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: Lawmakers discuss stabilizing the economy after COVID-19

Alaska lawmakers have said they need to approve the governor’s plan for sending out federal CARES Act funds to Alaska businesses and communities. They’re considering reconvening in Juneau to do so. Should they?

LISTEN: Dr. Anne Zink and Gov. Mike Dunleavy discuss reopening the economy on Talk of Alaska

Reopening Alaska's economy is something some Alaskans desperately want while others urge caution as the coronavirus pandemic continues. THow will this work in practice and how do we know it isn’t too soon?

LISTEN: Take a break from pandemic stress with some help from Alaska musicians and writers

With the stress of sheltering in our homes and a daily barrage of worrisome news about the global pandemic, it’s important to find time to decompress, relax and find hope for the future.

LISTEN: How is rural Alaska preparing for COVID-19?

With limited clinic and hospital capacity, how are rural Alaska health providers preparing to assist residents who become ill?

LISTEN: Can Alaska’s economy bounce back after COVID-19?

Tens of thousands unemployed, nearly $2 billion in lost state GDP, these are the economic projections in a new report by ISER examining the negative effects of the COVID-19 virus on Alaska’s economy. How much will federal spending help Alaskan businesses and individuals?
Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan take questions from reporters in the tunnel under the Capitol.

LISTEN: Congress put together a $2 trillion relief package. What happens next?

Congress has put together the largest financial relief package in history. Will it be enough to blunt the economic decline in the U.S? And what will it mean for Alaska's economy and workers?

LISTEN: As coronavirus shuts down schools across Alaska, educators are figuring out what happens next

Schools across the state are closed until at least March 30th. In a state that has low or no internet in some areas, how are districts working to meet the educational, nutritional and mental health needs of students?

LISTEN: How emergency officials and first responders are preparing for coronavirus

President Donald Trump declared a national emergency over the coronavirus pandemic. What does that mean for state emergency planners?

LISTEN: Experts answer Alaskans’ questions about coronavirus

Coronavirus is spreading rapidly across the globe. While Alaska has not yet had any confirmed cases, the United States has, and health and emergency preparedness officials are getting ready to combat the virus locally.

LISTEN: Legends of the last great race are here to celebrate Iditarod 2020

What can we expect from this year's field of racers? How have trail conditions and sled designs changed over the decades? And who's trail stories are the most…hellacious? It's all about the Iditarod when race icons Jeff King and DeeDee Jonrowe join us.

LISTEN: It’ll take more than money to bring the Alaska Marine Highway back to life

The ferry system is completely offline right now, with residents facing empty shelves and upended plans. Temporary contractors may help in the short term, but what will it cost Alaskans and what's the long term solution?

LISTEN: Gov. Mike Dunleavy returns to discuss resolving the state budget stalemate

Gov. Mike Dunleavy released his budget plan in December with a full permanent fund dividend and a $1.5 billion deficit for legislators to grapple with.
A picture of a large cardboard box and a pile vape pens in ziplock bags on a table.

LISTEN: To combat teen vaping in Alaska schools, educators and state officials work together

Teen vaping is a growing problem nationwide, with the CDC reporting that one in four students use vaping products. But what’s inside the liquid being vaporized? And how will it affect teenager’s health?

LISTEN: How serious is the novel coronavirus?

There are confirmed cases in the U.S. and a chartered flight evacuated Americans from China through the Anchorage airport before arriving in California. But how big should this concern be compared to annual influenza infections? Should countries shut down international travel?

LISTEN: How can we get more Alaskans teaching in their home communities?

The highest rates of teacher turnover in Alaska are with teachers who are trained outside the state. So how are educators and lawmakers working to get more Alaskans trained to teach in their home communities?

LISTEN: Homelessness services are working to keep Alaskans sheltered as statewide cold snap continues

The recent, severe cold weather has turned difficult conditions into life threatening ones. How are shelter managers and others who work to end homelessness grappling with extreme need for those who are most vulnerable during this extended cold snap?

LISTEN: There’s a lot on the table during the next legislative session. State government reporters break down what to look out for.

Next Tuesday, legislators return to Juneau to start the 2020 session. Will the Dunleavy administration and state lawmakers find common ground on how to pay for state services and a permanent fund dividend without draining the Constitutional Budget Reserve?

LISTEN: Senate leadership is here to answer your questions ahead of the 2020 legislative session

Alaska Lawmakers will have a lot on their plates when they convene on January 21st for the start of the legislative session. How will they work to balance spending with less revenue coming in from oil and what amount will they agree to for a permanent fund dividend?

LISTEN: There’s $3.2B dollars at stake in the 2020 Census

The U.S Census happens just once a decade and it kicks off in Tooksok Bay, Alaska in mid-January. Getting an accurate count of all Alaskans is critically important for billions of dollars in federal funding and drawing political jurisdiction lines.

LISTEN: Hear and share holiday greetings all across the state in our annual two-hour holiday special

Alaska is a big state, but people are very connected here. If you want to find out how connected Alaskans are, just listen to the radio for a while on Tuesday morning.