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Summit explores achieving racial equity in Alaska

Summit explores achieving racial equity in Alaska

The First Alaskans Institute hosted a Racial Equity Summit in Anchorage this week. The event's dialogues focused on what racial equity is and how we can start to achieve it. Part of the first step -- having difficult conversations. Download Audio
February 3, 2016
Community in Unity: Prisoner Re-Entry

Community in Unity: Prisoner Re-Entry

Every month about 1,000 people are released from prison in Alaska. Many of them end up returning to prison. Re-integrating into a community can be challenging. In this program, we bring together a diversity of perspectives to explore the topic of what makes prisoner re-entry successful. KSKA: Tuesday, Jan. 5, at 2:00 p.m. Download Audio:
January 1, 2016

Law Dept. insists Fairbanks Four not ‘exonerated’

The state's Department of Law maintains the Fairbanks Four were not exonerated in the settlement, or completely cleared of blame. Download Audio
December 18, 2015
AK: Finding a home, building a family

AK: Finding a home, building a family

More than 2,000 kids in Anchorage are considered homeless by the school district. Research shows that kids who lack stability don't do as well in school, but the support of even just one adult can change that. In the case of teenager Jmari House, an entire family stepped in to make sure she didn't get lost in the shuffle. Download Audio:
December 18, 2015
38K Alaska households turn to Food Stamps during tight times

38K Alaska households turn to Food Stamps during tight times

According to a new White House report, 38,000 Alaskan households receive benefits from Food Stamps. Two-thirds of those households have children. Half of them are in deep poverty. The statistics go on and on. But is the program working? Many people say yes, though there are some hiccups. Download Audio
December 16, 2015
Mother of teen shot in face speaks out on gun violence

Mother of teen shot in face speaks out on gun violence

In the end of October, 19-year-old Caia Delavergne was shot in the head by a new acquaintance. Incredibly, she survived. Now, her mother, Chelan Schreifels is speaking out against gun violence. Download Audio
December 11, 2015
State embraces new justice report with prison reform specifics

State embraces new justice report with prison reform specifics

New justice reform recommendations say they could save Alaska $424 million in the next decade and improve the state's justice system. Download Audio
December 10, 2015
Alaska boasts 8th highest volunteer rate in US

Alaska boasts 8th highest volunteer rate in US

Thirty-four percent of Alaskans volunteer with organizations. That's the eighth highest rate in the United States, according to the Corporation for National and Community Service. Download Audio
December 8, 2015
UAA, Providence 'disappointed' in U-Med road decision

UAA, Providence ‘disappointed’ in U-Med road decision

Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz has withdrawn the city's support for the $20 million dollar Northern Access Project, also called the U-Med District Road. The Department of Transportation says without the municipality's backing, work on the controversial project that links Elmore and Bragaw will stop. Download Audio
December 7, 2015
Community in Unity: Prisoner Re-Entry

Community in Unity: Prisoner Re-Entry

Every month about 1,000 people are released from prison in Alaska. Many of them end up returning to prison. Re-integrating into a community can be challenging. In this program, we bring together a diversity of perspectives to explore the topic of what makes prisoner re-entry successful. KSKA: Monday, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m. KAKM: Tuesday, Dec. 8, at 7:00 p.m. on KAKM Channel 7 Download Audio:
December 7, 2015
AK: After prison, giving back to a community once hurt

AK: After prison, giving back to a community once hurt

Restarting life after prison is full of challenges -- but also successes. In the village of Tyonek on Cook Inlet, one man recreates himself and gives back to the community he once hurt.
December 4, 2015
Waiting to go home, but tied to Anchorage on parole

Waiting to go home, but tied to Anchorage on parole

People around the U.S. who are leaving prison all face similar challenges. Sometimes it’s harder to find work or a place to live when you have a criminal history. But some people from rural Alaska face a unique barrier: their conditions of parole prevent them from going home. Download Audio
December 3, 2015
Finding work after prison: Persistence pays off

Finding work after prison: Persistence pays off

Most people leaving prison have to find a job fairly quickly both to support themselves and to meet their parole requirements. Their job searches can be more complicated than most because of the stigma of having a criminal history, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. Download Audio
December 2, 2015
First day out: Reconnecting & ordering the perfect eggs at Denny's

First day out: Reconnecting & ordering the perfect eggs at Denny’s

It’s 6:45 a.m. and 43-year-old April Wilson waits inside the entrance of Hiland Mountain Correctional Center in Eagle River. It’s her first day out after two and a half years in prison. Her long dark hair is perfectly curled, her eye makeup sparkles, and her piles of papers and decorations are gathered in a clear plastic garbage bag. “Let’s blow this joint!” she jokes. Download Audio
November 30, 2015
A Closer Look: Brother Francis Shelter

A Closer Look: Brother Francis Shelter

The scene outside of Brother Francis Shelter in downtown Anchorage can seem like chaos, but walking inside tells a different story. Stay the night at the emergency shelter and learn from some of the people who sleep, volunteer, and work there during this edition of A Closer Look. KSKA: Friday, Nov. 27, at 2:00 p.m. Download Audio:
November 25, 2015
Thanksgiving Blessings offers food, hope and exercise plan

Thanksgiving Blessings offers food, hope and exercise plan

For the 31st year in a row, Central Lutheran Church in downtown Anchorage is providing Thanksgiving dinners for people in need. They started with 39 families -- and now, through a partnership with the Food Bank of Alaska -- they serve 1,400. But it takes a lot to get a complete turkey dinner back home. Download Audio
November 24, 2015
Chanlyut helps men restart, learn to 'live life on life's terms'

Chanlyut helps men restart, learn to ‘live life on life’s terms’

Sometimes starting over means hitting reset and relearning how to "live life on life's terms." A free, two-year intensive residential program in Anchorage run by Cook Inlet Tribal Council is helping men do just that. Download Audio
November 18, 2015
Berkowitz unveils new plan to end homelessness in Anchorage

Berkowitz unveils new plan to end homelessness in Anchorage

Anchorage's new homelessness action plan will focus on providing 300 units of permanent housing scattered through out the entire city for adults living in camps and on the street in the next three years. Download Audio
November 17, 2015

49 Voices: Beckie Etukeok

This week were hearing from Beckie Etukeok, who is Inupiaq, Siberian-Yupik and Tlingit. She makes drums for a living now, but it wasn't an easy skill to learn. Download Audio:
November 13, 2015
For seniors with Alzheimer's, staying busy is key

For seniors with Alzheimer’s, staying busy is key

The number of people living with Alzheimer's in Alaska will increase by 70 percent in the next decade and will require extra services. For people living with the disease now, it's not necessarily the memory loss that defines aging. Download Audio
November 3, 2015