Addressing Alaskans

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

Ice Race – Who will be active in the changing Arctic landscape?

A distinguished panel discussion with Rear Admiral (RET) Lars Saunes, Chief Liasion Michael Hjorth, Deputy Chief Hreinn Pálsson, and US State Department Jon Harrison. Thanks for listening!

‘State of Reform’ — Medicaid in Alaska

Many questions remain in the wake of Gov. Bill Walker's move to unilaterally expand Medicaid in the state of Alaska. How will the state coordinate funding for the program with the federal government? And how will Walker coordinate with a Legislature that is taking action to upend the expansion effort? Walker and DHSS Commissioner Valerie Davidson recently tackled these questions at an annual health policy conference in Anchorage. Hear what they had to say on the next Addressing Alaskans. KSKA: Tuesday, Oct. 20, at 2:00 p.m. Listen Now:

Cowboy Professionalism: a cultural study of big-mountain tourism in the Last Frontier

This week's show is a deep dive into Alaska's unique big-mountian tourism industry. Forest Wagner, assistant professor of outdoor studies at the University of Alaska Southeast, reflects on his 12 years of teaching in the backcountry and discusses his findings from interviewing big-mountain guides and their clients. Thanks for listening!

The Iditarod National Historic Trail

KSKA Tuesday, March. 6 2018, at 2:00 p.m. This show is all about the Iditarod National Historic Trail. This isn’t your average Iditarod dog mushing show though, this is also a celebration. 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the national trail system, which includes the Iditarod trail. The Iditarod Trail is the only winter trail in the National Trails System and the only Congressionally-designated National Historic Trail in Alaska. LISTEN HERE

Prevention: A fireside chat with the U.S. Surgeon General

A conversation on the role of primary prevention for improving the health of our communities: local, state, and national perspectives. Thanks for listening!
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2016 State of the City Report

KSKA: Tuesday, September 06, at 2:00 p.m. Mayor Berkowitz gave the annual State of the City Report highlighting progress in: increasing public safety, improving fiscal health of the city, tackling homelessness, and increasing development opportunities. He also answered questions from the audience. LISTEN NOW

After the Arctic Ice Melts with Fran Ulmer

The warming Arctic doesn’t just affect the northern regions of the globe. Its impacts can be felt all across the world. On Addressing Alaskans we present “After the Arctic Ice Melts” with Chair of the U.S. Arctic Research Commission, Fran Ulmer. Thanks for listening!

Advice from the Alaskan Consular Corp.

KSKA: Tuesday, March 12 at 2pm. On the program this week we get to learn about the Alaskan Consular Corps. We’ll answer some questions like “who are consuls?” “why do we have them in Alaska?” and “what do they do?” This was a panel discussion featuring some very experienced consuls sharing with us what their jobs entail and what to expect when traveling to their home countries. LISTEN HERE

The 55th anniversary of the March on Washington: I Have a Dream

It’s been 55 years since the March on Washington and Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech. The University of Alaska Anchorage Black Student Union organized an event celebrating the historic moment with speakers, performances, and multimedia presentations. This episode features selections from the program. Thanks for listening!

The Middle East and the Trump administration

KSKA Tuesday, Dec. 5 2017, at 2:00 p.m. This week we’re hearing in-depth opinions on the Trump administration and its relationship with the middle east. Greg Roman, CEO of the Middle East Forum, discusses the U.S.’s current relationship with middle eastern countries and how decisions made now can have lasting effects for international relations going forward. LISTEN HERE

The Costs of Alaska’s Economic Roller Coaster

Join us for a panel discussion featuring representatives from various sectors of the business community discussing the ups and downs of the state’s economy and how we can fix it. Thanks for listening!

Alaska’s high healthcare costs: Solutions & Overhauls

The final panel discussion about solutions to Alaska’s high health care costs. This session explored systemic changes, such as the establishment of a single-payer system, addressing the 80th percentile rule, and establishment of an Alaska Health Care Authority.

Ballot measure 1: Fish habitat

On our next show we have “Ballot Measure 1: Fish Habitat.” Find out more about this issue with representatives from opposing sides of the issue in a moderated forum. Presented by KTOO Public Media, the Juneau Economic Development Council, and the Juneau Empire. Thanks for listening!

Tundra Vision presents: The Story of an Alaskero

While conducting research in Seattle, Diane Rodill came across a 1915 photograph of her father, Denis, participating in a 4th of July celebration at a salmon cannery in Larsen Bay, Alaska. She had no idea what he was doing there, how he got there, how and when he left and why he was wearing a dress! Listen as Dr. Rodill shres her remarkable story of her "rascal" father and his experience as a Filipino cannery worker, and "Alaskero". LISTEN HERE

The Curse of Natural Resources: economic impacts at home and abroad

This talk and discussion features Dr. Alexander James, a professor of economics at the University of Alaska Anchorage. His presentation focuses on what is sometimes called “the paradox of plenty” and how resource-rich countries can often suffer from slow economic growth and other negative effects. Thanks for listening!

The 2018 Mayoral Candidate Forum

KSKA: Tuesday, March, 20 2018, at 2:00 p.m. On the program this week we’ll be hearing the 2018 Mayoral Race Candidate Forum. 8 of the 9 candidates wishing to be mayor of the Anchorage Municipality were in attendance. You’ll hear their answers to some questions about many of Anchorage’s upcoming ballot proposals, as well as questions from each other. LISTEN HERE
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Ballot Measure 1: The Salmon Initiative – Beyond the Rhetoric

This week we have “Ballot Measure 1: The Salmon Initiative - Beyond the Rhetoric.” This debate was presented by Alaska Common Ground and features representatives from both sides of the issue discussing if Alaska needs stricter regulations for fish and wildlife habitats. Thanks for listening!

Facts & trends regarding Alaska’s high healthcare costs

KSKA: Tuesday, January 9, at 2:00 p.m. A very dense and well-informed discussion regarding the facts and trends for the high healthcare costs we have here in Alaska. This event features original findings from financial analyst Mark Foster, commentary on those findings from Assistant Professor of Economics Mouhcine Guettabi, followed by questions from the audience. Listen Here

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!

2018 mayoral candidates & ballot propositions

This week on Addressing Alaskans, we continue our coverage of the Anchorage's upcoming elections. We're hearing from mayoral candidates and we'll also cover different ballot propositions, and information on the city's first-ever vote by mail. Join us to hear about the issues that matter most to Anchorage voters. Thanks for listening!