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Line One: Your Health Connection is a weekly health news, interview and call-in program broadcast LIVE on Monday afternoons at 2:00 p.m. on KSKA FM 91.1 in Anchorage, Alaska. Hosted by Dr. Thad Woodard, Line One focuses on the latest developments in health care and features national experts and LIVE call-in discussions of important health issues and topics. Learn more, ask questions and share comments online at KSKA.ORG.
 
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"New Arrivals" is Alaska Public Media's profiles of people who recently moved to Anchorage, one of the most diverse cities in the world. Every Tuesday, we meet a New Arrival from another country, another state, or another part of Alaska. The stories air at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesdays during Morning Edition here on KSKA, Alaska Public Media.
 
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Dave Johnson and family camping on Curry Ridge, Denali State Park. Photo courtesy of Pete Robinson.Adventure Journal Art Dave Johnston has had many firsts: the first winter ascent of Denali, the first winter ascent of Mt Foraker, and the first Denali State Park Ranger being just three. He also has climbed the 50 highest peaks in the U.S. with his f…
 
Chronic pain is a disorder that does not just affect adults. Pediatric chronic pain often presents as headaches, abdominal pain and general musculoskeletal pain. Because chronic pain in children is a unique combination of biological, psychological and social factors in each child, the source of chronic pain can be complex. Listen: HOST: Dr. Justin …
 
Hannah Halvorsen (r) accepts the Trajan Langdon Award from Nina Kemppel (l), photo courtesy Alaska Sports Hall of Fame.Beth Bragg accepts the Joe Floyd Award, photo courtesy Alaska Sports Hall of Fame.Jeremy Lane and supporters, photo courtesy Alaska Sports Hall of Fame.Scott Patterson accepts the Pride of Alaska Award, photo courtesy Alaska Sports…
 
Getting sucked into a cult requires a combination of faith, loyalty and belief gone wrong. Most people believe that they are too smart and too independently-minded to fall prey to the charms of a cultic leader, or to blindly follow a belief system, yet many people do. Dr. Janja Lalich returns for deeper look into the world of cults, extremism and i…
 
More than two years into the pandemic, vaccines are widely available and most health measures have been lifted. But there are still Alaskans who have difficulty accessing vaccines or who have continued health risk in spite of them. On the next installment in our Talk to your Neighbor series, Prentiss Pemberton discusses ongoing concerns for Alaskan…
 
History is rife with examples of humans inflicting suffering onto one another, leaving us to wonder how such horrific acts are possible. David Livingstone Smith believes dehumanizing others is rooted in human psychology and leaves us vulnerable to leaders who trade in the politics of demonization and violence. Listen: HOST: Prentiss Pemberton GUEST…
 
Early childhood experiences can have a major impact on the physical and emotional development of children. For children who grow up in an environment defined by domestic violence, addiction and neglect, the consequences can be significant. These children often struggle with attention problems, depression, anxiety and behavioral disorders. During Ch…
 
Millett Keller on Mount Marathon, photo courtesy Lisa Keller.Millett Scissorhands Keller article, courtesy Lisa Keller.Millett Keller, far left, viewing perfect tracks in the Cariboo Mountains, photo courtesy Lisa Keller. This is the second of two interviews with Millett Keller, Lisa’s dad. Pat and Millet Keller arrived in Anchorage in 1963 from Pa…
 
The idea of cults seems to both fascinate and scare us. Jonestown, Heaven’s Gate, Manson, NXIVM and Warren Jeffs are just a few examples of these dangerous organizations that have captivated us over the years. How do these things happen? Why do intelligent people often give up everything to blindly follow these leaders and their ideologies? What is…
 
Millett Keller, screenshot from the interview.Pat and Millett Keller with baby Lisa, in their Turnagain neighborhood one year after the 1964 earthquake, photo courtesy Lisa Keller.Millett Keller, with his grandchildren at Lake Tahoe in 2008, photo by Lisa Keller. Our guest for this show is Millett Keller, Lisa’s dad. Pat and Millet Keller arrived i…
 
Anchorage Health Department public health nurse Molly Carver administers the Covid-19 vaccine to Malia Tuga at the community vaccine clinic held at Manai Fou Assembly of God Church in Airport Heights on Feb. 23, 2021. (Jeff Chen/Alaska Public Media) Across our community, Alaskans are trying to navigate the new realities brought about by the COVID-1…
 
Moms Matter Now co-founders Calisa Kastning and Holly Brooks (Photo courtesy of Holly Brooks) Motherhood is an amazing and incredibly challenging time, but few people talk about the emotional and psychological transition. In fact, many new moms experience negative mental health impacts while going undiagnosed and untreated. Moms Matter Now is an Al…
 
Karina Movement Class Photo: Paul TwardockYukon Classroom by Paul TwardockSnow Science by Paul TwardockSea Kayaking by Paul TwardockMap Reading PWS by Paul Twardock. Alaska has a number of high-quality university outdoor degree programs that benefit from the great experiential learning Alaska’s mountains, oceans, rivers, and history and cultures ha…
 
For a long time, psychiatry has widely held that early childhood trauma determines one’s mental health issues later in life. But what if that’s not entirely true? Some feel it’s important to reevaluate our beliefs about psychology. Prentiss Pemberton speaks to Dr. Michael Scheeringa, author of “The Trouble With Trauma: The Search To Discover How Be…
 
Robert Bruce Snodgrass died in October 2022 from a fentanyl overdose. His mother, Sandy Snodgrass, believes Robert did not know he was taking fentanyl. (Photo courtesy of Sandy Snodgrass) Overdose deaths from fentanyl are on the rise in Alaska, and its important to remember that the statistics account for more than just one person. They also reflec…
 
Homelessness is a highly visible problem in Alaska, and especially in Anchorage. Health issues related to homelessness include frostbite, injuries from violence and mental health problems. How does sheltering and medical treatment of the homeless population impact outcomes? What are the impacts to the community? Listen: HOST: Dr. Justin Clark GUEST…
 
March is prime time for winter sports in Alaska. The light is back, the snow is good, and Alaskans are ready to enjoy it all. Dog mushing has been part of Alaska as long as people have been in Alaska. In March the sport has its best-known event the Iditarod, along with Anchorage’s Fur Rondy Open World Championship Sled Dog Race. On this show, we vi…
 
Alaska’s COVID case rate appears to be improving, but omicron remains a concern for vulnerable populations in and outside of Anchorage. On the second installment of Alaska Public Media’s Talk to Your Neighbor series, Prentiss Pemberton speaks with Mountain View Health Services to learn how they’re encouraging vaccination and addressing concerns in …
 
Alli Harvey finishing the 2021 Equinox Marathon in Fairbanks, photo courtesy of Alli Harvey.Alli Harvey, photo courtesy of Alli Harvey.“Hiking Anchorage” currently on display at Stephan Fine Arts Gallery, photo courtesy of AlliHarvey. Our guest for this show is Alli Harvey, outdoor columnist for the Anchorage Daily News. Alli grew up on the East Co…
 
Team doctor for the 1971 International Everest Expedition. Peter Steel in his home in Whitehorse, from early 2022. Photo: Adam Verrier. Peter Steele in Bhutan, with his family, in the 1960’s. With his wife Sarah, and children Adam and Judith. On this Outdoor Explorer, we’ll go to Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, to visit with doctor, mountaineer, and a…
 
Students in Noatak eat breakfast at school before class. (Hillman/Alaska Public Media) Childhood chronic illness affects 40% of school-aged children and adolescents. Nutrition, movement, environmental toxins and genetics play a role in this progression. Equally important is the role of nutrition, gut health and lifestyle interventions in preventing…
 
Have you ever wondered if your bowel movements are normal? Is it too soft? Too hard? A weird color? Is it painful? On the next episode of Line One, we’ll discuss bowel movements, irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease and colon cancer. Listen here: HOST: Dr. Justin Clark GUESTS: Dr. Austin Nelson, gastroenterologist, Alaska Digestive …
 
John Morton The Winter Olympics begin this week in Beijing, China. To mark the occasion, this week’s guest on Outdoor Explorer will be biathlete, author, and former Alaskan John Morton, who’s participated in ten Olympics: two as an athlete, five more as a coach and team leader, one as Chief of Course for the Salt Lake City Olympics in 2002 and, fin…
 
Seth Kantner’s new book A Thousand Trails Home: Living With Caribou details his life where caribou, hunting, and subsistence are the center of everything. Seth joins host Paul Twardock to discuss his life growing up on the Kobuk River with his parents and brother in a sod house. Living miles from the nearest village and learning to live with what t…
 
Educators have been dealing with the pandemic for more than a year, but the latest COVID surge is presenting new challenges. On the next installment of Alaska Public Media’s Talk to your Neighbor series, Dr. Jillian Woodruff speaks with members of the Alaska Coalition of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) Educators to learn how they’re gett…
 
Service High School cross country running team in 1972. Tom Corbin in 1969. Tom Corbin today. Tom Corbin’s hand-drawn map of the Hillside Ski Trails from the 1970’s. The Anchorage Hillside Ski Trail System is 50 years old this year. The first five-kilometer ski loop was cut by Service High School families and coaches in 1971. Over time, the trail s…
 
The cover of “Making Your Crazy Work for You.” (Courtesy photo) Our early childhood experiences set the stage for how we feel about, and engage with, the world as adults. In “Making Your Crazy Work for You: From trauma and isolation to self-acceptance and love,” the authors explain that by confronting and understanding the root causes of our unhelp…
 
Daniel Lieberman at home with his dog, Echo, photo courtesy Daniel Lieberman. Exercised book jacket, photo courtesy Daniel Lieberman. If you have read the book “Born to Run” by Christopher McDougal, you are familiar with the name Daniel Lieberman. Along with his colleague, Dennis Bramble, his research has been used to support the thesis that human …
 
Difficulty sleeping has affected all of us at one time or another. Lack of sleep or inadequate sleep can have drastic consequences for our day to day functioning as well as our overall health and happiness. What is insomnia? What is seasonal affective disorder or SAD? What is the difference between snoring and sleep apnea? We’ll discuss these issue…
 
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