Alaskans love things that go "Vroom," and today on Morning Line on, we chatted with Kid's Kupboard Executive Director Lynette Ortolano, who let us know the connection between awesome cars and filling, nutritional meals for kids.  

Rev Alaska is an indoor car show this weekend which will donate proceeds to Kids Kupboard. 

Ortolano says the organization also looks for volunteers as it serves the needs of hungry children. Kids Kupboard also reaches out beyond school district locations, as well as during times when school is out, like now, during summer vacation.  

Alaska Community Action on Toxics

Alaska Community Action on Toxics Executive Director Pam Miller says an event coming up Thursday the 29th called Resisterhood: Stand Up for Our Health is a great way to learn about the connection between breast cancer and environmental factors.  

Guest lecturer at the event is Dr Megan Schwarzman, Associate Director of Health and Environment Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry.

Earthsongs: Marc Brown & The Blues Crew

Jun 27, 2017

This week on Earthsongs: 

As Heard on Morning Line: Native Viral Video

Jun 27, 2017
Rodney McCord

As network speeds and technology improvements continue, it means a person with a smart phone can produce, edit and broadcast video right from their pocket.  

Recently, Cook Inlet Tribal Council Facility Maintenence Support Specialist, Rodney McCord created a video on Facebook featuring his mother Frieda expertly deboning a salmon.   Here's the link:

Live In-Studio: Ukulele Russ on KNBA

Jun 23, 2017
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Live music this Friday morning on KNBA - 

Ukulele Russ is from Maine, originally, but now calls Fairbanks home - when not on tour.  Certain elements of the experience of living in one of the coldest cites in America influences his music, whether it's the timing of gigs around moose hunting season, wardrobe choices that reflect a less stuffy attitude, or some of the lyrics and witticisms included in his show.  

As heard on Morning Line: Pridefest turns 40!

Jun 22, 2017
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Between the Rainbow Run, Drag Queen Bingo, or the Equality Parade and Pride Festival Saturday on the Park Strip, this week's Pridefest is one of the biggest in history for Anchorage - and with good reason, as the inclusive event is marking its 40th year.  

As spokesperson Shelby Wilson points out, the event wasn't always as celebratory as it is today, "People used to march with bags on their heads, because while they wanted to represent themselves, they also didn't want to lose their jobs or homes." 

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What do educators, cyclists and flowers have in common?  This weekend, quite a lot!

Alaska Botanical Garden Executive Director Robin Dublin says Bicycle/Educator Appreciation day is a great way to get to know the Botanical Garden.  

Sometimes people need a reminder that it is there, even if they've seen it in the past, Dublin says the Garden is the best kept secret in Anchorage. "The Garden has been around for 25 years, from a community effort and in the last 15 has grown and expanded to include professional horticulturalists and landscape architecture."  

As Heard on Morning Line: Solstice

Jun 20, 2017
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Today on Morning Line, a quick wrap up of events today, June 20th, 2017, Solstice, and some of the activities in Anchorage.

Events include:

Lunch on the Lawn: 

A free summer event 11:30 to 3:30 each Tuesday at the Anchorage Museum Lawn, until August 29th, today celebrating solstice, with activities focused on building your own Stonehenge, learn about Botanical Elixirs, crystals and Solar Energy.

  Ali Fontaine is an award-winning Sagkeeng First Nation singer-songwriter. At age 15, she entered a talent competition and won a studio session where she recorded one of her original songs. She released her debut album before her senior year of high school was over. That album won “Best Country Recording” at the 2013 Native American Music Awards. Ali’s current focus on Indigenous Studies and Human Rights at the University of Manitoba is influencing her most recent songwriting.

  Mohawk artist Brendt Thomas Diabo is based out of Toronto, Ontario. His sound is reminiscent of legendary acts like Hank Williams Sr. and Johnny Cash with an indie rock twist. Brendt picked up the guitar at an early age and played in a punk band in high school. As Brendt got older, he became inspired by the rockabilly, country, and blues music that was first introduced to him by his grandparents when he was a child. Diabo has toured the U.S. and Canada, once opening for the GRAMMY-winning band, The Kentucky Headhunters, on the Mohawk Reserve of Kahnawake where he grew up.