Common Cents: Stories of Alaska’s Changing Economy


Seven storytellers share personal stories of fiscal Alaska in the style of Arctic Entries. Alaska Common Ground is a membership supported, non-profit, non-partisan, tax-deductible organization, that focuses on Alaska’s public policy issues. Their mission is to collect and disseminate information about Alaskan issues and problems, facilitate discussion, and to develop public policy, knowledge, and understanding among Alaskans.

The speakers that evening, in alphabetical order, were: Cliff Groh, Rachel Mills, Kokayi Nosakhere, John Parsi, Moira Sullivan, Jim Wanamaker, and Cal Williams.


HOSTS: Alaska Common Ground

MODERATORS: John Parsi and Vic Patel


RECORDED: Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 49th State Brewing Company.


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Eric Bork, or you can just call him “Bork” because everybody else does, is the FM Operations Manager for KSKA-FM. He oversees the day-to-day operations of the FM broadcast. He produces and edits episodes of Outdoor Explorer, the Alaska-focused outdoors program. He also maintains the web posts for that show. You may have heard him filling in for Morning Edition or hosting All Things Considered and can still find him operating the soundboard for any of the live broadcast programs.

After escaping the Detroit area when he was 18, Bork made it up to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, where he earned a degree in Communications/Radio Broadcasting from Northern Michigan University. He spent time managing the college radio station, working for the local NPR affiliate, and then in top 40 radio in Michigan before coming to Alaska to work his first few summers. After then moving to Chicago, it only took five years to convince him to move back to Alaska in 2010. When not involved in great radio programming he’s probably riding a bicycle, thinking about riding bicycles, dreaming about bikes, reading a book, or planning the next place he’ll travel to. Only two continents left to conquer!

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