100 episodes

Each week "Crude Conversations" features a guest who represents a different aspect of The Last Frontier. Follow along as host Cody Liska takes a contemporary look at what it means to be an Alaskan.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8, 98 Ratings

Each week "Crude Conversations" features a guest who represents a different aspect of The Last Frontier. Follow along as host Cody Liska takes a contemporary look at what it means to be an Alaskan.

    2019 Revisit: lost anchorage EP 001 with Aaron Roberts

    2019 Revisit: lost anchorage EP 001 with Aaron Roberts

    In this episode, we look at crime from the perspective of a retired police officer. Aaron Roberts was an officer for the Anchorage Police Department for over 20 years. He patrolled downtown Anchorage, was a detective in robbery, assault, and metro with a focus in narcotics. At the time of his retirement, he was the team lead negotiator and worked closely with SWAT.

    • 50 min
    Special Conversation: Teacher Tim Davis on High School During COVID-19

    Special Conversation: Teacher Tim Davis on High School During COVID-19

    In this Special Conversation, Cody talks with Tim Davis about teaching during COVID-19. Tim has coached high school football for 20 years, and has taught at West High School in Anchorage, Alaska for 12 years.
     
    Full disclosure: Cody and Tim are friends.

    • 46 min
    EP 076 with Duke Russell

    EP 076 with Duke Russell

    In this episode, Cody has a conversation with Alaskan artist Duke Russell. Growing up in Anchorage in the 1970s, Duke would draw everything he could in downtown Anchorage. At that time, he and his dad were living in an apartment above a bar called Ruthie’s 49er—which would later become Darwin’s Theory. Duke would sell his paintings in downtown Anchorage for a dollar, in addition to working and going to school. A lot of his youth was also spent taking care of his alcoholic father. It was this upbringing, in a past version of Anchorage, that continues to influence his art. Today, Duke’s art can be seen all over the city of Anchorage. From restaurants to banks to local theaters and the Anchorage Museum. 
     
    Duke has been in the Alaska art scene for over 50 years now. In that time, he’s experienced a lot of failures, growth and success. He’s not afraid to voice his frustrations, and he’s not afraid to talk about the lessons he’s learned. In fact, he’s able to find humor in most things. In this conversation, we get a glimpse of how Duke’s mind works. It considers everything—the importance of telling the truth and the transient nature of life. How life is constantly in flux and the more we accept that, the more we’re in rhythm with it. 

    • 1 hr 48 min
    Special Conversation: COVID-19 Update for 7/16/20 with Dr. Andy Elsberg

    Special Conversation: COVID-19 Update for 7/16/20 with Dr. Andy Elsberg

    In this Special Conversation, Cody catches up with Dr. Andy Elsberg for an update on where Alaska is with COVID-19. The last time they talked, Alaska had been in quarantine for over a month. Since then, many businesses have re-opened and many non-essential employees are back at work, but social distancing and wearing masks is encouraged. Andy is an emergency room doctor in Anchorage, Alaska.

    • 40 min
    EP 075 with Alexis Sallee

    EP 075 with Alexis Sallee

    In this episode, Cody has a conversation with radio and podcast host Alexis Sallee. Alexis has worked in radio for about ten years now. She started right out of high school at 90.3 KNBA in Anchorage, Alaska. She was a sound editor on a radio program called Earthsongs. She now hosts and produces INDIGEFI. Both of those programs feature modern music by indigenous artists. In addition to INDIGEFI, she hosts a podcast called “Native Artist,” where she talks with indigenous artists about their creative journeys.
    Alexis says that she’s always asked a lot of questions and that she’s always learned best by listening. She feels like that must be connected to her indigenous background of oral storytelling that keeps tradition alive. When she thinks about the future, she hopes that there will be more indigenous representation in the media. That they’ll be able to fund their own projects and make the final decisions on those projects because then they’ll be a genuine reflection of how they see themselves. 

    • 1 hr 5 min
    EP 074 with Fairbanks Ladies of Wrestling

    EP 074 with Fairbanks Ladies of Wrestling

    In this episode, Cody and Dustin H James talk to Fairbanks Ladies of Wrestling, better known as FLOW. Two summers ago, FLOW gave Crude access to the green room before their event at Williwaw Social in Anchorage on July 20. Cody and Dustin talked with event organizer and FLOW co-founder Donald Crocker, and wrestlers Leslie Dope, TJ Rocks Rivera, Thunder Thighs and Freya the Slaya. 
    The following interviews were originally conducted with the intention of making a short documentary. Back when Crude was transforming from a physical magazine to digital media, and then eventually to this podcast. In that shuffle, the documentary was scraped, but the intention of producing something out of the content remained. There was just too much good audio and the interviews were just too great to forget about. 
    NOTE: FLOW has since disbanded due to interpersonal conflict. So, this episode stands as a snapshot of where this organization and its wrestlers were at that time.

    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
98 Ratings

98 Ratings

Culvy ,

Episode 102 👍🏼

As a person who was raised in Alaska and later became an educator in Texas. I absolutely loved this conversation. It shows the similar struggles that many districts are facing no matter what city you teach in.

Blended learning model has been a part of my teaching practice for over 3 years now. Let me tell you it is a life saver.

Yesmred ,

Aaaah tight

In a world where everybody’s grandmother has a podcast, Crude Conversations sets itself apart by focusing on the interesting humans that populate the enigma that is Alaska. Modern media portrays Alaskan residents as cabin living, flannel wearing, anti social isolationists. While that is accurate for many up there, this podcast highlights the diversity of the final frontier. From social justice issues, the local hip hop scene and how Covid-19 is affecting is economy and communities, CC gives an incredibly interesting and informative take on that weird huge state up north.

Emmapennies ,

Awesome!

I love Cody’s approach to the interviews.

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