Alaska’s outdoors people may think they’re tough, but how about paddling 40 days in a dugout canoe in the rains of Southeast Alaska in October and November, dressed in wool, without modern gear? That’s what John Muir did, and his writings about the experience changed science and started the Alaska tourism industry. On the next Outdoor Explorer, join host Charles Wohlforth and guests to talk about Muir’s historic expedition and others. What these guys did will amaze you.
KSKA: Thursday, July 3, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
Hometown Alaska will return in August. In the meantime, KSKA will air programming from State of the Re:Union. The program explores how American cities and towns create unique communities, the ways people transcend challenging circumstances and the vital cultural narratives that make each area unique.
KSKA: Wednesday, July 2, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
Nighttime bedwetting (nocturnal enuresis) is very common in childhood, affecting about a fifth of 5-year-olds and can continue in to adolescence and even adulthood. Join host Dr. Thad Woodard for a discussion on normal versus abnormal urination with Alaska urologist Dr. Laura Merriman.
KSKA: Monday, June 30, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
Even by Alaska standards, there has been a lot of seismic activity recently. Alaska is located in the Ring of Fire, so it’s not unusual for there to be frequent earthquakes and volcanoes kicking up occasionally, but starting in April, there has been some unusual seismic activity in the Brooks Range. An area near Noatak has, since April, seen a spike in earthquakes after a 30-year quiet period.
KSKA: Friday, June 27 at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, June 28 at 6:00 p.m.
KAKM: Friday, June 27 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, June 28 at 4:30 p.m.
A. A. Milne’s endearing and enduring characters Kanga, Eeyore, Piglet and Rabbit among others come to life in the Alaska Fine Arts Academy’s production of Kristin Sergel’s stage adaptation of Winnie-the-Pooh. AFAA’s Executive Director Holly Linsay along with Co-Director Holly Tarkov and actor Chris Cox come on Stage Talk this week to let Jean and Steve in on all the fun. Winnie-the-Pooh opens in Eagle River on July 11th and runs through the 26th.
KSKA: Friday, June 27, at 2:45 p.m.
Write-in candidates must show at least 5% standing in the polls to be included. The percentage would NOT include the margin of error in the poll. The poll must be done by a reputable pollster and presented to Alaska Public Media at least one week before the production – either the record date or the live date.
It’s a fair bet that the stampeders who flowed north during the Klondike Gold Rush never thought of mining as recreational, but the hunt for gold is something people do for fun, as well as profit. We’ll find out how and why modern recreational miners persist in sifting Alaska’s streams with pans and other obsolete equipment, going after glittering flakes of gold, and hoping for something much richer. It’s a hobby that gets them outdoors, and it’s a treasure hunt.
KSKA: Thursday, June 26, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
Both Alaska Common Ground and the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce have public forums planned to discuss both sides of important issues coming before Alaska voters this election season. Join host Kathleen McCoy and representatives from both groups to learn about the style of their public forums and ambitions to develop informed voters.
KSKA: Wednesday, June 25, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
According to the CDC, too many people don’t know they have HIV. Nearly 1.1 million people are living with HIV in the U.S., and almost one in six don’t know they are infected. Getting tested is the first step to finding out if you have this infection. June 27 is National HIV Testing Day; communities and individuals are encouraged to get tested, know their risks, and to get treatment if necessary.
KSKA: Monday, June 23, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
Imagine “You must pay the rent!” “I can’t pay the rent!” “I’ll pay the rent!” “My hero!” “Curses, foiled again!” sung in the style of five different musical theatre composers from five time periods with four actors and you get an idea of the craziness of Eric Rockwell and Joanne Bogart’s hilarious satire of musical theatre, The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!). Join Midnight Sun Theatre’s founder and director Dave Block and actress Suzanne Snyder as they explain how it all fits together this week on Stage Talk. The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!) performs at Anchorage Community Theatre July 4th through July 26th.
KSKA: Friday, June 20, at 2:45 p.m.
Some of the remains of those killed in a tragic 1952 air crash near Colony Glacier recovered. Kuskokwim salmon fishery opens to dissatisfaction with management. Vote Yes! apologizes to Tony Knowles. Update on legalization of marijuana ballot proposition. The oil industry shows interest in Umiat prospect. The latest in the US Senate race. Could the strife in Iraq drive up oil prices? What is the future of Fort Greely?
KSKA: Friday, June 20 at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, June 21 at 6:00 p.m.
KAKM: Friday, June 20 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, June 21 at 4:30 p.m.
The marathon is the pinnacle of physical challenges, an event that few are able to finish, much less excel in. But more and more people are taking the challenge to train and to run 26.2 miles, and this weekend Anchorage’s oldest marathon is taking place, the Mayor’s Marathon, which also includes a half-marathon. Join host Charles Wohlforth and guests to discuss tips and training advice, and also the philosophy of the race. Why do something that is so hard?
KSKA: Thursday, June 19, 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
The VA just released results of a nationwide audit on how quickly military vets get medical service. Alaska’s report card was good. We’ll talk about why, but also about needs that still go unanswered. Join host Kathleen McCoy, with vets and those who serve them, on the next Hometown Alaska.
KSKA: Wednesday, June 18, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
Join author Mary Breu as she tells the story of her great aunt Etta Jones. Breu is the author of “Last Letters From Attu: The True Story of Etta Jones, Alaska Pioneer and Japanese P.O.W.” Etta Jones was working as a schoolteacher on the Aleutians when the Japanese invaded Attu. She spent more than three years as a prisoner of war in Japan. Breu recounts Etta’s stories of Alaska, the frontier and of P.O.W. camp.
KSKA: Tuesday, June 17, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
How much do you know about your immune system? If you’ve ever wondered how your body’s defenses spring into action drop of a hat, this is the program for you. Host Dr. Thad Woodard and guests Dr. Jeff Demain and Dr. Ben Westley will talk about one of the human body’s most remarkable systems.
KSKA: Monday, June 16, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
Jean Paal reports from the Last Frontier Theatre Conference with her guest Arthur M. Jolly, award winning playwright and screenwriter. Join Jean and Arthur as they let us in on the goings-on at this year’s annual migration of playwrights, actors and directors to Valdez.
KSKA: Friday, June 13, at 2:45 p.m.
A federal judge tells the state it must do a better job of translating the election ballot into Native languages. The proposed King Cove road is subject of a lawsuit. The drilling firm Buccaneer goes bankrupt. Republican Senate candidate Joe Miller suggests troopers pulled him over because of his political views. Hard Rock Cafe comes to Anchorage. Democratic lawmakers challenge SB 21. Families sue driver charged with two DUI murders.
KSKA: Friday, June 13 at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, June 14 at 6:00 p.m.
KAKM: Friday, June 13 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, June 14 at 4:30 p.m.
The state’s Department of Transportation is weighing it’s options for the redesign of the intersection of Seward and 36th.
Join British ambassador to the United States, Sir Peter Westmacott, for a talk on U.K.-Alaska relations hosted by the Alaska World Affairs Council. British tourists make up nearly a third of all foreign visitors to Alaska. “Brits are quite adventurous people, as they were back in Captain Cook’s time,” Westmacott says. They’re also among the world’s top consumers of canned Alaska salmon. Hear Westmacott’s perspective from across the pond on Alaska, the Arctic and more.
Our biggest dog park in Anchorage seems to be Chugach State Park. On any sunny day on the trails into the mountains, you will encounter a lot of dogs and their people. Host Charles Wohlforth and guests will talk about enjoying the outdoors with your dog, fun stuff you can do, what to be careful of, and how to avoid being a jerk around non-dog people.
KSKA: Thursday, June 12, 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.