29, 2019
Listening to Rain
🎧Headphones / Car Stereo Recommended🎧 Today I'm bringing you a set of ten field recordings from a 10 square mile area in north central Florida.
January 28, 2019
Crocs Make My Feet Dirty
Today a little flashback to 2010 and an old, short blog post that I wrote after a dirty day, when I was able to shift my perspective and embrace where I was and what I was doing. Music by Terrible Horrible Enormous Things
January 27, 2019
Thinking about Slow Development
Getting a bit deep today on the podcast, talking about the purpose of human development, and the goals we set for ourselves as a society. Someone send me a comment - tell me what you're thinking. You can record a voice memo in the Anchor app!
January 26, 2019
Evening Sounds
🎧Headphones Recommended🎧 This evening I'm simply listening to the world around me, focusing on the sounds of my life passing by. A non-narrative, narrative of my evening activities. Can you *hear* what I'm doing?
January 25, 2019
The First Time She Saw the Southern Cross
Today's episode is a spontaneous interview with one of my favorite storytellers and an inspiration to all my travels.  Music by Terrible Horrible Enormous Things
January 24, 2019
Nothing Like a Good Stick
How do I describe this? I won't. You'll just have to listen. Please note, if you are afraid of any and all dogs, don't listen. :) If you're enjoying this podcast, please share it with a friend. 
January 23, 2019
Back in North Central
Stationary for a few days to catch up from the daze of the florida keys. Check out these sprinklers, eh?
January 22, 2019
First Rain
I wake up before sunrise to rain on the van roof and Tulsi climbing onto my face. This is the first time it's rained while sleeping in the van.
January 21, 2019
Meeting Mahogany
On a quick day trip through Everglades National Park, I listen to an Osprey and then walk around a secluded tropical hammock filled with old growth mahogany trees.
January 20, 2019
Wide Open Claustrophobia: The Florida Keys
A quick reflection on my week in the Florida Keys, and feeling trapped in paradise. Next time, I'll bring a boat.
January 19, 2019
Listening to Key West
🎧 headphones recommended 🎧  Key West in three audio vignettes: - A biplane flies over a southern pier. - The Key West Historic Seaport at 9:00 AM - Duval Street at 9:00 PM The person I say goodbye to: Daniel Linehan
January 18, 2019
40 Years in Key West
Today I have a spontaneous interview for you from a gentleman who was bicycling around a park where I was editing photos. We spoke next to an abandon missile silo behind the airport and next to the park. He tells us about the change he's seen over the last 40 or so years of visiting the unique island. Learn about the Cuban Missile Crisis
January 17, 2019
Trashy Tropical
On today's podcast: I'm driving the last 100 miles of Route 1 South in the United States and thinking about how people love to junk and acquiring land. ALSO VIBRAPHONES & MINI DEER! 
January 16, 2019
The Hammock Strikes Back
It'll all make sense when you listen. It's only 5 minutes long. Go ahead. HINT: It's nature, I'm in the Florida keys, and it's awesome.  LINK: The Park
January 15, 2019
Showering with the Moon
My first night in the Florida keys. I had previously recorded something entirely different, edited it, and then just didn't like it at all. So I got naked and went outside.
January 14, 2019
Facing a Storm
On today's episode I go down to the water to face an epic storm on the horizon, encased in a neon rainbow. Hurry and see the photos Instagram: @christopherives
January 13, 2019
Satellite Beach Reflections
Today I spent a lot of time sitting and listening to the waves, meditating, and trying to stay centered. Join me for a short listen? Also: Get in touch: @christopherives The person and film I mention: Alex Honnold
January 12, 2019
The Most Quiet Forest
A visit to nothingness - black, moonless, silent, cold. A surprising first night on the road. Plus, wandering around a natural spring in the cool morning.
January 11, 2019
Sounds of Starting
Some of the sounds of starting. A regrettably short introduction to my forthcoming journey. With so much unknown today, I played it safe.
January 10, 2019
That Time I Slept on the Street in Downtown Portland
On the eve of adventure, gearing up for van-travel, I'm pondering my best urban car-camping find: a week of free parking in downtown Portland, Oregon. Music by me. Van by me: @VitruvianVan
January 09, 2019
I Can Do Anything I Damn Well Please
Today an inspiring interview/story from my friend Liz, recorded and edited today, spontaneously and without plans; she in the northwest, me in the southeast.  Liz on Instagram: @elizabethconcetta Liz on Tumblr: Liz on Twitter: @lizbrowner
January 08, 2019
I Was Wrong...
'In Here, Out There' is a podcast that brings you one of four things: A field recording, a story, a spontaneous interview, or.... a thought. Today is a thought. Music by witheyes.
January 07, 2019
Confronting a Murder
I could say a lot of things about this recording: It's the loudest murder I've ever heard. So loud it woke me from my sleep. It was beautiful, and only slightly annoying... Confused? Great! Listen to the podcast - it's only 2 minutes.
January 06, 2019
That Time with the Grizzly Bear
A short, exciting story from a backcountry camping trip in Glacier National Park. Music by Terrible Horrible Enormous Things
January 05, 2019
You Don't Normally Listen to This
Episode 3 - Jan 3, 2019 Today, a short 4-minute journey. Intriguing sounds from a place you wouldn't normally care about. (I recommend headphones or car listening for this one.) New episode everyday at 6AM, all year. Music by Terrible Horrible Enormous Things
January 04, 2019
Great Great Great Grandmother
Episode 2 - Jan 2, 2019 My 108 y/o Great Grandmother recalls memories of her own Grandmother, my Great Great Great Grandmother. New episode everyday at 6AM, all year. Music by Terrible Horrible Enormous Things
January 03, 2019
Creating Space
The first episode! Quick overview, Florida crickets, screen doors, and thoughts on making space for both art and audience.  Music by Terrible Horrible Enormous Things Referenced Youtube Channel: Creative North
January 02, 2019