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Talk of Alaska

What Would Be Our Best Investment in Education?

What Would Be Our Best Investment in Education?

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

August 31, 2012 - 12:00 pm
Constitutional Convention with Convention President and later Governor Bill Egan seated facing convention. Photo courtesy of the Alaska State Museum and Archives

Do We Need to Fix the Alaska Constitution?

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

August 24, 2012 - 12:00 pm
Ballot Measure 2

Ballot Measure 2

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

August 17, 2012 - 12:00 pm
The Arctic

The Arctic

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

August 10, 2012 - 12:00 pm
Karin Franzen. Photo courtesy of the Bonanza Creek Long-Term Ecological Research Program.

Art with Engagement

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

August 3, 2012 - 11:27 am
Decriminalizing Victimless Crimes

Decriminalizing Victimless Crimes

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

July 27, 2012 - 12:00 pm
NPR: Wait, Wait -- Don't Tell Me's Carl Kasell in the APRN studios during Talk of Alaska. Photo by Josh Edge, APRN - Anchorage

Radio News

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

July 20, 2012 - 12:00 pm
Gold Rush Girls: The Musical

Gold Rush Girls: The Musical

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

July 13, 2012 - 12:00 pm

Love of Opera

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

July 6, 2012 - 12:00 pm
Disastrous King Salmon Runs

Disastrous King Salmon Runs

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

June 29, 2012 - 11:30 am
Finding the Arctic

Finding the Arctic

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

June 22, 2012 - 11:55 am
Belmore Browne’s 1912 Climb of Mount McKinley

Belmore Browne’s 1912 Climb of Mount McKinley

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

June 15, 2012 - 11:46 am
The Alaska Territorial Guard: A History Lesson

The Alaska Territorial Guard: A History Lesson

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

June 8, 2012 - 11:30 am
Right and Wrong and Caring for the Earth

Right and Wrong and Caring for the Earth

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

June 1, 2012 - 11:40 am
U.S. Senator Mark Begich

Federal Issues

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

May 25, 2012 - 11:03 am
Ringed seal with sores on skin. Photo by North Slope Borough Department of Wildlife Management.

Unusual Mortality Event

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

May 18, 2012 - 11:50 am
Bike To Work Week

Bike To Work Week

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

May 11, 2012 - 1:57 pm
Exxon Mobil

Exxon Mobil

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

May 4, 2012 - 4:41 pm
The International Polar Year Revisited

The International Polar Year Revisited

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

April 30, 2012 - 10:14 am
Alaska Spirit Of Reading Presents “Strong Man”

Alaska Spirit Of Reading Presents “Strong Man”

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

April 23, 2012 - 10:10 am