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The Grand and Terrible Voyage of the USS Jeannette

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USS Jeannette leaves for Arctic, July 1879

Friday, the writer Hampton Sides joins us to talk about his book, an epic survival tale in the world’s most unforgiving region. In the late 19th century, theories abounded about what lay at the North Pole, with one cartographer speculating that warm ocean currents sustained a verdant Arctic island. Bankrolled by a wealthy newspaper magnate, the U.S.S. Jeannette set sail to discover what was on top of the world. The resulting tale involves madness, starvation, and a desperate fight for life. (Rebroadcast)

Hampton Sides is an editor-at-large for Outside magazine and the author of six books, including Blood and ThunderHellhound on His Trail, and Americana. His book is called In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Voyage of the USS Jeannette [Amazon|Indiebound]

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.