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.

A Juneteenth flag waives in the wind

Discussing Juneteenth with the Alaska Black Caucus

The 19th of June has long been celebrated in African American communities to commemorate the end of slavery. Earlier this month President Biden declared Juneteenth a federal holiday. 

Journey of a Reentrant

KSKA: Tuesday, September 12, at 2:00 p.m. In Alaska, two out of three people who are released from prison end up going back in. The impacts of recidivism go beyond just the former prisoner to their families and the entire community. During the One Course Discourse discussion at Bear Tooth Theatre in Anchorage, the DOC worked with a group of community partners to share their stories of successful reentry and how the community can support people as they exit prison. LISTEN HERE

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

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 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.

Arctic Entries: The Seven Year Itch, Part 1

KSKA Tuesday, May 31 2016, at 2:00 p.m. Every community has a place, where people gather and stories are told. The East Coast has stoops, the South has porches, and in Alaska we have Arctic Entries. Here, Alaskans share their personal stories — funny, sad and sweet. Listen to seven people tell a 7-minute-long true story related to the show’s theme. DOWNLOAD AUDIO

Governor Walker on the Future of Alaska

Newly elected Alaska governor Bill Walker addresses the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce with his vision for the state budget and the opportunities ahead for Alaska. KSKA: Tuesday, Dec. 16, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m. Listen now:

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

Global Complexity: Risk & Opportunity

A 24-year veteran of the CIA’s Clandestine Service, Ambassador Crumpton served as an operations officer in the foreign field, including tours as Chief of Station. In 2005 the President of the United States appointed Crumpton as Ambassador-at-Large and the Coordinator for Counterterrorism at the US Department of State. He speaks about what we, as a nation, have learned since the events of 9/11 and his thoughts on our future. LISTEN NOW

Intercultural Alaska: Celebrating diversity & connecting through stories

KSKA Tuesday, March 21 2017, at 2:00 p.m. This week we’re featuring a World Matters storytelling event titled “Intercultural Alaska: Celebrating Diversity & Connecting Through Stories.” Five storytellers share with us their stories of immigration, culture, heritage and integration. All of which help make Alaska such a diverse place to live. LISTEN NOW

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

Transportation: What we have and what we want

KSKA: Tuesday, May 16 at 2pm. This week we’re featuring another panel discussion on transportation entitled “What we have and what we would like: Public and non-motorized or active transportation”. This is the second in a series of discussions being held on local transportation issues titled “From Here to the Future: Transforming Anchorage/Mat-Su Transportation”. LISTEN HERE

‘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:

Managing Global Insecurity

KSKA: Tuesday, May 10 @ 2:00 pm. Dr. Stephen Stedman analyzes the threats that surround us, but does not yield to the temptation to despair. He rightly points out that in a world of problems without passports, our security and prosperity depend on unprecedented international cooperation, and that such cooperation is within our reach. DOWNLOAD AUDIO

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

Addressing Alaskans: Celebrate Elizabeth Peratrovich Day with Molly of Denali

Today’s episode features a panel discussion celebrating Elizabeth Peratrovitch Day.  GBH Kids, producer of Molly of Denali, the Rasmuson Foundation and Alaska Public Media partnered...

Arctic Entries: Oops!

KSKA Tuesday, May 03 2016, at 2:00 p.m. Arctic Entries this month brings you Oops: Stories of Mistakes, Narrow Escapes, and Lucky Breaks. In the spirit of This American Life, The Moth, and other storytelling events, Arctic Entries brings Alaskans to the stage to share their personal stories: funny, sad and sweet. DOWNLOAD AUDIO

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.
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Incredible tales from Alaskans who helped end the Cold War

KSKA: Tuesday, February, 20 2018, at 2:00 p.m. We're bringing you a show about a time when Alaskans and Russians were reunited and found they shared a common heritage. We’re going to hear incredible tales from key players in melting the Alaska-Russia Ice Curtain in the mid-1980s discuss how Alaska helped end the Cold War, launching a 30-year era of productive commercial and personal relations across the Bering Strait.LISTEN HERE