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#33: On the other Side of Fear – mit Dwayne Fields

From a childhood close to nature in Jamaica, to a youth marked by violent experiences in England, to an unforgettable walk to the North Pole that would change everything – that's how you could describe the life of Dwayne Fields in a nutshell, the first Brit of color to reach the North Pole on foot. 

Since his march to the North Pole, one adventure follows the next. Most recently, the presenter, explorer and naturalist traveled to the most extreme regions of our planet in his new National Geographic series "7 Toughest Days": In it, he travels to icy Kyrgyzstan, crosses the rainforests in Gabon and hikes through the Omani desert. Prior to that, he took Will Smith to Iceland in the Disney+ series "Welcome to Earth'', overcoming icy waters and an Icelandic glacier with him.

In addition to being an adventurer, Dwayne now works as one of the UK's leading Scout Ambassadors. With his expedition partner Phoebe Smith, he founded the "#WeTwo" foundation to bring young people from inner-city hotspots closer to the natural world and all its beauty - and to highlight what is threatening that beauty today. To date, he has received numerous honors, including an invitation to Buckingham Palace and the "Freedom of the City of London" award. 

So: Dwayne has a lot to talk about ...! We hope you enjoy the episode!

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