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.

Hollis French says he wants to be the “Education Governor.” In the primary election, he’s up against Ethan Berkowitz, who has run for state-wide office...

For the first time, Alaska tribes have the right to ask the federal government to put tribal lands into trust status, just like tribes in the Lower 48. What would this legal designation, known as Indian Country, mean for tribes and for the state? What are the potential benefits and what are the restrictions? APRN: Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. Download Audio

Alaska is on the front lines of climate change. A recent report found that we are living through the warmest period “in the history of modern civilization” - and in Alaska, we’re warming twice as fast as the global average. So what should we do about it? LISTEN HERE

Health benefits were once a part of almost any long-term employment contract in the United States. Now they are not.  Is going back to...

Challenges have been mounting for higher education, especially in Alaska. Sheldon Jackson College in Sitka simply couldn’t make a go of it.  And...

Public safety and crime prevention will be more challenging for the state's department of law as budget cuts force closure of district attorney offices in some areas of Alaska. I'm Lori Townsend. How will prosecutors handle increased caseloads and long distance court proceedings? APRN: Tuesday, March 8 at 10:00am Download Audio

Ray Metcalfe is in the mix of candidates vying for incumbent Lisa Murkowski’s U.S. Senate seat. He’s spent years working to draw attention to political corruption within state government. He worked in the legislature as a Republican and now he’s running as a Democrat, but has told the state party, he doesn’t want their help. Listen Now

The legislature has gone past the 90-day mark as they try to find a solution to the state's fiscal crisis. Lawmakers from both chambers seem to agree on using permanent fund earnings but they're having a harder time finding common ground on budget cuts and new taxes. Listen Now

Coming up Tuesday, October 9 at 10:00 a.m. on Talk of Alaska... Education is not just for the young. One-third of the students at the...

Books are beginning to come out about the extraordinary events of Alaska’s last few years. A small town mayor from Alaska became a national celebrity and a new political force, while some of Alaska’s most influential politicians went on trial for corruption. KSKA: Tuesday, 11/15 @ 10:00am

Climate warming and Endangered Species designations are both important issues for Alaska. Science is supposed to be informing the debate. But what if you...

The President called for action on domestic energy development, infrastructure upgrades and climate change during his state of the union address. What could it mean for Alaska? U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski will be on hand to discuss how her energy development plans may fit or clash with White House policies over the next four years. KSKA: Tuesday, 2/19 at 10:00am

A recent report by the Tribal Law and Order Commission is the seventh study to call for more effective administration of justice in rural Alaska to address pressing problems of family violence, alcohol abuse, and high rates of recidivism and suicide. Now the state Attorney General says he’s looking for better ways to co-operate with tribes. What about the state Supreme Court? APRN: Tuesday, 11/26 at 10:00am Download Audio

Are Alaska's returning National Guard members receiving all the mental health services needed? How can our veterans access these services from the remote parts...

First established to help Alaskans get mortgages, the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation now has responsibility for a natural gas pipeline, and it may soon be in charge of a bridge. The next Talk of Alaska is your chance to talk to the man the Legislature trusts to handle all this, Dan Fauske, the Executive Director of the AHFC. Download Audio KSKA: Tuesday, 4/30 at 10:00am

Whether they loved him or hated him, Alaskans felt the indictment of their senior Senator like a punch in the gut. Ted Stevens' legacy...

We hear plenty about the winners and the front-runners in the Iditarod, but not much about those in the back of the pack, and...

ExxonMobil told the Supreme Court last week that the enormous cost of its 1989 oil spill in Alaska is enough of a deterrent to...

Opioid abuse and addiction is a national crisis and Alaska is suffering the impacts of prescription and illegal drug problems right along with the rest of the country. An upcoming summit on opioid abuse will take place in Palmer next week and the nation’s top Health and Veterans officials will be here for it. Listen Now

On the next Talk of Alaska we're stepping outside of the studio and into Goose Creek Correctional Center. During the special, pre-recorded episode inmates at the prison speak with community members about substance use treatment. It's a chance to hear from people who can't call in but have something to say.