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Category Archives: Documentary

This Film About a 40-Year-Old Avalanche Helped Me Process My Own Trauma

It’s been 40 years since former avalanche forecaster Jim Plehn dug his friends’ bodies out of the snow. A massive avalanche had crashed into the base area of Alpine Meadows ski resort, near Lake Tahoe in Northern California, after a four-day, late-season storm had dumped seven-and-a-half feet of snow and brought 100-mile-per-hour winds to the […]

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The New HBO Documentary Series ‘Edge of Earth’ Sparked a Climbing Controversy

On July 26, HBO released the third episode of its outdoor documentary series Edge of the Earth, in which pro climbers Emily Harrington and Adrian Ballinger ascend the northwest face of Kyrgyzstan’s 13,910-foot Pik Slesova, a famed granite wall known by climbers as “Russian Tower.” The duo are trying to send the route The American […]

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What’s Up with President Obama Narrating a Netflix Nature Series?

In 2018, former President Barack Obama sat down with David Letterman on the pilot of the comedian’s Netflix series My Next Guest Needs No Introduction. It was Obama’s first talk show interview since leaving office, and the most revealing insight into what Obama’s long post-presidency might look like–he was only 55 years old at the end […]

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