A few years ago I got interested in a group that was cleaning up marine debris from beaches in Prince William Sound. I volunteered, and I was blown away by what a rewarding experience it was to pick up trash. On today’s show, we’re talking about beach cleanup, both on the wild, outer coast where stuff is washing up from Japan, and on our beaches here in Anchorage. And we’ll talk about creek cleanup too, which is coming up shortly, and where we get to tend to our own back yard.
KSKA: Thursday, May 7, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
Viral hepatitis is the leading cause of liver cancer and the most common reason for liver transplantation. According to the Centers for Disease Control, an estimated 4.4 million Americans are living with chronic hepatitis, but most do not know they are infected. On the next Line One, join two local experts to discuss this hidden epidemic as national Hepatitis Awareness Month kicks off.
KSKA: Monday, May 4, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
Coastal communities are the best thresholds to the wilderness for most of us who live in urban Alaska. That’s because a short boat ride can get you from the small boat harbor to a wild beach many, many miles from the nearest road, a place that likely is inaccessible any other way. On today’s show, we’re going to talk about using water taxis and where they can take you for hiking, paddling, or just setting up camp and enjoying incredibly beautiful, biologically rich places.
KSKA: Thursday, April 30, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
When people think of Denali National Park, they frequently think of the scenery, mountain, glaciers, and charismatic megafauna. But most people don’t realize that nearly 70 million years ago, Denali was home to the greatest megafauna that has ever walked the earth: an assemblage of dinosaurs that lived year-round in the sub-arctic environment. Join National Park Service geologist Linda Stromquist to find out more about Denali’s dinos and the new understandings they’ve given researchers about the distribution and environment of these animals all across Cretaceous Alaska.
KSKA: Tuesday, April 28, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
Growing up, Olga Trujillo witnessed daily her father’s brutal and terrifying attacks on her mother, and herself suffered constant physical, emotional and sexual abuse from her father, her brothers, and as she grew older, many others outside her family. Olga has unraveled the impact of violence in her life and has dedicated her life to helping others heal. Please join us as she shares her remarkable story of recovery from severe childhood trauma and dissociative identity disorder.
KSKA: Monday, April 27, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
The birds are coming back. Shorebirds invade Southcentral Alaska on their migrations about now, and festivals are planned in Homer and Cordova where, if the timing is right, you can see clouds of birds descending on the beaches and mudflats. On today’s show, we’ll talk about the pleasure and interest of birding, and where you can do it here in Anchorage, around our region, and across Alaska.
KSKA: Thursday, April 23, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
Every community has a place, where people gather and stories are told. The east coast has stoops, the south has porches and in Alaska we have Arctic Entries. Here, Alaskans share their personal stories – funny, sad and sweet. Originally told at the Arctic Entries monthly storytelling event in Anchorage, listen to stories related to the show’s theme.
KSKA: Tuesday, April 21, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
The prognosis for many cancers has improved due to many factors including a better understanding of the cancer, earlier detection, and better treatment often with fewer side effects. Ionizing radiation for certain cancers is one of these improved treatments. Today with the help of Dr. Larry Daugherty, radiation oncologist at the Alaska Cancer Treatment Center, we will examine how radiotherapy aids the treatment of cancer; and we will learn about the nonprofit organization Radiating Hope which is working to improve cancer care globally.
KSKA: Monday, April 20, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
Dr. Hitchins was born in Glasgow, Scotland, and brought up in southern England. She received her BSc in Social Sciences from the University of Southampton, UK; her MA in Political Behaviour, and her PhD in Government from the University of Essex, UK. Her first academic appointment, while completing PhD research, was at University of Ghana, Legon, West Africa. Subsequently, Dr. Hitchins had a 30 year career with Department of Political Science, University of Alaska Anchorage, rising from Assistant Professor to Associate and then Full Professor.
On today’s show we’re going to talk about how to buy a bike. We’ll focus first on the high end and the creative stuff that hardcore cycling folks are doing these days, building crazy bikes and putting together the perfect bike. Then we’ll focus on the practical details of getting the right bike for you at a price you can afford, whether you buy new or on Craigslist.
KSKA: Thursday, April 16, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
Behaviors associated with poor health can be assessed and this leads to understanding of how to best use limited resources to improve overall population health. The Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Survey (YRBSS) is one instrument used to understand such behaviors in teens. Today’s program reviews the most recent YRBSS, its results, and efforts to address areas of concern.
KSKA: Monday, April 13, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
Yoram Bauman is an environmental economist and a carbon tax Fellow at Sightline Institute. He has a PhD in economics from the University of Washington and works in Washington state and elsewhere on climate change economics and policy, particularly focusing on carbon pricing. His most recent academic paper (“Climate Sensitivity: Should the Climate Tail Wag the Policy Dog?”) was co-authored with UW climate scientist Gerard Roe and appeared in the April 2013 issue of Climatic Change. Dr. Bauman is part of the CarbonWA.org effort to bring a revenue-neutral carbon tax to Washington State.
One of the first signs of spring in coastal Alaska is the appearance of gray whales, who pass our way on their annual journey from Mexico to the Bering Sea. Along our uninhabited shores, the whales get a lot more privacy than they do down south, but you can see them from boats and coastal towns, and tour boats from Seward go out to view the whales through April. On today’s show, we’re talking about going out to see the whales this spring, and the biology of the whales and their amazing migration.
KSKA: Thursday, April 9, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
For displaced people from areas as different as Somalia, Iraq, Sudan and Myanmar, building a new life in Alaska depends on an understanding and supportive community. On the next Addressing Alaskans, hear preliminary findings of the Alaska Refugee Needs Assessment project, a partnership between the University of Alaska Anchorage psychology department and Catholic Social Services’ Refugee Assistance and Immigration Services.
KSKA: Tuesday, April 7, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
We all dissociate to some degree or another but sometimes self-destructive behaviors like substance abuse, sexual acting out, excessive media consumption, or shopping, become the means we use to remove ourselves from our realities and relieve us temporarily from our suffering. On the next Line One, local therapist, Kimber Olson, LCSW, joins host, Prentiss Pemberton for a discussion about trauma, dissociation, and dissociative disorders.
KSKA: Monday, April 6, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.