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I Am A Street Artist

Duke Russell captures neighborhood Alaskan life from a unique perspective with his paintings.

His artistic journey has taken him from selling sketches to tourists as a teen, to becoming on of the most unique and renowned painters Alaska has ever seen.

http://youtu.be/XTgmxIyFTsM

May 18, 2014

I Am A Reindeer Dog King

Michael Anderson has been serving up sausages on Anchorage’s 4th Avenue at M.A.’s Gourmet Dogs for over 20 years.

Over that time, M.A. has built a uniquely Alaskan business geared toward to locals and tourists alike.

http://youtu.be/GgFdozjqT8Q

May 12, 2014

I Am An Augmented Reality Creator

Nathan Shafer creates augmented reality – a digital overlay on the physical world.

His work is displayed worldwide and focuses on Alaskan subjects – from receding glaciers to Seward’s Success, a futuristic domed city that was never built.

http://youtu.be/8Elu87SfL98

May 7, 2014

I Am A Surfer

There isn’t a whole lot of surfing going on in Alaska, but Homer based Scott Dickerson aims to change that.

http://youtu.be/6ziJN3lJ5Xs

April 27, 2014

I Am A Cupcake Warrior

After winning Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars,” Kastle Sorensen and her “Kastle’s Kreations” food truck have turned Alaska’s cupcake scene upside down.

http://youtu.be/NPWl8zViBTY

April 21, 2014

I Am A Boogie Woogie Piano Man

Johnny B. travels throughout Alaska by bush plane to play his signature boogie woogie piano music to remote audiences.

http://youtu.be/gkPU81PWzyo

April 15, 2014

We Are The Ionians

Ionia is a remote, and sometimes misunderstood intentional community located outside Kasilof, Alaska. The community was originally formed nearly 30 years ago by four families, each seeking a simpler, quieter life.

The group, now numbering around 30 full-time residents, continues to pursue their goals in the relative solitude of their 160 acre communal property.

http://youtu.be/TzA7W-Q-1kI

April 6, 2014

I Am A Water Taxi Captain

Year-round, no matter the conditions, Mako Haggerty takes his boat out across Katchemak Bay as a service to Homer’s residents and visitors.

http://youtu.be/0_VujI7QZHo

March 30, 2014

Kendo’s Cuisine


The list of restaurants Kendo Shine has cooked in is staggering. From diners to Mongolian BBQ to fine dining, Kendo has been around the culinary world a few times, but he truly found a home when he bought a small trailer and started cooking, what he calls, Kendo-style food in Anchorage’s industrial area.

March 24, 2014

I Am The Chena Hot Springs Imagineer

Bernie Karl is an entrepreneur, an innovator, and an Alaskan original.

And, amongst other things, Karl is the owner and chief Imagineer at Chena Hot Springs, 60 miles northeast of Fairbanks.

http://youtu.be/nXX4hjmdCnU

March 16, 2014

I am a Craftsman

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Mark Gould is one of the last coopers. The craft of barrel-building is quickly fading, but Gould has pursued it as a full-time job for the last 15 years. Through coopering and promoting Alaskan resources, Gould has found a passion and a guiding philosophy.

March 11, 2014

We Are An Iditarod Checkpoint Oasis

Winterlake Lodge on Finger Lake is an official Iditarod Trail checkpoint, 153 miles down the trail from Anchorage.

The Dixon family owns and operates the lodge, hosting mushers, their dogs and paying guests alike.

http://youtu.be/lMNLzEwfjCw

March 1, 2014

I Am A (Rock and Roll) Doctor

Russell Biggs is an Anesthesiologist by day, and the front man for the popular band The Council of Smokers and Drinkers by night.

Biggs believes that a strong balance of work and play is key to a happy life.

http://youtu.be/-1eEtx8bYEk

February 23, 2014

I Am A 98-Year-Old Bowler

Bettie Upright is a bowler. She picked up the game nearly 30 years ago, at the age of 70.

Now at 98 (and a half), Bettie continues to live an active lifestyle, both physically and socially.

http://youtu.be/RzgIjZDK_HI

February 16, 2014

We Are A Goth Band

Cliff and Ivy have been performing as a goth band for over 30 years. For them, identifying as goth is empowering to people who are perceived as being different.

http://youtu.be/fVO-1slh-pk

February 10, 2014

The Saturday Market on the Tundra

Reyne Athanas runs the Yupiit Piciryarait Cultural Center, which is home to a successful Saturday Market modeled after those found in major cities around the country.

She is also a working artist.

February 2, 2014

I Make Wearable Art

From dresses made of horse hair, swan feathers, and red roses, Enzina Marrari creates garments that bridge fashion design and sculptural art.

http://youtu.be/T9bMbvTvYUA

January 27, 2014

Poetry Is My Day Job

By day, Kima Hamilton is a poet, a mentor, a father, and a community leader. But he pays the bills by DJ-ing in nightclubs.

http://youtu.be/jk400MZQQn4

January 20, 2014

I Am A Bethel Cab Driver

Bethel, Alaska is home to the most taxi cabs per capita in the United States – with 66 cars serving a population of just over 6,000.

Naim Shabani is the manager of Kusko Cab, the largest cab company serving this unique bush Alaska city.

January 12, 2014

I Am A Bush Radio Reporter

Angela Denning-Barnes has worked at KYUK in Bethel for more than a decade, reporting on stories from the very edge of society.

For her living in, and reporting on, bush Alaska is more than just a lifestyle – it’s a source of true happiness.

January 5, 2014