The Morning Interview

The Morning Interview airs at 8:18 AM, Mon – Fri.

Rob Harcourt: Where the wild things swim

Rob_HarcourtRob Harcourt is a professor of Marine Ecology at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. He's in Sitka as a Scientist in Residency Fellow (SIRF) at the Sitka Sound Science Center. Harcourt uses advanced tagging techniques to study ocean animals and their habitat -- everything from jellyfish to blue whales. He'll be speaking tonight (6PM Wed Apr 22, Alaska Raptor Rehabilitation Center, free) on climate change and penquins: "Will Happy Feet feel the heat?" With SSS research director Tory O'Connell. Downloadable audio.

Native Youth Olympics connects athletes with culture

Kim Gumera of Unalaska kicking at 110″. Gumera won the award for Best Overall Male Athlete. (Photo: Zachariah Hughes, KSKA)Mt. Edgecumbe High School seniors Johnna Bouker (Dillingham) and Brittany Woods-Orrison (Rampart) discuss their participation in this year's Native Youth Olympics. The pair talk about the physical skills required in each event, as well as the cultural connections. With NYO coach Archie Young. Downloadable audio.

Coast Guard and SAR training together

Pete Melnick, the Operations Officer of Coast Guard Air Station Sitka, and Lance Ewers, the volunteer captain of Search and Rescue (SAR), share plans by to conduct a joint training operation this weekend and ongoing recruiting efforts. Melnick also shared safety reminders as boating season approaches. Downloadable audio.

Middle schoolers tackle Shakespearean comedy

Zeke Blackwell talks about the Young Performer's Theater's production of The Merry Wives of Windsor, which debuts this Friday at the Odess Theater. The 17th century play will be performed with a condensed version of its original text by a cast of 19 students, in 5th through 8th grade. Downloadable audio.

Visioning session to ask: What does healthy Sitka mean to you?

Melissa Marconi Wentzel discusses the Sitka Health Summit's upcoming Visioning Session. Participants will imagine where they'd like to see Sitka in five years, taking into account everything from public health to arts and culture, housing and transportation, access to healthy food and health behaviors. The event will be Thursday, April 16, from 5:30-7:30 at Kettleson Memorial Library (in the Stratton Building). Organizers will provide a light dinner, and childcare and activities for kids. You can find more information at sitkahealthsummitak.org. Downloadable audio

SHS baseball champs gear up for a new season

Sitka High School students Trevan Coleman and Brayden Case helped lead the varsity baseball team to the state championships last year - and won. This season, the two juniors are looking to repeat history. Coleman and Case talked about their confidence in this year's team and their new coach, Matt Way. Downloadable audio

St. Baldrick’s: Hair-free for a cause

15-year-old Celia Lubin has her head shaved during the 2013 St. Baldrick's Fundraiser in Sitka. (KCAW photo/Rebecca LaGuire)Valerie and Brent Edwards, and their 5-year-old Phinneas, talk about their road in fighting childhood cancer. Dr. David Vastola and Sitka VFD engineer Craig Warren say the St. Baldrick's fundraiser has played a major role in improving the prognosis for younger cancer patients. The St. Baldrick's event is this Friday, April 10, at 6:30 PM at the Sitka Elks Lodge. Learn more about St. Baldrick's here. Downloadable audio.

Marijuana Town Hall to be a ‘circle of reasonableness’

The personal use of marijuana becomes legal in Alaska on Feb. 24, 2015. (Photo courtesy of Pixaby)Doug Osborne, Director of Health Promotion at Sitka Community Hospital, describes his plans for Marijuana Town Hall II (6:30 - 8 PM Mon Mar 30, Harrigan Centennial Hall). Osborne hopes the meeting/discussion helps clear up misinformation about the use of marijuana, and serves as a vehicle for "reasonable conversation" about the newly-legalized drug. Downloadable audio.

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Have you had your dose of inspiration today? Listen to two-time cancer survivor Ellen Ruhle talk about why she organizes the ‘Relay for Life’ in Sitka, on KCAW’s Morning Interview. Community radio brings you the world and stories of amazing … more

‘Relay for Life’ supports cancer survivors, honors loss

Relay for Life event chair Ellen Ruhle (l.) with 2013 participant Sherie Mayo.Ellen Ruhle is a two-time cancer survivor and event chair for the 3rd Annual Relay for Life (8PM Fri June 19 - 4 PM Sat June 20, Lower Moller Field). Teams of up to 12 people keep a runner/walker on the track for the entire duration of the event, which honors cancer patients and caregivers. Participants can register online, or sign up at this spring's "Sitka Sue Walk" (8:30 AM Sat Apr 25, Rocky Gutierrez Airport). With American Cancer Society staff partners Tristan Walsh and Courtney Van Ord. Downloadable audio.