Tune in THIS WEEKEND to hear our Iceland Airwaves 2015 final radio documentary, which airs at noon CT on Saturday, January 9th and during our encore presentation on Sunday, January 10th at 7 p.m. CT on WCRX-FM 88.1 in Chicago (live stream here)! In the meantime, check out a teaser from one of the cultural stories the students culled at Airwaves and produced below for the final radio documentary. Check out previews, reviews and more on our Iceland Airwaves 2015 home page.
Iceland hasn’t had a history of welcoming asylum seekers into their country. The small Nordic island has accepted less than 10 refugees a year since 1956. But that history is starting to change thanks to the support of Icelandic citizens via Facebook. In August, Bryndis Björgvinsdóttir started a Facebook page and within only a couple of months, more than 10,000 Icelandic citizens had offered to provide money, food, and/or shelter to those families fleeing from war-torn Syria.
Björgvinsdóttir, Spokesman for the Icelandic Red Cross Björn Teitsson, and Chair of the Health and Social Affairs Committee Sigríður Ingibjörg Ingadóttir are among the interviewees in the piece who discuss why Icelanders are so eager to become involved in this humanitarian crisis.
Björgvinsdóttir explains why this is such an unexpected shift in the Icelandic way of thinking.
Look out for the full story here and on WCRX in the future.