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.

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...

Talk of Alaska: Ethan Berkowitz, Democratic Candidate for Governor

Alaskans may know the future they want, but they have plenty of disagreements about who can lead them to that future.  Democratic ...

Talk of Alaska: Federal Health Care

More than half of Alaska's residents receive health care benefits paid primarily by the federal government. Yet a growing number of doctors here refuse...

The status of Vietnam vets in Alaska

60,000 Americans died in the Vietnam war. Thousands more died in the following years. A new documentary by filmmaker Ken Burns examines the era. In the first of a series of discussions on the war, we'll hear from Alaska Vietnam veterans about how they're doing today, decades after their service and what we've learned as a nation. Listen Here

Preview: Talk of Alaska for Tue, July 3rd

Coming up on Talk of Alaska, on Tuesday, July 3, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. statewide... Talk radio has become a political force in American politics....

LISTEN: 32 rural Alaska communities still lack running water. Infrastructure builders are trying to change that.

For most Americans, in home running water and flushing toilets are considered basic utilities, but across rural Alaska more than 30 villages are still living without piped systems. What are the challenges of providing water infrastructure to these communities?

Talk of Alaska: The Role of the Press in the Statehood Push

The cross-winds of history were blowing strongly in the late nineteen-fifties when Alaska became a state. The Civil Rights Act was five...

Congressional Issues: U.S. Representative Don Young

Taking phone calls from all over the largest congressional district in the nation can be a challenge, but it also makes for quite a radio show. Alaska Congressman Don Young is back in his district for the spring recess, and ready to talk with you on the next Talk of Alaska. APRN: Tuesday, 4/22 at 10:00am Download Audio

Responding to accelerating life systems on Planet Earth

Most people agree that we need to aim for more resilient infrastructure and communities to effectively respond to climate change.  But what are the first steps toward getting there?  Your chance to talk it over with two expert panelists is coming up on the next "Talk of Alaska:"  an ecologist who has documented what is actually happening with endangered species, and an experimenter who locked himself in a closed environment for two years. LISTEN HERE

The protesters of the Vietnam war

For many Americans, the PBS documentary on the Vietnam war brings up memories of past divisions between those who supported sending U.S. military and those who did not. It was an emotional topic for families and as the number of war casualties grew, so did the protests across the country. Listen Here

The end of the summer salmon fishery

Some runs were outstanding, some were terrible. On the next Talk of Alaska, we're discussing the state's iconic species-- salmon. Whether you fish for sport, subsistence or make your living as a commercial fisherman or woman, the summer season is wrapping up. Listen Here

More About the Governor’s Solution

What if polluters had to pay, and the money went to you? Peter Barnes, author of the influential book “Who Owns the Sky,” has a new idea for selling the commons and paying dividends. It’s an idea with strong roots in Alaska, and this investment strategy will be the topic of the next Talk of Alaska. KSKA: Tuesday, 6/11 at 10:00am Download Audio

The future of the Arctic

The arctic is changing and what that means for future development, travel, infrastructure and safety is on the minds of not only those who live there, but scientists, policy makers and business leaders.

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
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LISTEN: U.S. Senate incumbent Dan Sullivan is here to answer your questions

Republican Dan Sullivan, Alaska’s junior U.S. Senator for the last six years, is running for reelection. What does he think the most urgent needs are for the state and what are his plans for getting the work done in a fractured senate?

Alaska’s new pre-trial services

People waiting for trial often sit in jail for days or weeks just because they can't make bail. Starting this month, that system is changing. The state is launching a new effort to reduce the amount of time people spend locked up before they've gone to trial. It's part of SB91, Alaska's criminal justice reform law. LISTEN HERE

Corridors Past and Future

The Iditarod Trail began as a mail route and became a protected corridor and recreational resource. Even if climate change puts an end to its use by dog mushers, the evolution of the Iditarod Trail will continue. In their own way, our corridors tell the story of Alaska, and we’ll be exploring a few of those pathways on the next Talk of Alaska. APRN: Tuesday, 3/3 at 10:00 a.m. Download Audio

LISTEN: Can Alaska’s economy bounce back after COVID-19?

Tens of thousands unemployed, nearly $2 billion in lost state GDP, these are the economic projections in a new report by ISER examining the negative effects of the COVID-19 virus on Alaska’s economy. How much will federal spending help Alaskan businesses and individuals?

Health care, addiction and budget cuts

The state health care system has been stretched thin by rising rates of addiction, a growing need for more mental health treatment beds and Medicaid expansion. These needs were under the budget lens during the legislative session. How will health care providers meet the challenge of treating sick Alaskans during the funding crunch? LISTEN HERE

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...