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Librarian of Congress Dr. James Billington presents Billy Joel with the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, November 19, 2014. (Photo: Shawn Miller)

The Gershwin Prize: Billy Joel

BILLY JOEL: THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS GERSHWIN PRIZE honors singer-songwriter Billy Joel’s receipt of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.

The evening will include performances by Joel, as well as Tony Bennett, Boyz II Men, Gavin DeGraw, Josh Groban, Natalie Maines, John Mellencamp and LeAnn Rimes, with a special performance by Kevin Spacey — as well as a dance ensemble performance from Twyla Tharp’s “Movin’ Out.”

May 4, 2015
Ken Burns' remarkable series explores the lives of one America's most colorful and powerful families. (Photo: Courtesy of PBS)

Encore Presentation: The Roosevelts

Ken Burns’s seven-part documentary weaves the stories of Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, three members of one of the most prominent and influential families in American politics. THE ROOSEVELTS marks the first time their individual stories have been woven into a single narrative.

This encore presentation begins Tuesday, May 5 at 7:00 p.m and runs through June 23.

May 1, 2015

Delving Into Anchorage’s Mayoral Runoff Election

With just a few days left before Anchorage voters head to the polls Tuesday for a runoff election to pick a new mayor the race is intensifying. On April 7th, Ethan Berkowitz and Amy Demboski took the most votes in the city-wide election. For the most part the campaigns were cordial, with the candidates sparing on policy disagreements, but respectful of one another. But in the last week or so new issues have been quickly popping up—both personal and policy related. Today we’ll be sorting through the mayor’s race stories appearing online and in the news, getting a handle on what coverage is substantial, and what’s superficial.

KSKA: Friday, 5/1 at 2:00pm and Saturday, 5/2 at 6:00pm
KAKM: Friday, 5/1 at 7:30pm and Saturday, 5/2 at 4:30pm

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May 1, 2015
Road to the Globe follows New Zealand actor Rawiri Paratene and his company, Ngakau Toa, on their journey to prepare and perform a Maori adaptation of William Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressidaat The Globe. (pHOTO: cOURTESY

Pacific Heartbeat: New Season of Music, Travel and Performances

Running the gamut from enlightening documentaries to musical showcases, the anthology series PACIFIC HEARTBEAT draws viewers into the heart, mind and soul of Pacific Island culture.

This season of Pacific Heartbeat follows a Maori acting company on their journey to bring a native language adaptation of Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida to The Globe Theatre in London, profiles an intimate musical journey with legendary Hawaiian musician Jerry Santos, shares the stories of native Hawaiian masters who have dedicated their lives to practice, preserve and pass on knowledge and expertise, and travels to Papua New Guinea as a group of men and women compete for a coveted spot on the national surfing team – their only way out to see the wider world.

April 30, 2015
Cory Williams of UAA Dept of Biological Scientists researches the lives of arctic squirrels. (Photo: Courtesy of Frontier Scientists)

May 2015 TV Highlights: Frontier Scientists Debuts

May showcases a new series – FRONTIER SCIENTISTS – a featuring a range of research being conducted in the Last Frontier. The series follows scientists around Alaska as they explore the mysteries of this vast state. Some of the episodes include: capturing the migratory patterns of birds; the role of supercomputers in research; volcanoes and volcanic activity; the lives and times of arctic squirrels; mapping Arctic waters.

The series starts May 6 at 9 p.m. right after NOVA and runs every Wednesday night through much of the summer.

April 29, 2015

Starting And Maintaining A Small Business

Today we’ll be talking to some Alaskans who make the business world their beat and we’ll find out how minorities can get some assistance in starting and maintaining a business.

KSKA: Friday, 4/24 at 2:00pm and Saturday, 4/25 at 6:00pm
KAKM: Friday, 4/24 at 7:30pm and Saturday, 4/25 at 4:30pm

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April 24, 2015

I Am An Iñupiaq Carver | INDIE ALASKA

Iñupiaq artist Ross Schaeffer spent most of his life hunting, trapping, and fishing around Kotzebue, Alaska. Only in recent years has he transformed his lifestyle into creating artwork and carvings that blend traditional and modern techniques. Using age old materials such as woolly mammoth bone, Ross works on carvings inspired by his culture and natural environment, and encourages young folks to try artwork themselves.

April 23, 2015

Escaping Vietnam: Dale Tran

Hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese fled Saigon at the end of the Vietnam war in the spring of 1975. They ran from the oppression of the communists. In many cases they ran to save their lives. Dale Tran’s family was among the thousands who escaped.

April 19, 2015

Matzo Balls and the $75 Challenge | INDIE ALASKA

Natasha Price is a crafty person. From knit hats to family dinners, homemade is kind of her thing. One reason for the DIY attitude according to Price is because living in Alaska is expensive enough without going out to eat every night. So after realizing that her family’s monthly grocery bill was topping $600, she went on a quest to feed her family on $75 a week. Not an easy task in a state where nearly all food is shipped thousands of miles before reaching consumers.

April 18, 2015
Chinook Salmon Bycatch; And HB132

Chinook Salmon Bycatch; And HB132

This week on Alaska Edition: The North Pacific Fisheries Management Council takes action on Chinook salmon bycatch in Alaska’s pollock fishery. How could the veto of HB132 affect the Mat-Su Valley? Where does Medicaid expansion stand in the legislature?

KSKA: Friday, 4/17 at 2:00pm and Saturday, 4/18 at 6:00pm
KAKM: Friday, 4/17 at 7:30pm and Saturday, 4/18 at 4:30pm

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April 17, 2015

Delving Into Anchorage’s Municipal Election Results

Today, we’ll be talking about he aftermath of this week’s Anchorage municipal election – results that were surprising to some.

KSKA: Friday, 4/10 at 2:00pm and Saturday, 4/11 at 6:00pm
KAKM: Friday, 4/10 at 7:30pm and Saturday, 4/11 at 4:30pm

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April 10, 2015

Roadkill Moose Sancocho | INDIE ALASKA

Hitting a moose while driving is an unfortunate part of living in Alaska. Oscar and Laura Avellaneda Cruz are making the best of it. The couple utilizes locally harvested meat to make the traditional Colombian soup, sancocho.

April 9, 2015

Arctic Entries Debuts on Television

You’ve heard Arctic Entries.

Now it’s time to watch! Saturday night, April 11 at 10 pm we’ll bring this special program of local storytelling.

What’s in store this week?

Seven Deadly Stories.

April 6, 2015
KSKA's Anne Hillman and KTUU's Austin Baird join Ellen Lockyer on Alaska Edition. (Photo by Josh Edge, APRN - Anchorage)

Impacts Of Reduced State Funding On Alaska’s Schools

Today we’ll be checking in with the Legislative session in Juneau, and the impacts the latest school funding developments on schools statewide and how it may affect school bonds in Anchorage’s upcoming Municipal Election. And, we’ll take a look at how a group of Sudanese refugees are moving forward after a recent vandalism incident in Anchorage.

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KSKA: Friday, 4/3 at 2:00pm and Saturday, 4/4 at 6:00pm
KAKM: Friday, 4/3 at 7:30pm and Saturday, 4/4 at 4:30pm

April 3, 2015

Refugees in Alaska

Every year, over one hundred refugees set foot on American soil for the first time in Alaska. Many are fleeing war or persecution in their home countries, and all of them face a new set of challenges as they adapt to life in Alaska.

April 2, 2015

Herring Eggs and Seal Grease Off-the-Grid | INDIE ALASKA


Fifteen minutes outside of Wasilla, the Little Su River calmly rushes by the small, off-the-grid cabin of Ben Schleifman and Meda DeWitt-Schleifman. The Schleifman family has lived in the cabin for two years and despite the endless list of chores (splitting firewood, hauling fuel, etc.), they have become adept at preparing feasts for friends and family who make the short trek out to their land.

April 2, 2015
Special: This is Now and That Was Then

Special: This is Now and That Was Then

Come along with Rachel, Matt, and Brooke as they guide you on a trip through the Eastern Kenai Peninsula of Alaska. Using land forms along the road system, you’ll learn about the unique history that spans for the indigenous people…to the explorers…to the gold miners…to the 1964 Earthquake. Discover why this region was dedicated as the first National heritage area within Alaska.”

April 1, 2015
April 2015 TV Highlights: The Last Days of Vietnam, Running, and Home and Travel Auction

April 2015 TV Highlights: The Last Days of Vietnam, Running, and Home and Travel Auction

The much talked-about documentary The Last Days of Vietnam highlights our April television schedule. Tuesday, April 27 8:00 pm.

During the chaotic final days of the Vietnam War, as the North Vietnamese Army closed in on Saigon, the South Vietnamese resistance crumbled. The United States had only a skeleton crew of diplomats and military operatives still in the country. With a communist victory inevitable and the U.S. readying to withdraw, many Americans on the ground worried their South Vietnamese allies and friends faced imprisonment or death at the hands of the approaching North Vietnamese. With the clock ticking and the city under fire, a number of heroic Americans took matters into their own hands, engaging in unsanctioned and often makeshift operations in a desperate effort to save as many South Vietnamese as possible.

Municipal candidates are featured in Running. Mayoral candidates will appear Thursday, April 2 beginning at 7:00 pm. School board candidates will be featured starting at 8:30 pm.

March 30, 2015
Erin’s Law And Sexual Abuse Awareness

Erin’s Law And Sexual Abuse Awareness

Erin’s Law was recently introduced again in the state legislature. It would mandate all public schools to teach sexual abuse prevention curriculum to all students grades K-12. It also requires education and awareness for teachers.

KSKA: Friday, 3/27 at 2:00pm and Saturday, 3/28 at 6:00pm
KAKM: Friday, 3/27 at 7:30pm and Saturday, 3/28 at 4:30pm

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March 27, 2015

Alaskan-Italian Minestrone | Indie Alaska


Growing up in Washington DC, Stephanie Cromarty felt completely removed from her Alaska Native heritage. A series of life changes prompted her to pack up her life and move her family to Alaska in order to be more in touch with herself and to reconnect with the culture she missed growing up.

March 26, 2015