Author and essayist Wendy Lesser discusses her latest book Why I Read with poet Robert Pinsky. Their conversation explores the ways that literature and, especially, poetry touch readers and change their lives as Cambridge Forum continues its series My Life Touched by Art.
KSKA: Friday, March 21, at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, March 22, at 6:00 p.m.
The state Senate brings a Constitutional amendment addressing school funding to the floor but returns it to committee. The House is looking at a bill that would require schools to teach students about sexual assault, sexual abuse. The Iditarod – a look back at the race. Gov. Parnell’s appointment to the board of assessors withdraws. The Senate takes up firearms on campus. Dan Coffey is running for mayor of Anchorage. The Anchorage branch of the National Archives will close.
KSKA: Friday, March 14 at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, March 15 at 6:00 p.m.
KAKM: Friday, March 14 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, March 15 at 4:30 p.m.
Legislation that would provide for state participation in the gas line moves forward. Fetal alcohol syndrome is a scourge. Some of those affected explain why. Gov. Parnell “absolves” a future buyer of the Flint Hills refinery of cleanup costs. Parnell sues past and current owner over the cleanup. Alaska public life and policy is different if not unique – here’s some of the reason why. The emerging problem of scarcity. Idaho compared to Alaska.
KSKA: Friday, 3/7 at 2 p.m. and Saturday, 3/8 at 6 p.m.
KAKM: Friday 3/7 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday. 3/8 at 4:30 p.m.
Education and the funding of education remain deeply contentious in Juneau. The Anchorage School District passes the budget for the coming year. Flint Hills refinery closes – controversy follows. Channel 2 has a series “Inside Alaska Prisons.” Anchorage Municipal Elections are barely a month away. US Senate candidate Dan Sullivan not only has raised a lot of money, he has a lot of his own and family money. Eielson AFB remains in the hunt for the F-35 fighter. CH2MHill returns to the troubled port of Anchorage as a contractor. The Iditarod.
KSKA: Friday, 2/28 at 2 p.m. and Saturday, 2/28 at 6 p.m.
KAKM: Friday 2/28 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday. 2/28 at 4:30 p.m.
Supreme Court affirms assessed value of trans-Alaska pipeline. The Flint Hills refinery in North Pole is closing – and controversy follows. Police staffing in Anchorage continues to decline. Sen. Lisa Murkowski addresses the Alaska Legislature. The Anchorage municipal election draws closer. Sen. Pete Kelly and Republican colleagues want to change the make up of the Alaska Judicial Council. Major development in the U-Med highway route selection. Buccaneer Energy asks the state for financial aid.
KSKA: Friday, 2/14 at 2 p.m. and Saturday, 2/15 at 6 p.m.
KAKM: Friday 2/14 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday. 2/15 at 4:30 p.m.
The state’s law department deals with a wide range of legal matters but this week’s show focuses on tribal courts and what the future may look like for court proceedings in rural Alaska. Earlier this week the Senate Indian Affairs Committee reviewed the Indian Law and Order Commission report. It paints a bleak picture for Native communities, saying the high rates of crime in Native communities is a “National Disgrace and a National Problem” and calls for more authority for tribal justice systems, saying in part that the state and fed government should strengthen rather than degrade tribal sovereignty.
KSKA: Friday, 2/14 at 2PM & Saturday, 2/15 at 6PM.
KAKM: Friday 2/14 at 7:30PM & Saturday. 2/15 at 4:30PM
The Sullivan Administration labor law revision will be on the November ballot. The Richardson Highway avalanche continues to block road access to Valdez. HAARP may be history. Shell cancels its 2014 arctic drilling program. The Big Timber Motel in Anchorage may close. Gov. Parnell’s gas-line proposal draws support and criticism. The emergency room is primary care for at least 6,500 Medicaid patients. Fairbanks expects to lay off up to 70 teachers during cuts to education funding.
KSKA: Friday, 1/31 at 2PM & Saturday, 2/1 at 6PM.
KAKM: Friday 1/31 at 7:30PM & Saturday. 2/1 at 4:30PM
The Legislature opens the 2014 session and Gov. Parnell gives his State of the State address. Layoffs are coming to the Anchorage School District. Sen. Mark Begich opposes the proposed Pebble Mine. Analysts lay out the impact of budget shortfalls to the Legislature. Buccaneer his rough spots in preparing to drill in Cook Inlet. Shell’s earnings off 48 percent. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals says the federal government failed to evaluate the potential consequences of the 2008 off-shore lease sale. The Anchorage labor law referendum seems head to the November ballot. Rep, Beth Kerttula steps down as House Minority Leader.
KSKA: Friday, 1/24 at 2PM & Saturday, 1/25 at 6PM.
KAKM: Friday 1/24 at 7:30PM & Saturday. 1/25 at 4:30PM
The Environmental Protection Agency reports on the proposed Pebble Mine. State judges have been sorting out if (and when) the Municipality of Anchorage can hold a referendum on the Sullivan Administration’s labor laws. Mayor Sullivan refunds the city part of the money from municipal trips during which he raised campaign funds.
KSKA: Friday, 1/17 at 2PM & Saturday, 1/18 at 6PM.
KAKM: Friday 1/17 at 7:30PM & Saturday. 1/18 at 4:30PM
Gov. Parnell seeks a smaller appropriation for the proposed Susitna dam. A Tatitlik village administrator goes to jail for misusing funds. Supporters of the marijuana initiative have enough signatures to make the primary election ballot. The flu is everywhere. What is in store for the oil and gas industry in 2014? Lt. Gov. Parnell rejects the set net initiative. The Municipality of Anchorage hires CH2M Hill to manage the port re-design. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Mark begich both support extend unemployment benefits for the long-term unemployed.
KSKA: Friday, 1/10 at 2PM & Saturday, 1/11 at 6PM.
KAKM: Friday 1/10 at 7:30PM & Saturday. 1/11 at 4:30PM
Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell rejects the Izembek Road – again. The primary election is eight months away but the advertising has begun. The Anchorage School District may have to cut 200 teachers, 400 support staff. The Legislature faces big issues in ’14. State lawmakers are getting and expanded home in downtown Anchorage – and criticism comes with it. Alaska law enforcement gets tough on the drug spice. Gov. Sean Parnell talks about addressing energy concerns in southeast Alaska. Gov. Parnell says it is time to changing the funding plan for the Knik Arm Crossing.
KSKA: Friday, 1/3 at 2PM & Saturday, 1/4 at 6PM.
KAKM: Friday 1/3 at 7:30PM & Saturday. 1/4 at 4:30PM
The lengthy Battle of the Tennis Courts is over. A government scientist finds a dead polar bear – and sets off a controversy lasting years. Fish wars on the Kenai Peninsula continue. Three-time sex offenders are sentenced to 99 years. The election season is coming – as is unregulated political advertising. Mayor Dan Sullivan of Anchorage goes to Washington for municipal business – and a fundraiser. Santa’s reindeer are a special species, ADFG tells us. Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma says several Alaska big-ticket projects are a waste of money. A crime story – suspicious icicles.
KSKA: Friday, 12/20 at 2PM & Saturday, 12/21 at 6PM.
KAKM: Friday 12/20 at 7:30PM & Saturday. 12/21 at 4:30PM
Affordable housing in Anchorage. Anchorage Assemblyman Chris Birch proposes moving muni election to the Fall. Alaska faces a $2 billion budget shortfall. Report investigates 20 years of APD-involved shootings. State rejects petition to recall Representative Lindsey Holmes.
KSKA: Friday, 12/13 at 2PM & Saturday, 12/14 at 6PM.
KAKM: Friday 12/13 at 7:30PM & Saturday. 12/14 at 4:30PM
Fall Revenue Forecast Takes $2 Billion Hit; And Democrats Push For Stricter Campaign Disclosure Laws
The state is expecting $2 billion less in it’s fall revenue forecast. The Sullivan administration puts together its capital budget wish list. The fallout of Governor Sean Parnell’s decision to reject federal Medicaid expansion. Democrats push for stricter campaign disclosure.
KSKA: Friday, 12/6 at 2PM & Saturday, 12/7 at 6PM.
KAKM: Friday 12/6 at 7:30PM & Saturday. 12/7 at 4:30PM
Governor Sean Parnell objects to Medicaid expansion. Fairbanks suffers a power outage like no other in recent memory. The Anchorage Assembly passes a budget, but remains wrapped up in the debate over ice rinks and tennis courts. Lawmakers are talking about the possibility of state investment in the gas line. Reapportionment of the Legislature appears to be over; the opponents of the plan are giving up. Sen.Mark Begich is targeted for his vote on health care. Sen. Lisa Murkowski has become prominently involved in the debate over sexual misconduct in the military.
KSKA: Friday, 11/22 at 2PM & Saturday, 11/23 at 6PM.
KAKM: Friday 11/22 at 7:30PM & Saturday. 11/23 at 4:30PM
Anchorage has become embroiled in an appropriations debate. Legislative money for tennis courts – or ice rinks. Some assembly members want to crack down on towing firms. The municipality is exploring a plan to unify the fire and police dispatch. The Anchorage Assembly has been working on Title 11, regulating taxis. Alaska Airlines says it will allow passengers to use more electronic devices. Food trucks have become popular in many American cities. Anchorage is seeing them too – but there are questions about these mobile kitchens as Sean details.
KSKA: Friday, 11/15 at 2PM & Saturday, 11/16 at 6PM.
KAKM, Friday 11/15 at 7:30PM & Saturday, 11/16 at 4:30PM.
The Parnell Administration appeals a subsistence ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court. Shell Oil is working to get its Arctic drilling program back on track. Savings will have to be used to balance the state’s budget. Reapportionment of the legislature remains incomplete.
KSKA: Friday, 11/8 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 11/9 at 6:00pm
TV: Friday, 11/8 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 11/9 at 5:00pm
The issues of substance abuse, domestic violence and sexual assault garner a lot of attention at the Alaska Federation of Native Conference in Fairbanks. Calls to strengthen tribal control over subsistence matters were highlighted by a round-table discussion with Senator Mark Begich and an address by Senator Lisa Murkowski where she deemed certain Federal Subsistence Board rules “ridiculous.”
KSKA: Friday, 11/1 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 11/2 at 6:00pm
TV: Friday, 11/1 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 11/2 at 5:00pm
Mayor Dan Sullivan and the Anchorage Assembly battle over the controversial labor ordinance. The Anchorage Chamber of Commerce comes out in favor of Medicaid expansion. A special shelter for the mentally ill is in the works in Anchorage.
KSKA: Friday, 10/25 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 10/26 at 6:00pm
TV: Friday, 10/25 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 10/26 at 5:00pm
The federal government reopens – for now. Former-Attorney General Dan Sullivan announces run for U.S. Senate. Byron Mallott enters race for governor. Parnell threatens to sue the Fish and Wildlife Service if refuges remained closed. Mat-Su Borough refuses $2 million offer to buy its ferry. The Pebble Partnership and the state are demanding money to pay for legal fees. Potential approaches to curb drunk driving in Anchorage.
KSKA: Friday, 10/18 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 10/19 at 6:00pm
TV: Friday, 10/18 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 10/19 at 5:00pm