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: Alaskans discuss the power of storytelling

What do you love about living and working in Alaska? The PBS American Portrait series invites people to submit videos and narratives on a range of issues, and Alaskans responded.
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LISTEN: Gov. Mike Dunleavy discusses pandemic recovery

Economic recovery from the pandemic and long term budget stability are some of the big tasks in front of state leaders during the current legislative session. How closely aligned are the Governor’s priorities with state lawmakers?

LISTEN: As Alaska grapples with high rates of sexual assault, what can we learn from Nome?

High rates of sexual assault and violence against women have plagued Alaska for decades. The collective damage affects entire communities. Survivor advocates and journalists have helped uncover how widespread the problems are. In Nome, some advocates are working to raise awareness and push for change.

LISTEN: Examining the often overlooked role of women in Alaska’s history

Women in Alaska are known for being hard working, resourceful and tough, but their role has often been overlooked. Join us as we celebrate the kick off to Women’s History Month.
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LISTEN: Alaska communities prepare for another lean tourism season amid slow economic recovery

No major cruise lines will return to the state in 2021. How will tourist-dependent communities weather this extended dry season? When federal relief does arrive, will it be enough for businesses to survive?
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LISTEN: How Alaskan communities are adapting to a warmer climate with more landslides

As Alaska warms, landslides are projected to be a growing problem. What have we learned from the deadly landslides in Sitka and the more recent event in Haines?

LISTEN: After a tumultuous 2020, what priorities do Black Alaskans have looking ahead?

How do Black Alaskans see the current issues facing our society and what do they want in policy and social change for greater equity in the future?
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LISTEN: Addressing pandemic impacts for Alaskans with disabilities

The COVID-19 pandemic has created unique challenges for everyone, but many people with physical, developmental and cognitive challenges have had to adapt to even more uncertainty and frustration.
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LISTEN: State government reporters discuss legislative priorities

Lawmakers are meeting in Juneau for an unusual and challenging legislative session. What’s likely to happen this year with permanent fund dividends and pandemic relief?

LISTEN: The first-ever lease sale was held in the Arctic refuge this month. What does it mean for oil development in Alaska?

Repeated attempts by Alaska’s congressional delegation to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to development finally prevailed with a lease sale held in early January. What does the lack of industry interest mean for the future of oil in Alaska?
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LISTEN: Who’s next for COVID-19 vaccination in Alaska?

As more vaccines arrive, how will you know when you can get one? There’s been a lot of confusion as the state works to ensure Alaskans get the shot. Once you are vaccinated, when are you actually protected from the virus? We’re seeking clarity on the COVID-19 vaccine process and timeline.

LISTEN: How is the pandemic changing what, how, and where Alaskans eat?

More people are cooking at home, restaurants have closed, and there have been shortages of everything from yeast to canning jars. Alaskans have had a unique and self-reliant food culture for generations. We’ll discuss how the coronavirus is affecting it

LISTEN: Ideas for nonpartisan political cooperation

At a time when political divisions are intensifying, we'll discuss strategies for finding compromise with former Alaska Governor Bill Walker.
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LISTEN: Hear and share holiday greetings all across the state in our annual two-hour holiday special

The holiday season is a time to remember friends and relatives in other places, and you’ll hear plenty of that on the next Talk of Alaska. It’s an annual tradition to devote one special two-hour show a year to nothing but good wishes sent out statewide.
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LISTEN: Ahead of distribution, what should Alaskans know about Covid vaccines?

Thousands of Alaskans will soon receive a COVID-19 vaccine. But there are plenty of challenges ahead, and that includes convincing Alaskans to get vaccinated.

LISTEN: The social safety net in the Covid economy

As winter deepens and the economy continues to be hampered by COVID-19 restrictions, how much additional pressure is there on the state's social service programs for vulnerable Alaskans?

LISTEN: Is the pandemic pushing more people into avalanche zones?

We talk with experts about the unprecedented pressure on backcountry terrain this winter, and whether this expanding enthusiasm could bring grim consequences?
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LISTEN: Alaska’s health care system struggles with capacity amid COVID-19 surge

Hospital officials, doctors and other medical support staff are raising the alarm over high coronavirus case counts in Alaska, illness among their own ranks, and the diminishing number of available beds for critical care.
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LISTEN: Two weeks later, how did Alaskans vote this election?

As state election officials continue tallying ballots, major questions remain about the results, even after most races have been called.

LISTEN: How are educators weighing school reopening amid Covid?

Educators explain how they are assessing the risks of viral transmission against the toll taken on keeping kids out of the classroom.