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Monday 22 September  
John and Dave Kunst, Mount Ararat, eastern Turkey with donkey Willie Makeit II

Earth Beat - Going Places

On air: 6 April 2012 3:00 (Photo: Dave Kunst)

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Earth Beat, 6 April 2012. Things that are going places - from rubber duckies sailing the ocean seas for a couple of decades, to the world’s most gruelling marathon and the first man to walk around the world, we’ll take you places you’ve never been.

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'Frozen' Ed Furtaw climbing one of the steepest hills, called Rat Jaw, during th
'Frozen' Ed Furtaw climbing one of the steepest hills, called Rat Jaw, during the 2010 Barkley race
The world’s toughest race - listen in new player

Dubbed the hardest race to run in the world - the Barkley Marathons live up to their name. The 100-mile course on an unmarked track through a Tennessee state park takes runners across streams and up mountains – and temperatures on the weekend that the Barkley is held fluctuate so much they can threaten heatstroke and hypothermia.

Earth Beat host Marnie Chesterton spoke to 'Frozen' Ed Furtaw, one of a handful to have ever finished, and Gary Cantrell, who organises the race, and once described it as a "sick joke". View photos.

Web extra - Barkley marathon founder Gary Cantrell explains how it differs from a normal race - listen in new player

Mike Voorhees flys over Albuquerque at the 2010 New Mexico Balloon Fiesta
Mike Voorhees flys over Albuquerque at the 2010 New Mexico Balloon Fiesta
More - Matt Mahoney's Barkley Marathons site


Green flight - listen in new player

Mike Voorhees is the founding CEO of Skylite Aeronautics – a green airship that can carry the equivalent of ten Boeing 747 planes' worth of cargo, but costs just the equivalent of one 747 to make.

It hasn't been built yet, but Mike joins Marnie from a studio in Colorado to bring the drawing board to life. View photos.


Moby-Duck - listen in new player

An unopened package of Floatees from the early 90s. After a day or two adrift, t
An unopened package of Floatees from the early 90s. After a day or two adrift, they hatched and drifted free
Nearly 20 years ago, a container ship crossing the north Pacific lost some of its load in a heavy storm. One of the containers that went overboard contained 28,800 bath toys – plastic ducks, frogs, beavers and turtles. And like rubber ducks in a bathtub, they floated. For years, it turns out, on the Pacific Ocean.

Marnie talks to Donovan Hohn, the author of Moby-Duck, about their journey and what he discovered. View photos.


What we get out of going places - listen in new player

Everyone on the Earth Beat team is really well-travelled.

Producer Anik See buying a loaf of bread from a local man while cycling through
Producer Anik See buying a loaf of bread from a local man while cycling through the Republic of Georgia
But what do we get out of going places? Why do we do it?

Producer Anik See has written a fair bit about that, so we asked her to adapt one of the essays in her book for us. She reads from Saudade. View photos.


Walking round the world - listen in new player

Whoever came up with the phrase "It’s a small world" had obviously never walked around it.

Dave Kunst was 30 when he set off with his brother John on a mission to circumnavigate the globe on foot.

Dave and mule Willie Makeit II
Dave and mule Willie Makeit II
It took him just over four years and earned him a place in the Guinness Book of Records. View photos.

More - Earthwalker website

Graphic: Dave Kunst's route (rollover points for key stages)


The Beat of Kenya - click for more information

We're looking for input from listeners for our Beat of Kenya promotion on Facebook. Can you represent Kenya with an audio or video upload? Music, dance, spoken word - whatever you do best, we want to see your originality and talent.


  • View of the mountains where the Barkley is held, seen from near the road entrance to Frozen Head State Park<br>&copy; RNW - http://www.rnw.nl/english
  • This is typical of what it looks like &quot;out there&quot;: steep hills, trees, rocks, and streams<br>&copy; RNW - http://www.rnw.nl/english
  • Karl &quot;Raw Dog&quot; Henn, the Barkley co-director<br>&copy; RNW - http://www.rnw.nl/english
  • &#039;Frozen&#039; Ed Furtaw, after finishing the first loop in 2011, also at the yellow gate<br>&copy; RNW - http://www.rnw.nl/english
  • A scale rendering of GeoShip over Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco<br>&copy; RNW - http://www.rnw.nl/english
  • The Evergreen “Ever Laurel”<br>&copy; Donovan Hohn - http://www.donovanhohn.com/Home.html
  • 2003 clipping from The New York Times<br>&copy; Donovan Hohn - http://www.donovanhohn.com/Home.html
  • The alloy die-cast mold in which Donovan&#039;s elusive quarry was born<br>&copy; Donovan Hohn - http://www.donovanhohn.com/Home.html
  • The worker running the rubber duck machine<br>&copy; Donovan Hohn - http://www.donovanhohn.com/Home.html
  • Donovan spots the familiar tail - teardrop shape, waffled in diagonal lines - of a plastic beaver. Gore Point, Alsaka<br>&copy; Donovan Hohn - http://www.donovanhohn.com/Home.html
  • Ship containing all the rubbish removed from Gore Point, Alsaka<br>&copy; Donovan Hohn - http://www.donovanhohn.com/Home.html
  • Plastic debris from the 8-mile streach of beach, South Point, Hawaii<br>&copy; Donovan Hohn - http://www.donovanhohn.com/Home.html
  • Crossing from New Jersey to New York on the George Washington Bridge<br>&copy; Dave Kunst - http://home.earthlink.net/~earthwalker1/
  • John, Willie Makeit II and Dave having a laugh near the Russian Orthodox Church, San Remo, Italy<br>&copy; Dave Kunst - http://home.earthlink.net/~earthwalker1/
  • In front of Mount Ararat, eastern Turkey<br>&copy; Dave Kunst - http://home.earthlink.net/~earthwalker1/
  • Pete and Dave Kunst walking the Khyber Pass<br>&copy; Dave Kunst - http://home.earthlink.net/~earthwalker1/
  • Dave Kunst walks the Nullarbor Plain, southern Australia<br>&copy; Dave Kunst - http://home.earthlink.net/~earthwalker1/
  • Jenni and Dave standing by Will She Makeit (Jenni&#039;s car) and USA Turk Machine (Turkish Wagon) in the state of South Australia<br>&copy; Dave Kunst - http://home.earthlink.net/~earthwalker1/
  • Dave&#039;s feet near the finish of the walk<br>&copy; Dave Kunst - http://home.earthlink.net/~earthwalker1/

Discussion

Christine Pilgrim 8 April 2012 - 1:07pm / Canada

Delightful, insightful program.
Loved donkey trek and "rubber" duck stories.
Clicking "like" after realizing I'd misheard "light" and "lite"
Now face "facebook" challenge. LIKE LIKE LIKE... Old Lady of Canada.

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Earth Beat 12 April 2012 - 2:03pm / Netherlands

hi Christine, glad you liked the show! In fact, it was a repeat from last year and we now have over 3,000 likes on Facebook. But you are still welcome to join us, click here http://www.facebook.com/Earthbeatrnw and click "Like" to keep up-to-date with Earth Beat.

Sid, web producer

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