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.

Wilderness in Alaska

Whether you call it locking up land or protecting it, wilderness designation raises some profound cultural, biological and management questions. As it turns 50 years old, is the Wilderness Act showing signs of age? Or has it barely reached maturity? Nowhere in the country is there more wilderness than Alaska. APRN: Tuesday, 5/13 at 10:00am Download Audio

Alternative Public Education Opportunities

For many years policy leaders have been talking about ways to bring more education choices to rural Alaskans. Now those options are beginning to appear. Legislation has passed to benefit charter schools and boarding schools around the state. APRN: Tuesday, 5/6 at 10:00am Download Audio

The Potential of Trails in Alaska

With the snow melting back and the ground thawing out, Alaska’s trail builders will soon be back at work making the country more accessible. They’ll be out there with tools and crews, shaping paths for feet, paws and wheels. If you never heard of single tracks and pump tracks and especially if you have, you’ll learn what’s new in trails on the next Talk of Alaska. APRN: Tuesday, 4/15 at 10:00am Download Audio

Earthquake Awareness: State of the Art

The earth is restless in Alaska, with more earthquakes than all the other states combined - plus volcanoes and tidal waves. The Great Alaska Earthquake of 1964 was critically important scientifically, and that science has made remarkable advances in recent years. APRN: Tuesday, 5/20 at 10:00am Download Audio

Talk of Alaska: International Polar Year (Polarpalooza!)

Scientists will be all over the Arctic this summer -- partly because of last year's record withdrawl of sea ice and partly because it's...

Talk of Alaska: Energy Assistance

What is the best investment for energy assistance? The high price of oil is filling state coffers while causing pain in rural Alaska. Nearly everyone...

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.

Talk of Alaska: Scientific Integrity

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

LISTEN: The annual five year Arctic Research plan is inviting public comment before the plan is written. Here’s what you need to know.

Which federal agencies decide what it will include and how can you weigh in to help shape the focus of the science?

Talk of Alaska: Renewable Energy for Alaska

While rising oil prices are putting the squeeze on the rest of the country, they also gave Alaska a hefty budget surplus. But that's...
Entrance to Anchorage's Providence Hospital emergency room. (Photo by Josh Edge, APRN - Anchorage)

Curbing unnecessary ER use

Alaska has some of the highest health care costs in the world. In the state's Medicaid program- one solution is reducing unnecessary trips to the Emergency Room. We'll discuss a collaborative plan to help patients get the care they need in a less expensive setting than an emergency room. APRN: Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at 10 a.m.

The Cook Inlet Trek

Step by step an Alaska couple and their two children are making their way along the coast of Cook Inlet, from Seldovia, up and down Turnagain and Knik Arms, and down the west side. Reaching Anchorage, they’re connecting with you, on the next Talk of Alaska.
KSKA: Tuesday, May 21 at 10:00am Download Audio

Federal policy in Alaska

Federal military policy will increasingly focus on the arctic region. How will U.S. tensions with Russia, North Korea and China affect Alaska? U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan joins us for the next Talk of Alaska.

Talk of Alaska: Corporate Responsibility

If nobody hears it when a whistle-blower exposes a problem, did anybody really blow the whistle?   Join the “Muckraker of the Year” and...

Talk of Alaska: IUU Fishing

Fish know no boundaries, and international law is slow to respond to emerging fish conservation issues. The marketplace works a lot faster. This week...

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

Talk of Alaska: Beyond the Green Zone

Award-winning journalist Dahr Jamail is on his way back to Alaska and will be the guest on the next “Talk of Alaska.” It’s a return...

Energy Solutions for rural Alaska

How much do you pay for electricity? If you live in rural Alaska- the answer is likely a lot. Most rural Alaskans pay at least three times more for their electric bill than residents in Anchorage

The future of the Arctic

The arctic is changing and what that means for future development, travel, infrastructure and safety is on the minds of not only those who live there, but scientists, policy makers and business leaders.

Solar Energy from the Ocean

Solar energy technology has greatly improved over the last few years, but who would have thought that the ocean could be used as a solar collector? And who would have installed the technology to do so? That’s what’s now being done at the Seward Sea Life Center. And now they’re seeking to spread the energy. APRN: Tuesday, 5/27 at 10:00am Download Audio