LISTEN: Spanish flu devastated rural Alaska in 1918. Are we better prepared for a pandemic 100 years later?

(Photo via NN Cannery History Project)

The 1918 viral pandemic known as the Spanish flu, killed millions worldwide and devastated rural communities in Alaska. All but eight residents in Brevig Mission died during that time. Dillingham was also hit hard. A hundred years later, what did pathologists learn from that outbreak and how prepared are we to handle a fast moving infectious disease today? We’ll ask on the next Talk of Alaska.

HOST: Lori Townsend

  • Kevin Berry, Assistant Professor of Economics, Institute of Social & Economic Research (ISER)
  • Kim Porter, Career Epidemiology Field Officer, Alaska Section of Epidemiology and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Tim Troll, Executive Director, Bristol Bay Heritage Land Trust


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LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.
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Lori Townsend is the News Director for Alaska Public Media. She has worked in print and broadcast journalism for nearly 30 years. Radio brought her to Alaska, where she worked as a broadcast trainer for Native fellowship students at Koahnic Broadcasting before accepting a reporting/host position with APRN in 2003. APRN merged with Alaska Public Media a year later. Through her freelance work, she has produced news and feature stories nationally and internationally for Independent Native News, National Native News, NPR , Pacifica, Monitor Radio, Radio Netherlands and AIROS. Townsend is the recipient of numerous awards for her work from the Alaska Press Club, the Native American Journalists Association and a gold and a silver reel award from the National Federation of Community Broadcasters.