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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 LookAlaska Public Media
Airing periodically

This half-hour program that 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 periodically.

Podcast available

Addressing Alaskans
Addressing AlaskansAlaska Public Media
Tuesday rotating with “Revealed” 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.

Podcast available

Afropop WorldwidePRI
Thursdays at 10 p.m. and 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.

Podcast available

Alaska Economic ReportAlaska 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 EditionAlaska 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 ReportAlaska Public Media
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 NewsAlaska 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 NightlyAlaska 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 NewAlaska 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 ConsideredNPR
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 Melissa Block and Robert Siegel who bring you breaking news, in-depth analysis and features gathered from around the world.

Arctic EntriesArctic 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 HappensCBC
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

Bioneers WFMT
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.

The Best of Car Talk
NPRSaturdays at 11 a.m.

Tom and Ray Magliozzi — “Click and Clack, the Tappet Brothers” — dispensed expert car advice and more on the Peabody Award-winning program for more than 20 years. Each week, they took listener calls and create an hour’s worth of automobile mayhem, interspersed with intelligent advice on car repair.

Podcast available

City Arts and LecturesKQED
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 MatterAlaska 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.

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.

Podcast available

Fresh AirNPR
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.

Podcast available

Here and Now
Here and NowNPR
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.

Podcast available

Hometown Alaska
Hometown, AlaskaAlaska 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.

Podcast available

Inside EuropeDeutche Welle
Saturdays at 5 a.m.

Inside Europe is a weekly newsmagazine exploring the news and topical issues shaping the European continent.

Podcast available


Left, Right and Center KCRW
Saturdays at 6:30 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.

Podcast available

Line One: Your Health ConnectionAlaska 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. Once a month, Prentiss Pemberton hosts a special show to address mental health issues. Callers can talk one-on-one with each week’s guests and even participate online.

Podcast available

Marian McPartland’s Piano JazzNPR
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.

Podcast available (limited selections)

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.

Podcast available

Morning EditionNPR
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 StageWVPB
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 with live performance before a theater audience. Each program features four or five guests.

National Native NewsKCB
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 ExplorerAlaska Public Media
Thursdays at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

On Outdoor Explorer you’re invited to step outside into Alaska. Follow host Charles Wohlforth 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.

Podcast available

A Prairie Home CompanionAPM
Saturdays at 2 p.m.

PHC is one of the most popular entertainment programs on public radio. Host, author and radio personality Garrison Keillor is the mastermind behind this weekly 2-hour live variety show featuring comedy, music, storytelling and “the news from Lake Wobegone.”

Podcast available (“News from Lake Woebegone” only)

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.

Podcast available

Rock Island Line
Rock Island LineAlaska Public Media

The Rock Island Line is an occasional program of “classic folk” and folk-inspired music from what the hosts consider the Golden Age of Folk Music. Hosts Steve Grabacki and Marianne Kerr feature artists such as the Kingston Trio, Peter Paul & Mary, Pete Seeger, Joan Baez, and many others.Watch the KSKA schedule for Rock Island Line, substituting for Traveling Music and Something Different.

Snap JudgmentNPR
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 YouthAlaska Teen Media
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 TalkAlaska Public Media
Fridays at 2:45 p.m.

Theater afficianado 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 HourNPR
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 TakeawayPRI/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 ShamrockNPR
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 MusicAlaska 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 SaturdayNPR
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 SundayNPR
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 WorldPRI
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 CafeWXPN
Weekday evenings at 11 p.m.

The World Cafe with host David Dye 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 AlmanacAPM
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