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A Closer Look: Brother Francis Shelter

A Closer Look: Brother Francis Shelter

The scene outside of Brother Francis Shelter in downtown Anchorage can seem like chaos, but walking inside tells a different story. Stay the night at the emergency shelter and learn from some of the people who sleep, volunteer, and work there during this edition of A Closer Look. KSKA: Friday, Nov. 27, at 2:00 p.m. Download Audio:
November 25, 2015
A Closer Look: Humpback Delisting

A Closer Look: Humpback Delisting

Forty-five years after the humpback whales were first listed under the Endangered Species Act, federal scientists say that most humpback populations – including those common in Alaska – are stable and growing. Last month the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recommended delisting the humpback whale. In this four-part investigative series, Sitka reporter Rachel Waldholz delves into the Endangered Species Act and what possible delisting could mean for the humpbacks. Listen now:
May 7, 2015
The Great Alaska Earthquake: 50 Years Later

The Great Alaska Earthquake: 50 Years Later

This week, Alaska commemorates the 50th Anniversary of the Great Alaska Earthquake. The calamity destroyed whole towns, took lives and still stands as the largest earthquake to ever rock North America. KSKA will take a look at how one Alaska Community, Seward, rose to the challenge of rebuilding after the quake and seven tidal waves flattened most of the town. That's on A Closer Look, on KSKA . KSKA: Tuesday, March 25, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Listen now:
March 25, 2014
Alaska's Cultural Connections: Allison Warden

Alaska’s Cultural Connections: Allison Warden

Allison Warden is an Inupiaq performance artist and rapper, whose passion is helping young people explore their own culture… and find their voices and their place in the world. She doesn’t pretend to speak for all Inupiaq – she says they’re not all as weird as she is. KSKA: Monday, 6/17 at 1:00 & 8:00pm
June 14, 2013

Alaska Cultural Connections: Historical Trauma

Many rural Alaskan communities are trying to revive their cultures and languages. But some mental health experts say that in order to revitalize their communities and their families, they first have to acknowledge and heal from the pains of the past. APRN’s Anne Hillman learned about historical trauma as part of an on-going series looking at Culture in Alaska. Download Audio
June 7, 2013
Alaska Cultural Connections: Adoption

Alaska Cultural Connections: Adoption

As part of an on-going series on Alaska’s cultural connections, we’re taking A Closer Look at cross-cultural adoption. Last winter, Anchorage resident Sarah Gonzales and her husband adopted a beautiful healthy baby boy; they met him when he was one day old at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage. She shares her thoughts about how to integrate his birth culture in their family life. Download Audio
June 3, 2013
Anchorage Family’s 50-Year-Old Secret Revealed

Anchorage Family’s 50-Year-Old Secret Revealed

Bill Popp thought he knew his family. Popp is president of the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation. And his family is a close-knit, longtime Alaska clan who talk and text and gather often at Bill’s house in east Anchorage. But last year, everything Bill thought he knew about his family changed. And all it took was one random Google search. A collaboration of the the Anchorage Daily News and APRN, hear the full 30-minute radio story of how the family came to be reunited on A Closer Look. KSKA: Saturday 12/29 at 6:00 pm & Sunday 12/30 at 7:30 pm
December 28, 2012

The Coal Rush

Alaska's abundant coal resources are attracting world attention, especially in the Matanuska - Susitna Borough area, where rich deposits of bituminous coal have attracted development interests from as far away as Australia. But some Mat Su residents say that development will bring only environmental damage and disruption of a rural lifestyle. Others are anticipating high paying jobs. Join Ellen Lockyer for A Closer Look at coal mining in the Mat Su. Thursday 12/13 at 1:00 pm
December 12, 2012
Moose Research Indicates Cow Choices Could Boost Calf Survival

Moose Research Indicates Cow Choices Could Boost Calf Survival

Alaska's moose have become icons of advertising in the state. You see their long faces on coffee cups, T-shirts and in travel brochures so often that it is easy to forget how important they are as a food source. Join Ellen Lockyer and biologist Vic Van Ballenberghe for A Closer Look at new research on moose that could shed light on why some moose calves are healthier than others. KSKA: 11/8 at 1:00 pm
November 8, 2012

Anchorage Doctor Eyes Space Hazards

Fifty years ago, John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth. Half a century later, astronauts still face the perils of space travel. An Anchorage opthamologist has contributed to research on the effects of prolonged weightlessness on the human body. Listen in on a conversation with Dr. Thomas Mader about his work for NASA on A Closer Look. KSKA: Monday 4/23 at 1:00 pm
April 23, 2012

Anchorage’s Hidden Homeless

Much media attention directed to Anchorage’s homeless situation has centered on the heavy numbers flocking to the Brother Francis Shelter during the November cold spell as well as last week’s opening of Karluk Manor for high, at risk chronic alcoholics living on the street. But they are not the bulk of the city’s homeless. Most of Anchorage’s homeless are families, who for various reasons are often unseen, difficult to number and often harder to help. KSKA: Monday 12/12 at 1:00 pm Saturday 12/17 at 6:30 pm
December 9, 2011

Processing Center in Limbo For Valley Veggies

Since the days of the Pioneer Colonists, the Matanuska Valley has been the heart of Alaska's agriculture industry. But changing times demand updated means of production and processing. Today's consumers are increasingly calling for for fresh, locally grown foods, and that is encouraging some growers to look toward expansion, but the lack of a central processing and production center could be holding them back. Is it time to push for a Valley Agricultural Processing and Development Center? KSKA: Monday 10/17 at 1:00 pm & Saturday 10/22 at 6:30 pm
October 14, 2011

Austism in the Schools

The number of diagnosed autistic and Asperger syndrome children in Anchorage continues to rise. KSKA's A Closer Look focuses on some of the educational programs for those children and their parents. KSKA: Monday 10/3 at 1:00 pm Saturday 10/8 at 6:30 pm
September 30, 2011

Superintendent Comeau Addresses Chamber and Fields Questions

On this edition of A Closer Look KSKA presents a profile of the Anchorage School District as presented by its superintendent, Carol Comeau. The Anchorage Chamber of Commerce had invited Superintendent Comeau to describe the district's overall status and what influences were likely to impact the 2011-2012 school term. KSKA: Monday 9/5 at 1:00 pm and Saturday 9/10 at 5:30 pm
September 2, 2011

Alaska’s New Crime Lab

Double click photo for captions or to enlarge. Monday, Aug. 22 @ 1:00 pm & Saturday Aug. 27 at 6:30 pm The Alaska Scientific Crime Detection Laboratory is located in Anchorage, but its mission is to serve police departments and trooper stations across the state. On A Closer Look, KSKA’ s Len Anderson takes us on an audio tour of the new state Scientific Crime Detection Laboratory under construction and set for completion in June, 2012.
August 19, 2011

Title 21: The Future Face of Anchorage

Mon., Aug. 1 at 1:00 pm and Sat. Aug. 6 at 6:30 pm Title 21, it's sweeping; it's controversial; and often it's confusing. For nearly 10 years Anchorage has grappled with rewriting Title 21, the municipality's land use code, but for many its details remain hazy. Join us for an on-going series on the project Mondays at 1:00 pm on A Closer Look, starting August 1.
July 26, 2011

A Closer Look: Providence's Senior Medicare Clinic

Quietly and so far without the fanfare of the dedication ceremony, the long awaited Senior Care Center opened at the Providence Health and Services Alaska Campus in Anchorage. It’s already begun accepting clients and making appointments. It’s goal is help to a particular under served … Read More

February 7, 2011

A Closer Look: Ballot Measure 2

On August 24th, Alaska voters will decide the fate of Ballot Measure Two, which requires parental or guardian notification or a special court waiving before a minor receives an abortion. On A Closer Look, KSKA’s Len Anderson presents both sides of the Measure Two issue.… Read More

August 17, 2010

A Closer Look: Ballot Measure #1

On this week’s A Closer Look, KSKA focused on Ballot Measure One which will appear on the August 24th state primary ballot. KSKA’s Len Anderson hosted the program.

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August 2, 2010
A Closer Look: Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center at the Anchorage Museum

A Closer Look: Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center at the Anchorage Museum

Photo by Chuck Choi.

This afternoon on A Closer Look, we’ll take an audio tour of the Anchorage Museum’s new Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center that opened in May. Center Director Aron Crowell will guide us through some of the exhibits as well as explain … Read More

July 13, 2010