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.

Health Care Costs in Alaska

Do you dread getting a bill from the hospital or your doctor's office? Healthcare costs are rising quickly in Alaska and we're all paying the bills. We'll look at why health care costs so much here and what we can do to reduce those costs. APRN: Tuesday, 4/14 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

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...

Criminal records redaction recommendations

Having a criminal record can hamper efforts to find a job, get a loan or even a place to live. The Alaska Criminal Justice Commission has new recommendations to redact or hide from public view, some past convictions. Will it help those who are working to improve their lives after completing their sentences? What about the public's right to know?

Oil Spill Dispersants

The response to the Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico involved an unprecedented amount of chemical dispersants. If such a spill were to occur in Alaska, the use of dispersants is pre-authorized in certain areas. Should it be? APRN: Tuesday, 1/21 at 10:00am Download Audio

Talk of Alaska: Citizen Observation of Natural Phenomena

Phenology is the timing of the annual cycles of plants and animals and a national network has been set up to collect observations of...

Talk of Alaska: New Russian Media

Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, people in Russia have had to rethink how they approach the news media. The resulting system has...

The future of the military in Alaska

Russian fighters have flown near Alaska's coast 5 times in recent weeks. U.S. military officials stress the flights and intercepts are within the realm of normal, a Russia expert says it's a test of American readiness. Where do these incidents fit within the current and future role of security in the region? Senator Dan Sullivan will discuss it on the next Talk of Alaska. Listen Now

Preview: Talk of Alaska for Tue, Aug 14

Coming up Tuesday, August 14 at 10:00 a.m. on Talk of Alaska... Govern Palin has called a special session of the legislature this fall to...

Talk of Alaska: Endangered Species and Moral Choices

The Endangered Species Act is almost constantly under attack these days. It's said that it has come to be used in ways that Congress...

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

Local sales taxes

About 100 cities and boroughs in Alaska levy a sales tax. Many also levy taxes on hotel accommodations, alcohol, tobacco, commercial fish harvests, car rentals and more. Combined, the taxes raised over $350 million for cities and boroughs in 2016. Join us as we discuss local taxes -- and the local debates about raising them. LISTEN HERE


Tuesday, July 12 at 10:00am It hasn’t been an easy job trying to protect our rights during a war on terror and a war on drugs. But Anthony Romero was ready to answer the challenge.

Medication assisted treatment

Methadone, suboxone, vivitrol -- - they're all different types of drugs used to treat opioid addictions. But what do those medications actually do? How effective are they? Are they a solution for solving Alaska's addiction crisis? Listen Now

What Will We Be Thanking Alaska Natives for in the Future

Scientists working in Alaska have come to value the knowledge of Native Elders, but do new generations of elders have that same knowledge? With Thanksgiving Day approaching, “Talk of Alaska” takes a look at the current state of cross-cultural communication. The Natives helped the Massachusetts colonists survive. KSKA: Tuesday, 11/22 @ 10:00am

Talk of Alaska: World AIDS Day.

There are now an estimated 33 million people infected with the HIV virus that leads to AIDS. The majority of them live in...

Talk of Alaska: Soapy Smith

Is there a political lesson to be learned from the Alaska Gold Rush? Consider Soapy Smith, the con man who became a pillar of...

25 Years After Exxon Valdez: What Would Effective Regulation Look Like?

Twenty-five years after the Exxon Valdez oil spill nearly all damaged wildlife populations have been declared “recovered,” but the spill’s impact left lasting marks on people. With another major spill taking place just four years ago, it’s time to talk about loss of trust, and how to restore it. APRN: Tuesday, March 18 at 10:00am Download Audio

Bear awareness and safety

In Alaska, the wilderness is also bear country. What type of bear deterrent should you carry? And what should you do if you encounter a bear?

Native names in modern culture

Words have power. Recently the federal government quit using certain words to describe ethnic groups. Words like Eskimo and Aleut. Young Alaska Native people are increasingly using their Native names on social media and professionally. There's also a push by some to return to the original Native descriptors for places and landmarks.