Northern Soundings: Alaska in Conversation

Tuesdays at 10 a.m.

This thoughtful program explores Alaska and the world through conversations with writers, artists, scientists, historians, and the people who live in the North. Each episode touches on the guest’s creative works and background, and discussions frequently branch out in unexpected directions. Northern Soundings is made possible by KUAC and the following supporters: the University of Alaska Fairbanks Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station *  College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences * College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics * College of Rural and Community Development * College of Liberal Arts * Geophysical Institute * Institute of Arctic Biology * Institute of Northern Engineering * International Arctic Research Center * Office of the Provost * School of Education * School of Management.

Credit Robert Hannon

Love Takes Its Toll

Sep 27, 2018
Sarah Mitchell

This summer was a hard one for me and others who knew the talented musician, actor, and producer Sarah Mitchell. Sarah took her life with a gun in August. Sarah was the daughter of local performers Gianna Drogheo and Steve Mitchell and I knew her since she was a girl. Audiences visiting or living in Fairbanks knew her from her engaging summer performances at the Palace Theater and Saloon.  But Sarah was also a passionate champion of other artists. The best example of this is her project to create a CD of Jim Bell’s music. I spoke with Sarah just before the CD’s release. I replay it in tribute to her generous spirit.

Also on the show, “First Friday” events in Fairbanks are usually festive affairs where new work of painters, printers, writers and sculptors is unveiled in gallery openings. But in October, two first-Friday events have a more somber theme: gun safety. First, Well Street Art Company will display several banners with the portraits of scores of Alaskans wearing targets. Local photographer Kate Wool found herself called to respond with her images in the wake of repeated reports of mass shootings in schools and other public venues. The result was the “I am not a target” project. Her work came to the attention of the national For Freedoms organization, which seeks to stimulate social discussion through artistic expression. They selected Wool’s work for support.

And Chris Lott looks at the troubling language of suicide on Katexic Clippings. Listen to the show here.

Memory, Myth, Story

Sep 27, 2018

Beyond the Equinox Marathon

Sep 27, 2018
Drew Harrington

The Equinox Marathon is in its 56th year and its elevation gain and root-scored trails can be intimidating for runners used to flat conditions and paved roads.  While the event caps the Running Club North’s Usibelli series, for Drew Harrington it proved a springboard, propelling him to tackle longer, more grueling events.

Reviews and Lives

Sep 27, 2018
David James

Most of us know or work with people who hail from another country. But asking how the people actually made it here demonstrates a keen instinct for story. That is the case with David James. Many know him for his book reviews in the Ester Republic, Fairbanks Daily News-Miner and other periodicals.

Returning Home

Aug 5, 2018
Linda Thai

Fleeing From Home

Jul 26, 2018
Linda Thai

The issue of immigration is again a dominate concern in the United States. Over the decades, the Irish, Eastern Europeans and Chinese met with hostility and at times violence when they sought opportunity or asylum on our shores.   

Revisiting Recovery

Jul 17, 2018
Max Kaufman

This show is an encore conversation that originally aired in 2016. Last week I was on Ester Dome Road when I saw a figure running towards me. It turned out to be endurance athlete Bob Baker, known to many as “Bad Bob.” He was out training. In itself, that isn’t remarkable. But I reflected that it was a little more than two years ago that “Bad Bob” collapsed following a running race in which he competed. As you’ll hear, it isn’t too much of an exaggeration to say he died. And, it also isn’t too much of an exaggeration to say he was too ornery to stay dead.

Academic Leadership

Jul 16, 2018
Susan Henrichs

A Healing Journey

Jul 16, 2018
Cynthia Erickson

Birds, Birds, Birds

Jul 16, 2018
UA Museum of the North

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