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Richard Wiese

Entries by Richard Wiese

Born to Explore: Dancing Around the World

(2) Comments | Posted May 21, 2013 | 5:40 PM

When did dance become such an important part of human culture? Throughout history, people have danced to express emotion, to tell stories, to honor their ancestors and create social ties. Ever since cavemen realized that they could impress cave women with their fancy footwork, somebody's been dancing. Unfortunately for me...

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Born to Explore: A Tale of Two Wickets

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2013 | 6:26 PM

"Cricket is the fastest way of befriending an Indian."

While on a shoot for Born to Explore in India, one of the highlights of my trip was the opportunity to learn about India's national obsession -- cricket. The fact that I would actually swing a bat and play had...

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Born to Explore : "Dude: Where's the Beach?"

(0) Comments | Posted April 9, 2013 | 2:27 PM

"Dude: Where's the Beach?"

The beach scene at Mamallapuram, India, is unlike any I've ever seen. Dotted with long narrow fishing boats tucked in between ancient ruins and Hindu temples, sacred cows meander across the beach, unaware of their status, engaging in displays of bravado, not unlike the macho behavior...

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Born to Explore: Rhinos In Jeopardy (PHOTOS)

(2) Comments | Posted February 3, 2013 | 9:30 AM

During a recent filming of Born to Explore in South Africa, we addressed the serious subject of rhino poaching. Currently, the black market trade of rhino horns is so lucrative that people are willing to not only kill rhinos but also kill each other. The problem of having a rhino...

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Born To Explore: A Grizzly Story (VIDEO)

(2) Comments | Posted November 13, 2012 | 6:00 AM

I've been around explorers my entire life and, believe me, I have heard some great stories. On a recent shoot, I met bear guide Leonard Ellis, and boy did he have one for the books. It was about an encounter with a huge grizzly bear who got a little too...

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Born to Explore: The Royal Swans Of England (PHOTOS)

(0) Comments | Posted November 8, 2012 | 6:00 AM

I've always thought swans were beautiful creatures. However, any time I got close to one, they would hiss or use their powerful necks as an offensive weapon. Despite the veil of beauty, and being immortalized in ballets, films and even perfumes, they should come with a warning label that says,"Handle...

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Born To Explore: British Columbia's Islands Of Beauty And A Floating Message (PHOTOS)

(1) Comments | Posted November 2, 2012 | 7:00 AM

In today's interconnected world, is it possible to truly be alone with nature? In my opinion, Canada and Alaska may be the real "Last Frontiers" of pure wilderness. In other parts of the world, even if you're among the great African animal migrations, or high in the Swiss Alps, you...

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Born to Explore: Finding Dora the Explorer

(0) Comments | Posted September 1, 2012 | 8:56 AM

I have to admit, I've always had some professional jealousy toward Dora the Explorer. Who wouldn't envy somebody who is able to communicate with just about any animal on the planet? Not to mention her ability to break out in song at the drop of a hat! And who would've...

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Born To Explore: Getting Dirty In Morocco (VIDEO)

(3) Comments | Posted August 15, 2012 | 7:00 AM

I've always felt that in order to understand people from another culture or a profession, you need to walk in their shoes. Or, in the case of the famous tanneries of Morocco, stomp barefoot in the byproducts of pigeons.

In New York, when a pigeon poops on you, it's basically...

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Born to Explore: Eating Rotten Shark With A Viking

(10) Comments | Posted July 31, 2012 | 7:00 AM

For me, one of the joys of traveling is trying new and different foods. I really believe that there is a correlation between somebody's passion to try new foods and their passion as a person. So when I'm asked to eat "smelt" or mopane worms, I try to keep an...

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An Amorous Chilean Horse Caught On Camera (VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted July 25, 2012 | 7:00 AM

While filming an upcoming episode of Born to Explore at a ranch near Santiago, Chile, I spoke with Gonzalo Vial, an accomplished horse whisperer known to form close personal relationships with his horses. But what our field producer Andy Ames caught on his iPhone came as a surprise:...

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Born To Explore: The Priest Stays In The Picture

(0) Comments | Posted July 16, 2012 | 7:00 AM

A few months ago I was in Cyprus, standing in the courtyard of the Monastery of the Holy Cross just outside the town of Omodos in the foothills of the Troodos Mountains (altitude 900 meters). I was on the island to film an episode of Born To Exploreon...

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Born to Explore: Mount Kilimanjaro Is A Hard Metaphor To Climb

(1) Comments | Posted July 1, 2012 | 9:10 AM

Since the time of Moses, we have gone to mountains as supplicants in search of truth, as if their might and height is a doorway into the divine. The challenge of the climb, the oneness with nature, and the thinness of the air combine to bring out a clarity that...

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Born To Explore: A Really Stupid Way To Die (PHOTOS)

(8) Comments | Posted May 21, 2012 | 7:15 AM

It was hearing Rob Hall's final words that started me thinking about it. Rob, you may remember, was one of the guides of the ill-fated 1996 Everest expedition that claimed eight lives, including his. Just before he succumbed to hypothermia on the South Summit, Rob phoned his home in New...

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Meeting A Survivor On Everest (PHOTOS)

(26) Comments | Posted May 15, 2012 | 7:00 AM

You would think that after trekking for almost a month in the high Himalaya, it would be the mountains that I would remember most, but when I look back on that expedition in 2007, it's not the sea of snow-capped peaks or even the massive beauty of Everest itself that...

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