U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith visits Juneau as part of her second-term project, American Conversations: Celebrating Poems in Rural Communities. Ms. Smith reads her own poetry and unveils the poetry anthology, American Journal: Fifty Poems for Our Time, featuring the work of 50 living American poets of different backgrounds, offering 50 different outlooks on…
Ken Coates, co-author of The Sinking of the Princess Sophia: Taking the North Down with Her, discusses the book and looks back at the disaster. First published in 1990, the book is still the definitive history of the 1918 shipwreck that took the lives of all 353 people onboard.
Dr. Bradley Stevens presents about the discovery of the Kad’yak shipwreck. In 1861, the Russian barque Kad’yak hit a rock, but drifted for four days due to its cargo of ice. The ship’s final resting place was unknown for 140 years until Stevens and a team of divers found it near Spruce Island in 2003.
Alaskan artist Ray Troll shares information about the fascinating creatures featured in Cruisin’ the Fossil Coastline. From pachyrhinosaurus to Matanuska ammonites to ichthyosaurs, the fossil coastline is full of amazing animals large and small.
“When Alaskans created the permanent fund, it was a grand experiment. Other oil provinces had tried to preserve some of their wealth for future generations — few, if any, had succeeded.” This documentary from 2004 examines the Alaska permanent fund and its history.
The Juneau World Affairs Council presents “Refugees on the Border” with Susan Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald has fed hundreds of refugees and housed some herself as a volunteer at El Calvario Refugee Shelter in Las Cruces, New Mexico, 40 miles from the U.S.-Mexico border. She moved to New Mexico in 2006 after retiring from a long career…
The Juneau World Affairs Council presents “The Democracy for All Amendment” with Jeff Clements. Clements is the president of American Promise, a cross-partisan advocacy nonprofit seeking a 28th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution to limit money’s influence on elections. The organization is aiming for passage by 2026.
The 2018 Red Carpet Concert Folk Fest Sessions were recorded at KTOO Public Media during the 2018 Alaska Folk Festival in Juneau, Alaska. Inspired by NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts, KTOO’s Red Carpet Concert Series features Alaskan and regional bands.
The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation have partnered with U.S. state arts agencies to support Poetry Out Loud, a contest that encourages the nation’s youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage. After successful…
The Juneau World Affairs Council presents “The UK’s Low-Carbon Economy: Opportunities and Challenges” with Reem Yusuf. Yusuf is an energy and environment policy adviser in the United Kingdom’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office in San Francisco. She discusses the UK’s long-term plan to transition to a low-carbon economy.