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Eating local with fish

Eating local with fish

We live with the world’s best source of delicious, fresh seafood. So why isn’t fish on the table more often in Anchorage? The local food movement is coming to Alaska’s fisheries. We’ll talk about bringing the community supported agriculture model to seafood, and also the traditional route that brings fish to stores, prices, and what’s good seasonally. Join us with your questions, ideas and recipes.

KSKA: Wednesday, April 22, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.

April 17, 2015
Divorce without lawyers

Divorce without lawyers

Divorce puts Alaskans into the legal system to settle their emotional problems the most expensive way possible, with dueling attorneys. Few of us can afford that. We’ll talk about splitting up without attorneys. Support exists to mediate the way to a new life, dividing assets and child custody, and resolving your own future rather than turning those decisions over to a judge.

KSKA: Wednesday, April 8, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.

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April 3, 2015
Alaska reality TV

Alaska reality TV

Our state has the dubious distinction of being the favorite place to make a reality show. Anyone who watches TV thinks Alaskans are a bunch of idiots by now. So why argue? On today’s show, we talk about enjoying Alaskan reality TV, and we need your help. Call in with the silliest, weirdest or most surprising thing you’ve seen portrayed about Alaska. We’ll make it a fun hour.

KSKA: Wednesday, March 25, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.

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March 20, 2015
UAA challenges

UAA challenges

Alaska is far below national averages in the number of students who go to college, and yet employers say they lack skilled workers. UAA Chancellor Tom Case and other UAA leaders address the challenges facing a school with lots of shiny new structures but a serious budget gap, and a community that needs more successful graduates.

KSKA: Wednesday, March 18, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.

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March 13, 2015
Making Your Own Equipment

Making Your Own Equipment

A theme encountered on Outdoor Explorer is that Alaskans invent a lot of stuff to do what they want outdoors. On this show, three guests who build their own gear, whether it be skis, bike accessories or mountaineering equipment, explain why they find it to be so rewarding and the benefits of stuff Alaskans have invented.

KSKA: Thursday, March 12, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.

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March 6, 2015
Crossing Native culture

Crossing Native culture

Alaska Native cultures are growing and changing, like all living cultures, by absorbing and repurposing the ideas and forms from our diverse world of different kinds of people. We’ll talk to artists in different media who have mixed and mashed indigenous influences with other strands from around the world.

KSKA: Wednesday, Feb. 25, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.

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February 21, 2015
Summer travel planning

Summer travel planning

It’s time to make your summer plans, for vacations Outside and for other peoples’ vacations, those friends and family who can fill your summer like a plague of locusts. We’ll talk about fare wars, destinations, places to go in Alaska, and the tourism industry that supports so many small businesses. Join us with your questions and your suggestions for how to entertain summer visitors.

KSKA: Wednesday, Feb. 11, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.

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February 6, 2015
Details of Dying

Details of Dying

The end of life is not easy to talk about, and that’s one reason why it’s so confusing and scary to deal with the issues we all face when loved ones die. We’ll try to help, as we discuss the practical details of assisting a dying family member, the actual death and arrangements, and the grief that can last a long time.

KSKA: Wednesday, Jan 28, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.

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January 23, 2015
The Science of Cook Inlet

The Science of Cook Inlet

Cook Inlet plays a big part in the life of our city, but what do we know about the health of the waterway that brings us fish, oil and gas, the cargo ships that supply us, and accepts our waste? As the Alaska Marine Science Symposium takes place in Anchorage, we’ll talk with experts about the Inlet and Gulf of Alaska, the waters and wildlife.

KSKA: Wednesday, January 21, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.

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January 16, 2015
Oil prices and the economy

Oil prices and the economy

Crashing oil prices have hit Alaska’s political establishment like an early frost that halts the growth of a garden. But what will be the impact on the real economy here in Anchorage, where we live? We’ll look at how lower oil prices and government spending could affect jobs and housing prices in our neighborhoods. The legendary crash of the ’80s started this way — how do we avoid a repeat?

KSKA: Wednesday, Jan 14, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.

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January 9, 2015
Parlor in the Round

Parlor in the Round

Parlor in the Round is a fun way to experience local music, with performers taking the stage together to joke, swap songs, and even write them on the spot based on audience ideas. We’ll capture some of that fun in the studio with musicians Nellie Clay, Michael Howard and Kevin Worrell, and learn about the challenges of creating and presenting original music in Anchorage.

KSKA: Wednesday, Dec. 10, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
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December 5, 2014
McCandless and the Ethics of Risk

McCandless and the Ethics of Risk

Why and how we take risks is a constant topic on Outdoor Explorer. On this edition, we take it head on, with Craig Medred, the controversial and outspoken outdoor writer who has often commented on others’ backcountry mishaps. In particular, we’ll be discussing the Chris McCandless story, which is the subject of another new book and a PBS film. The topic is risk, reality, media fantasy, and how they interact. Join us for a lively hour of radio.

KSKA: Thursday, Nov. 20, 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
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November 14, 2014
Alaska playwrights

Alaska playwrights

Anchorage has produced a crop of playwrights whose work you can see many weekends on local stages, and some who have gone national, including David Holthouse, who’s play Stalking the Boogieman has received rave reviews from the New York Times and other national publications. David will join me, Charles Wohlforth, along with local writer, actor and director Dick Reichman, and your questions.

KSKA: Wednesday, Nov. 12, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
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November 7, 2014
Caving in Alaska

Caving in Alaska

The caves of Prince of Wales Island are magnificent and truly weird. Alaska has deep, complex caves that have never been fully explored. And there are many caves of ice, too, with incredible shapes and colors, that are constantly changing. Join us to talk about exploring caves in Alaska, caves of rock and of ice.

KSKA: Thursday, Nov. 6, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.

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October 31, 2014
Election impact

Election impact

When we meet for Hometown Alaska on Wednesday, the election of 2014 is finally behind us. At least the voting and the ads are over. We’re still trying to figure out what it means. Join host Charles Wohlforth and two former politicians for an hour of election digest.

KSKA: Wednesday, Nov. 5, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.

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October 31, 2014
Bureau of Labor Statistics

The vote on the minimum wage

In a few weeks Alaskans will vote on whether to raise the minimum wage from $7.75 an hour to $9.75 in 2016, the highest level in the country, and to have it continue to rise with the cost of living. We’ll discuss the pros and cons of upping the minimum wage, and the employees and businesses who would be affected by a change to the lowest hourly pay.

KSKA: Wednesday, Oct. 15, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
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October 10, 2014
Considering Bike Fatalities

Considering Bike Fatalities

Too many bicyclists have been killed by drivers in Anchorage in the last year. Enough to make riders reconsider using our streets. We’ll host a community discussion on bike safety. As more people are using bicycles for transportation, are we taking the right steps to keep the roads safe for all travelers? Join us with your questions and comments.

KSKA: Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
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October 3, 2014
Backcountry Gourmet

Backcountry Gourmet

You don’t have to be a genius chef if the people you are cooking for are hungry enough, which is one reason why freeze dried food tastes so good at the end of a day backpacking. But there’s so much more you can do.On the next Outdoor Explorer, we’ll hear from two backcountry cooking experts to talk about ideas, tools, and the yummiest stuff you’ve ever tasted out under the sky.

KSKA: Thursday, Oct. 2, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
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September 26, 2014
Surfing & The Turnagain Bore Tide

Surfing & The Turnagain Bore Tide

The bore tide in Turnagain Arm is an amazing phenomenon that is seen few places in the world, a wall of water that rushes in on a clockwork schedule, vast and intimidating. So… why not surf it? On the next Outdoor Explorer, we’ll meet some of the hearty folks who ride that big wave, and talk about surfing the remote shores and big waves found all over Alaska’s coast.

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September 19, 2014
Geocaching

Geocaching

Geocaching is sort of like outdoor treasure hunting, and it’s getting really big in Anchorage. Host Charles Wohlforth recently gave it a try with his daughter. They had an iPhone app and a mission to look for hidden caches logged on a website powered by GPS equipment. The result? A fun, and somewhat addicting, new hobby. Join us on air to learn more about geocaching.

KSKA: Thursday, Sept. 18, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
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September 12, 2014