Take a Walk

When Pop Up Magazine began thinking about the kinds of stories they wanted to make for their Fall Issue, they knew they wanted to create an experience that was engaging and interactive … that compelled listeners to do something … anything, really. And they realized there was one thing everyone on their team was doing more of: walking. Now that many of us are working from home, we’re walking in order to fill up space … to clear our minds … to cry … to talk on the phone … to entertain our kids … to do nothing … but walk.

Pop Up’s interviews ended up in surprisingly deep discussions about death, heartache, self-empowerment, poverty, the prison system, loneliness, and love. So, what are you waiting for? Grab your headphones (and your mask), step outside, and start walking.

Pop Up Magazine’s team spent weeks interviewing dozens of people about walking, including Jenny Slate, Anna Sale (Death, Sex & Money), Antwan Williams (Ear Hustle), author and radio host Lulu Miller, writer Sam Jay (Saturday Night Live), NASA Astronaut Drew Feustel, Sergeant Julian Torres, and many others — this audio jaunt was the result.

  1. Pedro

    Damnnnnnnnn! The sound design on this one is something else. Siiiii immersive. Roman, you guys have a goal to reach.

    1. Brook

      Funny that I was *walking* when this episode came up into the earbuds. I loved hearing about the Mexico City knife sharpeners and sweet potato seller!

  2. Duncan Cowie

    Hi. This is only tangentially related to this episode (sorry, I only just heard the episode now, a few months late), but the story made me think of two of my favourite NFB films that are walking related.

    The first is the 1968 animated short “Walking” by Ryan Larkin. It was nominated for the Best Animated Short Film at the 42nd Academy Awards.

    The second is “Ryan”, which is an animated documentary/non-documentary about Ryan Larkin and the film maker Chris Landreth. It won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film in 2005. It is also a strange film to watch for me since I used to volunteer at the homeless shelter in Montreal where it is set, and while a fantastic/strange animated space in the film, it is very familiar.

    Thanks! Love the show… and Beautiful, Downtown, Oakland sounds so lovely and warm right now.

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