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Medicaid Expansion And The State Budget

State leaders need to cut the budget without hurting the economy and find new sources of revenue. In a time of fiscal deficit, what do lawmakers think of Medicaid expansion and other ideas that impact the budget? What will it take to stabilize Alaska’s financial future?

APRN: Tuesday, 3/24 at 10:00am

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March 20, 2015
Alaska Gov. Bill Walker speaks to reporters during a press conference Jan. 27, 2015. He was discussing a draft plan released earlier in the day by the U.S. Department of Interior that would block oil development in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)

Governor Bill Walker And The Alaska State Budget

Governor Bill Walker and legislators need to work together to bring down state spending and raise new revenue. The Governor wants to expand Medicaid, beef up the instate gasline proposal and halt spending on several large infrastructure projects. Some Lawmakers are pushing back. How will they compromise?

APRN: Tuesday, 3/17 at 10:00am

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March 13, 2015
Steve Heimel and Historical Context for APRN

Steve Heimel and Historical Context for APRN

Steve Heimel has been a fixture of the APRN system since its inception. After more than three decades of dedicated service to news, Steve is leaving the network for other challenges. From covering the Exxon Valdez oil spill to helping Alaskans understand the breaking news on September 11th, Steve has been a steadfast, credible and authoritative voice. Steve Heimel
is our guest on the next Talk of Alaska.

APRN: Tuesday, March 10, at 10:00 a.m.

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March 6, 2015
Historic Iditarod trail map. (Map via BLM)

Corridors Past and Future

The Iditarod Trail began as a mail route and became a protected corridor and recreational resource. Even if climate change puts an end to its use by dog mushers, the evolution of the Iditarod Trail will continue. In their own way, our corridors tell the story of Alaska, and we’ll be exploring a few of those pathways on the next Talk of Alaska.

APRN: Tuesday, 3/3 at 10:00 a.m.

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February 27, 2015
Our Own Geological Era

Our Own Geological Era

What if what we call the natural world no longer really exists, and we live already in a world of our own creation? There is growing evidence that human activity has triggered a new geological era. Scientists are debating whether the evidence we leave behind in the layers of the earth will be plastic, nuclear isotopes, changed biomass indicators, or other things, but they agree that humans have actually changed the planet. The question is – how do we take responsibility for that, and what can we do from this point on? It’s a question that means a lot for Alaska, and it’s what we’re talking about on the next Talk of Alaska.

APRN: Tuesday, 2/24 at 10:00 a.m.

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February 20, 2015
Individual components of the final ocean acidification risk index for each census area showing the communities with the highest risk are in the Southeast and Southwest of the state. (Credit: NOAA)

Ocean Acidification And How It Affects Alaska’s Fisheries

Shellfish are particularly vulnerable to ocean acidification, and colder waters are becoming more acidic than warm waters. What does this mean for Alaska and its fisheries – especially crabs and oysters? Or for the food chain that feeds other species in the ocean? The answers are beginning to come in from the scientific world, and we’ll learn more about ocean acidification on the next Talk of Alaska.

APRN: Tuesday, 2/17 at 10:00 a.m.

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February 13, 2015
Is An Ambitious Arctic Agenda Economically Viable?

Is An Ambitious Arctic Agenda Economically Viable?

An ambitious set of priorities has been put together for the American chairmanship of the Arctic Council that begins this year, but neither the federal government nor the state has much money to pay for implementing those priorities. Climate change is amplified in the Arctic, and the Arctic nations want to work together to respond.

APRN: Tuesday, 2/6 at 10:00 a.m.

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February 6, 2015
Plastic in the Ocean

Plastic in the Ocean

Birds are now turning up dead on remote beaches with stomachs full of plastic. Certain areas of Alaska’s remote coast are now littered with debris that was carried there by ocean currents. Not only is the amount of this debris growing, but the amount of money available for cleaning it up is far too small.

APRN: Tuesday, 2/3 at 10:00 a.m.

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January 30, 2015
Independent Generation of Electricity

Independent Generation of Electricity

It’s power politics of an electrifying kind.  What should the rules be for selling independently generated power to utilities, who have borrowed money and invested heavily to assure reliability for their customers?

APRN: Tuesday, 1/27 at 10:00 a.m.

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January 23, 2015
Voters approved the legal the production, sale and use of marijuana for Alaskans over 21 years old in the November election. (Creative Commons photo by Brett Levin)

Implementing Marijuana Regulation in Alaska

With a simple vote of the people, Alaska became a leader among states legalizing marijuana, but now it has to figure out how to do it. Is Alaska up to that leadership challenge? Some people would say it has been in the leadership on this particular issue for years.

APRN: Tuesday, 1/20 at 10:00am

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January 16, 2015
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Food To Schools From Farms

A national effort to bring fresh food from farms to schools has resulted in $385 million in purchases for school lunches and other meals across the country. More than half the school districts in Alaska are participating in the Farm to School program, feeding more than a hundred thousand kids in the state.

APRN: Tuesday, 1/9 at 10:00am

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January 9, 2015
(Courtesy Oliver S Goldsmith)

Alaska’s Revenue Shortfall and What to Do About it

The price of oil has gone down so far that it’s likely state revenues this fiscal year will be less than the forecast. And the forecast was already down more than $7 billion from the year before. The question the Governor and the Legislature are asking now is not whether there will be a deficit but just how big will it be and where will the money come from to fill it.

APRN: Tuesday, 1/6 at 10:00am

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January 2, 2015

The Year Gone by and Prospects for the Year to Come

From the Pebble mine order to the election to the sale of our largest newspaper to a website, 2014’s news had a lot of unexpected developments. What do you think was the big news of the year gone by? Was it the National Guard scandal? The death of the HAARP (harp) Project? The beginning of same-sex marriage? Or something else?

APRN: Tuesday, 12/30 at 10:00am

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December 26, 2014

Annual Statewide Holiday Greetings Show

It’s not to be missed! The annual state-wide holiday greeting edition of Talk of Alaska is on its way. Good wishes will be flying across the great state of Alaska, re-connecting friends and families and extended families in a two-hour wave of greetings. So make your list and get ready to call on the next Talk of Alaska.

APRN: Tuesday, 12/23 at 10:00am

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December 19, 2014
Invasive Species in a Human Modified World

Invasive Species in a Human Modified World

These days agencies in charge of public lands and wildlife are trying to consider the whole eco-system in their management decisions, and how natural diversity can be harmed by invasive species. But it turns out that eco-systems sometimes have ideas of their own.

APRN: Tuesday, 12/16 at 10:00am

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December 12, 2014
Unrest in Ferguson, MO in August 2014.(Photo via Loavesofbread/Wikimedia Creative Commons)

Police and Deadly Force

If you live in a high-crime neighborhood, even if you’re just visiting, you’re under increased risk of encountering a scared police officer if your skin is dark. Does urban Alaska have a chance to avoid the problems other cities are having that involve police and deadly force?

APRN: Tuesday, 12/9 at 10:00am

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December 5, 2014
Unrest in Ferguson, MO in August 2014.(Photo via Loavesofbread/Wikimedia Creative Commons)

What Does Ferguson Mean to Alaska?

Even before the announcement was made about the Grand Jury in Ferguson, Missouri, the Governor had declared an emergency for the area, buildings were boarded up and schools were closed in anticipation of a violent reaction. Police were ready in full military gear. In the aftermath, protests continue and questions arise. What do Alaskans think about Ferguson and the militarization of the police?

APRN: Tuesday, 12/2 at 10:00am

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November 26, 2014

Village Sewer and Water

It is estimated that one of every three families in village Alaska still do not have a sanitary means of sewage disposal, in spite of hundreds of million dollars poured into rural sanitation. Systems have been installed in 77 percent of villages, but the smaller the village the higher the cost per person. What is the answer to this puzzle?

APRN: Tuesday, 11/25 at 10:00am

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November 21, 2014

The Anchorage International Film Festival

In the dead of winter, film makers from far distant lands come to Alaska because we have a festival. It’s been around for 13 years, and it shows more motion pictures in a week than it is possible for any one human being to see. A look ahead at the program for this year’s Anchorage International Film Festival is just ahead on the next Talk of Alaska.

APRN: Tuesday, 11/18 at 10:00am

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November 14, 2014
(Photo via the Yarducopia Facebook page)

More About Food Security in Alaska

Alaska’s rich environment is already a major source of food, but it’s not inexhaustible. Encouraging local food producers is one part of food security but another part is hanging onto the habitat that is already producing wild plants and animals. We’ll be drilling deeper into the issues surrounding food security for the second week in a row on the next Talk of Alaska.

APRN: Tuesday, 11/11 at 10:00am

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November 7, 2014