Icelandic Culture: Viking presence in modern day Iceland (Listen)

We’ve had a great time covering Iceland Airwaves and discovering and reporting on Icelandic culture. Here’s an Icelandic cultural interview culled from our time there. Be sure to stay tuned for our final radio documentary, which will air on WCRX-FM 88.1. Visit our Iceland Airwaves blog to read/hear more from our time in Iceland. 

Check out my story on Viking culture and the presence it has in today’s Icelandic culture. I interviewed Sverrir Jakobsson a midieval history professor at the University of Iceland and Jon Pall Bjornsson a historian from the Viking settlement exhibit in Reykjavík.

Icelandic Culture: The Icelandic Genome’s Impact on Medicine, Privacy Issues (Listen)

We’ve had a great time covering Iceland Airwaves and discovering and reporting on Icelandic culture. Here’s an Icelandic cultural interview culled from our time there. Be sure to stay tuned for our final radio documentary, which will air on WCRX-FM 88.1. Visit our Iceland Airwaves blog to read/hear more from our time in Iceland. 

Mutations in your DNA can impact your health in all sorts of ways. Among other things, they can increase your likelihood of developing heart disease, cancer and diabetes. The researchers who develop treatments for these diseases locate these mutations and figure out which diseases they’re connected to, and many of them consider the Icelandic DNA to be a goldmine for this type of research.

Arnar Palsson teaches human genetics at the University of Iceland. He says there’s a very specific reason why Icelandic DNA is more suitable for this type of genetic research…

 

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Icelandic Culture: Online freedom of expression and net neutrality in Iceland and U.S. (listen)

We’ve had a great time covering Iceland Airwaves and discovering and reporting on Icelandic culture. Here’s an Icelandic cultural interview culled from our time there. Be sure to stay tuned for our final radio documentary, which will air on WCRX-FM 88.1. Visit our Iceland Airwaves blog to read/hear more from our time in Iceland.

Following the discovery of mass government surveillance, the conversation surrounding Internet freedoms and amnesty from regulation changed. It was a tangible aspect of understanding the neutrality debate centers around legislation. In Iceland, laws were implemented to protect the spread of information and whistleblowers online. In the U.S., Internet providers are seeking to expand their profits by controlling browsing speeds. Listen to interviews with the executive director of the Icelandic Modern Media InstituteGudjon Idir and anthropologist studying information politics related to Icelandic data centers, Alix Johnson.

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