Talk of Alaska

Tuesdays at 10 a.m. (LIVE) repeating at 8 p.m.This is 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.

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Looking back on Alaska’s 2016

We’re at the end of 2016. It was a year of legislative fights over the budget, taxes, the permanent fund and what the fiscal future path for Alaska should look like. It was also a year when Alaska tribes were given a path to put land into trust, and the residents of Barrow voted to change its name. A 7.1 earthquake shook up Southcentral residents and a lot of other big things happened. We’ll discuss them and look ahead to 2017. Listen Now

Talk of Alaska: Bloggers and Presidential Politics

What happens when the Internet becomes a powerful tool in the news coverage of a presidential campaign?  You end up with bloggers on the...

Talk of Alaska: August 12, 2008

Alaska has a grip on the public imagination, nationwide. The popularity of television shows such as “The Deadliest Catch” and  "It's Tougher in Alaska"...

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

Talk of Alaska: What Books Changed Our Lives?

Talk of Alaska has always been extremely supportive of reading and books. It was a thrill to try to imagine what some of the middle...

Village Sewer and Water

It is estimated that one of every three families in village Alaska still do not have a sanitary means of sewage disposal, in spite of hundreds of million dollars poured into rural sanitation. Systems have been installed in 77 percent of villages, but the smaller the village the higher the cost per person. What is the answer to this puzzle? APRN: Tuesday, 11/25 at 10:00am Download Audio

Talk of Alaska: Renewable Energy

We all know that renewable energy makes sense for the environment.  And increasingly it’s good business. And now there is real money in the state’s Renewable...

Visitor Expectations

Tuesday, August 16 @ 10:00 am If you are new to Alaska, what’s the most important thing you wish somebody had told you before you got here? If you have visitors who are new to Alaska, what do you tell them? Do they believe you? On the next Talk of Alaska, we’re looking for things our visitors may need to know, but may not believe.

Talk of Alaska: Cold

BRRRrrrrrrr. It's getting cold outside. Winter is around the corner. Soon, it will be snowing. Alaskans know cold. But no one knows cold like Bill Streever. Streever...

Talk of Alaska: Corporate Responsibility

If nobody hears it when a whistle-blower exposes a problem, did anybody really blow the whistle?   Join the “Muckraker of the Year” and...

More About Food Security in Alaska

Alaska’s rich environment is already a major source of food, but it’s not inexhaustible. Encouraging local food producers is one part of food security but another part is hanging onto the habitat that is already producing wild plants and animals. We’ll be drilling deeper into the issues surrounding food security for the second week in a row on the next Talk of Alaska. APRN: Tuesday, 11/11 at 10:00am Download Audio

Taming the Iditarod Trail

The Iditarod Trail was once a way to reach mining communities. Most of that is long gone, but economic activity has been returning to the trail in recent years. A mining road will be used to replace a dangerous set of switchbacks this year, and that could be just the beginning.
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    Talk of Alaska: The Sinking Economy

    So far, Alaska's economy has not sustained the kind of damage that's widespread across the lower 48. Are we isolated from the worst of...

    The Enhancing Student Performance study

    A statewide study of student performance points to a child’s home environment as a big factor in what kind of academic success they will have. Some parents see it differently. What can we all collectively do to help young people rise to the top? Lori Townsend hosts June Sobocinski from United Way and Andrew Halcro from the Anchorage Chamber it on the next Talk of Alaska statewide. APRN: Tuesday 2/11 at 10:00 am Listen Now

    Talk of Alaska: Wind Power in Rural Communities

    Windmills are beginning to make a difference in Alaska’s energy picture.  Utilities have invested an estimated 87 million dollars in wind power, and...

    Talk of Alaska: Scott McAdams, Democratic Candidate for U.S. Senate

    The political prospects for Democratic Senate nominee Scott McAdams suddenly improved when his expected opponent, Lisa Murkowski, lost the primary election.  If you...

    Talk of Alaska: Can We Reform Health Care?

    Health benefits were once a part of almost any long-term employment contract in the United States. Now they are not.  Is going back to...

    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...

    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...

    Talk of Alaska: Sarah Palin

    Alaskans are watching their governor run for Vice President of the United States. Some are cheering, some think she should have stayed here and...