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How can Alaska solve its fiscal crisis?

We’ve been hearing for months about Alaska’s fiscal crisis. The budget is being cut and we’ll have to dip into reserves. Some economists predict that the state will run out of savings in less than a decade. But is there an alternative? Can the state make money for the general fund from sources other than oil revenue? Some economists say yes.

KSKA: Friday, 5/15, at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, 5/16, at 6:00 p.m.
KAKM: Friday, 5/15, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, 5/16, at 4:30 p.m.
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May 15, 2015
Acting Up at ACT

Acting Up at ACT

Acting Up is a new theatre that grew out of Off Their Rockers and they are presenting their first play May 27-29 at Anchorage Community Theatre. The play, Moonlight Lady promises to be a “romp” with offbeat characters and twists in storyline. Playwright Gail High and Director Linda Benson join Stage Talk this week to talk about both the new company and this new exciting play.

KSKA: Friday, May 15, at 2:45 p.m.
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May 15, 2015

Mat Su Assembly Budget Discussions

The Matanuska Susitna Borough Assembly wrestles with providing services while keeping the mil rate low.

May 12, 2015
Rockhounding and Fossils

Rockhounding and Fossils

On the next Outdoor Explorer, we’ll talk about rockhounding with folks who get serious about geology. We’ll also spend time with scientists who find real treasures, the fossils of dinosaurs that once lived in Alaska.

KSKA: Thursday, May 14, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
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May 8, 2015
New Restaurants

New Restaurants

Opening a hit restaurant, or operating a long-running favorite, takes more than business skill, you also have to figure out what people want and deliver it every day. What do successful restaurateurs need to understand about Anchorage to make their businesses work? We’ll be joined by owners of some of the most popular restaurants in town. We’ll learn their business ideas, and you can ask your own questions about their food, service, and new hot spots that are coming.

KSKA: Weds., May 13, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
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May 8, 2015

Cyberthreats: A New Strategic Battleground

Is cyberspace the battleground of the 21st century? Technology consultant Lawrence Husick discusses technology’s importance in international relations, war fighting and terrorism with the Alaska World Affairs Council.

KSKA: Tuesday, May 12, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
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May 8, 2015
Asthma

Asthma

Current U.S. statistics suggest about 8 percent of us have asthma. This highly variable lung problem can range in severity from so mild it may be difficult to diagnose, to a disabling condition. On the next Line One program, guests Marge Stoneking of the American Lung Association in Alaska and Anchorage allergist Dr. Melinda Rathkopf will be discussing asthma while answering your questions.

KSKA: Monday, May 11, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
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May 8, 2015

Rural Alaska’s Water Issues

Today we’re discussing water. Specifically, the absence of adequate water and sewage systems in rural communities across Western Alaska. Though there has been a lot of progress building facilities in the last 20 years, the job isn’t done, leaving many with limited access to potable water. It’s not merely an issue of convenience. There are elevated health risks, economic consequences, as well as questions of fairness in resource allocation. And amid diminishing state revenues along with accelerating climate change, the problems are rapidly worsening.

KSKA: Friday, May 8, at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, May 9, at 6:00 p.m.
KAKM: Friday, May 8, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, May 9, at 4:30 p.m.
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May 8, 2015
VPA’s The Diary of Anne Frank

VPA’s The Diary of Anne Frank

One of the most famous stories of endurance, optimism and life comes to the stage in Valley Performing Arts’ production of The Diary of Anne Frank dramatized by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett and based upon the book Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl. Director Grant Olson and Gabbe Blackwell, who plays Anne Frank, visit Stage Talk this week to tell us about it. The Diary of Anne Frank performs May 8th-31st.

KSKA: Friday, May 8, at 2:45 p.m.
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May 8, 2015
Humpback whale. (Credit: NOAA)

A Closer Look: Humpback Delisting

Forty-five years after the humpback whales were first listed under the Endangered Species Act, federal scientists say that most humpback populations – including those common in Alaska – are stable and growing. Last month the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recommended delisting the humpback whale. In this four-part investigative series, Sitka reporter Rachel Waldholz delves into the Endangered Species Act and what possible delisting could mean for the humpbacks.

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May 7, 2015

Seward Beach Trash Traced To Prison

One of Seward’s city-owned sewage lagoon is currently drained and non-functioning, according to a city schedule for maintenance. And that has caused a problem.

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May 6, 2015

Cyberthreats: The New Strategic Battleground

Is cyberspace the battleground of the 21st century? Technology consultant Lawrence Husick gives a talk on technology’s importance in international relations, war fighting and terrorism.

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May 4, 2015
Beach and Creek Cleanup

Beach and Creek Cleanup

A few years ago I got interested in a group that was cleaning up marine debris from beaches in Prince William Sound. I volunteered, and I was blown away by what a rewarding experience it was to pick up trash. On today’s show, we’re talking about beach cleanup, both on the wild, outer coast where stuff is washing up from Japan, and on our beaches here in Anchorage. And we’ll talk about creek cleanup too, which is coming up shortly, and where we get to tend to our own back yard.

KSKA: Thursday, May 7, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
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May 1, 2015
The marijuana market

The marijuana market

The debate is over. Marijuana is legal in Alaska. Now comes the hard part, figuring out how this new industry is going to work. On Hometown Alaska, we’ll talk about the marijuana market, what it will look like, how it will be regulated, and what we can expect as residents of Alaskan communities. What do you want to know about using marijuana, or making sure you kids don’t use it? Join us with your questions.

KSKA: Wednesday, May 6, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
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May 1, 2015
Hepatitis Awareness Month

Hepatitis Awareness Month

Viral hepatitis is the leading cause of liver cancer and the most common reason for liver transplantation. According to the Centers for Disease Control, an estimated 4.4 million Americans are living with chronic hepatitis, but most do not know they are infected. On the next Line One, join two local experts to discuss this hidden epidemic as national Hepatitis Awareness Month kicks off.

KSKA: Monday, May 4, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
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May 1, 2015

Delving Into Anchorage’s Mayoral Runoff Election

With just a few days left before Anchorage voters head to the polls Tuesday for a runoff election to pick a new mayor the race is intensifying. On April 7th, Ethan Berkowitz and Amy Demboski took the most votes in the city-wide election. For the most part the campaigns were cordial, with the candidates sparing on policy disagreements, but respectful of one another. But in the last week or so new issues have been quickly popping up—both personal and policy related. Today we’ll be sorting through the mayor’s race stories appearing online and in the news, getting a handle on what coverage is substantial, and what’s superficial.

KSKA: Friday, 5/1 at 2:00pm and Saturday, 5/2 at 6:00pm
KAKM: Friday, 5/1 at 7:30pm and Saturday, 5/2 at 4:30pm

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May 1, 2015
The Last Frontier Theatre Conference

The Last Frontier Theatre Conference

Dawson Moore from Valdez joins Stage Talk this week to talk about what’s coming up this year’s annual Last Frontier Theatre Conference.

KSKA: Friday, May 1, at 2:45 p.m.
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May 1, 2015
Water Taxis to Wilderness

Water Taxis to Wilderness

Coastal communities are the best thresholds to the wilderness for most of us who live in urban Alaska. That’s because a short boat ride can get you from the small boat harbor to a wild beach many, many miles from the nearest road, a place that likely is inaccessible any other way. On today’s show, we’re going to talk about using water taxis and where they can take you for hiking, paddling, or just setting up camp and enjoying incredibly beautiful, biologically rich places.

KSKA: Thursday, April 30, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.

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April 24, 2015
School kids, STEM science and the Chester Creek Watershed

School kids, STEM science and the Chester Creek Watershed

School kids from four elementary schools located along Chester Creek have been learning all about that watershed this year, including plenty of science. Join us to hear what they learned about everything from water temperature and pH to microinvertebrates and salmon, as well as the many community partners who made it happen.

KSKA: Wednesday, April 29, at 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm

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April 24, 2015
“The Sum of My Parts” – A Trauma Survivor’s Story of Dissociative Identity  Disorder

“The Sum of My Parts” – A Trauma Survivor’s Story of Dissociative Identity Disorder

Growing up, Olga Trujillo witnessed daily her father’s brutal and terrifying attacks on her mother, and herself suffered constant physical, emotional and sexual abuse from her father, her brothers, and as she grew older, many others outside her family. Olga has unraveled the impact of violence in her life and has dedicated her life to helping others heal. Please join us as she shares her remarkable story of recovery from severe childhood trauma and dissociative identity disorder.

KSKA: Monday, April 27, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.

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April 24, 2015