Northern Soundings: Alaska in Conversation

Tuesdays at 7 p.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: Foundation Health Partners * the University of Alaska Fairbanks Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station *  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 * Vice Chancellor for Research.

Credit Robert Hannon

Fairbanks Trails: Creators and Preservers

Dec 12, 2017
Elmer E. Rasmuson Library Archives

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks. That prompted me to salute Fairbanks trails this episode. The club, and others like Running Club North and Fairbanks Cycling Club put a lot of effort into developing and maintaining world-class trails.

Russia: A Tangled History

Dec 12, 2017
University of Alaska Press

In this episode, Frank Soos discusses a key figure in modern literature, Anton Chekhov, and geographer Cary de Wit puts the current headlines on Russia in an historic and economic context.

Northern Soundings: Permafrost

Nov 28, 2017
Cold Climate House Research Center

Northern Soundings: Provisional Knowledge

Nov 28, 2017
UAF Geophysical Institute

Evon Peter: Changing the Statistics

Nov 13, 2017
Meghan Topkok

Last month, a documentary that examines the impact of suicide on the lives of four Alaskans premiered on PBS World Channel’s America ReFramed. Early in We Breathe Again, filmmakers share the distressing statistic that suicide is a leading cause of death for Alaska Natives between the ages of 15 and 24.

Walter Harper: Bridge Between Two Cultures

Oct 26, 2017
Yvonne Mozée Collection, Accession Number 2002-98-13, Alaska and Polar Regions Collections and Archives, Rasmuson Library, UAF.

In Ancient Greece, heroes often did not last long. Achilles comes to mind, but there are others. For the Greeks, there was something almost enviable about the hero whose life ended at the zenith, at the peak of physical and technical prowess. I couldn’t help reflecting on that when I was talking with historian Mary Ehrlander. She has a new book out on the first person to summit Denali, Walter Harper. Not long after his history-making achievement, Walter and his young wife perished in a maritime disaster.

Northern Soundings: Centennial Guests

Oct 20, 2017
UAF Summer Sessions

Joanna Young

Northern Soundings: Modern Northern Explorers

Oct 20, 2017
Matthew Sturm

Northern Soundings: Mark Hamilton

Aug 4, 2017
President Emeritus Mark Hamilton
University of Alaska