An interview with Dr. Mikhail Malakhov

Dr. Malakhov (center) and companions in Russian Mission at the end of their journey in 2012. (Courtesy Tim Troll)

The main guest for this show is one of the world’s greatest polar explorers. Dr. Mikhail Malakhov has skied to the North Pole 16 times, including an expedition in 1995 when he made it there and back unsupported. He received Russia’s highest award for such an accomplishment, as a Hero of the Russian Federation. But he’s done much more than that, and is in Alaska this summer to continue some remarkable treks. Malakhov is leading an expedition to retrace some of the greatest expeditions of Russian America, a project he has been working on since 2009. It’s a great year for it, as we mark the 150th anniversary of the Alaska Purchase, when Russia sold Alaska to the United States. Also on the show is Tim Troll, director of the Bristol Bay Heritage Land Trust, who is assisting Malakhov and has written about his exploits.


HOST: Charles Wohlforth


  • Mikhail Malakhov, one of the world’s great arctic adventurers
  • Tim Troll, Executive Director of the Bristol Bay Heritage Land Trust


BROADCAST: Thursday, July 20, 2017. 2:00 pm – 3:00 p.m. AKT

REPEAT BROADCAST:  Thursday, July 27, 2017. 8:00 – 9:00 p.m. AKT

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