Charles Wohlforth

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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. Listen now:

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. Listen Now:

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. Listen Now:

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. Listen Now:

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. Listen Now:

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. Listen Now:

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. Listen Now:

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. Listen Now:

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. Listen Now:

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. Listen Now:

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. Listen Now:

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. Listen now:

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. Listen now:

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. Listen now:

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. Download Audio

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. Download Audio

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. Listen now:

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. Listen now:

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. Listen now: