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Religion and climate change - can you talk about both?

Religion and climate change – can you talk about both?

Is climate change a religious issue? A group of Alaskans says yes, and a national survey supports them, for some groups. Alaskans joined together this weekend in Anchorage for an interfaith Earth Care Jamboree. Download Audio
September 14, 2015
Religion and climate change - can you talk about both?

Religion and climate change – can you talk about both?

Is climate change a religious issue? A group of Alaskans says yes, and a national survey supports them, for some groups. Alaskans joined together this weekend in Anchorage for an interfaith Earth Care Jamboree. Download Audio
September 12, 2015
New ways to fund housing in Anchorage opens doors for low-income families

New ways to fund housing in Anchorage opens doors for low-income families

Two new affordable housing complexes are opening in Anchorage this fall. Tenants have already started moving into the 18-unit Susitna Square in East Anchorage. But building the developments required creative financing to make it possible. Download Audio
September 11, 2015
Alaska scientists brief the White House science advisor

Alaska scientists brief the White House science advisor

Last week the president visited Alaska, and so did the White House science advisor, Dr. John Holdren. Holdren painted a sobering picture of climate change in the north during his speech at the State Department’s GLACIER conference in Anchorage. But before GLACIER got underway, Holdren had a briefing with a handful of Alaska scientists. Two of them join us on Alaska Edition this week. KSKA: Friday, Sept. 11, at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 12, at 6:00 p.m. KAKM: Friday, Sept. 11, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 12, at 6:00 p.m. Download Audio:
September 11, 2015
Reporters Roundtable: Covering the President

Reporters Roundtable: Covering the President

In case you missed it, President Barack Obama visited Alaska earlier this week. His three-day tour included stops in Anchorage, Seward, Dillingham and Kotzebue. His primary theme: climate change. On today's episode we'll talk about the president's trip and what it really means for Alaska. KSKA: Friday, Sept. 4, at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 5, at 6:00 p.m. KAKM: Friday, Sept. 4, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 5, at 6:00 p.m. Listen Now:
September 4, 2015
Uber to pay state $78K for misclassifying drivers

Uber to pay state $78K for misclassifying drivers

The ride-sharing services settles with the state and agrees not to operate in Alaska until they classify their drivers as employees instead of independent contractors. Download Audio
September 3, 2015
Praying to see POTUS, even just a glimpse

Praying to see POTUS, even just a glimpse

Anchorage residents get one last look at President Obama, fulfilling years long wishes and family prayers. Download Audio
September 2, 2015
Alaskans rally against drilling, climate change outside of GLACIER conference

Alaskans rally against drilling, climate change outside of GLACIER conference

About 200 people gathered on the Park Strip in downtown Anchorage on Monday afternoon to protest offshore drilling in the Arctic and to speak in favor of stronger measures to fight climate change.
August 31, 2015
In Anchorage, some eagerly wait to catch a glimpse of the chief

In Anchorage, some eagerly wait to catch a glimpse of the chief

As the crowd waits outside of the Dena'ina Center for the president, just the excitement is enough.
August 31, 2015
Expanding STEM education in Alaska

Expanding STEM education in Alaska

School is back in session across Alaska this week, but some programs never took a break. The University of Alaska Anchorage hosts ANSEP – the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program. It aims to get students from middle school through graduate school interested in science and math. It starts with hands-on, practical, and fun educational experiences. KSKA: Friday, August 28, at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, August 29, at 6:00 p.m. KAKM: Friday, August 28, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, August 29, at 6:00 p.m. Listen now:
August 28, 2015
Cleaning Up to Be with His Kid -- Stories from Brother Francis Shelter

Cleaning Up to Be with His Kid — Stories from Brother Francis Shelter

The morning at Brother Francis Shelter starts with a sleepy bustle. Guests wake up at 5 am, start gathering their belongings, drink some coffee and help clean the shelter. One morning in late July, in the back dormitory shelter guest William Teal wiped down the plastic sleeping mats with cleaning solution.
August 27, 2015
YWCA is One Year Closer to Closing the Wage Gap for Women

YWCA is One Year Closer to Closing the Wage Gap for Women

The YWCA Alaska is one year into their initiative to eliminate the gender pay gap in Alaska by 2025. State Dept. of Labor and US Census data show that women in Alaska only make about 68 cents for every dollar made by a man. The question is, why?
August 26, 2015
Life Beyond Addiction: The Story of Two Young Women Making It, Together

Life Beyond Addiction: The Story of Two Young Women Making It, Together

Last spring we spoke with a young couple who moved to Wasilla in their attempt to quit meth. Now, six months later, they are still sober, living in Anchorage, and living a new life.
August 25, 2015
'It's Good to Be Here' -- Working at the Brother Francis Shelter

‘It’s Good to Be Here’ — Working at the Brother Francis Shelter

Working at the Brother Francis Shelter is stressful and chaotic, but for one young woman, it's definitely worth it. Download Audio
August 24, 2015

Homelessness In Alaska

Homelessness is a problem that ails both urban and rural Alaska, both for families and individuals. And organizations and municipalities have been writing plans to deal with the issue for decades. What works? What doesn't? What does homelessness look like on the front lines? We'll have a panel of experts to tackle those questions in studio on Alaska Edition. KSKA: Friday, August 21, at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, August 22, at 6:00 p.m. KAKM: Friday, August 21, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, August 22, at 6:00 p.m. Download Audio:
August 21, 2015
Solving Homelessness

Solving Homelessness

We know that homelessness is a problem in Anchorage and other parts of Alaska both for families and for individuals. And organizations and municipalities have been writing plans to deal with the issue for decades. So, are there workable solutions? KSKA: Friday, August 21, at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, August 22, at 6:00 p.m. KAKM: Friday, August 21, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, August 22, at 6:00 p.m. Listen now:
August 21, 2015
Story-telling gives refugee teens a voice in their new community

Story-telling gives refugee teens a voice in their new community

Everyone has a story to tell, but it may not be the story you’d expect. An Anchorage non-profit called StoryWorks is helping teenagers find their stories, and this summer they focused on students who arrived in the state as refugees.
August 20, 2015
Ellis sentenced to 3 years, 2 suspended, for death of cyclist Dusenbury

Ellis sentenced to 3 years, 2 suspended, for death of cyclist Dusenbury

An Anchorage teen who pleaded guilty to hitting and killing a man on a bicycle will be sentenced to three years in prison with two suspended. Judge Michael Wolverton accepted the plea deal agreed to earlier this year. Download Audio
August 19, 2015
From working to homeless and back again -- a story of hope from the Brother Francis Shelter

From working to homeless and back again — a story of hope from the Brother Francis Shelter

People don’t usually plan to experience homelessness; life just takes unexpected turns. But for some guests of the Brother Francis Shelter in Anchorage, like Michael Hindman, the experience leaves them with more hope than anything else.
August 18, 2015

Woman pleads guilty to running a sex-trafficking ring, sentenced to 5 1/2 years

Amber Batts was sentenced to five and half years in prison after pleading guilty to sex trafficking in the second degree Monday afternoon. The defendant was running the sex trade business “Sensual Alaska" that served people around the state. Download Audio
August 18, 2015