I did a nine part radio series on research and science out at the Kluane Lake Research Station this Summer. It was under the auspices of the International Polar Year and the Arctic Institute of North America (AINA). AINA and Ruth Klinkhammer did a great job at compiling and showcasing my work at the Station and they set up a page of my radio series.
If you’d like to listen to some of the fun that I had this summer with the gang at KLRS, stop by this website and check out the broadcasts.
FOCUS ON RESEARCH: KLUANE LAKE RESEARCH STATION
Who’d have thought they’d hire a science fiction writer to write about real science? It taught me a lot, though. And what I learned there will stick with me for a long time.
Okay, I uploaded the rest of Leaving America. All seven episodes are there. Some of you heard this in a 5 episode run–don’t know what they (Toronto) cut, but they went from Seven 6.5 min episodes to Five 5 min episodes. Here are the original versions where you even get to hear me do a bad Tiki Chorus at the Ft. Nelson hotel….forgive me. I was having too much fun.
The 4000 mile road-trip journey is full of immigrants, storms, wild and woolly Oz, screaming Heads, funny interviews, a little history, a little death, a lot of song, and many hidden science fiction references–especially in the music. After all, immigration is about being an alien who finds a home.
And that’s pure science fiction.
I want to thank everyone who allowed me to talk with them along the way, my family, my friends, CBC and Arnold Hedstrom for funding it and giving me complete creative freedom, the great musicians whose music runs through this. And to all the listeners who liked it and told me about it. Thanks for liking my story.
Hey folks, just placed the first three episodes of Leaving America, my radio series about my immigration journey, up on the site–as its own page. I’m sorry you have to click on two separate pages–but I’m not as familiar with WordPress as I’d like to be. Still, I’m very happy that the files are up somewhere.
Hope you enjoy them. I will put up a page for Yukon 2058 as soon as the series is done on CBC. They will not be putting them online, so I can place them here for those who missed episodes.
Thanks for your encouragement and kind words.
What do you think will happen in 50 years?
Starting Monday, you can hear Yukon 2058 at 7:20 and 4:50, daily through Friday morning,I think. It will also be on the website for CBC North if you miss it. It’ll be there for 24 hours.
Yukon 2058 is my speculation on what the North will be like in 50 years, written in honour of the 50th Anniversary of CBC in the North.
You can read more about the series here. Hope you enjoy my vision of the future, and please tell CBC about your vision of the future. You can make it happen by imagining what you want first. Remember, we create the future.
Illustrations here and above by Shaun Tan. I like to think of this one as the pot we grow the future in. Look at all the things the kid is throwing in there.
Well, it’s official. Yukon 2058, my newest radio series premieres Dec. 8th on CBC. They’ll play it in the mornings, in the afternoons and have it available on their website for 24hrs. If you miss it, you can go to their CBC North website.
What is it? It’s a story about a man who is working for CBC in 2058. By then, CBC is small. Only a few employees. Our hero, Michael, is wondering if he’s making a difference in the north. And he’s tempted by the offer of a job to go down south. But to get the job at CBC in Toronto–he’ll need three big stories. Can he get them? In a world where everyone can interview anyone at any time by patching into their earbud, news stories travel faster than they can get finished happening. Reporters tumble over each other to get scoops. But CBC North doesn’t work in scoops–they play by other rules.
Come to 2058. You’ll find trade wars over the Northwest Passage, mammoth hunting in Vuntut National Park, the creation of West Canada, a growing population, Holland America trains everywhere on magnetic rails, and kids you know all grown up and become important in the Yukon. Come find out what may happen to you in 50 years, what may happen in the Yukon. It’s not all bad in the future–it’s just different, and the future starts Dec. 8th. Or at least my version. Hope you enjoy it!
Just heard some good news. My 7 part radio series “Leaving America,” about my immigration journey from Texas to the Yukon, is now playing on CBC in Edmonton!! (Thanks Diane Walton and Marcelle Dubé for letting me know). For more thoughts on the similarities between being an Alien and being an alien see my post on “Immigration and Aliens“.
Very happy to be here. And parts 6 and 7 are set completely in Canada. Part Six is with my good friends in Calgary and includes romping through Vulcan, Alberta, nights of Battlestar Galactica, viewing the William Shatner Show, and the Glenbow. Thanks to Kirstin Morrell for making the transition to Canada so filled with good memories! She knows how to show aliens around. The rest of the series talks about Canada through the eyes of someone heading there and what I love about the place I’m going. As well as adventurous moments in travel through the States.