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 email@example.com 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.
The Centers for Disease Control estimate that, as of 2014, 1 in every 68 children in the U.S. has some form of autism — a 30 percent increase from 2012. These alarmingly high figures underscore the importance of helping those with special needs to lead fulfilling and productive lives. On the next Addressing Alaskans, author and founder of the Autism Independence Project, Amalia Starr, speaks through her own experiences about the potential for children with autism to achieve independence into adulthood.
KSKA: Tuesday, March 10, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
According to the Alaska Commission on Aging, seniors are the fastest growing population and comprise the largest percentage of all ages in Alaska. On the next Line One, Judith Bendersky, program manager for the State of Alaska Medicare Information Office, will provide an overview of Medicare and answer common questions as well as offer the opportunity for listeners to ask their own questions about Medicare.
KSKA: Monday, March 9, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
Horton Foote’s touching drama of a woman who just wants to go home, The Trip to Bountiful is currently playing at Anchorage Community Theatre through March 22nd. Nancy Pearson, who plays Carrie Watts and Tom Lucido, who plays The Sheriff, drop by Stage Talk this week to tell us all about it.
KSKA: Friday, March 6, at 2:45pm
Today we’re doing the weather. Dave Snider is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. He does a daily statewide forecast for public television stations. The final product you see is full of graphics, but inside the massive TV studio it’s just Snider and a single green screen.
Rookie mushers come and go. It takes countless hours and training to become an Iditarod great. On the next episode of Outdoor Explorer, we’re talking to a handful of mushers who are on that journey. They scoop poop. They cut up a lot of raw meat. It’s not glamorous work, but they’re chasing down a dream as Iditarod sled dogs gun it for Nome.
KSKA: Thursday, March 5, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
It’s winter and the thoughts of all Alaskans go to visiting the tropics, and Valley Performing Arts is bringing to the stage Rogers and Hammerstein’s classic musical South Pacific. But not all is as simple as “washing that man right outta my hair”. Listen in to Stage Talk this week to hear Tanya Hegg (Nellie Forbush) and Ed Gilmore (The Professor) engage in a stimulating discussion of some of the deeper aspects of the play. South Pacific runs March 20th-April 19th in Wasilla.
KSKA: Friday, Feb. 27, at 2:45pm