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Photo of a willow ptarmigan in transitional plumage. Photo by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

Small Game Hunting

Small game can be an entry for young people into hunting, but it’s also is a tradition for sportsmen going back centuries and shows up in classic literature from all over the world. On the next Outdoor Explorer, the topic is hunting upland game birds and small mammals.

KSKA: Thursday, Dec. 4, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.

November 26, 2014
Military In Alaska: Strategic Importance Then And Now

Military In Alaska: Strategic Importance Then And Now

Alaska’s position in the far north makes it a strategic location for U.S. military operations. At a luncheon hosted by the Alaska World Affairs Council, former Alaskan Command head Gen. Joe Ralston and current Alaskan Command head Lt. Gen. Russell Handy talk about the strategic importance of Alaska – then and now.

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

November 26, 2014
Antibiotic Resistance

Antibiotic Resistance

Dr. Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin in 1928 and received the Nobel Prize in 1945, along with Dr. Howard Florey and Dr. Ernst Chain, “for the discovery of penicillin and its curative effect in various infectious diseases.” In his Noble Prize lecture he warned of the development of antibiotic resistance. On this Line One program, host Dr. Woodard discusses the ominous and growing problem of antibiotic resistance 70 years later. Infectious disease specialist Dr. Jay Butler and infectious disease pharmacist Dr. Thaddus Wilkerson join the show.

KSKA: Monday, Dec. 1, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.

November 26, 2014
VPA’s The Story of the Velveteen Rabbit

VPA’s The Story of the Velveteen Rabbit

Valley Performing Arts brings to the stage a musical version of the classic tale of a child’s favorite toy, The Story of the Velveteen Rabbit from the story by Margery Williams adapted by Anita Larsen with music and lyrics by Bill Francoeur opening November 28th and running through December 21st. Actors from the show Sam Allred and Warren Foster come by the studio this week to tell us all about it.

KSKA: Friday, Nov. 28, at 2:45 p.m.
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November 26, 2014
Are Dictators Getting Smarter? The Battle Between Dictatorship and Democracy

Are Dictators Getting Smarter? The Battle Between Dictatorship and Democracy

William J. Dobson is the politics & foreign affairs editor for Slate. Previously, he served as the managing editor of Foreign Policy magazine. Dobson is the author of The Dictator’s Learning Curve: Inside the Global Battle for Democracy. Mr. Dobson’s first book, it was selected as one of the “best books of 2012” by Foreign Affairs, the Atlantic, The Sunday Telegraph, and Prospect magazine. The New York Times called it “intelligent and absorbing” and wrote, “Mr. Dobson’s book, with luck, will find its way into the hands of people who aspire to be free.”

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November 25, 2014
Whatever Works: Stories of Odd Jobs, Office Politics and the Things We Do For Money

Whatever Works: Stories of Odd Jobs, Office Politics and the Things We Do For Money

Every community has a place, where people gather and stories are told. The east coast has stoops, the south has porches and in Alaska we have Arctic Entries. Here, Alaskans share their personal stories – funny, sad and sweet. Originally told at the Arctic Entries monthly storytelling event in Anchorage, listen to seven people tell a 7-minute-long true story related to the show’s theme.

KSKA: Wednesday, Nov. 26, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
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November 21, 2014
Searching The Skies: Remote Alaska During the Cold War

Searching The Skies: Remote Alaska During the Cold War

JBER archaeologist Karlene Leeper speaks about the history of Air Force radar infrastructure in Alaska – how they were distributed across the landscape and how they have changed.

KSKA: Tuesday, Nov. 25, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
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November 21, 2014
Cyrano’s Alexander… just go back to bed

Cyrano’s Alexander… just go back to bed

The popular children’s story of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day comes to the Cyrano’s Theatre Company stage in a musical version by Judith Viorst and Shelly Markham. Nathan M. Swan (Alexander) doesn’t get as far as Australia, but makes his way, along with Director Janet Stoneburner, to the KSKA studios this week to talk about how his day is going. “Alexander” runs November 28th through December 22nd.

KSKA: Friday, Nov. 21, at 2:45 p.m.
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November 21, 2014
Valeri Davidson (left) and Walt Monegan (middle), talk with host Lori Townsend (right) on Alaska Edition. (Photo by Josh Edge, APRN - Anchorage)

Reports Highlight High Rate of Violence in Alaska

Two recent reports highlight the tragically high rate of violence in Alaska. One from the FBI is a revision of how rape is defined in the state. The new definitions have resulted in much higher numbers in a state that already suffers from being the worst in the nation for sexual violence. The second report looks at the impact on Native children from exposure to violence in their homes and communities.

KSKA: Friday, 11/21 at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, 11/22 at 6:00 p.m.
KAKM: Friday, 11/21 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, 11/22 at 4:30 p.m.

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November 21, 2014
McCandless and the Ethics of Risk

McCandless and the Ethics of Risk

Why and how we take risks is a constant topic on Outdoor Explorer. On this edition, we take it head on, with Craig Medred, the controversial and outspoken outdoor writer who has often commented on others’ backcountry mishaps. In particular, we’ll be discussing the Chris McCandless story, which is the subject of another new book and a PBS film. The topic is risk, reality, media fantasy, and how they interact. Join us for a lively hour of radio.

KSKA: Thursday, Nov. 20, 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
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November 14, 2014
A healthy brain next to a brain marked by severe Alzheimer's Disease. Image courtesy of National Institutes of Health.

Dementia: Plight of the Alaska caregivers

More than 8,000 Alaskans live with Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia. Filmmaker Mary Katzke tells the stories of five families, and aging experts join us to put this topic in perspective.

KSKA: Wednesday, Nov. 19, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
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November 14, 2014
Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan: State of the City Address

Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan: State of the City Address

Anchorage mayor Dan Sullivan delivers his annual State of the City address at an Anchorage Chamber of Commerce luncheon. Hear about public safety, retail expansion, the city’s waterfront plans and more.

KSKA: Tuesday, Nov. 18, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
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November 14, 2014
Premature Birth: Costs and Prevention

Premature Birth: Costs and Prevention

Premature birth increases an infant’s risk of several dangerous and costly medical problems. It can also be emotionally difficult for families. On the next Line One, we’ll discuss premature birth – its causes, treatment, prevention and emotional and economic costs with Samantha and Rob Oslund and Dr. Matt Hirschfeld of March of Dimes.

KSKA: Monday, Nov. 17, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
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November 14, 2014
UAA’s Twelfth Night, or What You Will

UAA’s Twelfth Night, or What You Will

UAA Department of Theatre and Dance’s scenic designer Daniel Carlgren is thinking globally and acting locally with his set for Shakespeare’s comedy, Twelfth Night, or What You Will opening Nov. 21 and running through Dec. 7 on the UAA Theatre Main Stage. Join Carlgren this week as he talks about going to England to research Elizabethan renaissance theatres before putting one on the UAA stage.

KSKA: Friday, Nov. 14, at 2:45 p.m.
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November 14, 2014
Alaska Edition Host Lori Townsend, left, is joined by APRN Juneau correspondent Alexandra Gutierrez, right, and APRN Washington DC correspondent Liz Ruskin, not pictured. (Photo by Josh Edge, APRN - Anchorage)

As Final Ballot Count Looms, Potential Electees Plan Next Move

The Division of Elections will continue counting ballots today – Friday – 8 business days after the November 4th election. As Alaskans wait for final counts in especially the Governor and U.S. Senate race, the presumptive winners, Bill Walker and Dan Sullivan, are planning their way forward. However, it’s important to note that as of today, Friday—neither Governor Sean Parnell or Senator Mark Begich have yet conceded, that of course could change later today based on ballot counting that will take place later today.

KSKA: Friday, November 14 at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, November 15 at 6:00 p.m.
KAKM: Friday, November 14 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, November 15 at 4:30 p.m.

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November 14, 2014
Ukeleles for Peace: Music Bringing Israeli and Arab Youth Together

Ukeleles for Peace: Music Bringing Israeli and Arab Youth Together

The sweet strumming of the ukulele invokes a feeling of island bliss. But one minute of listening to The United Kingdom Ukulele Orchestra will make you realize this isn’t flip-flops music. Punk rock, rock and roll, pop music and oldies – you name it, this octet will play it on their ukuleles. Peter Moss and all the musicians of the United Kingdom Ukulele Orchestra are delighted to be supporters of the children’s project in Israel “Ukeleles for Peace,” which was founded and realized by the music lecturer Paul Moore several years ago together with both Israeli and Palestinian children. A part of the wages of the orchestra will be donated every evening to this award winning reconciliation project, in which kids with the help of music and inexpensive musical instruments discover, together with parents and schools, a way forward throughout this war-torn region.

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November 10, 2014
Subsistence and Climate Change

Subsistence and Climate Change

The changing climate is shifting seasons and wildlife habitat in Alaska, altering the plants, trees and berries on the landscape, and creating unfamiliar patterns in the ocean, with the location and abundance of fish and marine mammals. We’ll talk about how these changes are affecting the subsistence way of life practiced by Alaska Natives, whose traditions developed in a more stable ecosystem.

KSKA: Thursday, Nov. 13, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
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November 7, 2014
Alaska playwrights

Alaska playwrights

Anchorage has produced a crop of playwrights whose work you can see many weekends on local stages, and some who have gone national, including David Holthouse, who’s play Stalking the Boogieman has received rave reviews from the New York Times and other national publications. David will join me, Charles Wohlforth, along with local writer, actor and director Dick Reichman, and your questions.

KSKA: Wednesday, Nov. 12, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
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November 7, 2014

U.S. Foreign Policy and Alaska

Sen. Lisa Murkowski introduces Sen. Bob Corker, Tenn., for a talk on U.S. foreign policy and Alaska. Sen. Corker served on the Senate Energy Committee with Sen. Murkowski for four years. Their talk on U.S. foreign policy and Alaska was hosted by Commonwealth North.

KSKA: Tuesday, Nov. 11, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
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November 7, 2014
Herpes, Mono, Chickenpox and Ebola – Oh My!

Herpes, Mono, Chickenpox and Ebola – Oh My!

Chickenpox, shingles, herpes, mononucleosis, and more: If you have questions about these diseases, or perhaps even Ebola or the illness spreading in the Caribbean caused by the Chikungunya virus, then the next program is for you. Infectious disease specialist Dr. Ben Westley joins the next Line One.

KSKA: Monday, Nov. 10, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
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November 7, 2014