Join hosts Robert Forto and Alex Stein as they discuss the recent news about doping in the Iditarod and the mysterious Musher ‘X’.
This story is a big deal in the sport of mushing. Not only was a top-20 dog team in the sport’s longest race, the 1049-mile Iditarod that runs across the state of Alaska each March, found to have been given an illegal substance, but the race organization has refused to name the musher. The musher has not come forward either to clear his/her name and to set the record straight. This has caused quite an uproar in the mushing community On this show we analyze the news and events and give our take on the topic.
Host, Robert Forto’s Bio:
Robert is the training director for Alaska Dog Works where they train dogs for canine obedience, working dogs, therapy dogs and service dogs for clients all over North America. He is also a dog musher and he and his wife operate a 40-dog mushing kennel in Willow, Alaska, called Team Ineka. They can often be seen at local races and leading expeditions in the Alaska backcountry with outdoor leadership students at the University of Alaska. Robert is the producer of Dog Works Radio that has been on the air since 2009 and is currently simulcast on a local radio station, KVRF in Palmer, Alaska.
Host, Alex Stein’s Bio:
Alex M. Stein is a writer, documentary filmmaker, and storyteller living in Los Angeles while pining for the Northern Lights. He is the author of the personal essay collection NO, MR. BOND, I EXPECT YOUR DREAMS TO DIE and directed the Iditarod documentary MUSH. He was married in Alaska, above the Arctic Circle, at the northernmost saloon in the world, by the bartender. Alex has been a host on Dog Works Radio since 2012 and he can be heard on our mushing broadcasts and during our annual nightly Iditarod coverage each March.
Links and Resources Mentioned:
- Anchorage Dispatch article: Unnamed Iditarod musher denies giving sled dogs a prohibited drug
- Craig Medred’s article: Idit-a-dope
- Robert Forto on Twitter: @robertforto
- Alex Stein on Twitter: @coldfootfilms
- Dog Works Radio on Facebook
- Dog Works Radio on Instagram
- KVRF in Alaska
Photo credit: Robert Forto
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