Radio Programs


Alaska Public Media airs news, health, science, arts, entertainment, music and local programs from a variety of sources everyday. Some programs we produce in Anchorage in our own studios, while we pick up others from National Public Radio (NPR), the Alaska Public Radio Network (APRN), Public Radio International (PRI), American Public Media (APM), the BBC and lots of independent producers.

Here are all of the programs heard on KSKA listed in alphabetical order:

Click on the show’s title to link to the show’s website.


A Closer Look
A Closer Look (Alaska Public Media)
Airing periodically, this half-hour program gives us the opportunity to explore beyond our news stories and offer you additional insights into the events and people helping shape our community. Listen to expanded interviews and in-depth coverage from recently broadcast news stories.


Addressing Alaskans
Addressing Alaskans (Alaska Public Media)
Tuesday rotating with “Reveal”, “Community in Unity” and “Arctic Entries” at 2 p.m., Addressing Alaskans features local lectures and forums recorded at live events taking place in Southcentral, Alaska. A variety of local organizations host speakers addressing topics that matter most to Alaskans. Audience questions are often included in the second half of the program.


Afropop Worldwide (PRI)
Sundays at 11 p.m. Hosted by one of Africa’s best-loved broadcast personalities — Georges Collinet — Afropop Worldwide is a radio program, a web site, a searchable database, an international musical archive, a team of researchers and a travel series to Africa and Latin America.
Alaska Economic Report (Alaska Public Media)
Weekday mornings at 6:45 a.m. during Morning Edition and 5:50 a.m. Check in on current and future economic trends and business events affecting Alaska’s economy.


Alaska Edition
Alaska Edition (Alaska Public Media)
Fridays at 2 p.m. and Saturdays at 6 p.m. Half-hour news analysis talk show hosted by Alaska Public Media news team. Podcast available


Alaska Fisheries Report
Alaska Fisheries Report (KMXT in Kodiak)
Fridays at 2:30 p.m. Produced by public radio station KMXT in Kodiak — home of the largest fishing fleet in the Pacific Northwest, AFR is a 15-minute weekly review of news from Alaska’s vibrant fishing industry.


Alaska News Nightly
Alaska Morning News (Alaska Public Media)
Weekday mornings at 7:04, 7:20, 7:43, 8:04, 8:30, and 8:43 a.m. during Morning Edition. Newscasts and news updates of Alaska’s top stories.


Alaska News Nightly
Alaska News Nightly (Alaska Public Media)
Weekdays at 6 p.m. ANN has been evening drive “appointment radio” for Alaskans for nearly 30 years. APRN and public radio reporters from across Alaska team up for this statewide half-hour news program, providing in-depth information on events in every corner of the state and from Washington, D.C. Podcast available.


Algo Nuevo
Algo Nuevo – Something New (Alaska Public Media)
Sundays at 8:00 p.m. Hosted by Anchorage’s Dave Luera, this Latino music program brings Cumbia, Marangue, Salsa and other styles to KSKA’s airwaves each week. Show announcements are bilingual so Spanish and English speakers can enjoy this rich musical heritage together.


All Things Considered (NPR)
Weekday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Every afternoon some of the nation’s best reporting, commentary and analysis can be heard on this premier NPR news magazine. Alaska Public Media includes local news and weather alongside ATC’s national hosts Audie CornishAri ShapiroKelly McEvers and Robert Siegel who bring you breaking news, in-depth analysis and features gathered from around the world.


Arctic Entries (Arctic Entries)
Tuesday rotating with “Revealed” and “Arctic Entries” at 2 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. Originally told at the Arctic Entries monthly storytelling event in Anchorage, listen to seven people tell a seven-minute-long true story related to the show’s theme during this special series from Arctic Entries.


As It Happens (CBC)
Weeknights at 9:00 p.m. Listening to As It Happens is like taking a trip around the world five nights a week. For more than 35 years, using the simplest of tools – the telephone – this current affairs program has explored the heart of a story, whether it’s happening in the streets of Belgrade, the dockyards of Vancouver, the boardrooms of Bay Street, or the kitchens of Paris.


BBC World Service (BBC)
12 a.m. – 5 a.m. Monday – Saturday, 2 a.m. – 5 a.m. and 11 p.m. Sunday. Also Monday – Thursday 1:30 – 2:00 p.m. International news, analysis and information from the BBC World Service


Fridays at 8:30 p.m. “Bioneers” are social and scientific innovators from all walks of life who have peered into the heart of living systems to understand how nature operates, and to mimic “nature’s operating instructions” to serve human ends without harming the web of life. The program features interviews and presentations from the annual Bioneers Conference archives.


Bird Note
Weekdays every day at 9:38 a.m. BirdNote shows are two-minute vignettes that incorporate the rich sounds of birds with stories that illustrate the interesting— and in some cases, truly amazing — abilities of birds.


City Arts and Lectures (KQED)
Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. Sunday at 11:00 a.m. Since 1980, City Arts & Lectures has presented events with leading figures in the world of art & ideas. Each season, there are more than fifty lectures and onstage conversations — and a few surprise performances — with outstanding figures in literature, criticism, science, and the performing arts, offering the most diverse perspectives about ideas and values.


Conversations that Matter
Conversations That Matter (Alaska Public Media and Alaska Community Foundation)
Special Series. Often, the conversations most worth having are the hardest to tackle. In order to take the first steps towards a statewide dialogue around the most important issues facing Alaska today, the Alaska Community Foundation and KAKM Channel 7 TV have launched the Conversations that Matter program series.


Encounters (KCAW)
Friday evening at 8:00 p.m. Encounters is a seasonal weekly program exploring Alaska’s natural world. Recorded in the wild by award-winning nature writer and cultural anthropologist Richard Nelson, the 1999-2001 writer laureate of Alaska). Nelson describes what happens around him, including scientific information about the subject often mixed with Alaskan native teachings and perspectives from his own experience. Encounters typically airs about half the year starting in the fall.


Fresh Air (NPR)
Weekdays at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. This weekday interview and features program is a fresh look at contemporary art, music, politics and history. The Peabody Award-winning Fresh Air brings newsworthy guests from worlds as diverse as literature and economics to be interviewed by a host — Terry Gross — who allows guests to shine.


Here and Now
Here and Now (NPR)
Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. Here & Now is a spin through not only all the big news stories, but the stories behind the stories and some of the less-crucial but equally intriguing things happening in the world. Host Robin Young brings over 25 years of eclectic broadcast experience to the show from the Discovery Channel, CBS, ABC, and NBC.


Hometown Alaska
Hometown, Alaska (Alaska Public Media)
Wednesdays at 2 p.m.(LIVE) and 8 p.m. Local guests discuss community issues and take listener calls during this LIVE call-in show. Hometown, Alaska features conversations with leaders and decision-makers in local and statewide government, social service agencies, educational institutions and cultural groups. Hosted by Kathleen McCoy and Charles Wolforth.


Inside Europe (Deutche Welle)
Saturdays at 5 a.m. Inside Europe is a weekly news magazine exploring the news and topical issues shaping the European continent.


Latino USA (KUT/NPR)
Sundays at 7 p.m.
 Launched in 1993, Latino USA is the only national, English-language weekly news and culture program produced from a Latino perspective.


Left, Right and Center (KCRW)
Saturdays at 6:00 p.m. Provocative, alive and witty, KCRW’s weekly confrontation over politics, policy and popular culture proves those with impeccable credentials needn’t lack personality. LR&C features four regular and insightful news analysts: Arianna Huffington, Tony Blankley, Matt Miller and Robert Scheer.


Line One: Your Health Connection (Alaska Public Media)
Mondays at 2 p.m.(LIVE) and 8 p.m. Host Dr. Thad Woodard and guests discuss a variety of health-related topics during this LIVE call-in show. Line One features local physicians and national subject experts from the fields of nutrition, childcare, pharmacology and surgery. Prentiss Pemberton hosts special shows to address mental health issues. Callers can talk one-on-one with each week’s guests and even participate online.


Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz (NPR)
9 p.m. every other Saturday during Night Music. Each week NPR’s award-winning piano jazz program showcases both acclaimed artists and up-and-coming performers as they share music and memories with their legendary host, Marian McPartland.


Marketplace (APM)
Weekdays at 1:00 p.m. repeating at 6:30 p.m. Find out what’s happening in the global business world each day, without having to get an M.B.A. first! Marketplace covers business news like no other program in the public media world. Tune in for news on stocks, bonds, real estate, business, employment and economic trends.


Morning Edition (NPR)
Weekday mornings from 5 to 9 a.m. Morning Edition draws public radio’s largest audience with its fresh, incisive roundup of the top stories from around the planet. During the Morning Edition block KSKA includes local news and APRN’s morning reports to give you the latest updates from local, state, national and international reporters, analysts and commentators. The main Morning Edition broadcast for KSKA starts at 5:00 a.m. with local and state news updates included in the 5:00 – 9:00 a.m. block.


Mountain Stage (WVPB)
Sundays at 2 p.m. Mountain Stage is a weekly two-hour live music show produced by West Virginia Public Broadcasting and features some of the world’s greatest artists in an intimate and relaxed atmosphere with a live-broadcast edge. It’s a great blend of studio quality and live performances before a theater audience. Each program features four or five guests.


National Native News (KCB)
Weekdays at 9 a.m. A regular, timely and balanced source of news about Native American and Alaska Native communities, including social, economic and cultural issues nationwide.


Night Music
Night Music (Alaska Public Media)
Saturdays at 8 p.m. This program features classic jazz as well as avant-garde jazz. Kirk Waldaus hosts every other week with national jazz programming.


On the Media (NPR/WNYC)
Saturdays at 5 p.m. Explore how the media “sausage” is made and examine threats to the freedom of information and expression in America and abroad. While maintaining the civility and fairness that are the hallmarks of public radio, OTM tackles sticky issues with a frankness and transparency that has built trust with listeners and led to more than a tripling of its audience in five years.


Outdoor Explorer
Outdoor Explorer (Alaska Public Media)
Thursdays at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. On “Outdoor Explorer” from KSKA-Anchorage we invite you to step outside into Alaska. Follow us to a new trail or fishing hole, learn what to pack, when to go and most importantly, how to stay safe. Learn about life-long fitness and get inspired to go outside in the back country or on the bike trails. We’ll hear from the people who know the land best – outdoor guides, park rangers, coaches, authors, lodge owners, bush pilots, educators and you, the explorer. Listen Thursdays 2:00 – 3:00 pm on KSKA FM, streaming live at We’re looking for your show ideas! Please send your thoughts for upcoming shows to:



Putumayo World Music Hour
Fridays at 10 p.m. The Putumayo World Music Hour is an internationally-syndicated radio show taking listeners on a weekly journey through the music of many different cultures. Playlists include well-known names like Bob Marley, Sting, Loreena McKennitt and Santana along with exceptional, underexposed international artists.


Radio Lab WNYC
Saturdays at 1 p.m. Radiolab is a show about curiosity. Where sound illuminates ideas, and the boundaries blur between science, philosophy, and human experience.


Snap Judgment (NPR)
Saturday at 7 p.m. Snap Judgment has a raw, intimate, and musical brand of storytelling that dares listeners to see a sliver of the world through the eyes of another. Snap Judgment host Glynn Washington takes listeners on a narrative journey – leaping from one person’s frying pan into another person’s fire. Deejay-driven musical delivery, paired with lush sound design, drops listeners into the very heart of what matters. Snap Judgment‘s fast-paced (sometimes dark, sometimes playful) narrative highlights stories burning hot on the lips of people from across the globe. Podcast available


Spirit of Youth
Spirit of Youth (Alaska Teen Media)
Occasional Mondays at 8:20 a.m. and Thursdays at 4:20 p.m. Produced by Shana Sheehy right here in Alaska, Spirit of Youth is a weekly 2-minute story of youth in our community making a difference and finding their place in the world.


Stage Talk
Stage Talk (Alaska Public Media)
Fridays at 2:45 p.m. Theater aficionado Steven Hunt takes listeners backstage to chat with actors, directors, playwrights and technical artists about the theater scene in Anchorage and the Mat-Su Valley. Included in each weekly conversation is a calendar of the best live performances and stage events in Southcentral Alaska. Podcast available


Talk of Alaska
Talk of Alaska (APRN)
Tuesdays at 10 a.m. (LIVE) repeating at 8 p.m. This is Alaska’s only statewide call-in forum for discussing the issues impacting life on the Last Frontier. Politics, science, culture and current events are covered by hosts from the Alaska Public Media news team along with guests and callers. Podcast available


Science Friday (PRI)
Fridays at 10 a.m. Science reporter Ira Flatow hosts this weekly discussion of science, health, technology and the environment, bringing together experts and a national audience. Flatow shares his enthusiasm for science with you as he has for more than 25 years. Podcast available


TED Radio Hour (NPR)
Sundays at 10 a.m. A journey through fascinating ideas, astonishing inventions, and new ways to think and create. Based on riveting TEDTalks from the world’s most remarkable minds. Podcast available


The Takeaway (PRI/WNYC)
Monday – Thursday at 11:00 a.m. The Takeaway is the national morning news program that delivers the news and analysis you need to catch up, start your day, and prepare for what’s ahead. Host John Hockenberry, along with the The New York Times and WGBH Boston, invites listeners every morning to learn more and be part of the American conversation on-air and online here at Podcast available


This American Life (WBEZ/NPR)
Saturdays at 10 a.m. and Sundays at 5 p.m. Using a weekly theme, This American Life (TAL) collects stories from across the country and shares them in a unique and infectious way. Whether it’s uproariously funny or tear-jerkingly poignant, TAL will make you a loyal listener and remind you of the power of simple audio in a flashy multimedia world. Podcast available


The Thistle and Shamrock (NPR)
Wednesday evenings at 10 p.m. Fiona Ritchie hosts radio’s finest Celtic hour, a gathering place for anyone who loves music — old and new — from Celtic roots. Includes music from evolving traditions in The British Isles, Ireland, North America and beyond.Podcast available (limited selection)


Travel with Rick Steves
Sundays at 6 p.m. A fun, hour-long practical talk show with guest travel experts and questions from travelers. It’s a lively conversation about exploring our world smartly, smoothly and thoughtfully. Podcast available


Traveling Music
Traveling Music (Alaska Public Media)
Sundays at 1 p.m. Shonti Elder presents Alaskan and nationally-known musicians like Bonnie Raitt, Claudia Schmidt, Dougi McLean, John Gorka and many others.


Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me! (NPR/WBEZ)
Saturdays at 12 p.m. Get news-literate laughs each week from NPR’s only weekly quiz program. Test your knowledge against some of the best and brightest (and funniest) in the news and entertainment world while figuring out what’s real news and what’s made up. Podcast available


Weekend Edition Saturday (NPR)
Saturdays from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. The news doesn’t take weekends off, so tune in for the latest breaking news from NPR as well as a look back at the prior week’s events with a fresh point of view. Hosted by Scott Simon. Podcast available (Scott Simon’s weekly commentary)


Weekend Edition Sunday (NPR)
Sundays from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. Tune in for the news, but stay for the Sunday Puzzle with Will Shortz. Host Rachel Martin takes you on a tour of the “voices in the news” and looks to the week ahead. Podcast available (Sunday Puzzle only)


The World (PRI)
Weekdays at 12 p.m. Get your international news from this unique collaboration of the BBC and WGBH in Boston. The World offers a mix of news, features, interviews and music from around the globe. Podcasts available


World Cafe (WXPN)
Weekday evenings at 11 p.m.

The World Cafe serves up an eclectic mix of music from blues, rock, and world, to folk, and alternative country with live performances and interviews with celebrated and emerging artists. Produced by WXPN, in Philadelphia, World Cafe presents new and significant music and the artists who create it. Podcasts available.


The Writer’s Almanac (APM)
Weekdays at 3 p.m.

In a quick five minutes, writer and host Garrison Keillor looks back at historical and popular writers born on the day of broadcast and shares a poem. Podcasts available.