Talk of Alaska
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
The biggest pipeline ever built is just the latest in a long list of huge energy projects that have been considered for Alaska. Meanwhile, fuel costs keep rising. The next “Talk of Alaska” will begin an examination of whether any of these big energy schemes are close to reality.
KSKA: Tuesday, 3/13 at 10:00am
Who could have predicted that twelve years into the new century fresh vegetables grown in Bethel would be on sale in Anchorage? Or that a cooking trend would combine with concerns about food security to prompt a thriving local food movement in Alaska’s urban restaurants? Alaskans love to talk about these issues, and with gardening season on its way, who would be better to talk with than an expert in high-latitude year-round gardening?
KSKA: Tuesday, March 6 at 10:00am
The Iditarod Trail was once a way to reach mining communities. Most of that is long gone, but economic activity has been returning to the trail in recent years. A mining road will be used to replace a dangerous set of switchbacks this year, and that could be just the beginning.
KSKA: Tuesday, 2/28 at 10:00am
What if your insurance company helped you build a healthier grocery list or your work place paid part of your gym membership? Last time on Talk of Alaska we discussed the staggering cost of health care in the state and now we’ll talk about solutions.
KSKA: Tuesday, 2/21 @ 10:00am
Alaska’s Health Care costs are among the highest in the world. And the state’s Health Care Commission has spent the last year trying to figure out why. Its a complicated problem but the commission has some intriguing findings to report, that may start to get at some answers.
KSKA: Tuesday, 2/14 at 10:00am
In Alaska it may be out of reach to design a Zero Net Energy home – one that generates as much energy as it uses. But there is no doubt we can do better than the typical “HUD Homes” built in many of our rural communities. How much better, Jason McLennan, author of “The Philosphy of Sustainable Design,” will tell us on the next Talk of Alaska.
KSKA: Tuesday, 2/7 @ 10:00am
In a time when election year politics appear to have taken over Washington, what are the prospects for Alaska issues this year? The next Talk of Alaska will be a chance for Alaskans to share their concerns with Senator Mark Begich.
KSKA: Tuesday, 1/31 at 10:00am
We know more about outer space than we do about the undersea environment of our own planet. This is especially true in the mysterious waters of the Aleutian Islands, where unknown creatures and plants are being discovered.
KSKA: Tuesday, 1/24 @ 10:00am
Artists do more than entertain and make pretty things. A healthy creative sector is a sign of a mature community. Yet what sort of career paths do artists have in Alaska? We often hear that our resources are extracted, but are we exporting our artists as well?
KSKA: Tuesday, 1/17 @ 10:00am
Public opinion polls show growing doubt that human activities are responsible for climate warming. Some analysts say this doubt is being manufactured by interest groups. Is denying climate change the same as denying the harmful effects of tobacco?
KSKA: Tuesday, 1/10 at 10:00am
Cosmologists tell us that we are made of atoms born in super-novas. Our planet was spun into existence by creative forces, and our bodies know how to transform what we eat into what it takes to keep us going. People all over the world give thanks for this – some with every meal.
In 2011, Alaska was raked by storms and federal budget cuts began to be felt. A special session of the Legislature on coastal zone management went nowhere. Lawmakers whose corruption convictions were overturned were convicted again. We’ll be talking about the news of the past year on the last Talk of Alaska of 2011.
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