Dealing with the dark | Talk of Alaska

A trail covered in snow. The foreground is darkened while lights illuminate the trail further ahead.
Snow covers a side trail near Tikishla Park in Anchorage (Lori Townsend/Alaska Public Media)

To enjoy winter in the North, or at least to get by with your faculties intact, you have to have a strategy for the darkness of winter. Some of us see it as a chance to nest; to spend more time reading on the couch or tackling indoor projects. For others, winter sports and bright snow provide seasonal thrills unavailable to much of the world. For some of us, it’s a time to drag out the therapeutic lamps to keep the gloom at bay. We discuss darkness, and finding ways to enjoy the short days of winter, on this Talk of Alaska.


HOST: Lori Townsend


  • Holly Brooks, Licensed therapist, two time winter olympian
  • Holly Nordlum, Inupiaq traditional tattoo artist and graphic designer


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LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, November 7, at 10 a.m. on Alaska public radio stations statewide.

Lori Townsend is the news director and senior host for Alaska Public Media. You can send her news tips and program ideas for Talk of Alaska and Alaska Insight at or call 907-550-8452.

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