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Rendering of future Ravens’ Roost Cohousing neighborhood by  Kraus Fitch.


A group of Anchorage residents is ready to build Alaska’s first co-housing project. A form of condominium, co-housing is not really accounted for in current zoning codes, but may be a housing option preferable to those who seek a sustainable future in an urban environment. It reduces costs and is without the privacy concerns that room-mate situations have. In order to do it, you have to put your money on the line.

KSKA: Tuesday 6/18 at 10:00 am

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June 14, 2013
More About the Governor’s Solution

More About the Governor’s Solution

What if polluters had to pay, and the money went to you? Peter Barnes, author of the influential book “Who Owns the Sky,” has a new idea for selling the commons and paying dividends. It’s an idea with strong roots in Alaska, and this investment strategy will be the topic of the next Talk of Alaska.

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

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June 7, 2013
Father Hubbard entitled this image "Mass in a Volcano Crater." Hubbard began every day with Mass, no matter where he found himself. This photo of Hubbard and his party is taken during Hubbard's two-month exploartion of the Aniakchak Crater on the Alaskan Peninsula, not long after Aniakchak's May 12, 1931 eruption. Hubbard's account and photos of this expedition were published in magazines and newspapers across Amnerica. (Left to right: William Regan, Richard Doublas, Kenneth Chisolm, Bernard Hubbard)

Photo taken in 1931 by unnamed member of Hubbard's party. Courtesy of Santa Clara University.

King Island And What It Means

It took a strong subsistence culture to live on King Island, and that culture is still remembered long after the island’s last occupants left in the 1960s. Now one artist believes the time has come to return to King Island. Meet Inupiaq poet and author Joan Naviyuk Kane, on the next Talk of Alaska.

KSKA: Tuesday, June 4 at 10:00am

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May 31, 2013
Susan McCauley.


It is now up to Alaska again to leave no child behind. The federal government has turned education reform back to the state. We’ll learn more about what the state has promised in exchange for a waiver, on the next Talk of Alaska.

KSKA: Tuesday, 5/28 at 10:00am

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May 24, 2013
Photo from Ground Truth Trekking.

The Cook Inlet Trek

Step by step an Alaska couple and their two children are making their way along the coast of Cook Inlet, from Seldovia, up and down Turnagain and Knik Arms, and down the west side. Reaching Anchorage, they’re connecting with you, on the next Talk of Alaska.

KSKA: Tuesday, May 21 at 10:00am

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May 17, 2013
Tools and Writing About Them

Tools and Writing About Them

Living in the wild is one of Alaska’s primary attractions, but just how wild do you want it? Many hunt and fish. Some go for extreme sports, or climb rocks and ice, and some guide others in wilderness adventure. But some choose seasonal hard work in the wild, leaving them time for other explorations. Explorations they will be sharing on the next Talk of Alaska.

KSKA: Tuesday, 5/14 at 10:00am

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May 10, 2013
Gardening Options

Gardening Options

Interest in gardening in Alaska seems to be at an all-time high.  So far it has been a very cold spring, but dedicated gardeners are already starting plants. And all gardeners love to compare notes, which is what they will be doing on the next  Talk of Alaska statewide.

KSKA: Tuesday 5/7 at 10:00 am
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May 3, 2013
Dan Fauske

Public Debt for Public Good

First established to help Alaskans get mortgages, the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation now has responsibility for a natural gas pipeline, and it may soon be in charge of a bridge. The next Talk of Alaska is your chance to talk to the man the Legislature trusts to handle all this, Dan Fauske, the Executive Director of the AHFC.

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KSKA: Tuesday, 4/30 at 10:00am

April 26, 2013

The Business of Clean Energy

It’s time to find out what’s new in renewable Energy in Alaska. From wind farms to DC power-lines, from giant dams to mass produced solar cells, from tidal turbines to super-insulated homes, it comes up at the annual “Business of Clean Energy” conference, and we’ll get a preview on the next Talk of Alaska.

KSKA: Tuesday, 4/16 at 10:00am

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April 12, 2013

Science and Indigenous People

The federal government has released a new “Integrated Management Plan for the Rapidly Changing Arctic,” which emphasizes the integrity of eco-systems, inter-agency co ordination, and working more closely with Native tribes and corporations. Science and Alaska Natives is the subject of the next Talk of Alaska.

KSKA: Tuesday 4/9 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

April 5, 2013


It’s not every scientist who decides to study a certain population of animals only to watch it go extinct. But for biologist and author Eval Saulitis, that’s what is apparently happening. A pod of Killer Whales in Prince William Sound it unlikely to be able to sustain itself after the Exxon Valdez oil spill of more than twenty years ago. She’ll tell her story next Tuesday, on Talk of Alaska.

KSKA: Tuesday, April 2 at 10:00am

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March 29, 2013
Alaska Spirit of Reading

Alaska Spirit of Reading

Picture a child’s life in a place where death and dismemberment are routine, fields may be mined and at any moment there may be an explosion. That is the world Rukhsana Khan writes about. And she writes books for children. This renowned author and storyteller is in Alaska and will be on the radio on Talk of Alaska.

KSKA: Tuesday, 3/26 at 10:00am

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March 22, 2013

Alaska’s Natural Gas

The push for a pipeline to deliver natural gas from the North Slope to market has been a long one, and opinions differ on how soon it might become a reality. And now the need for gas is rising within the state of Alaska. The cost of any gas line would be enormous. We’ll be talking about the investment prospects for a natural gas pipeline on the next Talk of Alaska.

KSKA: Tuesday 3/19 at 10:00 am

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March 15, 2013


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


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


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