Welcome To Our Covering International Fests: Iceland Blog

Welcome to Columbia College Chicago Radio Department’s Covering International 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 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012 and 2011 class tabs to see what students have produced each year.

Stay tuned right here for students’ Fall 2016 work, beginning in September!

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Listen To The Full Iceland Airwaves 2016 Radio Documentary

In case you missed the live broadcast on January 14th and 15th on WCRX-FM, listen to the full Iceland Airwaves 2016 radio documentary below. With Donald J. Trump being officially inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States on January 20th, this year’s students share how our eight days abroad in the progressive country of Iceland widened our perspectives on a variety of topics prevalent here in the U.S. Catch a glimpse of protests that have emerged in Chicago since the election and gain an international perspective on a series of issues and events that have prompted discussion, raised concerns and sparked debates throughout Trump’s journey to the White House. It also features some of the music we reviewed while covering the excellent 2016 Iceland Airwaves Music Festival.

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Tune In This Weekend For Our Iceland Radio Documentary On WCRX-FM!

Stay tuned for our Iceland Airwaves 2016 final radio documentary, which will air THIS WEEKEND at 10 a.m. CT, Saturday, January 14th and 15th on WCRX-FM 88.1 in Chicago (live stream here). In the meantime, check out previews, reviews and more on our Iceland Airwaves 2016 home page and listen to our promo below. 

From October 30 to November 7, the Covering International Festivals: Iceland class of 2016 got to immerse ourselves in the progressive culture of Iceland. Upon our return, we began drafting and creating our radio documentary, which shares stories on topics relating to Iceland in comparison with U.S. policies, such as Iceland’s multi-party system, economy, immigration, and climate change, as well as showcasing some of the Icelandic bands the class was able to review. This documentary will feature stories from Ellie WrightErin BrownErika SmithMackenzie Crosson, Miranda ShermanSarah PennKimmy Kaczmarek, Sarah MatthewsAdam Miller and me, Francesca Brilli.

Listen below to a promo for our final radio documentary, which airs Saturday, January 14th and Sunday, January 15th at 10 a.m. on WCRX-FM.

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Iceland Cultural Story: Pros and Cons Of Geothermal Energy (LISTEN)

We covered Iceland Airwaves Music Festival and other cultural stories over the fall semester. Read about our adventures via our Iceland Airwaves 2016 page and tune into WCRX-FM for our final Radio Documentary on January 14th at 10 a.m. CT (livestream here) and during the encore presentation on January 15th at 10 a.m. CT. In the meantime, hear this cultural story that was produced while we were in Iceland.

Energy is a heated topic, especially in Iceland where 99% of their power comes from heat from the earth’s crust.  Geothermal energy has historically been seen as clean and sustainable, but there are some lesser known negative aspects scientists are beginning to research. Continue reading

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Iceland Cultural Story: Waste Management and Sustainability (LISTEN)

We covered Iceland Airwaves Music Festival and other cultural stories over the fall semester. Read about our adventures via our Iceland Airwaves 2016 page and tune into WCRX-FM for our final Radio Documentary on January 14th at 10 a.m. CT (livestream here) and during the encore presentation on January 15th at 10 a.m. CT. In the meantime, hear this cultural story that was produced while we were in Iceland.

Whether in the United States or Iceland, finding ways to change our consumerist lifestyles and manage garbage and waste more sustainably is an issue that new technologies and innovations are continuously trying to solve. Ragna Halldórsdottir is the Manager of Quality and Education at SORPA, a waste and recycling management facility in Iceland. In this piece, she speaks about Iceland’s recent waste management initiatives and areas of improvement. 

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Hear Our Iceland 2016 Radio Documentary, January 14th and 15th on WCRX-FM

We covered Iceland Airwaves Music Festival and other cultural stories over the fall semester. Check out previews, reviews and more on our Iceland Airwaves 2016 home page and tune into WCRX-FM for our final Radio Documentary on January 14th at 10 a.m. CT (livestream here) and during the encore presentation on January 15th at 10 a.m. CT. While you wait, listen to our promo below. 

Ten of us flew out to Reykjavík, Iceland to interview experts on cultural stories and review bands, like GKRLára Rúnars and Agent Fresco, who played at the 2016 Iceland Airwaves Music festival. Cultural stories cover Icelandic topics compared to U.S. policies, from global warming to xenophobia. Stories are by Ellie WrightErin BrownErika SmithMackenzie CrossonFrancesca BrilliMiranda ShermanSarah PennKimmy KaczmarekAdam Miller and Sarah MatthewsListen to a promo for our show below and be sure to tune in next weekend!

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Iceland Cultural Story: Combating LGBT Hate Crimes (LISTEN)

We covered Iceland Airwaves Music Festival and other cultural stories over the fall semester. Read about our adventures via our Iceland Airwaves 2016 page and tune into WCRX-FM for our final Radio Documentary on January 14th at 10 a.m. CT (livestream here) and during the encore presentation on January 15th at 10 a.m. CT. In the meantime, hear this cultural story that was produced while we were in Iceland.

Hate crimes have been on the rise in the United States, with the tragic June 12, 2016 shooting at the gay night club, Pulse, in Orlando where 49 people lost their lives. The attack, a retaliation against the LGBTQ+ community, brought large scale attention to the community. However, many hate crime incidents go unreported, so it is impossible to know a concrete number of how many have been afflicted or discriminated against. This is an issue that is seen all over the world, including Iceland. I spoke with Audar Magndis Audardóttir, the director of Samtokin ’78, and Eyrún Ethorsdóttir, the police detective chief inspector at the Reykjavík Metropolitan Police Department who heads up the hate crime pilot program about their work to combat hate crimes.

Tune in on January 14 and January 15 at 10 a.m. to hear my final on Muslim xenophobia in Iceland, and how it correlates to the United States, especially after the election of Donald Trump.

Lawyer Helga Helgadóttir said she wishes more would be done about the way hate crime cases against Muslims are handled.

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Iceland Cultural Story: Post-Secondary Education (LISTEN)

We covered Iceland Airwaves Music Festival and other cultural stories over the fall semester. Read about our adventures via our Iceland Airwaves 2016 page and tune into WCRX-FM for our final Radio Documentary on January 14th at 10 a.m. CT (livestream here) and during the encore presentation on January 15th at 10 a.m. CT. In the meantime, hear this cultural story that was produced while we were in Iceland.

In Iceland at state-run institutions, students only pay registration fees; there are no tuition fees. In America right now, politicians are seeking to change how we pay for college. Iceland, a progressive nation, provides higher education to its citizens at minimal to no cost, which allows students to graduate without an accumulated debt. Director of Human Resources at the University of Iceland, Ásta Möller, shared what a college education means to the people of Iceland. Also, Jonina Kardal from the Career and Counseling Services at the University of Iceland talks about the importance of a college education, and studying abroad.

Listen below for a sneak peek on my final story on International Parental Leave, which will air on January 14th and 15th at 10 a.m. CT on WCRX-FM.

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