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Episode 3: “The Idea of North”

Inspired by a ground-breaking 1967 radio documentary by Glenn Gould, 'The Idea of North' is an engaging meditation on some of the many ways in which the North is cast in the human imagination.

About the Author

James Raffan

James Raffan

Explorer and Author

James is a prolific writer, speaker, cultural geographer, and tireless advocate for the Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough, Ontario. He has produced twenty books and written for film, radio, and media outlets including Canadian Geographic, National Geographic, Explore, The Globe and Mail, as well as for CBC and The Discovery Channel.

In 2020, James was named by the Royal Canadian Geographical Society as one of the ninety most influential explorers in the nation’s recorded history. He owes a great debt to his travelling companions, particularly the Indigenous Peoples of the circumpolar world.

His latest book Ice Walker: A Polar Bear's Journey through the Fragile Arctic is available at Simon & Shuster's website.

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