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Alaska News Nightly: Friday, Jan. 29, 2016

LNG project faces economic headwinds; lawmakers consider easing use of anti-opioid drug; state reassures Moda members; fish and game commission flush with funds; APD identifies victims; filing for Anchorage Assembly starts; beloved writer to be honored in Homer; AK Juneau artist; 49 Voices, Altharia Fields-Roberts.

February 2016 Television Highlights: Special Campaign Coverage

The month of February is highlighted by special campaign coverage by PBS NEWSHOUR including: Reports on the Iowa caucuses. Monday, February 1. 10:00 p.m. Reports on the New Hampshire primary. Tuesday, February 9. 10:00 p.m. Democratic presidential debate. Thursday, February 11. 5:00 p.m.

PBS hosts Democratic debate

Live from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, PBS NEWSHOUR co-anchors and managing editors Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff will moderate the DNC-sanctioned debate, the first Democratic presidential debate following the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary. Thursday, January 11. 5:00 p.m.

Nature: Moose – Life of a twig eater

Travel to Canada’s Rockies and into the world of moose to experience a calf’s first year of life. At the best of times, fewer than half of these leggy 35-pounders survive their first year. This stunningly intimate film NATURE - MOOSE-LIFE OF A TWIG EATER - attempts to find out why. Wednesday, February 10. 7:00 p.m.

Arctic Entries: Of Moose and Men

ARCTIC ENTRIES this month brings you Of Moose and Men: Stories of Creature Companions, Filling the Freezer, and Walks in the Wild. Saturday, February 6. 10:00 p.m.

FRONTLINE Investigation: Fantasy Sports

Joined by The New York Times, FRONTLINE investigates fantasy sports and online sports betting. With law enforcement cracking down, the film traces the growth of these booming businesses and goes inside their operations at home and abroad. Tuesday, February 9. 9:00 p.m.

Murder of a President

Explore James Garfield’s unprecedented rise to power, his shooting by a madman and its bizarre and tragic aftermath. Based on the best-seller Destiny of the Republic, the story follows the life of one of the most extraordinary men ever elected president in this episode of AMERICAN EXPERIENCE. Tuesday, February 2. 8:00 p.m.

NewsHour: Iowa caucuses

PBS NewsHour begins special coverage of Election 2016 with a one-hour report on the important Iowa caucuses. Will Donald Trump beat Senator Ted Cruz? Can Hillary Clinton stave off a surge by Senator Bernie Sanders? Monday, February 1. 10:00 p.m.

Encore Presentation: Mercy Street

We will rebroadcast the first episode of Mercy Street, the new Civil War drama by PBS on the following days and times: Tuesday, January 19 at 3 a.m. Tuesday, January 19 at 10 p.m. Thursday, January 21 at 8 p.m.

American Masters: Mike Nichols

Meet one of America’s great directors (The Graduate, Angels in America), who discusses his life and 50-year artistic career, from comedy duo Nichols and May to Charlie Wilson’s War. See new interviews with Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks and more. Friday, January 29. 8:00 p.m.

American Experience: Mine Wars

Go inside the bitter battle to unionize coal miners at the dawn of the 20th century. The struggle over the power that fueled America led to the largest armed insurrection since the Civil War, and turned parts of West Virginia into a bloody war zone. Tuesday, January 26. 8:00 p.m.

NOVA: Mystery Beneath the Ice

As climate change alters the timing of the ice pack, their life cycle is disrupted—or so the theory goes. To test it, NOVA travels on the Polarstern, a state-of-the-art research vessel, to a place rarely, if ever, visited before: the vast ice pack that grows around Antarctica in the winter months, a frigid seasonal continent twice the size of the U.S. The Polarstern fights its way through the pack to establish camps on the ice, from which scientists dive beneath the surface in search of the ice caves in which juvenile krill shelter during the winter. Wednesday, January 20. 8:00 p.m.

Gershwin Prize: Willie Nelson

Rosanne Cash, Edie Brickell, Paul Simon, Alison Krauss, Raul Malo, Neil Young and more pay tribute to singer and songwriter Willie Nelson, the 2015 recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. Nelson’s lyrics give voice to America’s heartland and his music pushes genre boundaries. Friday, January 15. 8:00 p.m.

New on Thursday Nights: Your Favorite Drama and Comedies

Thursday nights are not going to be the same on Alaska Public Media. We are featuring the best of PBS, American Public Television and our new partner, Acorn Television. Starting on January 14 we will bring you some of your favorites: Grantchester (7:00 p.m.) and Poldark (9:00 p.m.) And repeating our new series, Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries (8:00 p.m.) You won't want to miss Thursday nights on Alaska Public Media.

January Encore Presentation: Poldark

Captain Ross Poldark rides again in a swashbuckling new adaptation of the hit 1970s series. Aidan Turner stars in POLDARK as a redcoat who returns to Cornwall after the American Revolution; Eleanor Tomlinson plays the miner’s daughter taken in by the captain. Thursday nights at 9 starting January 14.

Death and the Civil War

Drawing heavily on This Republic of Suffering, historian and Harvard president Drew Gilpin Faust’s acclaimed book, DEATH and THE CIVIL WAR explores a critical but largely overlooked aspect of the Civil War experience: the immense and varied implications of the war’s staggering and unprecedented death toll. Tuesday, January 12. 8:00 p.m.

Homer doctor plans syringe exchange program

One of the dangers tied to drug abuse is the risk of transmitting disease through sharing needles. Dirty needles are a common vehicle for HIV, Hepatitis C, Hepatitis B and other serious infections. A proven solution is providing access to clean needles and a safe place to dispose of dirty ones. A local doctor wants to start Homer’s first syringe exchange program.Download Audio

Alaska News Nightly: Thursday, Jan. 31, 2015

AK Supreme Court rejects set net initiative; wage increase kicks in; Homer doctor wants syringe exchange program; Arctic air warming, but North Pole not turning to slush; Alaskans win video contest; hello baby James Falsey; Haines loves coloring books; another restaurant empire growing in Juneau.

Alaska News Nightly: Thursday, Dec. 24, 2015

Kodiak ordered to comply with records request; students develop survival packs; new health center opens in Sutton; third person charged in ANC murders; NCAA hits UAF: skiers want OK to ski on roads; halfway house helps with treatments; NORAD tracking Santa; Juneau gets lit up. Download Audio 

January 2016 TV Highlights: Downton Abbey says goodbye; Miss Fisher says hello

January starts with the final season of DOWNTON ABBEY. This award-winning hit drama returns for a sixth season of intimately interlaced stories centered on an English country estate — an entertaining formula that has made it the highest-rated drama in PBS history. We also are premiering a new series in January - MISS FISHER'S MURDER MYSTERIES.