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Medicare for Alaskans

Medicare for Alaskans

According to the Alaska Commission on Aging, seniors are the fastest growing population and comprise the largest percentage of all ages in Alaska. On the next Line One, Judith Bendersky, program manager for the State of Alaska Medicare Information Office will provide an overview of Medicare and answer common questions as well as offer the opportunity for listeners to ask their own questions about Medicare.

KSKA: Monday, March 9, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.

March 6, 2015
ACT’s The Trip to Bountiful

ACT’s The Trip to Bountiful

Horton Foote’s touching drama of a woman who just wants to go home, The Trip to Bountiful is currently playing at Anchorage Community Theatre through March 22nd. Nancy Pearson, who plays Carrie Watts and Tom Lucido, who plays The Sheriff, drop by Stage Talk this week to tell us all about it.

KSKA: Friday, March 6th at 2:45pm

March 6, 2015
It's a low-snow winter, both in the mountains around Anchorage and in the flats. (Photo by Brian Brettschneider, taken Jan. 25, 2015)

The winter that wasn’t

Climatologist Brian Brettschneider visits Hometown Alaska to help put our current very weird weather patterns into perspective. Is Anchorage becoming the banana belt?

KSKA: Wednesday, March 4, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.

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February 28, 2015
Making the Musher

Making the Musher

Rookie mushers come and go. It takes countless hours and training to become an Iditarod great. On the next episode of Outdoor Explorer, we’re talking to a handful of mushers who are on that journey. They scoop poop. They cut up a lot of raw meat. It’s not glamorous work, but they’re chasing down a dream as Iditarod sled dogs gun it for Nome.

KSKA: Thursday, March 5, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.

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February 27, 2015
Valley Performing Arts’ South Pacific

Valley Performing Arts’ South Pacific

It’s winter and the thoughts of all Alaskans go to visiting the tropics, and Valley Performing Arts is bringing to the stage Rogers and Hammerstein’s classic musical South Pacific. But not all is as simple as “washing that man right outta my hair”. Listen in to Stage Talk this week to hear Tanya Hegg (Nellie Forbush) and Ed Gilmore (The Professor) engage in a stimulating discussion of some of the deeper aspects of the play. South Pacific runs March 20th-April 19th in Wasilla.

KSKA: Friday, Feb. 27, at 2:45pm

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February 27, 2015
The State’s Operating Budget: Critical Crossroads, Choices, and Opportunities

The State’s Operating Budget: Critical Crossroads, Choices, and Opportunities

As Alaska tightens its belt, identifying where cuts should be made requires an all-hands-on-deck approach. On the next Addressing Alaskans, hear the results and recommendations of policy group Commonwealth North’s 2015 fiscal report — a critical examination of the sate’s operating budget, as well as a call for greater citizen engagement.

KSKA: Tuesday, March 3, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.

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February 27, 2015
Historic Iditarod trail map. (Map via BLM)

Corridors Past and Future

The Iditarod Trail began as a mail route and became a protected corridor and recreational resource. Even if climate change puts an end to its use by dog mushers, the evolution of the Iditarod Trail will continue. In their own way, our corridors tell the story of Alaska, and we’ll be exploring a few of those pathways on the next Talk of Alaska.

APRN: Tuesday, 3/3 at 10:00 a.m.

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February 27, 2015
Street Life — Alaska’s homeless youth

Street Life — Alaska’s homeless youth

The streets, trail and woods of Anchorage can be a mean place for a homeless person. Now, imagine that person is your 15-year-old son or daughter. Nobody knows the realities faced by these kids more than the front-line workers from Covenant House Alaska who work the streets daily in an attempt to preserve the health and lives of this vulnerable population. Please Join us for the second of our three-part series addressing the issue of teenage homelessness in Alaska.

KSKA: Monday, March 2, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.

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February 27, 2015
ADN's Devin Kelly, KTUU's Austin Baird join Alaska Public Media's Zachariah Hughes on Alaska Edition to discuss Anchorage's upcoming mayoral election. (Photo by Josh Edge, APRN - Anchorage)

Crowded Anchorage Mayoral Race Heats Up

Today we’re discussing the race for mayor in Alaska’s largest city. Anchorage’s city politics have ripples across the state, whether in terms of funding coming from the Legislature, or launching political careers into higher office. The election is on April 7th, but recently we’ve seen the race start to take off. It’s a crowded field, with 11 candidates, hundreds of thousands of dollars pouring in from donations, and expectations of an eventual run off.

KSKA: Friday, 2/27 at 2:00pm and Saturday, 2/28 at 6:00pm
KAKM: Friday, 2/27 at 7:30pm and Saturday, 2/28 at 4:30pm

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February 27, 2015
Crossing Native culture

Crossing Native culture

Alaska Native cultures are growing and changing, like all living cultures, by absorbing and repurposing the ideas and forms from our diverse world of different kinds of people. We’ll talk to artists in different media who have mixed and mashed indigenous influences with other strands from around the world.

KSKA: Wednesday, Feb. 25, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.

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February 21, 2015

An Interview with Alaska musher Aliy Zirkle

Aliy Zirkle didn’t grow up thinking she would become a famous musher. But she always loved the outdoors. And when she was studying biology at the University of Pennsylvania, she walked into a lab one day saw this sign on the door: “Why are you studying biology in downtown Philadelphia when you could be in Alaska?”

A few years later, she was mushing her first team of dogs in the Interior community of Bettles. On the next Outdoor Explorer, Join host Annie Feidt for an interview with this remarkable musher.

KSKA: Thursday, Feb. 26, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.

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February 20, 2015
Closing the gender pay gap: Alaska’s path to equality

Closing the gender pay gap: Alaska’s path to equality

Closing the gender pay gap will change what it means to be a working woman in Alaska, but it will only happen with community support and participation. Learn about the YWCA Alaska’s initiative to take on this inequality and close the gap by 2025.

KSKA: Tuesday, Feb. 24, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.

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February 20, 2015
Our Own Geological Era

Our Own Geological Era

What if what we call the natural world no longer really exists, and we live already in a world of our own creation? There is growing evidence that human activity has triggered a new geological era. Scientists are debating whether the evidence we leave behind in the layers of the earth will be plastic, nuclear isotopes, changed biomass indicators, or other things, but they agree that humans have actually changed the planet. The question is – how do we take responsibility for that, and what can we do from this point on? It’s a question that means a lot for Alaska, and it’s what we’re talking about on the next Talk of Alaska.

APRN: Tuesday, 2/24 at 10:00 a.m.

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February 20, 2015
Brooke Winner, MD

Contraception Effectiveness

According to a New England Journal of Medicine study, approximately half of unintended pregnancies in the United States are due to contraceptive failure. This week on Line One, obstetrics and gynecology expert, Dr. Brooke Winner joins the show to speak about the effectiveness of long-acting reversible contraception.

KSKA: Monday, Feb. 23, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.

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February 20, 2015
Spirit–The 7th Fire of Alaska

Spirit–The 7th Fire of Alaska

If collaboration is the common denominator of all performing arts, Spirit–The 7th Fire of Alaska is the ubber-collaboration as it brings together people from Alaska Dance Theatre, Alaska Native Heritage Center, Theatre Artists United, Alaska Children’s Choir, members of the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra and local actors, dancers and musicians. Join Stage Talk this week to listen to Artistic Executive Producer Steven Alvarez and Artistic Stage Director Teresa Pond as they tell us how it all goes together. Spirit–The 7th Fire of Alaska performs February 20th-22nd at the Performing Arts Center.

KSKA: Friday, Feb. 20, at 2:45pm

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February 20, 2015

Marijuana Legalization In Alaska; And Sally Jewell’s Arctic Visit

First, we’re discussing what the legalization of marijuana  coming up next Tuesday means for state residents in real terms. And also a rare visit from Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to Kotzebue in the Northwest Arctic Borough and the large group of lawmakers who were also in the Arctic.

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February 20, 2015
Perseverance Theatre’s The Mountaintop

Perseverance Theatre’s The Mountaintop

Michael Flood and Liz Morgan from Katori Hall’s 2010 Olivia Award winning drama about a chance meeting between Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and a mysterious hotel maid on the night before King’s assassination come by Stage Talk this week. Tune in to hear about Perseverance Theatre’s production of The Mountaintop which runs in the Sydney Laurence Theatre in the Performing Arts Center through February 22nd.

KSKA: Friday, Feb.13, at 2:45pm.

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February 14, 2015
Runners David Johnston and Shawn McTaggart laugh it up a mile into the 2014 Iditarod Trail Invitational.  Photo courtesy of David Johnston.

Iditarod Trail Invitational

On the next Outdoor Explorer, we’re talking about the Iditarod Trail Invitational race, which claims to be the longest winter ultra marathon in the world, sending racers by foot, bike or ski either 1000 miles from Knik to Nome, or 350 from Knik to McGrath.

KSKA: Thursday, Feb. 19, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.

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February 13, 2015
After oil: What’s the climate for entrepreneurs?

After oil: What’s the climate for entrepreneurs?

Unless price-per-barrel oil shoots back up, Alaskans are looking at a sharply contracting economic picture. Let’s talk alternatives! Join Hometown Alaska to hear from local experts on the status of Alaska’s ecosystem for entrepreneurs.

KSKA: Wednesday, Feb. 18, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.

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February 13, 2015
Arctic Council 101 — What’s the Big Deal, Anyway?

Arctic Council 101 — What’s the Big Deal, Anyway?

In many ways, the future of the Arctic is the future of Alaska, and with the U.S. assuming chairmanship of the intergovernmental Arctic Council in April, now is the time to ensure Alaska’s voice is heard on the international level. Listen to an overview of what the Arctic Council does and what some of the priorities for the U.S. will be.

KSKA: Tuesday, Feb. 17, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.

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February 13, 2015