Viral videos and the role of citizen reporters

Whether it’s viral videos about kayak-eating bears, or footage of alleged police brutality--some of Alaska’s biggest stories in the last year started as clips on social media. This week's Alaska Edition looks at how video and new media are shaping the way we get our news. Listen Now:

ASD’s New Superintendent; and Anchorage Ending Emissions Testing

The stories up for discussion this week are: ASD’s new superintendent; natural gas reserve estimates; concerns about state’s declining revenue; Anchorage ending emissions testing program; church-owned homes targeted by tax-change legislation; Marko Cheseto; and a round of military base closures could be coming. KSKA: Friday, 2/3 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 2/4 at 6:00pm KAKM: Friday, 2/3 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 2/4 at 5:00pm

Occupy Anchorage Movement; and a PFD Distribution Glitch

Some of the stories up for discussion this week are: the Occupy Anchorage movement; surrender of a suspect in the fatal Muldoon shooting last weekend; political corruption cases; Pete Kott intends to change plea; film industry in Alaska; the PFD glitch; near miss in the sky. KSKA: Friday, 10/14 @ 2:00pm & Saturday, 10/15 @ 6:00pm KAKM: Friday, 10/14 @ 7:30pm & Saturday, 10/15 @ 5:00pm

Raising the Debt Ceiling; ANCSA at 40; and the Impact of Losing ANI

This week, the debt ceiling has been raised but stability has yet to be seen; the impacts of the loss of Alaska Newspapers; a former Murkowski aide may be headed to prison; community response to Mayor Sullivan’s proposed sidewalk sitting ordinance; surviving on urban subsistence; and a discussion of ANCSA.

Title 21 Passes; And Shell Suspends Arctic Drilling

Title 21 measure finally passes in Anchorage. Shell suspends Arctic drilling. Distinguished economist Scott Goldsmith, formerly of UAA, talks to lawmakers about oil taxes. The Alaska Legislature continues to challenge the Obama Administration on gun laws. Labor unrest continues in Anchorage. KSKA: Friday, 3/1 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 3/2 at 6:00pm TV: Friday, 3/1 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 3/2 at 5:00pm

National Debt Default; Mayor Sullivan Takes On Protester; Public Safety Commissioner Charged with Rape

Friday, July 22 at 2:00pm on KSKA 91.1FM and Friday, July 22 at 7:30pm on KAKM, Channel 7 television The U.S. risks defaulting on the national debt come August; Don Young is absent from Washington D.C. during the the debate; Mayor Sullivan takes on a homeless sidewalk protester with a criminal history; a Anchorage's Public Safety Advisory Commissioner was arrested for rape; the possible effects on Alaska if the U.S. defaults on its debt, and Joe Miller says he won't appeal $17,200 in legal fees he owes the state after his failed election lawsuits.

Mat-Su Ferry Saga Continues; and Coastal Zone Management Debates Heat Up

BP has very poor quarterly report. The ongoing saga of the Mat-Su ferry continues. Debates over the coastal zone management initiative heat up. Alaska Native suicide rates remain high. A Valdez couple admits to failing to pay $190,000 in income taxes and penalties. Around 4,000 summer fisheries workers in a government-sponsored program won’t be returning next year. The Fisheries Board throws a lifeline to set netters. The state of Alaska puts out new regulations dealing with one aspect of abortion. KSKA: Friday, 8/3 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 8/4 at 6:00pm KAKM: Friday, 8/3 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 8/4 at 5:00pm

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. Download Audio

Kulluk Makes National Headlines; And Militia Leader Sentenced To Nearly 26 Years

The Shell oil-drilling rig Kulluk makes headlines all over the United States and gets the attention of Congress, the Interior Department, environmentalists and the oil industry. Militia men Lonnie Vernon and militia leader Schaeffer Cox were sentenced by federal judge Robert Bryan on Monday and Tuesday. A 16-year-old Diamond High student with a BB Gun at school is arrested in algebra class. Who is Edison Chouest Offshore and why did they gain your attention during the Kulluk incident? Congress fails to renew the Violence Against Women Act. It's dog racing season, and we may be seeing a Renaissance of the sport in Bush Alaska. KSKA: Friday, 1/11 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 1/12 at 6:00pm TV: Friday, 1/11 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 1/12 at 5:00pm

Anchorage Edition: March 19, 2010

Each week, KAKM gathers commentators for a review of the week’s news, politics and public affairs in Anchorage and Alaska. Topics for this week...

Anchorage Edition: April 9, 2010

Each week, KAKM gathers commentators for a review of the week’s news, politics and public affairs in Anchorage and Alaska. The topics for this...

Combating heroin in Alaska

State and federal officials as well as community groups spread all over Alaska have expressed alarm over rising rates of use and abuse. Juneau in particular has been the subject has gotten attention lately for a spate of heroin and opiate related overdoses. KSKA: Fri., Nov. 20, at 2:00 p.m. & Sat., Nov. 21, at 6:00 p.m. KAKM: Fri., Nov. 20, at 7:30 p.m. & Sat., Nov. 21, at 6:00 p.m. Download Audio:

Utlity Strike Averted, Bill Allen Serving Out Sentence

Alaska Edition host Michael Carey and guests discuss the implications of a potential strike by utility workers in Anchorage and also these headlines of Alaska's top news stories for the week of August 28:
    KSKA: Friday 9/2 at 2:00 pm and Sat. 9/3 at 6:00 pm KAKM: Friday 9/2 at 7:30 pm and Sat. 9/3 at 5:00 pm

Anchorage Edition: April 23, 2010

Each week, KAKM gathers commentators for a review of the week’s news, politics and public affairs in Anchorage and Alaska. This week's program highlights...

Diversity In Anchorage

Today’s topic is diversity in Anchorage. We’ll start with how the community and the state became home to so many people from different cultures then dive into what that means for Anchorage today – how do we maintain our cultural diversity while also building a healthy, unified community. KSKA: Friday, 3/20 at 2:00pm and Saturday, 3/21 at 6:00pm KAKM: Friday, 3/20 at 7:30pm and Saturday, 3/21 at 4:30pm Download Audio

Hip-hop bringing positive change to Anchorage

Hip hop is more than just music and dance. It’s a culture. And for some people in Alaska it’s a way to bring positive change to the community. KSKA: Friday, 6/26, at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, 6/27, at 6:00 p.m. KAKM: Friday, 6/26, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, 6/27, at 4:30 p.m. Listen now:

Chinook Salmon Bycatch; And HB132

This week on Alaska Edition: The North Pacific Fisheries Management Council takes action on Chinook salmon bycatch in Alaska’s pollock fishery. How could the veto of HB132 affect the Mat-Su Valley? Where does Medicaid expansion stand in the legislature? KSKA: Friday, 4/17 at 2:00pm and Saturday, 4/18 at 6:00pm KAKM: Friday, 4/17 at 7:30pm and Saturday, 4/18 at 4:30pm Download Audio

Cambridge Forum this week on KSKA

Cambridge Forum will air in place of Alaska Edition this Friday and Saturday on KSKA. Friday listen to "Reinventing Discovery" with scientist Michael Neilsen and on Saturday "The Screwtape Letters, Part 2." (You heard part 1 on Tuesday at 1:00 pm.) Alaska Edition returns next week on KSKA and KAKM TV.

Gov. Parnell’s Vetoes; and ASD Layoffs

The stories up for discussion this week are: Gov. Parnell’s vetoes; Rumrunners; the Fairbanks militia trial; Randy Ruedrich retires as chairman of Alaska Republican Party; ASD teacher layoffs; update on the Kodiak Coast Guard Base homicides; Cook Inlet oil and gas update; “The Eskimo and the Oil Man” book. KSKA: Friday, 5/18 at 2:00pm & Saturday, 5/19 at 6:00pm KAKM: Friday, 5/18 at 7:30pm & Saturday, 5/19 at 5:00pm

Palin Email Update; Pete Kott Trial Date; and Bonnie Craig Murder Solved

Friday, June 17 and Saturday, June 18 This week they will talk about: what has happened with the Palin emails so far; the Port of Anchorage; Melanie Gould’s disappearance and reemergence; Pete Kott’s trial date has been set; Parnell takes a rural road trip; trimming the capital budget; and finally, the Bonnie Craig murder is finally solved.