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Sled Dogs in Slow Motion

The dogs were ready to pull on this unseasonably warm day in downtown Anchorage at the ceremonial start of the 2015 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

March 7, 2015

I Run a Custom Knife Shop

For Virgil and Dawn Campbell, making and selling knives is a way of life. The I.R.B.I. (“I’d Rather Be Independent”) knife shop on the Seward highway has been in the family for three generations and serves as workshop and a landmark for passerbys from near and far.

March 5, 2015
ADN's Devin Kelly, KTUU's Austin Baird join Alaska Public Media's Zachariah Hughes on Alaska Edition to discuss Anchorage's upcoming mayoral election. (Photo by Josh Edge, APRN - Anchorage)

Crowded Anchorage Mayoral Race Heats Up

Today we’re discussing the race for mayor in Alaska’s largest city. Anchorage’s city politics have ripples across the state, whether in terms of funding coming from the Legislature, or launching political careers into higher office. The election is on April 7th, but recently we’ve seen the race start to take off. It’s a crowded field, with 11 candidates, hundreds of thousands of dollars pouring in from donations, and expectations of an eventual run off.

KSKA: Friday, 2/27 at 2:00pm and Saturday, 2/28 at 6:00pm
KAKM: Friday, 2/27 at 7:30pm and Saturday, 2/28 at 4:30pm

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February 27, 2015

I Am An Ice Sculptor

Ice, an annoyance for most during the long Alaskan winters, has become the muse for Anchorage artist Speareo Stephens. Stephens stumbled upon ice sculpting when he first arrived in Alaska and has been carving away ever since.

February 26, 2015

Marijuana Legalization In Alaska; And Sally Jewell’s Arctic Visit

First, we’re discussing what the legalization of marijuana  coming up next Tuesday means for state residents in real terms. And also a rare visit from Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to Kotzebue in the Northwest Arctic Borough and the large group of lawmakers who were also in the Arctic.

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February 20, 2015
Courtesy of Richard Wyllie

Shakespeare Uncovered: Season 2 Continues

Shakespeare Uncovered continues with a second season on Alaska Public Media.
Like the first series, the second installment of Shakespeare Uncovered combines history, biography, iconic performances, new analysis and the personal passions of its celebrated hosts – Hugh Bonneville, Kim Cattrall, Joseph Fiennes, Morgan Freeman, David Harewood, and Christopher Plummer – to tell the stories behind the stories of Shakespeare’s greatest plays.

February 5, 2015
Vision Maker film

Healing the Warrior’s Heart

Healing the Warrior’s Heart examines the emotional trauma of war through the prism of Native American tradition and ceremony. The program reveals the central role that military service plays in Native life and explores the spiritual traditions that help returning American Indian soldiers reintegrate into society.

February 4, 2015
EARTH A New Wild – Our Special Relationships

EARTH A New Wild – Our Special Relationships

EARTH A New Wild takes a fresh look at humankind’s relationship to the planet’s wildest places and most fascinating species. Dr. M. Sanjayan, a leading conservation scientist, takes viewers on a stunning visual journey to explore how humans are inextricably woven into every aspect of the planet’s natural systems.

February 3, 2015
FRONTLINE: Firestone and the Warlord

FRONTLINE: Firestone and the Warlord

FRONTLINE and ProPublica investigate the relationship between Firestone and the infamous Liberian warlord Charles Taylor. Based on the inside accounts of Americans who ran the company’s Liberia rubber plantation, and diplomatic cables and court documents, the investigation reveals how Firestone conducted business during the brutal Liberian civil war

February 2, 2015

What Do Wilderness Designation Proposals Mean For Arctic Development?

The Obama Administration has proposed designating more than 20 million acres of both on and offshore federal areas be made off limits to development such as oil and gas exploration. The announcement was described as a gut punch by Senator Lisa Murkowski and had the entire delegation and the governor so steamed, they said it was a “war on Alaska.”

KSKA: Friday, 1/30 at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, 1/31 at 6:00 p.m.
KAKM: Friday, 1/30 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, 1/31 at 4:30 p.m.

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January 30, 2015
February 2015 TV Highlights: The Italian Americans

February 2015 TV Highlights: The Italian Americans

Trace the evolution of Italian Americans from the late 19th century to today, with Tony Bennett, David Chase, John Turturro, Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, Gay Talese and more in February’s special series on Alaska Public Media, The Italian Americans.

January 29, 2015
Shakespeare Uncovered – Season Two

Shakespeare Uncovered – Season Two

Shakespeare Uncovered continues with a second season on PBS, beginning Friday, January 30 at 8:00 pm and continuing the following two successive Fridays. Episode one showcases Midsummer Night’s Dream starring Downton Abbey’s Hugh Bonneville.

January 28, 2015

In My Family: Dry Fish

January 26, 2015

Lawmakers Prepare For 29th Legislative Session

As the 29th legislative session looms closer, legislators are busy prefiling legislation they hope will become law over the course of the session. From the legalization of pot, to the proposed LNG pipeline, to the state’s uncertain budgetary future, legislators have a lot to address this session.

KSKA: Friday, 1/16 at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, 1/17 at 6:00 p.m.
KAKM: Friday, 1/16 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, 1/17 at 4:30 p.m.

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January 16, 2015
Nature: Dogs That Changed the World

Nature: Dogs That Changed the World

This is the epic story of one of the most amazing evolutionary journeys ever taken by a species. Thousands of years ago, as humans began to settle in villages, the wolf emerged from the wild and made the startling leap to “man’s best friend.”

January 13, 2015
Larry Persily on Alaska Edition, Friday, Jan. 9, 2015. (Photo by Josh Edge, APRN - Anchorage)

The Future Of Alaska’s LNG Pipeline Project

As the Federal Coordinator’s office for an Alaska North Slope LNG pipeline prepares to close its doors, we take a look at the history of the office, the current state of proposed Alaska LNG pipelines and the outlook on the future of the project.

KSKA: Friday, 1/9 at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, 1/9 at 6:00 p.m.
KAKM: Friday, 1/9 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, 1/9 at 4:30 p.m.

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January 9, 2015
NOVA: Rise of the Drones

NOVA: Rise of the Drones

Drones. These unmanned flying robots — some as large as jumbo jets, others as small as birds — do things straight out of science fiction. Much of what it takes to get these robotic airplanes to fly, sense and kill has remained secret.

January 7, 2015
Billy Joel Honored with Gershwin Prize

Billy Joel Honored with Gershwin Prize

This music special honors singer-songwriter Billy Joel’s receipt of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.

The evening will include performances by Joel, as well as Tony Bennett, Boyz II Men, Gavin DeGraw, Josh Groban, Natalie Maines, John Mellencamp and LeAnn Rimes, with a special performance by Kevin Spacey — as well as a dance ensemble performance from Twyla Tharp’s “Movin’ Out.”

January 1, 2015
From Vienna: The New Year’s Celebration 2015

From Vienna: The New Year’s Celebration 2015

Always one of “our favorite things,” PBS continues the cherished tradition of ringing in the New Year at the opulent Musikverein with the Vienna Philharmonic under the baton of guest conductor Zubin Mehta, and featuring everyone’s favorite Strauss Family waltzes accompanied by the beautiful dancing of the Vienna City Ballet. Stage and screen legend Julie Andrews returns as host.

December 29, 2014
Front Row and Center – New Season

Front Row and Center – New Season

Front Row and Center returns for a new season with the series’ eclectic signature of industry veterans mixed with a new generation of chart-toppers. The lineup of 10 episodes includes an Oscar-nominated rock band, guitar legends and, for the first time, country hit-makers. It will follow Austin City Limits on Saturday nights at 11:00 beginning January 3.

December 27, 2014