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The Alaska of Giants and Gods

A single mother and her children attend an Alaskan cruise ship magic show.

"The magician from Luxembourg did his tricks, which seemed more sophisticated than those of his predecessors. Maybe because they involved roses? Before him there had been merely carnations. The roses, this was a step up. Women holding roses appeared in boxes, boxes on wheels, and the man from Luxembourg turned these boxes around and around. Then he opened the boxes, and the women were not there; they were somewhere else. Behind screens! In the audience!"

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Haul Road

A conversation between two truckers on a wintry Alaskan highway.

"Even at twenty-five miles an hour the snowfall looks like a TV left on through dawn. French is on the radio, letting the checkpoint know how fucked the storm is. There’s nothing we can do but watch the path of the road to not end up in a ditch, or worse, the pipeline. Of course, the checkpoint’s still timing us, that’s the rules and breaking the haul road’s speed limit is the kind of thing that’ll get you shit-canned. French hangs the mic on the dash. 'Hey, G.P.,' he says, picking up where he left off, “how’s a Green Peace turd like yourself do with the ladies?'"

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Stickeen: The Story of a Dog

An adventure on an Alaskan glacier with a new best friend.

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Wilderness Women

The wild competition to be “worshipped” by Alaska’s most eligible bachelors.

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Chasing Alexander Supertramp

Twenty years after the world first heard about Christopher McCandless, fans of Into the Wild continue to risk their lives to reach the bus where he died.

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Killing Wolves

Wolf-trapping school in Alaska.

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Out in the Great Alone

A trip to the Iditarod.

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The Last Man Up

It was a 3-mile footrace. Thousands were in attendance. So how did Michael LeMaitre disappear?

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Trying to Unlock the Secrets of a Dead Serial Killer

Israel Keyes confessed to multiple murders, but committed suicide before revealing all the details.

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Empire of Ice

Life on an oil rig in the Arctic.

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The Tragedy of Sarah Palin

During her brief tenure as governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin was a genuinely effective, bipartisan legislator. What went wrong?

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The "Pedophile's Paradise"

An investigation into the sexual abuse of children by Catholic priests in Alaska Native villages.

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Palling Around with Terrorists

Schaeffer Cox, who is accused of plotting to kill State Troopers and a federal judge, shifted rapidly from a Ron Paul campaign worker and Tea Party activist to a hardcore militia leader. His conspiracy revealed, mainstream Alaskan politicians are scrambling to distance themselves from their ties to Cox.

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The Frozen Ladder

Notes on a summer spent aboard an industrial fishing boat off the Alaskan coast.

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Death of an Innocent

The original story of Christopher McCandless’ fateful trip into the Alaskan wilderness.

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A Manhunt Ends in Skwentna

How two brothers, born of the same mother but adopted by different families, reunited and used a stolen $50k to fund a ride that started in New Jersey and ended with bullet-ridden cabins in the wilds of Alaska.