“Well, you’re not hardcore unless you live hardcore,” sang Jack Black in “School of Rock.” In this episode, taking a cue from our pal Jack, we tackle core-ness: What does it mean to be core? Why do we care if we’re perceived as hardcore or not? Does it signify anything? In Book Club, Stephen Casimiro takes us on a trip through Diane Cook’s The New Wilderness. It’s a semi-post-apocalyptic tale of a group of people chosen to live in the last stretch of wilderness in the country, as urban civilization decays. Post-apocalyptic mindbenders are catnip for Stephen, and maybe this one will be for you too.
In a trip to the Gear Shed, Justin Housman talks up Patagonia’s new line of neoprene-free wetsuits. Even if you don’t surf, it’s a fascinating look at how Patagonia is trying to clean up the toxic wetsuit industry, a business that is surprisingly dirty. Plus, it’s just a great wetsuit.
All that and more general outdoor talk goodness.
0:00 School of Rock 3:01 Does Hardcore Matter? 25:58 Book Club: The New Wilderness 42:51 Patagonia’s Neoprene-Free Wetsuits 55:28 Closing Thoughts