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Rivers are the highways of the North. That’s been true since human beings first arrived in North America, and it is still true across a vast expanse of Alaska and Canada that is practical to cross in the summer by no other means. On the next Outdoor Explorer, we’re talking about floating these long, remote rivers and the journeys you can make into solitude and into your own mind, as the banks slide quietly by.
KSKA: Thursday, July 30, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
The dream of personal flight is pretty basic. Paragliding makes soaring up in the sky into a regular weekend activity. On the next Outdoor Explorer, we’re going to learn about what paragliding feels like, how you do it safely, and ways to gain entry into the sport.
KSKA: Thursday, July 23, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
Have you ever been to a regatta? On the next Outdoor Explorer, we’ll be in the field with the Anchorage Rowing Association as they put a crop of beginners through the basics in time for the Dave Thorsness Challenge — a newbie-friendly regatta. Join host Charles Wohlforth on his fun foray into competitive rowing.
KSKA: Thursday, July 16, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
Fly fishing is not the easiest way to catch a fish, by a long shot, and most fly fishermen let the fish go after they catch it, anyway. Does that make sense? On the next Outdoor Explorer, we’ll find out.
KSKA: Thursday, July 9, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
On the next Outdoor Explorer we explore a different kind of lifestyle – one in which families orient their lives to their outdoor interests rather than to school and community. We’ll talk to folks who have made that leap, and weigh the pros and cons of a radical family investment in your outdoor passions.
KSKA: Thursday, June 25, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
Mayor-elect Ethan Berkowitz talks about his plans for the city, and takes your questions. Berkowitz is one week away from inauguration to his three-year term. The campaign focused on public safety and character, but not much else. What are his plans for transportation, quality of life, economic development, taxes? And what do you want to know, as Anchorage begins a new era of leadership?
KSKA: Wednesday, June 24, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
While tourists ride the buses into Denali National Park, Alaskans are driving, cycling, hiking and canoeing the other Denali — The Denali Highway, an unpaved road to the wilderness leading from Paxson through the Alaska Range to Cantwell. On the next Outdoor Explorer, we’ll learn about this spectacular alpine route, the incredible outdoor opportunities, and the archeology of the place. Ancient people left evidence of the some of the earliest human travel in the Americas.
On the next Outdoor Explorer we’ll dive into the history behind Anchorage’s greenbelts, bike and ski trails.
KSKA: Thursday, June 11, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
Alaska’s horrendous statistics for sexual assault create a real sense of fear. The numbers tell us women are less safe here than almost anywhere in the country. That needs to change. Until it does, women need information about how to protect themselves. On this edition of Hometown Alaska, we’ll have experts who can give you the advice you need, and answer your questions, about this terrifying threat in everyday life.
KSKA: Weds., June 3, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
Using a camera to capture the spectacular places and outdoor sports we love can seem like an impossible task. On the next Outdoor Explorer, join us with two guests who have dedicated their lives to making amazing photographs that bring the outdoors to life.
KSKA: Thursday, May 28, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
The air you breathe keeps you alive, and it should always be pure and healthy, but for outdoor athletes, air quality means much more, whether you’re an elite runner or if you are just huffing and puffing up a hill on your bicycle. On today’s show, we’re going to learn about both parts of this equation: the quality of our air in Anchorage and around Alaska, and how our bodies handle the air, including how our lungs respond to pollution.
KSKA: Thursday, May 21, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
Opening a hit restaurant, or operating a long-running favorite, takes more than business skill, you also have to figure out what people want and deliver it every day. What do successful restaurateurs need to understand about Anchorage to make their businesses work? We’ll be joined by owners of some of the most popular restaurants in town. We’ll learn their business ideas, and you can ask your own questions about their food, service, and new hot spots that are coming.
KSKA: Weds., May 13, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
The debate is over. Marijuana is legal in Alaska. Now comes the hard part, figuring out how this new industry is going to work. On the next Hometown Alaska, we’ll talk about the marijuana market, what it will look like, how it will be regulated, and what we can expect as residents of Alaskan communities. What do you want to know about using marijuana, or making sure you kids don’t use it?
KSKA: Wednesday, May 6, at 2 and 9pm
The debate is over. Marijuana is legal in Alaska. Now comes the hard part, figuring out how this new industry is going to work. On Hometown Alaska, we’ll talk about the marijuana market, what it will look like, how it will be regulated, and what we can expect as residents of Alaskan communities. What do you want to know about using marijuana, or making sure you kids don’t use it? Join us with your questions.
KSKA: Wednesday, May 6, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.