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AK: Sarah Palin

February 2, 2008

Sarah Palin - Photo by Jeff MedkeffThis week on AK: The Gov. We’re taking a look at Sarah Palin, finding out what makes the First-in-Command of the Last Frontier tick. Hear kudos and critiques from fellow Alaskans and an interview with the college student who’s hoping to draft Sarah P. for VP. Plus, moving Shakespeare’s famous “Moor” up to Alaska. All that and more coming up this week on AK from APRN.

Photo by Jeff Medkeff. Click the image for a larger version at Flickr.

A brief history of Governor Sarah Palin, née Sarah Louise Heath, from her birth in 1964 in Sandpoint, Idaho, to her journalism degree at the University of Idaho, to her two-term stint on the Wasilla City Council and as Wasilla’s mayor.

The Palin Phenom
AK’s Scott Burton spoke with former governor Wally Hickel, and pollsters Dave Dittman and Ivan Moore, to find out why Sarah Palin’s approval ratings are so sky high.

  • Music Button: “You’re the Top” performed by Irving Joseph from The Heritage of Broadway Vol, 2.

Critiquing the Gov
In spite of the Governor’s stellar approval ratings, there are some pretty fervent critics out there, like Representative Bill Thomas, Ketchikan Gateway Borough mayor Joe Williams and former legislator Andrew Halcro. Reported by AK’s Jessica Cochran.

Ode to Sarah
Leave it to folks in the state capital to be cynical about the new Governor right from the get-go. The Empty Oil Barrel Band came up with this song just a few months after she took office. Here they are, performing at the Alaska Folk Festival in Juneau last April.

  • Break: “The Governor” performed by Melvin Sparks from What You Hear Is What You Get

If I Could Meet the Candidates
The Alaska state caucuses are Super Tuesday, but are people taking our role in the national election seriously? Sure, Barack Obama – and Ron Paul – have opened offices in the state, but the closest we’ve come to an actual candidate was a visit from one of Mitt Romney’s sons. If Tonei Glavinic of the Alaska Teen Media Institute could get closer, he knows what he’d do.

300 Villages

  • Calendar of Events (Music: “Sara” by Starship performed by Karaoke – 80’s Male Pop Vol. 9)

Othello in Alaska
Rebecca Sheir, AK
Lovers of The Bard won’t want to miss Othello, at Cyrano’s Off-Center Playhouse in Anchorage this month. AK host Rebecca Sheir speaks with director David Edgecombe about his production’s special Alaskan twist.

Where the Fins Meet the Frets
Jeff Brown, KTOO
Governor’s Award for the Humanities winner Ray Troll is well-known for his graphic art. Now he’s making the jump into music. His debut CD, “Where the Fins Meet the Frets,” comes out in March.

  • Break: “Sara (Karaoke Version)” performed by Boggle Karaoke from Karaoke Hits of Fleetwood Mac

Sarah Says It All
Rebecca Sheir, AK
Governor Sarah Palin speaks with AK host Rebecca Sheir about her first year in office. Look for a longer version of this interview on our website.

  • Music Button: “You Do Something To Me” performed by Frank Sinatra from The Best of the Columbia Years 1943-1952

Hottest Governor, Coldest State
Across the country, Sarah Palin is known as the nation’s sexiest governor. Rex Gray talks to Alaskans about the intersection of politics and pretty.

Sarah P. for VP
Rebecca Sheir, AK
Google “Sarah Palin,” and you come up with hundreds of thousands of hits, including cyber-ruminations from DC Gossip queen Wonkette, the feisty fan site, and a page titled simply: “Draft Sarah Palin for Vice President.” AK host Rebecca Sheir speaks with its founder, University of Colorado senior Adam Brickley.

The Governegotiator
The Alaska Public Employees Association represents 2,000 state supervisors. They’ve been deadlocked with the Palin administration on a new contract since last April. Last month, they rejected the administration’s latest proposal, and have requested federal mediation. The guys at Crab Bait Radio imagined what might happen if negotiations don’t quite succeed.

  • Closing: “Que Sera Sera” performed by Tony Evans and His Orchestra from The Ultimate Viennese Waltz Collection