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This week on The Alaska Show Podcast Emily and Alex sit down with Josie Stiles. Josie spent her childhood in Anchorage and Unalakleet, and moved to Nome as a young adult where she has contributed to the area VPSO program, the Nome and State Arts Councils, and tourism in Nome. www.TheAKShow.comBy Alex Trokey
 
This week we sit down with surgeon Doc Sayer and gold miner Emily Riedel in Nome. Doc is 82 and has been performing general surgery across the state of Alaska for 50 years. He's a general surgeon from a bygone era - performing everything from brain surgery to heart surgery to cancer treatment - performing procedures in homes with his wife and nursi…
 
This week on The Alaska Show Podcast, with gold just hitting $2,000 an oz, I talk to Augie Krutsch, the owner of AKAU Alaska Gold Mining Adventure Camp in Nome, Alaska, and Emily Riedel, Bering Sea gold dredger - to talk all things gold mining in Nome. Augie's family has been mining this area since the 1930s - and he paints a picture of the history…
 
This week on The Alaska Show Podcast I talk to Ben Staley - born and bred Alaskan, filmmaker, TV producer, and Emmy award winner. Ben tells me about growing up off-the-grid, getting his start in Hollywood, creating a documentary about F/V Starbound, stories from his time working on Deadliest Catch, and how to get your start in the entertainment bus…
 
This week on The Alaska Show Podcast I speak to Andrew Smallwood, pilot and fisherman/owner of the Celtic Cross seiner in Cordova. Andrew tells me about his childhood on a coffee farm in Kenya, apartheid South Africa, being the personal pilot of the King of Lisotho, coming to Alaska, the events that have had huge impacts on Prince William Sound fis…
 
This week I sit down with Geoff Larson, co-founder of Alaskan Brewing Company in Juneau, Alaska. Geoff and I talk trends in hard seltzer and beer, brewing Alaskan flavors into beer, how being off the road system forced him to innovate the brewing process, and what the beer shelves will look like in 15 years. Alaskan Brewing's tasting room is now op…
 
This week on The Alaska Show Podcast I sit down with Kyle Moffat, the founder of The Alaska Life social media platform and www.TheAlaskaLife.com. We talk about our shared experiences starting a content business, how he built the largest social media platform in the state, his advice for people trying to start a similar business, growing up in the i…
 
This week on The Alaska Show Podcast I talk to Alaska Ocean Cluster Program Manager Justin Sternberg. Justin and I talk about the future of Alaska's economy - which he believes involves a higher utilization of the seafood catch in processing, mariculture, and developing new products from Alaska's underexplored coastal resources. Get the Newsletter:…
 
This week on The Alaska Show Podcast I talk to Weatherly Bates, cofounder of Glacier Point Oyster Farm in Halibut Cove, Alaska. Weatherly and her husband have created a nationally-recognized product and turned their farm into the largest commercial oyster and mussel operation in Alaska, nearing their goal of shipping a million oysters a year. We ta…
 
This week on The Alaska Show Podcast I sit down with Commissioner of Alaska Department of Fish and Game Douglas Vincent-Lang. Doug and I discuss how many bears should be on the Kenai Peninsula, the state's relationship with the federal government, subsistence, and raising the next generation of hunters and fishermen. www.TheAKShow.com…
 
This week I sit down with Dan Voelz, owner of Pacific Pride Marine Supply in Ketchikan, Alaska. We talk about the seasonality of his business, the community service aspect of keeping the store open during unprofitable winter months, the challenges of being a business owner in Alaska, and advances in the marine industry. https://www.facebook.com/Pac…
 
This week we sit down with Dr. Anne Zink, emergency room physician and Alaska's Chief Medical Officer. She talks to us about how she is leading us through the Covid-19 crisis, Alaska's public health strengths, and activities she wishes Alaskans would think twice about as an emergency room physician. www.TheAKShow.com Interview Notes Dr. Anne Zink h…
 
This week on The Alaska Show Podcast we sit down with Laine Welch, founder of Alaska Fish Radio and the author of the weekly Fish Factor column out of Kodiak, Alaska. Laine and I talk about how she got her start in independent media, how she found her niche and served it well, her other work in the fishing industry, and what makes Alaska so special…
 
This week I sit down with Assistant Guide Tyler Kuhn about his truly amazing story of becoming Alaska's youngest big game guide. Growing up impoverished in Western Pennsylvania, hunting was both an escape and a way to put food on his family's table. From a young age he had a singular focus to move to Alaska and become a big game guide. His journey …
 
I sit down with Arron Kallenberg, founder of Wild Alaskan Company, to discuss how building a tech platform around the family business of fishing Bristol Bay sockeye is reviving the dying profession of personal fishmonger in the internet age. We talk family history in Alaska, why so many fishermen are intellectuals, the inception of Wild Alaskan Com…
 
This episode will make you mad and will open your eyes. Anchorage attorney and real estate investor Robin O. Brena is spearheading the Fair Share Act on the ballot in November to raise production taxes on Alaska's most established and profitable oil fields. He clearly lays out the flaws in Senate Bill 21 in 2013 that let oil companies obscure their…
 
I sit down with Ray Troll, Ketchikan-based artist, to discuss how Alaska's fishing industry inspired him to build a t-shirt empire that would ship millions of shirts worldwide and adorn the chests of rockstars and actors, the business of art, the founding of Salmonfest, the ongoing fight against Pebble Mine, and Alaska's precarious future. Ray Trol…
 
This week we talk to Buck Bowden, Alaska master hunting guide and founder of Hidden Alaska Guides and Outfitters, one of the state’s top-rated Dall Sheep, Moose, and Grizzly hunt outfitters. We talk about trying to make grizzly bear edible, how hunting culture has changed, the pressure high-end outfitters face to be successful from clients, young p…
 
This week on the final episode of The Homer Alaska Podcast I sit down with Claire Neaton and Emma Teal of The Salmon Sisters. These two real-life sisters co-founded the successful clothing, gear, and wild-caught Alaskan seafood brand and we talk about their new cookbook, how they started the company, their roles as ambassadors of Alaskan seafood, a…
 
This week on The Alaska Show I sit down with Rob Prince, Associate Professor of Documentary Filmmaking at University of Alaska Fairbanks and the founder of Dark Winter Nights: True Stories from Alaska. Rob and I discuss documentaries, how DWN was founded from his experience with reality tv, who controls Alaska's image to the world, and what makes a…
 
This week on The Homer Alaska Podcast we sit down with Emily Riedel - gold miner, star of "Bering Sea Gold" tv show, opera singer, and outdoor enthusiast. We talk to her about dredging for gold, growing up in Homer, what life is really like in Nome, the case for opera music, and the pros and cons of being a reality television star. We also talk to …
 
This week on The Alaska Show Podcast we sit down with Annemarie Allen, also known as "Annemarie Chase" on her successful Youtube channel with almost 140k subscribers. Annemarie and I discuss what it takes to be a successful content creator, growing up in Anchorage, Alaska vs Lower 48, and how a social media presence can give us personal and profess…
 
Yes, you read that correctly. The Alaska Show has interns. Four of them, to be exact. Harrison, Kobe, Fleet and Nisarg, all sophomores (and friends) at UNC Chapel Hill came up to Alaska for their spring breaks this year to create content for The Alaska Show. They went on the adventure of a lifetime starting in Anchorage to see the start of the Idit…
 
Today on The Homer Alaska Podcast we sit down with Steve Tutt, captain of the F/V Redemption, a 55-foot seiner, to talk fishing. We talk about his business of chartering Feeder King Salmon trips in the winters out of Homer and seining Prince William Sound in the summers. We also discuss the lifestyle around fishing - how to make it a career and man…
 
This week on The Alaska Show we sit down with Jenn Miller and Chris Colbert, CEO and CFO, and husband and wife co-founders, of Renewable IPP. Renewable IPP recently expanded its Willow, AK solar pilot project into a full-blown 1.2 MW utility-scale solar farm and went live with delivering energy to Alaskans via Matanuska Electric Association in Dece…
 
This week on The Homer Alaska Podcast we sit down with Stephanie Greer, the founder and chief pilot of Beryl Air air taxi service in Homer. She talks to us about her suffocating first few months in Alaska working in a gold mine, how the freedom of air travel lured her into being a pilot, the perils of bear guiding on Katmai, why floatplanes are the…
 
This week on The Alaska Show Podcast we sit down with Jared Fuller, CTO at Saltwater Inc in Anchorage, to discuss fisheries observers, why Alaska's seafood resources are so well-managed, opportunities and risks in aquaculture and commercial fishing in Alaska, and working with other countries in management and innovation. Alex and JJ discuss Fairban…
 
This week on The Alaska Show we sit down with Holly Brooks, owner of Holly Brooks LLC a counseling, coaching, and consulting service based out of Anchorage. www.HollyBrooks.com Holly made her first Olympics in Vancouver in 2010 at the age of 27, then went on to represent the US Ski Team in 2012 and the country in 2014 in Sochi. We talk about foster…
 
This week we sit down with Atz Kilcher. You probably know Atz as the star of the "Alaska: The Last Frontier" reality tv show on Discovery Channel. You may not know that Atz is also an artist, a musician, a retired social worker, and a veteran. In this episode we talk about everything from his complex childhood on the homestead, people's misconcepti…
 
Welcome to The Alaska Show Podcast! Seeing how Alaska really lives and works through the eyes of our exceptional people. For our first episode we sit down with Captain Sean MacKenzie, head of Coast Guard Sector Anchorage. He talks to us about the extensive missions the Coast Guard has throughout Western Alaska and takes us through his storied caree…
 
This week we sit down with Lieutenant Commander Jeanette Greene (AKA Jeannie), the captain of the USCG Cutter Hickory, to talk to her about growing up landlocked, attending the Coast Guard Academy, her transient military life, why technical shooting is nerdy, taking over command of the Hickory, and the death of her sister. Alex and JJ discuss JJ's …
 
This week we sit down with Austin Parkhill, professional artist, amateur hockey player, and full time human-and-pug-dad. Austin talks to us about growing up in Golden, Colorado, trying to go into the NHL, becoming a full-time portrait artist, his art, his first success in the National Portait Gallery in Washington, DC, moving from Boston to Utgiagv…
 
This week we sit down with Chris Palmer, the founder of Angle of Attack, an online ground school and Homer-based flight trainer. Chris talks to us about founding the company, why moving to Homer was the best decision of his life, his passion for aviation, and how and why he's built out extensive media and social media capabilities for his business.…
 
This week we sit down with Britni and Casey Siekaniec, the husband and wife co-founders of Alaska Salt Co., to discuss the organic birth of the company, taking on Zac Brown as an investor, how they’ve grown so quickly in just three years, why they recently opened a new store in Anchorage, how they got together, and what makes them such a strong hus…
 
This week we sit down with Pat McBride, former captain of the F/V Judy B - a black cod longliner that he ran in the Aleutians and Gulf of Alaska for 24 years - and the F/V Invader, a crabber. Pat has had an amazing life story growing up around the Chesapeake Bay and falling in love with Alaska at age 11 on a trip here with his brother, apprenticing…
 
This week we sit down with brothers Collin and Camron Hagen to discuss their uncertain move to Homer at a young age, the scrappy start in the fishing industry, why a fart machine was the best gift they received in high school, their last fight, standing up for your brother, leaving and returning to Homer, and the future of our town. JJ and Alex go …
 
This week we sit down with Doug Bowen, owner of Alaska Boats and Permits, to discuss his business of brokering vessels, IFQ, and limited entry fishing permits. We cover: - The "Greying of the Fleet" and its causes - How his business ebbs and flows with the commercial fishing industry - An in-depth analysis of the halibut and black cod IFQ markets -…
 
This week's episode is a little different. Since we had a last minute interview cancellation and it's the holiday season we chose to take this episode to reflect on 2019, look forward to 2020, take listener questions, and interview each other. If you are interested in how the show came to be, where it's going, or want to learn more about JJ and Ale…
 
This week we sit down with Bekah Dalke, owner of Oodalolly, to discuss how she founded the home decor and gift store, how she selects what to sell, her relationship with her customers at Oodalolly, and she gives us some advice on the perfect Christmas gift in a variety of scenarios! Segments: Chewing the Fat with Alex and JJ (1:25) Spoonful of Medi…
 
This week we sit down with Scott Dickerson, owner of Dickerson Stills + Motion, proprietor of SurfAlaska.net, and the sometimes captain of the Milo for Ocean Swell Ventures. Scott talks about how he got into photography, carved out a niche business doing photo and video for brands like Mountain Dew, National Geographic, Patagonia, and The New York …
 
This week we sit down with Gert Seekins, Homer resident since 1969 and founder of many of its first tourism businesses, to talk about how she came to Alaska from Wisconsin, starting some of the first B&B's, fishing charters, and tour businesses in Homer, and her passion for hunting. Chewing the Fat with Alex and JJ (1:14) Spoonful of Medicine with …
 
This week I sit down with Dan Rainwater, boat builder at Bay Welding, to discuss growing up in Homer with homesteader parents, the craft and responsibility of building boats for Alaska, hunting, and the future of Homer. Segments Chewing the Fat with Alex and JJ (3:40) Spoonful of Medicine with Orthopedic PA Dharti Patel (12:37) Interview with Dan R…
 
I sit down this week with Kate Mitchell, founder of NOMAR in Homer, to learn about how she grew up, how layoffs at Boeing caused her to join the Coast Guard and head up to Alaska, how she started NOMAR, her philosophy on business, and how her entrepreneurial spirit, love of Homer, and the dying art of sewing cultivated an unlikely manufacturing suc…
 
This week we sit down with Ryan Smith, the new CEO of South Peninsula Hospital, to discuss his new role as CEO, the culture and goals of SPH, his return to the Homer community after 20 years working in other places, and how and why he got into hospital administration as a career. In our new segment Spoonful of Medicine we talk to Meredith Pearson, …
 
This week I sit down with Megan Corazza - lifelong Homer resident, 20 year fishing boat captain, and accomplished horseback hunter - to talk about her life. We dig into her psyche a little and talk about what drives her to keep fishing and hunting in the Alaskan wilderness, her experience as a skipper in Prince William Sound, how to raise a baby on…
 
Ethan Smith, the owner of The Coffeesmith, dropped by our brand new state-of-the-art studio (my apartment living room) to chat with The Homer Alaska Podcast. I talk to him about how and why he started Homer's newest drive-thru coffee shop, what it's like to work in a giant cup, his philosophy on coffee and business, his story of growing up in Sewar…
 
This week I speak with Asia Freeman, the Artistic Director of the Bunnell Arts Center in Homer. We talk about her childhood being raised outside of Homer by an artistically talented mother and a rugged father, the artistic vs entrepreneurial tendencies in artists, what Alaska can learn from Iceland in terms of developing its creative economy, her t…
 
This week we're publishing the second part of a special two-part series with Clem Tillion: combat veteran of the WWII South Pacific Theater, a homesteader in Halibut Cove since the late 1940s, nine-term state legislator, and history buff. We talk a lot about his career in fisheries management, what Alaska has done well to manage its resources and w…
 
I sit down with Clem Tillion for the first of two episodes with him. Clem is in his mid-90s, is a combat veteran of the WWII South Pacific Theater, a homesteader in Halibut Cove since the late 1940s, a nine-term state legislator, and a history buff. This episode we discuss his childhood, his time fighting in World War II, coming to Alaska, homestea…
 
This week I speak to Deb Rhoades about her lifelong love of Alaska, how she has carved out a niche in the fishing/marine industry that does not involve being a deckhand or running a boat, how she hustles to stay in Alaska, and her work in production on The Deadliest Catch. I also discuss where I've been all summer, my new "Office Hours" at Stowaway…
 
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