Gratitude feels good to give as well as receive. For this Thanksgiving season, we're giving listeners the chance to thank whoever deserves it. We'll have experts to talk about the benefits of being thankful, psychologically and spiritually, and we'll welcome shout-outs to our community's volunteers. Please join us and our guests saying thank you.
KSKA: Wednesday, Nov 18, at 2:00 and 8:00 p.m.
Alaska's position as the only Arctic state amid U.S. chairmanship of the Arctic Council makes it an obvious destination for wide-ranging discussions. On the next Addressing Alaskans, join senior Arctic official Ambassador David Balton, Anders Oskal with the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry, and the World Wildlife Fund's Margaret Williams for an engaging dialogue hosted by the Alaska World Affairs Council.
KSKA: Tuesday, Nov. 17, at 2:00 p.m.
Cigarette smoking is the most well-known risk factor associated with lung cancer, but this cancer occurs in those who have never smoked. What are the other risk factors? Who is at risk? Who should you be screened for this particularly dangerous type of cancer and how should those at risk be screened?
KSKA: Monday, Nov. 16, at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Providence Hospice is trying something new with its goal of providing important information about Advance Health Care Directives: a play. Playwright Bryan Harnetiaux has written a trilogy of end-of-life plays and one of these plays, Dusk (currently performing in various venues around the Anchorage area) concerns Gil (played by local actor Bill Cotton) who is facing those final decisions with his family. Laced with humor and pathos, Dusk goes into the community rather than performs in a theatre. This week on Stage Talk, Providence Hospice Program Director Pat Dooley and Volunteer Coordinator Vanessa Salinas come by to discuss the play and its positive affect.
KSKA: Friday, Nov. 13 at 2:45 p.m.
The Alaska LNG special session came to a close last week. It was the third special session held this year. Zachariah Hughes hosts a reporter's roundtable diving into the complex issues surround the LNG project. What decisions came out of this session? And what exactly does this mean for Alaska?
On the next Outdoor Explorer, we’re revisiting one of our favorite shows on public use cabins. Now is the time to start planning your cabin trips for 2016.
KSKA: Thurs., Nov. 12, at 2:00 p.m.; repeating Thurs., Nov. 19, at 8:00 p.m.
A new city-state task force on human trafficking convenes local law enforcement and FBI, Alaska Native groups, NGOs, the state’s wage and hour section in the Division of Labor Standards and Safety, among others. Where do we go from here?
KSKA: Wednesday, Nov. 11 at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
In the U.S. we are struggling to improve health care access, quality and affordability. Numerous models are being tried. One that you may not have heard of is newly available in Anchorage. On this program we will discuss the practice experience of local physician Dr. Dale Trombley with concierge medicine.
KSKA: Monday, Nov. 9, at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
What impacts might the closing of rural schools have on the state? Influential members of the Legislature have started talking about possibly raising the state’s minimum number of students it takes to keep qualify for state education funding. Currently, that number is ten students. Advocates say that with the state facing a dire revenues shortfall, the state needs to reconsider how it pays for education. Critics say the change could close more than sixty schools in small communities, disproportionately hurting rural Alaskans for the sake of short-term savings.
Nancy Lake Recreation Area is 23,000 acres of boreal forest and more than 100 lakes to explore less than 90 minutes from downtown Anchorage. On this edition of Outdoor Explorer, we’ll share two trips to the Nancy Lake system. We recorded the first half of the show in a canoe on an end-of-season overnight paddle. In the second half, we’ll talk about skating. You can’t do it every year, but when you can it is amazing.
KSKA: Thursday, Nov. 5, at 2:00 p.m.; Thursday, Nov. 12, at 8:00 p.m.
Most people recognize Vern Halter as an Iditarod musher with plenty of top 10 finishes in the Last Great Race and a first place victory in the Yukon Quest. He’s also a lawyer born, raised and educated in South Dakota, and he's been an Alaskan since 1977. He’s served six years on the Mat-Su Borough Assembly. Now he’s the mayor of the fast-growing Mat-Su. On the next Hometown Alaska, we’ll get to ask him all kinds of questions about the challenges ahead.
KSKA: Wednesday, Nov. 4, at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Diabetes Awareness Month each November is designed to focus attention on preventing and controlling diabetes. Since nearly 30 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes, this effort seems warranted. This program will focus on improving understanding of the causes and prevention of diabetes, particularly Type 2 diabetes.
KSKA: Monday, Nov. 2, at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Jon Robin Baitz's finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama Other Desert Cities is currently playing at Cyrano's Theatre Company and Director Shelly Wozniak and actor Gigi Lynch drop by Stage Talk this week to clue us in to how it's been going. Other Desert Cities continues through Nov. 15.
KSKA: Friday, Oct. 30, at 2:45 p.m.
Many conversations about suicide only focus on prevention and looking for the warning signs. But what if a suicide has already happened? How do we talk about it publicly and privately in healthy, supportive ways? During this week’s show we’ll discuss the media coverage of recent suicides, like the death at AFN, and how to have community conversations about such deaths.
KSKA: Fri., Oct. 30, at 2:00 p.m. & Sat., Oct. 31, at 6:00 p.m.
KAKM: Fri., Oct. 30, at 7:30 p.m. & Sat., Oct. 31, at 6:00 p.m.
As Alaska looks forward to fiscal austerity due to low oil prices, our state park system is already burdened with a massive deferred maintenance problem. In some parks, facilities are wearing out and trails are growing over and returning to nature. This edition of Outdoor Explorer explores the funding of our state parks with a director and a former director to learn about the problem and the opportunities to keep our parks in good shape.
KSKA: Thursday, Oct. 29, at 2:00 p.m.; Thursday, Nov. 5, at 8:00 p.m.
Anchorage has the three most diverse high schools in the nation, and an extraordinary mix of cultures in our elementary schools, too. As part of our series on education, Hometown Alaska looks at the opportunities and challengers of diversity and integration. We'll find out about the make-up of our city's unique school population, and how educators work with the mix of backgrounds and languages.
KSKA: Wednesday, Oct. 28, at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Every community has a place, where people gather and stories are told. The East Coast has stoops, the South has porches, and in Alaska we have Arctic Entries. Here, Alaskans share their personal stories — funny, sad and sweet. Listen to seven people tell a 7-minute-long true story related to the show’s theme. This week, the theme is: “It Takes a Village: Stories of Teaming Up, Hashing It Out, and Raising ‘Em Up”
KSKA: Tuesday, Oct. 27 at 2:00 p.m.
In the spring of 2013, Dr. Matthew Dudley was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. Only 37 years old, with two boys under the age of 6, and in excellent physical condition, Dr. Dudley suddenly found himself in a life or death struggle with a silent killer. Please Join host Prentiss Pemberton and Anchorage physician, Dr. Matthew Dudley, as they discuss his ongoing struggle to overcome this devastating disease and how he manages to keep his head up and his heart strong.
KSKA: Monday, Oct. 26, at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Stage director David Lefkowich and conductor Brian DeMaris from Anchorage Opera's production of George Bizet's once scandalous opera Carmen drop by Stage Talk this week. Carmen performs in the Discovery Theatre October 23, 24 and 25.
KSKA: Friday, Oct. 23 at 2:45 p.m.