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.

Preview: Talk of Alaska — Tue, Aug 28

Coming up Tuesday, August 28 at 10:00 a.m. on Talk of Alaska... Alaska's short history as a state contains more than its share of...

Preview: Talk of Alaska — Tue, Sep 11

Coming up Tuesday, September 11 at 10:00 a.m. on Talk of Alaska... Like the rest of the nation, Alaska felt the shock of the...

One Hundred Years of Climbing Denali

The first successful climb of Mount McKinley took place in 1913. Walter Harper, Hudson Stuck and Harry Karstens made history. Now, 100 years later, their family members plan to mark the centennial with a climb of their own. KSKA: Tuesday, 2/12 at 10:00am

The emerging science of addressing violence, health care and law enforcement

October is domestic violence awareness month, but in Alaska, the consistently high rate of violence and sexual assault presents a year round need for education and assistance. What needs to change for people to have better outcomes? On the next Talk of Alaska, University of Alaska legal and medical experts discuss the evolving science and intersection between law enforcement, victim services and health care. Listen now

The race for U.S. Senate: Margaret Stock

Margaret Stock is running as an Independent for U.S. Senate. The first time candidate says she will promote a strong national defense and support military veterans. She’s also pro-choice. She is the first in a series of candidates we’ll feature on TOA over the next few weeks. Listen Now

Coming into the Country

"Coming into the Country" likely inspired countless young people to venture to Alaska. Many stayed. Alaska’s Energy Desk has been highlighting their stories and on the next Talk of Alaska, we’ll hear from the legendary author about the unexpected impact his book has had through the decades. Listen Now
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?
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Looking back on Alaska’s 2016

We’re at the end of 2016. It was a year of legislative fights over the budget, taxes, the permanent fund and what the fiscal future path for Alaska should look like. It was also a year when Alaska tribes were given a path to put land into trust, and the residents of Barrow voted to change its name. A 7.1 earthquake shook up Southcentral residents and a lot of other big things happened. We’ll discuss them and look ahead to 2017. Listen Now
The Alaska State Legislature sign at the Legislative Information Office in Downtown Anchorage.

Legislative compromise

State lawmakers called themselves into a third special session to pass a scaled back capital budget. It was a long time in the making, but does the compromise signal that lawmakers can come together on a longer term budget plan for the state? What sticking points remain? Listen Here

Talk of Alaska: Clean Elections

Alaska's appetite for political reform could result in public funding for election campaigns. There's a move to put it on the ballot and...

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...

Exxon Valdez disaster 30 year anniversary

It was the spill officials didn't think would happen. The 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill released 10.8 million gallons of crude oil into Prince William Sound. 30 years later the industry's prevention measures have changed dramatically.

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...

Talk of Alaska: Statehood

The Alaska Statehood Act was signed in 1959, but the critical decisions that made statehood a reality came the year before -- fifty years...

Talk of Alaska: Killing What You Eat

There is no doubt that Alaskans have their own take on the notion of local food.  In fact, for many in the state,...

Slow Fish: An Idea Whose Time has Come in Alaska?

Alaskans have always enjoyed and defended their fish. We love our clam beaches, most of us oppose fish farming and many of us have our own special recipes not only for cooking, but preserving salmon and other fish. Alaska’s remoteness has helped to protect its fisheries, but in more populated parts of the world, small-scale local fisheries are threatened by habitat degradation and outside-owned fleets. APRN: Tuesday, 12/10 at 10:00am Download Audio

Recovery behind bars

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.

Ten Years After 9/11

The warning went out within days of the terrorist attacks of 9/11. “If we live in fear the terrorists will have won.” How do we balance a legitimate concern for security with the cost of fear? Ten years later, Alaskans will be looking back at the events and developments since 9/11, on the next Talk of Alaska. KSKA & APRN: Tuesday, 9/6 at 10:00 am

Annual Statewide Holiday Greetings Show

It’s not to be missed! The annual state-wide holiday greeting edition of Talk of Alaska is on its way. Good wishes will be flying across the great state of Alaska, re-connecting friends and families and extended families in a two-hour wave of greetings. So make your list and get ready to call on the next Talk of Alaska. APRN: Tuesday, 12/23 at 10:00am Download Audio

Talk of Alaska: Stevens Not Guilty

Attorney General Eric Holder has ordered that all charges against former Senator Ted Stevens be dropped and the Justice Department will ask Judge Emmett...