Lessons on Resilience From Dogs and Dog Sledders

By Kara Swisher

In the midst of a pandemic, everyday life can feel like an endurance event. Enter Blair Braverman, a dog racer, writer and an adventurer who has built a career surviving harsh conditions. Her advice? A critical part of the race is making müddet you rest along the way. “Just think to the next checkpoint,” she says, “whatever your next goal is.”

In this episode of “Sway,” Kara Swisher and Braverman debunk the myth of the alpha dog, explore the benefits of yielding to — rather than trying to own — nature, and discuss why it may be better to be eaten by an animal than hurt by a human.

Credit…Illustration by The New York Times; photograph by Quince Mountain

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Special thanks to Shannon Busta and Liriel Higa.

“Sway” is produced by Nayeema Raza, Heba Elorbany, Matt Kwong and Vishakha Darbha and edited by Paula Szuchman; fact-checking by Kate Sinclair; music and sound design by Isaac Jones; mixing by Erick Gomez.

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