AK: New Beginnings

As our country contemplates a new President and we wait to see about a new Senator, we take a look at New Beginnings. An old building in Juneau is getting new life, and women in Sitka gain a new appreciation for themselves. Plus, PETA kicks off a campaign to start calling fish “Sea Kittens.”

All that and more this week on AK, heard statewide on local APRN stations statewide.

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Host: Ellen Lockyer

Election Recap
AK’s Ellen Lockyer
With new president Barack Obama and Senator Ted Stevens race still in question, and Sarah Palin back in the state, you might think it was a new political scene in Alaska. But Don Young says it isn’t.

  • Music Button: “Suddenly I See” By KT Tunstall from Eye to the Telescope

The Fedullo Fun-down
AK’s Ellen Lockyer, Host Interview
UAF journalism professor Charles Fedullo hashes over the election results and the make-up of the state legislature.

Juneau Reactions
AK’s Scott Burton
On the streets of Juneau, folks were mostly happy with their new president, but surprised by the reelection of Don Young and the possible re-election of Ted Stevens

  • Break: “Stevie’s Tune” by John A. Walsh from Oasis Acoustic Album Vol. 6

A Brit’s Perspective
Sheena MacKay, Commentary
BBC veteran reporter Sheena Mackay watched her first US election Tuesday; she was unimpressed by our lack of pomp and circumstance…but wishes Britain had an Obama.

  • Music Button: “Yes We Can Can” by Harry Connick, Jr. from Oh My, Nola

The Old Wharf
KTOO’s Weld Royal, Story
An old-falling apart building in downtown Juneau, the Merchant’s Wharf, is being saved from demolition by new owners and a new resataurant – Flight Deck. But some of the displaced, smaller, funkier establishments, like Collette Costa’s diner, will have to close to make way.

300 Villages
Chignik Lagoon

Re-building Hoonah
Contributor Ann Kaiser
After Hoonah was nearly destroyed by a fire in 9144, the community was re-built – with more modern conveniences, and eventually, a school. Ann Kaiser spoke to some of the residents who remember that time of re-building.

  • Break: “Fly Like An Eagle” performed by Urban Jazz Project from Back That Jazz Up

Wise at Every Size
AK’s Bonnie Sue Hitchcock, Story
A program offered in Sitka and other Southeast communities helps women learn to appreciate their bodies the way are, and tries to remove the taboo, and thus the temptation, of taboo foods. Bonnie Sue Hitchcock spoke with some of the programs graduates and health educator Marci Getz.

Mr. Mom
Clint Farr, story
Juneau dad Clint Farr is thinking of quitting his job to be a stay at home dad, so he checked in with some friends who are for the inside scoop.

  • Music Button: “Mr. Mom” by Lonestar from “Let’s Be Us Again”
  • Calendar of Events (“This Could Be the Start of Something Big” by sugimoto atsuhiko from “Live” at Tokyo Blues Alley)

Sea Kittens
KUCB’s Anne Hillman, Story
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has started a new campaign to call fish “sea-kittens” in an effort to get people to treat them more kindly. It’s not going over well in Unalaska.

  • Closing: “Too Many Fish in the Sea” by Earl Van Dyke & The Soul Brothers from 20th Century Masters – The Millenium Collection