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Anne Hillman, Urban Affairs Desk

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Anchorage School Board won't renew superintendent's contract

Anchorage School Board won’t renew superintendent’s contract

The Anchorage School District will not renew Superintendent Ed Graff's contract and will begin the search for his replacement immediately. Download Audio
October 30, 2015

How to talk about suicide after the fact

Many conversations about suicide only focus on prevention and looking for the warning signs. But what if a suicide has already happened? How do we talk about it publicly and privately in healthy, supportive ways? During this week’s show we’ll discuss the media coverage of recent suicides, like the death at AFN, and how to have community conversations about such deaths.


KSKA: Fri., Oct. 30, at 2:00 p.m. & Sat., Oct. 31, at 6:00 p.m. KAKM: Fri., Oct. 30, at 7:30 p.m. & Sat., Oct. 31, at 6:00 p.m.

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October 30, 2015
Mother-daughter duo speak candidly, courageously on abuse

Mother-daughter duo speak candidly, courageously on abuse

A mother and daughter both experienced sexual abuse and turned to substances for support, but now they're turning to each other and speaking up to stop the cycle. Download Audio
October 29, 2015

Strategies for reducing the Alaska Native prison population

Alaska's prisons are full, and a disproportionately large number of the people inside are Alaska Natives. The recidivism rate for that population is about 74 percent. But there are solutions. Organizations around the state are using new strategies like joint tribal-state courts and more support for people who are re-entering the community to help reverse the trend.


KSKA: Fri., Oct. 23, at 2:00 p.m. & Sat., Oct. 24, at 6:00 p.m.


KAKM: Fri., Oct. 23, at 7:30 p.m. & Sat., Oct. 24, at 6:00 p.m.

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October 23, 2015
Spice hospitalizations on the rise, but users not deterred

Spice hospitalizations on the rise, but users not deterred

About 20 people a day are being hospitalized for using the street drug Spice. Some say they tried it once but were scared, others say they don't care about the risks. Download Audio
October 22, 2015
New financial literacy program aims to help Alaska youth succeed

New financial literacy program aims to help Alaska youth succeed

New financial literacy focused program hopes to improve outcomes to Anchorage youth and adults.
October 21, 2015

New joint tribal-state court established

The state is creating a joint tribal-state court and convening an Alaska Native Focus Group to help reduce high rates of incarceration and recidivism for Alaska Natives. Download Audio
October 16, 2015
49 Voices: Martin Lee Woods of Kotzebue

49 Voices: Martin Lee Woods of Kotzebue

This week we're at the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention talking with Martin Lee Woods, from Kotzebue. He started learning to Eskimo Dance in 1975 and by the mid-80s he realized he needed to learn how to make drums. Download Audio
October 16, 2015

DOC group aims to reduce recidivism for Alaska Natives

The Department of Corrections is convening an Alaska Native Focus Group to develop solutions for reducing recidivism for Alaska Natives. Alaska’s recidivism rate is 63 percent for everyone leaving the prison system. For Alaska Natives, it’s 74 percent.
October 15, 2015
New drug reduces heroin cravings, may reduce recidivism

New drug reduces heroin cravings, may reduce recidivism

The vast majority of people who are incarcerated have substance abuse issues, and that abuse is often a cause for recidivism. One solution? Get them treatment quickly. A new program in Anchorage is trying to do just that using a new, little-used drug called Vivitrol. But not all providers are convinced it's the best option. Download Audio
October 14, 2015
State delaration of Indigenous Peoples Day only applies to 2015

State delaration of Indigenous Peoples Day only applies to 2015

Anchorage and Alaska recognized Monday as Indigenous Peoples Day. But the statewide proclamation only applies to this year unless state statute is changed.
October 13, 2015
'Not in our Smokehouse' calls elders and youth to action

‘Not in our Smokehouse’ calls elders and youth to action

The Elders and Youth Conference kicked off in Anchorage today. This year’s theme is a call to action “Not in Our Smokehouse!” Download Audio
October 12, 2015
CHOICES program takes new approach to housing people with severe mental illness

CHOICES program takes new approach to housing people with severe mental illness

A new Anchorage program is trying a comprehensive approach to helping people with mental illnesses who are chronically homeless. It meets them where they're at. Literally.
October 8, 2015
Candlelight vigil honors people who died on the streets of Anchorage

Candlelight vigil honors people who died on the streets of Anchorage

Sunday night about 70 community members gathered on the Park Strip in Anchorage to honor those who died while living outside on the streets this summer. Download Audio
October 4, 2015
Overcoming the stigma attached to mental illness

Overcoming the stigma attached to mental illness

Mental Illness Awareness Week starts on Sunday. Twenty percent of adults in the United States experience a mental illness. Rates are higher in Alaska Native and American Indian populations, though those groups are less likely to seek help because of cultural barriers. On today’s program we’ll discuss ways to overcome those barriers and ways the entire community can address the stigma attached to mental illnesses for all individuals. KSKA: Fri., Oct. 2, at 2:00 p.m. & Sat., Oct. 3, at 6:00 p.m. KAKM: Fri., Oct. 2, at 7:30 p.m. & Sat., Oct. 3, at 6:00 p.m. Listen now:
October 2, 2015
49 Voices: Judy Donegan of Palmer

49 Voices: Judy Donegan of Palmer

This week, we're hearing from Judy Donegan, who's lived in Palmer for six years. Download Audio
September 27, 2015
Faith and its role in public policy development

Faith and its role in public policy development

Today we’re talking about faith and public policy. The intersection of the two has been highlighted this week by Pope Francis’ visit to Washington, D.C., and his pointed comments on climate change, immigration, and homelessness. Similar conversations are also happening here in Alaska where interfaith religious groups have lead campaigns to expand Medicaid and increase environmental protections. Today we’ll talk about the role faith plays in developing public policy in Alaska. KSKA: Fri., Sept. 25, at 2:00 p.m. & Sat., Sept. 26, at 6:00 p.m. KAKM: Fri., Sept. 25, at 7:30 p.m. & Sat., Sept. 26, at 6:00 p.m. Listen Now:
September 25, 2015
Anchorage's Mexican Consulate will close in November

Anchorage’s Mexican Consulate will close in November

The Mexican Consulate in Anchorage is closing to the public at the end of November because of budgetary reasons.
September 24, 2015
Arctic policy and Alaska

Arctic policy and Alaska

Between the GLACIER conference and the president's visit, the words "Arctic policy" have been uttered dozens of times in the media. What exactly is Arctic policy? Who makes it? And what does it mean for Alaska? KSKA: Fri., Sept. 18, at 2:00 p.m. & Sat., Sept. 12, at 6:00 p.m. KAKM: Fri., Sept. 19, at 7:30 p.m. & Sat., Sept. 12, at 6:00 p.m. Download Audio:
September 18, 2015
Reducing food waste to feed hungry Alaskans

Reducing food waste to feed hungry Alaskans

In an effort to reduce food waste and disposal costs, local stores are donating perishable items to food banks. It's filling a need for healthy foods that budgets can't always accommodate. Download Audio
September 16, 2015