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Trapping in Alaska

When Russians first came to Alaska in the 1740s, they were seeking fur, and fur-bearing animals were an important element of Alaska’s economy for more than 200 years. Today, Alaska still has thousands of trappers, both those who make a living at it and those who do it for fun. On the next Outdoor Explorer, we’ll hear more about an activity as old as Alaska itself.

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

January 30, 2015
2015 Statewide Economic Forecast Luncheon

2015 Statewide Economic Forecast Luncheon

Everywhere you turn, there is plenty of debate on the gravity of the fiscal crisis facing the state. The governor has urged Alaskans not to panic, but pull together to find solutions to multibillion-dollar budget deficits made worse by falling oil prices. Hear three experts present their takes on Alaska’s fiscal climate at a luncheon hosted by the World Trade Center Anchorage.

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

January 30, 2015
Plastic in the Ocean

Plastic in the Ocean

Birds are now turning up dead on remote beaches with stomachs full of plastic. Certain areas of Alaska’s remote coast are now littered with debris that was carried there by ocean currents. Not only is the amount of this debris growing, but the amount of money available for cleaning it up is far too small.

APRN: Tuesday, 2/3 at 10:00 a.m.

January 30, 2015
Autism and Environmental Toxins

Autism and Environmental Toxins

A lot of research effort is going into finding the cause of autism. Our next guest Dr Irva Hertz-Picciotto of the University of California Davis MIND Institute, an authority on environmental effects on health, will discuss with Dr. Woodard the evidence for a role of environmental chemicals in autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders.

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

January 30, 2015

What Do Wilderness Designation Proposals Mean For Arctic Development?

The Obama Administration has proposed designating more than 20 million acres of both on and offshore federal areas be made off limits to development such as oil and gas exploration. The announcement was described as a gut punch by Senator Lisa Murkowski and had the entire delegation and the governor so steamed, they said it was a “war on Alaska.”

KSKA: Friday, 1/30 at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, 1/31 at 6:00 p.m.
KAKM: Friday, 1/30 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, 1/31 at 4:30 p.m.

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January 30, 2015
ACT’s Crimes of the Heart

ACT’s Crimes of the Heart

Director Rebecca Casselman and Kimberly Allely who plays “Babe” from Anchorage Community Theatre’s presentation of the Pulitzer Prize winning play by Beth Henley, Crimes of the Heart drop by the studio this week to engage in a stimulating conversation about the production currently running until February 8th.

KSKA: Friday, Jan. 30, at 2:45pm

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January 29, 2015

Leaner Times In Store For Alaska’s Budget

Governor Bill Walker’s State of the Budget speech made clear that leaner times are ahead for Alaska. His address was a somber departure from the optimistic state of the state address. He noted almost right away that managing the state’s finances into better standing will not be easy.

KSKA: Friday, 1/23 at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, 1/24 at 6:00 p.m.
KAKM: Friday, 1/23 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, 1/24 at 4:30 p.m.

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January 23, 2015
Arctic Warriors

Arctic Warriors

On the next Outdoor Explorer, we’re talking about Arctic Warriors and the skills they learn and practice. We have two officers in the studio whose military training has helped them make it through Alaska’s harshest weather. One was on a caribou hunt on North Slope when the weather took a dangerous turn. The other led a successful Denali ascent over the summer. What does the military teach about surviving outdoors? We’ll get into that question on this show.

KSKA: Thursday, Jan. 29, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.

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January 23, 2015
Details of Dying

Details of Dying

The end of life is not easy to talk about, and that’s one reason why it’s so confusing and scary to deal with the issues we all face when loved ones die. We’ll try to help, as we discuss the practical details of assisting a dying family member, the actual death and arrangements, and the grief that can last a long time.

KSKA: Wednesday, Jan 28, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.

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January 23, 2015
How Viruses Jump from One Species to Another

How Viruses Jump from One Species to Another

Ebola. SARS. MERS. HIV. These are just a few diseases caused by viruses jumping from one species into another. How do viruses move from species to another? Why does this happen? University of Alaska Anchorage professor Meg Howard answers these and many other questions about host-jumping viruses and bats in Alaska.

KSKA: Tuesday, Jan. 27, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.

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January 23, 2015
Independent Generation of Electricity

Independent Generation of Electricity

It’s power politics of an electrifying kind.  What should the rules be for selling independently generated power to utilities, who have borrowed money and invested heavily to assure reliability for their customers?

APRN: Tuesday, 1/27 at 10:00 a.m.

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January 23, 2015
West High and Anchorage Opera’s co-production of two Holocaust shows

West High and Anchorage Opera’s co-production of two Holocaust shows

West High School and Anchorage Opera have come together to produce two moving productions that have one thing in common: Theresienstadt Concentration Camp in Czechoslovakia during WWII. Join Director Dave Block and actors Suparat Prasannet and Luke Haneck as they give us the story about these extraordinary events: the one-act opera Brundibar, music by Hans Krasa with a new libretto by Tony Kushner and the one-act play I Never Saw Another Butterfly by Celeste Raspanti performing this weekend at West High School.

KSKA: Friday, Jan. 23 at 2:45pm

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January 23, 2015
High Conflict People: How to Live and Work with Challenging Personalities

High Conflict People: How to Live and Work with Challenging Personalities

Blaming others, extreme behaviors, all-or-nothing thinking and unmanaged emotions all characterize the “high conflict person.” Host Prentiss Pemberton and guest, Bill Eddy, explore the mind of high conflict people and what you can do to live with and manage them.

KSKA: Monday, Jan. 26, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.

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January 23, 2015
Winter Sports and Climate Change

Winter Sports and Climate Change

If winter defines us as Alaskans, as skiers and outdoor enthusiasts, what happens when we start to lose winter? Strange weather is becoming the new normal and we’re forced to adapt to climate change, because we don’t have a choice. On the next Outdoor Explorer, we’ll look at what that means from scientific and a practical perspective.

KSKA: Thursday, Jan. 22, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.

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January 16, 2015
The Science of Cook Inlet

The Science of Cook Inlet

Cook Inlet plays a big part in the life of our city, but what do we know about the health of the waterway that brings us fish, oil and gas, the cargo ships that supply us, and accepts our waste? As the Alaska Marine Science Symposium takes place in Anchorage, we’ll talk with experts about the Inlet and Gulf of Alaska, the waters and wildlife.

KSKA: Wednesday, January 21, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.

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January 16, 2015
The Business of News

The Business of News

Alaska has a small media market, but one that covers a huge geographical area. Hear from leaders of three of the state’s largest news organizations about the news industry and the challenges and opportunities that Alaska yields for the radio, TV, online and print aspects of journalism.

KSKA: Tuesday, Jan. 20, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.

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January 16, 2015
Voters approved the legal the production, sale and use of marijuana for Alaskans over 21 years old in the November election. (Creative Commons photo by Brett Levin)

Implementing Marijuana Regulation in Alaska

With a simple vote of the people, Alaska became a leader among states legalizing marijuana, but now it has to figure out how to do it. Is Alaska up to that leadership challenge? Some people would say it has been in the leadership on this particular issue for years.

APRN: Tuesday, 1/20 at 10:00am

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January 16, 2015
Genetic counseling specialist Anke Kelly joins the next Line One.

Pediatric and Prenatal Genetic Counseling

The ability to identify and sometimes intervene in genetic health problems is growing rapidly. However, the public understanding of genetic disease, genetic testing and the use of information obtained is often quite limited. This program will help listeners understand genetic counseling and what it can offer.

KSKA: Monday, Jan. 19, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.

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January 16, 2015

Lawmakers Prepare For 29th Legislative Session

As the 29th legislative session looms closer, legislators are busy prefiling legislation they hope will become law over the course of the session. From the legalization of pot, to the proposed LNG pipeline, to the state’s uncertain budgetary future, legislators have a lot to address this session.

KSKA: Friday, 1/16 at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, 1/17 at 6:00 p.m.
KAKM: Friday, 1/16 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, 1/17 at 4:30 p.m.

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January 16, 2015
Momentum Dance Collective’s Breaking Ground

Momentum Dance Collective’s Breaking Ground

Momentum Dance Collective’s Ariel Graham and Becky Kendall drop by the studio to talk about their upcoming production of Breaking Ground performing January 17th at the Alaska Dance Theatre as well as to chat about dance opportunities in Anchorage and the nature of dance in the performing arts.

KSKA: Friday, Jan 16, at 2:45 p.m.

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January 16, 2015