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.

Sustainable fisheries

What does it take to be a sustainable fishery? One that provide healthy food and healthy oceans? A new Frontline Documentary entitled the Fish on my Plate by bestselling author Paul Greenberg tackles that question. Greenberg visited Alaska and traveled the world's oceans and fish farms to find out, eating only seafood for a full year. Listen Now
Funny River fire rages in the Kenai Keys area of the Kenai Peninsula May 25, 2014

Wildfire Season in Alaska

It’s wildfire season in Alaska and this year more than 50,000 acres have already burned. Is this the new normal? It's been a hot and dry spring and climate conditions are changing. Even the tundra is burning. How will these changes impact wildfires and how we fight them? APRN: Tuesday, June 16 at 10:00am Download Audio

Talk of Alaska: Conference of Young Alaskans

More than 50 years after Alaska's Constitutional Convention, a group of young Alaskans is pushing for a greater voice in the state's next 50...

Our Own Geological Era

What if what we call the natural world no longer really exists, and we live already in a world of our own creation? There is growing evidence that human activity has triggered a new geological era. Scientists are debating whether the evidence we leave behind in the layers of the earth will be plastic, nuclear isotopes, changed biomass indicators, or other things, but they agree that humans have actually changed the planet. The question is – how do we take responsibility for that, and what can we do from this point on? It’s a question that means a lot for Alaska, and it’s what we’re talking about on the next Talk of Alaska. APRN: Tuesday, 2/24 at 10:00 a.m. Download Audio

Annual statewide holiday greetings show

It’s a unique moment in broadcasting, and it only happens once a year in Alaska. If you ever doubted that Alaska is the world’s biggest small town, you’ll hear proof on the annual two-hour holiday edition of Talk of Alaska. APRN: Tuesday, 12/22 at 10:00am Listen now

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
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LISTEN: How are school districts planning to support students this summer?

School districts have worked hard to piece together in-person and distance learning curriculum for students. Now that the end of the regular school year is fast approaching, what are the plans for summer school to help students catch up?

Ending patterns of abuse

For too long Alaska has been near or at the top in the nation for violence against women and sexual assault. Recent harassment and rape allegations against powerful people in Hollywood and in media have elevated the problem. But will that attention help change behavior? Listen Here

What’s causing Alaska’s sea bird die-off?

Sea birds are having a tough time in Alaska. Thousands of dead murres have been washing up on beaches in coastal communities and even found inland. biologists are working to pinpoint what's causing this massive die off. Is it El Nino? The warm water blob? Or something else entirely? APRN: Tuesday, 1/12 at 10:00am Listen now

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

Talk of Alaska: Geography and Ecology

The era of the computer and satellite has given new life to the study of geography.  We can now map all sorts of...

Talk of Alaska: APU's New President

Challenges have been mounting for higher education, especially in Alaska. Sheldon Jackson College in Sitka simply couldn’t make a go of it.  And...

Seward’s Icebox

What was William Seward thinking when he pushed the purchase of Alaska from Russia? What would most surprise him if he could see Alaska now? Seward’s Day is a state holiday; a town and a highway are named after him; but who was he? Two historians will help us understand why we’re not part of Russia, on the next Talk of Alaska. APRN: Tuesday, 4/29 at 10:00am Download Audio
Goose Creek Prison. Photo by Ellen Lockyer, KSKA - Anchorage.

Succeeding after prison

Almost everyone who goes to prison will eventually be released, but without the proper support network, many will likely re-offend. Organizations, individuals, and the Department of Corrections are trying to change that. Listen Here

Talk of Alaska: Governor Sean Parnell

Photo by Patrick Yack, ARPN - Anchorage Gov. Sean Parnell joins Talk of Alaska host, Steve Heimel, January 5 to kick off a new season...

Historical Gardening in Alaska

Picture Alaska 100 years ago - the open tundra, the dense forests - and the gardens. We're looking at the state's horticultural past with guests from the Alaska Botanical Gardens. We'll talkabout historical planting methods and how they can still be used today. APRN: Tuesday, 4/7 at 10:00 a.m. Download Audio
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LISTEN: Gov. Mike Dunleavy discusses pandemic recovery

Economic recovery from the pandemic and long term budget stability are some of the big tasks in front of state leaders during the current legislative session. How closely aligned are the Governor’s priorities with state lawmakers?

The ripple effect of losing oil jobs

The loss of high paying oil industry jobs has economic impacts that ripple throughout the state’s economy. From industry support service jobs to engineering firms and even the local coffee shop, further job losses are not only possible, but likely. How are Alaskans dealing with these cuts and how much might industry job loss affect the broader economy? Download Audio

Talk of Alaska: Ethan Berkowitz, Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate

He talks of modernizing Alaska.  He served in the State House and ran for state-wide office twice.  This time, Democrat Ethan Berkowitz is...

Talk of Alaska: Ralph Samuels, Republican Candidate for Governor

The Republican primary election offers three very different candidates for Governor, and they all are appearing on “Talk of Alaska.” Ralph Samuels voted...