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An Alaskan Midwife in Haiti

An Alaskan Midwife in Haiti

Today we meet a midwife that is going to Haiti, and the film crew following her.

Jennifer Hoadley has been a labor and delivery nurse for six years. Not long ago, she was communicating by text with one of her nursing colleagues, who at the time was working in Haiti.

When she realized how bad the conditions were, she decided it was time to head to Haiti herself.

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August 19, 2013 - 12:24 pm
Postcards from the Klondike Gold Rush Trail

Postcards from the Klondike Gold Rush Trail

Corrie Francis Parks is an artist based out of Montana. Last year, she applied for the artist residency program offered by the Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park.

The program contracts artists to hike the famous 33 mile Chilkoot Trail, and create an interactive artistic work with their fellow travelers. Francis Parks chose postcards as her medium.

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July 31, 2013 - 11:27 am
The play group at Point Woronzof in Anchorage.

Getting the Kids Outside Year-round

Today we’re playing outside.

This play group calls themselves “Skedaddle,” and their purpose is to get the children outdoors together at least once a week. Even in the wind, rain and subzero temperatures.

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July 22, 2013 - 1:07 pm

Calling All Heroes

2012 Summer of Heroes at the State Fair

Today we’re making heroes. Heather Cavanaugh oversees the Summer of Heroes program, a partnership with ACS and the Boys and Girls Club. The program nominates and awards Alaskan youths for their outstanding community service.

Winners of the award will receive a $1500 scholarship, as well as invitations to special events and recognition ceremonies.

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July 15, 2013 - 11:51 am
Kuhn is a fierce advocate for food security.

Plants Vs. Zombies

Today we’re talking zombies and gardens. Shannon Kuhn is co-founder of the group Anchorage Food Mosaic, a collection of writers, food enthusiasts, and gardeners. One of the Mosaic’s goals is to encourage people to grow their own food.

Kuhn thinks she’s discovered a way to get more young people thinking about farming: Gardening is a mandatory skill for the zombie apocalypse.

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July 8, 2013 - 11:20 am
Young Alaskans Go To Work Outdoors

Young Alaskans Go To Work Outdoors

Despite growing up in Alaska, there are some youth in Anchorage who have not spent much time outdoors. Fortunately for these kids, there are youth summer programs aiming to get them outside, and some programs even pay.

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June 24, 2013 - 4:24 pm
Eating Well Aboard a Seward Sailboat

Eating Well Aboard a Seward Sailboat

Today we’re eating well on the ocean. About three years ago Jack and Barbra Donachy decided to move to Alaska from California in pursuit of a subsistence lifestyle.

Today they are teachers in Point Hope, and spend their summers on a boat in Seward. They named it Bandon.

June 17, 2013 - 6:37 pm

A “Big Day” Birding in Seward

Clark adjusts his field scope in search of more species of bird.

It’s 5:40am, on Saturday. Way early than I usually wake up. I’m going to try and slip out of here without waking the wife and the dog. Let’s go do some birding.

Our guide today is Zac Clark. He’s doing what birders call a “Big Day.”

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June 7, 2013 - 5:58 pm
Bringing Arts and Culture to Ship Creek

Bringing Arts and Culture to Ship Creek

The Ship Creek area is mostly known for its fish and trains, but this group is hoping they can expand that.

Anchorage Community Works was founded by four friends who decided to renovate an old warehouse off Ship Creek Road for their building. The plan is for the building to be a shared workspace for local artists.

June 2, 2013 - 9:03 pm
Riding the Singletrack at Kincaid Park

Riding the Singletrack at Kincaid Park

Today we’re biking in Kincaid Park. The mountain bike trails, known as singletrack, are one of the park’s most popular features, and draw all kinds of riders.

Diana Maioriello is here today with her family, who range from age 12 to about 50. They’re all avid bikers, and today they’ll be trying out the single track for the first time.

May 28, 2013 - 10:08 am
(Teen) Underground Filmmakers

(Teen) Underground Filmmakers

Today we take a look inside Teen Underground, a place for teenagers meet at the Loussac library to work on creative projects.

The first kids I meet are Alexis and Patricia. They’re best friends, and they inform me that when they first came to Teen Underground they just knew they were going to hate it.

May 19, 2013 - 7:00 am
Photo courtesy USGS.

The Growing Up Anchorage Website

Today we’re growing up in Anchorage. Many people who move to Alaska end up never leaving, but what about the people who grow up here and then move away? Jana Nelson came to Anchorage in 1948, when she was just six years old.

Now, Nelson has created a website dedicated to the Anchorage she remembered.

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May 13, 2013 - 7:00 am
Mountaineering on the Cheap

Mountaineering on the Cheap

Today we learn how to take an epic Alaskan journey on the cheap. Luc Mehl has lived in Alaska most of his life, and he does not waste an opportunity to be outdoors.

Luc has done it all – from skiing down volcanoes to pack rafting through craters. Most recently he traversed and climbed the three largest peaks in North America. That’s more than 800 miles of hiking, biking, skiing and rafting.

May 6, 2013 - 1:34 pm
Backyard Chicken Blogging

Backyard Chicken Blogging

Today we’re talking chickens. Mara Bacsujlaky is a bit of a chicken expert. In addition to raising her own chickens, she hosts workshops, handles them for her job at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

And, she writes a blog dedicated to them. She is a fan.

April 29, 2013 - 10:28 am

A Dream Come True: Homemade Bacon

Today we’re making homemade bacon.

In his Peters Creek home, Erik Johnson is prepping a massive amount of meat to make some of his signature bacon. This man is no stranger to meat. In addition to bacon, Johnson makes sausage and jerky, both with wild game and store-bought meat.

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April 22, 2013 - 7:00 am

A Polar Bear Named Kali

Today we meet the newest addition to the Alaska Zoo: a baby polar bear named Kali. The cub was recently put on display for its very first media photo shoot.

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April 8, 2013 - 7:00 am
Get Her to the Greek (Food)

Get Her to the Greek (Food)

What’s a Melitzanosalata, and how do you make it? On this week’s Town Square 49 Radio, we’re talking to Laurie Constantino, chef, author, and teacher.

April 1, 2013 - 7:00 am
A Commercial Fisherman in the Rap Game

A Commercial Fisherman in the Rap Game

Today we hear what happens when you combine fishing with rap music. Eli Fields was born and raised in Kodiak, and he discovered his love for music early.

Fields is just 17 years old, but he already has a proper studio album in the bag. His debut, Paper and Crayons was released earlier this month.

March 25, 2013 - 7:00 am
Putting Cookie Money to Good Use

Putting Cookie Money to Good Use

Today we’re selling cookies in the name of science. Girl Scout Troop 9170 is not your typical group.

They go by the name “Electronically Overdressed Senioritas,” and they use their funds raised from selling cookies to build robots.

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March 18, 2013 - 7:00 am
Chasing the Elusive Northern Lights

Chasing the Elusive Northern Lights

Recently I met up with Todd Salat, a photographer that makes his living shooting the auroras. Tonight he’s chosen a peak in the Eagle River highlands to start his shift.

Being a professional aurora photographer may sound like the best job ever, but Salat says it can be shaky. It’s kind of like being a commercial fisherman.

March 11, 2013 - 9:46 am