Join us for Writers’ Showcase on Thursday, March 6th, here at the new @360 studio at KTOO and 360 North. Doors open at 6:30, cameras roll at 7 p.m., and admission is pay-as-you-can. Our spring-inspired theme is “awakening” and we are proud to present work from four Alaskan writers: Rich Chiappone, Sherry Simpson, Greg Capito, and Tim Lash. Pieces will be read by Brandon Demery, Christina Apathy, Roblin Gray Davis, and Corin Hughes-Skandijs. Among the short stories and essays is a piece by award-winning writer Rich Chiappone. From his book “Opening Days,” Chiappone writes about Alaska’s long, sometimes cold, springs:
“My wife finds it astonishing that I persist in responding so poorly to our long winters. She argues that a person who has lived in Alaska and seen the river turn to ice each October for 24 years in a row, shoveling snow in 24 consecutive Aprils and even a few Mays, shouldn’t be surprised that the first day of our theoretical spring always resembles a scene from a PBS special about Antarctica.”
Be part of the live studio audience that laughs and cries at the words of these thoughtful writers. Statewide broadcast of the show will be on Saturday, March 8th at 9 p.m., and Sunday, March 9th at 7 p.m. on 360 North, and 360North.org.
- Legislators are considering a special audit of the Alaska Mental Health Trust and how the trustees are investing its money.
- Cynthia Franklin, who helped guide Alaska's work in setting up the state's legal marijuana industry, is resigning as director of the Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office.
- An online controversy spread to the halls of city government in Anchorage on Tuesday, with accusations flying about fake news, liberal media bias and a militant Islamic training camp in Wasilla that does not exist.
- Former Sen. John Glenn has died at 95. After a career as a Marine pilot, Glenn was chosen as an astronaut. He was the third American in space.