Talk of Alaska

Tuesdays at 10 a.m. (LIVE) repeating at 8 p.m. Alaska’s only statewide call-in forum for discussing the issues impacting life on the Last Frontier. Politics, science, culture and current events are covered by hosts from the Alaska Public Media news team along with guests and callers. Call 550-8422 (Anchorage) or 1-800-478-8255 (statewide) during the live broadcast.

LISTEN: What do you want to know about animals?

On Election Day this year, we're focusing on something completely different: animals in Alaska. What questions or stories do you have about wildlife in the state?

LISTEN: How worried should Alaskans be about the future of food security?

Food security is on the minds of Alaskans because of supply line disruptions brought on by the pandemic. How do those concerns differ across the state, and especially for indigenous people in rural communities who depend heavily on subsistence?

COVID-19 cases are surging in Alaska. What’s the outlook for winter?

Alaska's Covid case numbers are accelerating at an alarming rate. Daily counts have been in the triple digits for weeks. Why are cases increasing so quickly now and what might it mean for winter transmission rates as Alaskans spend time indoors and distancing becomes more difficult?
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LISTEN: Vote by mail or in person? Understanding the options this election season

What do you need to know about your voting options? How secure are the systems in place and what will the process be for counting ballots after November 3rd? State elections officials join us to clarify the voting process
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LISTEN: U.S. Senate incumbent Dan Sullivan is here to answer your questions

Republican Dan Sullivan, Alaska’s junior U.S. Senator for the last six years, is running for reelection. What does he think the most urgent needs are for the state and what are his plans for getting the work done in a fractured senate?

LISTEN: Primaries or ranked choice? Vote Yes and Vote No make their case on Ballot Measure 2.

Ballot measure 2 seeks to make changes to the state’s election structure by replacing the political party primary and by selecting candidates through ranked choice voting. What would it mean for elections and what do you need to know about the measure before voting on it?
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LISTEN: U.S. Senate candidate Al Gross is here to answer your questions

Making his first run for public office, Al Gross wants to win the race for Alaska's U.S. Senate seat, currently held by incumbent Dan Sullivan. Gross is running as an Independent with support from state democrats.
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LISTEN: U.S. House candidate Alyse Galvin is here to answer your questions

Challenging Alaska's lone and long-serving U.S. House representative for a second time, Alyse Galvin is running as an independent with support from state Democrats.
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LISTEN: U.S. House incumbent Don Young is here to answer your questions

Alaska has only one U.S. House seat and Congressman Don Young is seeking his 25th term in that position. What does he want to accomplish in the next two years if he is re-elected?

LISTEN: Not every student in Alaska has access to reliable internet. How are officials handling distance education in rural Alaska?

How will rural students access course materials in areas with little or no broadband? And how will teachers build relationships with students that can’t log on?

LISTEN: Weathering budget cuts and COVID-19, the UA System preps for a new school year

COVID-19 has thrown higher education into turmoil. State budget cuts, loss of research funds and the sudden departure of the University system president are also challenging education leaders at an already difficult time. What’s the outlook?

LISTEN: It was supposed to be a record year for Alaska tourism. Then COVID-19 hit.

How much has federal CARES Act funding helped Alaska's visitor industry and will these businesses survive the winter?

LISTEN: Hard hit by government closures and consumer fears of exposure to COVID-19, restaurants are on the brink

Bars and restaurants are once again closed to indoor drinking and dining in Anchorage, but some restaurant owners say they can't afford another shutdown, and will defy the order and stay open. Some will close permanently. What's the best answer to keep people safe and keep businesses whole?

LISTEN: We’re celebrating 50 years of public radio in Alaska. Share your stories with us.

Public radio came to Alaska in 1970, providing a vital link between rural communities at a time when there were none. How was Alaska’s public radio network built?

LISTEN: With the school year weeks away, teachers contemplate returning to the classroom during a pandemic

The decisions on how to educate students during the pandemic are difficult and teachers are caught in the middle. So how do teachers feel about the upcoming school year?

LISTEN: The annual five year Arctic Research plan is inviting public comment before the plan is written. Here’s what you need to know.

Which federal agencies decide what it will include and how can you weigh in to help shape the focus of the science?

LISTEN: How important is removing statues in the larger context of systemic racism?

For many Americans, monuments, statutes and other historical markers are tributes to past figures, but for Native and Black Americans, these relics are painful reminders of racism and colonization. Some want them torn down, others say they should remain with accurate historical context. Is this the right fight?

LISTEN: COVID-19 cases are on the rise as Alaska reopens. How do we slow the spread and maintain our economy?

The number of new COVID-19 infections in Alaska has sharply increased in this month as the economy reopens. What are the factors contributing to the rapid rise and how should state and local government leaders respond to help slow the spread of the virus?

LISTEN: What does it take to ensure human rights across Alaska? A conversation with the Human Rights Commission and state Ombudsman.

Protests demanding equality have rippled across the state and nation in recent weeks. Communities of color and their supporters demand reform of policing, but inequality also exists within many other government agencies and programs that create barriers to social justice.