Join host Alex Stein as he presents the story of the 1925 Serum Run. On this episode, Togo Saves the Day. The Serum Run was a sled dog relay to deliver a life-saving diphtheria anti-toxin to the village of Nome, Alaska in 1925. Many of you have heard parts of this story and may have even seen the animated movie, Balto, but this is the true story told by professional story-teller. Alex Stein.
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:
- The Serum Run: Part 1: Nome
- The Serum Run: Part 2: The Dogs Begin to Run
- The Serum Run Part 3: The Press Picks up the Story
- The Serum Run Part 4: The Trail Becomes Deadly
- The Serum Run Part 5: Portage and the Spirits
- The Serum Run Part 6: Howling Winds and the Hand Off
- Robert Forto on Twitter: @robertforto
- Alex Stein on Twitter: @coldfootfilms
- Dog Works Radio on Facebook
- Dog Works Radio on Instagram
- KVRF in Alaska
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