Juneau Afternoon

Juneau Afternoon is locally produced and airs on KTOO 104.3 FM from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Tuesday through Friday. It’s repeated at 7:00 p.m. on KTOO 104.3 and is available on demand below. Our hosts interview a range of guests from local business owners to artists and speakers. If it’s happening in Juneau, you’ll hear about it on the show.

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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,…

Friday, June 3, 2022: Juneau Artists Gallery features work of Rick Kauzlarich. Kids behind the camera at the State Museum. SEAGLA shows film, “Blue Ticket.” Cancer Connection observes National Cancer Day.

  Instead of canvas, paint and brush, a Juneau man has turned to his tablet to create art. On this Friday’s Juneau Afternoon, Rick Kauzlarich will talk about his exhibit this month at the Juneau Artists Gallery. Also in this program: Another First Friday event at the State Museum, a screening of mini-documentaries, produced by…

Part 1: Why Rick Kauzlarich paints with his iPad.

Guests: Rick Kauzlarich, June’s Featured Artist at the Juneau Artists Gallery Gallery
Rick Kauzlarich is one of the newest members of the Juneau Artists Gallery, a cooperative run by a group of local artists. Rick has worked using more traditional tools of the trade — oils and watercolors — but these days he uses his iPad as his canvas. Instead of a paintbrush, he uses his stylus…

Part 2: State Museum setting for student video project.

Guests: Marie Acemah, Director, See Stories. Anika Linstid, 7th Grader, workshop participant. Ethan Anderson, 8th Grader, workshop participant.
  A four-day video workshop at the Alaska State Museum gave students a chance to produce mini-documentaries using footage gathered at the museum. Their theme was fisheries, tied into the museum’s current Mug Up cannery exhibit. The project was funded by the City and Borough of Juneau and the Alaska State Libraries, Archives and Museum.

Part 3: Blue Ticket , a historical romance set in Juneau, tells the story of discrimination against gay men in the 1960’s

Guests: Maureen “Mo” Longworth
The film. Blue Ticket,  tells the story of how gay men were secretly removed from Juneau in the 1960’s. Blue Ticket started out as a play, written by Maureen Longworth. It was later recorded and turned into a movie. As part of Pride Month, the Southeast Alaska LGBTQ+ Alliance, or SEAGLA, will offer three showings…

Part 4: Cancer Connection celebrates survivors and champions in the battle against cancer.

Guests: Emily Ricci, cancer survivor and president of Cancer Connection.
  Marine Park will be a gathering place this Sunday for cancer survivors, who are invited to take part in an annual Celebration of Life Walk. Cancer Connection will also honor community members for their support of programs that help people cope with cancer.    

Part 5: Marie Drake Planetarium has images from James Webb telescope.

Guests: Steve Kocsis, volunteer at Marie Drake Planetarium.
Steve Kocsis, a Juneau astronomy enthusiast, say the Marie Drake Planetarium has access to images from the James Webb space telescope, launched in December, 2021.

Thursday, June 2, 2022: Black Music Appreciation Month: Kenneth Monts looks back on a lifetime of music.

President Joe Biden has declared the month of June 2022 as Black Music Appreciation month. In a proclammation he wrote: “During Black Music Appreciation Month, we honor Black musicians, singers, and contributors to the music industry — past and present — whose innovative talents unite us in joy as much as in sorrow and healing.  We…

Part 1: Kenneth Monts reflects: Growing up with Stevie, Aretha and James.

Guests: Kenneth Months, Black history buff.
  When James Brown sang, “Say it loud. I’m Black and I’m proud,” those were radical words in the turbulent 1960’s. But to Kenneth Monts, they were words he needed to hear and stayed with him for a lifetime. In this interview with his niece, Kelli Patterson, Monts talks about how Brown and other Black…

Wednesday, June 1, 2022: Church provides children a hot meal and summer fun. Juneau-Douglas City Museum summer tours. First Friday Round-Up from the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council. Garden Talk with Ed Buyarski.

For ten years, the Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church has provided free hot lunches to kids in the summer. The church also offers a day camp, a new program that was introduced last year. On Juneau Afternoon, a look at how the church tries to meet the needs of Juneau children between summer and…

Part 1: Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church: Bridging the gaps to meet children’s needs during summer

Guests: Hannah Harvey and Rosemary Kiessling, Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church summer lunch and day camp program.
    A summer safety net program to make sure Juneau children don’t go hungry and have activities to enjoy.    

Part 2: Summer adventures at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum.

Guests: Elissa Borges, Curator of Public Programs. Bonita Nelson, volunteer.
From walking tours to a look behind the scenes, there are lots of opportunities for exploration at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum this month.

Part 3: Juneau arts scene: First Friday round-up on June 3rd.

Guests: Kathleen Harper, Juneau Arts and Humanities Council.
From a screening of documentaries produced by kids at the State Museum, to ceramics at Coppa, to a juried art show at the Sealaska Heritage Institute, there’s lots to take at this month’s First Friday.  
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