New panel-show podcast shares diverse views on outdoors news

On The Outside is a news-panel podcast for those who spend leisure time outdoors in the UK, covering news stories from a range of sports and general outdoors recreation, plus relevant social issues in the sector.

This is the first podcast to use the news-panel format to inform listeners about important issues in the UK outdoors scene.

It aims to encourage listeners to learn more about what’s happening in the outdoors and feel more connected to the wider outdoor community. It discusses news in a jargon and judgement free environment.

Produced by ‘epilepsy adventurer’ Francesca Turauskis, it features a rotating panel (3 per episode) who come from different sports but are all passionate about getting outside.

Francesca said: “The outdoors sector traditionally has a very narrow narrative of what an ‘outdoorsy’ person is. Interview podcasts are a great way of raising consciousness about experiences outside that narrative – but having been on both sides of the process, I noticed a power dynamic in interviews that takes away agency from the interviewee.

“I was being asked the same questions, often reliving the trauma of my diagnosis, and talking about the barriers I’ve faced. It made me feel more like an outsider, and I knew others must be feeling the same.

“On The Outside is a way to break the cycle and engage in social issues that permeate the outdoors. I am so excited about the panel and I can’t wait to start having conversations that go beyond telling our own stories.”  

A pilot episode, ‘The Olympics outdoors, water safety and a new fleet of beach wheelchairs’ was released on 30 July. It features Black Girls Hike London Leader Oge Ejizu, handcyclist Neil Russell and LGBQTA swim group leader Eden Elgeti.

Topics covered include the new adventure sports in the Olympics, Becky Meyers having to withdraw from the Paralympics, and controversies around the length of women’s shorts and the Soul Cap for afro hair.

It also talks about water safety following 31 deaths in water in the last month, Southern Water dumping sewage and how adaptive wheelchairs can help people access beaches.

You can listen to On The Outside on the website, or on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and all major platforms.

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