Paul Salopek

Out of Eden Walk: Walking Across Anatolia

Out of Eden Walk

National Geographic Explorer Paul Salopek tells host Carolyn Beeler what it was like to walk 700 miles across the plains of eastern Turkey, historically called Anatolia, a land that connects Europe with Asia. The war in neighboring Syria and thousands of years of conflict and conquest quietly echo through this peaceful, pastoral land.

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Out of Eden Walk: Cyprus

Out of Eden Walk
Structures built by the Nabateans more than two millennia ago, like this remnant at Mada’in Salih, Saudi Arabia, rival those of ancient Rome and Greece.

Out of Eden Walk: Walking to the Holy Land

Out of Eden Walk
Build it, and they will come: The dream of King Abdullah Economic City, Saudi Arabia. Join the journey at

Out of Eden Walk: Paul Salopek traverses the Arabian Peninsula via Saudi Arabia

Out of Eden Walk
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Out of Eden Walk: Djibouti and the Red Sea

Out of Eden Walk
A back shot of a man wearing a bookbag and hat looking into a grass pathway

Out of Eden Walk: The first steps

Out of Eden Walk

In early 2013, National Geographic Explorer Paul Salopek began an epic walk, following the path of the first human migration out of Africa about 60,000 years ago. Host Marco Werman speaks with Salopek, who’s now two-thirds of the way along his global journey. Today, he talks about his first steps at the beginning of the walk in the Great Rift Valley in Ethiopia.

Seydo, a Kurdish nomad, with his flock in southeastern Turkey

A journalist on a seven-year trek and a shepherd say goodbye to 12,000 years of human history


When Paul Salopek began his 21,000-mile-long walk from Ethiopia, he sought to find stories that would only come from “slow journalism.” In the Fertile Crescent near the border of Turkey and Georgia, he found one, told by a shepherd whose home was about to disappear.