Last week we were sitting in our Moore Up North production meeting talking about topics for upcoming shows. Outside, the sun was shining, the snow was melting and it felt like spring was finally here. So we thought it might be a fun change of pace to step back from hot-button political issues and do something a little more light-hearted.
The producers made some calls and soon we had a show booked on Alaskan agriculture; the most non-controversial topic we have ever considered. Then, the day before the show, one of our panelists called to tell us he couldn’t make it. He was invited to speak at the Wasilla Tea Party rally. The irony is that this man, Wayne Brost, is a dairy farmer in the Mat-Su Valley who is only in business today because of the millions of dollars in government money he has taken over the years. You can read more about that at the newly revamped Mudflats.
And strangely enough, that was only the start of politics coming into our first attempt at a non-political show. It’s just another example of the depths of corporate influence in every facet of American life today.
This week I had the pleasure of interviewing Leslie Shallcross, an assistant professor at the UAF Cooperative Extension.
Our panelists this week:
- Patricia O’Neil, Alaska Division of Agriculture/Alaska Grown
- River Bean, owner and operator of Arctic Organics
- Karen Olsen, manager and co-owner of the Matanuska Creamery