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.

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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.

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Iceland Cultural Story: Housing Market And Income Disparity (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.

The United States and Iceland share something unique, that maybe one wouldn’t expect. While becoming a legal adult in the United States and Iceland is 18, the legal drinking age in the U.S. is 21 years old and in Iceland it’s 20. These ages are higher than most countries where the drinking age is normally around 18 years old. Strict rules for underage drinking and policies are enforced in both the United States and Iceland. Although according to the Icelandic Center for Social Research and Analysis, Iceland has nearly eliminated underage drinking by using a specific model designed to decrease underage drinking, while in the United States underage drinking continues to grow.

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Iceland Cultural Story: Atlantic Puffins And Climate Change (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 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.

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Hear our 2016 Iceland Class Blooper Reel (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 the blooper reel culled from audio that students taped while in the course.

This past semester has been full of hard work, late nights, long days, but most importantly full of laughs. Here is a compilation of mess ups while we worked on voicing our scripts and some of the good times we recorded while we visited Iceland during the Covering International Festivals: Iceland class. Enjoy!

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Iceland Cultural Story: Trademark Issues And Regulations (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 the past two months, Iceland has been confronted with a legal dispute with British supermarket chain Iceland Foods, at the risk of losing the right to its country’s name. This brings to light the many issues with registering common geographic names as trademarks, a controversy the U.S. has also been dealing with.

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Iceland Cultural Story: Tourism And The Economy (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.

Iceland top industry has mainly been fishing, but starting in 2013 Iceland’s Tourism industries had surpassed it, with fishing’s 272 million ISK in revenue compared to tourism’s 275 million ISK in revenue, according to a 2014 report in Iceland Review. In an interview with Grímur Sæmundsen the CEO of the Blue Lagoon as well a chairmen on the Icelandic Environment Association and Ólöf Ýrr Atladóttir who is Director General of the Iceland Tourism Board, they both spoke about the economic increases in tourism and the affects it has. As well as how the relationships work with the other industries, because not all tourist attractions bring in revenue.

Also, check out a teaser on Icelandic marriages and family life that are changing in Iceland, which will air in our final radio documentary. This is a quote from Dr. Sigrún Júlíusdóttir, a professor of social work at University of Iceland. You can hear the full story on January 14 and 15 at 10 a.m. CT on WCRX-FM:

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Iceland Cultural Story: How Unions Help Support Icelandic Fishermen (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.

On November 10th, Iceland’s largest industry will potentially be put on hold as the country’s fishermen grow increasingly upset with their current wages and the pricing of fish. The country’s fishermen have threatened a strike if their demands are not met. The prices of fish correlate with fishermen’s wages directly, and the Fishermen’s Union of Iceland is currently negotiating a contract with their ship owners to work on raising the price of fish.

Chairman of the Fishermen’s Union of Iceland Valmund Valmundsson and University of Iceland political science professor Ólafur Hardarson spoke about these grievances and how politics come into play with the fishermen’s well-being. (Editors Note/correction: the average yearly minimum wage in the U.S. is $15,080, it is not the average monthly minimum wage as was misstated in the audio piece below).

Also, here’s a teaser from my campaign finance story, which will air in the final radio documentary on January 14th and January 15th at 10 a.m. CT on WCRX-FM. This is University of Iceland political science professor Ólafur Hardarson.

 

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