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 the U.S., Maine’s Atlantic puffins have been facing on and off danger since the 1970s when it comes to the survival of their populations. In Iceland, although Atlantic puffins are not the national bird, they are one of the country’s most iconic birds. They attract much of their tourism and provide many benefits for the climate and keeping track of the health of the ocean. Over recent years, main causes like over-hunting and global warming have been negatively impacting Atlantic puffin colonies in Iceland. The same climate changes that are hurting the puffins are also causing Iceland’s glaciers to melt and disappear.
Airing on January 14th and 15th, my final story covers Iceland’s music history, evolution and education in comparison to new president-elect Donald Trump’s education plans. Here is a teaser from Benedikt Hermann Hermannsson, who talks about the importance of music education in Iceland’s school systems.