Arctic Science Journeys Radio Stories
Arctic Science Journeys Radio (ASJ) was a free service that offered interesting stories about science, culture, and the environment of the far north. Production of these radio stories was suspended in 2005, but we hope you enjoy our archives, offered here. ASJ stories posted here began to include audio files starting in 1998, and a few stories include short video clips.
See our News page for other news and radio stories of interest.
Scripts and Audio
Arctic Lakes Shrink, Disappear (3:00:00)
Lakes and ponds across the Arctic are beginning to shrink, and some have disappeared altogether, as a warmer global climate dries out the northern landscape. Scientists say the loss of surface freshwater across the Arctic portends a dramatic ecological shift that could have long-term impacts on everything from subsistence to weather to ocean circulation. (mp3 audio)
- Alaska's Oil Field Ravens (4:00:00)
Alaska's Arctic coast is a treeless, marshy plain in summer and a bitterly cold, windswept wilderness in winter—not exactly the best place for birds that like to nest high above the ground. But toss in a few oil pump stations, communication towers and other structures, and you create a near-perfect artificial habitat for ravens. (mp3 audio)
ASJ stories posted on our Web site began to include audio files starting in 1998, and a few stories include short video clips.
Arctic Science Journeys was heard across Alaska by more than 100,000 people on more than two dozen public and commercial radio stations broadcast to more than 330 communities, including Alaska's three largest cities, Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau. Our goal was to help radio stations broaden their coverage of arctic environmental issues, scientific discoveries, and cultural understanding.
Radio stations, production facilities, science websites and freelance science writers used our radio stories as a source of ideas for their own stories. Some of these included National Public Radio's Pulse of the Planet, Discovery Online, ABCNews Online, NPR Science Friday, The Environment Show, and Earthwatch Radio. Finally, several newspapers published the radio scripts as an Arctic Science Journeys column.
Arctic Science Journeys also had an international following, served by the Voice of America. VOA's worldwide audience is estimated at 100 million, and is served through an international network of 2,000 AM and FM stations as well as short-wave radio.
KBBI-Homer • KBRW-Barrow • KCAW-Sitka • KCHU-Valdez, Cordova, Whittier, Chenega Bay, McCarthy • KDLG-Dillingham • KDLL-Kenai • KFSK-Petersburg • KHNS-Haines, Klukwan & Skagway • KIAL-Unalaska • KIYU-Galena • KMXT-Kodiak • KNBA-Anchorage • KNOM-Nome • KOTZ-Kotzebue • KRBD-Ketchikan • KRUA-Anchorage • KSKA-Anchorage • KSKO-McGrath • KSRM-Soldotna & Kenai • KSTK-Wrangell • KSUA-Fairbanks • KTKN-Ketchikan • KTNA-Talkeetna • KTOO-Juneau • KUAC-Fairbanks, Delta, Nome, Glenallen, Healy, Nenana, Talkeetna, Circle, Denali Park, Circle City, Cordova • KUHB-St. Paul • KXGA-Glenallen • KXKM-McCarthy • KYUK-Bethel • KZPA-Fort Yukon
Bering Strait Record • Discovery Channel Online • Earthwatch Radio • The Environment Show • Icicle Networks • Pulse of the Planet • Science Friday • Voice of America • Yukon News • Discovery Channel Radio • Sirius Satellite Radio
- Bronze Award, 2000 Agricultural Communicators in Education, Electronic Media
- First Place, 1998 Alaska Press Club Awards, Reporting on Health and Science
- Second Place, 1998 Alaska Press Club Awards, Reporting on the Environment
- First Place, 1998 Agricultural Communicators in Education, Regular Program
- First Place, 1998 Agricultural Communicators in Education, News
- Second Place, 1998 Agricultural Communicators in Education, Features and Specials
- First Place, 1997 Alaska Press Club Awards, Reporting on the Environment
- Second Place, 1997 Alaska Press Club Awards, Reporting on Health and Science
- Second Place, 1997 Agricultural Communicators in Education, Radio/Regular Program
- Second Place, 1997 Agricultural Communicators in Education, Radio/News
- Second Place, 1997 Agricultural Communicators in Education, Radio/Features and Specials
- Bronze Award, 1996 Agricultural Communicators in Education, Radio Program
- Bronze Award, 1996 Agricultural Communicators in Education, Radio Features
- First Place, 1995 National Association of Government Communicators, Weekly Radio Show
ASJ was produced by Doug Schneider, former information officer at Alaska Sea Grant