391 episodes

John Quick hosts this national award-winning podcast, celebrated for its exceptional commentary on Alaska politics from the conservative perspective. With a unique style that views each podcast as a human interest piece, John engages with a diverse array of guests, including politicians from both sides of the aisle, CEOs of publicly traded companies, New York Times bestsellers, mayors of small towns in Alaska, and presidents of countries. This approach has led the podcast to win several prestigious awards, such as the 2023 Gold Communicator Award for Political Podcast, the 2023 AVA Gold Award for Political Podcast, the 2022 Gold Dot Com Gold Award for Outstanding Political Podcast, a VIDDY Honorable Mention Award, and ranking as the #1 political podcast in Alaska by Feed Spot.

John’s contributions to political discourse extend beyond podcasting, as he also has his own column at Newsmax. Tune in every week for insightful discussions that are always fresh, occasionally tart, and brimming with insights about what’s happening behind the scenes in Alaska politics.

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    • 4.8 • 372 Ratings

John Quick hosts this national award-winning podcast, celebrated for its exceptional commentary on Alaska politics from the conservative perspective. With a unique style that views each podcast as a human interest piece, John engages with a diverse array of guests, including politicians from both sides of the aisle, CEOs of publicly traded companies, New York Times bestsellers, mayors of small towns in Alaska, and presidents of countries. This approach has led the podcast to win several prestigious awards, such as the 2023 Gold Communicator Award for Political Podcast, the 2023 AVA Gold Award for Political Podcast, the 2022 Gold Dot Com Gold Award for Outstanding Political Podcast, a VIDDY Honorable Mention Award, and ranking as the #1 political podcast in Alaska by Feed Spot.

John’s contributions to political discourse extend beyond podcasting, as he also has his own column at Newsmax. Tune in every week for insightful discussions that are always fresh, occasionally tart, and brimming with insights about what’s happening behind the scenes in Alaska politics.

    From Desk to Wilderness: Danika Baldwin on Starting Your Brand and Exploring Alaska

    From Desk to Wilderness: Danika Baldwin on Starting Your Brand and Exploring Alaska

    Join host John Quick on this week’s episode of The Must Read Alaska Show, featuring Danika Baldwin, who transitioned from a desk job to full-time Alaska explorer and travel planner. In our conversation, Danika shares her personal story, the challenges and rewards of leaving a corporate career, and tips for those interested in creating their own brand or business.


    She also dives into how she curates authentic Alaskan adventures and what makes Alaska a breathtaking destination for everyone. Whether you’re curious about starting your own business or planning your next big adventure, this episode is packed with actionable advice and inspiration. Plus, a special treat for our listeners: use code MUSTREAD10 to receive a 10% discount on Alaska-themed apparel at The Alaska Brand.


    Tune in to discover how you can embrace the spirit of Alaska with Danika’s expert guidance.


    Check it out here: https://thealaskabrand.com use code mustread10


    You can also find her here: http://www.girlinalaska.com

    • 24 min
    Dorene Lorenz on Preserving Alaska's Past: The Battle for Telephone Hill

    Dorene Lorenz on Preserving Alaska's Past: The Battle for Telephone Hill

    In this captivating episode of The Must Read Alaska Show, host John Quick sits down with Dorene M. Lorenz to delve into the rich history of Juneau and the broader Alaskan landscape, focusing on the crucial issue of preserving historical buildings and sites.
    Amidst the backdrop of Telephone Hill in Juneau—a landmark steeped in history and controversy—we discuss the challenges that Alaska faces in safeguarding its heritage. The Government’s potential plans to develop this historically significant area spark a thought-provoking conversation on the best strategies for preservation.
    Lorenz advocates for an innovative approach, saying that the Government should not be in land development. She opts to put these houses and land up for sale and in the hands of private citizens, who can then decide for themselves what to do with them.
    This episode explores the tension between development and preservation, the historical neglect of Alaskan landmarks, and the power of community-driven stewardship in keeping the spirit of the past alive. Join us as we uncover the layers of history beneath Telephone Hill and talk about a path forward.

    • 31 min
    From Underdog to Delegate Winner: Jason Palmer's Win Over Joe Biden

    From Underdog to Delegate Winner: Jason Palmer's Win Over Joe Biden

    Join host John Quick in a thoughtful conversation with democratic presidential candidate Jason Palmer on this episode of The Must Read Alaska Show. As a Republican, Quick engages in a civil dialogue with Palmer, who recently made headlines by securing three delegates after defeating Joe Biden in American Samoa. In this episode, Quick delves into Palmer’s motivations for running for president, his background, and what sets him apart from other candidates.



    They discuss the significance of Palmer’s victory over Biden, his excitement about taking delegates to the Democratic convention, and the possibility of bipartisan collaboration, including the consideration of Republicans in Palmer’s cabinet. Tune in for an insightful discussion that demonstrates the importance of respectful discourse across political divides.



    You can find Jason here: https://palmerforpresident.us/

    • 21 min
    Navigating the Political Divide: A Conversation with Nick Begich"

    Navigating the Political Divide: A Conversation with Nick Begich"

    Join host John Quick as he delves into the dynamic landscape of the upcoming congressional race with guest Nick Begich, a contender for Alaska’s US Congressional seat.

    In this episode, John talks with Nick on pivotal issues shaping the campaign and the stark differences between him and his opponent, Congresswoman Mary Peltola. Nick shares insights on key topics such as the impact of the Inflation Reduction Act, perspectives on Joe Biden’s agenda, and the significance of campaign funding.

    Tune in for an engaging discussion that offers valuable perspectives on the pressing matters facing Alaskans and the nation. 



    Check out Nick’s campaign website here: https://www.alaskansfornickbegich.com

    • 26 min
    Charting the Course: A Conversation with President Pat Pitney of the University of Alaska

    Charting the Course: A Conversation with President Pat Pitney of the University of Alaska

    In this captivating episode of the Must Read Alaska Show, host John Quick sits down with the esteemed 17th president of the University of Alaska System and 1984 Olympic gold medalist in Women’s Air Rifle, Pat Pitney. Fresh off her State of the Union address for the University of Alaska System, President Pitney shares insightful highlights and her vision for the future of higher education in Alaska.

    Dive into the heart of Alaska’s educational challenges and triumphs as President Pitney discusses the innovative ”Teach Alaska” initiative aimed at tackling the state’s teacher retention problem. Discover the empowerment behind the ”Empower Alaska” initiative and how it’s shaping the future for Alaskan students.

    The conversation takes an inspiring turn as we explore the ”For Alaska” campaign, which has impressively raised $185.5 million to support the University’s mission. Amid these discussions, President Pitney shares her optimism for Alaska’s future and offers timeless advice to incoming freshmen.

    To wrap up, President Pitney leaves us with some profound last-minute thoughts that will resonate with educators, students, and all who envision a brighter future for Alaska. Join us for this enlightening journey with one of Alaska’s most influential educational leaders.

    • 27 min
    Rising Above: Riley Gaines' Quest to Protect Female Athletes

    Rising Above: Riley Gaines' Quest to Protect Female Athletes

    In this empowering episode of the Must Read Alaska Show, host John Quick welcomes Riley Gaines, a 12x All-American swimmer and outspoken advocate for women’s sports, to share her journey from the University of Kentucky to becoming a national voice for female athletes.

    Riley discusses her pivotal experience at the 2022 NCAA Division 1 Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships, her efforts to protect women’s sports through the Riley Gaines Center, and the challenges she has faced in advocating for common-sense values across America.

    From her appearance on Joe Rogan to offering advice to female athletes and finding the confidence to speak out, Riley’s story is a beacon of courage and determination in the face of adversity.
    Join us as we dive into a conversation about the intersection of sports, gender, and free speech, exploring how Riley’s fight extends beyond the pool to touch the lives of women and athletes nationwide.

    For more about Riley’s mission and how you can support or get involved, visit Riley Gaines Center https://rileygainescenter.org/about

    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
372 Ratings

372 Ratings

jenna-renna ,

5 stars

I don’t know how you do it! Thank you for covering our state news.

mackenziemaggio ,

Always fantastic content

Loving the show thank you

maryboyle1 ,

Great podcast

Really enjoy this one thanks guys for all your hard work.

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