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.

Conscience

Ever since his ministry in Bolivia in the 1970’s Father Roy Bourgeois has stood up against death squads and more recently for the ordination of women to be Catholic priests. All that time, he has been confident that with enough solidarity, a movement will emerge. Is a time of crisis for the Catholic church also a time for this movement? KSKA: Tuesday, 8/13 at 10:00am Download Audio

State economy and recession. Is it time to start talking about economic recovery?

Alaska is still in recession- and the state's economic engine is significantly smaller than it was three years ago. But job losses have slowed.  So is there an end in sight for the first state recession in three decades? And what will it take to stage a real recovery? LISTEN HERE

LISTEN: Distance education looks different across Alaska. How are students doing?

Many families have low or no internet connection available in their homes, so how well does remote teaching work and what might it portend for the start of classes in the fall?

Alaska’s budget woes and the effects on public safety

Budget cuts are creating stress for communities trying to keep their citizens safe with fewer dollars for law enforcement. In a state with staggering statistics for violence and sexual assault, how can municipalities, cities, and villages keep the peace amid jail closures, fewer troopers and local police. APRN: Tuesday, 7/28 at 10:00am Download Audio

Talk of Alaska: Hollis French, Democratic Candidate for Governor

Hollis French says he wants to be the “Education Governor.” In the primary election, he’s up against Ethan Berkowitz, who has run for state-wide office...

Part 1: Is Regulation of Arctic Offshore Oil and Gas Drilling Adequate?

The grounding of the drilling rig “Kulluk” has been pounced on by environmental groups who say we are not yet prepared to deal with the risks of drilling in Arctic Ocean waters. Are they right? We’ll hear what Alaskans have to say about drilling in their own waters on the next Talk of Alaska. KSKA: Tuesday, 1/8 at 10:00am

Talk of Alaska: Moving to renewable energy

Some environmental activists have declared Tuesday to be “Fossil Fool Day,” saying it’s time to work for a “Just, Green Energy Future.” What would...

Primary Election: Republican U.S. Senate Candidate Joe Miller

It will soon be decision time for Alaska voters on which of three Republican should face incumbent U.S. Senator Mark Begich in November. The statewide public radio forum, Talk of Alaska has offered each of the three an hour-long live opportunity to answer phone calls from public radio listeners statewide. Mead Treadwell and Dan Sullivan have had their turn, and next up is Joe Miller. APRN: Tuesday, 7/29 at 10:00am Download Audio

Talk of Alaska: Suicide and Silence

Remaining silent doesn’t do much to prevent suicide – yet it’s usually the first reaction of families when there is a death. And it’s...

Joys and challenges of aging in Alaska

Aging in Alaska is both challenging and wonderful. The state's rapidly growing population of people who are 65 and older are strengthening their communities by contributing time and wisdom, and building the economy. On the next Talk of Alaska we'll hear from elders about what it's like to grow older here and what needs to happen to make that more feasible and fun. Listen Here

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

Food To Schools From Farms

A national effort to bring fresh food from farms to schools has resulted in $385 million in purchases for school lunches and other meals across the country. More than half the school districts in Alaska are participating in the Farm to School program, feeding more than a hundred thousand kids in the state. APRN: Tuesday, 1/9 at 10:00am Download Audio
Port of Alaska

The future of the Port of Alaska

Two billion dollars. That's the cost estimate to repair the port of Alaska. Why the big price tag and how will it be paid for?

Independent Generation of Electricity

It’s power politics of an electrifying kind.  What should the rules be for selling independently generated power to utilities, who have borrowed money and invested heavily to assure reliability for their customers? APRN: Tuesday, 1/27 at 10:00 a.m. Download Audio

Presidential Visits to The Last Frontier

The president is visiting Alaska, and it's more than just a fuel stop this time. On the next Talk of Alaska, we’re taking a trip into the annals of presidential history in the Last Frontier. FDR and Jimmy Carter went fishing during their visits here. Reagan hosted the pope. And Clinton popped downtown for a sandwich. What will Obama's visit be remembered for? APRN: Tuesday, Sept. 1, at 10:00 a.m. Download Audio

It’s About The Dogs

The top sled dog teams in the Iditarod have become so competitive that the slightest edge can make a critical difference. And that means that mushers want to know everything they can about what their dogs can do. APRN: Tuesday, 2/21 at 10:00am Download Audio

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

LISTEN: Dr. Anne Zink and Gov. Mike Dunleavy discuss reopening the economy on Talk of Alaska

Reopening Alaska's economy is something some Alaskans desperately want while others urge caution as the coronavirus pandemic continues. THow will this work in practice and how do we know it isn’t too soon?

Talk of Alaska: How Do We Feel About Gov. Palin’s Resignation?

Gov. Sarah Palin shocked Alaskans by announcing she was quitting and leaving as governor. Her decision reverberated throughout the state and the national political...

Alaska’s summer heatwave

How has this summer affected marine mammal, fish and seabird populations? And what does the hot weather mean for the state as Alaskans adapt to the reality of climate change? We'll discuss the summer heat wave on the next Talk of Alaska.