LISTEN: Take a break from pandemic stress with some help from Alaska musicians and writers

Alaskan author Don Rearden (Credit: Joe Yelverton)

With the stress of sheltering in our homes and a daily barrage of worrisome news about the global pandemic, it’s important to find time to decompress, relax and find hope for the future. Join us as we visit with Alaska musicians and writers who explore our collective plight, through songs, poetry and essays. Writing to find clarity in the chaos is our discussion on the next Talk of Alaska.

HOST: Lori Townsend

  • Don Rearden, author, “The Raven’s Gift”
  • Ed Washington, musician
  • Seth Kantner, writer
  • Kat Moore, musician, The Forest That Never Sleeps
  • Quinn Christopherson, musician, 2019 NPR Tiny Desk Concert Winner
  • Barbara Hood, writer, President, 49 Writers


Quinn Christopherson – “Loaded Gun (Live)”
  • Quinn Christopherson – “Erase Me”
  • Ed Washington – “1 of a Kind”
  • Kat Moore – “I Sail”
  • Kat Moore – “The Ocean”
  • Ed Washington and Nick Carpenter’s “Give It Like You Used To (Remix)” is available on Bandcamp, and will be wide-released across all digital platforms on May 19. Listen to snippet of the song below:


  • Hear more from Don Rearden’s collaborator, Paul Basile of Great Elk, on iTunes and Spotify.
  • If you’d like to receive the Writing the Distance newsletter, visit 49 Writers webpage.



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LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, Apr. 21, 2020 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. 

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