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.

If you’d like to be a guest on the program, contact us during regular business hours at 907-463-6473, or email juneauafternoon [at] ktoo [dot] org. Send pictures for Foodie Friday and other segments to juneauafternoon [at] ktoo [dot] org.

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Thursday, April 14, 2022: Series on Black hair continues: More than just curls, but also culture.

For more than twenty years Kiala Wesley was one of the few professionals in the Black hair industry in Alaska. She not only ran a salon in Anchorage that catered to Blacks, but also manufactured wigs and installed them. It wasn’t easy to retire. In a state with a small Black population, Wesley’s skills were…

Listen to the program: Black hair, a symbol of identity.

Guests: Kiala Wesley, retired Black hair industry professional.
Reflections from a former Anchorage salon owner, who discovered that Black identity and Black hair are often one in the same.      
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Wednesday, April 13, 2022: Juneau Police: What parents should know about child sexual assault. Juneau optional school enrollment. Juneau Audubon Society monthly program features Noatak River canoe trip.

We teach our children about the importance of wearing seatbelts, fire prevention and traffic safety, but do we always talk with them about how to speak up when an adult touches them in ways that makes them feel uncomfortable? On Wednesday’s Juneau Afternoon, Lt. Jeremy Weske and  Detective Kathy Underwood, who investigates child sexual assault…

Part 1: Juneau Police: Parents key to child sexual abuse prevention.

Guests: Lt. Jeremy Weske and Det. Kathy Underwood.
Juneau Police say we need to talk openly and often with our children about child sexual abuse — that conversations need to begin at an early age, so they learn the rules for personal safety and feel comfortable speaking out if they are victimized.

Part 2: Juneau Community Charter School promotes partnerships with family, students and staff.

Guests: Adrianna Northcutt, principal. Steven Morely, middle school science teacher.
Some of the hallmarks of the Juneau Community Charter School: Lessons in small groups. Multi-grade classes. Lots of school projects. Parents who want more involvement in their child’s education.

Part 3: Montessori Borealis School offers individualized education.

Guests: Kristin Garot, principal. Lupita Alvarez, pre-school and kindergarten teacher.
The Montessori Borealis School follows the teachings of its founder, Maria Montessori, who believed that children should be empowered to direct their own learning.

Part 4: Juneau Audubon Society April lecture: Noatak River canoe trip.

Guests: Juneau Audubon Society members — Brenda Wright, Doug Woodby and Jeff Sauer.
A group from the Juneau Audubon Society share photos and memories from a canoe trip on the Noatak River,  a remote area teaming with birds and wildlife.

Glory Hall’s Empty Bowl fundraiser. Embracing Língit language and culture at Harborview Elementary School. Juneau Arts and Humanities Council update.

  The handmade empty bowls are a thing of beauty, full of potential but also a reminder that important needs go unmet. Glory Hall is once again selling tickets for its biggest fundraiser of the year, where a ticket will get you a bowl created by a local artist, as well as soup and bread.…

Part 1: Glory Hall Empty Bowls benefit returns with a few changes.

Guests: Mariya Lovishchuk, Executive Director, Glory Hall.
Supporters of the Glory Hall’s annual Empty Bowls benefit should expect a few changes, which include a move from Centennial Hall to the shelter’s new campus in the Mendenhall Valley at 8701 Teal Street. To buy a ticket, go to: https://www.feedjuneau.org/.

Part 2: Juneau Arts and Humanity Council scholarships and grants applications due Friday, April 15th.

Guests: Nancy DeCherney, Executive Director, Juneau Arts and Humanities Council.
Spring is a busy time for the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council, with grant and scholarship applications due on April 15th. Many of these programs are funded by the JAHC’s Wearable Art extravaganza. If you’re interested, you can apply online. Nancy DeCherney also discusses her retirement next month.    

Part 3: Tlingit Culture Language and Literacy program: A school within a school at Harborview Elementary

Guests: Kelley Harvey, Principal. Katie Pitman, Special Education Teacher. Cora Bontrager, 4th & 5th Grade Tlingit language teacher and alumni. Raven, student representative.
Culture is the compass for children at Harborview’s Tlingit Culture Language and Literacy program, where language and culture are a part of every day learning.  

Friday, April 8, 2022: The Alaska Folk Festival draws talent from across the state. Linda Buckley releases new children’s book, The Humpback in the Herring.

At the Juneau Airport, you can tell the Alaska Folk Festival is back, with musicians milling around, carrying guitars, mandolins and violins – and occasionally someone hefting a big stand-up bass. On Friday’s show, Juneau Afternoon continues its week-long celebration of the festival with live studio performances from Robin Hopper, a singer-songwriter from Chugiak, known…

Part 1: Alaska Folk Festival features original music from Alaskan artists.

Guests: Robin Hopper, Chugiak. Mike and Matt Faubion, Anchorage.
The paths to writing music are as varied as the artist. Robin Hopper, a Chugiak singer-songwriter, says many of her songs are inspired by real-life Alaskan stories, with her love of people woven into the lyrics. Mike and Matt Faubion, a father son duo, say that their songs often start with a melody, and the…

Part 2: Linda Buckley’s books help children explore the interconnectedness of life.

Guests: Linda Buckley, Juneau writer.
In 2019,  when Linda Buckley wrote her first children’s book,  A Bear in the Blueberry, her son, Jim, began pushing her to write a sequel. He even suggested the title, The Humpback in the Herring. Both books have science woven into the stories. Like the first book about bears, which was loaded with lots of information about them,…

Thursday, April 7, 2022: The music of Jake Blount: A blend of traditions from Black and Indigenous cultures  

Jake Blount  doesn’t just sing and play songs. Chances are he knows their roots in Black and Indigenous history. Critics have acclaimed his performances as an “awe-inspiring musical experience,”  which audiences at this week’s Alaska Folk Festival will get a chance to immerse themselves in, through Blount’s concerts and workshops. On this Thursday’s Juneau Afternoon,…

Fiddles, banjos and the high energy music of Jake Blount.

Guests: Jake Blount and his band, headliners at the 2022 Alaska Folk Festival.
When Jake Blount fired up his banjo and his bluegrass band went along for the ride, KTOO’s Studio 2K was buzzing with energy. Blount says his music draws its power from its mix of blues, bluegrass and spirituals.

After all these years, the Alaska Folk Festival is still part of Caitlin Warbelow’s musical journey.

Guests: Caitlin Warbelow, Violinist and Fiddler. Owner of Tunes Supply.
When Caitlin Warbelow was a teen, she would fly in from Fairbanks to perform at the Alaska Folk Festival. She says this experience set the stage for a career in music that has taken her all the way to New York City. where she performed in the Broadway hit, Come From Away. 

Alaska Folk Festival: How Centennial Hall became Juneau’s living room for one week every spring.

On this Wednesday’s Juneau Afternoon, we continue our week-long celebration of the Alaska Folk Festival, with a look at the history and traditions of this iconic Juneau event. While the music is what brings everyone together, year after year, the festival is really about much more than what happens on the stage. On this program,…

Part 1: The Alaska Folk Festival: An authentically Alaskan homegrown musical experience

Guests: Bob Banghart, Katie Henry and Mike Truax
The Alaska Folk Festival had its beginnings on a cold winter night in 1975, when a group of musicians decided they would perform at the Alaska State Museum. In the years that followed, it didn’t take long for the festival to outgrow its original location. From Merle Travis’ selection as the festival’s first headliner, to…

Tuesday, April 5, 2022: Alaska Folk Festival: Erin Heist releases new album. Highlights from Monday’s performances.

The Alaska Folk Festival is many things to many musicians – a chance to see old friends, share some new songs and in some cases, it’s often a good time to celebrate the release of a new recording. On this Tuesday’s Juneau Afternoon, Erin Heist tells the story behind her new album, “Land of Rusted…

From the Land of Rusted Dreams, a collection of songs Erin Heist wrote to survive the pandemic.

Guests: Erin and Andrew Heist
Erin Heist and her husband, Andrew, who plays the mandolin and sings back-up vocals, perform a few tunes from their new CD, From the Land of Rusted Dreams. Heist says the songs were written during the enforced isolation of the pandemic, which pushed her to try her hand at writing music, as well as focus on…

Friday, April 1, 2022: Alaska Folk Festival performer Taylor Vidic. “Mug Up” fish cannery exhibit opens at state museum.

  The sounds of fiddles, mandolins and banjos are once again in the air, as musicians from all over Juneau get together to practice for next week’s Alaska Folk Festival. It’s been two years since they’ve been able to perform for a live audience at Centennial Hall, something performers like Taylor Vidic have really missed.…
Taylor Vidic rehearses with Queens, an eight-woman vocal ensemble playing the 2017 Alaska Folk Festival. (Photo by Jack Sanders/KTOO)

Part 1: Taylor Vidic and Ivan Night play a few tunes, as they look ahead to the 2020 Alaska Folk Festival.

Guests: Taylor Vidic, Juneau singer-songwriter. Ivan Night, guitarist for Pamyua.
Taylor Vidic talks about her music and her new job booking groups for the Crystal Saloon, which opened just in time for the Alaska Folk Festival. Taylor’s first AFF performance was when she was twelve years old. This is Ivan Night’s first time playing at the festival.

Part 2: New at the Alaska State Museum: Mug Up: The Language of Cannery Work.

Guests: Katie Ringsmuth, Alaska State Historian. Addison Field, Chief Curator, Alaska State Museum. Dave Thomas, Sentinel Coffee.
The “Mug Up: The Language of Cannery Work” exhibit was years in the making — and brings pieces of equipment from one of Alaska’s oldest canneries in Bristol Bay to the State Museum. When the Diamond NN Cannery in South Naknek closed, key pieces of machinery were salvaged and selected for display. But even more…
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