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Iceland Airwaves 2014 Documentary Airs 2/21+ 2/23, Hear Outtakes Now

Our Iceland Airwaves 2014 audio documentary will air February 21st at 10am and the 23rd at 6pm on WCRX 88.1 FM and WCRXFM.com. In the meantime, check out some outtakes below.

Producing and editing our audio documentary about Iceland made for a few hard pronunciations and disjointed script attempts but ended in high spirits.

Airwaves 2014 was a whirlwind of deadlines, late nights and new experiences. But in the spirit of a friendly, good-natured country like the tiny Nordic Island, enjoy our outtakes!

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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: Environmental Concern Over Aluminum Smelting (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.

Aluminum production is Iceland’s highest export and counts for one-seventh of their economic output. The industry is a fundamental part of Iceland’s economy, but not everyone can enjoy its benefits without issue. Aluminum smelting facilities give off several different types of pollution, from greenhouse gas to potentially harmful dust residue in surrounding areas.

Several farms located nearby smelting facilities in Iceland have issued complaints against them due to what they say are problems with vegetation and livestock. Ragnheidur Thorgrimsdottir is one farm owner who complained of her issues with fluoride buildup on her horses grazing area, which she says has caused premature death, inability to reproduce and general unhealthiness in her horses. Sigríður Kristjánsdóttir, a team leader at the Environmental Agency of Iceland said that these grounds have been tested, and the results do not match the Agency’s predictions.

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