EP26-Why Not Me? Can I Try? with Debbie Clarke Moderow

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In this episode:

Debbie Clarke Moderow describes the her intimate connection with her dogs as friends and teammates. She explores the complexities she experienced as being a devoted mother and the pull of independence required to become an elite athlete. Debbie hails from a fascinating lineage of strong, athletic women who were willing to challenge societal norms in different ways, a calling that has been passed on to her daughter, Hannah. In this episode, Deb encourages young athletic girls to ask questions, demand answers, and to give it your all in anything you choose to do.

About Debbie Clarke Moderow:

Debbie Clarke Moderow is the author of Fast Into the Night: A Woman, Her Dogs, and their Journey North on the Iditarod Trail. The memoir recounts her experience running Alaska’s Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race and explores her deepening and inextricable bond with her team of Alaskan huskies. The memoir, her first book, was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in February 2016 and will be released by Boreal Books of Red Hen Press in June 2018. Debbie earned a BA from Princeton University in 1977 and an MFA in Creative Writing from Pacific Lutheran University’s Rainier Writing Workshop in 2013. She and her husband Mark live in Denali Park and Anchorage Alaska.

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EP18-Solely Responsible for Many Beating Hearts with Hannah Moderow


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Hannah Moderow’s lifelong passion for the frigid Junior Iditarod was birthed when she began dog sledding independently at five years old. In this episode, she describes the dangers and delights of being a “musher,” as well as the loving bond she shares with her sled dogs. For Hannah, dog sledding is a family tradition, one that will, most likely, be celebrated for generations to come.

About Hannah:

Hannah Moderow is a lifelong Alaskan. She holds an MFA in writing for children from Vermont College of Fine Arts and a BA in English and art history from Cornell University.

Hannah decided to become a writer when she was in elementary school because she loved words and stories and adventures. LILY’S MOUNTAIN is her first novel.

Growing up in Alaska, Hannah was lucky to spend a lot of time outdoors hiking, camping, skiing, and dog sledding. 

Hannah raced in the Junior Iditarod while in high school. After graduating from college in 2006, she spent a year living at her family’s kennel in Denali National Park so that she could mush across the state of Alaska in the 2007 Serum Run expedition from Nenana to Nome, Alaska.

Hannah currently lives in Anchorage with her husband, daughter, and sled dog. On a clear day, she can see Denali. When she's not spending time outside with her family or writing stories, she works at Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington. 

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