Brooke Gladstone has spent 25 years in the news business, the past dozen years taking its temperature and analyzing its strengths and weaknesses on NPR’s “On the Media.” She does it on our behalf, as news consumers. Gladstone is in Alaska this week, her very first time, to talk about our uneasy relationship with news as detailed in her book, “The Influencing Machine.”
KSKA: Wednesday, 2/26, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
Tradition is an important part of politics. The Alaska Legislature has long followed the tradition of keeping the state’s capital budget process confidential until the last minute, and then releasing and voting on it in the final days of the session. Some people think that leads to bad decisions. We’ll talk about Anchorage’s recent tennis court controversies, and other impacts of how the legislature does its job. Is there a better way?
KSKA: Wednesday, 2/19, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
The work world is changing. More and more creatives toil on contract and can work anywhere they want: the kitchen table, the local coffee house, or now, new co-working environments.
KSKA: Weds. 2/12 at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
Tulips and green grass in January? Road to Valdez closed by the mother of all avalanches? Will there be an Iditarod, a Fur Rondy, an Iron Dog? Let’s talk about our recent weather and its implications on the next Hometown Alaska.
KSKA: Weds. 2/5 at 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm
In the 1980s, Anchorage made bids to host the winter Olympics. Remember Salt Lake City? That could have been us. Now the idea is back. On the next Hometown Alaska, we’ll talk about whether Anchorage should be an Olympic city, and what was learned last time we tried. Join us with your questions, memories and opinions. Should we bid for 2026?
KSKA: Wednesday, 1/29 at 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm
The arts always seem to struggle for funding. Why? We’ll hear from the Rasmuson Foundation on their Individual Artists Awards, and from local community arts organizations on their strategies to thrive, including the Design Forum, Anchorage Community Works, Object Runway and more.
KSKA, Wednesday, 1/22 at 2:00 and 9:00 pm
The People Mover bus system has routed through the transit center in downtown Anchorage for many years, but now city officials want to move the transit center to midtown as part of a mixed development of residential and commercial land uses. We explore the pros and cons of moving the transit center, and the implications for focusing more city activity in the midtown area instead of the traditional downtown core.
KSKA: Wednesday 1/15 at 2:00 and 9:00 pm
On the next Hometown Alaska, we’ll hear a particularly Alaskan perspective on social entrepreneurship with Yaso Thiru. She teaches accounting at Alaska Pacific University, and for the last 18 months has promoted social change through education, employment and entrepreneurial spirit. We’ll talk of numerous examples, some global and some local, and take a closer look at Hope Studios, a social entrepreneurship venture right here in Anchorage, with gallery manager Julie Mettler.
KSKA: Wednesday 1/8 at 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm
Volunteers are the heart of many organizations and causes. At this time of year, KSKA provides an opportunity to thank them for their contributions to the community. In the studio, our guests address what volunteers accomplish and how organizations can attract and make effective use of a volunteer workforce.
KSKA: Wednesday 12/18 at 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm
Anchorage lags behind much of the nation in protecting gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender citizens from discrimination, but does that mean they face more prejudice or have a harder life here? Our guests address the lgbt experience in Anchorage, the good as well as the bad. Join us and call in for an open discussion and honest questions about navigating sexual identity.
KSKA: Wednesday 12/11 at 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm
You say snow gives you hives? Not to worry. Anchorage hosts two winter film festivals that promise to transport your mind and imagination to places you never dreamed of visiting.
Come enjoy the best getaway in the world: the movies. We’ll feature program directors for the Anchorage International Film Festival and the Indigenous World Film Festival, They’ll share highlights and don’t-miss surprises for each festival.
KSKA: Wednesday, 12/4 at 2:00pm and 9:00pm
Do moose hate Irish Spring soap? Do mice hate peppermint? We’ll talk remedies to unwanted moose and mice visitors on the next Hometown Alaska. Email your tips to email@example.com, and tune in for some you’ve never heard of before!
KSKA: Wednesday, 11/20 at 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm
All your favorite Anchorage places, like Chester Creek and Point Woronzof, have other names given them by the first people who made Anchorage home, the Dena’ina Athabascans. Learn more about your hometown from the experts, the first residents, on the next Hometown Alaska.
KSKA: Wednesday, 11/13 at 2:00pm and 9:00pm
The key players in the Anchorage labor law debate join us in the studio for a round table discussion: Mayor Dan Sullivan, Assembly chair Ernie Hall, Assembly member Elvi Gray-Jackson, and Gerard Asselin, the President of the Coalition on Municipal Unions. Join us for a civil discussion on a tough issue.
KSKA: Wednesday 11/6 at 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm
The Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport master plan is coming in for a landing. It’s time to get your questions answered and offer airport planners the feedback they need. Airport director John Parrott and project manager Evan Pfahler join us.
KSKA: Wednesday, 10/30 at 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm
Celtic New Year is something like Halloween, but more serious– a night when the veil between two worlds is lifted and ancestors may be in touch. On the next Hometown Alaska, we’ll learn about this tradition, and its 25th annual celebration in Anchorage, which is coming up, with members of the Irish and Scottish communities.
KSKA: Wednesday 10/23 at 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm
They come from different parts of Alaska and different Native communities. Their typical work day could not look more different. Both labor in the quest for a vibrant future for their people. Meet Allison Warden and Liz Medicine Crow, in conversation, on the next Hometown Alaska.
KSKA, Wednesday, 10/16 at 2:00pm and 9:00pm
The advanced-design ferry Susitna was supposed to connect Anchorage and Mat-Su’s Point MacKenzie, but after spending $78 million on the vessel, no landing docks have ever been built and the ship has become a costly white elephant. On the next Hometown, Alaska host Charles Wohlforth and his guests will talk about how Mat-Su taxpayers to got in this difficult situation, and the options being discussed to deal with the cost.
KSKA: Wednesday 10/9 at 2:00 and 9:00 pm
Shoes are particularly personal things, and yet universally human. On the next Hometown, Alaska we’ll be talking about shoes as a way to understand our community, our culture and lifestyles. An exhibit is opening at the Anchorage Museum called Footnotes, and some of the shoes on dispay are crazy, including Xtratough boots as high heels. Charles Wohlforth hosts the curator and one of the artists.
KSKA: Wednesday 10/2 at 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm
Does money flow through your fingers at an alarming rate? Do you understand how credit cards work? Do you buy things you really can’t afford? Studies show young people are at increasing risk because they don’t understand money at a time when they’ll be called upon to manage their own financial resources well. Get advice and tips from the experts on the next Hometown Alaska with host Kathleen McCoy and some money-savvy guests.
KSKA: Wednesday 9/25, at 2:00 pm (LIVE) and 9:00 pm