Tougher in Alaska

About the show

Host Geo Beach, who has lived in Alaska for more than 25 years, takes viewers on a tour of his state, revealing how its people have been forced to adapt to sometimes extreme weather conditions, rugged and often dangerous terrain and a culture in which communities are separated by vast distances. Topics covered include gold mining, salmon fishing, logging, law enforcement and transportation.

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Upcoming episodes

Aug 23rd
200p

Salmon Fishing

Each summer in late June, more than 2,000 fishing vessels converge on Alaska’s Bristol Bay to await one of the greatest natural spectacles of the north: the annual run of millions of sockeye salmon to their spawning grounds. Bristol Bay is the most productive commercial salmon fishery in the world with an average annual catch of ten million fish valued at $20 million dollars. What follows the fish during the short, three-week run is an altogether man-made spectacle of the highest order: thousands of highly competitive fishermen doing serious battle with one another in their specialized, high-performance boats. Geo will be on deck with two crews as they navigate the bay looking for the mother lode. It’s all about getting the fish in the nets. But staying up all night, avoiding collisions with other boats, and keeping the peace with the State Troopers who patrol the crowded fishery by land, sea, and sky just makes it more interesting.
Aug 24th
300a

Salmon Fishing

Each summer in late June, more than 2,000 fishing vessels converge on Alaska’s Bristol Bay to await one of the greatest natural spectacles of the north: the annual run of millions of sockeye salmon to their spawning grounds. Bristol Bay is the most productive commercial salmon fishery in the world with an average annual catch of ten million fish valued at $20 million dollars. What follows the fish during the short, three-week run is an altogether man-made spectacle of the highest order: thousands of highly competitive fishermen doing serious battle with one another in their specialized, high-performance boats. Geo will be on deck with two crews as they navigate the bay looking for the mother lode. It’s all about getting the fish in the nets. But staying up all night, avoiding collisions with other boats, and keeping the peace with the State Troopers who patrol the crowded fishery by land, sea, and sky just makes it more interesting.
Aug 30th
200p

Gold Mining

Since the 1870s, the promise of gold has lured men north to Alaska. With the cost of gold skyrocketing, the race is on once again and Geo joins in on the chase. He’ll see how individual prospectors around the state use ingenious techniques (including a giant underwater vacuum) to get the gold out, and he’ll join a team of hard rock miners in the frontier mining town of Wiseman as they blast through 250 feet of rock in the hopes of hitting the mother lode.
Aug 31st
300a

Gold Mining

Since the 1870s, the promise of gold has lured men north to Alaska. With the cost of gold skyrocketing, the race is on once again and Geo joins in on the chase. He’ll see how individual prospectors around the state use ingenious techniques (including a giant underwater vacuum) to get the gold out, and he’ll join a team of hard rock miners in the frontier mining town of Wiseman as they blast through 250 feet of rock in the hopes of hitting the mother lode.
Sep 6th
200p

Electric Linemen

What does it take to keep the power on in a state where more than half of its people live off the grid, and plunging temperatures snap even the hardiest overhead electrical wires? Geo flies out to the remote village of Kasigluk to help install power poles and string electrical wire by hand (there are no bucket trucks in the bush) and he’ll dig in with the linemen of the Golden Valley Electric Association, who brave temps as low as minus 40 in Fairbanks, just to keep the lights on in the state’s second largest city.
Sep 7th
300a

Electric Linemen

What does it take to keep the power on in a state where more than half of its people live off the grid, and plunging temperatures snap even the hardiest overhead electrical wires? Geo flies out to the remote village of Kasigluk to help install power poles and string electrical wire by hand (there are no bucket trucks in the bush) and he’ll dig in with the linemen of the Golden Valley Electric Association, who brave temps as low as minus 40 in Fairbanks, just to keep the lights on in the state’s second largest city.