Encounters

Series produced by Encounters: Radio Experiences in the North

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This series is hosted by award winning NPR reporter Elizabeth Arnold and cultural anthropologist Richard Nelson. Through a heavy dose of natural sound, direct experience and outdoor experiences, each 29-minute episode take listeners into the wild. Now in its fifth season, Encounters has a cult-like following in Alaska and is now available nationally.

"Richard Nelson knows the natural world more intimately than anyone I know - and this show captures that intimacy in powerful sit-and-stare-at-the-radio fashion. There's nothing remotely like it on the air, but listeners will understand it immediately - it appeals to something very deep." -- Bill McKibben(author of End of Nature)

Where else on public radio can you hear polar bears growl, peregrine falcons cry and killer whales splash? Encounters is upbeat environmental programming that brings the sounds of the northern wild to the radio for a rare, entertaining and informative weekly program. What better way for listeners to be transported to exotic locations during their daily commute than through the experiences of seasoned reporter Elizabeth Arnold and cultural anthropologist Richard Nelson.


39 Pieces

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Closest listen you'll ever get to Dall Sheep

Bought by KDUR, KMXT, and KHNS


  • Added: May 04, 2011
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 3
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Everyone needs a little time alone.

Bought by KDUR, KMXT, and KHNS


  • Added: Apr 12, 2011
  • Length: 28:59
  • Purchases: 3
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Elizabeth Arnold gets a whiff of fur seals

Bought by KMXT, KCHU, KDUR, and KTRT RADIO INC


  • Added: Jan 16, 2011
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 4
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Meet the farmers of the sea - Gray Whales

Bought by KCHU, KDUR, KTRT RADIO INC, KMXT, and KHNS


  • Added: Oct 27, 2010
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 5
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Bears are scary to us because of their large teeth and their big claws, but in this episode of Alaska learn why Native people have a respect for th...

Bought by KCHU, KDUR, KTRT RADIO INC, KMXT, KHNS and more


  • Added: Aug 04, 2010
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 6
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Experience the largest bird migrations in the world

Bought by KMXT, KDUR, KHNS, and PRX Remix


  • Added: Jul 05, 2010
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 4
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What is so special about the Boreal Forest?

Bought by KCHU, KDUR, KTRT RADIO INC, KHNS, and PRX Remix


  • Added: Jul 05, 2010
  • Length: 29:02
  • Purchases: 5

  • Added: Mar 09, 2010
  • Length: 29:01
  • Purchases: 4
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An amazing morning on one of the world's wildest continents

Bought by KMXT, KCHU, KDUR, KTRT RADIO INC, and PRX Remix


  • Added: Mar 01, 2010
  • Length: 29:13
  • Purchases: 5
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Ever heard of toad busting?

Bought by KMXT, KCHU, KDUR, and KTRT RADIO INC


  • Added: Feb 12, 2010
  • Length: 58:02
  • Purchases: 4
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Let Richard Nelson guide you through a lovely valley in the Brooks Range in search of the elusive wolverine.

Bought by KDUR


  • Added: Feb 10, 2010
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 1

  • Added: Jan 07, 2010
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 6
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Learn about porcupine love

Bought by KDUR and KHNS


  • Added: Dec 15, 2009
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 2
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Do you have ANY idea what a muskox sounds like?

Bought by KDUR, KMXT, PRX Remix, and Remix Radio


  • Added: Dec 02, 2009
  • Length: 29:03
  • Purchases: 4
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Butchering a deer is not red neck

Bought by KDUR and KMXT


  • Added: Nov 20, 2009
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 2
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Head to the frontlines of global warming with host Elizabeth Arnold

Bought by KDUR, PRX Remix, and WMNF


  • Added: Nov 10, 2009
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 3
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Don't worry if your clothes aren't waterproof, your ears definitely are!

Bought by KDUR, PRX Remix, and WMNF


  • Added: Oct 31, 2009
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 3
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Beware of stinky whale breathe as you get mighty close to these gentle giants with a permitted whale biologist and host Richard Nelson

Bought by KMXT, KDUR, KMXT, and KHNS


  • Added: Oct 07, 2009
  • Length: 28:56
  • Purchases: 4
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The honking of the Trumpeter Swan is a sign of fall.

Bought by KMXT and KDUR


  • Added: Sep 23, 2009
  • Length: 28:56
  • Purchases: 2
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Hear the call of the wild on this unusual Encounters episode!

Bought by KDUR, KMXT, KHNS, WTIP, and CKMO


  • Added: Sep 17, 2009
  • Length: 28:56
  • Purchases: 5