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: Alaska’s heath care workforce shortage threatens the growing industry. How are communities working to meet the demand?

Alaska's health care industry is growing, and the need for nurses and other health care professionals is on the rise. Studies warn of a looming nursing shortage. How are communities around the state working to meet the healthcare workforce demand?

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?

Talk of Alaska: DNR Engagement

Job creation and resource development are major priorities for the Parnell administration.  Natural Resources Commissioner Dan Sullivan has begun what he calls...

The state budget and the future

State lawmakers called themselves into a third special session in order to pass the smallest capital budget in 17 years. Legislators reached compromise -- but still don't have a long term budget plan for the state's future. Will they call a fourth special session? Listen Here

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?

LISTEN: How do we improve law enforcement in rural Alaska?

Rural Alaska communities suffer some of the highest rates of violence and lawlessness in the country. Recently AG Barr visited southwest Alaska communities and pledged millions in emergency funds to begin addressing the problem. We'll ask what else is needed on the next Talk of Alaska.

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.
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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

Talk of Alaska: Home Town Security

Real job development means finding investable models that use local resources.  But what are the local resources of an economically depressed area?   Majora...

Salmon science

Rivers and streams across the state are closed to king salmon fishing and sockeye returns are shockingly low in parts of Southeast Alaska. Meanwhile, commercial fishermen in parts of Bristol Bay are netting millions of sockeye. What’s happening to salmon stocks around the state? Hear from salmon scientists about what’s affecting this year’s runs on the next Talk of Alaska. LISTEN HERE

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.
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LISTEN: A reporter charted the harm caused by abusive priests in Alaska, a survivor lived through it

The legacy of sexual abuse perpetrated by Jesuit priests against Alaskans in rural villages has haunted families and communities for decades. An investigative series tracked some of the worst offenders from Alaska to a retirement compound outside of the state.

LISTEN: Small businesses employ just over half of all Alaskans. How are they fairing as they wait for CARES act funding?

A lawsuits filed against the legislative budget and audit committee says the entire legislature must approve of releasing CARES Act funding to Alaska businesses and municipalities. What happens now and how many more businesses will go under while they wait for help?

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.

Contemporary Native art

Keeping Alaska Native culture vibrant and thriving takes work. Young Native artists are meeting that challenge in exciting ways through music, visual art and online media. How do Native artists honor their heritage while stretching themselves creatively? APRN: Tuesday, 11/17 at 10:00am Listen now

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

The trades and workforce development for Alaska

Should young people today go to a 4 year university or enter the trades? Some students do both: Get a job through a technical program so they can make enough money to support their plan for college. Is there a best approach?

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.

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?

Talk of Alaska: The U.N Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People

Indigenous rights to self determination, land use and economic autonomy are contained in the U.N Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People. Now...