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"All four of my oars broke before I reached halfway across" -- Roz Savage (TED)

Why Row Across The Oceans?

by NPR/TED Staff
Jul 26, 2013 (TED Radio Hour)

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Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode To The Edge.

About Roz Savage's TEDTalk

Roz Savage hated her high-powered London job. So she made the obvious next move: She quit to become an ocean rower. Now she's crossed the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans — solo.

About Roz Savage

A latecomer to the life of adventure, Roz Savage worked as a management consultant for 11 years before setting out in a new life direction — in a rowboat across the Atlantic Ocean. She completed her solo row across the Atlantic in 2005. She currently holds four world records for ocean rowing, including being the first woman to row across three oceans alone. When not on the open seas, Roz is a passionate environmental campaigner, focused on sustainability and ending plastic pollution.

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"It's the kind of place where you could - I guess - you could lose it pretty easily out there" -- Ben Saunders (frogdesignmind)

What's It Take To Become A Polar Explorer?

by NPR/TED Staff
Jul 26, 2013 (TED Radio Hour)

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Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode To The Edge.

About Ben Saunders' TEDTalk

Explorer Ben Saunders wants you to go outside. Not because it's always pleasant and happy, but because that's where the meat of life is, "the juice that we can suck out of our hours and days." In 2004, Saunders skied solo to the North Pole. Saunders' next outdoor excursion? To try to be the first in the world to walk from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole and back again.

About Ben Saunders

Ben Saunders became the youngest person ever to ski solo to the North Pole. Saunders is an explorer of limits, whether it's how far a human can be pushed physically and psychologically, or how technology works hundreds of miles from civilization. His message is one of inspiration, empowerment and boundless potential.

Saunders is also a powerful advocate for the natural world. He's seen firsthand the effects of climate change, and his expeditions are raising awareness for sustainable solutions.

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"Why do it? I'll tell you why. It's because it is the real frontier on Earth. It is the last terrestrial frontier for humans" -- Bill Stone (TED)

Are Earth's Deepest Caves The Last Frontier?

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Jul 26, 2013 (TED Radio Hour)

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Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode To The Edge.

About Bill Stone's TEDTalk

Bill Stone is a maverick cave explorer who has plumbed Earth's deepest abysses. In this talk, he explains what it's like to descend into the deepest caves in complete darkness for days on end — and why he keeps doing it.

About Bill Stone

Engineer and daredevil caver Bill Stone pushes the frontier — through flooded tunnels, the remotest depths of the Earth and the limits of human endurance. He's currently planning to mine moon ice by 2015 and build an autonomous robot to visit the icebound sea of Jupiter's moon, Europa.

His Shackleton Energy Company intends to raise enough money to mine ice thought to be trapped on the moon's southern pole at Shackleton Crater, and to sell derived products on the moon and in low Earth orbit to international consumers.

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"To enter a world of terror ... you should be called, you should be curious, you should have the heart of an explorer" -- Philippe Petit (TED)

Why Is The High Wire Impossible To Resist?

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Jul 26, 2013 (TED Radio Hour)

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Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode To The Edge.

About Philippe Petit's TEDTalk

High-wire artist Philippe Petit tells the story of his 1974 tightrope walk between the Twin Towers and explains his lifelong fascination with pushing himself to the limit.

About Philippe Petit

Philippe Petit surprised the world when he walked illegally between the Twin Towers in 1974. He's also tightrope-walked across the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Notre Dame Cathedral. Petit's book, To Reach the Clouds, is the basis of the Academy Award-winning documentary film Man on Wire.

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