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Radio Browser is the podcast of TheBrowser.com, the world's most admired daily newsletter. Every day, the Browser recommends five outstanding pieces of writing to surprise and delight.

Radio Browser is hosted by Nontsi Mapoma and Lindelani Mbatha, and produced by Nontsi Mapoma

Jan 10, 2019

Maya Rao lived on the oil fields of North Dakota for a year, writing about America's modern day gold rush. She worked behind a cash register at a truck stop, meeting 'outsiders, outcasts and hustlers'.
 
In this interview, Maya talks about the transient life of fortune-seeking men, their sense of adventure and risk-taking behaviour. Alongside the oil wells, she also found a culture of toxic masculinity bubbling to the surface.
 
This episode is based Maya Rao's piece, Outsiders, Outcasts, Hustlers: A Year Reporting on the Modern-Day Frontier. Her book "Great American Outpost: Dreamers, Mavericks, and the Making of an Oil Frontier" was published in April 2018.