Addressing Alaskans

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. To let us know about an upcoming community event that you would like to hear on Addressing Alaskans, please contact us with details.

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Hear Anchorage mayoral candidates discuss their plans for the city

The runoff election for Anchorage's mayor ends Tuesday, May 11. The candidates have been narrowed down to Forrest Dunbar and Dave Bronson.

Learn about these organizations working to support local, sustainable food systems

As part of their series examining Anchorage’s Climate Action Plan, Alaska Common Ground hosted a diverse panel featuring growers, hunters, educators and advocates who want to improve Anchorage and Alaska's food system.
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Learn more about the United States and China’s recent meeting in Anchorage from this discussion

Representatives from the United States and China met face-to-face for the first time since President Joe Biden's term began. The meeting took place...

Hear Anchorage mayoral candidates discuss youth issues in this virtual forum

On Tuesday, April 6, Anchorage voters will choose the city's mayor. The next person to hold the office faces the continued COVID-19 pandemic, a struggling economy, and other new and legacy city issues.

Black in the military in Alaska

This week on State of Art we have a community conversation from the Alaska Black Caucus. Local veterans share their experiences about what their service was like and give advice to the next generation.

Hear the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation’s 2021 economic forecast

The COVID-19 pandemic and a continued recession was tough on the Anchorage economy in 2020. Job losses permeated nearly every business sector and consumer confidence is low, but 2021 could show some improvement.

Celebrate Black History Month with the Alaska Black Caucus and more

This week on Addressing Alaskans we're celebrating Black History Month. This episode features an hour of speakers, profiles and stories, including a virtual event hosted by the Alaska Black Caucus.

How we can be culturally responsive in the era of Black Lives Matter

This week on Addressing Alaskans we're hearing a moderated conversation between educators and community leaders about how to best enact culturally responsive teaching methods. The speakers share personal stories and their expertise in this "Community Conversation" from the Alaska Black Caucus.

Hear how Alaska’s own Ninja Warrior tackles life’s obstacles

This week on Addressing Alaskans we're hearing from Nick ‘Iligutchiak’ Hanson, better known as " The Eskimo Ninja" from the T.V. show "American Ninja Warrior." Hanson was the first Inuit to compete on the physically demanding show requiring contestants to maneuver through a high-tech obstacle course. His experiences growing up around substance abuse and mental illness in rural Alaska made him want to share his story, bridge cultural divides, and inspire the next generation.
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Can’t decide on Ballot Measure 2? Listen to this debate about the future of Alaska’s elections

This week on Addressing Alaskans we're hearing a debate about Ballot Measure 2, regarding ranked-choice voting and campaign finance disclosures. Proponents say Alaskans need more options and transparency in their elections. Opponents say the initiative would make voting unnecessarily complicated.
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Can’t decide on Ballot Measure 1? Listen to this debate on Alaska’s oil tax future

This week on Addressing Alaskans we're hearing a debate about Ballot Measure 1, the North Slope oil production tax increase initiative. Proponents say that oil companies need to pay their fair share, while those in opposition say increasing taxes would cost Alaska jobs.
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Should Alaska consider ranked choice voting? Hear a debate about Ballot Measure 2

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This week on Addressing Alaskans we hear a debate about Ballot Measure 2 and we balance out some arguments from a previous Addressing Alaskans regarding Ballot Measure 1.
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Anchorage Economic Development Corporation presents their 3-Year Outlook

The Anchorage Economic Development Corporation recently held a virtual luncheon for their annual 3-Year Outlook. The event featured speakers and a presentation on how COVID-19 has affected the economy, a look at employment statistics and the Consumer Optimism Index.

Anchorage Economic Development Corporation’s 2020 forecast gives reasons for cautious optimism

While the Anchorage economy might be improving, a new report calls 2020 "a mixed bag."

What kind of fiscal future do we want for Alaska? Listen to this panel discussion featuring Senator Natasha von Imhof, Mayor Ethan Burkowitz

What Alaskans want for their state's economic future can be as varied as the population itself. Can we continue relying on oil revenues or do we need to further diversify our economy? What kind of pressure can the Permanent Fund take? In this panel discussion hosted by Alaska Common Ground, speakers make their cases for what direction the state's fiscal future should take.

10 Years Later: Looking back at China and the Pacific

This week on Addressing Alaskans we're hearing from retired United States Air Force General Howie Chandler. His talk focuses on the United States' relationship to China and the Pacific at large through the lens of his three-decades of experience.
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A Discussion of the Anchorage Climate Action Plan

This discussion focuses on the recently adopted Anchorage Climate Action plan. Speakers explain what the city is doing to address climate change and what the community can do to help. The talk features representatives from the University of Alaska Anchorage and the Municipality of Anchorage.

Shaping Alaska’s Energy Future: How Alaskans Can Meet Their Energy Needs and Tackle Climate Challenge

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This episode of Addressing Alaskans features Dr. Katharine Hayhoe. She's a climate scientist and professor at Texas Tech University. Her talk focuses on what we can do to fight climate change while keeping up with our energy needs.

Anchorage Economic Development Corporation releases annual “3-year Outlook Report.”

The Anchorage Economic Development Corporation released their yearly economic forecast at a luncheon in downtown Anchorage today.

What do the Governor’s vetoes mean for Alaska?

Mouhcine Guettabi, an associate professor of economics at UAA and a member of the Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER) spoke to members of the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce on Monday and explained how the governor’s vetoes would affect Alaska’s Economy.