Rhonda McBride

Wednesday, June 22, 2022: When yearling bears become problem bears. Christy NaMee Eriksen poetry workshop. Ed Buyarkski’s Garden Talk.

  Have you noticed more bears on the prowl for food as of late? Could be that these are yearlings — that have just been “kicked out” by their moms and are on their own for the first time. On Wednesday’s Juneau Afternoon, a look at the behaviors you can expect from a yearling that’s…

Part 1: Urban Juneau Bears: Why yearlings are prone to causing problems.

Guests: Abby McAllister, Wildlife education and outreach specialist, Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game.
Female black bears only keep their cubs for about a year. Chances are, if you encounter a “problem bear” at this time of the year, it’s a young bear, just learning how to live on its own. Their behavior, especially in urban settings, can be unpredictable.

Part 2: Christy NaMee Eriksen on the power of poetry.

Guests: Emily Wall, 49 Writers. Christy NaMee Eriksen, poetry workshop presenter. Margaret Luedke, Juneau Public Library.
  In an upcoming workshop at the Mendenhall Library, Christy NaMee Eriksen will share her passion for both writing and teaching poetry. The class, co-sponsored by the Juneau Public Library and 49 Writers, is free. Participants must be at least 16 years old.  No experience in writing poetry is necessary.      

Tuesday, June 21, 2022: UAS offers free Alaska Native language courses. Summer solstice: Perspectives from an astronomer, astrologer and poet. This week’s Juneau Pride Month activities.

If you want to learn an Alaska Native language, the cost will no longer a barrier. The University of Alaska Southeast is offering courses for free. On this Tuesday’s Juneau Afternoon, how this program came about – and the role UAS hopes it will play in its Native language revitalization efforts. Also, on this program.…

Part 1: UAS: The healing power of Alaska Native languages now accessible to all.

Guests: X̱ʼunei Lance Twitchell, UAS Professor of Alaska Native Languages. Carin Sylkaitis, UAS Dean of Arts & Sciences.
This fall, you can take an online class from the University of Alaska Southeast in Lingít, Haida or Tsimshian. And  it won’t cost you a thing, as long as you’re not taking it for credit. For X̱ʼunei Lance Twitchell, an Alaska Native language professor at UAS, it’s been a longtime dream to give people free…

Part 2: Steve Kocsis: The science behind solstice.

Guests: Steve Kocsis, Marie Drake Planetarium.
Steve Kocsis, a Marie Drake Planetarium volunteer, talks about when summer solstice will occur in Juneau.

Part 3: Juneau poet Linda Buckley celebrates solstice and summer.

Listen to a few poem’s from Linda Buckley’s new book, “Made of Rain,” which includes a haiku about summer solstice.  Her books are available on her website: lindabuckleyalaska.com.

Part 4: Summer solstice 2022: A time to awaken our consciousness.

Guests: Nicoli Ann Bailey, Astrologer.
Nicoli Bailey, a longtime Alaskan, retired  recently, so she could spend more time pursuing her passion for astrology. She talks with KTOO’s Rhonda McBride about the significance of summer solstice from an astrological perspective. Bailey says this year, solstice arrives amid a line-up of strong planets that will work to awaken our consciousness. Bailey’s website…

Part 5: Juneau Pride Month: Focus on community.

Guests: Abi Spofford, SEAGLA volunteer. Emily Mesch, SEAGLA Board Member.
How this year’s Juneau Pride Month events are designed to draw families and young people.

Friday, June 17, 2022: Juneau Audubon Society tree swallow research. Midsummer Night’s Dream, an outdoor adventure. Glitz, a Pride Month event.

Where have all the tree swallows gone? In North America, their population is about half of what it was twenty years ago. On this Friday’s Juneau Afternoon, we’ll get an update on the Juneau Audubon Society’s research into saving tree swallows, as well as a plan to repopulate areas that have seen the most drastic…

Part 1: Juneau Audubon Society gives tree swallows a helping hand with their nesting.

Guests: Brenda Wright, programs manager, Juneau Audubon Society.
  The Juneau Audubon Society’s tree swallow project provides tiny houses for tree swallows to nest in, which helps to improve the fledgling survival rate. Volunteers also gather information about the birds, which have disappeared dramatically from areas east of the Mississippi.

Part 2: Theater Alaska brings outdoor magic to Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream

Guests: Cast members from Theater Alaska’s Midsummer Night’s Dream: Flordelino Langundino, Cate Ross, Joshua Midget and Adara Allen.
    Theater Alaska is stretching its creativity this year by performing Shakespeare’s Midsummer’s Night Dream outdoors. Added in the mix: dancers from Juneau Dance Theatre, who play the role of fairies, flittering in and out of the woods. The audience is asked to bring their own chairs and move to different locations to watch…

Part 3: Juneau Pride Month: Putting on the Glitz.

Guests: Abi Spofford, SEAGLA. Gigi Monroe, Juneau Drag Queen.
  Gigi Monroe, one of Juneau’s most beloved drag queens, hosts Glitz, the biggest drag show of the year. Glitz is also a fundraiser for the Southeast Alaska LGBTQ+ Alliance, also known as SEAGLA.

Thursday, June 16, 2022: Juneteenth: A work in progress.  

Black soul food and barbecue. Live music. Prayers and speeches. These are some of the common threads in Juneteenth celebrations across the country, to be held this year on Sunday, June 19. The federal holiday is on Monday. In this week’s Culture Rich Conversations, Kelli and Sherry Patterson explore the history of Juneteenth, originally a…

Part 1: The story of Juneteenth, one that is still being written.

Guests: Janelle Everett, Director of College Recruitment, Iḷisaġvik College
  Although President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863,  it wasn’t until two years later on June 19, 1865, that the news reached slaves in Texas. They were the last to be freed and celebrated with songs and prayer — a day that later became known as Juneteenth. While the holiday is celebrated…

Wednesday, June 15, 2022: New Book: Forgotten Murders from Alaska’s Capital. Juneau Police recognizes officers and citizens. Twin Lakes playground dedication. Garden Talk with Ed Buyarski

Stories that were shocking in their day, now long faded from Juneau memory – stories that Betsy Longenbaugh unearths is her new book, “Forgotten Murders from the Capital.” On this Wednesday’s Juneau Afternoon, Longenbaugh and her husband, Ed Schoenfeld, talk about the book and some of their research into local murders of yesteryear. Also in…

Part 1: How murders from Juneau’s past reveal a lot of community history.

Guests: Betsy Longenbaugh and Ed Schoenfeld, historic crime researchers.
  Betsy Longenbaugh’s new book, Forgotten Murders from Alaska’s Capital, has ten chapters. Each one tells the story of a different murder, all of them before statehood. Longenbaugh and her husband, Ed Schoenfeld delved into old newspaper archives and court records to bring these stories to life.

Part 2: Juneau Police Department recognition for officers and community members.

Guests: Lt. Krag Campbell, Juneau Police Department.
Once a year, the Juneau Police Department recognizes officers, as well as members of the community, who go above and beyond in serving the public.

Part 3: Playground dedicated to Dr. George Brown on Saturday.

Guests: Benjamin Brown, Dr. George Brown’s son. Dr. Amy Dressel, practiced medicine with Dr. Brown.
  Project Playground, at the Twin Lakes Park, will be dedicated this Saturday, June 18 at 1:00 p.m. in honor of the late Dr. George Brown, a Juneau pediatrician who known as a champion of children and their health. Project Playground replaces one that was burned down during a fire that was intentionally set. Brown…

Tuesday, June 14, 2022: Fatherhood and Tlingit culture. Celebrating solstice, Juneau style.

  As we look towards Father’s Day this Sunday, time out on Juneau Afternoon this Tuesday for a conversation about fatherhood and Alaska Native culture. Lyle and Kolene James share their favorite memories about their fathers and Lingít traditions aimed at bringing out the father in all men. They also talk about how other family…

Part 1: In Southeast Alaska Native cultures, fatherhood is a team effort.

Guests: Lyle and Kolene James, parents and culture bearers.
    As leaders of the Woosh.ji.een Dance Group and their work with Southeast Alaska Native youth,  Lyle and Kolene James have long been recognized for their efforts in using culture to heal. In this conversation, they talk about the traditional role of the fatherhood, and how it was shared amongst men in an extended…

Part 2: The season of the Midnight Sun: Celebrating solstice in Juneau

Guests: Shayla Copas, Jeremy Bauer and Jason Clifton.
  The summer solstice, which occurs on June 21st, marks the longest day of the year. Across the state, there are parties and picnics on the beach, even marathons to celebrate solstice. Juneau will be the backdrop for a solstice celebration in an upcoming book, “Four Seasons of Celebration,” written by Shayla Copas, a luxury…

Friday, June 10, 2022: Documenting 40 years of Celebration. SEAGLA Pride Month events. Juneau Public Library monthly update.  

A documentary premieres this Saturday, that looks back on 40 years of Celebration – and how this biennial gathering of Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian peoples helped to launch a cultural renaissance in Southeast Alaska. On Friday’s Juneau Afternoon, Sarah Betcher talks about the making of this documentary, a collaboration between Sealaska Heritage Institute and Farthest…

Part 1: Sealaska Heritage Institute and Farthest Films North documentary: A Celebration time capsule.

Guests: Sarah Betcher, Producer, Farthest North Films
  Sealaska Heritage Institute and Farthest North Films began work on the documentary, 4o Years of  Celebration in 2018, to show how this biennial gathering of Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian peoples evolved into a cultural mecca. It incorporates footage from past Celebrations, including the very first in 1982, as well as new interviews gathered four…

Part 2: SEAGLA’s Pride Month logo: Inspired by Southeast Alaska’s Indigenous cultures.

Guests: Abi Spofford and Chloey Cavanaugh, SEAGLA
  Chloey Cavanaugh, an indigenous artist from Southeast Alaska, created this year’s Pride Month logo for SEAGLA. Within it, there’s a hand with an eye, which Cavanaugh says represents “our community seeing each other.”    

Part 3: Juneau Public Library: Read Beyond the Beaten Path

Guests: Margaret Luedke, Juneau Public Library Programs and Marketing Coordinator
The Juneau Public Library is offering many incentives this summer to keep kids reading and to prevent what teachers call “summer slide.” Margaret Luedke, the Juneau Public Library’s programs and marketing coordinator, says there will be reading games as well as prizes for kids to enjoy, as well as crafts and additional story time for…

Wednesday, June 8, 2022: How Celebration sparked a cultural renaissance. Juneau Symphony’s Night at the Oscars. Theater Alaska’s Midsummer Night’s Dream.

  The first Celebration drew only a few hundred people back in 1982, mostly elders. Today, this gathering brings more than 2,000 dancers and thousands of others to Juneau to celebrate the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian cultures of Southeast Alaska. On this Wednesday’s Juneau Afternoon, a look at an event that sparked a cultural renaissance.…

Part 1: Celebration and collective memory.

Guests: Ed Thomas, President Emeritus, Tlingit and Haida Central Council. Barbara Blake, Alaska Native Policy Director, First Alaskans Institute. Joaqlin Estus, National Correspondent, Indian Country Today.
Celebration has a 40-year history of not only bringing the Lingít, Haida and Tsimshian peoples together but also inspiring collective cultural healing.

Part 2: Juneau Symphony brings Hollywood magic to its weekend concerts.

Guests: Charlotte Truitt, Executive Director of the Juneau Symphony. Troy Quinn, guest conductor.
  The Juneau Symphony’s Night at the Oscars features popular movie themes.  

Part 3: Theater Alaska’s Midsummer Night’s Dream: Shakespeare under the sky.

Guests: Flordelino Langundino, Theater Alaska Artistic Director. Enrique Bravo, actor.
  Shakespeare, the bard, probably would have approved of Theater Alaska’s outdoor stage for his Midsummer Night’s Dream — a comedy with love, fairies and fantasy, as well as a lot of confusion and creative mischief.  

Tuesday, June 7, 2022: 2022 Celebration overview with Rosita Worl. Áak’w Rock Side Stage. Theater Alaska Native writer’s workshop.

  Dancers carrying drums and regalia are getting off airplanes and ferries. Hotels are filling-up. And Centennial Hall will soon come alive with the sights and sounds of Celebration. On this Tuesday’s Juneau Afternoon, Rosita Worl, president of the Sealaska Heritage Institute, will talk about the 40th anniversary of this gathering of Southeast Alaska Natives…

Part 1: Reflections on Celebration: Past, present and future from Rosita Worl.

Guests: Rosita Worl, President of the Sealaska Heritage Institute.
  Rosita Worl helped to organize the first Celebration in 1982, a festival to honor Lingít, Haida and Tsimshian cultures. She says the 1982 gathering only had about 200 people, mostly elders. But today, Celebration draws more than 5,000 people and 2,000 dancers, with young people and children in the sea of faces.

Part 2: Áak’w Rock finds a “side” stage at Celebration: Fundraiser for Indigenous music festival.

Guests: Stephen Qacung Blanchett, Àak’w Rock festival organizer and performer.
  Àak’w Rock organizers are hoping to tap into support from this year’s Celebration-goers for their 2023 Indigenous music festival. The group is raising money at its Àak’w Rock Side Stage event, with four nights of “pay what you can” performances at the Crystal Saloon, starting Wednesday, June 8th. They include Indigenous artists Stephen Qacung…

Part 3: Theater Alaska Groundwork Writer’s Workshop: No experience required.

Guests: Frank Henry Kaash Katasse, writer, actor, director.
Frank Katasse says he didn’t start out as a playwright. He wanted to be an actor but says once he tried it,  the feeling of  watching actors bring his lines to life, was magic. Now he’s on a mission to make the craft of writing for theater accessible. His class will be held on Friday,…

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