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.

Medicaid Expansion And The State Budget

State leaders need to cut the budget without hurting the economy and find new sources of revenue. In a time of fiscal deficit, what do lawmakers think of Medicaid expansion and other ideas that impact the budget? What will it take to stabilize Alaska's financial future? APRN: Tuesday, 3/24 at 10:00am Download Audio

Talk of Alaska: Work in Alaska

Is work really tougher in Alaska? Cable television's "The Deadliest Catch" has been followed by such shows as "Ice Road Truckers," and "Axe-Men."...

Talk of Alaska: Roots of Bullying

There are proven ways to combat bullying in schools.  If the bystanders change, the bullies will change.  An enemy can become a helper. ...

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:...

Talk of Alaska: Summer Reading

Is there a book you plan to read this summer? Or maybe there's a book you think other Alaskans ought to read? This week...
Looking east on 5th Avenue at H Street in Downtown Anchorage.

Making communities livable for people of all ages

What makes you want to stay in the community where you live? Is it easy to get around? Do you feel connected to your neighbors? Everything from building new playgrounds to giving people access to computers helps make a livable community.

Preview: Talk of Alaska for Tue, July 24

Coming up Tuesday, July 24 at 10:00 a.m. on Talk of Alaska... Alaska Native Corporations, in securing federal contracts, have brought billions of dollars to...

The Law in Alaska

A recent report by the Tribal Law and Order Commission is the seventh study to call for more effective administration of justice in rural Alaska to address pressing problems of family violence, alcohol abuse, and high rates of recidivism and suicide. Now the state Attorney General says he’s looking for better ways to co-operate with tribes. What about the state Supreme Court? APRN: Tuesday, 11/26 at 10:00am Download Audio

Talk of Alaska: The McCandless Bus — Move it or Leave it?

Alaska's outdoor paradise is beautiful, but deadly: fast-changing weather, unforgiving wildlife, avalanches, extreme tides, unreadable rivers -- even insects can be serious threats. This...

Talk of Alaska: Alaska’s FY2010 Budget

With the price of oil where it is, Alaska will have to dip into its reserves to support its budget. The Palin administration is...

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
Bean's Cafe at Brother Francis Shelter in Anchorage.

The effort to end homelessness

The annual point in time homelessness count for Alaska has for years revealed that about 2000 people across the state, do not have their own home. Is it possible to get to zero?

Northern Opportunity – Alaska’s Economic Strategy

Alaska is in a recession...again. There's a lot of hand wringing about the state's fiscal future but beyond simply bridging the current funding gap, what can and should a diversified economy look like? A new 5-year economic strategy developed with state and private sector business leaders focuses on addressing Alaska economic future. Listen Now

Talk of Alaska: Mead Treadwell, Republican Lieutenant Governor Candidate

Mead Treadwell of Anchorage is going into politics by running for Lieutenant Governor. He has resigned his position on the Arctic Research Commission...
The Alaska State Legislature sign at the Legislative Information Office in Downtown Anchorage.

Legislative compromise

State lawmakers called themselves into a third special session to pass a scaled back capital budget. It was a long time in the making, but does the compromise signal that lawmakers can come together on a longer term budget plan for the state? What sticking points remain? Listen Here

Talk of Alaska: Transportation Priorities

This week on Talk of Alaska we chat with a state transportation policy maker, a transportation expert and you -- our callers -- as...

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

Alaska Communications History

There was a time when Alaska was a breaking new ground in the field of telecommunications. VHF, public broadcasting and satellites all made a big difference in the life of rural Alaskans. The next edition of Talk of Alaska features one of our state’s telecommunications pioneers – Doctor Alex Hills. APRN & KSKA: Tuesday 9/13 at 10:00 am

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...

Gubernatorial Candidate Bill Walker

Bill Walker wants to be the next Governor of Alaska. Whoever wins will take the job in a tough fiscal environment. Walker is running in a tight race without a party after running as a Republican in the past. APRN: Wednesday, 10/22 at 10:00am Download Audio