WildeBeat: Race In The Backcountry

The Wildebeat is back with another podcast, this one entitled Race In The Backcountry. Contrary to what the title may lead you to believe, this isn’t about an Adventure Race through Yosemite. In fact, it’s actually a candid and interesting interview with Dr. Nina Roberts about why ethinic minorities seem to have little interest in outdoor related activites such as hiking, backpacking, and camping. Dr. Roberts has conducted research into the subject after noticing that she was one of the few minorities herself when she particpated in those activites.

I honestly can say that I never really thought about this subject before, and the show actually gave me pause while listening to it. The episode brings up some excellent points, and has some interesting theories as to why fewer minorities travel in the backcountry. Economics is mentioned as being one of the factors, but there are others as well. An interesting topic, that I wouldn’t have even thought about had I not tuned into the Wildebeat. Nice work Steve!

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