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Melting the “Ice Curtain”

Three smiling women stand together in KNOM’s lobby

During the Cold War, the “Ice Curtain” divided the people of the Bering Strait. But in the past 30 years, amazing things have been happening on both sides of the Alaska–Russia border.

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Profile: After 70 Years, A Diomede Family Reunion

Tandy Wallack, Etta Tall, and documentary filmmaker Lourdes Grobet laugh together in the the KNOM studios, where they stopped by before heading to Little Diomede for a long-awaited family reunion.

For years, growing up on the Alaskan island of Little Diomede, Etta Tall wondered about what life was like just 2.4 miles away, on Russia’s Big Diomede, where her grandfather grew up. Now, thanks to a special reunion, “I don’t wonder anymore,” she says.

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Story49 Presents “Through the Ice Curtain”

View of Provideniya from Komsomolskaya Bay. Photo: Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

In this three-part series, we take a look at the relationship between Alaska and Russia from before the Cold War all the way through the present day. Hear directly from the people who melted the “Ice Curtain,” and from the people working to keep it melted.

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