Iditapod: Halfway there, fully committed

two dogs stand and sit upright as a person prepares to feed them
Musher Joe Taylor and his dog team arrive at the McGrath checkpoint on a snowy March 9, 2022, afternoon. (Jeff Chen/Alaska Public Media)

Iditarod mushers and their dog teams are now either in the middle of their mandatory 24-hour layovers or back out on the trail, if they opted to do that earlier. We’ve got the frontrunners at the Cripple checkpoint, as well as a chat with the folks who 24ed in McGrath, now making up the chase pack. There’s also an old-timer for our Dog of the Day, a couple listener questions about how to get into dog mushing and, related, what it means to be a handler.

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Casey Grove is the host of Alaska News Nightly and a general assignment reporter at Alaska Public Media with an emphasis on crime and courts. Reach him at

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