Talk of Alaska: Soapy Smith

Is there a political lesson to be learned from the Alaska Gold Rush? Consider Soapy Smith, the con man who became a pillar of society in Skagway. He paid off public officials who looked the other way as he ran his con games. He might even have believed he was improving his community.

Join the conversation on Talk of Alaska, statewide on the stations of the Alaska Public Radio Network.

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HOST: Steve Heimel, APRN


  • Michael Weller, playwright, The Ballad of Soapy Smith
  • Erick Hayden, actor playing Soapy Smith in a new production at Cyrano’s Off-Center Playhouse in Anchorage
  • Buckwheat Donahue, Tourism Director – Skagway
  • Live callers statewide


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LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, February 3, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide

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