104: Shannon Galpin | Courageous Explorer Brings Power to Afghan Women

Explorer and mountain biker Shannon Galpin brings cycling to Afghan women. The 2014 National Geographic Explorer believes bicycles are a vehicle for transformation in a society where this simple freedom and pleasure is denied to women and girls. This simple act, easily taken for granted in the West, provides them with a stronger voice so vital in what often appears like an insurmountable obstacle–positioning Afghan women in a place of greater equality.


  1. Simply doing something right can a powerful form of activism since it will inspire others to mirror you.
  2. Hope and change prevail over fear.
  3. Don’t take even the simplest things for granted.

Learn about the Film Afghan Cycles

Learn about Shannon’s organization Mountain2Mountain


  • Producer – Marion Abrams, Madmotion, llc.
  • Host: Joe De Sena with Johnny Waite, Sefra, Col. Tim Nye, Delle & Mark Webb
  • Synopsis – Matt Baatz

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