The King and Queen of the Faeries (aka Wayne Mitchell and Dana Mitchell from TBA Theatre) visit Stage Talk this week to share with us the magic that is William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream currently performing through this weekend at the Wendy Williamson Auditorium on the campus of UAA.
KSKA: Friday, March 27, at 2:45pm
Whitney Tilson and Broken Pencil Productions present A Right Denied: The Critical Need for Genuine Education Reform. Education reformer Whitney Tilson gives the most in-depth exploration ever committed to film of the twin achievement gaps that threaten our nation’s future: between the U.S. and our economic competitors, and between low-income, minority students and their more affluent peers. After spending more than two decades on the front lines, witnessing first-hand public education’s shocking failures and remarkable successes, Mr. Tilson was inspired to assemble a powerful and at times unsettling presentation about the twin achievement gaps and what must be done to address them. He utilizes the latest data and research to paint the most detailed portrait of American public education ever committed to film. More importantly, he presents us with a way forward so our nation can deliver on its promise to all of its children and ensure its long-term future.
Hear a partial recording of the panel discussion that followed the film below:
Jim DeHart on “Sex, Drugs and the Rule of Law: Supporting Civil Society and Equal Rights in Afghanistan”
Jim DeHart is the Deputy Assistant Secretary at the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) at the U.S. Department of State. He has been a career Foreign Service Officer since 1993, specializing in political affairs. In July 2013, he completed an assignment as Director of the Office of Afghanistan Affairs. From 2009-2010, he served in Panjshir, Afghanistan as director of the only civilian-led U.S. Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) in the country.
This week, host Prentiss Pemberton joins one of the world’s leading experts on trauma, Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, for a discussion about the mechanisms and areas of the brain that are activated and altered during prolonged or intense exposure to extreme fear or isolation.
KSKA: Monday, March 30, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
Erin’s Law was recently introduced again in the state legislature. It would mandate all public schools to teach sexual abuse prevention curriculum to all students grades K-12. It also requires education and awareness for teachers.
KSKA: Friday, 3/27 at 2:00pm and Saturday, 3/28 at 6:00pm
KAKM: Friday, 3/27 at 7:30pm and Saturday, 3/28 at 4:30pm
It is plenty common for people to make their way to Alaska on behalf of a significant other or for a job, but in this show, three guests share their stories of making the trip north by unconventional means. They came here by air, land and sea — and we’ll hear stories from their adventures heading north.
KSKA: Thursday, March 26, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
Our state has the dubious distinction of being the favorite place to make a reality show. Anyone who watches TV thinks Alaskans are a bunch of idiots by now. So why argue? On today’s show, we talk about enjoying Alaskan reality TV, and we need your help. Call in with the silliest, weirdest or most surprising thing you’ve seen portrayed about Alaska. We’ll make it a fun hour.
KSKA: Wednesday, March 25, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
“When the burdens of the presidency seem unusually heavy, I always remind myself it could be worse. I could be a mayor,” President Lyndon Johnson once said.
With Anchorage facing what many are calling lean times ahead, the city’s next leader has their work cut out for them. On the next Addressing Alaskans, hear candidates Andrew Halcro, Amy Demboski, Ethan Berkowitz and Dan Coffey make their cases for why they deserve your vote in the April 7 elections, at a debate hosted by the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce.
KSKA: Tuesday, March 24, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
This week, Dr. Woodard will be following on the theme of Ken Burns’ upcoming documentary, “Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies” with a show on colorectal cancer epidemiology and screening. Two local experts join the show for a conversation on this health issue at the forefront of the public consciousness.
KSKA: Monday, March 23, 2015, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
Today’s topic is diversity in Anchorage. We’ll start with how the community and the state became home to so many people from different cultures then dive into what that means for Anchorage today – how do we maintain our cultural diversity while also building a healthy, unified community.
KSKA: Friday, 3/20 at 2:00pm and Saturday, 3/21 at 6:00pm
KAKM: Friday, 3/20 at 7:30pm and Saturday, 3/21 at 4:30pm
There’s a new theatre company in town and they’re presenting the west coast premier of an exciting play to help re-open one of Anchorage’s most exciting venues that’s been dormant for two years. Walking Shadows Theatre Company, founded by Krista Schwarting, Jay Burns and Shelly Wozniak is excited to open award winning playwright Topher Payne’s intriguing play, Perfect Arrangement at Out North Theatre. Perfect Arrangement performs March 19th through April 4th at 7:00pm.
KSKA: Friday, March 20th at 2:45pm
The team of Edgecombe and Ware are at it again. This time with two shows for one actor. David Edgecombe (playwright and director) has collaborated with Elizabeth Ware (playwright, actor) to create A Woman by Design, a play about Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter, the pioneer female architect who designed many of the destination structures around the Grand Canyon and is credited with helping develop the Southwest architectural style. And along with Red Hot Patriot, The Kick-ass Wit of Molly Ivins by Margaret Engel and Allison Engel, Ware brings to the stage two exciting and challenging roles. Both plays are in repertory at Cyrano’s Theatre Company performing March 19-April 12 with curtain at 7:00 Thursday through Saturday and 3:00 on Sunday.
KSKA: Friday, March 13, at 2:45pm
Tuesday is Saint Patrick’s Day, and despite its rich history it’s known by most Americans as a day to drink lots of Irish whiskey and beer. To be fair, Saint Patrick got that reputation by giving Catholics a drinking pass during Lent. “And it provided a sort of nice mid-point break in lent where everyone could go crazy, and I think that’s probably the reason it’s turned into the colossal drinking holiday it is today.” That’s Andrew Schmitt, and he loves all things beer, including beer history. It so happens he also went to Catholic school. Schmitt says it’s odd that Saint Patrick is deemed the drinking Saint, especially since there is literally a patron Saint of beer.
Alaska is far below national averages in the number of students who go to college, and yet employers say they lack skilled workers. UAA Chancellor Tom Case and other UAA leaders address the challenges facing a school with lots of shiny new structures but a serious budget gap, and a community that needs more successful graduates.
KSKA: Wednesday, March 18, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
If you love the ocean, Alaska’s waters offer a fascinating world to explore as a diver. On the next Outdoor Explorer, we’re headed under water with three Alaska scuba divers to hear about the sport and what it’s like here in Alaska.
KSKA: Thursday, March 19, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
With the University of Alaska system anticipating a shortfall of at least $40 million, assessing the importance of its myriad programs and functions has become a key concern. On the next Addressing Alaskans, University of Alaska Fairbanks Chancellor Brian Rogers talks about the role UAF plays in helping to grow Alaska’s economy and educate Alaska’s workforce amid staggering budget cuts.
KSKA: Tuesday, March 17, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
On the next Line One, we’re leaving it to the listeners to tap into Dr. Woodard’s expertise on a wide variety of health-related topics. If you have questions about infants, children, or adolescents, immunizations, the social factors contributing to health, improving patient-provider communication, measles, whooping cough, allergy, asthma, or any other issues that may be bothering you why not call during the program or email to firstname.lastname@example.org and see what he has to say.
KSKA: Monday, March 16, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
A theme encountered on Outdoor Explorer is that Alaskans invent a lot of stuff to do what they want outdoors. On this show, three guests who build their own gear, whether it be skis, bike accessories or mountaineering equipment, explain why they find it to be so rewarding and the benefits of stuff Alaskans have invented.
KSKA: Thursday, March 12, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
Educating rural Alaskans is challenging, given financial constraints and remote settings. Nonetheless, a 20-year-old short term residential program in Anchorage, and an onsite and online tutoring program in a rural setting are yielding promising to excellent results.
KSKA: Wednesday, March 11, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.