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.

LISTEN: How dangerous are PFAS chemicals and what’s being done to clean them up?

Found in everything from firefighting foam to household cleaning products and even food containers, PFAS are persistent and bio accumulate over time. How dangerous are they to human health and what’s being done to clean them up?

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

How Alaska Eats

Alaskans take DIY food to the extreme. They fill freezers with wild game, fish and berries that they harvest themselves then transform the raw ingredients into hearty meals like Salmon Pot Pie and moose meatballs. Food blogger and Anchorage Daily News Editor Julia O'Malley is testing classic Alaska recipes for a new project called How Alaska Eats. Listen now
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?

LISTEN: Senate leadership is here to answer your questions ahead of the 2020 legislative session

Alaska Lawmakers will have a lot on their plates when they convene on January 21st for the start of the legislative session. How will they work to balance spending with less revenue coming in from oil and what amount will they agree to for a permanent fund dividend?

Talk of Alaska: The Fall of Gruening

Alaska's short history as a state contains more than its share of spectacular political incidents -- for example, historically decisive elections so close that...

The future of the Alaska VA Healthcare system

Disability claims for veterans can take up to five years to process. Why? The VA has been plagued with problems for decades. Funding shortages, poor coordination, and a range of complex health issues faced by service members have all created barriers for vets seeking care. Amid increased attention on the problems, are improvements on the horizon? Listen Here

The 4th Federal Climate Assessment Report

The recently released National Climate Assessment is the fourth federal report examining the rate of change and the forecast for the future. Alaska has it’s own chapter in the massive document. The state is warming faster than any other. So what’s next? Working to understand the cultural, economic and health expense of mitigation and adaptation.
YKHC consists of a regional hospital in Bethel. Photo Courtesy of YKHC.

Rural public health

Access to health care in rural Alaska can be a challenge. How will reductions in medicaid and other funds affect health in rural communities?

Talk of Alaska: Renewable Energy

The options for renewable energy are increasing.  There are new sources for power generation; there is better insulation, amd more efficient appliances,...

Reading and the importance of libraries

Vacations and books are wonderful companions. PBS is sponsoring the Great American Read this summer and people across the nation are voting on their favorite novels. But with the ease and portability of online reading, how important are books and the libraries that house them? What does the future look like for the places that care for literature, documents and other archives? LISTEN HERE

Exxon Valdez disaster 30 year anniversary

It was the spill officials didn't think would happen. The 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill released 10.8 million gallons of crude oil into Prince William Sound. 30 years later the industry's prevention measures have changed dramatically.

LISTEN: How lobbyists shape government in Alaska

Lobbyists are often viewed with skepticism. But many who lobby the local, state and federal government are citizens — often volunteers — who seek better healthcare, improved schools or advocate for policies that address local concerns over clean air and water.

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

APU’s Elders in Residence

Alaska Pacific University or APU in Anchorage is working towards becoming a tribal university, so what does that mean? On the next Talk of Alaska, artists Joe and Martha Senungetuk will discuss their work as APU's elders in residence. They're teaching art and culture and bringing in other Native artists for classes.

6 months after 7.1

It's been 6 months since a 7.1 magnitude earthquake rattled southcentral Alaskans. Repair and recovery efforts are ongoing. What are the lessons learned?

LISTEN: There’s a lot on the table during the next legislative session. State government reporters break down what to look out for.

Next Tuesday, legislators return to Juneau to start the 2020 session. Will the Dunleavy administration and state lawmakers find common ground on how to pay for state services and a permanent fund dividend without draining the Constitutional Budget Reserve?

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...

The state budget and the future

State lawmakers called themselves into a third special session in order to pass the smallest capital budget in 17 years. Legislators reached compromise -- but still don't have a long term budget plan for the state's future. Will they call a fourth special session? Listen Here

Holiday greetings across the state

It's all about connections - two hours of them. The holiday season is a time to remember friends and relatives in other places, and you'll hear plenty of that... on the next Talk of Alaska. It's an annual Tradition to devote one special two-hour show a year to nothing but good wishes sent out state-wide.  It's a rewarding experience to share  all that holiday cheer, whether you call yourself, or simply listen in.  People are already making their lists. That's the special two-hour Holiday Edition of Talk of Alaska Tuesday morning from 10 to noon.