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.

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 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!

Displaced by Climate Change

KSKA: Tuesday, July 18, at 2:00 p.m. This week we’re hearing about the effects that climate change can have on fragile and native populations. Guest speakers Salote Soqo and Patricia Cochran will address their experiences on the front lines of climate action in the South Pacific and Alaska. LISTEN HERE

Arctic Executive Steering Committee – One Year On

Former United States Ambassador to Sweden Mark Brzezinski spoke to the Alaska World Affairs Council at the Dena'ina Center to provide an update on President Obama's Executive Order to enhance coordination of national efforts in the Arctic. The presentation was called "Arctic Executive Steering Committee -­ One Year On: Report from the Executive Director." KSKA: Tuesday, Feb. 2, at 2:00 p.m. LISTEN NOW

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!

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.
Anchorage Climate Action Plan

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.

King Harald V of Norway

King Harald V of Norway addresses the Alaska World Affairs Council alongside a panel of Arctic experts, including Craig Fleener, Fran Ulmer and Borge Ousland. KSKA: Tuesday, June 2, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Listen now:

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

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

The Arab fall and Egyptian politics

KSKA: Tuesday, April 25, at 2:00 p.m. This week we’re learning more about politics and regional issues in Egypt. Eric Trager, the author of Arab Fall: How the Muslim Brotherhood Won and Lost Egypt in 891 Days, is the Esther K. Wagner Fellow at The Washington Institute. LISTEN HERE

Beyond Earth – talking about space travel

KSKA: Tuesday, March 07, at 2:00 p.m. This week we’re learning more about space travel and planetary colonization. Charles Wohlforth discusses his new book, Beyond Earth, and answers questions about humanity and its potential for reaching new worlds. LISTEN NOW

A Guide to the Notorious Bars of Alaska

In his new book "A Guide to the Notorious Bars of Alaska," Douglas Vandegraft brings readers the full story behind Alaska's most legendary bars - 135 of them - many of which have been around since the end of Prohibition in 1933. Vandegraft brings 14 years of research to the table in his new book, which hits the bookshelves last week. KSKA: Tuesday, Oct. 7, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m. Listen now:
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Learn more about the United States and China’s recent meeting in Anchorage from this discussion

China's State Councilor Wang Yi exits the US-China talks at the Hotel Captain Cook in Anchorage on March 18, 2021. (Jeff...

The 2018 3-Year Outlook Report

This week we have the 2018 3-year Outlook Report for Anchorage, presented by Anchorage Economic Development Corporation. Thanks for listening!

The Unraveling: High Hopes and Missed Opportunities in Iraq

KSKA: Tuesday, November 07, at 2:00 p.m. This week we’re taking a look back at mistakes made in Iraq from an insider’s perspective. Emma Sky, author of  “The Unraveling:High Hopes and Missed Opportunities,” and Director of the World Fellows Program at Yale University, discusses how both internal and external political forces caused the mission in Iraq to fail and created lasting instability in the whole region.  LISTEN HERE

The US-Canadian Alliance for Peace and Security in Alaska

Gen. Scott Clancy, Deputy Commander of the North American Defense Command (NORAD), discusses the importance of maintaining a close relationship between the two countries.

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!

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor

KSKA Tuesday, September 20 2016, at 2:00 p.m. On the next episode we’ll hear from Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. She shares with us the difficulties of taking on the responsibilities that go with being a member of the highest court in the country and the importance of having a diverse supreme court. Her question and answer session was hosted by the Alaska Bar Association and the questions were moderated by Judge Morgan Christen. LISTEN NOW

Cuba: The Embargo Within the Embargo

KSKA Tuesday, December 13 2016, at 2:00 p.m. Charles Shapiro is president of the World Affairs Council of Atlanta and a senior lecturer at the Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University. Previously, he held numerous senior positions at the U.S. Department of State, including Ambassador to Venezuela, principal deputy assistant secretary for the Western Hemisphere, and Coordinator for Cuban Affairs. LISTEN NOW