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Talk of Alaska

Heat

Heat

Combining extreme geography with extreme temperature is the specialty of Alaska science writer Bill Streever. He has been on the North Slope when it was too cold to fly, and he has walked on fire.

KSKA: Tuesday, March 12 at 10:00am

March 8, 2013

Ethnobotany

Last year the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recorded eleven billion-dollar weather events. That brought the total for the last two years to 25. The average up until then had been less than four. Climate change is already here and it’s not changing back any time soon. Communities are going to have to become more resilient, and for some
that means a closer look at local food. One of the top experts on sustainable and climate-resilient “food-sheds” will be the guest on the next Talk of Alaska.

KSKA: Tuesday, 3/5 at 10:00am

March 1, 2013

Iditarod

It started modestly enough with Joe Redington and a few others wanting the old mail trail to the gold mines retraced. Now the whole world watches the Iditarod. It’s Iditarod time again on the next Talk of Alaska.

KSKA – Tuesday, 2/26 at 10:00am

February 22, 2013
Federal Priorities

Federal Priorities

The President called for action on domestic energy development, infrastructure upgrades and climate change during his state of the union address. What could it mean for Alaska? U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski will be on hand to discuss how her energy development plans may fit or clash with White House policies over the next four years.

KSKA: Tuesday, 2/19 at 10:00am

February 15, 2013
One Hundred Years of Climbing Denali

One Hundred Years of Climbing Denali

The first successful climb of Mount McKinley took place in 1913. Walter Harper, Hudson Stuck and Harry Karstens made history. Now, 100 years later, their family members plan to mark the centennial with a climb of their own.

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

February 8, 2013

The Changing Arctic and Antarctic

The changing Arctic has become a resource frontier, and a military and economic one. But for much longer it has been a scientific one. We’ll take an international perspective on the Arctic with a leading polar scientist from Japan

KSKA: Tuesday, 2/5 at 10:00am

February 1, 2013
Where Things Come from and Where They Go

Where Things Come from and Where They Go

Annie Leonard has gone all over the world discovering where the things you buy come from and where they go when you are done with them. It’s called “The Story of Stuff.”

KSKA: Tuesday, 1/29 at 10:00am

January 25, 2013
Jay Hammond’s Last Book

Jay Hammond’s Last Book

An international think tank is looking at a new economic model for developing countries. It’s based on the Alaska Permanent Fund, and the Permanent Fund Dividend. A book written by former Alaska Governor Jay Hammond is being published by the Center for Global Development.

KSKA: Tuesday, January 22 at 10:00am

January 18, 2013
Part 2: Regulation of Arctic Offshore Oil and Gas Drilling

Part 2: Regulation of Arctic Offshore Oil and Gas Drilling

The grounding of the drilling rig Kulluk has been pounced on by environmental groups who say we are not yet prepared to deal with the risks of drilling in Arctic Ocean waters. Are they right? We’ll hear what Alaskans have to say about drilling in their own waters on the next Talk of Alaska.

KSKA: Tuesday, 1/15 at 10:00am

January 11, 2013
Part 1: Is Regulation of Arctic Offshore Oil and Gas Drilling Adequate?

Part 1: Is Regulation of Arctic Offshore Oil and Gas Drilling Adequate?

The grounding of the drilling rig “Kulluk” has been pounced on by environmental groups who say we are not yet prepared to deal with the risks of drilling in Arctic Ocean waters. Are they right? We’ll hear what Alaskans have to say about drilling in their own waters on the next Talk of Alaska.

KSKA: Tuesday, 1/8 at 10:00am

January 4, 2013

Holiday Greetings

Many Alaskans make a point of listening to the radio on the last Tuesday before Christmas for the unique experience of hearing holiday greetings from friends and relatives across the state on “Talk of Alaska.” It’s your chance to reach out to people near and far with your good wishes for the holiday and the new year. It’s a special two-hour Holiday Greetings edition of Talk of Alaska.

KSKA: Tuesday, 12/18 at 10:00am

December 14, 2012

A Wave of Retirements in the Federal Government

Alaska’s biggest landlord is the federal government, and for better or worse, some of its living heritage is about to disappear. Due to a quirk in federal law, some senior federal personnel in Alaska plan to retire by the end of the year. Their regrets, their memories and their advice to fellow Alaskans will be the subject of the next Talk of Alaska.

KSKA: Tuesday, 12/11 at 10:00am

December 7, 2012
Are You Really What You Eat?

Are You Really What You Eat?

It’s very Alaskan to have a freezer full of wild food. Tell us how you use that food on the next “Talk ofAlaska.” Food from the wild and preparing food that feeds the spirit as well as the body is the subject on the next Talk of Alaska.

KSKA: Tuesday, 12/4 at 10am

November 30, 2012
The History of the Governor’s Mansion

The History of the Governor’s Mansion

You may never have heard of Walter E. Clark, but he was the first occupant of the Alaska Governor’s Mansion, along with his wife. They began a tradition of annual holiday open houses that continues to the present day. The story of that big house in Juneau inter-weaves with the story of Alaska’s history, as we’ll hear on the next Talk of Alaska.

KSKA: Tuesday, 11/27 at 10:00am

November 23, 2012
"Pike swallows rainbow trout", aka "In-Digestion". Photo courtesy of Jim Lavrakas.

Living History as Witnessed by Press Photographer Jim Lavrakas

There are certain images that you never forget. In a career of chasing ambulances and showing up at disasters, a press photographer might catch one or two such images, unless they’re in Alaska. News events as seen through the lens of press photographer Jim Lavrakas is the subject on the next Talk of Alaska.

KSKA: Tuesday, 11/20 at 10:00am

November 16, 2012
Talk of Alaska host Steve Heimel (left) poses with Vic Fischer (right).

Living History As Witnessed By Vic Fischer

The chance to design entire communities and even a new state was just one of the many historical adventures of Vic Fischer. He was also in Germany for the burning of the Reichstag and he was in Moscow for the Stalin purges. He never would have seen the United States had it not been for Eleanor Roosevelt. Vic Fischer will tell parts of his amazing story on the next Talk of Alaska.

KSKA: Tuesday, 11/13 at 10:00am

November 9, 2012
Alaskan Food

Alaskan Food

What’s Alaskan food? It’s more than pilot crackers and peanut butter. You’ve got to include sourdough bread, smoked salmon and even macadamia halibut. Alaska’s mixed culture has produced a mixed cuisine. Find out what’s cooking, and share your own ideas, as we take up uniquely Alaskan food on the next Talk of Alaska.

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

November 2, 2012

Sex Trafficking And Online Predators

In an age of instant and constant communication, how can parents and other concerned adults keep children safe from online predators? How has sex trafficking in Alaska trapped young people in lives of prostitution, drug abuse and despair. We’ll hear from a vice unit detective and an expert in catching online predators, on the next Talk of Alaska.

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

October 26, 2012

The Roots Of Homelessness

Homelessness affects every community in Alaska, not only the larger cities, and mental health and substance abuse problems mean some of without their own beds have been homeless for a long time. A new idea, spreading across the state, is to provide apartments, even when we can’t solve these root problems. Housing first—homeless shelter with alcohol allowed—is the topic on the next Talk of Alaska.

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

October 19, 2012

Energy Efficiency and Conservation

Winter is fast approaching, when the basic need to stay warm runs into the high cost of fuel for homes and businesses. State agencies have already invested in
energy efficiency for residents, and now the state is adding money for businesses to lower their energy use. Is that a government responsibility? Energy efficiency — and how you can use these programs — on the next Talk of Alaska.

KSKA: Tuesday, 10/12 at 10:00am

October 12, 2012