Alaska could follow in the footsteps of Colorado and Washington if voters choose to legalize marijuana in November. Ballot Measure 2 would tax and regulate the production, sale and use of marijuana in Alaska. Hear Kristina Woolston and Taylor Bickford debate what that means for the state in a debate hosted by the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce.
KSKA: Tuesday, July 22, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
Seventy percent of all active nicotine users wish they had never started, and about half tried to quit at least once in the last year. The negative health implications of tobacco use are well documented, and the social acceptance of the practice is waning. Despite the awareness and obvious reasons to quit, most who try find it an exceedingly difficult proposition that often ends in failure. Join Line One host Prentiss Pemberton and guest clinical psyclologist Dr. Ron Ohlson as they discuss the psychological challenges of overcoming nicotine addiction.
KSKA: Monday, July 21, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
Democratic candidates for lieutenant governor Bob Williams and Hollis French square off in a debate hosted by the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce. Hear each candidate discuss their visions for the future of Alaska. Republican candidate for lieutenant governor, Anchorage mayor Dan Sullivan, and independent candidate Craig Fleener are also vying for office but will not be on the ballot during the August primary.
KSKA: Tuesday, July 15, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
Can adverse experiences, and even diet very early in life, predict behaviors and health later in life? Evidence is accumulating that this is indeed the case. And mechanisms to explain these lifelong effects are increasingly being found and studied. How does early life contribute to health in adulthood? Join Line One host Dr. Woodard and guest psychiatrist Dr. Mark Erickson to learn more.
KSKA: Monday, July 14, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
What are the biases of medical research? Are the numbers ever tweaked or manipulated to support a particular outcome? Do doctors ever draw on misinformation in the treatment of their patients? On the next Line One, join host Dr. Thad Woodard and guest Dr. Andrew Swartz to talk about the growing field of evidence-based medicine.
KSKA: Monday, July 7, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
A lawsuit over whether or not the state of Alaska’s division of elections has adequately met the needs of Native language speakers for election materials is winding down in a federal court in Anchorage.
Lawsuit Challenging Native Language Needs at Polls Winds Down; Shaktoolik Erects Coastal Berm to Delay Relocation; After Floods, Huslia Earmarked $356,000 In Federal Funds; Honor Flag Arrives in Anchorage; Air Force Delays Scrapping Research Facility, UAF Seeks Takeover; Bear Urine Tested as Musk Ox Repellent in Nome; Despite Higher Fees, Sitka’s ANB Harbor A Welcome Upgrade; Juneau Utility Sold for $170 Million to Outside Purchaser.
Boats returned in March to the newly-rebuilt ANB Harbor in Sitka, but wasn’t until just last week that local officials cut the ribbon on the project. KCAW’s Greta Mart attended the ceremony, to learn what people thought of the finished product.
Southeast Alaska’s largest electric utility has merged with a Washington-based energy company. Alaska Electric Light and Power in Juneau is now a subsidiary of Avista Corporation, headquartered in Spokane. The deal closed on Tuesday.
More than $270,000 in federal funds will help relocate five homes in Huslia following flooding and erosion on the Koyukuk River last month. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development authorized the money under its “imminent threat” funds. It supplements another $85,000 in funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to cover the full $356,000 cost.
Hometown Alaska will return in August. In the meantime, KSKA will air programming from State of the Re:Union. The program explores how American cities and towns create unique communities, the ways people transcend challenging circumstances and the vital cultural narratives that make each area unique.
KSKA: Wednesday, July 2, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
Nighttime bedwetting (nocturnal enuresis) is very common in childhood, affecting about a fifth of 5-year-olds and can continue in to adolescence and even adulthood. Join host Dr. Thad Woodard for a discussion on normal versus abnormal urination with Alaska urologist Dr. Laura Merriman.
KSKA: Monday, June 30, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
Convicted Killer Joshua Wade Claims Responsibility for 3 Additional Murders; Family of Wade’s Alleged New Victim Demands Justice; House Ethics Panel Accused Don Young of Misusing Campaign Funds, Accepting Improper Gifts; State Rebuffs A Challenge to Its Gay Marriage Ban; Fairbanks Area Sees Heavy Rainfall, Flooding; New Placer Mining Permits Proposed; Fishers Flock to Anchorage’s Slam’n Salm’n Derby.
It’s a fair bet that the stampeders who flowed north during the Klondike Gold Rush never thought of mining as recreational, but the hunt for gold is something people do for fun, as well as profit. We’ll find out how and why modern recreational miners persist in sifting Alaska’s streams with pans and other obsolete equipment, going after glittering flakes of gold, and hoping for something much richer. It’s a hobby that gets them outdoors, and it’s a treasure hunt.
KSKA: Thursday, June 26, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
According to the CDC, too many people don’t know they have HIV. Nearly 1.1 million people are living with HIV in the U.S., and almost one in six don’t know they are infected. Getting tested is the first step to finding out if you have this infection. June 27 is National HIV Testing Day; communities and individuals are encouraged to get tested, know their risks, and to get treatment if necessary.
KSKA: Monday, June 23, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
Seismic Flare-Ups Leave Scientists Searching for Answers; Anxiety and Threats on the Kuskokwim as First Salmon Gillnet Opening Nears; Parnell Announces New Agreement With TransCanada; B.C. Developers Defend Near-Border Mines; DEC Works To Contain Fuel Spill on Dalton Highway; Stolen Dance Paddle Recovered in Juneau; Front Street Clinic Opens Its Services to All; Three Sitka Artists, Three Grants – One Last Name.