Talk of Alaska
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
It was a wave of scientific exploration designed to bring back knowledge of the fastest changing areas of the planet – the North and South Poles. The explorers have been back for several years now, and politics are beginning to intervene.
KSKA: Tuesday, 5/1 at 10:00am
A young man contemplating his own failure sees the world of his dreams become entangled with the work ahead of him. The graphic novel “Strong Man” was made in Alaska, and kids who read it will gather in school libraries to talk with the author. It’s the annual “Alaska Spirit of Reading” book club edition of Talk of Alaska.
KSKA: Tuesday, 4/24 at 10:00am
Old timers like to say that Alaska was never the same after the pipeline boom. But a boom town is a great place to run a newspaper. We’ll be talking with Howard Weaver about his new book that brings it all back.
KSKA: Tuesday, 4/17 at 10:00am
The film industry tax credit bill, Senate Bill 23, is undergoing some changes in the House, and there is a risk of no decision on renewing the program this year. The program does not expire until next year, but supporters say the planning horizons of the industry are such that plans already in the works will be cancelled if there is no assurance the tax credits will be renewed. Are the House changes deal breakers?
APRN: Tuesday 4/10 at 10:00 am
It’s about saving energy dollars but it’s also about return on investment – the next Talk of Alaska will be a preview of the upcoming “Business of Clean Energy in Alaska” conference, an update on new technology and renewable energy success stories.
KSKA: Tuesday, 4/3 at 10:00am
There was a time when Americans memorized their favorite poems, but this year they are carrying them in their pockets. How alive is poetry these days? Whether it’s a classic, a slam performance, a bit of Robert Service or a haiku tweet, Alaskans will be sharing their favorite poems to kick off National Poetry Month, on the next Talk of Alaska.
KSKA: Tuesday, 3/27 at 10:00am
In the 23 years since the tanker Exxon Valdez hit the reef, oil spill prevention has improved greatly in Alaska. Nobody wants another spill. But if it happens will we be ready to respond? Two years ago, a spill in the Gulf of Mexico showed there is still room for improvement.
KSKA: Tuesday, 3/20 at 10:00am