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CoastLine June 17, 2015: Exploring our World


Anthropologist Monroe Fisher's African trail was called one of the "world’s best hikes" by the National Geographic. His new project, Carolina Rivers, has begun documenting 32 rivers of North and South Carolina. He was our our guest on CoastLine on June 17th, 2015.

 Philip Gerard (WHQR commentator, UNCW Professor of Creative Writing, and author of Down the Wild Cape Fear) also joined us for part of this program.


Julian Monroe Fisher is an explorer, an anthropologist, a TED Talks speaker, an ethnographic filmmaker, a published author, a Fellow with The Royal Geographical Society in London, an International Fellow with The Explorers Club in New York City and a member of The American Anthropological Association. Between 2007 and 2014 Monroe conducted six Explorers Club flag-sanctioned research expeditions to the African continent. Originally from the Carolinas and a graduate of Appalachian State University in Boone, Monroe currently lives with his family in Wilmington.

In July 2013 National Geographic Magazine highlighted Monroe’s work in Africa establishing ‘The Sir Samuel and Lady Florence Baker Historical Trail', the first ‘thru hiking trail’ on the African continent. In January 2015 CNN referred to Monroe’s Baker Trail as “one of the world’s most amazing long distance trails”.

In 2014 Monroe traveled to South Sudan and Uganda gathering content for a new film series with OutWildTv.com. That documentary film series is currently in production.

To be an explorer you don’t have to travel to Africa, Asia, Antarctica or other far off the beaten path distant lands. All you really have to do is find the time to walk outside your front door with curious eyes and in time you will see your world for the first time. -- Monroe Fisher