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Charles Wohlforth

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The Roots Of Homelessness

Homelessness affects every community in Alaska, not only the larger cities, and mental health and substance abuse problems mean some of without their own beds have been homeless for a long time. A new idea, spreading across the state, is to provide apartments, even when we can’t solve these root problems. Housing first—homeless shelter with alcohol allowed—is the topic on the next Talk of Alaska.

KSKA: Tuesday, 10/23 at 10:00am

October 19, 2012 - 12:00 pm

Energy Efficiency and Conservation

Winter is fast approaching, when the basic need to stay warm runs into the high cost of fuel for homes and businesses. State agencies have already invested in
energy efficiency for residents, and now the state is adding money for businesses to lower their energy use. Is that a government responsibility? Energy efficiency — and how you can use these programs — on the next Talk of Alaska.

KSKA: Tuesday, 10/12 at 10:00am

October 12, 2012 - 12:00 pm

The Real Estate Market

There’s evidence that house prices are rising and new homes and business spaces are getting harder to find. Does that mean this is a good time to buy, sell, or refinance your home? We’ll be looking at how to handle your biggest asset in the current economy on the next Hometown, Alaska.

KSKA: Wednesday 10/3 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

September 28, 2012 - 1:00 pm
Rabbit Lake, Chugach State Park. Photo by Frank Kovalcheck. Creative Commons license.

Chugach State Park People Pressure

Chugach State park is one of the best in the country. In fact, it rivals many of the national parks. It is also in our back yard, a place we can go for walks after dinner or to take visitors to see the views. But proximity may threaten the very nature of the park. Our topic is the urban wilderness of Chugach State Park, and how it is changing as the city grows and encroaches on its edge. How do you want to see it develop – or not?

KSKA: Wednesday 9/12 at 2:00 p.m. and 7 p.m.

September 7, 2012 - 1:09 pm
Anchorage Police and Deadly Force

Anchorage Police and Deadly Force

When an APD officer killed a man threatening him with a stick, community members began asking how and when deadly force is appropriate in our community. Anchorage Chief Mark Mew joins host Charles Wohlforth, to talk about how our officers do their work, and when they can make the decision to take a life.

KSKA: Wednesday 8/29 at 2:00 pm & 8:00 pm

August 24, 2012 - 2:00 pm
Alice Rogoff

Alice Rogoff

She was involved in nation- and world-wide news organization for many years, and she has found a new home in Alaska. As the Alaska Dispatch’s co-owner and publisher, her and her colleagues aim to being some of the most in-depth reporting from rural Alaska and bring it to a larger audience.

TV: Sunday, 8/26 6:30pm & Wednesday, 8/29 at 11:00pm
KSKA: Thursday, 8/30 at 1:00pm

August 24, 2012 - 2:00 pm
Phillip Blanchett

Phillip Blanchett

It started out as a music lesson in his brother’s basement. The traditional Inuit drumsongs with impressive interlocking harmonies immediately gave Pamyua founding member Phillip Blanchett a feeling that he will never forget, and it has set this uniquely Alaskan musical group apart from the rest of the crowd.

TV: Sunday, 8/19 6:30pm & Wednesday, 8/22 at 11:00pm
KSKA: Thursday, 8/23 at 1:00pm

August 17, 2012 - 2:00 pm
ASD superintendent Jim Browder.

The first day of school

As students finish their first day of classes of a new school year Wednesday afternoon, host Charles Wohlforth visits with the new superintendent of the Anchorage School District, Jim Browder, to learn about his plans for our kids and to answer your questions.

KSKA: Wednesday 8/22 at 2:00 pm

August 17, 2012 - 1:00 pm
Lori Bradford

Lori Bradford

This West High School dance instructor has been working to pass on both her knowledge and passion for dance on to her students. Since she began teaching, Lori Bradford has built an incredibly successful program that brings the community together.

TV: Sunday, 8/12 6:30pm & Wednesday, 8/15 at 11:00pm
KSKA: Thursday, 8/16 at 1:00pm

August 10, 2012 - 2:00 pm
Steve Johnson

Steve Johnson

UAA’s debate team ranks second in the U.S. behind Yale and is among the best in the world. Coach Steve Johnson talks about what makes him so passionate about teaching the art of debate to students and what it takes to claim a place among the world’s elite debate teams.

TV: Sunday, 8/5 6:30pm & Wednesday, 8/8 at 11:00pm
KSKA: Thursday, 8/9 at 1:00pm

August 3, 2012 - 2:00 pm
1on1: Ben Woodland

1on1: Ben Woodland

This foreign language extraordinaire and 49th state fellow has a knack for learning languages, and has some lofty goals for his future. But, for now, Ben Woodland is traveling the world and learning what he can.

TV: Sunday, 7/29 6:30pm & Wednesday, 8/1 at 11:00pm
KSKA: Thursday, 8/2 at 1:00pm

July 27, 2012 - 2:00 pm
1on1: Jeanne Devon

1on1: Jeanne Devon

The founder of The Mudflats blog, Jeanne Devon, was used to seeing a couple hundred people visit her site each day, and was a little surprised that she had a viewership that big. Then Sarah Palin was selected as the GOP Vice Presendential nominee, and Devon’s political blog’s viewership soared to thousands of hits a day from people wanting to know more about the person who had a chance to be the second most powerful person in America.

TV: Sunday, 7/22 6:30pm & Wednesday, 7/25 at 11:00pm
KSKA: Thursday, 7/26 at 1:00pm

July 20, 2012 - 2:00 pm

1on1: Dallas Seavey

He says he did crazier things while training for the Iditarod, than he did during the race itself. Gain some insight into the life of the reigning Iditarod champion.

TV: Sunday, 7/8 6:30pm & Wednesday, 7/11 at 11:00pm
KSKA: Thursday, 7/12 at 1:00pm

July 6, 2012 - 2:00 pm
Fishing in Anchorage

Fishing in Anchorage

Anchorage is unique. You can bike to work, and if you bring your waders and rod along, you can bike home with salmon for dinner. We’ll explore the opportunities to fish without leaving city limits. And the fantasy of fly-in fishing from Lake Hood to some of the best salmon streams in the world. With king salmon fishing closed in upper Cook Inlet, we’ll get advice from the experts on opportunities and restrictions.

Wednesday 6/27 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

June 22, 2012 - 12:32 pm
Holly Brooks

Holly Brooks

A few short years ago, she was a coach for APU’s nordic ski team, not ever really considering herself to be among the world’s best skiers. But after an oddly-timed revelation, she is now an Olympian, skiing alongside fellow Alaskan Kikkan Randall. After a long World Cup season in Europe, she is back in Alaska, talking about how she got to this point.

TV: Sunday, 6/24 at 6:30pm and Wednesday, 6/27 at 10:00pm
KSKA: Thursday, 6/28 at 1:00pm

June 22, 2012 - 11:40 am
Sheila Wyne

Sheila Wyne

She had nothing but a backpack and a one-way ticket to Alaska when she left home. When she got to Alaska, Sheila had no idea what she wanted to do with her life, but after discovering her passion for art while working in the ceramics lab at UAA she can’t imagine ever doing anything else.

KAKM: Sunday, 5/27 at 6:30pm and Wednesday, 5/30 at 10:00pm
KSKA: Thursday, May 31 at 1:00pm

May 25, 2012 - 10:30 pm
Chad Carpenter

Chad Carpenter

He always loved drawing and cartooning, but never really thought that he would be able to make a living off of it. So, Chad Carpenter decided law enforcement was the path he would take, until he got a little encouragement from an instructor and he decided to leave the trooper academy and take up cartooning full time. After getting “Tundra” off the ground in Alaska and hustling state fairs, his passion started to take off, making it into over 500 newspapers nationwide so far.

KAKM: Sun. 5/20 at 6:30 pm & Weds. 5/23 at 10:00 pm
KSKA: Thurs. 5/24 at 1:00 pm

May 18, 2012 - 11:05 am
Rev. Norm Elliott

Rev. Norm Elliott

Some call him the “Wobbly Canary” because of his flying of a bright yellow plane, but most know him as Rev. Norm Elliott. He was flying around Interior Alaska holding church services, so long as the temperature was above -40 degrees. You could probably even argue that he is among the most experienced bush pilots in Alaska history, since flying himself around was just another part of the job.

KAKM: Sun. 5/13 at 6:30 pm & Weds. 5/16 at 10:00 pm
KSKA: Thurs. 5/17 at 1:00 pm

May 11, 2012 - 1:53 pm
Buzz Schwall

Buzz Schwall

Buzz Schwall’s talents have taken him around the world, from Alaska, throughout Europe and even into the war-torn nation of Afghanistan. Schwall is a puppet master and has been involved in the theater scene for over a decade after working as a carpenter for most of his adult life.

KAKM: Sun. 5/6 at 6:30 pm & Weds. 5/9 at 10:00 pm
KSKA: Thurs. 5/10 at 1:00 pm

May 4, 2012 - 4:38 pm
Alaska Train bends along Turnagain Arm. Photo by Nicole Geils courtesy Alaska Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Summer Visitors and the Economy

For the visitor industry, Anchorage is a product we are all selling. While the national economy was in a slump, those sales weren’t going so well. Now, as the first of the season arrive, the numbers are looking up. This week, our topic is tourism:… Read More

April 27, 2012 - 10:58 am