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Earthquake Awareness: State of the Art

The earth is restless in Alaska, with more earthquakes than all the other states combined – plus volcanoes and tidal waves. The Great Alaska Earthquake of 1964 was critically important scientifically, and that science has made remarkable advances in recent years.

APRN: Tuesday, 5/20 at 10:00am

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May 16, 2014
Wilderness in Alaska

Wilderness in Alaska

Whether you call it locking up land or protecting it, wilderness designation raises some profound cultural, biological and management
questions. As it turns 50 years old, is the Wilderness Act showing signs of age? Or has it barely reached maturity? Nowhere in the country is there more wilderness than Alaska.

APRN: Tuesday, 5/13 at 10:00am

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May 9, 2014

Apache Selling Gulf Of Mexico Offshore Interests

The oil and gas company exploring the west side of Cook Inlet is getting a cash infusion. Apache is selling off some of its Gulf of Mexico offshore interests to a mining company – Freeport McMoRan Copper and Gold – for $1.4 billion.

May 9, 2014
(Graphic courtesy National Weather Service)

National Weather Service Issues El Niño Watch

There could be more warm and cloudy weather on Alaska’s coast and more wildfire danger in the Interior this summer if a temperature trend in the waters of the Pacific Ocean along the equator continues.

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May 8, 2014

National Science Foundation To Deploy Seismic Sensors In Alaska

Alaska is the place to be if you want to study earthquakes. In a year, it has as many earthquakes as all the other states combined. Scientific study of those quakes is beginning to ramp up significantly as the National Science Foundation deploys a new network of seismic sensors this summer.

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May 6, 2014

Alternative Public Education Opportunities

For many years policy leaders have been talking about ways to bring more education choices to rural Alaskans. Now those options are beginning to appear. Legislation has passed to benefit charter schools and boarding schools around the state.

APRN: Tuesday, 5/6 at 10:00am

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May 2, 2014

Report Outlines Emerging Arctic Research Issues

A report is out today from the National Academy of Sciences outlining emerging Arctic research issues. The report says among other things that a refuge of Arctic sea ice is likely to remain in the summers into the foreseeable future, raising questions about shrinking rather than vanishing wildlife habitat.

April 29, 2014

Seward’s Icebox

What was William Seward thinking when he pushed the purchase of Alaska from Russia? What would most surprise him if he could see Alaska now? Seward’s Day is a state holiday; a town and a highway are named after him; but who was he? Two historians will help us understand why we’re not part of Russia, on the next Talk of Alaska.

APRN: Tuesday, 4/29 at 10:00am

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April 25, 2014
Oil and gas planning areas in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas. Oil and gas lease areas are shown in 
orange, with seismic survey areas shown in gray. Selected oil and gas wells, some in Alaskan state waters and some 
in federal waters, are shown as purple dots. Some coastal communities and cities are also shown.  (Image from the National Research Council)

What Needs To Be Done To Respond To An Arctic Oil Spill?

The National Research Council released a report on what needs to be done in order to be able to respond to oil spills in Arctic waters. Environmental groups were quick to respond that so much needs to be done that it would be better to not drill at all.

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April 23, 2014

Legislature Passes Gov. Parnell’s LNG Pipeline Plan

The House voted 36-4 on the measure Sunday. The Senate later voted 16-4 to agree to the House changes. Senate Bill 138 would set state participation at about 25 percent in a project also being pursued TransCanada, the Alaska Gas-line Development Corp., and the North Slope’s major players. It would allow the project to move to a stage of preliminary engineering and design and cost refinement.

April 21, 2014
Congressional Issues: U.S. Representative Don Young

Congressional Issues: U.S. Representative Don Young

Taking phone calls from all over the largest congressional district in the nation can be a challenge, but it also makes for quite a radio show. Alaska Congressman Don Young is back in his district for the spring recess, and ready to talk with you on the next Talk of Alaska.

APRN: Tuesday, 4/22 at 10:00am

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April 18, 2014

Alaska Trails Conference Kicks Off Next Week

With all its public lands and scenic values, it’s no surprise that Alaska has an advocacy organization for trails – for walking, skiing, bicycling, off-road vehicle riding and trekking. Called “Alaska Trails,” the group has statewide conferences every couple of years, and the next one starts April 24th at Alaska Pacific University.

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April 16, 2014
Volunteers hand craft Kincaid singletrack. (Photo by Janice Tower/Singletrack Advocates.)

The Potential of Trails in Alaska

With the snow melting back and the ground thawing out, Alaska’s trail builders will soon be back at work making the country more accessible. They’ll be out there with tools and crews, shaping paths for feet, paws and wheels. If you never heard of single tracks and pump tracks and especially if you have, you’ll learn what’s new in trails on the next Talk of Alaska.

APRN: Tuesday, 4/15 at 10:00am

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April 11, 2014

The Business of Clean Energy

Alaska is becoming known as a testing ground for renewable energy. As more and more clean energy technology comes on the market, Alaska’s high fuel costs can make investments in things that reduce those costs pay off quickly – in fact it’s already happening.

APRN: Tuesday, 4/8 at 10:00am

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April 4, 2014
Corporate Personhood

Corporate Personhood

The issue of corporate personhood has been brought up repeatedly by callers to the show, and the chance to talk about it now arises with the creation of an organization that is asking political candidates to take a pledge to oppose it. The legal implications are of course obvious with the current Hobby Lobby case and the Citizens United and Boy Scouts of America rulings that preceded it.

APRN: Tuesday, 4/1 at 10:00am

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March 28, 2014
J. Torres speaking in Unalaska on March 3. Photo by Luc Sevilla.

The Graphic Novels of J Torres

You may never have heard of “Teen Titans Go,” but that may be because you’re just too old to appreciate comic books. Young readers across the state will be connecting with comic author and blogger J Torres, on the annual “Alaska Spirit of Reading” book club edition of Talk of Alaska.

APRN: Tuesday, 3/25 at 10:00am

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March 21, 2014

Navy Subs Training In Arctic Ocean

A pair of Navy submarines are on maneuvers in the Arctic Ocean sea ice. One came up from the East Coast and the other from the West Coast.

March 21, 2014
25 Years After Exxon Valdez: What Would Effective Regulation Look Like?

25 Years After Exxon Valdez: What Would Effective Regulation Look Like?

Twenty-five years after the Exxon Valdez oil spill nearly all damaged wildlife populations have been declared “recovered,” but the spill’s impact left lasting marks on people. With another major spill taking place just four years ago, it’s time to talk about loss of trust, and how to restore it.

APRN: Tuesday, March 18 at 10:00am

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March 14, 2014

State House Finance Committee Passes $9.1 Billion Operating Budget

The $9.1 billion state operating budget has passed the House Finance committee. It’s down about $1.6 million from the original bill, much of that due to a cut in school construction and debt service money.

March 13, 2014
Photo from Foundroot.

Growing Food Near the Kitchen

During the Second World War, household “Victory Gardens” produced almost half the food the nation consumed. Now home gardens produce about two percent. Could the path to food security run though a garden plot in your front yard?

APRN: Tuesday, 3/11 at 10:00am

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March 7, 2014