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With the end of a year comes the end of a season. For the last episode of Hidden Compass: The Podcast, Season 2, co-hosts Sabine and Sivani present a story and a conversation all about finding hope and wonder despite — and maybe even because — of the moments that challenge us.This episode’s guest is writer and environmental educator Brandon McWilliams, who was just 19 years old when he wrote his Hidden Compass piece. Brandon speaks with Sabine and Sivani about turning rejection into a working relationship, the slow build of a cumulative epiphany, and the joy of bear claws. But first, sit back and journey with us, as Brandon takes us to Washington State’s rugged North Cascades, where he confronts the hardships of wilderness and the mental health crisis of a generation. Story“A Constant Push for Perfection” first appeared in the winter 2019 issue of Hidden Compass: The Magazine in our Human and Nature department. See the award-winning story and its accompanying photographs here: https://hiddencompass.net/story/a-constant-push-for-perfection.StorytellerBrandon McWilliams first became a published writer with his Hidden Compass story in 2019, and in the short time since then has gone on to author more stories, graduate college, and become an environmental educator. Read his “grumpy” op-ed in the Seattle Times here: https://www.seattletimes.com/opinion/its-our-turn-to-fix-the-climate-future-weve-inherited/. Peruse his work at Lucky Jefferson Magazine here: https://luckyjefferson.com/author/brandon-mcwilliams/. And check out his Hidden Compass profile at https://hiddencompass.net/journalist/brandon-mcwilliams.Hidden CompassHidden Compass is an award-winning, women-led media company that’s forging an Alliance to turn storytellers and explorers into heroes and champion a new age of discovery.To learn more about us and support storytellers like Brandon, visit https://hiddencompass.net and contribute to our fundraising campaigns. We split campaign proceeds 50/50 with the writer of each story, and storytellers receive their cut on top of their article pay.To support Hidden Compass, recommend us to someone who’s looking to stand up for journalism, science, history, and hope. You can also buy tickets to our virtual events at https://hiddencompass.net/events, and learn more about becoming an Ally at https://hiddencompass.net/alliance. Sign up for our newsletter at https://bit.ly/2Yc2HH1.  We won’t see you next week, as this is the last episode of season 2! But never fear: There are plenty of ways to continue exploring with us. We look forward to seeing you in any of the Hidden Compass realms, where you’ll find more stories and storytellers venturing to the frontiers of courage and curiosity.
Wartime in the Woods

Wartime in the Woods

2021-12-1601:19:55

It’s the penultimate episode of season 2 and Sabine and Sivani are feeling contemplative — jumping into thoughts about the discomfort of the Internet and the voices that need to be heard. This episode’s story, “Wartime in the Woods,” is a beautiful illustration of the latter.Today’s guest is award-winning writer and best-selling author Jennifer Billock, who speaks with Sabine and Sivani about journalist intuition, the relative intelligence of Homo sapiens, and the multiple sides of our own selves. But first, sit back and journey with us, as Jennifer Billock takes us deep into the forests and the past of El Salvador to confront revolution, peace, conservation, and resilience. Story “Wartime in the Woods” first appeared in the summer 2021 issue of Hidden Compass: The Magazine in our Time Travel department. See the full story and its accompanying photographs here: https://hiddencompass.net/story/wartime-in-the-woods.Storyteller Award-winning writer and best-selling author Jennifer Billock has written for publications such as The New York Times, Smithsonian, The Atlantic, Marie Claire, Playboy, National Geographic Traveler, and Wired. Learn more about Jen on her website, www.jenniferbillock.com, and be sure to pick up a copy of her latest book, “Historic Chicago Bakeries.” Check out her Hidden Compass profile at https://hiddencompass.net/journalist/jennifer-billock.Hidden CompassHidden Compass is an award-winning, women-led media company that’s forging an Alliance to turn storytellers and explorers into heroes and champion a new age of discovery.To learn more about us and support storytellers like Jen, visit https://hiddencompass.net and contribute to our fundraising campaigns. We split campaign proceeds 50/50 with the writer of each story, and storytellers receive their cut on top of their article pay.To support Hidden Compass, recommend us to someone who’s looking to stand up for journalism, science, history, and hope. You can also buy tickets to our virtual events at https://hiddencompass.net/events, and learn more about becoming an Ally at https://hiddencompass.net/alliance. Sign up for our newsletter at https://bit.ly/2Yc2HH1. See you next week, when we’ll go to Washington State’s North Cascades, and speak with Brandon McWilliams about “A Constant Push for Perfection.”
We hope you’re ready for “Just Another Adventure Story” — one of our earliest photo features, this remarkable story presents itself as not a remarkable story, which is, in fact, what makes it a remarkable story. If that doesn’t make sense yet: don’t worry. This is Hidden Compass: The Podcast, which means everything gets murkier before it becomes clear. Especially for this season’s theme, “What Have I Done?”Today’s guest is world-renowned photographer Robert Holmes. Co-hosts Sabine and Sivani sit with Bob in conversation to discuss the series of career-changing events that brought Bob to accidental greatness, the importance of pestering editors (in both directions) and opening doors, and the confluence of experiencing the amazing and the miserable, the ruthless and the kind. But first, journey with us, as Robert Holmes takes us back in time to Pakistan in the early 80s and tells us about a historic expedition along the treacherous Karakoram Highway.Story “Just Another Adventure Story” first appeared in the Spring 2018 issue of Hidden Compass: The Magazine as a photo feature in our Quest department. See the full story and its accompanying photographs from nearly four decades ago, here: https://hiddencompass.net/story/just-another-adventure-story.Storyteller From the 1975 British Everest Expedition to the vineyards of the world, Robert Holmes’ career as one of the world’s most successful and prolific travel photographers has extended more than 40 years. Bob’s assignments have taken him from searching for snow leopards in the remote valleys of Western Nepal, to trekking into the rain forests of Borneo with Penan tribesmen, to crossing the Great Indian Desert on camel. Learn more about Bob at his website, https://robertholmesphotography.com/, and his blog, http://mobile-holmes.com/. Follow him on Instagram @bobholmesphoto. And check out his Hidden Compass profile at https://hiddencompass.net/journalist/robert-holmes. Hidden Compass Hidden Compass is an award-winning, women-led media company that’s forging an Alliance to turn storytellers and explorers into heroes and champion a new age of discovery. To learn more about us and support storytellers like Bob, visit https://hiddencompass.net and contribute to our fundraising campaigns. We split campaign proceeds 50/50 with the writer of each story, and storytellers receive their cut on top of their article pay. To support Hidden Compass, recommend us to someone who’s looking to stand up for journalism, science, history, and hope. You can also buy tickets to our virtual events at https://hiddencompass.net/events, and learn more about becoming an Ally at https://hiddencompass.net/alliance. Sign up for our newsletter at https://bit.ly/2Yc2HH1.  See you next week, when we’ll go deep into the forests of El Salvador, and speak with Jennifer Billock about revolution, transformation, and “Wartime in the Woods.”
Indefensible Escobar

Indefensible Escobar

2021-12-0101:01:41

From taboos in the margins of a journalist’s notebook to Viking battlefields, season 2 of Hidden Compass: The Podcast has taken us to some compelling places. In episode 5, we find ourselves even further down the rabbit hole of our theme — “What Have I Done?” — with a story set in a Columbian narco-terrorist’s home, where a young woman faces an ethical dilemma.For today’s episode, co-hosts Sivani Babu and Sabine K. Bergmann are joined by restless writer Victoria Sanderson to discuss distorted reality, forgiving our younger selves, and the questionable decisions we sometimes make in the name of a good story. But first, travel with us, as Victoria takes us to a cartel leader’s fortress under siege, and gun in hand, reckons with the violent legacy of a glorified narco-terrorist.Story “Indefensible Escobar” first appeared in the Spring 2019 issue of Hidden Compass: The Magazine as a feature in our Chasing Demons department. See the full story and photos here: https://hiddencompass.net/story/indefensible-escobar.Storyteller Victoria Sanderson earned her MFA in non-fiction writing from Oregon State University. Before the pandemic, she drove around the U.S. in a 13-foot travel trailer named Honeybear to visit America’s surviving drive-in movie theaters. Follow Black Oak Refuge, the off-grid glamping site she built in Tennessee’s Cumberland Plateau, on Instagram @blackoakrefuge. Book a stay at https://www.hipcamp.com/en-US/tennessee/black-oak-refuge-treehouse-tent-camp/black-oak-refuge-treehouse-tent. And check out Victoria’s Hidden Compass profile page — where you can read more of her writing — at https://hiddencompass.net/journalist/victoria-sanderson.Hidden CompassHidden Compass is an award-winning, women-led media company that’s forging an Alliance to turn storytellers and explorers into heroes and champion a new age of discovery.To learn more about us and support storytellers like Victoria, visit https://hiddencompass.net and contribute to our fundraising campaigns. We split campaign proceeds 50/50 with the writer of each story, and storytellers receive their cut on top of their article pay.To support Hidden Compass, recommend us to someone who’s looking to stand up for journalism, science, history, and hope. You can also buy tickets to our virtual events at https://hiddencompass.net/events, and learn more about becoming an Ally at https://hiddencompass.net/alliance. Sign up for our newsletter at https://bit.ly/2Yc2HH1. See you next week, when we’ll go to the treacherous Karakoram Highway in Pakistan, and speak with Robert Holmes about “Just Another Adventure Story.”
Invasion

Invasion

2021-11-2401:02:24

We’re halfway through Season 2 of Hidden Compass: The Podcast, and co-hosts Sivani Babu and Sabine K. Bergmann can barely believe it. There’s so much more to dig into with the season’s theme: “What Have I Done?” The roots of that question — and its larger corollary of what humanity has done — run through today’s story and the following interview. On this episode, Sivani and Sabine sit with queer poet, writer, and world traveler Shannon Donaghy to talk about the space we take up while traveling, good intentions gone awry, and how to consider time … from the perspective of moss. But first, journey with us, as Shannon takes us to the lost forests and flowering fields of Iceland, where a surprising invasive species is trying to make amends.Story “Invasion” first appeared in the Winter 2019 issue of Hidden Compass: The Magazine as a feature in our Human and Nature department. See the full story and photos here: https://hiddencompass.net/story/invasion.Storyteller Shannon Donaghy’s creative work can be found in anthologies and on websites such as Celestial Musings: Inspired by the Night Sky and Plum Tree Tavern. When she is not reading, writing, or writing about reading, she enjoys cooking, hiking, and camping with her partner, Reilly. Read Shannon’s poem, “Demolition,” published by the Journal of New Jersey Poets, on page 84 of their Spring 2021 issue: https://journalofnjpoets.files.wordpress.com/2021/05/issue-58-final-1.pdf. Follow Shannon on Instagram @afterthischapter. And check out her Hidden Compass profile page at https://hiddencompass.net/journalist/shannon-donaghy. Hidden Compass Hidden Compass is an award-winning, women-led media company that’s forging an Alliance to turn storytellers and explorers into heroes and champion a new age of discovery. To learn more about us and support storytellers like Shannon, visit https://hiddencompass.net and contribute to our fundraising campaigns. We split campaign proceeds 50/50 with the writer of each story, and storytellers receive their cut on top of their article pay. To support Hidden Compass, recommend us to someone who’s looking to stand up for journalism, science, history, and hope. You can also buy tickets to our virtual events at https://hiddencompass.net/events, and learn more about becoming an Ally at https://hiddencompass.net/alliance. Sign up for our newsletter at https://bit.ly/2Yc2HH1.  See you next week, when we’ll go to a cartel leader’s fortress under siege, where, gun in hand, Victoria Sanderson faces the violent legacy of “Indefensible Escobar.”
You Should Be Dancing

You Should Be Dancing

2021-11-1701:22:53

Three episodes into the second season of Hidden Compass: The Podcast, and we’re delving even deeper into the intellectual and emotional weeds of season two’s theme: “What Have I Done?”On today’s episode, co-hosts Sabine K. Bergmann and Sivani Babu sit in conversation with marine biologist, storyteller, and self-identified geek Russell Bradley. The three discuss the humanity of scientists, the lure of a wildly remote outpost in the tropical North Pacific, and the intersection of tedium, bliss, and badassery. But first, journey with us, as Russell takes us to Laysan, an atoll in the Northwestern Hawaiian islands, where an enigmatic creature forces him to face an ethical dilemma. Story “You Should Be Dancing” first appeared in the inaugural issue of Hidden Compass: The Magazine as a feature in our Human and Nature department. See the full story and photos here: https://hiddencompass.net/story/you-should-be-dancing/. StorytellerRussell Bradley’s parents threw him in the ocean when he was five years old. He cried for a minute but then never got out. Originally from Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Russell is a marine biologist, improviser, storyteller, writer, and nature lover. Currently, he is the Director of the Santa Rosa Island Research Station for California State University Channel Islands. Learn more about the research station here: https://www.csuci.edu/sri/ and follow their Instagram account @csuci. Check out Russell’s Hidden Compass profile at https://hiddencompass.net/journalist/russell-bradley. Hidden Compass Hidden Compass is an award-winning, women-led media company that’s forging an Alliance to turn storytellers and explorers into heroes and champion a new age of discovery. To learn more about us and support storytellers like Russell, visit https://hiddencompass.net and contribute to our fundraising campaigns. We split campaign proceeds 50/50 with the writer of each story, and storytellers receive their cut on top of their article pay. To support Hidden Compass, recommend us to someone who’s looking to stand up for journalism, science, history, and hope. You can also buy tickets to our virtual events at https://hiddencompass.net/events, and learn more about becoming an Ally at https://hiddencompass.net/alliance. Sign up for our newsletter at https://bit.ly/2Yc2HH1.  See you next week, when we’ll go to the lost forests and flowering fields of Iceland and speak with Shannon Donaghy about an unfolding “Invasion.”
Welcome back to Hidden Compass: The Podcast, where we venture to the frontiers of courage and curiosity and ask the question of season two’s theme: “What Have I Done?”On today’s episode, co-hosts Sabine K. Bergmann and Sivani Babu sit with author Keith Skinner to discuss reading poetry written in battle, finding humanity in a blood-thirsty conqueror, and facing the impermanence of it all. But first, journey with us, as Keith takes us to the Orkney archipelago off the northeastern coast of Scotland and delves into the life and legacy of a brutal Viking earl.Story“The Raven-Feeder’s Island” first appeared in the spring 2018 issue of Hidden Compass: The Magazine as a feature in our Chasing Demons department. See the full story and photos here: https://hiddencompass.net/story/the-raven-feeders-island/.Storyteller Keith Skinner is a writer of fiction, creative nonfiction, essays, and travel narratives who constantly probes for the hidden or forgotten stories of the places he visits and the people he meets. Read more of Keith’s stories at his website, https://keith-skinner.com/. Check out his Hidden Compass profile at https://hiddencompass.net/journalist/keith-skinner. And, you can learn more about Orkney (and vikings) at http://www.orkneyjar.com/ and the Orkney storytelling festival at https://orkneystorytellingfestival.co.uk/main/.Hidden CompassHidden Compass is an award-winning, women-led media company that’s forging an Alliance to turn storytellers and explorers into heroes and champion a new age of discovery.To learn more about us and support storytellers like Keith, visit https://hiddencompass.net and contribute to our fundraising campaigns. We split campaign proceeds 50/50 with the writer of each story, and storytellers receive their cut on top of their article pay.To support Hidden Compass, recommend us to someone who’s looking to stand up for journalism, science, history, and hope. You can also buy tickets to our virtual events at https://hiddencompass.net/events, and learn more about becoming an Ally at https://hiddencompass.net/alliance. Sign up for our newsletter at https://bit.ly/2Yc2HH1. See you next week, when we’ll go to Laysan, an atoll in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, and speak with Russell Bradley about the wandering gooney birds to which he once sang “You Should Be Dancing.”
The Age of Conquest

The Age of Conquest

2021-11-0301:31:52

Welcome back to Hidden Compass: The Podcast! Co-hosts and Hidden Compass co-founders Sabine K. Bergmann and Sivani Babu have missed you — and can’t wait to share a brand-new season featuring not only stories from our award-winning magazine, but conversations with the remarkable humans who wrote them. Join us at the frontiers of courage and curiosity, facing what frightens us, inspires us, and causes us to ask the question of season two’s theme: “What Have I Done?”We kick things off with “The Age of Conquest” by international journalist, editor, and author Jenna Scatena. Jenna speaks with Sabine and Sivani about swan songs, sea snot, self-censorship, and finding the courage to publish the epiphanies in the margins of her notebooks — even when they challenge the business model of her employers. But first, sit back and journey with us, as Jenna takes us through a decade of her life’s work as a travel journalist — from Oman to Portugal to Nepal and elsewhere — and issues a call to topple the entitlement of modern travel. Story “The Age of Conquest” first appeared in the autumn 2020 issue of Hidden Compass: The Magazine as a feature in our Chasing Demons department. See the full story and photos here: https://hiddencompass.net/listicle-age-conquest.  Storyteller Jenna Scatena is an independent journalist based in Istanbul and San Francisco who has reported for American and British media from 21 countries in the Middle East, Asia, and Europe. Visit her website at www.jennascatena.com; follow her on Instagram @jenna_scatena; and check out her Hidden Compass profile at https://hiddencompass.net/journalist/jenna-scatena. Jenna’s piece on vigilante archeologists for The Atlantic, “Facebook’s Looted-Artifact Problem,” can be found here: https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2020/07/archaeologists-defied-isis-then-they-took-facebook/614674.Hidden CompassHidden Compass is an award-winning, women-led media company that‘s forging and Alliance to turn storytellers and explorers into heroes and champion a new age of discovery. To learn more about us and to support journalists like Jenna, visit https://hiddencompass.net and contribute to our active fundraising campaigns. We split campaign proceeds 50/50 with the writer of each story, and storytellers receive their cut on top of their article pay.To support Hidden Compass, recommend us to a friend or family member who’s looking to stand up for journalism, science, history, and hope. You can also buy tickets to our virtual events, and learn more about becoming an Ally at https://hiddencompass.net/alliance.  Sign up for our newsletter at: https://bit.ly/2Yc2HH1.See you next week, when we’ll go to the Orkney archipelago off the northeastern coast of Scotland, and speak with Keith Skinner about “The Raven-Feeder’s Island.”
Sweet as Challah

Sweet as Challah

2021-04-2801:15:58

For our last episode of season 1, we welcome queer Russian-Jewish refugee storyteller and activist — and former Hidden Compass editor — Sonya Pevzner to Hidden Compass, The Podcast. As always, Sonya blows us away by her courage and candor as she speaks with Sabine and Sivani about the heartache of prejudice, the serendipity of survival, and the triumph of claiming a right to our own family histories. But first, journey with us, as Sonya takes us to the siege of Leningrad and its aftermath to honor a family story as wrenching as heartbreak and as “Sweet as Challah.”Storyteller: Sonya Pevzner’s experience as a queer Russian-Jewish refugee informs much of her work, from storytelling to activism. This former Hidden Compass editor has hiked all over remote northwest Montana looking for grizzly bears, spent summer nights trapping endangered bats in the woodlands of Pennsylvania, worked on farms from Oregon to Norway, and taken the trans-Siberian railroad from Moscow to Mongolia. Her writing and photography have been featured in Elevation Outdoors, She Explores, Wylder Goods, Boulder Weekly, Outdoor Retailer Magazine, and Hidden Compass. See more of her work at https://sonyapevzner.com/my-work, and explore her Hidden Compass profile page at https://hiddencompass.net/journalist/sonya-pevzner/.Sonya did some spectacular editing while at Hidden Compass, and one of the pieces she edited, “Wade in the Water,” is mentioned in this interview. Read that story, written by Alexandria Scott and with paintings by Latasha Dunston, at https://hiddencompass.net/story/wade-in-the-water/.Story: “Sweet as Challah” first appeared in the spring 2020 issue of Hidden Compass, The Magazine as a feature in our Time Travel department. It won a silver award in the 15th Annual Solas awards for best travel writing. See the full story and its accompanying photos at www.hiddencompass.net/story/sweet-as-challah.Hidden Compass, The Magazine: If you like the stories you hear on this podcast, you’ll love our magazine, which brings you more stories, alongside stunning photography and bespoke artwork. And you get to be a part of it! See the faces and hear the voices of the people behind our stories, and help us forge an alliance to turn storytellers and explorers into heroes and champion a new age of discovery. Learn more at hiddencompass.net, and sign up for our newsletter at https://mailchi.mp/8539a03c8c0c/hclanding2020-explorers.Thanks so much for listening, and we’ll be back later this year for season 2 of Hidden Compass, The Podcast. Our theme will be Against the Odds, and we’ll introduce you to more stories and storytellers venturing to the frontiers of courage and curiosity. See you then!
Journey of a Golden Soul

Journey of a Golden Soul

2021-04-2101:07:27

On today’s show, travel writer and former documentary filmmaker Martha Ezell joins co-hosts (and Hidden Compass co-founders) Sivani Babu and Sabine K. Bergmann to chat about beautiful insects, generational wisdom, and the testosterone-filled art scene of New York City in the 1980s. But first, journey with us, as Martha takes us to takes us to the sacred fir forests of the Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt to be awed by the “Journey of a Golden Soul.”Storyteller: Martha Ezell is a freelance travel writer based in Petaluma, California. A former social worker and filmmaker, Martha has worked on documentaries about expressionist art, the Wright Brothers, and elephant seals, and written about the summer that changed everything. Read more of Martha's work on her Hidden Compass profile page, https://hiddencompass.net/journalist/martha-ezell.Find her story, "Butlin's Bognor Regis and the Summer that Changed Everything," at https://gadling.com/2012/07/27/butlin-s-bognor-regis-and-the-summer-that-changed-everything/.Watch her short children's documentary, "A Visit to the Elephant Seals of Año Nuevo," at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=06YV6l4a2dkStory: “Journey of a Golden Soul” first appeared in the Portrait department of Hidden Compass, The Magazine in our spring 2020 issue. It won a Bronze Award at the 15th Annual Solas Awards. Read the full piece — and see the accompanying photos — at https://hiddencompass.net/story/journey-of-a-golden-soul/.Monarch Butterflies: Scientists estimate that Eastern and Western monarch populations have declined by 80% and 99% respectively in the last 30 years. To learn more about this important pollinator, including how you can help their numbers recover, visit https://xerces.org/monarchs.Hidden Compass, The Magazine: If you like the stories you hear on this podcast, you’ll love our magazine, which brings you more stories, alongside stunning photography and bespoke artwork. And you get to be a part of it! See the faces and hear the voices of the people behind our stories, and help us forge an alliance to turn storytellers and explorers into heroes and champion a new age of discovery. Learn more at hiddencompass.net, and sign up for our newsletter at https://mailchi.mp/8539a03c8c0c/hclanding2020-explorers.See you next week, when we’ll go with queer Jewish-Russian refugee Sonya Pevzner to the siege of Leningrad, and its aftermath, to honor a family story as wrenching as heartbreak and as “Sweet as Challah.”
Trick of the Light

Trick of the Light

2021-04-1401:19:08

On today’s podcast, San Diego-based journalist and essayist Annelise Jolley is here to speak with co-hosts (and Hidden Compass co-founders) Sivani Babu and Sabine K. Bergmann about challenging victim narratives, surreal clubbing, and the meaning of choice. But first, journey with us, as Annelise takes us to Pattaya, Thailand, and gets closer to figures long obscured by the “Trick of the Light.”Storyteller: Annelise Jolley is a journalist and essayist based in San Diego who writes about food, travel, ecology, borders, and faith. She’s reported on the state of refugees in Greece and from rural villages in Mexico, and backpacked from traditional Turkish baths to a remote farm in Romania. Read more of Annelise’s work at her website, www.annelisejolley.com/, and check out her Hidden Compass profile page, https://hiddencompass.net/journalist/annelise-jolley/.To support Annelise, you can sign up for her newsletter at www.annelisejolley.com. Find her piece, “One Hundred Thousand Flames,” at https://nationsmedia.org/one-hundred-thousand-flames/; her story “Outrunning Death with the Monarchs” at https://sundaylongread.com/2020/10/28/outrunning-death-with-the-monarchs/; and her piece, “In Mexico’s vibrant forests, locals adapt to a year without tourists,” at https://www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/article/mexico-forests-adapts-to-a-coronavirus-year-without-tourists.Story: “Trick of the Light” first appeared in the Chasing Demons department of Hidden Compass, The Magazine in our autumn 2018 issue. It was a “Notable Mention” in the 2019 edition of The Best American Travel Writing. Read the full piece — and see the accompanying photos — at www.hiddencompass.net/story/trick-of-the-light.Hidden Compass, The Magazine: If you like the stories you hear on this podcast, you’ll love our magazine, which brings you more stories, alongside stunning photography and bespoke artwork. And you get to be a part of it! See the faces and hear the voices of the people behind our stories, and help us forge an alliance to turn storytellers and explorers into heroes and champion a new age of discovery. Our spring 2021 issue is now live. Learn more at hiddencompass.net, and sign up for our newsletter at https://mailchi.mp/8539a03c8c0c/hclanding2020-explorers.See you next week, when we’ll go with storyteller Martha Ezell to the sacred fir forests of the Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt to be awed by the “Journey of a Golden Soul.”
Ice Bear

Ice Bear

2021-04-0701:20:41

Today our very own co-host and Hidden Compass co-founder, Sivani Babu, is in the hot seat at Hidden Compass, The Podcast! Sivani is an award-winning nature photographer and journalist, and she talks with co-host Sabine K. Bergmann about everything from saying "yes" to last-minute opportunities to her desire to hug apex predators to the need for us humans to understand our place in the universe. But first, journey with us, as Sivani brings us to the beautiful and desolate ice floes of the Arctic, and explores the mysteries of the “Ice Bear.”Storyteller: Sivani Babu is one of the co-founders and the creative director of Hidden Compass, but she’s also a lawyer turned award-winning nature photographer and journalist who focuses on exploration, conservation, and the power of awe. Sivani has chased storms across Tornado Alley, explored Antarctica by sailboat and on foot, and represented hundreds of indigent defendants in federal court. To see more of her evocative writing and stunning photos, go to her website, www.sivanibabu.com, and visit her Hidden Compass profile page at www.hiddencompass.net/journalist/sivani-babu.You can read Sivani's storm-chasing story, "Like Dust in a Storm" here: https://sivanibabu.com/2021/03/05/like-dust-in-a-storm/; and her story about childhood visits to her grandparents' home in India, "The House on KVR Swamy Road," here: https://www.geoex.com/blog/house-on-kvr-swamy-road/.Story: “Ice Bear” first appeared in the summer 2018 issue of Hidden Compass, The Magazine as a photo feature in our Human and Nature department. See the full story, with all its striking photographs, at www.hiddencompass.net/story/ice-bear.Hidden Compass, The Magazine: If you like the stories you hear on this podcast, you’ll love our magazine, which brings you more stories, alongside stunning photography and bespoke artwork. And you get to be a part of it! See the faces and hear the voices of the people behind our stories, and help us forge an alliance to turn storytellers and explorers into heroes and champion a new age of discovery. Learn more at hiddencompass.net, and sign up for our newsletter at https://mailchi.mp/8539a03c8c0c/hclanding2020-explorers.See you next week, when we’ll venture with journalist Annelise Jolley to Pattaya, Thailand, and get closer to figures long obscured by the “Trick of the Light.”
The Medusa of Time

The Medusa of Time

2021-03-3159:10

Today we welcome professor, science educator, and storyteller Daniel Hudon to Hidden Compass, The Podcast to talk about bringing ancient beings to life, the story humanity tells itself, and fossil beds that shine to us like beacons. But first, journey with us, as Daniel takes us back in time 565 million years to traipse among the strata and be caught in the gaze of “The Medusa of Time.”Storyteller: Daniel Hudon is a writer and educator drawn to wonder and humor. He’s taught natural science at the college level for 20 years, with a focus on how astronomy tells us about our cosmic heritage. He’s also the author of The Bluffer’s Guide to the Cosmos and Brief Eulogies for Lost Animals: An Extinction Reader. Visit his website, www.danielhudon.com, and hop on over to our website to check out his profile page, www.hiddencompass.net/journalist/daniel-hudon. Story: “The Medusa of Time” first appeared in the autumn 2020 issue of Hidden Compass, The Magazine as a feature in our Human and Nature department. See the full story, which includes custom illustrations by Henry Sharpe (https://twitter.com/Paleoartologist) that are both beautiful and scientifically accurate, at www.hiddencompass.net/story/the-medusa-of-time.To support Daniel, you can buy a copy of his book, Brief Eulogies for Lost Animals, at penandanvil.com/brief-eulogies, and sign up for his newsletter at http://danielhudon.com/about/! Other stories of his mentioned on the podcast are: “Horns of a Dilemma” (https://www.thesmartset.com/horns-of-a-dilemma/); “The Tree on My Block” video series (https://vimeo.com/showcase/4621414); and “Black Holes in the Time of Coronavirus” (https://www.thesmartset.com/black-holes-in-the-time-of-coronavirus/).Hidden Compass, The Magazine: If you like the stories you hear on this podcast, you’ll love our magazine, which brings you more stories, alongside stunning photography and bespoke artwork. And you get to be a part of it! See the faces and hear the voices of the people behind our stories, and help us forge an alliance to turn storytellers and explorers into heroes and champion a new age of discovery. Learn more at hiddencompass.net, and sign up for our newsletter at https://mailchi.mp/8539a03c8c0c/hclanding2020-explorers.See you next week, when we’ll talk with nature photographer and journalist (and one of our podcast co-hosts!) Sivani Babu about the beautiful and desolate ice floes of the Arctic and the mysteries of the “Ice Bear.”
And just like that, we’re at our third episode of Hidden Compass, The Podcast! Each week, Hidden Compass co-founders and podcast co-hosts Sivani Babu and Sabine K. Bergmann bring you stories from their award-winning magazine, and go behind the scenes with each storyteller to see what inspired them to venture to the frontiers of courage and curiosity. This first season, our theme is “In Pursuit of Phantoms.”This episode’s story is “The Beauty and Violence Beneath Our Feet” by writer, editor, photojournalist, and documentary filmmaker Jodi Cash. Jodi speaks with Sabine and Sivani about the power of choosing pride over shame, the transformation that comes from empowered women and planted seeds, and the illegal substances we stumble upon when reporting on fish. But first, sit back and journey with us, as Jodi brings us to Moravia, a Medellín neighborhood that not only shows us what we can overcome, but also that we can never forget “The Beauty and Violence Beneath Our Feet.”Storyteller: Writer, editor, photojournalist and documentary filmmaker Jodi Cash is on a quest for characters. Her work sheds light on pot-smugglers in Florida, foraged food in Atlanta, and her own lockdown in Barcelona, Spain. Visit her website http://www.jodicash.com, and her Hidden Compass profile at https://hiddencompass.net/journalist/jodi-cash.To support Jodi, you can visit https://www.thegreenflashdocumentary.com to learn more about her upcoming documentary, and buy Concrete Jungle: A Foraged Fruit Cookbook at https://shop.concrete-jungle.org/. Story: “The Beauty and Violence Beneath Our Feet” first appeared in the winter 2017 issue of Hidden Compass, The Magazine as a feature in our Portrait department. See the full story, which includes photos taken by Jodi Cash herself, at https://hiddencompass.net/story/the-beauty-and-violence-beneath-our-feet.Hidden Compass, The Magazine: If you like the stories you hear on this podcast, you’ll love our magazine, which brings you more stories, alongside stunning photography and bespoke artwork. And you get to be a part of it! See the faces and hear the voices of the people behind our stories, and help us forge an alliance to turn storytellers and explorers into heroes and champion a new age of discovery. Learn more at https://hiddencompass.net, and sign up for our newsletter at https://mailchi.mp/8539a03c8c0c/hclanding2020-explorers.Be on the lookout for episode four next week, when we’ll go back in time 565 million years, and speak with Daniel Hudon about “The Medusa of Time.”
Awakening the Canopy

Awakening the Canopy

2021-03-1701:20:16

Welcome back to Hidden Compass, The Podcast! Each week, Hidden Compass co-founders and podcast co-hosts Sivani Babu and Sabine K. Bergmann bring you stories from their award-winning magazine and go behind the scenes with each storyteller to see what inspired them to venture to the frontiers of courage and curiosity. Season 1’s theme is “In Pursuit of Phantoms.”This episode’s story is “Awakening the Canopy” by our very own Sabine K. Bergmann, who speaks with Sivani about the wisdom of our ancestors, efforts to revive lost languages, and why our current moment feels a little like a giant island of cheese. But first, sit back and journey with us, as Sabine follows groundbreaking linguists to remote villages around the globe where they are tapping into the wisdom of endangered voices and "Awakening the Canopy." Storyteller: Sabine K. Bergmann is the co-founder and co-CEO of Hidden Compass, and an award-winning travel, science, and nature journalist. She's interviewed earthquake survivors and astrophysicists, been a delegate at the United Nations, and listened first-hand to oral traditions passed down through millennia of indigenous history. Check out Sabine's website at https://www.sabinekbergmann.com and her Hidden Compass profile at www.hiddencompass.net/journalist/sabine-bergmann.Story: “Awakening the Canopy” first appeared in the summer 2020 issue of Hidden Compass, The Magazine in our Quest department. It won bronze at the 15th Annual Solas Awards in Travel and Transformation. Read the full story, listen to the endangered languages profiled in the piece, and see the beautiful painting by Candace Rose Rardon commissioned specifically for this story here: https://hiddencompass.net/story/awakening-the-canopy.The stunning feature illustration was created by writer, artist, visual storyteller, and unofficial cultural anthropologist Candace Rose Rardon. To see more of her work, visit https://www.candaceroserardon.com/Hidden Compass, The Magazine: If you like the stories you hear on this podcast, you’ll love our magazine, which brings you more stories, alongside stunning photography and bespoke artwork. And you get to be a part of it! See the faces and hear the voices of the people behind our stories, and help us forge an alliance to turn storytellers and explorers into heroes and champion a new age of discovery. Learn more at https://hiddencompass.net, and sign up for our newsletter at https://mailchi.mp/8539a03c8c0c/hclanding2020-explorers.
People of the Forest

People of the Forest

2021-03-1001:23:33

Welcome to the first episode of the first season of Hidden Compass, The Podcast! Join Hidden Compass co-founders and podcast co-hosts Sabine K. Bergmann and Sivani Babu as they bring you stories from their award-winning magazine, and go behind the scenes with each storyteller to see what inspired them to venture to the frontiers of courage and curiosity. Season 1’s theme is “In Pursuit of Phantoms.”This episode’s story is “People of the Forest” by the the über-talented photographer and writer Hayli Nicole. She speaks with Sabine and Sivani about the allure of the rainforest and our responsibility to protect the places and the individuals we love. But first, sit back and journey with us, as deep in the jungles of Sumatra, Hayli searches for the vanishing “People of the Forest.”Guest: Hayli Nicole is an award-winning photographer, poet, and writer with roots in California, even as she travels the world. Whether it’s riding a motorbike through Vietnam, jumping out of an airplane, or walking the Camino del Norte in Spain, she believes there is always a story to be found. Check out Hayli’s website at https://www.haylinicole.com/ and her Hidden Compass profile at www.hiddencompass.net/journalist/hayli-nicole. You can also find her on Instagram: https://instagram.com/haylicansStory: “People of the Forest” first appeared in the autumn 2019 issue of Hidden Compass as a photo feature in our Portrait department. It won silver at the 15th Annual Solas Awards in Adventure Travel, and was a Notable Mention in the 2020 edition of The Best American Travel Writing. See the full story, with its incredible photos, here: www.hiddencompass.net/story/people-of-the-forest. In this episode, we spoke several times about the palm oil crisis. To learn more, visit https://orangutan.org/rainforest/the-effects-of-palm-oil/.Hidden Compass, The Magazine: If you like the stories you hear on this podcast, you’ll love our magazine, which brings you more stories, alongside stunning photography and bespoke artwork. And you get to be a part of it! See the faces and hear the voices of the people behind our stories, and help us forge an alliance to turn storytellers and explorers into heroes and champion a new age of discovery. Learn more at hiddencompass.net, and sign up for our newsletter here.
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