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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
Individual components of the final ocean acidification risk index for each census area showing the communities with the highest risk are in the Southeast and Southwest of the state. (Credit: NOAA)

Ocean Acidification And How It Affects Alaska’s Fisheries

Shellfish are particularly vulnerable to ocean acidification, and colder waters are becoming more acidic than warm waters. What does this mean for Alaska and its fisheries – especially crabs and oysters? Or for the food chain that feeds other species in the ocean? The answers are beginning to come in from the scientific world, and we’ll learn more about ocean acidification on the next Talk of Alaska.

APRN: Tuesday, 2/17 at 10:00 a.m.

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February 13, 2015
George Vakalis (left), Zachariah Hughes (top), Bill Popp (bottom) and Lt. Col. Allen Brown (right) discuss potential troop draw-down in Alaska. (Photo by Josh Edge, APRN - Anchorage)

How Could Potential Military Drawdowns Impact Alaska’s Economy?

Today we’re discussing possible troop drawdowns in Alaska, part of the military’s broader reduction in overall size. Later this month, officials from the Defense Department and U.S. Army are visiting Anchorage and Fairbanks for listening sessions, to get a sense of what Forts Richardson and Wainwright mean to nearby communities. As well as how they fit into the broader mission of the American Armed Forces.

KSKA: Friday, 2/13 at 2:00pm and Saturday, 2/14 at 6:00pm
KAKM: Friday, 2/13 at 7:30pm and Saturday, 2/14 at 4:30pm

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February 13, 2015
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