Talk of Alaska

Tuesdays at 10 a.m. (LIVE) repeating at 8 p.m.This is 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.

Talk of Alaska: Wind Power in Rural Communities

Windmills are beginning to make a difference in Alaska’s energy picture.  Utilities have invested an estimated 87 million dollars in wind power, and...

Sullivan discusses 2019 congressional priorities

Congress will have a new look in January. What does it mean for Alaska priorities and the work we need from our congressional delegation?

Talk of Alaska: Mental Health

Many people in Alaska are looking for effective strategies to deal with epidemic rates of domestic and substance abuse.  On the next “Talk of...

Black business owners: the past and the future

Running a business that aims to serve a particular demographic can be a challenge. But sometimes it's borne of necessity.

Gubernatorial candidate Mike Dunleavy

The field is set for the general election and the campaign for Alaska's next Governor is in full swing. Talk of Alaska will feature the three gubernatorial candidates over the next few weeks, starting with Republican Mike Dunleavy. What is his vision for the future of our state? LISTEN HERE

Talk of Alaska: Environmental Writing

Nature has always been dramatic in Alaska, but now those dramatic changes are coming faster.  Alaska’s nature writers see this as a...

Alaska’s oil production prospects

Is the North Slope seeing a resurgence in oil production? Look at the possible oil industry renaissance is our discussion on the next Talk of Alaska.

Talk of Alaska: Community Imagination

With the rush of movie crews to Alaska, are we at risk of losing control of our own image?  Do we have any idea...

The Governor’s budget proposal

Governor Mike Dunleavy's budget proposal would cut more than one and a half billion dollars from state spending in one fiscal year.

Gubernatorial candidate Mark Begich

As the race for Alaska's next Governor heats up, Talk of Alaska is featuring all three candidates in September. On the next program, Democrat Mark Begich joins us. What does he see as the best path forward for the future of Alaska? LISTEN HERE

Talk of Alaska: The Role of the Press in the Statehood Push

The cross-winds of history were blowing strongly in the late nineteen-fifties when Alaska became a state. The Civil Rights Act was five...

Earthquake recovery in Alaska’s largest city

Aftershocks from the massive earthquake that struck Anchorage and Southcentral Alaska on Friday morning continued over the weekend, adding stress to the assessment and recovery effort now underway. A lot of that damage was to major transportation corridors. How long will recovery take, especially in winter conditions?

Talk of Alaska: Urban Subsistence

With the rising price of food, what Alaskan is not interested in food security?   Especially when it’s almost planting season.   Actually, some gardeners are...

The race to Nome

One thousand miles is a long journey under the best conditions, but behind a dog team, through the wilderness in extreme weather is a daunting challenge. That's the essence of the Iditarod, bringing together tough human and animal athletes for the yearly race to Nome.

Gubernatorial candidate Bill Walker

Over the past two weeks, the top challengers campaigning to be Alaska's next Governor have outlined their positions on the state's future needs. Now it's the incumbent's turn. Independent Bill Walker joins us to make his case for keeping the job of Alaska's top elected official. What would he focus on if he wins a second term? Listen now

Talk of Alaska: Peace Corps Alumnae

Alaska’s veterans of the Peace Corps will share their memories on the next Talk of Alaska. The Peace Corps was created 50 years...

Taking action to reduce substance misuse

Substance use disorders are diseases caused by many factors. Preventing and treating them requires input from everyone, not just law enforcement and health professionals. Those are some of the key messages in the state’s new opioid action plan. On Talk of Alaska we’ll discuss the plan and the ways you can be part of the solutions.

Talk of Alaska: Geography and Ecology

The era of the computer and satellite has given new life to the study of geography.  We can now map all sorts of...

Lawmakers and the budget

The Dunleavy administration's budget plan has attracted a lot of attention and controversy. Now lawmakers are grappling with their role in addressing the flood of demands from their constituents while determining what state services are important and how it will all be paid for.

U.S. House candidate Alyse Galvin

The race for Alaska's sole seat in the U.S. House has an independent candidate fighting to unseat the long term incumbent. Alyse Galvin is running for office for the first time. She says she wants to go to congress to fight for healthcare reform, education funding and combat climate change. What's her plan to get all that done? Listen now