You’ve seen the t-shirts. The ones with a picture of a mosquito with the caption “Alaska state bird.” Mosquito season is upon us. Join host Annie Feidt and two entomologists to talk about what’s biting us. We’ll also learn about the ecological role the buzzers and biters play in Alaska’s ecosystem.
KSKA: Thursday, May 22, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
The Alaska Railroad is facing new challenges. The closure of the Flint Hills refinery in North Pole will reduce freight business that has already been impacted by the price of coal. The bill creating the Alaska Railroad passed Congress a century ago this year. But what does its future hold? Join host Charles Wohlforth and guests to learn more.
KSKA: Wednesday, May 21, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
Anchorage Museum history curator Katie Ringsmuth talks about the Snug Harbor salmon cannery. A mix of cultures and gender dynamics shaped Cook Inlet life while the cannery was in operation for sixty years. Join us for a rich journey into cannery life in early Alaska during this lecture, hosted by the Cook Inlet Historical Society and recorded at the Anchorage Museum.
KSKA: Tuesday, May 20, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
Are there significant environmental exposures causing breast cancer? If so, what are they? Join Line One host Dr. Thad Woodard and his guests as they address these questions and discuss what is known about factors linked to breast cancer.
KSKA: Monday, May 19, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
It’s a homecoming for some and a new adventure for many. Dawson Moore, Conference Coordinator for the 22nd annual Last Frontier Theatre Conference, joins Stage Talk this week to talk about this internationally known playwriting conference held in Valdez. There’s more than just playwriting going on and Dawson lets us in on all the activities as the conference runs June 8th though the 14th.
KSKA: Friday, May 16, at 2:45 p.m.
Two state troopers die during an arrest in Tanana – a memorial service draws 4,000. The battle over SB 21, the oil tax bill, continues through intense advertising and campaigning. The State Assessment Review Board meets in Anchorage. Economist Scott Goldsmith weighs in on SB21, the oil tax bill. Advocates of same-sex marriage are in court. The state’s annual Cook Inlet lease sale is held. Voting-rights advocates charge the state’s translations of the election ballots into Native languages are faulty. Fairbanks four granted new hearing by judge.
KSKA: Friday, May 16 at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, May 17 at 6:00 p.m.
KAKM: Friday, May 16 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, May 17 at 4:30 p.m.
Seniors from most of Anchorage’s high schools are graduating this week and next. The district’s high schools rank among the most diverse in the nation. East high tops that list with more than 2000 kids from every corner of the world. Grads spoke about how all that diversity affected their education.
The Alaska Supreme Court listened to oral arguments Tuesday in a case that challenges whether or not same-sex couples should receive survivor benefits.
Things look a little different in Mountain View these days. The community in north Anchorage just finished their 25th annual community-wide clean-up. This year they were joined by other city residents to improve their green space as well.
Athletic events in Alaska often have a purpose. The heart run, the ski for women. We look at cause-driven events, and why they’re important to the people involved and to the entire community. Host Charles Wohlforth is joined by a bicyclist who lives with diabetes and rides to help raise money to fight the disease, and a runner who got inspired by Leukemia survivors to help get others involved.
KSKA: Thursday, May 15, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
Makers say their passion goes beyond arduinos and raspberry pi’s (credit card-sized computers). It includes gardening, sewing, knitting cooking. Isn’t that all of us? Find out when Hometown Alaska hosts founders of the local maker movement.
KSKA: Wednesday, May 14, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
This week on Addressing Alaskans, Alaska lieutenant gubernatorial candidates Hollis French, Lesil McGuire, Dan Sullivan, and Bob Williams field questions in a forum discussing each candidate’s vision for the future of Alaska.
KSKA: Tuesday, May 13, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
The city will not be increasing the $11.8 million they plan to use for non-motorized transport projects in the 2015 to 2018 Transportation Improvement Program. The Anchorage Metropolitan Area Transportation Solutions advisory committee took comments on the plan on Thursday. A dozen people spoke in favor of increasing the money used to mark bike lanes and improve the trail system.
Dr. Thad Woodard and guests will discus three common forms of infectious hepatitis, types A, B and C. They’ll discuss transmission, risk factors, natural history and treatment options for these similar, but very different, illnesses.
KSKA: Monday, May 12, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
Two state troopers killed in Tanana. The state Republican Party meets in Juneau. The Anchorage School District comes into extra money. Three motorcyclists killed on Glenn Highway. Anchorage water rates are perplexing – an explanation follows. Parnell cuts deal for pipeline taxes. Ammunition in short supply. Why? Sen. Fred Dyson has a bill that would remove from view court cases that do not lead to conviction. National Climate Assessment of climate change has warnings for Alaska.
KSKA: Friday, May 9 at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, May 10 at 6:00 p.m.
KAKM: Friday, May 9 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, May 10 at 4:30 p.m.
Valley Performing Arts brings to the stage the classic English farce — Phillip King’s “See How They Run” (the title is taken from the nursery rhyme “Three Blind Mice”). Director Vanessa Warner and actor Todd Broste take a breather to come by Stage Talk this week. “See How They Run” opens May 9th and runs through the 25th in Wasilla.
KSKA: Friday, May 9, at 2:45 p.m.
Students from Lake Otis Elementary spoke about their first experiences biking to school and the lessons they learned on the way.
In Anchorage you head for the mountains, but on the other side of the city there is another wild habitat to explore, summer and winter: the coastal wetlands that extend from Potter’s Marsh to Ship Creek. We’ll talk about the swampy, muddy shoreline of Anchorage, and the many birds and animals that live there.
KSKA: Thursday, May 8, 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
How do you get a pair of polar bears to mate? Very carefully. In fact, the polar bears at the Alaska Zoo were living relatively platonically until recently. Now its hoped that they’ll produce a cub that will help conserve the species. We’ll learn about our zoo, the love life of the polar bears, and the that status of these great animals in the wild.
KSKA: Wednesday, May 7, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.