AK: Stressed Out

This week on AK we stress out. We’ll find out what happens when you lose your livelihood — and you’re a cow — and learn the secrets of making your workplace anxiety-free. Plus, think you’re stressed out by holiday shopping? Wait’ll you hit the post office. And meet a Yakutat retailer who’s scrambling for business. That and more, this week on AK from APRN.

Going Postal
Even if your holiday gift-mailing experience isn’t all that stressful, be forewarned: as AK producer Jessica Cochran found out, stress and anxiety can be just around the corner… or on top of the postage machine.

Mat Maid Hangs It Up
Pretty soon, Matanuska Valley dairy farmers like Wayne Brost won’t have anywhere to sell their milk, because the Matanuska Maid Dairy is going out of business. But as AK’s Ellen Lockyer tells us, some are keeping up hope for a brighter future.

Overseas, Overstressed

Having a parent deployed overseas can be a stressful thing. Megan Haller of the Alaska Teen Media Institute (ATMI) speaks with Santina Chamberlin about what it’s like, and with Brian Griggs, director of youth education support services on Fort Richardson, about how to cope.

  • Break: “Under Pressure (Karaoke Version) [As Made Famous By: My Chemical Romance]” from Karaoke Rock: 5 Colours In Her Hair

On the Jury
ATMI’s Sara Perman speaks with Gracie Beaujean about being the youngest juror in the trial of former state legislator Pete Kott. Kott was recently sentenced to six years in federal prison and a $10,000 fine for his dealings with Veco.

Blowing in the Wind
Exercise is among the healthiest ways to relieve stress. When Fred Knutson of Fairbanks retired, he knew he’d need something to fill the void. For the last five years he’s walked 12 miles a day. More than 22,000 miles later, he’s still going strong. Producer Ben Markus recently joined Fred for a walk.

300 Villages

Mallott’s General Store
Mallott’s General Store in Yakutat has some new competition: an Alaska Commercial Company store. That’s forcing a few changes and, as John Ryan found out, causing some heartache, too.

  • Break: “Take It Easy” performed by Vitamin String Quartet from The String Quartet Tribute to the Eagles

Would You Like Some Stress With Your Paycheck?
We spend 1/3 of our lives working; that can lead to a lot of stress. AK’s Rebecca Sheir speaks with UAA psychology professor Bruno Kappes about stress at the office… and visits two Alaska workplaces that were just named the most Psychologically Healthy in the state: Anchorage Women’s Clinic and Alaska Pacific University.

  • AK Calendar of Events (“Working in the Coalmine” performed by Booker T. & The MG’s from And Now!)

Getting Away From It All
APRN’s Lori Townsend knows the perfect Anchorage spot to unwind: it’s like a tropical vacation, without the cost or travel time. She’s even willing to share it with you… well, almost.

  • Music Button: “Let’s Get Away From It All” performed by Martha Tilton from The Coral Treasures

Jamming Away Stress
Some people don’t need steamy heat to unwind; they just need a few friends and some instruments. In Juneau, Scott Burton ran into a group of old-time musicians that spend their Sunday afternoons picking and grinning.

  • Closing: “Don’t Worry Be Happy” performed by Ab Orchestra from Medley, Vol. 1