Intrepid Northeast Radio
About This Show
Join host Gregg Squeglia as we explore action sports and the outdoor lifestyle. On this podcast, we interview the foremost personalities in the outdoor space, answering your questions and taking a deep dive into some of the most interesting stories about how the outdoors shapes who we are.
Most Recent Episode
EP#8: Parkour and the City with Jeff Kidder
My guest on this episode is Jeff Kidder, professor of sociology at Northern Illinois University. Jeff has a particular interest in how young city dwellers re-allocate the built environments of urban areas into places that offer the opportunity for adventure and excitement. Jeff previously studied the interactions of bicycle messengers with their surroundings, and now he dives into the lifestyle sport of Parkour, or Freerunning. Jeff discusses the origin story of this relatively modern discipline, how it developed from a training method for French firefighters into an artistic expression for young men throughout western culture. He gets into why young males tend to gravitate toward Parkour more than females, which may seem odd given that traditional gymnastics is dominated by girls and young women. We explore the relationship between the physical and virtual worlds amongst those who practice Parkour, and how one influences the other. We also discuss risk, lifestyle vs. team sports, and much more. If you are interested in Parkour or any lifestyle sport such as surfing, skateboarding, skydiving, or freeflight, then this episode is right up your alley. If you would like to check out Jeff's book, Parkour and the City, click HERE. Or, if you're interested in reading Jeff's book on bicycle messengers, Urban Flow: Bike Messengers and the City, click HERE. Don't forget to check out the show notes page for some pretty cool movie clips on Parkour featuring the founders of the discipline. One shows Sebastian Foucan in the opening scene to James Bond: Casino Royale. The other stars David Belle in District B13. Thanks so much for listening to Intrepid Northeast Radio. Please take a few moments and drop a review on iTunes. Reviews are currency in this biz, and I appreciate any and all reviews that I can get.