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.

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LISTEN: Kids and COVID-19 — what do parents need to know?

Students are back in school amid rising COVID-19 cases and community divisions over how to keep them safe.

LISTEN: Housing concerns persist as another pandemic winter approaches

For Alaskans who experience homelessness, the looming colder weather creates additional stress. What are the plans in Anchorage and across Alaska to ensure that residents without stable housing have help?
Gov. Mike Dunleavy

LISTEN: Gov. Dunleavy makes his case for constitutional amendments

As the third special legislative session gets underway to work on stabilizing the state budget, Gov. Dunleavy describes why he believes his proposals are the best way forward.

LISTEN: The challenge of child care

With a new surge in COVID cases, how are child care providers balancing the need for safety with parents’ needs to work? 
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LISTEN: Addressing the COVID delta variant spike in Alaska

The rapid spike in COVID cases in Alaska has prompted the state health department to recommend that ALL Alaskans, vaccinated or not, should again consider wearing a mask indoors to reduce transmission of the virus. But elected leaders have been hesitant to reinstate lapsed pandemic protocols. What do health officials think the next several weeks will look like and what should Alaskans do to prepare?
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LISTEN: Alaska’s fiscal future

In August, legislators will meet yet again in Juneau to discuss lingering questions about this year’s permanent fund dividends and other budget issues. Will a bipartisan working group find a path forward?

LISTEN: Celebrating Disability Pride in Alaska

It’s been 31 years since the Americans with Disabilities Act was signed, and today accommodations for people with cognitive and physical disabilities are a normal part of life. To mark the anniversary of the ADA, July is Disability Pride month -- a time to celebrate progress and raise awareness.
Goose Creek Prison. Photo by Ellen Lockyer, KSKA - Anchorage.

LISTEN: Why are Alaska’s parole numbers so low, and what awaits those who get out?

In the last five years, the rate of Alaskans granted parole dropped by 50%. The reasons are complicated. With fewer people being granted parole, we discuss the ripple effect on lives and the legal system.
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LISTEN: Bridging the political divide

Most people want the same basic things for their families and communities. So how can we better communicate across different political beliefs to help solve the problems that face our nation?

LISTEN: The future of Native education

Stories of trauma, lost lives and erased connections to culture from the era of Native boarding schools have rippled out globally in recent weeks....
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‘I thought my name was my number’: Survivors recount Alaska boarding school experience

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The recent discovery of the remains of more than 200 Indigenous children at a residential school in Canada has prompted discussion, grief and memories of past trauma here in Alaska, where thousands of Native children were sent to boarding schools in and outside the state.
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LISTEN: Confronting the legacy of boarding schools in Alaska

The recent discovery of the remains of more than 200 Indigenous children at a residential school in Canada has prompted discussion, grief and memories of past trauma here in Alaska, where thousands of Native children were sent to boarding schools in and outside the state.
Kincaid Park

LISTEN: Shoring up Alaska’s trail infrastructure

Alaska will see an influx of funding for trails and other outdoor infrastructure this year, and it couldn’t be coming at a better time. How will the proposed Alaska Long Trail between Seward and Fairbanks play into that?

LISTEN: Celebrating Pride Month in Alaska

Amid the parades and parties, June is also a time to acknowledge the sacrifices activists made and the struggles people continue to face. What issues still need to be addressed for Alaskans of all identities to feel safe and equal?
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LISTEN: Salvaging a summer cruise season

After a canceled 2020 season, Cruise ships will return to Alaska later this summer. How will communities balance pandemic safety with the pressing need for economic recovery?
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LISTEN: What will it take for Alaska to return to normal after the pandemic?

Nearly 50 percent of Alaskans are now fully vaccinated. What does this mean for what people can do in public, while traveling and when visiting businesses? And what are the plans for convincing more Alaskans to get the shot to protect those with vulnerable immune systems?
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LISTEN: Summer reading recs from Alaska authors

Our state has dozens of accomplished and prolific writers and publishers. Who are your favorite homegrown authors and what are you looking forward to reading over the coming months?

LISTEN: Future sustainability of the permanent fund

Lawmakers are still grappling with how to settle on a budget plan for Alaska's future and permanent fund earnings are at the center of the debate. What's the best way forward to ensure the sustainability of the fund and a dividend, while also providing vital state services?
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LISTEN: Fire season is getting longer. How can Alaskans better prepare?

Better coordination between state and federal agencies can not only help with responding to fires, but preventing them too. How are the experts planning for the coming summer?

LISTEN: Former foster youth in Alaska push for repayment of benefits

An investigation by NPR has highlighted that many states, including Alaska, take the dependent child’s social security benefits, often leaving them with no money to help them when they turn 18 and age out of foster care.