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Author Harper Lee smoking cigarette on porch. HEY BOO, a film by Mary Murphy. A First Run Features release. (Photo: Donald Uhrbrock)

American Masters: The Mysterious Life of Harper Lee

Uncover the mysterious life of the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of To Kill a Mockingbird in AMERICAN MASTERS: HARPER LEE – HEY BOO. Emmy-winning filmmaker Mary McDonagh Murphy offers an unprecedented look at Lee’s life.

July 6, 2015

Challenges and successes for Alaska’s LGBTQ community

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a landmark decision and legalized same-sex marriage nationwide. But in the same week, the rainbow flag was burned outside of Identity, Anchorage’s LGBT community center. In these fast changing times, what challenges and successes are the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer communities facing here in Alaska?

KSKA: Friday, 7/3, at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, 7/4, at 6:00 p.m.
KAKM: Friday, 7/3, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, 7/4, at 4:30 p.m.
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July 3, 2015
Aaron Franklin, owner and chief firestarter at Franklin BBQ in Austin, is widely regarded as one of the most influential pitmasters in the United States. (Photo Courtesy of KLRU)

Who Says Texans Can’t BBQ?

Pitmaster Aaron Franklin takes a boisterous BBQ culture road trip in BBQ with FRANKLIN — featuring the people, the places and, of course, the food. The series celebrates the traditions and storied histories passed down through the generations, as well as those breathing new life into this distinctly American culture.

July 1, 2015

(front row L - R)  ANN BELL, Aunt Hester; BARBARA FLYNN, Aunt Emily;  JUDY CAMPBELL, Aunt Ann; WENDY CRAIG, Aunt Juley; 

Photograph taken by Brian Moody.

The Forsyte Saga – Damian Lewis Returns to PBS

This 2002 dramatic miniseries chronicles three generations of the Forsytes, an upper middle-class family in Victorian and Edwardian England. Damian Lewis, Gina McKee and Ioan Gruffudd star, with Rupert Graves, Amanda Root and Corin Redgrave.

June 30, 2015
A baby elephant in Laos at an elephant sanctuary where a larger male elephant was treated for a leg injury. (Photo Courtesy of BBC)

Operation Wild: Groundbreaking Operations on Animals Around the World

Join veterinarian teams around the world as they undertake groundbreaking operations to try to save animals’ lives. Find out how pioneering human medicine is transforming ways to look after animals in some of the most remote places on earth. Witness dramatic stories of ingenuity, invention and dedication.

June 30, 2015
(Photo Courtesy of Graham Bartholomew / Wall to Wall Media)

First Peoples: Asia, Australia, Europe

See how the mixing of prehistoric human genes led the way for our species to survive and thrive around the globe. Archaeology, genetics and anthropology cast new light on 200,000 years of history, detailing how early humans became dominant.

June 30, 2015

Hip-hop bringing positive change to Anchorage

Hip hop is more than just music and dance. It’s a culture. And for some people in Alaska it’s a way to bring positive change to the community.

KSKA: Friday, 6/26, at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, 6/27, at 6:00 p.m.
KAKM: Friday, 6/26, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, 6/27, at 4:30 p.m.
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June 26, 2015

Searching for Sheep in Denali

Dall Sheep played and important role in the creation of Denali National Park. That doesn’t necessarily mean they’re always easy to find. Each year, the National Park Service conducts ground-based and aerial surveys to identify sheep population trends in an effort to ensure effective management within the national park.

June 25, 2015

Fighting Alaska’s wildfires

Fires ripped through Southcentral Alaska and the Kenai Peninsula this week, destroying structures and triggering evacuations. As the fires calm down, people are starting to head home. This week on Alaska Edition we’ll talk about fighting fires and taking the next steps toward recovery.

KSKA: Friday, 6/19, at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, 6/20, at 6:00 p.m.
KAKM: Friday, 6/19, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, 6/20, at 4:30 p.m.

June 19, 2015
Youth decision-making and healthy choices

Youth decision-making and healthy choices

Think back to being a high school student and navigating the social world. What made you happy or lonely? How did you decide if you wanted to play sports or study hard or drink alcohol? Nowadays fewer kids are drinking and making risky decisions than many people think. And we have data showing why. This week’s Alaska Edition focuses on youth decision making and how the community is supporting healthy choices.

KSKA: Friday, 6/12, at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, 6/13, at 6:00 p.m.
KAKM: Friday, 6/12, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, 6/13, at 4:30 p.m.
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June 12, 2015

Pioneering Rough Terrain Unicycling | INDIE ALASKA

George Peck began riding unicycles around Seward, Alaska in the eighties. Eventually moving on to riding the ultimate wheel – a unicycle with no seat – on mountains and beaches, George pioneered the sport of “rough terrain unicycling” and began a family tradition carried on by his children, Kris and Katie Peck.

June 11, 2015

The purpose and history of Alaska’s Permanent Fund Dividend

Today, we’re talking about the Permanent Fund. Some House Republicans want to move some of the fund’s earnings into the body of the fund so it can’t be touched. Others are tossing around the idea of using the Permanent Fund as collateral for earning more money for the General Fund. Is this what the Fund is for? So, we’re taking a step back and looking at the history of the Permanent Fund and the Permanent Fund Dividend.

KSKA: Friday, 5/29, at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, 5/30, at 6:00 p.m.
KAKM: Friday, 5/29, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, 5/30, at 4:30 p.m.
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May 29, 2015

We are Birch Tappers | INDIE ALASKA

In Alaska where birch trees are plentiful, locals are finding unique ways to use birch sap. Julie Cascio and Valerie Barber are two Alaskans who are exploring creative ways to utilize birch sap, whether it’s making syrup or their most recent endeavor, birch soda. They’re teaching residents of the Matanuska-Susitna region new tricks to live off their land and the value in doing so.

May 28, 2015
(Host Danielle Chang. Photo by: Noah Fecks.)

June 2015 Television Highlights: Lucky Chow Debuts

LUCKY CHOW travels across the United States to explore Asian cuisine’s impact on American food culture. Hosted by Danielle Chang, the six-part series explores a wide variety of Asian food and drink — from a famous Japanese noodle dish to Korean kimchi to Chinese fusion — while meeting the new generation of chefs and entrepreneurs dedicated to keeping the traditions alive.

May 27, 2015

The Legislature’s Second Special Session

With the state legislature now gaveled in to a second special session in the new Legislative Information Office in Anchorage, major state issues are under debate, namely the state’s operating budget.

KSKA: Friday, 5/22, at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, 5/23, at 6:00 p.m.
KAKM: Friday, 5/22, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, 5/23, at 4:30 p.m.
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May 22, 2015
Katherine Gottlieb is a Sugpiak native Alaskan and CEO of the Anchorage-based Southcentral Foundation, which combines modern medicine with traditional healing to care for the health of 65,000 native Alaskans spread across 107,000 square miles. (Photo: Courtesy of David Gruben Productions)

Rx: The Quiet Revolution

From Maine to Mississippi, Alaska to California, filmmaker David Grubin, visits physicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals who are placing the patient at the center of their practice — transforming the way medical care is delivered while lowering costs.

Rx: THE QUIET REVOLUTION shows how a patient-centered philosophy can improve health outcomes and enrich the lives of patients.

May 21, 2015

How can Alaska solve its fiscal crisis?

We’ve been hearing for months about Alaska’s fiscal crisis. The budget is being cut and we’ll have to dip into reserves. Some economists predict that the state will run out of savings in less than a decade. But is there an alternative? Can the state make money for the general fund from sources other than oil revenue? Some economists say yes.

KSKA: Friday, 5/15, at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, 5/16, at 6:00 p.m.
KAKM: Friday, 5/15, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, 5/16, at 4:30 p.m.
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May 15, 2015

Rural Alaska’s Water Issues

Today we’re discussing water. Specifically, the absence of adequate water and sewage systems in rural communities across Western Alaska. Though there has been a lot of progress building facilities in the last 20 years, the job isn’t done, leaving many with limited access to potable water. It’s not merely an issue of convenience. There are elevated health risks, economic consequences, as well as questions of fairness in resource allocation. And amid diminishing state revenues along with accelerating climate change, the problems are rapidly worsening.

KSKA: Friday, May 8, at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, May 9, at 6:00 p.m.
KAKM: Friday, May 8, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, May 9, at 4:30 p.m.
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May 8, 2015

I am a Mosaic Artist | INDIE ALASKA

Terri Anne Kilborn recreates Alaska’s sweeping scenery one shard of tile at a time in her mosaic studio, Arctic Mermaid. Kilborn has made it her goal to unlock the creativity in others through the medium of mosaics.

May 7, 2015
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