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Ballet, Twerking and Everything In-between

Ballet, Twerking and Everything In-between

Today we’re going to dance class. Three months ago in midtown Anchorage, Studio Pulse opened its doors as the cities newest modern dance studio. Stephanie Wonchala is the founder of the Pulse Dance Company, and runs the studio.

The classes offered at Studio Pulse are wide ranging to say the least.

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December 2, 2013
Thanksgiving Risotto: Highly Refined Holiday Porridge

Thanksgiving Risotto: Highly Refined Holiday Porridge

Today we’re getting ready for Thanksgiving. Sarah Alvarez has been writing her food blog The Hungry Alaskan for about two years. And being a food writer, it’s no surprise she gets excited about Thanksgiving.

While risotto may seem like a simple dish, it does require constant attention; most of which is stirring.

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November 25, 2013
10 Years of Encounters with Richard Nelson

10 Years of Encounters with Richard Nelson

Today we’re looking back at 10 years of the public radio program Encounters with Richard Nelson. The show originally began as an interview segment that would sometimes take place outdoors. But, Nelson says he never got comfortable interviewing other people. So, he decided to try talking to himself.

The newest season of Encounters begins next month, and Nelson says it will mostly be re-airings of the show’s best programs.

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November 18, 2013
Honoring Alaska’s Unique Veterans

Honoring Alaska’s Unique Veterans

Today we’re celebrating Veterans Day. For a little more than a year now, Senator Lisa Murkowski and her office have been producing video profiles that they’ve titled “Veteran Spotlights.”

Veterans like Colonel Suellyn Novak, who was featured on the Veterans Spotlight program, and who also runs the Alaska veteran’s museum in Anchorage.

November 11, 2013
Protecting Palmer Farmland in Perpetuity

Protecting Palmer Farmland in Perpetuity

Today we’re exploring farmland in Palmer. The Alaska Farmland Trust was formed about eight years ago in an effort to preserve agricultural land across the state.

Their work is creating conservation easements on Alaska farms, which will provide benefits to the land owner, but more importantly will guarantee the land won’t ever be developed.

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November 4, 2013
Planning Your Halloween Party Mix

Planning Your Halloween Party Mix

Today we’re making a playlist. Halloween is around the corner, and many people already have their jack-o-lanterns, candy and spider webs ready.

But, how many of us have our music planned? For some advice on building the ultimate Halloween soundtrack, I consulted an Anchorage music expert – DJ Spencer Lee.

October 21, 2013
Searching for the Moon Over Alaska

Searching for the Moon Over Alaska

Today we’re searching for the moon. Saturday was International Observe the Moon Night, and a group of staff at the Anchorage Loussac Library celebrated it for their third consecutive year.

Linda Klein is the youth services librarian at the Loussac, and is running tonight’s event. Right now, she’s using a butter knife to scrape off different amounts of frosting on several cookies, displaying each phase of the moon.

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October 14, 2013
Woodside's plan for the 2014 garden is already taking shape.

The Year-round Alaska Gardener

Today we’re starting a garden. Most people would probably assume that gardening season begins in early spring. But for garden blogger Jamie Woodside, the season never ends.

Woodside is already planning her 2014 garden, even though her current one is still producing vegetables.

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October 7, 2013
Hands-on Discovery in Portage Valley

Hands-on Discovery in Portage Valley

Today we’re going to school outside. Douglas Causey is a Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Alaska Anchorage, and most days he’s teaching in a classroom like every other teacher.

But, the one he’s teaching today couldn’t be more different. This classroom is in Portage Valley. And the homework? Catching fish.

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September 30, 2013
Making A Batch of Cranberry Hooch

Making A Batch of Cranberry Hooch

Today we’re making hooch. Town Square 49 contributor Connie Walker recently posted a recipe for her cranberry hooch on our website. She originally discovered the recipe in the late 60s after she had curled up on her couch with a copy of the Sunday paper.

Walker lives in Oregon today and says she hasn’t made the hooch in decades, so I decided to track down an Anchorage cranberry expert to see if the recipe still held up almost 50 years later.

September 23, 2013
Welcoming the Fall with Local Food

Welcoming the Fall with Local Food

Today we’re welcoming the fall season with food. The leaves are dropping, there’s a chill in the air and Alaska’s edible bounty is changing. Local food blogger Heidi Drygas knows just how to embrace that change, and she’s starting at the Sears Mall farmers market.

Drygas writes the food blog Chena Girl Cooks, and her newest recipe entry is going to capture all that is fall.

September 16, 2013
Source: Togiak National Wildlife Refuge Facebook.

How Many Shrews Can a Rainbow Trout Eat?

Today, we meet a rainbow trout with an unbelievable appetite. Mark Lisac is a fish biologist at the Togiak Refuge, and just a few weeks ago he and group of his colleagues were catching rainbow trout for a tracking project.

“I can’t say for certain that I’ve ever seen a well preserved shrew in a stomach analysis,” Lisac says.  Let alone 19 of them.

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September 9, 2013
Honoring Young Heroes at the State Fair

Honoring Young Heroes at the State Fair

On a recent beautiful day at the fair, Alaska Communications and the Boys and Girls Club honored the winners of this year’s Summer of Heroes program – which acknowledges youth that have gone above and beyond to help their communities.

Each “Hero,” as they are referred to, is given a $1500 scholarship. Two of the award recipients this year are brothers.

September 3, 2013
Surfing the Bore Tide

Surfing the Bore Tide

Today we’re going surfing. Surfing is one of the few sports that most Alaskans haven’t tried.

Our water is freezing, our beaches are rocky and there aren’t many places to catch good waves.

None of that kept Robert Stormo from doing it.

August 26, 2013
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
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
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

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
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
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