Full Episodes

Episode 105: Choose Respect marches on

  When we were invited to Old Harbor at the end of March to cover Kodiak Island’s first regional dance festival, we were focused on the dancing not the Choose Respect march that kicked off the event. It didn’t dawn on us that the two events were closely linked together in the community’s mind until […]

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Episode 104: Feeding Alaska

Will new enthusiasm for homegrown food, along with new ideas and technology, lead to more self-sufficiency?

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Episode 103: Time to Dance Again

  This week’s show, “Time to Dance Again,” is about the power of community — the embodiment of that Margaret Mead quote: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world…” This week we take you to Old Harbor on the southeast end of Kodiak Island, a fishing village of […]

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Episode 102: Alaska budget – Let’s Make a Deal

In the spirit of entertaining as well as informing, let me forewarn you that this won’t be a typical Frontiers program. But we hope you come away with a better idea of what’s at stake for Alaskans.

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Episode 100: Alaska’s Aviation Legends

There’s nothing like getting a tour of a museum from someone who has lived its history.

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Episode 99: Zuill Bailey — Serenading Alaska

  From time to time, we repeat some of our popular episodes of Frontiers. This Sunday, we brought back a program we aired last fall, featuring Zuill Bailey, a nationally known cellist, who comes to Alaska frequently as part of his role as artistic director of the Sitka Summer Music Festival. Since our program aired, […]

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Episode 98: Iditarod of yesteryear – Breaking trail

This week on Frontiers, we focus on the Iditarod dogs themselves, because they really are the stars of the show.

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Episode 97: Iditarod 2017 – Ready, set, go!

We hope this week’s show gives you an appreciation of some of the decisions that have to be made over the course of a thousand miles to Nome.

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Episode 96: Bethel High School Shooting – 20 Years Later

It was a day when ordinary people were called upon to do extraordinary things and continue to live with memories that still evoke pain and sadness. And yet, the town of Bethel has been remarkably resilient. Many went on to do good things to erase the evil of that day. Their stories are inspiring.

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Episode 95: Blindsided by Heroin

  The Southwest Alaska community of Quinhagak would seem to be the last place on earth you’d find heroin. The Yup’ik village of roughly 700 people still subsists on wild foods – caribou and moose from the Kilbuck Mountains and salmon from the Arolik and Kanektok Rivers. But last August, there were four heroin overdoses […]

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Photos

Frontiers Photo Gallery: Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day to all Mom’s across Alaska. We used some photos on our Frontiers program that will air Sunday, May 8 at 4:30 and 10:30. Thanks to everyone who sent us a photo, all were compiled into this photo gallery.

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Recent Guests

Alaskans offering insight into the issues of our day, featuring familiar faces and those you’ll meet for the first time.

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Photo Gallery: Spring in Alaska

Seems some wildlife is waking up earlier than usual this year. Photographer Roy Corral captured some photos of a bear that appears to be coming out of hibernation early near Campbell Creek Science Center.

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Photos: The first 10 years of the Iditarod

Frontiers is featuring the new book Iditarod: The First Ten Years. It’s an anthology containing personal stories by many people who started the Iditarod Race. Photographers Rob Stapleton and Frank Flavin contributed many photos to the book. A few of those photos are featured here in the gallery. You can see the full interview with […]

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Photos: Finding love in Alaska

Thanks to all of you for submitting your photos for our special Valentine’s Day edition of Frontiers. Here are all of the photos compiled into a gallery. You can view the entire program here, Episode 42, Finding Love in Nome.

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Photos: Schools on the edge

KTVA reporter Daniella Rivera and photojournalist Andy Nitchman traveled to the Bristol Bay communities of Twin Hills and Clark’s point to examine the struggles of small schools. Currently, it takes 10 students to keep a school receive state funding. However, Rep. Lynn Gattis is proposing to raise the number to 25. The decision could shut […]

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Photo Gallery: Russian Christmas

The holiday season isn’t over yet. Worshippers in the Russian Orthodox Church begin a week-long celebration on January 7. These are photos of celebrations from around the state. If you have photos to share, send them here and we’ll add them to the gallery. The full program, Frontiers of Faith: Russian Christmas airs this Sunday, […]

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Photo Gallery: Moose

The rutting season lasts from September to early October. During this time, moose exhibit several behaviors that are dormant during the rest of the year. KTVA photojournalist John Thain found photographer Brad Bodde taking pictures of moose at Powerline Pass.

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Photo Gallery: Kuspuks

We want to feature people in their favorite kuspuks. Send those our way and we will post them on this photo gallery and will air them during our show on Sunday, Oct. 11.

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Photo Gallery: Setnet Fishing

The Blossom family has been setnetting in Cook Inlet for years.

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Web Extras

Frontiers Extra: Alaska’s Nest Egg

The Permanent Fund and its interest income were the focus of the most recent Frontiers program. We went back to 1976, the year the Alaska Permanent Fund was created. Many Alaskans believe the fund was set up to be a dividend machine. Others feel it was supposed to be a rainy day account, when oil […]

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Frontiers Extra: Journey to Monk’s Lagoon

We recently traveled to Monk’s Lagoon located on Spruce Island near Kodiak. It’s a sacred place for orthodox Christians around the world. It is the burial site of Saint Herman, the first orthodox saint in North America. In this web extra, Father Michael Oleksa talks about the history and significance of Saint Herman. Journey to […]

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Queen-sized quilt covers 80 years of Alaska State Fair History

When Ruth Hulbert was a teenager, she worked as a sign painter at the Alaska State Fair. One day it hit her: she wanted to be one of the artists tapped to create the fair’s annual poster. She hounded Dean Phipps, the manager of the fair for years. In 2007, after years of lessons from Brad […]

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Frontiers Extra: Fair Time

The Alaska State Fair is celebrating its 80th Anniversary. In this web extra, Kelly Larson and former President Talis Colberg talk about the rich history of the fair. Frontiers will focus on the past and present of Alaska’s popular annual gathering. Additionally, we will profile a Palmer family at the heart of the farming community. […]

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Frontiers Extra: Analysis of Alaska Primary Election

The 2016 Alaska Primary Election is on Tuesday, August 16. It’s shaping up to be an interesting political season. In this web extra, political veterans Tim and Mike Bradner analyze some of the key races. We will have a full analysis of the upcoming primary in our program, Changing of the Guard, airing on Frontiers […]

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Frontiers Extra: Discovering Alaska

Exploring Alaska. From typical sights to the rustic experiences, there’s no shortage of discovery in the Last Frontier. In this web extra, author and historian Laurel Downing Bill talks about how Alaska’s rich history is a tourism magnet and why stories in her books keeps visitors coming back. Discovering Alaska airs Sunday, August 7 at […]

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Frontiers Extra: Lord of the Roots

He’s the go-to guy when it comes to gardening. In this web extra, we talk with author and columnist Jeff Lowenfels about Alaska’s agricultural scene. This Sunday, we’ll also profile a Homer family who is cultivating their peony farming business. Field of Dreams airs Sunday, July 24 at 4:30 and 10:30 p.m.

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Frontiers Extra: Alaska Tourism

Tourists visited Alaska in record numbers last year. But, that could change. Governor Bill Walker’s decision to veto the state’s marketing budget could be a setback. In this web extra, Kelly Bender from Lazy Otter Charters and Tanya Carlson from the Alaska Industry Travel Association talk about the industry and what to expect in the […]

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Frontiers Extra: Kings on the Kuskokwim

In 2013, families on the Kuskokwim River saw the lowest king numbers on record. It was a season of sacrifice, as people watched their food source dwindle. Now, there are signs of hope. In this web extra, Dr. Katie Howard who is a fisheries biologist and Ed Jones, state coordinator for king salmon research, give […]

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Frontiers Extra: Conversation with Holly Brooks and Clint McCool

Mount Marathon is just days away and many are preparing for the big race. For the first time, women will race in the prime time spot, after the men. Two-time Mount Marathon champion Holly Brooks and Clint McCool, who has ran the race 17 times, talk about the significance of the change. Mount Marathon: Equal […]

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