Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Since You Asked! Episode 21: Storytelling at Mudrooms

At Mudrooms, Juneau's monthly storytelling event based on Anchorage's Arctic Entries, seven community members tell seven-minute stories around a theme. Mudrooms is currently in its fourth season and has raised over $28,000 for local charities, including Big Brothers Big Sisters, Imagination Library, and AWARE. In this podcast, founders Amanda Compton and Alida Bus talk with librarian Claire Imamura about how Mudrooms got started, the power of stories, and dealing with stage fright.

We had a technical issue at the beginning, but the problem is fixed 1 minute and 31 seconds into the recording. We apologize about the initial sound quality.

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[ 17 minutes ]
Recorded on December 12, 2014

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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Since You Asked! Episode 20: Mango and OWL for Language Learning

Librarian Freya Anderson talks about how she uses Mango Languages and OWL videoconferencing to gain confidence and keep her brain young. Find out more about these great resources, accessible to all Alaska residents with internet access, and how you can join the Alaska State Library's French language discussion group.

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[10 minutes]
Recorded on November 12-13, 2014

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Since You Asked! Episode 19: Empowering Alaskans To Be Healthy, Independent, and Productive

Librarian Julie Niederhauser sits down with Kate Burkhart, Executive Director of the Advisory Board on Alcoholism & Drug Abuse and the Alaska Mental Health Board, to talk about the prevalent issue of substance abuse in Alaska and the behavioral health of Alaskans. Kate informs us that many Alaskans are affected by substance abuse and/or mental instability in some capacity, but support and solutions are available to those who seek it. We are all Alaskans, no matter what the struggle.

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[ 34 minutes ]
Recorded on October 6, 2014

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

How much was the PFD for the past seven years?

The 2014 PFD is the third largest in history, surpassed only by 2008 and 2000. Here are the amounts for the past seven years.

2014 $1,884.00
2013 $900.00
2012 $878.00
2011 $1,174.00
2010 $1,281.00
2009 $1,305.00
2008 $2,069.00

We previously posted the amounts for 2002-2007. The payment amounts since 1982 can be found at the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation website.

Since You Asked! Episode 18: Juneau Teacher Tales, 1930-1959

The Juneau Retired Teachers Association recently published the second edition of their book about Juneau teachers' experiences. The book includes personal histories by teachers who worked in Juneau in the 1930s, 40s, and 50s, as well as information about Juneau's educational history. In this podcast, librarian Claire Imamura talks with retired teachers Barb Potter and Marie Darlin about the project.

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[ 20 minutes]
Recorded on September 29, 2014

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