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Addressing Alaskans

Map of northern Alaska showing location of the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPRA). Source USGS

People, Land and Resources in the National Petroleum Reserve – Alaska

Initially set aside in case of a national energy emergency, today the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPR-A) is the largest piece of undeveloped federal land owned in the U.S. This week on Addressing Alaskans, Stacie McIntosh, supervisor of the Bureau of Land Management Arctic Field Office provides a tour of the NPR-A and details how the BLM manages the “People, Land and Resources” in the vast 22.8 million acre area stretching from the Brooks Range to the Arctic Coast.

KSKA: Thursday 5/31 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

May 30, 2012 - 5:37 pm

Youthfulness and Usefulness: What’s Age Got To Do With It?

Age, nothing but a number? Or a telling fact on how we live our lives? This week on Addressing Alaskans listen to a panel discussion with World Class snowboarder, Casey Smith; Alaska legislator Arliss Sturgulewski; Alaska Native Leader, Willie Hensley; founder of Total Health Clinic Anchorage, Dr. Richard Newman and Dr. Ann Jache of UAA. “Youthfulness and Usefulness: What’s Age Got to Do With It?” was recorded at the UAA bookstore in April.

KSKA: Thursday, 5/24 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

May 21, 2012 - 5:42 pm
History of Alaska Homesteading

History of Alaska Homesteading

2012 marks the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Homestead Act, one of the most influential pieces of legislation in development of the American west. This week on Addressing Alaskans, learn more about the history of homesteading in the United States, Alaska and Anchorage.

KSKA: Thursday 5/17 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

May 11, 2012 - 6:01 pm
Extending the Season

Extending the Season

Gardening season is upon us in Alaska and according to Eliot Coleman, owner of Four Season Farm in Maine, it doesn’t ever have to end. This week on Addressing Alaskans, Coleman shares vegetable and fruit-growing techniques to extend our season here in the far north. His talk entitled, “If We Can Do It In Maine, You Can Do It in Alaska,” was recorded at the Alaska Botanical Garden conference.

KSKA: Thursday 5/10 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

May 4, 2012 - 4:45 pm

Knik Arm Bridge Update

The Knik Arm Bridge and Toll Authority “KABATA” project connecting Anchorage to the Mat-Su Borough was established in 2003. At an Anchorage Chamber of Commerce Make-it-Monday Forum last week, chair of the KABATA board of directors, Michael Foster said construction on the bridge is expected to finally begin in 2014. Built to accommodate “tomorrow’s traffic,” the bridge should be fully operational by 2017 or 2018. Listen to Foster’s complete update on the KABATA project on Addressing Alaskans.

KSKA: Thursday 5/3 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

May 2, 2012 - 1:35 pm

Washington Update from Congressman Don Young

In his 20th term as Congressman to Alaska, Don Young returned home last week to update Alaskans on what’s happening in Washington D.C. At the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce ‘Make-It-Monday’ forum on April 9, Congressman Young discussed, military budget cuts, repealing the health bill, regulation impeding economic recovery and making Alaska the “power center” for America.

KSKA: Thursday 4/19 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

April 17, 2012 - 5:11 pm
Can America and The Muslim World Be Friends?

Can America and The Muslim World Be Friends?

In his 2006 novel The Order of Light where young Muslims light themselves on fire to protest the authoritarian reality of the Middle East, author Haroon Mohgul says he predicted the Arab Spring. At the Alaska World Affairs Council on April 6, Mohgul discussed the the Muslim world’s relationship with the West over the years asking audiences to consider, “Can America and the Muslim World Be Friends?” Listen on Addressing Alaskans.

KSKA: Thursday 4/12 at 2:00 pm & 7:00 pm

April 11, 2012 - 6:19 pm
Affordable Health Care Act in Plain English

Affordable Health Care Act in Plain English

Weeks before he presented oral arguments at the Supreme Court hearing on health care reform, author and filmmaker T.R. Reid visited to Alaska to help breakdown the 3000+ page Affordable Health Care Act. Reid explained the new rules for insurance providers, doctors and even fast food restaurants in his talk entitled “Affordable Health Care Act (Obama’s Health Reform) in Plain English” recorded at UAA on March 22.

KSKA: Thursday 4/4 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

April 3, 2012 - 1:59 pm

Anchorage School Board Candidate Debate

This week on Addressing Alaskans, listen to the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce debate with Anchorage School Board candidates, Kathleen Plunkett and David Nees (Seat E) , Tam Agosti-Gisler (Seat F), Natasha Von Imhof and Starr Marsett (Seat G). Candidates discussed early childhood education, school bond propositions, Everyday Math, budget cuts, skilled trade education and past experience in the Anchorage School District at the Dena’ina Center on March 19.

KSKA: Thursday 3/29 at 2:00 pm

March 27, 2012 - 8:18 am
Fantastic, Historic, Unconventional: Crossing Literary Fiction Boundaries

Fantastic, Historic, Unconventional: Crossing Literary Fiction Boundaries

This week on Addressing Alaskans, listen an on-stage conversation with Alaskan writers, Eowyn Ivey (The Snow Child) and Andromeda Romano-Lax (The Detour, The Spanish Bow). The Snow Child is Ivey’s debut novel set on an Alaska homestead in the 1920′s. What led one author to set her fiction in Alaska and the other in historical Europe? “Fantastic, Historic, Unconventional” a Crosscurrents event hosted by the 49 Alaska Writing Center was recorded at the Anchorage Museum on Feb. 22.

KSKA: Thursday 3/22 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

March 16, 2012 - 2:56 pm

Coal and Your Health

Alaska contains about half of the coal reserves in the United States and development proposals are increasing. No matter if you live nearby a mine or a train transporting coal simply travels through your town, pollutants are released throughout the mining process. Hosted by Alaska Community Action on Toxics, listen to neurologist Dr. Lockwood’s talk on “Coal and Your Health” this week on Addressing Alaskans.

KSKA: Thursday 3/15 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

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March 9, 2012 - 2:52 pm
Photo by Daysha Eaton, KSKA - Anchorage

UAA Debate: Corporate Personhood

Should the U.S. adopt a constitutional amendment banning corporate personhood? This week on Addressing Alaskans, listen to the award-winning UAA Seawolves Speech and Debate Team argue for and against corporate personhood. Recorded on on February 2nd, responses from UAA professors, Clayton Trotter, Jason Brandeis and Steve Haycox follow the student debate.

KSKA: Thursday 3/8 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

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March 7, 2012 - 12:28 pm
For the Love of Cities

For the Love of Cities

We must love the cities we live in if we want them to truly thrive economically and socially, according to For the Love of Cities author Peter Kageyama. So what exactly makes a city lovable? Listen to Peter Kageyam on Addressing Alaskans and find out as he talks about the importance of creativity and culture.

KSKA: Thursday 3/1 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

February 29, 2012 - 1:16 pm
The Great Migration

The Great Migration

Former national correspondent and bureau chief at the New York Times, Isabel Wilkerson was the first African American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for her reporting. She went on to publish a book chronicling the decades-long migration of 600 million black Americans in search of better lives in the North and West. Her book, The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Migration was the subject of her talk at the University of Alaska Anchorage in January.

KSKA: Thursday 2/23 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

February 22, 2012 - 6:38 pm
A Single Roll of the Dice: Obama’s Diplomacy with Iran

A Single Roll of the Dice: Obama’s Diplomacy with Iran

There have been more and more sanctions adopted on Iranians in the last few years. How are these sanctions affecting the Iranian economy and the United States diplomatic efforts with Iran? This week on Addressing Alaskans, hear from Dr. Trita Parsi, President of the National Iranian American Council and author of A Single Roll of the Dice – Obama’s Diplomacy with Iran.

KSKA: Thursday 2/16 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

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February 14, 2012 - 2:51 pm

Wires, Wireless & Wilderness – Alaska’s WAMCATS Communication System

Before WAMCATS, Alaskans depended primarily on mail delivered by dog sled in order to communicate with the outside world. Oftentimes, awaiting a reply from Washington D.C. could take up to one year. Finally in the early 1900′s, spurred by Klondike Gold Rush, Congress sent members of the U.S. Army to build the Washington Alaska Military Cable and Telegraph System or “WAMCATS,” which proved to be no easy feat.

Many WAMCATS sites still exist in Alaska today and historical archaeologist, Dr. Morgan Blanchard has uncovered their history. Listen to his talk “Wires, Wireless and Wildnerness” this week on Addressing Alaskans.

KSKA: Thursday 2/9 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

February 8, 2012 - 1:16 pm

Steve Forbes’ Economic Forecast

A record 1500 Alaskans attended the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation‘s annual economic forecast luncheon this year with keynote speaker Steve Forbes. Best known as the man behind Forbes Magazine, his talk focused on global and national economies and the effects and opportunities they represent for Alaska in the coming year. Listen to Forbes this week on Addressing Alaskans.

KSKA: Thursday 2/2 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

January 31, 2012 - 2:45 pm

The Endangered Belugas of Cook Inlet

Dr. Leslie Cornick from Alaska Pacific University studies beluga communication, diet, and travel patterns to report on the health of the Cook Inlet beluga population. She shared new information from recent studies at the Alaska Zoo’s Wildlife Wednesday lecture series on December 14.

KSKA: Thursday 1/26 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

January 24, 2012 - 5:52 pm
Wind Power in Alaska

Wind Power in Alaska

Wind is Alaska’s fast growing renewable energy resource. This week on Addressing Alaskans, Darron Scott of Kodiak Electic and Suzanne Gibson of CIRI provide an update on Kodiak and Fire Island wind farms. Then Rich Stromberg from Alaska Energy Authority reviews potential wind projects around the state.

KSKA: Thursday 1/19 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

January 18, 2012 - 5:53 pm
Global LNG – A Shell View

Global LNG – A Shell View

A LNG pioneer, Shell will considerably increase production of Liquified Natural Gas in years to come. This week on Addressing Alaskans, Marta Jara from Shell Mexico discusses global markets for LNG, Shell’s big picture priorities and the construction of a massive liquefied natural gas project in Australia that entails building the world’s first floating LNG plant.

KSKA: Thursday 1/12 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

January 12, 2012 - 3:45 pm