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A new plywood cut-out of a person in front of city hall is part of a national effort to bring awareness to homelessness. The social art project began in Charleston, South Carolina where the city collaborated with a design firm to create 430 plywood figures—the estimated number of homeless people in the city at the time. The figures were then placed in park in front of their City Hall. Now, the project has gone national and every state capital has been asked to put a figure in front of their city hall in solidarity.

KSKA: Wednesday, September 28 at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Health care cost more in Alaska than almost anywhere else in the United States and our costs are rising fastest of any state. We'll be joined by the director of the Alaska Division of Insurance and by a UAA economist, both experts in what ails our health care system, to discuss the problem and look for solutions.

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KSKA: Thursday, Sept. 29, at 2:00 p.m. On the next Outdoor Explorer we’ll be talking about the skills and planning necessary to properly field dress wild game and then get it to a processor. We’ll also talk about the cooking skills to make wild game delicious and healthy for your family.

A 24-year veteran of the CIA’s Clandestine Service, Ambassador Crumpton served as an operations officer in the foreign field, including tours as Chief of Station. In 2005 the President of the United States appointed Crumpton as Ambassador-at-Large and the Coordinator for Counterterrorism at the US Department of State. He speaks about what we, as a nation, have learned since the events of 9/11 and his thoughts on our future.

Monday, September 26, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m. Recent research is regularly demonstrating a link between health and sleep, and in children and adolescents even between sleep, learning and school performance. Join co-host Dr Thad Woodard for a discussion of pediatric sleep and sleep disorders with Anchorage sleep specialist Dr. Ross Dodge.

KSKA: Friday, September 23 at 2:45pm A murder mystery, a love story and curiously enough, a statement about a woman's quest for identity from a play written in 1947 by Vera Caspary and George Sklar, based on Caspary's novel of the same name, Laura opens at Anchorage Community Theatre September 23rd and runs through October 16th. Some may remember the film noir version that came out in 1944 or the popular Raskin/Mercer song that followed, but even if you're not familiar with either, ACT's Executive Director Sara Athans and actor Jan Jones will fill you in on this intriguing play this week on Stage Talk. LISTEN NOW

What was the original intent of the Alaska Permanent Fund? A rainy day savings account for Government funding after oil was depleted or a fund to pay citizens a dividend and subsidize programs? What happens if the fund is drawn down to help shore up budget shortfalls? We’ll discuss a UAF course designed to answer these questions with former state government officials who were there during the early days.