Welcome To Our Covering International Fests: Iceland Blog

Welcome to Columbia College Chicago Communication Department’s Covering International Music Fests: Iceland award-winning class blog. Please enjoy the students’ on-air work, blogs, radio documentaries, interviews and more from Iceland Airwaves. Visit our Iceland Airwaves 20162015, 2014, 2013, 2012 and 2011 class tabs to see what students have produced each year.

Stay tuned right here for students’ Fall 2017 work, beginning in September!

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 Stay tuned for our Iceland Airwaves 2017 final radio documentary, which will air on December 17 at 5 p.m., with encore presentations on December 24th and December 31st at 5 p.m. on WCRX-FM 88.1 in Chicago (live stream here). In the meantime, listen to … Continue reading

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Iceland Cultural Story: World’s First Drone Delivery Service [Listen]

Stay tuned for our Iceland Airwaves 2017 final radio documentary, which will air on December 17th at 5 p.m., with encore presentations on December 24th and December 31st at 5 p.m. on WCRX-FM 88.1 in Chicago (live stream here). In the meantime, listen to one of the cultural stories produced during our trip in Iceland below and check out our daily blogs,  live reviews from the 2017 Iceland Airwaves Music festival, and hear our preview interviews we produced before we arrived. 

In today’s world, food delivery services have become a part of people’s everyday lives. Since the beginning of food delivery in the early 20th century, this industry has evolved into something that people cannot live without. According to a 2016 Ask Your Target Market survey on food statistics, 6% of U.S. consumers will order food for take-out or delivery on any day. Whether consumers are using food delivery apps like GrubHub and UberEats or calling restaurants directly, the delivery of food has turned into a quick and easy option.

But it doesn’t stop there. Forget traffic jams and waiting 45 minutes to an hour for your food, Iceland is not only completing deliveries almost instantly, but they are completing deliveries almost 100 percent technologically and in the air. The companies, AHA and Flytrex are stepping up in the food and consumer goods industry with the newest delivery service.

Hear CEO and Founder of AHA.is, Maron Kristófersson, and VP Product and Co-Founder of Flytrex, Amit Regev, discuss what went into making drone delivery happen in Iceland.

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Iceland Cultural Story: Tourism and Investment (LISTEN)

Stay tuned for our Iceland Airwaves 2017 final radio documentary, which will air on December 17th at 5 p.m., with encore presentations on December 24th and December 31st at 5 p.m. on WCRX-FM 88.1 in Chicago (live stream here). In the meantime, listen to one of the cultural stories produced during our trip while in Iceland below and check out our daily blogs,  live reviews from the 2017 Iceland Airwaves Music festival, and hear our preview interviews we produced before we arrived. 

The number of foreign visitors visiting Iceland has quadrupled in the past four years. In a poll of tourists by Visit Reykjavik, 98% of tourists said they enjoyed their stay and rated it as excellent and 99% said they would recommend it to family and friends. Hear IcelandAir‘s Michael Raucheisen and Invest in Iceland‘s Arnar Gudmunsson discuss why now may be a good time to invest in Iceland.

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Icelandic Cultural Interview: Why are Icelanders so healthy? (LISTEN)

Stay tuned for our Iceland Airwaves 2017 final radio documentary, which will air on December 17th at 5 p.m., with encore presentations on December 24th and December 31st at 5 p.m. on WCRX-FM 88.1 in Chicago (live stream here). In the meantime, listen to one of the cultural stories produced during our trip while in Iceland below and check out our daily blogs,  live reviews from the 2017 Iceland Airwaves Music festival, and hear our preview interviews we produced before we arrived. 

Icelanders are known as being some of the happiest and healthiest people in the world with citizens living to be an average of 82.2 years old – about 11 years longer than the world average of 71.1 years old. Iceland also ranks 3rd in the list of happiest countries in the 2017 World Happiness Report, while the United States ranks 14th. Scientists have long debated the reasons behind this anomaly with answers ranging from the food they eat, to the genomes within Icelandic DNA.

Hear interviews with Björn R Lúðvíksson, Professor of Immunology at the University of Iceland and head of the Immunology department at Landspítali hospital, as well as Kári Stefánsson, neurologist, geneticist and founder of deCODE,  as they discuss what factors contribute to Icelanders’ longevity and happiness.

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Iceland Cultural Interview: What is the Future of Iceland’s Naming Laws? [LISTEN]

Stay tuned for our Iceland Airwaves 2017 final radio documentary, which will air on December 17th at 5 p.m., with encore presentations on December 24th and December 31st at 5 p.m. on WCRX-FM 88.1 in Chicago (live stream here). In the meantime, listen to one of the cultural stories produced during our trip in Iceland below and check out our daily blogs,  live reviews from the 2017 Iceland Airwaves Music festival, and hear our preview interviews we produced before we arrived. 

What’s in a name? It’s the century-old question. To Icelanders, it’s part of cultural identity regulated by the country’s naming laws. The laws say that names must have only Icelandic letters, so no C, W or Z. Names also need to be compatible with Icelandic grammar, signify a gender and not be embarrassing to the child.

The governing body who oversees the laws is called the Icelandic Naming Committee, created in 1991. In recent years, it has received criticism by locals and immigrants who want to name their child something other than the 3,500 approved names.

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Iceland Airwaves 2017 Daily Blog Eight (11/6) Iceland, You Make My Heart Skip a Beat

After eight days of adventure, stepping completely out of my comfort zone and no sleep, we are headed to Keflavík International Airport to catch our 16:45 flight back to Chicago. As I reflect on my time here in this beautiful country, it is surreal that it is already over.

Our last night in Reykjavík, I found myself in tears about leaving this city and all the memories I have made in it. No one could have ever prepared me for how difficult it would be to leave Iceland. It is hard to believe that we arrived a week ago. I thought I was tired then, but it does not come close to how exhausted I am today.

It is time for a round of applause and thank yous. First and foremost, thank you to our professor, Althea Legaspi, for making this trip happen. Thank you for pushing us, for believing in us and for encouraging us day after day to do our absolute best. You have made me a better writer, a better student and opened my mind up to the amazing possibilities of the music and journalism industries. Next, I’d like to thank my parents, my family and my friends for their endless love and support. Without you all, I don’t know how I would have made it through this strenuous course. Also, thank you to the kind Icelanders who took the time out of their schedules to meet with me to discuss Iceland and the current projects that they are working on in their country. Last but not least, thank you to my classmates. It’s crazy to say how little we really knew about each other before getting to Iceland. It’s even crazier to say that I found six lifelong friends out of this experience. I am forever grateful for your knowledge, constant love and encouragement. We are a team.

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Iceland Airwaves 2017 Daily Blog (11/6): Goodbye Iceland

 

As our time in Iceland comes to a close, I look back at specific parts that gave me a unique opportunity that just being a tourist, I never would have. Our instructor, Althea Legaspi, is the ultimate tour guide. She took us blindsided sometimes to unique places I never would have gone on my own.

Going to the Secret Lagoon was one of the best parts of the trip. Althea had a few surprises for us in store, and this short trip was one of them. We hopped on to a bus and for the first time saw outside of Reykjavík. The Secret Lagoon (yes, that’s its true name) is at Hverahólmi, the geothermal area near Flúdir, was made in 1891 and is the

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