Talk of Alaska
The Alaska Constitution is one of the most modern in the country, but it’s almost 60-years old. In November, Alaskans have to decide whether to re-write it. Should we? A Constitutional Convention might offer a way to end legislative gridlock and put an end to corporate campaign funding. But it might also risk the very foundation of our government.
KSKA: Tuesday, 9/18 at 10:00am
Education is about theory but professionalism is about practice. The next Talk of Alaska is your chance to meet some college students who had a chance to go to work overseas as professionals, while still in school. The Distinguished Service program is way beyond internship – it’s about leadership.
KSKA: Tuesday, 9/11 at 10:00am
The answer to many of our problems may be education but what is the question? Education is the biggest item in the state budget. If you could increase spending on higher education beyond what it is now, how would you invest that money?
KSKA: Tuesday, 9/4 at 10:00am
The Alaska Constitution is one of the most modern in the country, but it’s almost 60-years old. In November, Alaskans have to decide whether to re-write it. It’s an opportunity that comes every 10 years. Could this be a way to end legislative gridlock and put an end to corporate campaign funding?
KSKA: Tuesday, 8/28 at 10:00am
Alaska voters are being asked to enact a law restoring the Coastal Zone Management program with Ballot Measure Two. Critics say the law is poorly drafted and would halt development. Advocates say it simply restores a local voice. Decision time is approaching for Ballot Measure Two, and that’s why it’s the topic on the next Talk of Alaska.
KSKA: Tuesday, 8/21 at 10:00am
They used to talk about explorers reaching the “ends of the earth.” But now even the arctic is losing its remoteness. Every Arctic nation is now maneuvering to control sea routes and mineral deposits in the Arctic Ocean, and Alaska is the only Arctic state. Is the message getting through to Washington?
KSKA: Tuesday, 8/14 at 10:00am
Who will design the signposts on the road to a sustainable future? Whether it’s local food, recycling, reduced packaging or energy-efficient design, demand for anything thought “earth-friendly” is at an all-time high, at a time when politicians are calling for more resource development. If there are more creative answers, where are they coming from?
KSKA: Tuesday, 8/7 at 10:00am
Former Alaskan Doug Fine’s new book follows the life of a legal marijuana plant from a greenhouse in Mendocino County, California, to the home of an elderly couple who use it for its medical benefits. The next Talk of Alaska is your chance to talk about hemp with Doug Fine. The new book “Too High to Fail” is the subject on the next Talk of Alaska.
KSKA: Tuesday, July 31 at 10:00am
Behind the microphone that brings you radio news is the person who does the talking. What would they talk about if it wasn’t the news? Your chance to find out is coming up, as Carl Kasell and Steve Heimel appear together on the next Talk of Alaska.
KSKA: Tuesday, 7/24 at 10:00am
It’s a known fact of history that very few of the people who came North to Alaska and the Yukon looking for gold ever found it. More successful were those who supplied their needs. And it’s their story that’s being brought to the stage in Anchorage this month, with music. The creators of “Gold Rush Girls: The Musical,” are the guests, on the next Talk of Alaska.
KSKA: Tuesday, 7/17 at 10:00am
Opera Fairbanks is getting ready for its only opera of the year. It will be the Puccini classic “La Boheme.” If you are wondering what about an opera written almost 200 years ago could motivate people to produce it in a small city in Alaska, you’ll hear the answer on the next Talk of Alaska.
KSKA: Tuesday, 7/10 at 10:00am
What happened to our King Salmon runs this year? Subsistence fishing has been cut back so deeply that leaders in the western part of the state want a disaster declaration. We’ll hear what Alaskans have to say about the King Salmon decline, and we’ll probe the limits of scientific knowledge about salmon in the ocean, on the next Talk of Alaska.
KSKA: Tuesday, 7/3 at 10:00am
With researchers headed to the world’s high latitudes for the International Polar Year, a team from Fairbanks decided to follow the Arctic Circle across North America by snowmachine. Along with scientific observations, they learned a lot about the land itself, and its history. The book “Finding the Arctic” is the subject on the next Talk of Alaska.
KSKA: Tuesday, 6/26 at 10:00am
Jack London and Robert Service contributed much to the public’s perception of Alaska even though most of their adventures took place in Canada. Just as influential but much less remembered is Belmore Browne, an artist and outdoorsman who tried to climb Mount McKinley a hundred years ago this month.
KSKA: Tuesday, 6/19 at 10:00am
The Alaska Territorial Guard Memorial in Bethel is due to be dedicated on July 3rd. Thousands of Alaska Natives defended the coast of the Territory during the Second World War and were then forgotten. To this day, some have not received their discharge papers. The war did much to shape the future of our state, and few remain who bear a living memory of it.
KSKA: Tuesday, 6/12 at 10:00am
There are psychological tests that show that people don’t really listen to reason when it comes to their moral convictions. Author Jonathan Haidt created some of those tests, and in his new book he explains why liberals and conservatives have fundamental moral differences. Alaskans are as deeply divided as any other Americans, and they are sure to want to argue with Jonathan Haidt, live, on the next Talk of Alaska.
KSKA: Tuesday, 6/5 at 10:00am
A military move that would have drained jobs from Fairbanks has been put off for a year. After 25-five years the U.S. Senate is finally moving to ratify the Law of the Sea Treaty. There are plenty of federal questions coming up, and Alaska Senator Mark Begich will be on the radio to field them on the next Talk of Alaska.
KSKA: Tuesday, 5/29 at 10:00am
The search goes on for the cause of maladies that are causing Alaska’s marine mammals to lose hair. In the case of seals, this can be fatal. Declaring an Unusual Mortality Event brought more resources to bear on this problem, but the mystery remains. Alaskans will be talking about what they are seeing during this spring’s seal harvest, on the next Talk of Alaska.
KSKA: Tuesday, 5/22 at 10:00am
People-powered transportation gets more popular every year. As Alaska’s city dwellers take to two wheels for Bicycle to Work Week, Talk of Alaska will hear their progress reports. Right now, as federal fuel tax funds are shrinking because people are driving fewer miles, we’ll talk about how much of that money should be used for pedestrians and bicyclists, on the next Talk of Alaska.
KSKA: Tuesday, 5/15 at 10:00am
In 2008, Exxon-Mobil earned a record $45.2 billion in profits. Three years later its credit rating was higher than that of the United States government. A new book about the corporation is entitled “Private Empire.” You have a chance to talk with its author, Steve Coll, on the next Talk of Alaska.
KSKA: Tuesday, 5/8 at 10:00am