Alaska voters have the opportunity to say ‘yay’ or ‘nay’ on a higher minimum wage. Ballot Measure 3 would raise the state’s minimum wage from $7.75 per hour to $9.75 over the next two years, and then adjust the minimum wage for inflation each year after 2016. What are the potential effects to Alaska’s economy? Is this a win for businesses and for workers, or does one side benefit at the other’s expense? Hear the minimum wage initiative debated at a public forum hosted by Alaska Common Ground.
KSKA: Tuesday, August 5, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
Taxes from oil production pay for a hefty chunk of Alaska’s state government. Last year the Legislature narrowly passed Senate Bill 21, which offers tax cuts to encourage more drilling in the wake of declining oil production statewide. On August 19, voters will have the chance to repeal those cuts. Alaska Common Ground brings panelists from both sides of the debate to hash out the details of the oil tax referendum on the table.
KSKA: Tuesday, July 29, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
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.
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.
Join author Mary Breu as she tells the story of her great aunt Etta Jones. Breu is the author of “Last Letters From Attu: The True Story of Etta Jones, Alaska Pioneer and Japanese P.O.W.” Etta Jones was working as a schoolteacher on the Aleutians when the Japanese invaded Attu. She spent more than three years as a prisoner of war in Japan. Breu recounts Etta’s stories of Alaska, the frontier and of P.O.W. camp.
KSKA: Tuesday, June 17, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
Join British ambassador to the United States, Sir Peter Westmacott, for a talk on U.K.-Alaska relations hosted by the Alaska World Affairs Council. British tourists make up nearly a third of all foreign visitors to Alaska. “Brits are quite adventurous people, as they were back in Captain Cook’s time,” Westmacott says. They’re also among the world’s top consumers of canned Alaska salmon. Hear Westmacott’s perspective from across the pond on Alaska, the Arctic and more.
KSKA: Tuesday, June 10, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
The Alaska Constitution reads, “The Legislature shall provide for the utilization, development, and conservation of all natural resources belonging to the state, including land and waters, for the maximum benefit of its people.” Hear a panel of three experts organized by Commonwealth North discuss what it means to ensure “maximum benefit” as the state evaluates becoming a joint owner in a North Slope natural gas pipeline project. Panelists include Marty Rutherford, Dermot Cole and Gunnar Knapp.
KSKA: Tuesday, June 3, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
“There are old pilots, there are bold pilots, but you’ll never find an old, bold pilot.” Not true in Alaska. Old school bush pilots to tell their boldest stories about Alaska aviation during an evening of storytelling at the Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum. Pilots include: Dick Reeve, Chuck Sassara, Warren Polski, Bill English and Ron Sheardown.
KSKA: Tuesday, May 27, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
Anchorage Museum history curator Katie Ringsmuth talks about the Snug Harbor salmon cannery. A mix of cultures and gender dynamics shaped Cook Inlet life while the cannery was in operation for sixty years. Join us for a rich journey into cannery life in early Alaska during this lecture, hosted by the Cook Inlet Historical Society and recorded at the Anchorage Museum.
KSKA: Tuesday, May 20, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
This week on Addressing Alaskans, Alaska lieutenant gubernatorial candidates Hollis French, Lesil McGuire, Dan Sullivan, and Bob Williams field questions in a forum discussing each candidate’s vision for the future of Alaska.
KSKA: Tuesday, May 13, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
This week on Addressing Alaskans, Alaska gubernatorial candidates Byron Mallott, Bill Walker and current Governor Sean Parnell field questions in a forum discussing each candidate’s vision for the future of Alaska.
KSKA: Tuesday, May 6, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
On the next Addressing Alaskans, hear UAA biology professor Dr. Jennifer Burns discuss her research on mammals in polar environments. What do marine mammals need to survive? How may climate change impact their ability to make a good living in the ocean? Does it matter if the mammals live in the Arctic or Antarctic? Burns’ talk, “Marine Mammals in a Changing Sea: Sentinels or Sitting Targets,” was recorded at a BLM Campbell Creek Science Center fireside chat in April.
KSKA: Tuesday, April 29, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
This week on Addressing Alaskans, director of the University of California at San Francisco’s Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment, Dr. Tracey Woodruff talks about toxic chemicals, exposure and the effects on our health.
KSKA: Tuesday, April 22, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
This week on Addressing Alaskans, UAA Atwood Chair of Journalism Mark Trahant speaks as part of a series titled “Women and Agents of Violence.”
KSKA: Tuesday, April 15, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
KTOO and 360North in Juneau bring us a discussion on Alaska’s budding gas pipeline project in an hourlong program called “Decoding the Gas Line Project.” For years Alaskans have been talking about a natural gas pipeline. Now the Alaska LNG project has momentum and the state could become an owner.
KSKA: Tuesday, April 1, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
This week on Addressing Alaskans, professor of veterinary sports medicine at Oklahoma State University, Dr. Michael Davis. Dr. Davis explains in detail what makes dogs such incredible athletes, outperforming other mammals in extremes of altitude and temperature.
KSKA: Tuesday, March 18, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
This week on Addressing Alaskans, five panelists offering varying perspectives on marijuana law and policy discuss the implications of marijuana reform in Alaska, as well as nationwide.
KSKA: Tuesday, 3/11, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
This week on Addressing Alaskans, award-winning Egyptian-American playwright Yussef El Guindi will discuss perceptions of Arabs and Muslims in the media as seen through the lens of an Arab-American.
KSKA: Tuesday, 3/4 at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
This week on Addressing Alaskans, Associate Professor in the UAA Department of Anthropology and former president of the Alaska Consortium of Zooarchaeologists, Diane Hanson. Dr. Hanson speaks candidly about her many interesting experiences doing archaeological work in Alaska.
KSKA: Tuesday 2/25 at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
This week on Addressing Alaskans, hear from seven internationally recognized artists in Gyre: The Plastic Ocean exhibition at the Anchorage Museum. Ocean trash collected from beaches all over the world takes center stage in all of their Gyre works. In this lecture recorded at the Anchorage Museum, the artists discuss their experiences collecting trash for art and the relationship between “Art and the Environment.”
KSKA: Tuesday 2/11 at 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm