Fairbanks, AK can be a forbidding place. The city sits deep in the Alaska Interior, meaning winters are long and dark, and temperatures often plunge to -50F. Because of its isolation and climate, Fairbanks has long attracted people drawn to the challenges and opportunities of a wild, remote place. In this episode of SOTRU, we'll meet a number of Fairbanksians — artists, athletes, journalists, and organizers -- who embody the spirit of the Golden Heart City through their grit, determination, and iconoclasm. We'll also explore how the ethic of "rugged individualism," so mythologized by Alaskans, can complicate community dynamics, making some problems more intractable and difficult to solve. State of the Re:Union with Al Letson "Fairbanks, AK: Frontier Community" airs Sunday, June 8, 2014 at 9 p.m. on AM 1370.