Iditapod The Iditapod follows the Last Great Race. This daily podcast from Alaska Public Media and KNOM Radio takes you out on the trail — into checkpoints, down along the sea ice, and across the finish line in Nome. Hear interviews with mushers, behind the scenes news, and in-depth race analysis you won't find anywhere else.
Iditapod

Iditapod

From Alaska Public Media

The Iditapod follows the Last Great Race. This daily podcast from Alaska Public Media and KNOM Radio takes you out on the trail — into checkpoints, down along the sea ice, and across the finish line in Nome. Hear interviews with mushers, behind the scenes news, and in-depth race analysis you won't find anywhere else.

Most Recent Episodes

Aaron Burmeister interview in Nome

Veteran Iditarod musher Aaron Burmeister talked to Alaska Public Media's Jeff Chen at the Nome radio station, KNOM, roughly a day after Burmeister finished his 21st Iditarod. Burmeister talks about stepping away from the Iditarod, about how his race went this year, and how much dog mushing has changed over the many years he's been a competitive musher.

Brent Sass interview in Nome

In this hour-long interview, we hear more from 2022 Iditarod champion Brent Sass about how he's forged a unique bond with his dog team, how he draws inspiration from his idols like Susan Butcher, and how his life in his remote homestead has made him the musher he is. Alaska Public Media's Lex Treinen sat down with Sass, along with a group of other reporters, and Sass's dad Mark at the Nome Nugget newspaper in downtown Nome.

S6E10: Bringin' it home to Nome

Since the Iditapod left off, after Brent Sass's epic first Iditarod victory, teams have continued to arrive in Nome, including a fun race for 3rd and 4th place, two Yukon-Kuskokwim mushers in 5th and 6th, an impressive 7th place finish for a second-year musher and a Nome local coming home to finish in 8th before stepping away. We're also going to step away, but not before we answer another listener question and bring you one last Dog of the Day.

S6E9: The fresh prince of Iditarod

Iditapod goes on a deep dive talking about "old school" Eureka musher Brent Sass, who won his first Iditarod championship early Tuesday in Nome. That was despite howling wind that almost caused him to stop in the final miles, with five-time champ Dallas Seavey still in pursuit, just about an hour behind. We'll take you to the finish line, plus Sass's Golden Harness dogs Slater and Morello are the subject of our listener question AND the Dog(s) of the Day.

Morning report: Brent Sass wins his first Iditarod

The 1,000-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race has a new champion, as you'll hear in this morning Iditarod report from Alaska Public Media. Dog musher Brent Sass and his team of 11 dogs pulled into Nome early Tuesday, passing under the famed Burled Arch finish line just before 5:40 a.m. to win the 50th running of the Iditarod. The 42-year-old Sass and his Alaskan huskies arrived to throngs of cheering race fans lining the finish chute on Front Street for the first time since before the coronavirus pandemic hit two years ago.

Brent Sass interview in White Mountain

Alaska Public Media's Lex Treinen caught up - just in the nick of time - with Brent Sass, who mushed into White Mountain and a mandatory eight-hour rest in the lead, in a great position to win his first Iditarod.

S6E8: A new Iditarod champion?

The Iditarod - and Iditapod - are heading into the Nome stretch, as Eureka's Brent Sass has maintained his lead, aiming for his first win with five-time champ Dallas Seavey still on his tail. We'll have more about the race at the front, as well as more about musher mistakes, how things are going for the top rookie - Hanna Lyrek - and the speedy team of Dan Kaduce. Plus... more pizza? Yep, and another peppy dog of the day, a listener question and an answer from the trail.

Hanna Lyrek interview with Lex Treinen

In this extended interview from before the 2022 Iditarod, 22-year-old Norwegian musher Hanna Lyrek told Alaska Public Media's Lex Treinen about competing in Norway's biggest sled dog race, the Finnmarksløpet, how she got her dog team to Alaska, her goals for the Iditarod and... about her dogs, of course! (We also have a story posted right now at alaskapublic.org about Lyrek's experience so far in the Iditarod).

S6E7: March to the coast

Well, we've got a race, folks. Obviously, with 45 mushers out on the Iditarod Trail vying for positions, we've got a race. But at the very front, it's looking like a real battle setting up between Brent Sass and Dallas Seavey for first place. As the frontrunners head for the Bering Sea coast, we'll have a look at the teams reaching the Yukon River, we'll talk about a pretty big scratch, women mushers, a bit about superstition, and of course we have a dog profile and a listener question.

S6E6: Yukon do it

With the northern lights dancing above, we talked to Iditarod leader Brent Sass as he danced through the Ruby checkpoint and onto the Yukon River, skipping a gourmet five-course meal in favor of more comfortable cold temperatures for his dogs. We'll also hear more from Sass and his fellow competitors on their 24-hour layover earlier, and from the back of the pack, a trio of women, who banded together in a snow storm. Plus we have a dog profile and THREE listeners asking the same question, with an answer straight from the musher in question and a separate listener... answer?