Line One: Depolarizing vaccine conversations

a nurse administers a vaccine to a patient
Anchorage Health Department public health nurse Molly Carver administers the Covid-19 vaccine to Malia Tuga at the community vaccine clinic held at Manai Fou Assembly of God Church in Airport Heights on Feb. 23, 2021. (Jeff Chen/Alaska Public Media)

Across our community, Alaskans are trying to navigate the new realities brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. Conversations about masking, vaccines, and whether to return to work and school can trigger strong feelings and in some cases have resulted in strained friendships and divided families. These conversations mimic the political divide and frequently devolve into defensiveness, contempt, criticism, and hurt feelings. These high conflict conversations do nothing to improve public health and are tearing at the foundations of our community and the sense of unity we take pride in as Alaskans. Please join us for
a discussion about how we have gotten to where we are, and how we can move from destructive to constructive conversations about these challenging issues.

HOST: Prentiss Pemberton

GUEST: Megan Cacciola-Vice President of Programs, Alaska Humanities Forum

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Call 550-8433 (Anchorage) or 1-888-353-5752 (statewide) during the live broadcast (10–11 a.m.).

Send an email to before, during or after the live broadcast (e-mails may be read on air).

LIVE BROADCAST: Wednesday, March 30, 2022, at 10 a.m. AKDT
REPEAT BROADCAST: Wednesday, March 30, 2022, at 8 p.m. AKDT


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Ammon Swenson is Alaska Public Media’s Audio Media Content Producer. He was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska. He graduated from UAA in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and integrated media. He’s previously worked for KRUA radio, the Anchorage Press, and The Northern Light.

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