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Digital Human, Series 4 Episode 3 of 6

30 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 21 October 2013

Aleks Krotoski explores whether technology has impaired our ability to wander. Now that off-grid is on-grid and we can send emails from mountaintops, have we sacrificed the pleasure of travelling to discover new places and ourselves?

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  • Image for My Bloody Valentine

    My Bloody Valentine To Here Knows When

    Tremelo, Creation Records

  • Image for Luscious Jackson

    Luscious Jackson Naked Eye

    Fever In Fever Out

  • Image for Stereolab

    Stereolab Blue Milk

    Cobra and Phases Play Voltage in the Milky Night

  • Image for Connan Mockasin

    Connan Mockasin Forever Dolphin Love

    Forever Dolphin Love

  • Image for M.A.N.I.C.

    M.A.N.I.C. I'm Comin' Hardcore (Original)

    Union City Recordings

  • Image for Carla Kihlstedt and Matthias Bossi

    Carla Kihlstedt and Matthias Bossi Sticks and Paper

    Ravish And Other Tales For The Stage, Twelve Cups Records

  • Wade Davis

    Wade Davis
    Wade Davis is a Canadian anthropologist, ethnobotanist and Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society. He’s the author of several books and has spent time with indigenous cultures all over the world, including significant spells with the Penan in Borneo and ‘zombies’ in Haiti. His adventures provided source material for three episodes of The X-Files. 


  • Karen Flynn

    Karen and Glasgow CB folk
    Film producer Karen Flynn (right), is the founder of the Glasgow CB Facebook group. She took us on a night wander with the CBers of Paisley.
  • Andrew Forsthoefel

    Andrew Forsthoefel

    Andrew Forsthoefel is a freelance radio producer. He walked 4,000 miles across the USA from his home in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania to the Pacific Ocean. He recorded his experiences in over 80-hours of audio, some of which is featured in the programme. He’s currently writing a book about his experiences.



  • Jay Allison

    Jay Allison

    Jay Allison is an award-winning radio producer. He's also Editor and Founder of transom.org. The organisation is a showcase and workshop for new public radio. Jay spent months working with Andrew to help craft his many hours of audio into, ‘Walking Across America: Advice for a Young Man’. As Jay says, “It’s rare we take the time to listen to hour-long radio stories anymore, but I hope you’ll listen to this one, maybe twice."


  • Jan Chipcase

    Jan Chipchase

    Jan Chipchase is the Executive Creative Director of Global Insights at Frog Design. He spends much of his time on the road, identifying emerging international trends. You can gain a vicarious slice of his globetrotting life via his twitter: 


  • Marian Furman

    “Did you know that ice sings? Ice sings. It has a song and a voice.” Marian Furman lives with her husband Herb in Camden, Alabama. She was one of the fascinating people Andrew Forsthoefel encountered on his walk.



  1. Image for The Digital Human

    The Digital Human

    Aleks Krotoski charts how digital culture is moulding modern living. Each week join technology…

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    The Digital Human Archive

    Aleks Krotoski explores what technology tells us about modern living. Each programme takes part of…

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