AK: Staying power: world-class Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competitor comes to Sitka

In the world of martial arts, the name Gracie is a major heavyweight. The Gracie family is synonymous with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and brought the sport to the United States over 40 years ago. A student of the Gracie family brought his teachings from Brazil to a local gym in Sitka. Listen now

AK: New Beginnings

As our country contemplates a new President and we wait to see about a new Senator, we take a look at New Beginnings....

AK: Alaska Folk Festival: The state’s biggest talent show

The Alaska Folk Festival runs April 4th through 10th in Juneau. It’s a sure sign of spring for the hundreds of musicians from all over the state who come to play, jam and listen. CoastAlaska’s Ed Schoenfeld caught up with a Juneau singer-songwriter. He’s one of many performers who are serious about their music, but don’t leave their day jobs. Download Audio

AK: Talking Trash: Composting startup tackles Juneau’s green waste

A small Juneau start-up is proving that household composting works. Lisa Daugherty of Juneau Composts! is already receiving accolades for her subscription-based service that's keeping tons of green waste out of the landfill. Listen now

AK: Stressed Out

This week on AK we stress out. We'll find out what happens when you lose your livelihood -- and you're a cow -- and...

AK: Geese

Thousands of black brants nest each spring on a piece of marshy tundra near Chevak, in Western Alaska. And for nearly three decades, the small geese have been the research focus of biologist Jim Sedinger. In 1984, the University of Nevada Reno professor decided the brants would be good subjects for a long term study on a bird population. This summer, he brought an audio recorder out into the field.

AK: Anchorage’s thriving skateboard scene retreats underground

Skateboarders in Anchorage are taking over parking garages with impromptu sessions and home-made ramps. Listen now

AK: Humpback Whales

There’s a baby boom going on with Alaska’s humpback whales. Slow-but-steady population growth is good news for the species, as well as whale-watchers. But it could be bad news for boaters, hatcheries and the herring fleet.

AK: Sarah Palin

This week on AK: The Gov. We're taking a look at Sarah Palin, finding out what makes the First-in-Command of the Last Frontier tick....

AK: Bartender Builds Legacy in Pelican

This is AK on Alaska News Nightly. Today we're launching this new show within a show, but really we should say we're reviving it. Many of you may remember the hour long AK that went off the air in 2008. Regrettably we can't bring back the whole show, but each Friday Alaska News Nightly will include a shorter version of the award winning program.

AK: Disaster Response

The first responders in any disaster like the Good Friday Earthquake will likely be the firefighters and emergency medical technicians. But even the routine fire or medical call can be physically taxing and rely on months, perhaps even years of training. Capital City Fire and Rescue and the International Firefighters Association recently held a unique event in Juneau designed to demonstrate the rigors of the job to those unfamiliar with their routine. Download Audio

AK: Metlakatla residents celebrate their community’s 130th birthday

Every year on August 7, the Metlakatla Indian Community celebrates its founding with a day of art, food and prayer. Listen now

AK: Cats

Ten years ago, Wrangell was crawling with feral cats. They roamed the streets, getting into trash and nesting in condemned buildings. Now, it’s hard to even find a cat downtown. That dramatic turnaround is due to the hard work of one woman who noticed the problem and decided to fix it. Dolores Klinke runs the St. Frances Animal Rescue, a non-profit that has saved hundreds of strays. Download Audio

AK: Kasigluk Yuraq tradition dances through the generations

The 2018 Cama-i Dance Festival was dedicated to six elders from the tundra village of Kasigluk. The elders revived Yup’ik dance in the village and serve as the foundation of the community’s dance tradition today. The community is working to never need a revival again. Listen now

AK: Gluttony

With the country's financial health in trouble, people are looking for ways to save money, so AK takes a look at alternatives to...

AK: Bingo

Every other week, a bright pink sign pops up along Unalaska’s main road advertising a makeshift gambling parlor. In hand-painted black lettering, it lays out the stakes and discourages any young whippersnappers under 19 from even trying to participate. This game is very much for grownups. For two years, KUCB’s Alexandra Gutierrez has driven by it and wondered what exactly went on there. Now, she takes us into the ­­­­­seedy underbelly of Unalaska’s senior center.

AK: In rural communities, Village Police Officers face impossible job

In the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta’s villages, local law enforcement’s job can seem impossible. Alaska’s Village Police Officers are expected to arrest their own friends and family without adequate support, and for very little pay. Listen now

AK: Connecting

Rural Alaska communities are not known for having good internet connections, cell phone reception or, really, many good ways of connecting to people and programs outside their area. But rural public libraries do now have those types of connections, thanks to a program through the Alaska State Library that connects libraries all over the state – and country – for a variety of programs and purposes. Download Audio

AK: Juneau shamanism retreat leader’s financial, cultural and spiritual legitimacy challenged

Sealaska Heritage Institute says the Dance of the Deer Foundation exploits shamanism. Listen now

AK: One family’s pirate home is Sitka’s hidden treasure

What if you wanted your home to be more extraordinary, more unusual, more like, say, a pirate ship? One Sitka family has been realizing that vision, slowly turning their home into a shipwrecked, tropical paradise over the last 40 years.