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Talk of Alaska

Affordable Care Act Marketplace

Nearly one month after the federal government launched its new online health insurance marketplace, few Alaskans have been able to sign up. We’ll discuss the frustrations and the successes with the marketplace and look ahead at how the Affordable Care Act will roll out in 2014.

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

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October 25, 2013 - 12:00 pm

Violence Against Women

The numbers of victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking in Alaska continue to be some of the highest in the nation. Family violence impacts the emotional growth of children and affects entire communities. What can be done to reduce the harm?

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

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October 18, 2013 - 12:00 pm
Diversity In News Coverage

Diversity In News Coverage

This year’s University of Alaska Anchorage Atwood Chair of Journalism is the first Native to hold the position. Alaska residents come from a wide range of ethnic backgrounds and the state is home to half of the nation’s tribes, yet most of the reporters in the state are white. Does this matter? What changes when there is more diversity in reporting?

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

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October 11, 2013 - 12:00 pm
A wolf assesses the odds of stealing scavenged food from a brown bear, while two ravens feast on bits of food at the edges. Photo by Gordon Haber.

The Wolf

Biologist Gordon Haber may have spent more hours observing Alaska’s wolves than anyone else. He died in a 2009 plane crash tracking wolves in Denali National Park. His work will be the subject of a book coming out later this month.

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

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October 4, 2013 - 12:00 pm
Erin McKittrick

Erin McKittrick

A 4,000-mile trek by two people just out of college is one thing. Repeating that kind of adventure with two kids is something else altogether. Hig and Erin of Ground Truth Trekking have finished their Cook Inlet expedition and they have a new book out.

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

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September 27, 2013 - 12:00 pm
Governor Sean Parnell

Governor Sean Parnell

There are always surprises when the guest on Talk of Alaska is the Governor. You just never know what kind of questions are going to come in when the audience is spread all over the state. Way beyond politics as usual, it’s the resumption of the long tradition of Alaska’s Governor appearing on the next Talk of Alaska.

APRN: Tuesday, 9/24 at 10:00am

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September 20, 2013 - 12:00 pm
The American Criminal Justice System through the Lens of the Trial of Jesus

The American Criminal Justice System through the Lens of the Trial of Jesus

There are plenty of fans for crime shows, so maybe it’s no surprise that there’s a book that frames the trial of Jesus in terms of the modern justice system. But maybe its more surprising how little has changed in more than 2,000 years. The author of the fascinating book “Jesus on Death Row” will be taking your calls on the next Talk of Alaska.

APRN: Tuesday, 9/17 at 10:00am

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September 13, 2013 - 12:00 pm
Alaska’s Winter Olympians

Alaska’s Winter Olympians

For some years now, Alaska has produced more than its share of competitive athletes for the Winter Olympics. Is it just because it’s cold up here? We’ll find out from the athletes themselves, as they take a break from training for Sochi to appear on the next Talk of Alaska.

KSKA: Tuesday, 9/10 at 10:00am

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September 6, 2013 - 12:00 pm
Legal Marijuana

Legal Marijuana

The Attorney General has decided that even though marijuana is illegal under federal law, he will not go after states that have legalized it, like Washington and Colorado. Should Alaska be next? A decision is likely coming next year, from the voters of the state. Doug Fine, the author of “Too High to Fail,” is the guest on the next Talk of Alaska.

APRN: Tuesday 9/3 at 10:00 am

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August 30, 2013 - 11:56 am
U.S. Senator Mark Begich

Federal Issues

With only a few working days left before the change of the fiscal year, what can we expect Congress to accomplish? Members are back in their districts consulting with their constituents right now. And the guest will be Senator Mark Begich on the next Talk of Alaska.

APRN: Tuesday 8/27 at 10:00 am
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August 23, 2013 - 12:15 pm
The University of Alaska’s Role in Alaska’s Future

The University of Alaska’s Role in Alaska’s Future

How should the University of Alaska adapt to changing times? Not only is technology changing, but so is the job market. Higher education faces the impossible task of ramping up to train people for future jobs that haven’t even been thought of yet. University of Alaska President Pat Gamble has some ideas, and he wants to hear yours on the next Talk of Alaska.

KSKA: Tuesday, 8/20 at 10:00am

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August 16, 2013 - 12:00 pm
Conscience

Conscience

Ever since his ministry in Bolivia in the 1970’s Father Roy Bourgeois has stood up against death squads and more recently for the ordination of women to be Catholic priests. All that time, he has been confident that with enough solidarity, a movement will emerge. Is a time of crisis for the Catholic church also a time for this movement?

KSKA: Tuesday, 8/13 at 10:00am

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August 9, 2013 - 12:00 pm
Photo courtesy of the Endangered Species Road Trip book.

Touring a Mass Extinction Event

Every 10 years or so, some writer goes on a trip across the great American heartland, and comes back with the up-beat message that Americans are basically good people and the future of the Republic is more assured than we think. But what about the nation’s wildlife? The author of a book entitled “The Endangered Species Road Trip” will be the guest, on the next Talk of Alaska.

KSKA: Tuesday, 7/30 at 10:00am

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July 26, 2013 - 12:00 pm
The Papa Pilgrim Episode

The Papa Pilgrim Episode

The limits of the last frontier took only a few years to close in on the notorious “Papa Pilgrim.” What at first appeared to be wholesome and righteous turned out to be the opposite. Now the whole story is out.

KSKA: Tuesday, 7/23 at 10:00am

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July 19, 2013 - 12:00 pm
Developing Alaska Writers

Developing Alaska Writers

There is a quiet collision going on between a fast-developing new crop of Alaska authors and the fast-changing world of publishing. Alaska has always had a place in the national imagination, but is that place changing?  Teachers of creative writing will be the guests on the next Talk of Alaska.

KSKA: Tuesday, 7/16 at 10:00am

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July 12, 2013 - 12:00 pm
‘The Raven’s Gift’

‘The Raven’s Gift’

A new novel set in Alaska shows how quickly traditional knowledge could become far more valuable in a world under ecological stress. “The Raven’s Gift” is set in a future that might be closer than we realize. Readers have a chance to talk it over with author Don Rearden, on the next Talk of Alaska.

KSKA: Tuesday, 7/5 at 10:00am

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July 5, 2013 - 12:00 pm
A model constructed by Doug Smith out of material from the Talkeetna One Tree project. Photo courtesy of Joe Page.

Midsummer Celebrations in Alaska

The peak of summer is a time of celebration in Alaska. In Fairbanks, baseball is played under the midnight sun; in Seward, Mount Marathon awaits; in Barrow it will be Eskimo Games; and there are Independence Day parades all over the state. Mid-summer celebrations are the subject, on the next Talk of Alaska.

KSKA: Tuesday, July 2 at 10:00am

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June 28, 2013 - 12:00 pm
Congressman Don Young

Congressman Don Young

Congressman Don Young has been in Congress for more than 40 years. He’s the state’s sole Representative in the U.S. House. Hear Alaskans talking directly with Don Young on the next Talk of Alaska.

KSKA: Tuesday, 6/25 at 10:00am

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June 21, 2013 - 12:00 pm
Rendering of future Ravens’ Roost Cohousing neighborhood by  Kraus Fitch. http://www.abbottcoho.org/

Co-Housing

A group of Anchorage residents is ready to build Alaska’s first co-housing project. A form of condominium, co-housing is not really accounted for in current zoning codes, but may be a housing option preferable to those who seek a sustainable future in an urban environment. It reduces costs and is without the privacy concerns that room-mate situations have. In order to do it, you have to put your money on the line.

KSKA: Tuesday 6/18 at 10:00 am

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June 14, 2013 - 1:04 pm
More About the Governor’s Solution

More About the Governor’s Solution

What if polluters had to pay, and the money went to you? Peter Barnes, author of the influential book “Who Owns the Sky,” has a new idea for selling the commons and paying dividends. It’s an idea with strong roots in Alaska, and this investment strategy will be the topic of the next Talk of Alaska.

KSKA: Tuesday, 6/11 at 10:00am

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June 7, 2013 - 12:00 pm