by Richard Monks
First broadcast – BBC Radio 4 – 07/01/23
‘An audio triumph’ – The Radio Times
A trade-war thriller and family saga rooted in dark colonial secrets from Greenland’s past.
Neodymium, turbium, dysprosium… Cerium, samarium, lanthanum.
Inside every electronic gadget – from electric cars and fighter jets to wind turbines, smart phones and missiles – are 17 metallic elements known as Rare Earths. China produces around 84% of them, and reserves are fast running out. The race to find new deposits has become ever more desperate, pitting global superpowers against each other in a 21st century “gold rush” for control of these elusive metals.
In Nuuk, the US and China court the favour of Energy & Environment Minister Seria Lyberth to secure an exclusive mining contract on Greenland. Fiercely opposed to the mine, local activist Rusa Pederson finds herself caught between her recidivist father and ailing grandmother.
When news comes in of a suspicious plane crash, family and politicians are set on a collision course by secrets buried deep in the ice.
Manok ….. Christopher Dane
Rusa ….. Christina Wolfe
Magda ….. Pamela Miles
Lyberth ….. Samantha Dakin
Olsen ….. David Menkin
Fulton ….. Ryan Ellsworth
Harris ….. Liz Sutherland-Lim
Kalina ….. Anastasia Hille
Other voices played by the cast
Sound design ….. Jon Nicholls
Producer ….. Sarah Tombling
Executive producer ….. Sara Davies
Directed by Nicolas Jackson
An Afonica production for BBC Radio 4