Welcome to Husky Talk Podcast
A weekly behind the scenes look at the Iditarod and mushing for classrooms around the world.
Erin Montgomery, 2015 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™ from Iowa and her students host this podcast, designed and created to introduce you to the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race and give you an essential behind the scenes look at the race.
Weekly segments of the program include: Iditarod Trivia, Brain Freeze, Sled Dog Trip
Join the the students for their podcasts each week.
Listen via SoundCloud here or click the play buttons under each guest name below.
Season 4 Episode 6: Ryan Redington
Today our guest talks with us about Alaskan huskies. His family has been running Alaskan huskies for generations, in fact, his grandfather founded the Iditarod. He is also a 6-time finisher of the Iditarod. Please join us as we talk with Ryan Redington.
Use the interactive hyperslide activity below after you listen to the Lisbet Norris and Ryan Redington podcasts.
Season 4 Episode 5: Lisbet Norris
In this episode of Husky Talk we are trying to debunk the myth that Siberian huskies are too slow to run the Iditarod. Join us as Lisbet Norris talks to us about Siberian huskies. Lisbet has finished the Iditarod 3 times with her team of Siberians. She currently leads sled dog tours and expeditions in Alaska.
Use the interactive hyperslide activity below after you listen to the Lisbet Norris and Ryan Redington podcasts.
Season 4 Episode 4: Martin Buser
He is a 4-time Iditarod Champion.He was part of the Elim 11.
He and his dogs were part of the movie Togo.
He is an all-around amazing guy.
Tune in to listen to Martin Buser share some experiences on the trail.
Season 4 Episode 3: Laura Neese
A group of 11 mushers, traveling together, came across poor trail conditions and bad weather. All 11 mushers head back to the checkpoint of Elim and waited out the conditions for a couple of days. One of those mushers is Laura Neese. Listen to this episode as she talks to us about her experience with the Elim 11.
Get your students ready for our Laura Neese podcast by having them complete the Elim 11 Hyperslide activity. Students will be able to explore articles and apply their knowledge in fun activities.
Season 4 Episode 2: Sean Underwood
Last year our guest was a handler for Iditarod icon, Jeff King. His goal was to run the Iditarod in2021. With just days before the start of the 2020 Iditarod, King suffered an illness that would sideline him for the race. Sean Underwood got the call to “put his big boy pants on.” He would be running in place of Jeff King. Listen to his awesome story of going from handler to Iditarod musher in days.
Get your students ready for our Sean Underwood podcast by having them complete the Iditarod Dog Handlers Hyperslide activity. Students will be able to explore an article and video about dog handlers, as well as learn about Sean.
Season 4 Episode 1: Thomas Waerner
Join us as we talk with the 2020 Iditarod Champion. He talks with us about winning the 2020 race as well as the changes he saw in the race as Covid spread through the world. We also find out about his extra 2-month stay in Alaska as Covid caused many travel restrictions.
Husky Talk Plus – March 13 Edition :Special Guest Chas St. George
In today’s episode we talk about our current leaderboard, updates on scratches, and a story about one of our back of the packers. Our Iditarod expert talks to us about returned dogs, scratches, and how the coronavirus is affecting the Iditarod. Don’t forget to email us your answer to the Iditarod Question of the Day.
Husky Talk Plus – March 11 Edition: Special Guest Chas St. George
Today’s edition of Husky Talk Plus we give you special leaderboard updates as well as checkpoint check-ins. Our expert talks to us about the rookies and the weather conditions on the trail. Don’t forget to listen for the question of the day.
Husky Talk Plus – March 9 Edition: Special Guest Chas St. George
During the Iditarod we will be coming to you daily with updates on the race. Tune in to listen to leaderboard updates, special guest Iditarod experts, Iditarod Questions of the Day, and more.
Season 3 Episode 28: Mark Nordman
Mark Nordman is the race director and race marshal for the Iditarod. He has been involved with the Iditarod since 1983. In this episode he talks to us all about the Iditarod and his responsibilities during the race. Join us and find out more about Mark Nordman and the Iditarod.
Season 3 Episode 26: Monica Zappa
She lives off grid on the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska with her partner, Tim Osmar. She is an Iditarod veteran. She took a year off last year to travel across the state with dog team with Tim. She is back for the Iditarod this year. Join us for this episode and meet Monica Zappa.
Season 3 Episode 25: Robert Forto
Do you know the story of the Serum Run? Robert Forto and a group of others will be departing this weekend on an expedition that will follow the original trail that delivered the serum to the children of Nome. Join us on this episode to learn all about this expedition and how you can follow their journey.
Season 3 Episode 24: Sean Underwood
Join us as we talk about mushing from a different perspective. Many mushers have dog handlers that work for them at their kennel. Our guest this week is a handler for 4-time Iditarod champion, Jeff King. He recently finished the Yukon Quest 300 and the last of his Iditarod qualifiers in hopes of racing the Iditarod in 2021. Meet Sean Underwood.
Season 3 Episode 23: Riley Dyche
This week’s guest is a rookie to the Iditarod this year, but is no rookie to the 1000-mile distance as he has finished the Yukon Quest. He talks with us about how he won the sportsmanship award in the Yukon Quest in 2018 and his experience out on that trail. He talks with us about the mandatory rookie meeting he had to attend in December for the Iditarod. Join us and meet Riley Dyche.
Season 3 Episode 22: Dallas Seavey
Join us as we talk with 4-time champion of the Iditarod, Dallas Seavey. He talks with us about growing up and being around dogs, the importance of dog care, and how his family has shaped him. We learn about some of his Iditarod championships. Recently, he has raced in Europe’s longest sled dog race, Finnmarkslopet, and he tells us the logistics of getting to this dog race.
Season 3 Episode 21: Kelly Villar 2020 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail
Our guest this week is the 2020 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail. She talks with us about her role as the official Iditarod Teacher on the Trail. Join us to learn more about this program and what Kelly will be doing out on the trail this year.
Season 3 Episode 20: Marti Steury from the Yukon Quest
Marti Steury is the executive director of the Yukon Quest. She talks to us about the Yukon Quest, the other 1000 mile sled dog race in North America. Join us and learn more about the Yukon Quest.
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Season 3 Episode 19: Quince Mountain
He is a rookie in this year’s Iditarod. He was on Naked and Afraid. He’s a writer. He and his wife, Blair, have a huge following on Twitter. Join us as Quince talks with us about mushing and his personal life. You don’t want to miss this episode.
Follow Quince on Twitter – https://twitter.com/QuinceMountain?s=20
Season 3 Episode 18: Katie Mangelsdorf
Do you know why the Iditarod started? Most people think it has to do with the Serum Run, this is not true. Listen as Katie Mangelsdorf tells us the story of the real reason the Iditarod got its start. She also shares stories about Joe Redington, Sr. from her book Champion of Alaskan Huskies.
Buy Katie’s book here: www.amazon.com/Champion-Alaskan-…rod/dp/1594332452
Season 3 Episode 17: Monica Hendrickson (John Beargrease Marathon)
The John Beargrease is one of the premier sled dog races in North America. The race was established in 1980 and many world class mushers have competed in the race. The Beargrease is an Iditarod qualifying race. Join us for this episode as Monica Hendrickson talks to us about the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon.
Season 3 Episode 16: Scott Kummer (Human Powered Iditarod)
Did you know that there is another race along the Iditarod Trail? One week before the dogs take off, there is a human powered event. We talked with one of the racers that will do the event on foot. He is an ultrarunner and hosts his own podcast, Ten Junk Miles. Find out more about Scott Kummer in this episode of Husky Talk.
Season 3 Episode 15: Seth Barnes
Originally from Alabama, Seth came to Alaska to run dogs. He is a veteran of both the Yukon Quest and Iditarod. He talks with us about what it was like to lose a dog on the trail. Please enjoy this episode with Seth Barnes.
Season 3 Episode 14: Lev Shvarts
Lev is a proud U.S. citizen. He talks with us about his background, life, and running dogs.
Season 3 Episode 13: Ryan Anderson
Ryan has been mushing since the age of 10. He is a 3-time champion of the John Beargrease. He talks to us about how he got involved in mushing and the many races he has competed in.
Season 3 Episode 12: Brian Presley (Leonard Seppala in The Great Alaskan Race)
Have you seen the new movie The Great Alaskan Race yet? Brian Presley is the writer, producer, director, and main actor in the movie. He talks to us about what got him into acting, what it was like playing Leonard Seppala, and what is was like working with dogs.
Season 3 Episode 11: Blake Freking
This week’s episode features the 2019 John Beargrease champion. He has completed the Beargrease, Iditarod, and Yukon Question, among many other races. Check out this episode with owner of Manitou Crossing Kennels, Blake Freking.
Season 3 Episode 10: Deke Naaktgeboren
From our home state of Iowa, listen to our interview with Deke as he tells us about how he got into mushing. He also talks to us about the many races he has finished and how he plans to do the Yukon Quest and Iditarod this season.
Season 3 Episode 9: Charley Bejna
November is Diabetes Awareness Month. Charley Bejna is a Type 1 diabetic who has completed the Iditarod several times. This episode we talk with Charley about how he manages he diabetes while out on the trail.
Season 3 Episode 8: Jessie Royer
Last year she finished 3rd in the Iditarod. She has placed in the top ten six times in her career. Jessie Royer talks with us about her 3rd place finish last year.
Season 3 Episode 7: Meredith Mapes
We talk with Meredith Mapes this week about how she has both volunteered for the Iditarod as well as raced in the event. This year she is considered a veteran of the race. Listen to Meredith talk with us about her goals for this year.
Season 3 Episode 6: Karin Hendrickson
After being involved in an accident while out training her dogs, she is back for the 2020 Iditarod. Listen to Karin talk to us about what it was like on the road to recovery.
Season 3 Episode 5: Greg Heister
After recently returning from the Amazon to film an episode of Seasons on the Fly, Greg Heister sits down and talks with us. He talks; the Amazon, Seasons on the Fly, announcing basketball, the Iditarod and the changes he has see. Listen to “the voice” of the Iditarod on this week’s episode of Husky Talk.
Season 3 Episode 4: Laura Neese
She loves to fish and make maple syrup. She has placed 3rd in the Yukon Quest. This year she is back for the Iditarod. Enjoy this episode with Laura Neese of Nature’s Kennel.
Season 3 Episode 3: Louise Russell (dogbooties.com)
Did you ever wonder who makes all those booties you see the sled dogs wearing? How about the leggings and harnesses? Join us as we talk with dogbooties.com owner, Louise Russell.
Season 3 Episode 2: Rob Urbach (CEO of Iditarod)
This week we have a special guest joining us to talk to us about his new role as CEO of the Iditarod.
Season 3 Episode 1: Mille Porsild
Welcome back to Season 3 of Husky Talk. This week we have a great conversation with an experience musher that will be running her first Iditarod this year. Join us and listen to her talk about different expeditions she has done and how she is excited about the Iditarod.
Season 2 Episode 24: Victoria Hardwick (Red Lantern Winner)
A native of Washington state, she now resides in Bethel, Alaska. She is the winner of the 2019 Iditarod Red Lantern award. Join us in an interview with Victoria.
Season 2 Episode 23: Stories with Jeff King
Join us for a special episode with Jeff King. Jeff is an amazing story teller and this episode we hear some fantastic stories told by Jeff, himself.
Season 2 Episode 22: Dick Mackey
Find out what it was like to help get the Iditarod started. Learn about the closest finish in Iditarod history, the 1978 Iditarod. He tells us how the Iditarod has changed through the years. Also, many more amazing stories told by Iditarod legend, Dick Mackey.
Season 2 Episode 21: Matt Hall
He placed 6th this year in the Iditarod. He is a former Yukon Quest champion. He lives a subsistent lifestyle. He lives on a glacier in the summer. Enjoy this week’s episode with Matt Hall.
Season 2 Episode 20: Linwood Fiedler
After part of his sled broke, he lost his team out on the trail this year. Listen to his story and other stories about his journey to finishing 12th place in this year’s Iditarod. He also talks to us about spending his summers on a glacier and giving helicopter and dog tours.
Season 2 Episode 19: Aaron Peck (Herbie Nayokpuk Award)
He was 23rd in this year’s Iditarod, worked with Martin Buser, and won the Herbie Nayokpuk award. Listen to this week’s episode with Aaron Peck.
Season 2 Episode 18: Ed Hopkins (Rookie of the Year)
This year’s Iditarod Rookie of the Year talks with us about his feelings on earning the award. He also talks with us about the journey along the trail this year and how finishing several Yukon Quest races helped him not feel like a true rookie.
Season 2 Episode 17: Brent Sass
Find out about Brent’s championship run on the Yukon Quest this year. Listen to him talk about training, answer some Iditarod trivia, and go through our Lightening Round.
Season 2 Episode 16: Joanne Potts
Find out how Joanne got involved in the Iditarod and how things have changed over the many years she has been involved. You are going to love listening to this “Superwoman” of the Iditarod.
Season 2 Episode 15: Iditarider Program with Diane Johnson and Nancy Livingston
Have you ever wanted to take a ride in a sled with an Iditarod musher? You have that opportunity with the Iditarider program. Listen as Diane Johnson talks about the program and Nancy Livingston, long time Iditarider, shares her experiences.
Season 2 Episode 14: Matthew Failor
Join us as we talk with Matthew Failor. He recently won the Kuskokwim 300. Last year he was the Most Improved musher in the Iditarod and he will compete again this year.
Season 2 Episode 13: Ryan Redington
Join us as we talk family, Iditarod, and John Beargrease with Ryan Redington. Ryan talks with us about what an honor it is to run the race his grandfather founded. You will also find out why he lives in Alaska, but comes to Wisconsin to train.
Season 2 Episode 12: Lance Mackey (4-time Iditarod Champion)
Listen to four-time Iditarod and Yukon Quest champion, Lance Mackey, talk with us about getting back into the Iditarod this year. He also talks with us about how having cancer affected his racing.
Season 2 Episode 11: Jaimee High (High’s Adventure Gear and Kennel)
In this episode we talk with Jaimee High, owner of High’s Adventure Gear and Kennel. She talks with us about the different gear mushers wear on the trail to keep warm. Jaimee also designs and makes gear and talks with us about her business.
Season 2 Episode 10: Julie Carpenter (Denali National Park)
Learn about how Denali National Park uses sled dogs to protect and preserve the environment. Listen to Julie talk about the Denali Kennels.
Season 2 Episode 9: Beat Jegerlehner (Iditarod Trail Invitational finisher)
This week’s episode will give you the perspective of the Iditarod trail from someone who has completed the 1000 mile trail on foot.
Season 2 Episode 8: Joe Pendergrass (Iditarod Air Force Pilot)
Join us for this episode as we talk with Iditarod Air Force pilot, Joe Pendergrass. Find out how volunteers, dogs, and supplies travel along the trail.
Season 2 Episode 7: Emily Maxwell
Our guest this week is from Iowa City, Iowa. She was a rookie in the Iditarod last season and is training to run again this year. Sit back and enjoy an interview with Emily Maxwell.
Season 2 Episode 6: Wade Marrs
In this week’s episode we talk with a young up and coming musher from Willow, Alaska. Join us and listen to our interview with Wade Marrs.
Season 2 Episode 5: Cindy Abbott
In this week’s episode we talk with Cindy Abbott about her adventurous life; including climbing Mt. Everest and racing in the Iditarod.
Season 2 Episode 4: Susan Smith and students of Takotna
This week we take you on a journey to Takotna, Alaska and chat with Susan Smith and some of her students.
Season 2 Episode 3: Jason Campeau
Kick back, relax, and listen to Iditarod musher Jason Campeau. Jason talks with us about his accident he encountered on last year’s Yukon Quest.
Season 2 Episode 2: Pete Ripmaster (Iditarod Trail Invitational Champion)
Join us as we talk with adventure sports athlete, Pete Ripmaster. Pete talks with us about his recent win at the Iditarod Trail Invitational, the human powered Iditarod.
Season 2 Episode 1: James Varsos (Hobo Jim)
Enjoy an interview with James Varsos, better known as Hobo Jim. Listen as he talks to us about his inspirations and sings a line from his famous song, The Iditarod Trail Song.
Episode 33: Matthew Failor (Most Improved Musher)
Listen to Matthew Failor talk with us about his 2018 Iditarod experience and his Most Improved Musher award.
Episode 32: Brian Hickox, 2019 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail
This week’s episode will introduce you to the 2019 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail, Brian Hickox.
Episode 31: Larry Dougherty (Post Race)
Join us as we talk with Larry Dougherty about his 2018 Iditarod experience. Larry entered the Iditarod at the last minute to race Jason Campeau’s dogs after he suffered a concussion in the Yukon Quest.
Episode 30: Debbie Smykalski (Volunteer Cook)
In this episode we talk with a volunteer who cooks food out on the Iditarod trail. Find out what the volunteers eat and how the food gets out on the trail.
Episode 29: Casey Grove (Host of Iditapod Podcast)
Join us in the second half of our season as we talk with the host of the podcast, Iditapod, Casey Grove.
Episode 28: Hannah Mahoney (Jr. Iditarod)
Enjoy an episode with 2017 Jr. Iditarod musher, Hannah Mahoney, as she talks with us about her journey to the Jr. Iditarod.
Episode 27: Stu Nelson (Chief Veterinarian)
Find out how well the dogs of the Iditarod are treated by listening to Stu Nelson, chief veterinarian of the Iditarod.
Episode 26: Terrie Hanke (Eye on the Trail)
Sit back and listen to Terrie tell some amazing stories of her time out on the trail. She also talks with us about how you can read more of her stories on Eye on the Trail, a blog on the Iditarod website. (Photo Credit: Jeff Schultz)
Episode 25: Spencer Pape talks about “Trailbreakers”
Do you ever wonder how the Iditarod trail gets groomed? Listen to this episode as one of the “trailbreakers” talk with us about prepping the Iditarod trail for the dogs and mushers.
Episode 24: Jill Homer
In this episode we talk about different modes of transportation across the Iditarod Trail, biking and running. We talk with the fastest female to bike the Iditarod Trail, Jill Homer. Listen as she talks with us about the Iditarod Trail Invitational.
Episode 23: Jeff King
Episode #23 features 4-time Iditarod champion and Yukon Quest champion, Jeff King. Jeff takes time to talk with us about his many years racing sled dogs.
Episode 22: Tim Muto Talks Drop Bags
Mushers on the Iditarod are allowed to send out drop bags to checkpoints. On this episode, Tim Muto talks to us about what drop bags are, what he will put in his, and how to get the bags ready to be sent out along the trail.
Episode 21: Anna and Kristy Berington
In episode 21 we talk with twin sisters, Anna and Kristy Berington. They talk with us about the importance of training and being prepared to run 1000 miles with their dogs.
Episode 20: Linda Fenton
In our 20th episode we talk with the 2013 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail. Listen as she tells us about her experience as the Teacher on the Trail and how she uses the Iditarod as a tool in her classroom.
Episode 19: Libby Riddles
This week’s special guest was the first woman to win the The Last Great Race, the Iditarod. Listen as she talks about that special race in 1985. She also talks with us about being a positive female role model for young girls and boys. Finally, she shares her choices for our Musher Mount Rushmore, an all dog memorial.
Episode 18: Heidi Sloan
This week’s episode features the 2018 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail. Listen as she talks with us about her upcoming adventure as the 20th Iditarod Teacher on the Trail.
Episode 17: Finney (Andrea Aufder Heyde)
Are you interested in learning more about the Iditarod Teacher on the Trail program? This is the episode for you. Join us as we talk with Andrea “Finney” Aufder Heyde on this episode of Husky Talk. Finney was the first ever Iditarod Teacher on the Trail. Listen as she talks with us about the program and her experience on the trail.
Episode 16: Jeff Schultz
This week we interview the “Official Photographer” of the Iditarod, Jeff Schultz. Jeff has been taking pictures for the Iditarod for 38 years. He talks with us about what got him interested in photography and what it is like taking pictures out on the trail.
Episode 15: Ed Stielstra and Laura Neese
Listen to our interview with Ed Stielstra and Laura Neese of Nature’s Kennel in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. We talk with them about their partnership at Nature’s Kennel, advantages to living in the U.P., being alone on the trail, and much more. Join us for a talk with Ed and Laura.
Episode 14: Jason Campeau
Are you a hard worker? Enjoy this episode of Husky Talk as we interview Jason Campeau and listen to his philosophy of hard work. Jason was the first Canadian to complete the Yukon Quest and Iditarod in the same year.
Episode 13: Matthew Failor
Sit back and listen to Matthew Failor talk Iditarod with us. He shares how Boy Scouts has impacted his life, why he brushes his teeth before Iditarod, eating pizza on the trail, and much more.
Special Episode: The Rookie Meeting with Diane Johnson
Welcome to a special episode of Husky Talk. This episode we talk with the director of the education program for the Iditarod, Diane Johnson. Listen as she talks about the Iditarod Rookie Meeting.
Episode 12: Jon Van Zyle
Relax and listen to Jon Van Zyle talk about how the Iditarod has changed over the years. He also talks with us about his work as the official artist of the Iditarod.
Episode 11: Karen Ramstead
This week we talk with Karen Ramstead, Iditarod veteran and race judge. Listen as she talks with us about what an Iditarod race judge does on the trail and some stories from when she ran the Iditarod.
Episode 10: Al and Tanjala Eischens
This week we have a conversation with long time musher and Iditarod veteran, Al Eischens and his wife, Tanjala. Listen as they talk with us about how they work together in preparing each year for the Iditarod.
Episode 9: Larry Dougherty
Join us as we talk with avid mountain climber and Iditarod finisher Larry Daugherty. Listen as he talks about his attempt to climb the Seven Summits and his experience out on the Iditarod trail.
Episode 8: Greg Heister
Join us as we speak with the executive producer of the Iditarod Insider, and the “voice” of the Iditarod documentaries, Greg Heister.
Episode 7: Becca Moore
Join us as we talk with Becca Moore. Listen as she shares how the Iditarod affects her family.
Episode 6: Meredith Mapes
Join us as we talk with Iditarod rookie, Meredith Mapes. Listen as she tells us about racing the Jr. Iditarod and the qualifications to run the Iditarod.
Episode 5: Maureen Chrysler
Sit down with us as we talk with Maureen Chrysler. Maureen is a long time volunteer with the Iditarod. Listen as she talks with us about drug testing the dogs for the Iditarod “P” Team.
Episode 4: Charley Bejna
Join us as we talk to Charley Bejna live in our studio. Charley speaks about who inspired him to run dogs. He also speaks firsthand about the challenges of having Type I diabetes and being a musher.
Episode 3: Martin Buser
Join us in episode #3 as we talk with Martin Buser about how positivity plays a role in his dog training, his memories of running the Iditarod with his son, and becoming a United States citizen under the “Burled Arch” in Nome.
Pilot Episode: Danny Seavey
Danny is a 3rd generation musher who first rode on a dog sled when he was 6 months old. As a child, he started learning about Iditarod and eventually entered races. Danny is an Iditarod Veteran, the son of Iditarod Champion Mitch Seavey, the brother of Champion Dallas Seavey, and the grandson of an Iditarod racer, Dan Seavey. Mushing plays an important role in Danny’s family life.