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Gyre expedition crew members and National Park Service staff prepare to load marine debris onto a boat during an intensive cleanup of Hallo Bay in Alaska’s Katmai National Park, June 2013. Like most of Alaska’s 6,640 miles of coastline, Hallo Bay is off the road system, so beach cleanup can only be done by boat charter. This is often prohibitively expensive. Photo by Kip Evans.

Art Enters the Dialogue about Marine Conservation

An exhibition of art made from trash that washed up on beaches is about to open, offering a creative perspective on a growing environmental problem. It’s part of a thrust by the Anchorage Museum to refresh the dialogue about the Arctic. And it opens in the nation’s only Arctic state.

APRN: Tuesday, 2/4 at 10:00am

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January 31, 2014

Radiation from Fukushima

They’re having trouble sealing up the leaking nuclear power plants in Japan and they’re also having trouble disclosing what is going on there. Is this a reason to distrust Alaska seafood?

APRN: Tuesday, 1/28 at 10:00am

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January 24, 2014
Oil Spill Dispersants

Oil Spill Dispersants

The response to the Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico involved an unprecedented amount of chemical dispersants. If such a spill were to occur in Alaska, the use of dispersants is pre-authorized in certain areas. Should it be?

APRN: Tuesday, 1/21 at 10:00am

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January 17, 2014

Permitting, the Public Process, and House Bill 77

The Legislature is going to go back into session next week, and one of the big issues they’re expecting to grapple with is permitting. A controversial bill that would put restrictions on water rights and limit who can appeal state decisions has been criticized by Native groups and fishing interests, but the Department of Natural Resources says it’s needed to streamline the agency’s work.

APRN: Tuesday, 1/14 at 10:00am

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January 10, 2014
Natural Capital

Natural Capital

The living systems of the earth recycle waste, supply water, control pests, pollution, and disease, and much more, but these capacities can be depleted. The question is how to allow the economic system to take this into account?

APRN: Tuesday, 1/7 at 10:00am

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January 3, 2014

The Big News Stories of 2013

One year ago Shell Oil’s drilling rig had not gone aground and changing the state’s oil tax regime was just the Governor’s dream. Nobody expected Congress to be so gridlocked that budget sequestration would kick in, and the prospects for the Affordable Care act were not good. A lot has changed.

APRN: Tuesday, 12/31 at 10:00am

December 27, 2013

Tales of the Movie Business in Alaska

It’s getting so you can’t turn on a television set without seeing or hearing something about Alaska. And a lot of Alaska is getting into the movie theaters as well. Is any of it true?

APRN: Tuesday, 12/24 at 10:00am

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December 20, 2013

Holiday Greetings Statewide

Many Alaskans make a point of listening to the radio on that very special Tuesday before Christmas when they can have the unique and uplifting 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.

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

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December 13, 2013
Photo courtesy Slow Food International.

Slow Fish: An Idea Whose Time has Come in Alaska?

Alaskans have always enjoyed and defended their fish. We love our clam beaches, most of us oppose fish farming and many of us have our own special recipes not only for cooking, but preserving salmon and other fish. Alaska’s remoteness has helped to protect its fisheries, but in more populated parts of the world, small-scale local fisheries are threatened by habitat degradation and outside-owned fleets.

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

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December 6, 2013

The Anchorage International Film Festival

The new motion picture “Icebound,” about the Alaska serum run to Nome, is just one of many films coming to the Anchorage International Film Festival in early December. Also, “The Frozen Ground,” which only had limited theatrical release in Alaska.

APRN: Tuesday, 12/3 at 10:00am

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November 29, 2013
Chief Justice Dana Fabe. Photo by Lori Townsend, APRN - Anchorage.

The Law in Alaska

A recent report by the Tribal Law and Order Commission is the seventh study to call for more effective administration of justice in rural Alaska to address pressing problems of family violence, alcohol abuse, and high rates of recidivism and suicide. Now the state Attorney General says he’s looking for better ways to co-operate with tribes. What about the state Supreme Court?

APRN: Tuesday, 11/26 at 10:00am

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November 22, 2013
Members of the Commission presenting the ILOC report with the Vice Chair of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, US Senator John Barrasso (R-WY).  Left to right:  Chairman Troy Eid, Senator Barrasso, Commissioner Affie Ellis, Commissioner Tom Gede. Photo courtesy of Troy Eid.

Tribal Law and Order in Alaska

Would tribal law enforcement jurisdiction help address the social and cultural problems in rural Alaska? It has been debated for decades, and now a congressionally-mandated panel says it’s the only way to go. But, a Supreme Court ruling says there is no Indian country in most of the state.

APRN: Tuesday, 11/19 at 10:00am

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November 15, 2013

Marine And Coastal Monitoring

The herring never really recovered after the Exxon Valdez oil spill. Even 24 years later, there is an ongoing effort to monitor the waters of the spill area in the Gulf of Alaska. The spill prompted a wave of revealing scientific research that is cresting now with new technology, and a portal for public access in real time.

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

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November 8, 2013
Seismic Activity And Tsunamis In Alaska

Seismic Activity And Tsunamis In Alaska

Alaska is the most seismically active place in America and one of the most earthquake prone areas on the planet. There were numerous large earthquakes in the 1960s followed by a few decades of relative calm, but that’s changed in recent years. It’s not a matter of if, but when for the next big earthquake in Alaska.

APRN: Tuesday, 11/5 at 10:00am

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November 1, 2013

Affordable Care Act Marketplace

Nearly one month after the federal government launched its new online health insurance marketplace, few Alaskans have been able to sign up. We’ll discuss the frustrations and the successes with the marketplace and look ahead at how the Affordable Care Act will roll out in 2014.

APRN: Tuesday, 10/29 at 10:00am

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October 25, 2013

Violence Against Women

The numbers of victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking in Alaska continue to be some of the highest in the nation. Family violence impacts the emotional growth of children and affects entire communities. What can be done to reduce the harm?

APRN: Tuesday, 10/22 at 10:00am

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October 18, 2013
Diversity In News Coverage

Diversity In News Coverage

This year’s University of Alaska Anchorage Atwood Chair of Journalism is the first Native to hold the position. Alaska residents come from a wide range of ethnic backgrounds and the state is home to half of the nation’s tribes, yet most of the reporters in the state are white. Does this matter? What changes when there is more diversity in reporting?

APRN: Tuesday, 10/15 at 10:00am

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October 11, 2013
A wolf assesses the odds of stealing scavenged food from a brown bear, while two ravens feast on bits of food at the edges. Photo by Gordon Haber.

The Wolf

Biologist Gordon Haber may have spent more hours observing Alaska’s wolves than anyone else. He died in a 2009 plane crash tracking wolves in Denali National Park. His work will be the subject of a book coming out later this month.

APRN: Tuesday, 10/8 at 10:00am

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October 4, 2013
Erin McKittrick

Erin McKittrick

A 4,000-mile trek by two people just out of college is one thing. Repeating that kind of adventure with two kids is something else altogether. Hig and Erin of Ground Truth Trekking have finished their Cook Inlet expedition and they have a new book out.

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

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September 27, 2013
Governor Sean Parnell

Governor Sean Parnell

There are always surprises when the guest on Talk of Alaska is the Governor. You just never know what kind of questions are going to come in when the audience is spread all over the state. Way beyond politics as usual, it’s the resumption of the long tradition of Alaska’s Governor appearing on the next Talk of Alaska.

APRN: Tuesday, 9/24 at 10:00am

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September 20, 2013