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.

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Speaking Out of Mystery

Jun 26, 2019
Larry Kaplan

My guest this week is a linguist and champion for the preservation of Alaska Native languages. In fact, Dr Lawrence D. Kaplan is concerned about the loss of all indigenous tongues. Larry is the former director of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Alaska Native Language Center. But as you’ll hear in this interview, he admits the ability to learn and speak a language is mysterious. Our conversation is part of my UAF Summer Sessions series, Down Memory Lane.

From the Small, Great Things

Jun 18, 2019
Joan Braddock

I continue my University of Alaska Fairbanks Summer Sessions series of conversations with microbiologist and oceanographer Dr Joan Braddock. She spent years examining the aftermath of the Exxon Valdez oil spill. Much of that research looked at bioremediation. But she also played an important role in leadership at UAF. And she is one of the school’s few academics or administrators who also attended the school for undergraduate and graduate work.

Art, Science and Animals

Jun 12, 2019
Aldona Jonaitis

Every year UAF’s Summer Sessions puts on a wide range of free events for the public, including concerts and talks. By luck, I have an opportunity to play a small part in the programs, by talking with interesting people about their lives and passions.  Every Monday night in a series called “Down Memory Lane” I speak with retired faculty who helped give shape to the University of Alaska Fairbanks.  This summer I’m recording those conversations and presenting them in a special weekly series of Northern Soundings.

A Provocative Quietist

Jun 10, 2019
Robert Hannon

On the show this week: Rev. Dr Nancy James is an Episcopal priest who serves as chaplain at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital. She’s also a scholar and author specializing in the 17th-century mystic Madame Jeanne Guyon. James says while Guyon is not well known today, in the late 17th and early 18th centuries she was popular and drew an international readership.

The Metal Woodwind

Jun 10, 2019
University of Alaska Fairbanks Music Department

On this week’s show, I talk with Dorli McWayne, a faculty member of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Music Department, principle flutist for the Fairbanks Symphony and Arctic Chamber Orchestras, and founder and director of the Fairbanks Flutists. She explains the history of her instrument and the range of compositions her ensemble performs.

An Examined Life

May 1, 2019

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Hands-on Learning

Apr 10, 2019
John Manthei

On this week’s show, I talk with John Manthei, one of the founders of Folk School Fairbanks. The non-profit organization dedicated to hands-on learning has a new home at Pioneer Park.

The Japanese Experience

Mar 27, 2019
Ron Inouye

Educator, archivist, and oral historian, Ron Inouye discusses Japanese influence in  Alaska history and shares his family’s experience during World War II when more than one hundred thousand Japanese-Americans were put in concentration camps.

And Chris Lott in Katexic Clippings points out some Japanese terms we use in our conversations, and others that would enrich English.

Accountability and the Blogger

Mar 13, 2019
Dermot Cole

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This show, columnist and blogger Dermot Cole explains the importance of holding elected officials accountable.

Entreprenuerial Journalism

Feb 28, 2019
Richard Murphy

This episode we explore journalism past, present, and future with Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Richard Murphy who served as the Photo Editor for the Anchorage Daily News for many years.As the Arctic grows in strategic importance, Brandon Boylan, a political science professor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and co-director of the school’s Arctic and Northern Studies program, discusses the role of the Arctic Council and a model of the council on the UAF campus.

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