Reflecting on Alaska

On this Outdoor Explorer, we’ll be chat with two Alaskan authors, reflecting on Alaska through their relationships with our unique and challenging environment. First up is Monica Devine of Eagle River, author of “Water Mask.” Monica’s book is a memoir of short stories set throughout Alaska and New Mexico. In the second half of the show, author Bjorn Dihle of Douglas Island will share historical and personal brown bear stories. His soon to be released book is “A Shape in the Dark: Living and Dying with Brown Bears.”

HOST: Lisa Keller


Segment 1: Monica Devine, author of “Water Mask”
Segment 2: Bjorn Dihle, author of “A Shape in the Dark: Living and Dying with Brown Bears”


BROADCAST: Thursday, January 28th, 2021. 10-11 a.m. AKT

REPEAT BROADCAST:  Thursday, January 28th, 2021. 8–9 p.m. AKT

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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!