Tag: AlaskaInsight

Alaskans respond to antisemitism in and outside Alaska

Recent incidents of anti-semitism nationally and in Alaska have highlighted the need to continue educating people about the pain and violence that bigotry can produce if allowed to go unchecked.
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Talk of Alaska: Arctic experts discuss newest five-year research plan

As the Arctic experiences unprecedented warming and other impacts from climate change, federal agencies tasked with overseeing research in the region are coordinating with local communities and researchers to determine the best path forward.

Talk of Alaska: Holiday greetings across the state returns for annual two-hour special

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Talk of Alaska’s “Holiday Greetings from Across the State” returns once again to connect Alaskans statewide as they share winter well wishes.
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ANCSA at 50 on Talk of Alaska: The next generation of leaders looks forward

As the 50th anniversary of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act approaches, shareholders in and outside the state are reflecting on the landmark legislation and how it’s evolved over time. Despite the successes, problems remain, including how younger generations of Alaska Natives will be included.

Talk of Alaska: The misinformation pandemic

Vaccines and booster shots are widely available, but less than 60% of eligible Alaskans are fully vaccinated. Many doctors feel inaccurate information and conspiracy theories are a big part of the problem. How are they working to help their patients believe in the facts?
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Talk of Alaska: How will supply constraints affect holiday shopping for Alaskans?

Alaska businesses are facing another holiday season of pandemic problems, this time from shipping delays and price increases that are rippling across the national and international economy.
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ANCSA at 50 on Talk of Alaska: The role of Native corporations in Alaska’s economy

Fifty years ago, the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act established regional and village corporations throughout the state. In the second of our three-part discussion of ANCSA, we’ll speak with corporate executives about the economic and cultural impact the corporations have on not just Alaska Native lives, but on all Alaskans.
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Talk of Alaska: Now back in the classroom, Alaska’s students are falling behind

Now that they're back in the classroom, the long term impacts of virtual learning and social isolation are making themselves known. Teachers are reporting issues with learning loss, with students falling behind where they should be academically, and behavior.
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Talk of Alaska: Supply line delay impacts in Alaska

International and national shipping delays are rippling down the supply line to Alaska. What’s causing the issues, and what does it mean for consumers and businesses in our state?

Cold Mountain Path and the stories behind one of Alaska’s most scenic ghost towns

In his newest book, longtime Alaska writer Tom Kizzia explores the history of McCarthy, digging into the bygone days of the tiny community nestled into Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. Cold Mountain Path explores forgotten stories of mining, homesteading and loss.
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LISTEN: Hospitals are filling up thanks to COVID-19

Alaska hospitals are in crisis. The state is setting new records for COVID case numbers and hospitalizations, overwhelming medical facilities and forcing providers to make difficult decisions about who gets an ICU bed and who has to wait. What needs to happen to bring things back to a manageable level?

LISTEN: Housing concerns persist as another pandemic winter approaches

For Alaskans who experience homelessness, the looming colder weather creates additional stress. What are the plans in Anchorage and across Alaska to ensure that residents without stable housing have help?
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LISTEN: Gov. Dunleavy makes his case for constitutional amendments

As the third special legislative session gets underway to work on stabilizing the state budget, Gov. Dunleavy describes why he believes his proposals are the best way forward.

LISTEN: The challenge of child care

With a new surge in COVID cases, how are child care providers balancing the need for safety with parents’ needs to work? 
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LISTEN: Addressing the COVID delta variant spike in Alaska

The rapid spike in COVID cases in Alaska has prompted the state health department to recommend that ALL Alaskans, vaccinated or not, should again consider wearing a mask indoors to reduce transmission of the virus. But elected leaders have been hesitant to reinstate lapsed pandemic protocols. What do health officials think the next several weeks will look like and what should Alaskans do to prepare?
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LISTEN: Alaska’s fiscal future

In August, legislators will meet yet again in Juneau to discuss lingering questions about this year’s permanent fund dividends and other budget issues. Will a bipartisan working group find a path forward?

LISTEN: Celebrating Disability Pride in Alaska

It’s been 31 years since the Americans with Disabilities Act was signed, and today accommodations for people with cognitive and physical disabilities are a normal part of life. To mark the anniversary of the ADA, July is Disability Pride month -- a time to celebrate progress and raise awareness.
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LISTEN: Why are Alaska’s parole numbers so low, and what awaits those who get out?

In the last five years, the rate of Alaskans granted parole dropped by 50%. The reasons are complicated. With fewer people being granted parole, we discuss the ripple effect on lives and the legal system.
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LISTEN: Bridging the political divide

Most people want the same basic things for their families and communities. So how can we better communicate across different political beliefs to help solve the problems that face our nation?

LISTEN: The future of Native education

Stories of trauma, lost lives and erased connections to culture from the era of Native boarding schools have rippled out globally in recent weeks....