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Talk of Alaska

The Papa Pilgrim Episode

The Papa Pilgrim Episode

The limits of the last frontier took only a few years to close in on the notorious “Papa Pilgrim.” What at first appeared to be wholesome and righteous turned out to be the opposite. Now the whole story is out.

KSKA: Tuesday, 7/23 at 10:00am

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July 19, 2013 - 12:00 pm
Developing Alaska Writers

Developing Alaska Writers

There is a quiet collision going on between a fast-developing new crop of Alaska authors and the fast-changing world of publishing. Alaska has always had a place in the national imagination, but is that place changing?  Teachers of creative writing will be the guests on the next Talk of Alaska.

KSKA: Tuesday, 7/16 at 10:00am

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July 12, 2013 - 12:00 pm
‘The Raven’s Gift’

‘The Raven’s Gift’

A new novel set in Alaska shows how quickly traditional knowledge could become far more valuable in a world under ecological stress. “The Raven’s Gift” is set in a future that might be closer than we realize. Readers have a chance to talk it over with author Don Rearden, on the next Talk of Alaska.

KSKA: Tuesday, 7/5 at 10:00am

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July 5, 2013 - 12:00 pm
A model constructed by Doug Smith out of material from the Talkeetna One Tree project. Photo courtesy of Joe Page.

Midsummer Celebrations in Alaska

The peak of summer is a time of celebration in Alaska. In Fairbanks, baseball is played under the midnight sun; in Seward, Mount Marathon awaits; in Barrow it will be Eskimo Games; and there are Independence Day parades all over the state. Mid-summer celebrations are the subject, on the next Talk of Alaska.

KSKA: Tuesday, July 2 at 10:00am

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June 28, 2013 - 12:00 pm
Congressman Don Young

Congressman Don Young

Congressman Don Young has been in Congress for more than 40 years. He’s the state’s sole Representative in the U.S. House. Hear Alaskans talking directly with Don Young on the next Talk of Alaska.

KSKA: Tuesday, 6/25 at 10:00am

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June 21, 2013 - 12:00 pm
Rendering of future Ravens’ Roost Cohousing neighborhood by  Kraus Fitch. http://www.abbottcoho.org/

Co-Housing

A group of Anchorage residents is ready to build Alaska’s first co-housing project. A form of condominium, co-housing is not really accounted for in current zoning codes, but may be a housing option preferable to those who seek a sustainable future in an urban environment. It reduces costs and is without the privacy concerns that room-mate situations have. In order to do it, you have to put your money on the line.

KSKA: Tuesday 6/18 at 10:00 am

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June 14, 2013 - 1:04 pm
More About the Governor’s Solution

More About the Governor’s Solution

What if polluters had to pay, and the money went to you? Peter Barnes, author of the influential book “Who Owns the Sky,” has a new idea for selling the commons and paying dividends. It’s an idea with strong roots in Alaska, and this investment strategy will be the topic of the next Talk of Alaska.

KSKA: Tuesday, 6/11 at 10:00am

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June 7, 2013 - 12:00 pm
Father Hubbard entitled this image "Mass in a Volcano Crater." Hubbard began every day with Mass, no matter where he found himself. This photo of Hubbard and his party is taken during Hubbard's two-month exploartion of the Aniakchak Crater on the Alaskan Peninsula, not long after Aniakchak's May 12, 1931 eruption. Hubbard's account and photos of this expedition were published in magazines and newspapers across Amnerica. (Left to right: William Regan, Richard Doublas, Kenneth Chisolm, Bernard Hubbard)

Photo taken in 1931 by unnamed member of Hubbard's party. Courtesy of Santa Clara University.

King Island And What It Means

It took a strong subsistence culture to live on King Island, and that culture is still remembered long after the island’s last occupants left in the 1960s. Now one artist believes the time has come to return to King Island. Meet Inupiaq poet and author Joan Naviyuk Kane, on the next Talk of Alaska.

KSKA: Tuesday, June 4 at 10:00am

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May 31, 2013 - 12:00 pm
Susan McCauley.

Education

It is now up to Alaska again to leave no child behind. The federal government has turned education reform back to the state. We’ll learn more about what the state has promised in exchange for a waiver, on the next Talk of Alaska.

KSKA: Tuesday, 5/28 at 10:00am

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May 24, 2013 - 12:00 pm
Photo from Ground Truth Trekking.

The Cook Inlet Trek

Step by step an Alaska couple and their two children are making their way along the coast of Cook Inlet, from Seldovia, up and down Turnagain and Knik Arms, and down the west side. Reaching Anchorage, they’re connecting with you, on the next Talk of Alaska.

KSKA: Tuesday, May 21 at 10:00am

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May 17, 2013 - 12:00 pm
Tools and Writing About Them

Tools and Writing About Them

Living in the wild is one of Alaska’s primary attractions, but just how wild do you want it? Many hunt and fish. Some go for extreme sports, or climb rocks and ice, and some guide others in wilderness adventure. But some choose seasonal hard work in the wild, leaving them time for other explorations. Explorations they will be sharing on the next Talk of Alaska.

KSKA: Tuesday, 5/14 at 10:00am

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May 10, 2013 - 12:00 pm
Gardening Options

Gardening Options

Interest in gardening in Alaska seems to be at an all-time high.  So far it has been a very cold spring, but dedicated gardeners are already starting plants. And all gardeners love to compare notes, which is what they will be doing on the next  Talk of Alaska statewide.

KSKA: Tuesday 5/7 at 10:00 am
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May 3, 2013 - 12:01 pm
Dan Fauske

Public Debt for Public Good

First established to help Alaskans get mortgages, the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation now has responsibility for a natural gas pipeline, and it may soon be in charge of a bridge. The next Talk of Alaska is your chance to talk to the man the Legislature trusts to handle all this, Dan Fauske, the Executive Director of the AHFC.

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KSKA: Tuesday, 4/30 at 10:00am

April 26, 2013 - 12:00 pm

The Business of Clean Energy

It’s time to find out what’s new in renewable Energy in Alaska. From wind farms to DC power-lines, from giant dams to mass produced solar cells, from tidal turbines to super-insulated homes, it comes up at the annual “Business of Clean Energy” conference, and we’ll get a preview on the next Talk of Alaska.

KSKA: Tuesday, 4/16 at 10:00am

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April 12, 2013 - 12:00 pm

Science and Indigenous People

The federal government has released a new “Integrated Management Plan for the Rapidly Changing Arctic,” which emphasizes the integrity of eco-systems, inter-agency co ordination, and working more closely with Native tribes and corporations. Science and Alaska Natives is the subject of the next Talk of Alaska.

KSKA: Tuesday 4/9 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

April 5, 2013 - 12:00 pm
Extinction

Extinction

It’s not every scientist who decides to study a certain population of animals only to watch it go extinct. But for biologist and author Eval Saulitis, that’s what is apparently happening. A pod of Killer Whales in Prince William Sound it unlikely to be able to sustain itself after the Exxon Valdez oil spill of more than twenty years ago. She’ll tell her story next Tuesday, on Talk of Alaska.

KSKA: Tuesday, April 2 at 10:00am

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March 29, 2013 - 12:00 pm
Alaska Spirit of Reading

Alaska Spirit of Reading

Picture a child’s life in a place where death and dismemberment are routine, fields may be mined and at any moment there may be an explosion. That is the world Rukhsana Khan writes about. And she writes books for children. This renowned author and storyteller is in Alaska and will be on the radio on Talk of Alaska.

KSKA: Tuesday, 3/26 at 10:00am

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March 22, 2013 - 12:00 pm

Alaska’s Natural Gas

The push for a pipeline to deliver natural gas from the North Slope to market has been a long one, and opinions differ on how soon it might become a reality. And now the need for gas is rising within the state of Alaska. The cost of any gas line would be enormous. We’ll be talking about the investment prospects for a natural gas pipeline on the next Talk of Alaska.

KSKA: Tuesday 3/19 at 10:00 am

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March 15, 2013 - 12:04 pm
Heat

Heat

Combining extreme geography with extreme temperature is the specialty of Alaska science writer Bill Streever. He has been on the North Slope when it was too cold to fly, and he has walked on fire.

KSKA: Tuesday, March 12 at 10:00am

March 8, 2013 - 12:00 pm

Ethnobotany

Last year the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recorded eleven billion-dollar weather events. That brought the total for the last two years to 25. The average up until then had been less than four. Climate change is already here and it’s not changing back any time soon. Communities are going to have to become more resilient, and for some
that means a closer look at local food. One of the top experts on sustainable and climate-resilient “food-sheds” will be the guest on the next Talk of Alaska.

KSKA: Tuesday, 3/5 at 10:00am

March 1, 2013 - 12:00 pm