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The Loudmouth Project

Making Peace with Passion

Wild Why is a podcast that explores the reasons people seek challenge, adventure and healing in outdoor adventures. Told in narrative story format, this podcast offers information and inspiration as athletes – from weekend warriors to professional competitors – share stories of personal transformations hard-won, sometimes unexpectedly, through outdoor challenges and races and events.

In this first episode, runner and outdoor enthusiast Shandi Kano talks about how her passion for road racing led her to a nervous breakdown that coincided with the Boston Marathon bombing. But the same sport that brought her to her knees as her life fell apart, also offered her a path back to finding love for competitive running – and love for herself.

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About the author, Amy

For nearly three decades, Amy has been telling other people’s stories. As a professional journalist, she’s covered everything from crime to education, spending the last 19 years in sports. As an award-winning writer and columnist, she wrote about high school and college athletics, as well as covering six Olympic Games. Born in Utah, Amy moved to Alaska in junior high and graduated from Robert Service High School in Anchorage. She graduated from both Snow College and the University of Utah, and she has worked as a journalist in Salt Lake City since 1990. She co-hosted a high school radio show for over a decade, and she co-founded Voices of Reason podcast with her Deseret News colleague Jasen Lee. She is a wife, a mother, a grandmother and a devoted foster to animals hoping to find a home of their own.

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