Northern Travel: The Meaning of a Place

In this week’s What’s Happening Podcast, visit a story from our Northern Travel issue — EW News Reporter Kelly Kenoyer’s history with Ketchikan, Alaska. This episode is straight-forward audio storytelling with Kenoyer narrating the experiences she’s had with her family in Ketchikan, but more broadly, this story is about what a certain place can mean to a person, and a family. To read Kenoyer’s full story, and other northern travel-related stories that layout trips to Vancouver Island, Wyoming and the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard, read our full Northern Travel issue out Thursday, Oct. 5, in a red EW box near you, or online at

Music in this episode includes:

– “Say Something” by Ryan Little
– “失われた未来を求めて (In Search of the Lost Future)” by Julie Maxwell’s Piano Music
– “Magnificent” by Elbow

This podcast was produced by Meerah Powell. Story and voicing are by Kelly Kenoyer with additional voicing by Rick Levin.

I Dream Corvallis

On the romantic illusions of road tripping

Having lived here going on eight years now, Eugene has become like family for me: I love it, but sometimes I don’t like it very much. For all the ballyhooed benefits of its artsy liberal veneer and outdoorsy appeal, Eugene remains, at its core, a small town steeped in vice, fractured by disarray and floundering in untapped potential — sorta dirty, kinda unpretty and altogether a tad menacing and drug-addled, like a white utopia revved up on the downslide. Continue reading