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Addressing Alaskans

Healthy Economies, Healthy Communities

How do you measure the economic value of an ecosystem? “The choice about how to match built capital and natural capital is the most fundamental question of the 20th century,” according to David Batker, co-founder of Earth Economics.  Batker’s been working with FEMA to help answer this question. He discussed how he studies earth economics at the 2013 Mat-Su Salmon Science and Conservation Symposium in Palmer. Listen to  his keynote address on “Healthy Communities, Healthy Salmon” this week on Addressing Alaskans.

KSKA: Tuesday 11/26 at 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm
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November 22, 2013

Alaska’s Major Energy Projects

This week on Addressing Alaskans, listen to a panel discussion hosted by Commonwealth North on five major Alaska energy projects.  Panelists Tim Bradner, Mark Foster, Scott Goldsmith and Harry Noah address how the different projects complement or complete with each other, challenges ahead for each, how state deficits and declining revenue impact the projects, and finally how to navigate the future and decide which one is best.  All five of the potential projects discussed have received state funding.

KSKA: Tuesday 11/19 at 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm
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November 15, 2013
The Importance of Salmon for the Dena’ina

The Importance of Salmon for the Dena’ina

On the next Addressing Alaskans, historian and Professor of Anthropology, Dr. Alan Boraas explores the Dena’ina people’s strong relationship to salmon. The original settlers in Southcentral Alaska largely built their lives around these fish. Dr. Borass reviews a variety of methods used by the Dena’ina to catch and harvest salmon at this lecture hosted by the Cook Inlet Historical Society.

KSKA: Tuesday 11/12 at 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm
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November 8, 2013
Dena’ina Songs

Dena’ina Songs

In 1954, a schoolteacher in the village of Nondalton in Southwest Alaska made the first audio record ever of Dena’ina songs and speech. Years later, his son, Craig Coray wrote a book to accompany the recordings. Today Craig is an ethnomusicologist, composer and music teacher. On the next Addressing Alaskans, he plays the songs his father recorded and shares the stories behind some very rare songs associated with old rituals.

KSKA: Tuesday 11/5 at 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm
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November 1, 2013

The Future of Alaska Energy

On the next Addressing Alaskans, learn more about Alaska Grid – The All Alaska Energy Project from Brent Petrie, formerly of the Alaska Village Electric Cooperative. The proposed project would use High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) technology to send power all over the state from a natural gas-fueled power plant on Alaska’s North Slope. Brent provides comparisons of similar HDVC projects worldwide and responds to a wide array of questions at this luncheon hosted SMPS Alaska.

KSKA: Tuesday 10/29 at 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm
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October 25, 2013
The Commerce of Diversity

The Commerce of Diversity

“Some people maybe not get black or white or gay or straight, but everybody gets the green. It is the one universal color, that we all understand,” says Justin Nelson, President of the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. Listen to his talk recorded at the Anchorage Chamber on the “Commerce of Diversity,” this week on Addressing Alaskans.

KSKA: Tuesday 10/22 at 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm
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October 18, 2013

Not My Life: Slavery in Anchorage

The first human trafficking case prosecuted in the United States happened right here in Anchorage, Alaska. Not My Life is a documentary depicting the dehumanizing practices of human trafficking and modern slavery worldwide. The film was shown at Bear Tooth Theatrepub in Anchorage and followed by panel discussion on slavery in Alaska with Robin Bronen from the Alaska Institute for Justice, Michelle DeWitt from Tundra Women’s Coalition, Jolene Goeden from the FBI and First Lady of Alaska, Sandy Parnell.

KSKA: Tuesday 10/15 at 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm
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October 11, 2013
Melissa Block

Melissa Block

This week on Addressing Alaskans, listen to host to NPR’s All Things Considered, Melissa Block on-stage with APRN’s Lori Townsend at the Anchorage Museum.Recorded on June 25,  Block shares audio clips of memorable stories she’s done for NPR over her 28-year career, as well as fond memories of her time spent in Alaska.

KSKA: Tuesday 10/8 at 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm
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October 4, 2013
Recent Developments in Dena’ina Recognition in Southcentral Alaska

Recent Developments in Dena’ina Recognition in Southcentral Alaska

It’s one of the most visited places in Anchorage, but how many visitors to Point Woronzof know it was once an important Dena’ina fish camp? This week on Addressing Alaskans, listen to a presentation given at the Cook Inlet Historical Society about ”Recent Developments in Dena’ina Recognition in Southcentral Alaska.” Learn what Potter Marsh, Fire Island, Campbell Creek and Glen Alps meant to Anchorage’s original residents and how those stories are being recognized today.

KSKA: Tuesday 10/1 at 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm
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September 27, 2013
The First Stars in the Universe

The First Stars in the Universe

2011 Nobel Laureate, Brian P. Schmidt graduated from Bartlett High School in Anchorage in 1985. Today he is an astrophysicist and professor at The Australian National University Mount Stromlo Observatory where he is known for his research in using supernovae as cosmological probes. Recently, Dr. Schmidt returned to Anchorage to discuss his most recent discoveries related to “The First Stars in the Universe.”

KSKA: Tuesday 9/24 at 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm
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September 20, 2013
State of the City

State of the City

This week Addressing Alaskans, listen to Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan’s annual State of the City address to the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, recorded on Monday. He reviews projects nearing completion including a new fire station and coastal trail improvements. He also previews future plans for Ship Creek and the former Anchorage armory site

KSKA: Tuesday 9/16 at 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm
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September 13, 2013

Making Sense of the Affordable Care Act

“It’s no longer about pre-existing conditions and health forms, it’s now about getting educated about the Affordable Care Act” says Josh Weinstein of Northrim Benefits Group. This week on Addressing Alaskans listen to his talk entitled,  ”Making Sense of the Affordable Care Act” recorded at the Healthcare Education Series hosted by the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce.  His group will launch Enroll Alaska on October 1.

KSKA: Tuesday 9/10 at 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm
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September 6, 2013
The Coming Jobs War

The Coming Jobs War

CEO of Gallup International and author of “The Coming Jobs War, “ Jim Clifton was the featured keynote speaker at the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation‘s (AEDC) 2013 Economic Forecast luncheon at the end of July. This week on Addressing Alaskans, listen to Clifton’s talk on what leaders need to know about the future of job creation.

KSKA: Tuesday 9/3 at 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm
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August 30, 2013
Discovering Our Native Voice

Discovering Our Native Voice

Season 5 of Addressing Alaskans on KSKA wraps up with Shyanne Beatty of Native Voice 1 and KNBA FM 90.3. Hosted by the Anchorage Museum as part of the Alaska Native Culture  Smithsonian Spotlight lectures series, Shyanne talks about relying upon radio for communication and survival as a child growing up in Eagle, Alaska and what led her to a career in radio. “Discovering Our Native Voice” was recorded on May 2.

KSKA: Tuesday 6/25 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm
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June 21, 2013
Better Thinking About Thinking

Better Thinking About Thinking

“Knowledge is not a matter of getting reality right. But rather a matter of acquiring habits of action for coping with reality,”  says Michael Lissack, executive director of the Institute for the Study of Coherence and Emergence. This week on Addressing Alaskans listen to his talk on “Better Thinking About Thinking – Coherence, Complexity and Context” hosted by Alaska Pacific University.

KSKA: Tuesday 6/18 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm
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June 14, 2013
The Betrayal of American Prosperity

The Betrayal of American Prosperity

This week on Addressing Alaskans, hear from Clyde Prestowitz, President of the Economic Strategy Institute. Hosted by the Alaska World Affairs Council, his talk entitled “The Betrayal of American Prosperity: Free Market Delusions, America’s Decline, and How We Must Compete in the Post-Dollar Era” was recorded in Anchorage on May 3.

KSKA: Tuesday 6/11 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm
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June 7, 2013

UAA vs. Harvard Debate: Repealing the 2nd Amendment

“Should this House Repeal the Second Amendment?” The University of Alaska of Anchorage Seawolf debate team argues in support and Harvard opposes the repeal at this sell out event recorded at the Beat Tooth theater pub in Anchorage on May 2nd.

KSKA: Tuesday 6/4 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm
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May 31, 2013
Wrangell Mountain Sky Boys

Wrangell Mountain Sky Boys

“What is it about Alaska’s bush pilots?” asked Katie Ringsmuth Historian with National Park Service in Anchorage. This week on Addressing Alaskans listen to her talk on “Wrangell Mountain Skyboys: How Buffalo Bill, Buck Taylor and Bob Reeve Created Alaska’s Skyboy Narrative.” As part of The Centennial Flight of Alaska lecture series hosted by the Cook Inlet Historical Society, Ringsmuth was recorded speaking at the Anchorage Museum on April 18.

KSKA: Tueasday 5/28 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

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May 24, 2013
Writer Talk: Kris Farmen and Dan Bigley

Writer Talk: Kris Farmen and Dan Bigley

This week on Addressing Alaskans, author and bear attack survivor Dan Bigley joins author Kris Farmen on stage for a conversation about their unique stories and writing processes. Bigley’s recent memoir, Beyond the Bear, is an incredible story of survival and Kris Farmen is the author of two novels, most recently, Turn Again.

KSKA: Tuesday 5/21 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

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May 17, 2013
Northern Limits: A 4,000 Mile Human Powered Journey

Northern Limits: A 4,000 Mile Human Powered Journey

Choosing a road-less and trail-less route, they followed the caribou trails for much of their journey from Bellingham, Washington to Kotzebue Alaska. Recorded at the Snow Goose theater in Anchorage,  listen to Caroline Van Hemert and Pat Farrel talk about their 2012 adventure traveling by rowboat, ski, packraft, foot, and canoe along  the Inside Passage, the Coast Mountains, the length of the Yukon Territory, the Arctic Coast, and the Brooks Range, this week on Addressing Alaskans.

KSKA: Tuesday 5/14 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm
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May 10, 2013