The Tiny Desk Contest is back!

NPR is running the Tiny Desk Contest again this year with the sponsorship of Lagunitas Brewing Co.  The winner of the contest will play a Tiny Desk concert behind Bob Boilen’s desk at NPR in D.C. and then go on a fully funded tour of the United States with NPR Music and Lagunitas Brewing Co.



Here’s how you enter:

  Arthur Renwick was born and raised within the Haisla First Nation of Kitimat, British Columbia. Carrying on the tradition of Cigarbox guitar playing, Arthur’s bottleneck slide and folk-style storytelling is reminiscent of greats like Muddy Waters, Mississippi John Hurt, and Hank Williams. His album The Cigarbox Chronicles tells stories of love and loss, while also being inspired by Renwick’s upbringing in a small fishing village. Aside from touring worldwide, Arthur now splits his time between Toronto and the Rama First Nations in Northern Ontario.



By Joaqlin Estus, KNBA

A Yup’ik woman from the Bristol Bay region known as one of the people who created the Alaska tribal health system and a savvy national advocate died Tuesday [Jan. 10]. For nearly 50 years, Sally Smith played a key role in transforming an under-funded, under-staffed and ill-equipped health system for Natives into one that is a model for tribal self-governance.


There’s a new investigative tool that the Anchorage Police Department will be using to combat child pornography, in the form of four legs, yellow fur and one tail. A golden lab, Odie, will be cracking down crime through the power of his nose. Lt. Kevin Vandegriff says it’s hard to believe. Odie is able to sniff and find chemical unique to electronic storage devices such as hard drives, SD cards, disks, cd’s and phones.

Alaska Native Heritage Center

  KNBA supports the World Intertribal Music Celebration at the Alaska Native Heritage Center Saturday, January 21, 2017
10am-5pm... FREE admission sponsored by Target and Art Works - National Endowment for the Arts.


Hear music from Denmark, Sitka and Juneau, Intertribal drumming and dancing, and more! Guided tours, demonstrating Native artists selling their beautiful work, short Alaska Native films, and a drumming and dancing workshop in the Mabel Pike Education classroom.

  Tara Williamson is a self-proclaimed poet, provocateur, and pop singer. Born Cree, she was raised Anishnaabe and Métis in Swan Lake, Manitoba. Tara grew up with Native song, drum, and dance. Despite being the only artist in her family, she embraces the traditions of her roots as part of her musical identity. Following the jazzier folk/rock of her two EPs, Tara’s new full-length album Songs to Keep Us Warm is “engaging with the mainstream outside of Indian country”.

From Alberta’s wild rose country, Cree/Metis guitarist and vocalist A.W. Cardinal and multi-instrumentalist Jasmine Colette form the band Blue Moon Marquee. Influenced by artists from Lonnie Johnson and Django Reinhardt to Tom Waits, the duo brings contemporary sounds and Native soul to a foundation of gypsy/swing blues and jazz. Before becoming full-time musicians, Cardinal worked in an oil field, Colette on a grain farm. The original narratives they tell through their music speak to communities of mixed heritage and the working class.  

Winter storm warning in effect for Anchorage, Mat-Su

Dec 28, 2016

Southcentral Alaska Winter Storm Warning for Thursday night, Friday morning

The National Weather Service in Anchorage has issued a winter storm warning for heavy snow for Anchorage and the Matanuska Valley. The winter storm warning for heavy snow is in effect from 6 p.m. Thursday to 9 a.m. Friday.

A significant winter storm is headed for Southcentral Alaska starting Thursday afternoon and continuing into Friday. The largest snowfall in several years is possible for portions of the Matanuska Valley.

Of Choctaw heritage from Shawnee, Oklahoma, singer-songwriter Samantha Crain started touring when she was 19 years old. Starting out with an interest in creative writing, she ended up teaching herself to play the guitar. Many of her short stories became songs, exploring themes of the common person in the tradition of folk rock. Following her third album, Kid Face, she continues with producer John Vanderslice and an analog recording style in the 2015 album Under Branch & Thorn & Tree.

Make your own Adventure in 2017!

Anyone who makes an End-of-Year donations at $120 or more will be automatically entered to win 2 tickets anywhere Alaska Airlines flies! See full entry rules and ticket information below.

On Friday January 13, 2017 we'll draw from the entries and announce a winner on-air. Imagine where you might go for a new adventure in the new year!