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The Newly-Named ‘Alaska Dispatch News’

The Newly-Named ‘Alaska Dispatch News’

Not very many years ago it was pretty easy to know how the publisher of a newspaper felt about things. All you had to do was look at the editorial page. But when the Anchorage Daily News was acquired by the Alaska Dispatch, it stopped running its own editorials. Now it is changing its name, and the managers of the Alaska Dispatch News will be taking questions from Alaskans across the state.

APRN: Tuesday, 7/22 at 10:00am

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July 18, 2014
Lieutenant Governor Primary Election: Bob Williams

Lieutenant Governor Primary Election: Bob Williams

In Alaska, the Lieutenant Governor has duties beyond backing up the Governor and keeping custody of the State Seal. The Lieutenant Governor oversees the enactment of regulations and the Division of Elections. Two Democrats are vying for that nomination in August, and your chance to get to know them is coming up on “Talk of Alaska.” Bob Williams was Teacher of the Year and now wants to be Lieutenant Governor.

APRN: Tuesday, 7/15 at 10:00am

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July 11, 2014

Primary Election: Republican U.S. Senate Candidate Dan Sullivan

It will soon be decision time for Alaska voters on which Republican should face incumbent U-S Senator Mark Begich in November. Each candidate has an hour-long live opportunity to answer phone calls from public radio listeners statewide. Mead Treadwell has done it. And now it’s Dan Sullivan’s turn.

APRN: Tuesday, 7/8 at 10:00am

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July 4, 2014
Primary Election: Republican U.S. Senate Candidate Mead Treadwell

Primary Election: Republican U.S. Senate Candidate Mead Treadwell

It will soon be decision time for Alaska voters on which Republican should face incumbent U.S. Senator Mark Begich in November. Will it be Joe Miller, Dan Sullivan, or Mead Treadwell? Each candidate will have an hour-long live opportunity to answer phone calls from public radio listeners statewide. Mead Treadwell will go first, on the next Talk of Alaska.

APRN: Tuesday, 7/1 at 10:00am

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June 27, 2014
The Top-10 Alaska Books (And Tons More) To Add To Your Reading List

The Top-10 Alaska Books (And Tons More) To Add To Your Reading List

Before this week’s Talk of Alaska about the best Alaska-based books, we opened up voting to the listeners to get their input into what the top-10 Alaska books should be. We received tons of feedback and compiled a full list, which you can find here. Here are the top-10 results based on online voting, comments, emails, social media, and calls we have received…starting with #10.

June 24, 2014
Which Is The Best Alaska Book?

Which Is The Best Alaska Book?

Some Alaskans were drawn to come here by a book – for instance “Coming into the Country,” or “Two in the Far North,” or “One Man’s Wilderness.” We’ll be building a list of the Best Alaska Books on the next “Talk of Alaska.” Let us know which is your favorite.

APRN: Tuesday, 6/24 at 10:00am

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June 20, 2014
(Photo courtesy Alaska Marine Conservation Council)

Local Fishing & Local Markets

If food security can also be job security for fishermen, you could call it a win-win situation. Sustainability labeling is catching on in the U.S. after making a difference for years in European seafood sales. And now even in Alaska, some large customers are making deals with fishermen who promise to fish sustainably.

APRN: Tuesday, 6/17 at 10:00am

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June 13, 2014

Proposition 1

Alaska’s budget is based on oil taxes, and the Legislature changed the oil tax structure last year to allow the industry more income when prices are high. In August Alaska’s voters are being asked whether they want to repeal that change.

APRN: Tuesday, June 1, at 10:00 a.m.

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June 6, 2014
Managing Predators

Managing Predators

Managing predators is not easy, but it’s harder to manage people. Predator populations are spreading in the Lower 48 states, and farmers are not happy. Meanwhile in Alaska the tourists are arriving, the bears are out and so are the moose calves.

APRN: Tuesday, 6/3 at 10:00am

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May 30, 2014

Solar Energy from the Ocean

Solar energy technology has greatly improved over the last few years, but who would have thought that the ocean could be used as a solar collector? And who would have installed the technology to do so? That’s what’s now being done at the Seward Sea Life Center. And now they’re seeking to spread the energy.

APRN: Tuesday, 5/27 at 10:00am

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May 23, 2014

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

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

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
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
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
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