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Twitter Chat With Paul Salopek Friday at 1p.m. EST

Old technology meets new, as Paul Salopek props up his laptop on a dry stone wall in the Republic of Georgia. (Photo by Dima Bit-Suleiman)

Follow @OutofEdenWalk on Twitter and join Paul Salopek for a live chat from the trail Friday, November 13 at 1p.m EST.  Ask your questions using #EdenWalk.

A few weeks ago in the Out of Eden Walk blog, as he was making his way across the Republic of Georgia on foot at three miles per hour as part of his worldwide perambulation, National Geographic Fellow, Paul Salopek, described experiencing the storytelling equivalent of Russian nested dolls.

PBS NewsHour journalists were on site, and as Paul recorded a once-every-100-miles interview with the first person he meets, he realized together they were storytellers recording a storyteller recording a story-telling local truck driver.

After a reflection on how that is the story of humanity in a nutshell, he promised, “We’ll alert you when the PBS program airs.”

Consider yourself alerted.

When to Watch

Check your local listings for details, but this week, the PBS NewsHour is airing two segments telling the story of the latest phase of Paul’s epic walk. The first aired on Tuesday night, and you can watch it below.

This is not the NewsHour’s first encounter with the journey. Before Paul set out in January, 2013, he sat down with Hari Sreenivasan to discuss his plans.

When to Chat

Later in the week, at 1p.m. EST, you can interview Paul yourself during a live Twitter chat. Follow him at @OutofEdenWalk to join the conversation about multi-year trek, the stories he’s discovering, and the whole idea of “slow journalism” in today’s high-speed culture.

A PBS NewsHour crew accompanied National Geographic Fellow Paul Salopek as he set out on phase II of the Out of Eden Walk from Poka, Georgia trekking towards Azerbaijan. (Photo by Dima Bit-Suleiman)
A PBS NewsHour crew accompanied National Geographic Fellow Paul Salopek as he set out on phase II of the Out of Eden Walk from Poka, Georgia trekking towards Azerbaijan. (Photo by Dima Bit-Suleiman)


Follow @OutofEdenWalk on Twitter to be a part of the story.
[Updated 11/11/2015]
Andrew Howley is a longtime contributor to the National Geographic blog, with a particular focus on archaeology and paleoanthropology generally, and ancient rock art in particular. In 2018 he became Communications Director at Adventure Scientists, founded by Nat Geo Explorer Gregg Treinish. Over 11 years at the National Geographic Society, Andrew worked in various ways to share the stories of NG explorers and grantees online. He also produced the Home Page of for several years, and helped manage the Society's Facebook page during its breakout year of 2010. He studied Anthropology with a focus on Archaeology from the College of William & Mary in Virginia. He has covered expeditions with NG Explorers-in-Residence Mike Fay, Enric Sala, and Lee Berger. His personal interests include painting, running, and reading about history. You can follow him on Twitter @anderhowl and on Instagram @andrewjhowley.
  • Neil Friedman

    Saw the piece about your trek across Georgia on PBS the other night. Brought back some wonderful memories of the trip my wife and I took to Georgia a few years ago. I marvel at what you are doing and wish you good fortune on the rest of your magical mystery tour.

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