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.

Talk of Alaska: Investing in Sustainability

When financial markets go through crises like we've seen over the past week, it's a good time to re-examine what we thought we knew...

Earthquake recovery in Alaska’s largest city

Aftershocks from the massive earthquake that struck Anchorage and Southcentral Alaska on Friday morning continued over the weekend, adding stress to the assessment and recovery effort now underway. A lot of that damage was to major transportation corridors. How long will recovery take, especially in winter conditions?

Talk of Alaska: Social Impacts of Exxon Valdez Settlement

On Wednesday (Feb 27) the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in ExxonMobil's appeal of its punitive damage award from the 1989 Exxon Valdez...

Talk of Alaska: Books Made in Alaska

If you buy Alaskan, you spread the wealth, because your money keeps circulating in the state.  But you might have to search pretty...

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...

Talk of Alaska: Church and State

The First Amendment guarantees freedom of religion, but in the history of the nation, the line between church and state has never been solid....

Tribal Law and Order in Alaska

Would tribal law enforcement jurisdiction help address the social and cultural problems in rural Alaska? It has been debated for decades, and now a congressionally-mandated panel says it’s the only way to go. But, a Supreme Court ruling says there is no Indian country in most of the state. APRN: Tuesday, 11/19 at 10:00am Download Audio

‘The Raven’s Gift’

A new novel set in Alaska shows how quickly traditional knowledge could become far more valuable in a world under ecological stress. “The Raven’s Gift” is set in a future that might be closer than we realize. Readers have a chance to talk it over with author Don Rearden, on the next Talk of Alaska. KSKA: Tuesday, 7/5 at 10:00am Download Audio

Pebble 101

The Pebble Mine prospect has generated strong opinions and acrimony. But what about the basic facts? With all the debate, getting straight information hasn’t been easy. KSKA: Tuesday, 10/18 @ 10:00am

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: Combating Childhood Obesity

The national campaign to eliminate juvenile obesity in one generation might be a tough sell in Alaska, where choices and options for both food...

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

Talk of Alaska: Early Man and Climate Change

Some of our questions about how to adapt to climate change may find their answers in the distant past. Early humans figured out how to...

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?

Talk of Alaska: Spirit of Reading

If you were searching for outdoor adventure, a school library might not be the first place you would look. Unless you...

Talk of Alaska: Predator Control

Predator control. One of the most controversial subjects in Alaska. Is it scientific? Is it Alaskan? Join us on the next Talk of Alaska. Download Audio (MP3) HOST:...

The Graphic Novels of J Torres

You may never have heard of “Teen Titans Go,” but that may be because you’re just too old to appreciate comic books. Young readers across the state will be connecting with comic author and blogger J Torres, on the annual “Alaska Spirit of Reading” book club edition of Talk of Alaska. APRN: Tuesday, 3/25 at 10:00am Download Audio

Alaska suicide prevention

Yes, suicide rates appear to have gone up in 2015, but there are solutions. We’ll talk to researchers who have been working with communities in the YK Delta for 20 years developing prevention programs based on Yup’ik values instead of Western systems and about the effectiveness of some Western systems. We’ll also delve into both historical trauma and historical resiliency – what makes our communities and people stronger. Listen Now

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.

Talk of Alaska: Alaska Native Students Head to College

School is back in session and students are returning to campuses around the state. We will look at Native students and their leaving home to...