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Charles Wohlforth

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Urban Wildlife

Urban Wildlife

Urban wildlife are a part of living in Anchorage. Having a moose at your front door makes a good facebook post for your relatives outside, but it’s not fun if you’re trying to get somewhere. Moose can be dangerous. We’ll talk about the pleasures and hazards of living with moose and bear in Anchorage, and explore ideas for how we can co-exist better. Whose habitat is this, anyway?

KSKA Wednesday 2/27 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm
Photos mentioned by caller: Moose Calf Birth in yard

February 22, 2013

Ski Trail Intel

Cross-country skiing is all about the trail. In your mind’s eye, that’s where you are when you think about skiing. The beauty of the place, and also the challenge, and, of course, the conditions. That’s why we talk about trails so much. On our very first episode of Outdoor Explorer, we explore the trails of southcentral – the old favorites, and some brand new trails in Girdwood and near Hatcher Pass. Read More…

KSKA: Thursday 2/21 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

February 15, 2013
One Hundred Years of Climbing Denali

One Hundred Years of Climbing Denali

The first successful climb of Mount McKinley took place in 1913. Walter Harper, Hudson Stuck and Harry Karstens made history. Now, 100 years later, their family members plan to mark the centennial with a climb of their own.

KSKA: Tuesday, 2/12 at 10:00am

February 8, 2013
Anchorage Reads: The Snow Child

Anchorage Reads: The Snow Child

Anchorage Reads is a program that gets the whole town reading and talking about the same book. This time around, the book is by an Alaskan author– one who has received international honors and best-seller status. Eowyn Ivey, author of “The Snow Child,” will be with us on Hometown Alaska to take your questions about the book and share in a community discussion with readers.

February 1, 2013

Importing Live Music

Anchorage is the end of the line for touring musical artists. It takes a lot of time and money for a musical act to get here. But more musicians are coming than ever before, and not only with the non-profit Concert Association. We’ll be talking with one of Anchorage’s busiest promoters, hearing from a recording artist who has been back several times, and talk about favorite concert memories and dreams.

KSKA: Weds. 1/16 at 2:00 p.m. and in the evening after Governor Parnell’s State of the State Address

January 11, 2013
Selecting Anchorage History

Selecting Anchorage History

The Cold War doesn’t seem that long ago, but folks are already preserving its history . It’s part of deciding what in this young city deserves to be set aside and preserved for posterity. To discuss these choices, this week’s guests are Greg Derocher, a veteran who served at the Nike missle site above Anchorage and now is trying to save it, and Jo Antonson, who evaluates historic sites for the State of Alaska. Join us with your ideas about what is worth saving from our past, and why.

KSKA: Wednesday 12/12 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

December 7, 2012
The Alaskan Political Junkie

The Alaskan Political Junkie

If you are up late listing to election returns Tuesday night, don’t worry. Our political junkie analysis doesn’t start until 2pm on Hometown Alaska. Two former legislators look at the results from the perspectives of the Democrats and Republicans, from the presidential pick at the top of the ticket through the new legislature, where control of the state Senate and the future of oil taxation and state finances hang in the balance.

KSKA: Wednesday 11/7 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

November 2, 2012
Alaskan Food

Alaskan Food

What’s Alaskan food? It’s more than pilot crackers and peanut butter. You’ve got to include sourdough bread, smoked salmon and even macadamia halibut. Alaska’s mixed culture has produced a mixed cuisine. Find out what’s cooking, and share your own ideas, as we take up uniquely Alaskan food on the next Talk of Alaska.

KSKA: Tuesday, 11/6 at 10:00am

November 2, 2012

The Joy of Running

Runners are a brotherhood and sisterhood. We may run alone over miles of trails, but our major running events are among the largest public gatherings that ever happen in Anchorage, and training builds strong social bonds. Host Charles Wohlforth, a runner himself, welcomes guests and listeners to talk about running, training, races, equipment, trails, injury prevention, and the lifetime benefits of fitness on the next Hometown, Alaska.

KSKA: Wednesday 10/24 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

October 19, 2012

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

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

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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