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Kyle Reading prepares a batch of Flintlock beard oil. (Photo by Josh Edge/APRN)

AK: Local start-up leverages social media to bring beard oil to Alaskans

Two local musicians in Anchorage are diving beards-first into the business of male grooming products. They're going for a style reminiscent of Don Draper mixed with well-groomed mountain man. I spent an afternoon at company – or apartment kitchen – headquarters to find out a little bit more.
February 5, 2016
AK: Artist finishes portrait collection of Juneau’s grittiest

AK: Artist finishes portrait collection of Juneau’s grittiest

As 2015 came to a close, Juneau artist MK MacNaughton finished a art project that portrayed 52 of her fellow community members—or, a portrait a week for a year. MacNaughton picked her subjects not for how they look, but for what they do, where they do it, and how hard they work at it. Download Audio
January 29, 2016
AK: Among wolverines, lynx and fox, a man finds his pack

AK: Among wolverines, lynx and fox, a man finds his pack

About 30 miles north of Haines, there’s a sanctuary for abandoned wildlife, big and small. Steve Kroschel has owned and operated Kroschel’s Wildlife Center for decades. He’s been dubbed the wildlife whisperer. Even the wolverines – compact killing machines capable of handily taking down an adult moose – play with Kroschel like he’s one of the pack. Despite appearances, there's a method to his madness. Download Audio:
January 22, 2016
AK: David Bowie's Alaskan name-twin adopts rocker's rebel streak

AK: David Bowie’s Alaskan name-twin adopts rocker’s rebel streak

UAA linguistics Professor David Bowie -- pronounced BOO-wee, but spelled b-o-w-i-e -- has a vexed relationship with the celebrity he shares his name with. He resented the musician until he was in his 20s, when something changed. Download Audio:
January 15, 2016
AK: For Tlingit engineer, Juneau bridge connects Alaskans

AK: For Tlingit engineer, Juneau bridge connects Alaskans

More than 100 years after the creation of the Alaska Native Brotherhood, a new bridge in Juneau has been named in honor of the Native organization. But it’s not the first. The predecessor to the current bridge was actually designed by a man who has his own unique and interesting ties to the Alaska Native civil rights movement. Download Audio:
January 8, 2016
AK: Finding a home, building a family

AK: Finding a home, building a family

More than 2,000 kids in Anchorage are considered homeless by the school district. Research shows that kids who lack stability don't do as well in school, but the support of even just one adult can change that. In the case of teenager Jmari House, an entire family stepped in to make sure she didn't get lost in the shuffle. Download Audio:
December 18, 2015
AK: A hunter's wallet lost, and found 40 years later in Sitka

AK: A hunter’s wallet lost, and found 40 years later in Sitka

Late last summer, walking below a fresh rockfall on Harbor Mountain, a hiker found a mucky old wallet. It contained all the things you expect to find in a wallet -- bank cards, an ID. The leather was wet from Southeast’s damp climate, but still in good shape. The owner was glad to get it back, but he wasn't easy to find. He dropped it on a trail near Sitka 40 years ago. Download Audio:
December 11, 2015
AK: After prison, giving back to a community once hurt

AK: After prison, giving back to a community once hurt

Restarting life after prison is full of challenges -- but also successes. In the village of Tyonek on Cook Inlet, one man recreates himself and gives back to the community he once hurt.
December 4, 2015
AK: Caretaker for the dead receives unexpected help

AK: Caretaker for the dead receives unexpected help

On a clear night in September, a group of vandals desecrated a 200-year old cemetery in Sitka, tipping over headstones. The caretaker, 65-year-old Bob Sam, discovered the damage the next morning. Some of the marble slabs were broken beyond repair. This is the story of how the cemetery caretaker enlisted the help of local police to protect the rights of the dead. Download Audio
November 27, 2015
AK: 100-year-old artifacts in building's walls tell of early Norwegian settlers

AK: 100-year-old artifacts in building’s walls tell of early Norwegian settlers

Workers remodeling one of Petersburg’s oldest buildings have uncovered Norwegian artifacts dating back a century. The items are linked to some of the town’s earliest Norwegian settlers. And one woman in town is helping to make sure these treasures are preserved for future generations. Download Audio:
November 13, 2015
AK: A classic holiday opera gets an Inupiat twist

AK: A classic holiday opera gets an Inupiat twist

‘Hansel and Gretel’ is a classic German opera, often performed around the holidays. But an upcoming performance in Anchorage packs a uniquely Alaska twist. For an opera singer from Unalakleet, the performance blends a European performance with the traditional Inupiat folk lore she knew as a kid. Download Audio:
November 6, 2015
AK: Stalking the ultimate Halloween movie

AK: Stalking the ultimate Halloween movie

Hallow's Eve is almost here, and it’s safe to say that most of us have our costumes and candy ready. But what about something to watch? A scary movie can complete a haunted house or be the perfect past time between trick-or-treaters. We tap the expertise of a film junkie in search of the ultimate Halloween flick. Download Audio:
October 30, 2015
The Dena’ina Convention Center concourse. (Photo illustration by Jennifer Canfield/KTOO)

AK: Reflecting on an unexpected tragedy

Thousands travel from around the state to attend the Elders and Youth conference and the Alaska Federation of Natives convention every year. The week is considered by many as one of celebration — this year was different. Download Audio
October 23, 2015
AK: Tlingit carver featured in small-town, large-scale Smithsonian project

AK: Tlingit carver featured in small-town, large-scale Smithsonian project

Tlingit master carver Wayne Price has a relationship with the ocean and the tides that runs deeper than most. He carves dugout canoes in Haines and his work and words are set to hit the road in the spring as part of the Smithsonian’s Water/Ways exhibit. It’s a traveling show from the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum on Main Street designed for rural museums. Download Audio
October 16, 2015
AK: Palmer taxidermist devotes a lifetime to still life

AK: Palmer taxidermist devotes a lifetime to still life

At its worst, a bad taxidermy job is gaudy and unsettling. At its finest, taxidermy turns animals into art, preserved for a lifetime or more. Where a specimen falls on that spectrum is up to the skill and ardor of the taxidermist. Download Audio
October 9, 2015
AK: Southeast dairy goat business presents unique challenges

AK: Southeast dairy goat business presents unique challenges

Buying fresh dairy produce in Southeast Alaska isn’t easy. The rugged, mountainous landscape doesn’t lend itself well to farming. Now a farming couple in Petersburg are trying to change the way people consume milk in town. For the past year they’ve been selling raw milk processed by their own herd of dairy goats. But, producing – and selling – dairy products in Southeast Alaska comes with a unique set of challenges. Download Audio
October 2, 2015
AK: High school students enter the world of nano-agriculture

AK: High school students enter the world of nano-agriculture

High school students in Kodiak are doing college-level science. Maybe even Ph.D.-level science. World Bridge is a NASA-sponsored group that assigns Alaskan students to scientific research projects. At a recent competition in Italy, the group showed that their earthquake research could have a global impact, but that’s only one project they’re working on. They’ve also entered the world of nano-agriculture. Download Audio
September 25, 2015
AK: Running the Klondike Relay from Skagway to Whitehorse

AK: Running the Klondike Relay from Skagway to Whitehorse

Last weekend, nearly 1,600 people ran a 10-part race from Skagway over the Coast Mountains and into Whitehorse, Yukon. It’s part endurance trial, part road trip and part party. For many on both sides of the border, running the 110-mile Klondike Road Relay is an annual tradition. Download Audio:
September 18, 2015
AK: Alaska ice hockey player Zoe Hickel turns pro

AK: Alaska ice hockey player Zoe Hickel turns pro

Earlier this year it was announced that National Women’s Hockey League would begin its first season this fall. The move is huge for women hockey players, who until now had little to no options to pursue their careers past the college level. One of the women who will be playing in the NWHL’s inaugural season is a born-and-raised Alaskan. Download Audio:
September 11, 2015
AK: Fishing, Cooking And A Yup'ik Upbringing Made Alaska's Health Commissioner

AK: Fishing, Cooking And A Yup’ik Upbringing Made Alaska’s Health Commissioner

When Valerie Davidson agreed to accept the job of Alaska's health commissioner, it was with one important condition. She made sure Gov. Walker was okay with her working out of Bethel each summer. Davidson was born in Bethel and owns a house in the community, right on the Kuskokwim River. Download Audio:
September 4, 2015