AK: Giving

‘Tis the season for Giving, so on this week’s AK, we’re doing just that. We’ll meet two sisters who’ve given AIDS orphans in Africa a home and a philanthropist who gives to renewable energy projects — while he’s still in high school. Plus, forgiving those who’ve done you wrong and why some people think the U.S. should give Alaska back. All that and more this week on AK from APRN.

Giving To Your Peers
Shaun Nessheim is starting philanthropy at a young age. As AK’s Scott Burton reports, the Juneau Douglas High School junior is already giving mini-grants to his peers, for projects having to do with renewable energy.

  • Music Button: “Give the People What They Want” by The O’Jays from Give the People What They Want

Giving Is Better Than Receiving
Shaun Nessheim is giving at a local level; AK contributor Rex Gray took the opposite approach. He recently returned from a trip to Indonesia, where the age-old wisdom proved true: it is better to give than to receive.

  • Break: “Give a Little Bit (Karaoke)” from Zoom Platinum Artists – Volume 88 (Karaoke)

Giving Back Alaska
Russian presidential candidate Vladimir Zhirinovsky claims that the US needs to give Alaska back. AK host Rebecca Sheir speaks with members of Anchorage’s Russian community — as well as the American Russian Center’s Russ Howell and Mat-Su College Professor Erik Hirschmann — to find out why.

  • Music Button: “Ne Valyay Duraka, Amerika! (Don’t Fool Around, America!)” by Lyube from Who Said That Life Used To Be Bad?

Giving a New Home
Catherine Miller and Louise Hogarth are Alaskan sisters who have given hundreds of AIDS orphans in Africa a new home. APRN’s Lori Townsend brings us the story.

  • Calendar of Events (“I Can’t Give You Anything But Love” performed by Al Jenkins & Dan Barrett from Reunion With Al)

Giving Your Two Cents
Juneau author James Todd Cochrane is the kind of guy who gives himself over to imagination. He says his new book, Max and the Gatekeeper, can be enjoyed by anyone – though its target age group is 10 to 16. With that in mind, AK’s Scott Burton tracked down some literary 13 and 14 year-olds at Dzantiki Heeni Middle School to give their two cents about the book.

  • Break: “Give It Away” by The Red Hot Chili Peppers from Karaoke – 90’s Male Pop – Vol.2

Giving Gifts
Fairbanks poet Carolyn Kremers reflects on the giving nature of the season.

Forgiving someone who’s hurt you, or offended you, can be a gift in itself — and a priceless one at that. AK’s Ellen Lockyer reflects on the meaning of forgiveness.

  • Music Button: “Peter and the Wolf, Op. 67: Peter in the Meadow” performed by Czechoslovakia Radio Symphony Orchestra from Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf

Giving the Gift of Art
Last year, charitable giving reached an all-time high nationwide, as organizations and individuals gave away a total of $295 billion. This year, people seem to be giving just as much, and two Alaska Native artists are reaping benefits from the generosity. Melissa Marconi-Wentzel introduces us to Tommy Joseph and Diana Burton, two Sitka artists who’ve received grant awards that are helping them realize their artistic dreams.

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Your Comments & Letters
A semi-regular segment featuring your two cents about the show. To send in your comments and letters, email us at ak@aprn.org (Music: “Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me” played by John Pizzarelli from One Night With You – The John Pizzarelli Collection)

  • Closing: “Gimme Some Lovin'” performed by Booker T. & The MG’s from Soul Men