alaska

A short drive north of Fairbanks, Alaska, there's a red shed stuck right up against a hillside. The shed looks unremarkable, except for the door. It looks like a door to a walk-in freezer, with thick insulation and a heavy latch. Whatever is behind that door needs to stay very cold.

"Are you ready to go inside?" asks Dr. Thomas Douglas, a geochemist at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Faith and Madness on the Alaska Frontier

Jul 22, 2013

11:00 In 2002, Papa Pilgrim moved his wife and fifteen children to the desolate town of McCarthy, Alaska. At first, his neighbors were charmed by the family's Christian values and simple way of life, but journalist Tom Kizzia's new book reveals a more sinister reality. This hour we'll talk to Kizzia about this unbelievable family, and how he became part of their story. Guests