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.

Credit Robert Hannon

Leadership in the Details

Dec 9, 2020
Frank Williams

On this show, retired chemical engineer and administrator Frank Williams talks about coping with challenging times. And Chris Lott pays tribute to the recently departed writer Sherry Simpson.

Pandemic Politics

Dec 4, 2020

Pandemic Politics

Nov 27, 2020

Political polarization and competing narratives about the pandemic have rippled through our society including schools. In with analysis is Nate Bauer who directs the University of Alaska Press.

Sharing the Bounty

Nov 26, 2020
Mark Ross / Alaska Department of Fish and Game

It’s Thanksgiving and even if family can’t join you this year, Creamer’s Field biologist and educator Mark Ross says you can share your bounty and receive some insights too.

Celebrating Legacies

Nov 24, 2020
Scott Kiefer

Last month brought hard news. First, one of my favorite authors died unexpectedly from a brain tumor. Sherry Simpson was funny, genuine and penned thoughtful and elegantly wrought works about Alaska. She was 60 years old. Sherry’s friend and colleague Frank Soos talks about her life and work.

Days after learning about her death, I heard about another passing. Although Will Harrison wasn’t a friend, I had the good fortune of talking with him three years ago. There aren’t many nuclear physicists who switch careers to study glaciers. We hear from Will and from a former graduate student who continues glacier research at UAF’s Geophysical Institute, Martin Truffer.

Pandemic Politics

Nov 20, 2020

Pandemic Politics

Nov 13, 2020

Northern Soundings: The Last Mile

Nov 10, 2020
Drew Harrington

Last week I learned the gifted and humble ultra-marathoner Drew Harrington passed away. I talked with Drew two years ago on the eve of the Equinox Marathon. Drew was rescovering from surgery and treatment for a brain tumor. He was optimistic, but last week he succumbed to the illness. He was 40. In memory, we revisit that conversation.


Also on the show, forest fires have always been vital to eco-systems, but they can be deadly to humans living in our near dense woods. A new film examines the challenges to residents who lost homes in 2019’s McKinley Fire. We hear from researcher Jennifer Schmidt and storyteller Amanda Byrd about their project. It was funded by UA EPSCoR and UAF's Alaska Center for Energy and Power.


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Pandemic Politics

Nov 6, 2020

Pandemic Politics

Oct 30, 2020