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The Team

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Shelby Stanger, Host

Shelby Stanger has been passionate about people who have taken the road less traveled, and lived out their wildest ideas since she wrote her first adventure sports newspaper column in 1999. Over the years, the journalist turned podcaster has paddled a remote portion of the Amazon River, surfed waves around globe from Canada to Costa Rica, and interviewed countless CEOs, entrepreneurs and pro athletes on assignment for international publications. She started the Wild ideas Worth Living podcast in 2016 to amplify adventure narratives, and empower others to use nature and the outdoors as a catalyst for positive change. You can check out her new book, Will to Wild: Adventures Great and Small to Change Your Life, available everywhere books are sold (including at REI stores), or see more of Shelby’s writing and speaking on her website or Instagram. REI member since 1996.

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Annie Fassler, Producer

Annie Fassler co-founded Puddle Creative, a podcast and video content agency, in 2017. When she’s not producing podcasts, she loves snowshoeing on Mt. Hood, biking with her family, or cooking with produce from her garden. REI member since 2009.

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Sylvia Thomas, Producer

Sylvia Thomas has been weaving together audio stories for over a decade, and she’s been working as producer for Puddle Creative since 2020. When Sylvia is not crafting the next episode, you can find her busting moves in capoeira (a Brazilian fight-dancing) or hiking a local trail. REI member since 2017.

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Jenny Barber, Producer

Jenny Barber leads the podcast program at the Co-op and is a producer on the Wild Ideas team. Outside of the studio you can find her creating something delicious (and usually sweet) in the kitchen or embarking on her next outdoor adventure with a pack full of snacks. REI member since 2021.