LISTEN: Small businesses employ just over half of all Alaskans. How are they fairing as they wait for CARES act funding?

A lawsuits filed against the legislative budget and audit committee says the entire legislature must approve of releasing CARES Act funding to Alaska businesses and municipalities. What happens now and how many more businesses will go under while they wait for help?

LISTEN: Fighting to add mental health education to Alaska’s high school curriculum

Legislation that aims to address the emotional health of our youth is being introduced across the country. In Alaska, HB 181 intends to introduce mental health education to the Anchorage School District curriculum.

With a focus on wellness, Kotzebue schedules series of suicide prevention learning circles

The Alaska group Promoting Community Conversations About Research to End Suicide, or PCCARES, focuses on addressing suicide in Northern Alaska communities through community-focused listening circles.

The causes, consequences and management of stress

Stress is a word that most of us use with regularity to describe our state of mind or our lives but what does it really mean? Being in a prolonged state of stress is toxic to our body and mind. This state of “toxic stress” has serious emotional and physical health.

A conversation with the U.S. Surgeon General

In September 2017, Dr. Jerome Adams was sworn in by Vice President Mike Pence as the 20th Surgeon General of the United States. The Surgeon General is often described as America’s Doctor. Please join Dr. Jay Butler for a conversation with US Surgeon General Jerome Adams on the next Line One: Your Health Connection. Thanks for listening!

LISTEN: With the school year weeks away, teachers contemplate returning to the classroom during a pandemic

The decisions on how to educate students during the pandemic are difficult and teachers are caught in the middle. So how do teachers feel about the upcoming school year?

Teen voices: stories about mental health, stigma and hope

Despite the fact that almost 50% of the US population experience mental illness at some point in their lifetimes, mental health awareness and advocacy programs are often poorly funded.

Justice department pledges $10.5M in emergency funds for public safety

U.S. Attorney General William Barr declared a law enforcement emergency in Alaska on June 28. The announcement follows a visit to the state where he saw firsthand how many rural communities have little to no public safety.

The role of nonprofits in Alaska

Alaska has a high number of nonprofit organizations that assist communities with a wide range of services. What could state budget cuts mean for their funding and how will it affect their ability to provide services?

For Alaskans dealing with veto-induced anxiety, a therapist offers advice

With Alaska headed toward massive cuts to its university system, social services and other state-funded programs, many Alaskans are expressing frustration, sadness and anxiety.
Looking east on 5th Avenue at H Street in Downtown Anchorage.

Making communities livable for people of all ages

What makes you want to stay in the community where you live? Is it easy to get around? Do you feel connected to your neighbors? Everything from building new playgrounds to giving people access to computers helps make a livable community.

LISTEN: How is rural Alaska preparing for COVID-19?

With limited clinic and hospital capacity, how are rural Alaska health providers preparing to assist residents who become ill?

LISTEN: Can you really usher in the new year with a “new me?” Let’s dive into the science of change.

Is it true that “a leopard can’t change his spots?” Are we, as human beings capable of changing bad habits and altering unhealthy patterns of behavior? Are we just fooling ourselves when we set out to change things about ourselves that we do not like?

Southeast students explore careers to meet Alaska’s behavioral health needs

Alaska has a shortage of health care workers, especially in rural areas. Students from around Southeast came to Juneau to explore careers in behavioral health, a field that covers mental health and substance abuse.

LISTEN: Primaries or ranked choice? Vote Yes and Vote No make their case on Ballot Measure 2.

Ballot measure 2 seeks to make changes to the state’s election structure by replacing the political party primary and by selecting candidates through ranked choice voting. What would it mean for elections and what do you need to know about the measure before voting on it?

The Housing Continuum: Building a vibrant community Part 1

This is the first discussion of a three-part series called “The Housing Continuum: Building a Vibrant Community,” presented by Alaska Common Ground. This week, we’ll hear about the supply and demand of Anchorage’s housing needs. Thanks for listening!

Food Safety | Line One: Your Health Connection

For more health-related information, tune into the call-in radio program for Line One: Your Health Connection every Wednesday morning at 10 AM on alaskapublic.org...

“Divided We Fall?”- The state of America’s social and cultural wellness

Much like high conflict, divorce tears families apart and forces children to choose sides. The political discourse of the last three years has created a widening social rift that is increasingly tense and volatile. Please Join Line One Co-Host, Prentiss Pemberton, and Professor Dr. David LivingStone Smith, for a thoughtful discussion about the social/emotional health of our nation and for a look at what we can learn from our history and the history of others. Thanks for listening!

LISTEN: As coronavirus shuts down schools across Alaska, educators are figuring out what happens next

Schools across the state are closed until at least March 30th. In a state that has low or no internet in some areas, how are districts working to meet the educational, nutritional and mental health needs of students?

LISTEN: Is Alaska getting its “fair share” of oil revenue? Ballot measure one seeks to change how oil production is taxed.

Alaska’s economy is built on oil, and a measure going to the ballet box on November 3rd could have a huge impact on the future of oil in the state.