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Alaska’s Winter Olympians

Alaska’s Winter Olympians

For some years now, Alaska has produced more than its share of competitive athletes for the Winter Olympics. Is it just because it’s cold up here? We’ll find out from the athletes themselves, as they take a break from training for Sochi to appear on the next Talk of Alaska.

KSKA: Tuesday, 9/10 at 10:00am

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September 6, 2013
Legal Marijuana

Legal Marijuana

The Attorney General has decided that even though marijuana is illegal under federal law, he will not go after states that have legalized it, like Washington and Colorado. Should Alaska be next? A decision is likely coming next year, from the voters of the state. Doug Fine, the author of “Too High to Fail,” is the guest on the next Talk of Alaska.

APRN: Tuesday 9/3 at 10:00 am

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August 30, 2013
U.S. Senator Mark Begich

Federal Issues

With only a few working days left before the change of the fiscal year, what can we expect Congress to accomplish? Members are back in their districts consulting with their constituents right now. And the guest will be Senator Mark Begich on the next Talk of Alaska.

APRN: Tuesday 8/27 at 10:00 am
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August 23, 2013
The University of Alaska’s Role in Alaska’s Future

The University of Alaska’s Role in Alaska’s Future

How should the University of Alaska adapt to changing times? Not only is technology changing, but so is the job market. Higher education faces the impossible task of ramping up to train people for future jobs that haven’t even been thought of yet. University of Alaska President Pat Gamble has some ideas, and he wants to hear yours on the next Talk of Alaska.

KSKA: Tuesday, 8/20 at 10:00am

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August 16, 2013
Conscience

Conscience

Ever since his ministry in Bolivia in the 1970’s Father Roy Bourgeois has stood up against death squads and more recently for the ordination of women to be Catholic priests. All that time, he has been confident that with enough solidarity, a movement will emerge. Is a time of crisis for the Catholic church also a time for this movement?

KSKA: Tuesday, 8/13 at 10:00am

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August 9, 2013
Photo courtesy of the Endangered Species Road Trip book.

Touring a Mass Extinction Event

Every 10 years or so, some writer goes on a trip across the great American heartland, and comes back with the up-beat message that Americans are basically good people and the future of the Republic is more assured than we think. But what about the nation’s wildlife? The author of a book entitled “The Endangered Species Road Trip” will be the guest, on the next Talk of Alaska.

KSKA: Tuesday, 7/30 at 10:00am

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July 26, 2013
The Papa Pilgrim Episode

The Papa Pilgrim Episode

The limits of the last frontier took only a few years to close in on the notorious “Papa Pilgrim.” What at first appeared to be wholesome and righteous turned out to be the opposite. Now the whole story is out.

KSKA: Tuesday, 7/23 at 10:00am

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July 19, 2013
Developing Alaska Writers

Developing Alaska Writers

There is a quiet collision going on between a fast-developing new crop of Alaska authors and the fast-changing world of publishing. Alaska has always had a place in the national imagination, but is that place changing?  Teachers of creative writing will be the guests on the next Talk of Alaska.

KSKA: Tuesday, 7/16 at 10:00am

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July 12, 2013
‘The Raven’s Gift’

‘The Raven’s Gift’

A new novel set in Alaska shows how quickly traditional knowledge could become far more valuable in a world under ecological stress. “The Raven’s Gift” is set in a future that might be closer than we realize. Readers have a chance to talk it over with author Don Rearden, on the next Talk of Alaska.

KSKA: Tuesday, 7/5 at 10:00am

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July 5, 2013
A model constructed by Doug Smith out of material from the Talkeetna One Tree project. Photo courtesy of Joe Page.

Midsummer Celebrations in Alaska

The peak of summer is a time of celebration in Alaska. In Fairbanks, baseball is played under the midnight sun; in Seward, Mount Marathon awaits; in Barrow it will be Eskimo Games; and there are Independence Day parades all over the state. Mid-summer celebrations are the subject, on the next Talk of Alaska.

KSKA: Tuesday, July 2 at 10:00am

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June 28, 2013
Congressman Don Young

Congressman Don Young

Congressman Don Young has been in Congress for more than 40 years. He’s the state’s sole Representative in the U.S. House. Hear Alaskans talking directly with Don Young on the next Talk of Alaska.

KSKA: Tuesday, 6/25 at 10:00am

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June 21, 2013
Rendering of future Ravens’ Roost Cohousing neighborhood by  Kraus Fitch. http://www.abbottcoho.org/

Co-Housing

A group of Anchorage residents is ready to build Alaska’s first co-housing project. A form of condominium, co-housing is not really accounted for in current zoning codes, but may be a housing option preferable to those who seek a sustainable future in an urban environment. It reduces costs and is without the privacy concerns that room-mate situations have. In order to do it, you have to put your money on the line.

KSKA: Tuesday 6/18 at 10:00 am

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June 14, 2013
More About the Governor’s Solution

More About the Governor’s Solution

What if polluters had to pay, and the money went to you? Peter Barnes, author of the influential book “Who Owns the Sky,” has a new idea for selling the commons and paying dividends. It’s an idea with strong roots in Alaska, and this investment strategy will be the topic of the next Talk of Alaska.

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

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June 7, 2013
Father Hubbard entitled this image "Mass in a Volcano Crater." Hubbard began every day with Mass, no matter where he found himself. This photo of Hubbard and his party is taken during Hubbard's two-month exploartion of the Aniakchak Crater on the Alaskan Peninsula, not long after Aniakchak's May 12, 1931 eruption. Hubbard's account and photos of this expedition were published in magazines and newspapers across Amnerica. (Left to right: William Regan, Richard Doublas, Kenneth Chisolm, Bernard Hubbard)

Photo taken in 1931 by unnamed member of Hubbard's party. Courtesy of Santa Clara University.

King Island And What It Means

It took a strong subsistence culture to live on King Island, and that culture is still remembered long after the island’s last occupants left in the 1960s. Now one artist believes the time has come to return to King Island. Meet Inupiaq poet and author Joan Naviyuk Kane, on the next Talk of Alaska.

KSKA: Tuesday, June 4 at 10:00am

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May 31, 2013
Susan McCauley.

Education

It is now up to Alaska again to leave no child behind. The federal government has turned education reform back to the state. We’ll learn more about what the state has promised in exchange for a waiver, on the next Talk of Alaska.

KSKA: Tuesday, 5/28 at 10:00am

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May 24, 2013
Photo from Ground Truth Trekking.

The Cook Inlet Trek

Step by step an Alaska couple and their two children are making their way along the coast of Cook Inlet, from Seldovia, up and down Turnagain and Knik Arms, and down the west side. Reaching Anchorage, they’re connecting with you, on the next Talk of Alaska.

KSKA: Tuesday, May 21 at 10:00am

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May 17, 2013
Tools and Writing About Them

Tools and Writing About Them

Living in the wild is one of Alaska’s primary attractions, but just how wild do you want it? Many hunt and fish. Some go for extreme sports, or climb rocks and ice, and some guide others in wilderness adventure. But some choose seasonal hard work in the wild, leaving them time for other explorations. Explorations they will be sharing on the next Talk of Alaska.

KSKA: Tuesday, 5/14 at 10:00am

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May 10, 2013
Gardening Options

Gardening Options

Interest in gardening in Alaska seems to be at an all-time high.  So far it has been a very cold spring, but dedicated gardeners are already starting plants. And all gardeners love to compare notes, which is what they will be doing on the next  Talk of Alaska statewide.

KSKA: Tuesday 5/7 at 10:00 am
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May 3, 2013
Dan Fauske

Public Debt for Public Good

First established to help Alaskans get mortgages, the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation now has responsibility for a natural gas pipeline, and it may soon be in charge of a bridge. The next Talk of Alaska is your chance to talk to the man the Legislature trusts to handle all this, Dan Fauske, the Executive Director of the AHFC.

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KSKA: Tuesday, 4/30 at 10:00am

April 26, 2013

The Business of Clean Energy

It’s time to find out what’s new in renewable Energy in Alaska. From wind farms to DC power-lines, from giant dams to mass produced solar cells, from tidal turbines to super-insulated homes, it comes up at the annual “Business of Clean Energy” conference, and we’ll get a preview on the next Talk of Alaska.

KSKA: Tuesday, 4/16 at 10:00am

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April 12, 2013