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Summer travel planning

Summer travel planning

It’s time to make your summer plans, for vacations Outside and for other peoples’ vacations, those friends and family who can fill your summer like a plague of locusts. We’ll talk about fare wars, destinations, places to go in Alaska, and the tourism industry that supports so many small businesses. Join us with your questions and your suggestions for how to entertain summer visitors.

KSKA: Wednesday, Feb. 11, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.

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February 6, 2015
Iron Dog

Iron Dog

On the next Outdoor Explorer, we’re talking about the Iron Dog, billed as “the world’s longest, toughest snowmobile race.” We’ve got racers in the studio who have done it, and won. And we’re going to talk about how you put on a race of this scale, which starts Feb. 21, and for the first time this year, will take off with a ceremonial starting line in Anchorage.

KSKA: Thursday, Feb. 12, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.

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February 6, 2015
Synesthesia Artist Collective’s Flowers for Algernon

Synesthesia Artist Collective’s Flowers for Algernon

What happens when a man wants to be “normal”? What exactly is “normal” and what happens to Charley when science steps in to change his life? Tune in to Stage Talk this week to hear director Teresa Pond and “Charley”, actor Jaron Carlson as they talk about Synesthesia Artist Collective’s lastest production, Flowers for Algernon by David Rogers based on the novel by Daniel Keyes.

KSKA: Friday, Feb. 6, at 2:45pm

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February 6, 2015
Where Have All The Whales Gone? The Cook Inlet Beluga Story

Where Have All The Whales Gone? The Cook Inlet Beluga Story

With fewer than 350 known individuals left, scientists aren’t sure why the critically endangered Cook Inlet belugas are in decline. The National Marine Fisheries service says that with an annual average decline rate of 0.6 percent, the population remains at risk of extinction in the foreseeable future. Hear two biologists familiar with Cook Inlet belugas try to answer the question, “Where have all the whales gone?”

KSKA: Tuesday, Feb. 10, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.

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February 6, 2015
Is An Ambitious Arctic Agenda Economically Viable?

Is An Ambitious Arctic Agenda Economically Viable?

An ambitious set of priorities has been put together for the American chairmanship of the Arctic Council that begins this year, but neither the federal government nor the state has much money to pay for implementing those priorities. Climate change is amplified in the Arctic, and the Arctic nations want to work together to respond.

APRN: Tuesday, 2/6 at 10:00 a.m.

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February 6, 2015
Sleep Disorders

Sleep Disorders

The importance of getting a good night’s sleep cannot be overestimated, although for many, this essential need is a constant battle. Our next guest, Dr. Ross Dodge, medical director for sleep medicine at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, will discuss his work dealing with sleep disorders.

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

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February 6, 2015
Anchorage Assembly member Paul Honeman (left) and Anchorage Police Department Chief Mark Mew (right) talk with Zachariah Hughes (center) on Alaska Edition. (Photo by Josh Edge, APRN, Anchorage)

Combating Anchorage’s Violent Crime Spike

A recent uptick in deadly shooting incidents and assaults in Anchorage have police and public safety advocates sprinting to organize a response to curb the violent trend. The Anchorage Police Department is organizing a task-force to tackle the problem, but what can communities do to help remedy the problem?

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

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February 6, 2015
Photo taken from Wikimedia Commons

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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