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.

The Anchorage International Film Festival

The new motion picture “Icebound,” about the Alaska serum run to Nome, is just one of many films coming to the Anchorage International Film Festival in early December. Also, “The Frozen Ground,” which only had limited theatrical release in Alaska. APRN: Tuesday, 12/3 at 10:00am Download Audio

Talk of Alaska: Approaching AGIA

The Governor has called for a special legislative session on the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act (AGIA) this spring and is sharing two members of...

Plastic in the Ocean

Birds are now turning up dead on remote beaches with stomachs full of plastic. Certain areas of Alaska's remote coast are now littered with debris that was carried there by ocean currents. Not only is the amount of this debris growing, but the amount of money available for cleaning it up is far too small. APRN: Tuesday, 2/3 at 10:00 a.m. Download Audio

Talk of Alaska: Mead Treadwell, Republican Lieutenant Governor Candidate

Mead Treadwell of Anchorage is going into politics by running for Lieutenant Governor. He has resigned his position on the Arctic Research Commission...
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Implementing Marijuana Regulation in Alaska

With a simple vote of the people, Alaska became a leader among states legalizing marijuana, but now it has to figure out how to do it. Is Alaska up to that leadership challenge? Some people would say it has been in the leadership on this particular issue for years. APRN: Tuesday, 1/20 at 10:00am Download Audio
Women's Hall of Fame

The Alaska Women’s Hall of Fame 10th anniversary

Alaskan women are smart, hardworking, innovative and tough. They have helped build the state through dedicated service to education, medicine, business, the arts and much more. The Alaska Women's Hall of Fame inducts several of them each spring and this year marks the 10th anniversary. LISTEN HERE

Talk of Alaska: Banned Books

Every culture fells threatened by some idea or other, and many cultures ban books. Is it practical to draw lines of censorship in an...

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

Tales of the Movie Business in Alaska

It’s getting so you can’t turn on a television set without seeing or hearing something about Alaska. And a lot of Alaska is getting into the movie theaters as well. Is any of it true? APRN: Tuesday, 12/24 at 10:00am Download Audio

The state of our education system

Alaskans love a challenge, and our educational system has plenty of them - with shrinking budgets, serious workforce deficits, and poor retention rates for teachers and students. Listen Now

Heroin in Alaska

Law enforcement officers say heroin use is on the rise in Alaska and communities are struggling to keep the drug out of their neighborhoods. How is it getting here and what’s being done to stop heroin from entering the state. It's not just an urban problem. Rural residents are speaking out to try to stop it. APRN: Tuesday, 5/5 at 10:00am Download Audio

Talk of Alaska: New Ideas for a New Economy

Electric vehicles from Solar Wind Alaska A major part of the jobs initiative President Obama announced in his State of the Union Address is...

The Permanent Fund and the budget

Lawmakers couldn't pass a budget plan during 121 days of regular session and will now try to break the gridlock in a special session. All current proposals include using permanent fund earnings to fill the deficit. But the idea of the permanent fund is that it will be...permanent and some Alaskans say, don't touch it.

U.S. Senate Business

Tuesday, August 23 at 10:00 am It’s August recess time for the U.S. Congress – when members get back in touch with their districts. Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski is looking for ways to advance her issues in a Senate controlled by Democrats, even as those Democrats find all sorts of bills in front of them that were passed by the Republican- controlled House.

Alaska’s dinosaurs and paleontology’s future in the north

A hundred million years ago, dinosaurs roamed what's now Arctic tundra. Scientists have recently discovered new fossil sites, and even new species of dinosaurs unique to the north. What did Alaska look like when the dinosaurs roamed? What more is waiting to be uncovered? APRN: Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015 at 10:00am Listen Now

Talk of Alaska: Alaska History / Willie Hensley

The Alaska statehood push of 50 years ago bypassed the state's Native population. But that changed when the Prudhoe Bay oil discovery forced Congress...

Talk of Alaska: U.S. House Candidate Don Young

Many Alaskans can't remember a time when Don Young was not their U.S. Representative. He's been in the U.S. House since 1973, running for...

Peak Water

The severe conditions in Alaska prompt a lot of ingenuity, and that’s good because we have plenty of challenges – for instance food security and sanitation. But can Alaskan ingenuity deal with both at the same time? That’s the discussion we’ll have with waste-water gardener Mark Nelson, on the next Talk of Alaska. APRN: Tuesday, 8/19 at 10:00am Download Audio

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?

Talk of Alaska: Ralph Samuels, Republican Candidate for Governor

The Republican primary election offers three very different candidates for Governor, and they all are appearing on “Talk of Alaska.” Ralph Samuels voted...