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Wrangell-St. Elias backcountry

Wrangell-St. Elias backcountry

This edition of Outdoor Explorer comes to you from the backcountry of Wrangell St. Elias National Park. Earlier in the summer, Charles flew with friends to a mountain pass in the massive, incredibly spectacular Wrangell mountains where they spent an extended weekend on dayhikes in the alpine environment, near the Russell Glacier. We’ll learn about the park, the trip, and how you can do a backcountry adventure in this amazing park.

KSKA: Thursday, August 6, at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

July 31, 2015

The future of Alaska’s megaprojects

The six so called megaprojects that Governor Walker put on hold soon after taking office have already received millions in state and federal funds but would take billions to actually complete. Where would the money come from? If the state stops them completely will the federal money have to be repaid?

APRN: Tuesday, 8/4 at 10:00am

July 31, 2015
From National Institute on Aging via Wikimedia Commons

The Origins of Dementia

The dementia first described by Dr. Alois Alzheimer in 1906 remains the most common but not the only form of dementia. Dr. Woodard and guests discuss the common dementias, their causes and symptoms, and the newest information that may help prevent their occurrence.

KSKA: Monday, August 3, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.

July 31, 2015
Two Anchorage mayors tackle two recessions

Two Anchorage mayors tackle two recessions

This week, we’ll be talking with two Anchorage mayors about two recessions. With us are Tom Fink, who took over the reigns of Anchorage in 1987, not long after a collapse in the price of oil, and by Ethan Berkowitz, who’s been in office just about a month now.

KSKA: Friday, July 31, at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, August 1, at 6:00 p.m.
KAKM: Friday, July 31, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, August 1, at 4:30 p.m.
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July 31, 2015
The Music Machine

The Music Machine

Seventy-five local young singers and dancers come together in The Music Machine’s 34th anniversary show this August 5-8th at the Discovery Theatre and co-Founder Janet Carr-Campbell along with performer Morgan Cruz drop by the studio this week to talk about all the hard work it takes to put on such an extravaganza.

KSKA: Friday, July 31, at 2:45pm

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July 31, 2015
KSKA Program Schedule: A Fresh New Line Up

KSKA Program Schedule: A Fresh New Line Up

Starting August 1, KSKA is rolling out a new program schedule, complete with new programs and some of your favorite old programs at new times.

July 27, 2015
Arctic Paddling Trips

Arctic Paddling Trips

Rivers are the highways of the North. That’s been true since human beings first arrived in North America, and it is still true across a vast expanse of Alaska and Canada that is practical to cross in the summer by no other means. On the next Outdoor Explorer, we’re talking about floating these long, remote rivers and the journeys you can make into solitude and into your own mind, as the banks slide quietly by.

KSKA: Thursday, July 30, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.

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July 24, 2015
Anchorage in 1915: Its Founding and Significance to the World

Anchorage in 1915: Its Founding and Significance to the World

With the Anchorage centennial having arrived, the city is looking forward to what the next hundred years hold. Preston Jones, Ph.D., puts a century of growth and progress into perspective, and explores how Anchorage became the base of American power in the North.

KSKA: Tuesday, July 28 at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.

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July 24, 2015

Alaska’s budget woes and the effects on public safety

Budget cuts are creating stress for communities trying to keep their citizens safe with fewer dollars for law enforcement. In a state with staggering statistics for violence and sexual assault, how can municipalities, cities, and villages keep the peace amid jail closures, fewer troopers and local police.

APRN: Tuesday, 7/28 at 10:00am

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July 24, 2015
‘The Hijacked Brain’ — Addiction and Recovery

‘The Hijacked Brain’ — Addiction and Recovery

Addiction costs society millions in productivity, is one of the major contributing factors to incarceration, and takes a devastating toll on individuals and families from every socioeconomic background. Why do millions of people struggle daily to maintain a sober lifestyle despite the fact that the consequences are so severe? Join host Prentiss Pemberton and his guests as they explore what can be done to treat this devastating condition.

KSKA: Monday, July 27, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.

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July 24, 2015
Non-profits and their role in Alaska

Non-profits and their role in Alaska

Alaska has somewhere between 5,000 and 6,000 non-profits, and their important role in supporting community needs throughout the state is undeniable. Today we’ll be examining that role, and how it has grown over the past half century.

KSKA: Friday, July 24, at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, July 25, at 6:00 p.m.
KAKM: Friday, July 24, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, July 25, at 4:30 p.m.

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July 24, 2015
Pulse Dance Company

Pulse Dance Company

Stephanie Wonchala, Artistic Director for Pulse Dance Company drops by the studio this week to let us know what’s happening with the company and also what’s coming up next season.

KSKA: Friday, July 24. at 2:45 p.m.
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July 24, 2015
Paragliding

Paragliding

The dream of personal flight is pretty basic. Paragliding makes soaring up in the sky into a regular weekend activity. On the next Outdoor Explorer, we’re going to learn about what paragliding feels like, how you do it safely, and ways to gain entry into the sport.

KSKA: Thursday, July 23, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.

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July 17, 2015
Former Anchorage mayors Tony Knowles (left) and Jack Roderick

‘Coffee with the Mayors’

Join former Anchorage mayors Jack Roderick, Tony Knowles, Tom Fink, Rick Mystrom and Dan Sullivan for “Coffee with the Mayors,” a panel discussion looking at the city’s past, present, and future, and presented as part of the Anchorage Centennial Symposium.

KSKA: Tuesday, July 21, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.

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July 17, 2015
Variability of Alaska’s salmon runs

Variability of Alaska’s salmon runs

Salmon runs in Alaska have been defying expectations this season, in both good and bad ways. Why has it been so difficult to meet escapement for some runs while seeing bounty in others? From closures on the Kuskokwim to a puny run on the Yukon, salmon fishing in Alaska is changing and the reasons why remain elusive.

APRN: Tuesday, July 21 at 10:00am

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July 17, 2015
Colon Cancer

Colon Cancer

We have discussed colon cancer before but it’s been awhile since we looked at it from the surgeon’s point of view. On this program, join Anchorage colorectal surgeons Drs. Kerrie Bossard and Dan Rossi in a discussion about colon cancer and the role of surgeons in this and other colorectal diseases.

KSKA: Monday, July 20, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
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July 17, 2015
Valley Performing Arts 2015-16 season

Valley Performing Arts 2015-16 season

Dave Nufer, VPA’s new Artistic Director comes on the show today to talk about his new role with the company as well as to give us a sneak preview at Valley Performing Arts’  2015-16 season.

KSKA: Friday, July 17, at 2:45 p.m.
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July 17, 2015

Big-Name Brands Arrive in Anchorage

On Thursday, Anchorage fashionistas lined up to be the first inside the new H&M men’s and women’s apparel store in Anchorage. We’ll be viewing some footage of that exciting event in a moment. Today, we are taking a look at how and why national brands, and in H&M’s case, international brands, are locating in Anchorage.

KSKA: Friday, July 17, at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, July 18, at 6:00 p.m.
KAKM: Friday, July 17, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, July 18, at 4:30 p.m.

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July 17, 2015
Rowing

Rowing

Have you ever been to a regatta? On the next Outdoor Explorer, we’ll be in the field with the Anchorage Rowing Association as they put a crop of beginners through the basics in time for the Dave Thorsness Challenge — a newbie-friendly regatta. Join host Charles Wohlforth on his fun foray into competitive rowing.

KSKA: Thursday, July 16, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.

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July 10, 2015
Herbalist Beverley Gray explores health and healing with wild plants of the north

Herbalist Beverley Gray explores health and healing with wild plants of the north

Herbalist and author Beverley Gray presents a journey through the Northern landscape using wild medicine plants of the boreal forest as the teachers of the sacred. Beverley shares her many years of experience gathering wild plants and weeds to use as food and medicines for the body, mind and spirit.

KSKA: Tuesday, July 14, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.

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July 10, 2015