SNOW AND ICE
Ice is amazing stuff. A few cubes in a glass and you
have a refreshing drink. A light glaze on a highway and you have a tragedy
waiting to happen. In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge,
a visit with a woman who knows pretty much all there is to know about
ice. And, where there's ice, there's often snow. We'll also hear from
the woman who runs the Alaska Mountain Safety Center and is one of the
world's leading experts on avalanches.
Jill Fredston, Co-Director
of the Alaska Mountain Safety Center, and author of "Snowstruck:
In the Grip of Avalanches" tells Jim Fleming how avalanches happen.
She says it has everything to do with the terrain and the condition
of the snowpack. Also, Bernd Heinrich has written many nature
books, including "Winter World: The Ingenuity of Animal Survival."
He tells Steve Paulson about frogs that survive being frozen solid and
bears that convert nitrogen into protein while they hibernate sleep
so that they're still in shape after sleeping for five months.
Piers Vitebsky is an anthrpologist
who studies the Eveny or Reindeer People of Siberia. He tells Steve
Paulson they keep herds of reindeer for meat, but also have personal,
consecrated reindeer animal doubles, which they believe will die for
them. Vitebsky's book is "The Reindeer People: Living with Animals
and Spirits in Siberia." Also, Mariana Gosnell is the author
of "Ice: The Nature, the History and the Uses of an Astonishing
Substance." She tells Anne Strainchamps why ice floats, and stories
about ice bergs.
Lawrence Millman wrote the
foreward and saw through the publication of Edward Beauclerk Maurice's
diary, called "The Last Gentleman Adventurer: Coming of Age in
the Arctic." Millman tells Jim Fleming that Maurice signed up at
the age of 16 with the Hudson's Bay Company and was sent to the remote
Canadian Arctic in 1930. He taught himself the Inuit language and fell
in love with the Inuit culture. Actor Ryan Winkles reads excerpts
from the diary.
CD copies are available at 1-800-747-7444.
Ask for program number 06-01-22-A.
- Jill Fredston, Snowstruck:
In the Grip of Avalanches (Harcourt)
- Mariana Gosnell, Ice:
the Nature, the History, and the Uses of an Astonishing Substance
- Bernd Heinrich, Winter
World: The Ingenuity of Animal Survival (Ecco)
- Edward Beauclerk Maurice, (forward
by Lawrence Millman), The Last Gentleman Adventurer: Coming of
Age in the Arctic (Houghton Mifflin)
- Piers Vitebsky, The Reindeer
People: Living With Animals and Spirits in Siberia (Houghton
- After Vitebsky: Reindeer Migration;
Music from the Far North, Argo ZRG 533
- Under Maurice readings and after
Millman: : Inuit Throat & Harp Songs; Canadian Music Heritage Collection
- All other music from: The Sweet
Sunny North, Henry Kaiser & David Lindley in Norway; Shanachie 64057
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