Polar bear science and culture

“An ice floe miles from shore is the only place for a polar bear mother and her cub to rest as the summer progresses.” (Photo courtesy of Florian Schulz and the Anchorage Museum)

The next Outdoor Explorer focuses on polar bears. We’ll have a world-renowned biologist to talk about the amazing adaptation of polar bears to the Arctic environment and an anthropologist who has published a new book about the deep impression polar bears have made on our culture. Polar bears are a unique symbol of the Arctic and their ability to thrive on the sea ice is a testament to the power of nature.

 

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BROADCAST: Thursday, February 02, 2017. 2:00 pm – 3:00 p.m. AKT

REPEAT BROADCAST:  Thursday, February 09, 2017. 8:00 – 9:00 p.m. AKT

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Eric Bork, or you can just call him “Bork” because everybody else does, is the FM Content Producer for KSKA-FM. He produces and edits episodes of Outdoor Explorer, Addressing Alaskans, as well as a few other programs. He also maintains the web posts for those shows and many others on alaskapublic.org. You can sometimes hear him filling in for Morning Edition or find him operating the sound board for any of the live broadcast programs. After escaping the Detroit area when he was 18, Bork made it up to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, where he earned a degree in Communications/Radio Broadcasting from Northern Michigan University. He spent time managing the college radio station, working for the local NPR affiliate and then in top 40 radio in Michigan before coming to Alaska to work his first few summers. After then moving to Chicago, it only took five years to convince him to move back to Alaska in 2010. When not involved in great radio programming he’s probably riding a bicycle, thinking about riding bicycles, dreaming about bikes, reading a book or planning the next place he’ll travel to. Only two continents left to conquer!