THE FAR NORTH
To The Best of Our Knowledge
from Wisconsin Public Radio
The bitter chill of winter can be hard to take. But
there are people who love all that snow and ice; in fact, some don't
know anything else. In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge
we'll explore the Far North, from the Inuit of Greenland to the
bears of Alaska. Also, a musical comedy about ice fishing in northern
Naturalist Gretel Ehrlich tells Steve Paulson
why she visited at length with Inuit people in Greenland. She
talks about the beauty of the land, and recalls some of adventures
hunting seals, whales and polar bears. She writes about her Greenland
experiences in "This Cold Heaven."
Michael Flanigan and Doug Mancheski
star in the Madison Repertory Theatre's production of the musical
comedy "Guys on Ice." They perform excerpts from the show and
talk with Jim Fleming about why snowmobile suits are funny and
just how important the Green Bay Packers are to the average Wisconsin
ice?fisher. Also, Peter Jenkins spent months on the best
seller list with "A Walk Across America." Now he's gone "Looking
for Alaska." Jenkins tells Steve Paulson that nature completely
dominates life in Alaska and talks about an experienced woodsman
who barely survived a bear attack.
Ian Ferguson is the co-author (with his brother
Will) of "Why I Hate Canadians," and now, "How To Be A Canadian."
He tells Anne Strainchamps that Canadians are passive-aggressive,
not polite and that they hate Americans for not knowing or caring
about Canada. He also speaks some authentic Canadian, and offers
pointers for people trying to pass.
Cassette copies are available
at 1-800-747-7444. Ask for program number 02-02-03-A.
- Gretel Ehrlich, This Cold Heaven:
Seven Seasons in Greenland (Pantheon)
- Will Ferguson & Ian Ferguson, How to
Be a Canadian (Even If You Already Are One) (Douglas &
- Peter Jenkins, Looking for Alaska
(St. Martin's Press)
- Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet w/ "D. Tour" on
"Dim the Lights, Chill the Ham" CD Cargo Records
- Nick Lowe w/ "Freezing" on"Dig My Mood" CD Demon
- In "Guys on Ice," performed by Doug Mancheski and
- --"The Wishing Hole"
- --Ode to a Snowmobile Suit"
- --"The Beer in the Bucket"
- Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet w/ "Running Meredith"
on "Dim the Lights, Chill the Ham" CD
- Johnny Horton w/ "North to Alaska" "The Essential
Johnny Horton 1956-1960" CD Sony Music
- Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet w/ "5 Canadians,
6 Canadians" on "Dim the Lights, Chill the Ham" CD Cargo Records
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