Iceland Cultural Story: Whale-Watching and Whaling (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, you can do it all. You can watch a whale, you can hunt a whale, and you can eat a whale. Iceland is one of the only three major countries in the world that still practices whaling. It is also home to one of the world’s fastest growing tourism industries. Many tourists stop at one of Iceland’s numerous whale watching companies to see one of their friendly Minke whales out at sea. These are often the same people who then try minke whale at one of Iceland’s traditional restaurants. However, these tourists don’t often realize a scientific controversy is sitting on their dinner table.

Listen below to learn more.

American’s own presidential election has been particularly controversial this year. Below, deputy representative from Iceland’s Pirate Party Andri Thor Sturluson discusses America’s 2016 presidential election prior to the results. Listen to our 2016 radio documentary on January 14th and January 15th at 10 a.m. CT on WCRX-FM to learn more about Iceland’s multi-party system and discuss ways to reshape future elections.

About Erika June Smith

Hey all! My name is Erika Smith, and I enjoy art exhibits and feminism. I'm studying television writing/producing at Columbia College Chicago, and I have an internship with The Whitney Reynolds Show on PBS. Do you need a birthday cake that you'll never forget? I'm also a level one Wilton cake decorator, and I've been known to create cakes that vaguely resemble Van Gogh paintings. Top that, Buddy Valastro.
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