49 Voices: Sophie Leshan of Anchorage

This week we're hearing from Sophie Leshan in Anchorage. Leshan is originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan and moved to Anchorage in 2013. She will be the University of Alaska Anchorage's Fall commencement speaker on Sunday. Listen Now

49 Voices: Lani Hotch of Klukwan

This week we're hearing from Lani Hotch in Klukwan. Hotch is a traditional Chilkat weaver who was born in Klukwan, and traveled the country before returning home. Listen now

49 Voices: Nicolai Alokli of Kodiak

This week, we're hearing from Nicolai Alokli in Kodiak. Alokli was a fisherman in his youth and has lived in Old Harbor and the Alitak cannery area. Listen now

49 Voices: Moose hunting adventures with Agatha Erickson

This week, we're hearing from Agatha Erickson who lives in Anchorage and recalls a moose hunting adventure outside of Nenana with her ex boyfriend a few years back.
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49 Voices: Zach Sarti of Anchorage

At first I was nervous of moose. I'd hear stories of people being like, "Don't get too close to 'em or they might charge you," or something like that. I mean, not that I've gotten real up close and personal, but I'm not afraid of moose anymore. But yeah, we still keep an eye out for bears. We like to take a Bluetooth speaker with us, make a lot of noise and let 'em know we're coming.

49 Voices: Apayo Moore of Aleknagik

This week we're hearing from Apayo Moore from Aleknagik. Moore is an artist who recently painted an 80-foot mural at the Yukon Kuskokwim Fitness Center in Bethel. Listen now

49 Voices: Mike Humphrey of Anchorage

This week we're hearing from Mike Humphrey who spent 20 years in Fairbanks but reluctantly relocated to Anchorage two years ago. Download Audio

49 Voices: Bernadette Charlie of Fairbanks

Today, we're hearing from Bernadette Charlie, a Navajo woman from New Mexico who moved to Fairbanks 11 years ago and married an Athabascan man. Listen Now

49 Voices: Peter Atchak of Bethel

This week we're hearing from Peter Atchak in Bethel. Atchak was the president of the Bethel volunteer Search and Rescue team for years, before retiring 6 years ago.

49 Voices: Laurie Fernandes of Anchorage

This week we’re hearing from Laurie Fernandes. Laurie moved to Anchorage with her husband and children last June from Houston, TX. "People do a lot outside in Houston, but I think we just felt it was a great opportunity with work to come up and a great opportunity for the family to see a different side of life and explore and have so many different experiences." Download Audio

49 Voices: Davante Owens of Anchorage

This week we’re hearing from Davante Owens, a UAA student who graduated high school in Anchorage and originally attended college and played football in Minnesota. He later came back to Anchorage to finish his studies after joining the Army. downloadaudio:

49 Voices: Wilma Distor

This week on AK, we're launching a new segment. It's called "49 voices" and it's a chance for Alaskans to talk about why they live in the state and what they love about it. First up is Wilma Distor who recently moved to Mountain Village after working as a teacher in Pilot Station for nearly a decade. She's originally from the Phillipines. Download Audio

49 Voices: Casey Ketchum of Anchorage

This week we're hearing from Casey Ketchum in Anchorage. Ketchum is the head cook at City Diner. This weekend he'll defend his 1st place title at Anchorage's Beer and Bacon Festival. Listen now

49 Voices: Elissa Brown of Anchorage

This week we’re hearing from Elissa Brown in Anchorage. She moved to Alaska two years ago, and currently runs Wild Scoops, a handmade ice cream business that specializes in local ingredients. Listen now

49 Voices: Jean Aspen of Homer

This week, we're hearing from Jean Aspen, a writer of wilderness books and a nurse who lives in Homer. Download Audio

49 Voices: Amanda Cash and ‘The Magpie’

This week, we're talking with chef Amanda Cash, who owns a new food trailer in Anchorage called 'The Magpie' that specializes in making breakfast- and lunch- with local ingredients. Download Audio

49 Voices: Anthony Gurule

This week we're talking to Anthony Gurule, who's been butchering meat for more than a decade. His first job in Alaska was at the AC Store in Barrow. Download Audio:

49 Voices: John Parsi of Anchorage

This week we're hearing from John Parsi in Anchorage. Parsi is an attorney and also moonlights as a member of various comedy troupes. Listen now

49 Voices: Jane Standifer of Tyonek

This week we're going to Tyonek to hear from Jane Standifer. She remembers working at the teen center in town when she was a teen herself back in the early 1980s. Download Audio

49 Voices: Demry Mebane of Anchorage

This week we're hearing from Demry Mebane in Anchorage. Mebane moved up here four years ago from Texas and just started his last year at UAA, after which he plans on attending law school. Listen now