Lori Townsend, Alaska Public Media

Lori Townsend, Alaska Public Media
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Lori Townsend is the news director and senior host for Alaska Public Media. You can send her news tips and program ideas for Talk of Alaska and Alaska Insight at ltownsend@alaskapublic.org or call 907-550-8452.
Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy speaks to a microphone.

Governor Dunleavy discusses education funding | Talk of Alaska

What would Alaska's governor agree to for an education spending plan? Governor Dunleavy joins us on this Talk of Alaska.
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Conducting and analyzing public opinion polls | Talk of Alaska

We hear from people who create polls and those who use them in different campaigns, on this Talk of Alaska.
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Discussing the 2024 legislative session | Talk of Alaska

What is the current tone of debate at the capitol? We talk with reporters covering this year's legislative session on this Talk of Alaska.
The Cook Inlet Natural Gas Storage Alaska facility

Cook Inlet gas production and railbelt energy | Talk of Alaska

We discuss the future energy needs for Southcentral Alaskans against diminishing supply on this Talk of Alaska

AI and Alaskan businesses | Talk of Alaska

How can computer learning technology help streamline work and create efficiencies for small businesses and what are the red flags?
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Indigenous representation in popular media | Talk of Alaska

We talk with actors from the Alaska-focused series True Detective: Night Country about indigenous representation on this Talk of Alaska.

Minneapolis held a successful World Cup in February. Could Anchorage be next?

Olympian Kikkan Randall, a commentator for the World Cup's first U.S. cross-country skiing event in 20 years, wants Anchorage to host one.

Developments in child care support | Talk of Alaska

What are elected leaders and businesses doing to address the need for easily-available and affordable child care? We ask advocates on this Talk of Alaska.
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Education funding and outcomes | Talk of Alaska

What is the best way to support students, teachers and schools for Alaska’s future? We discuss educational outcomes and funding on this Talk of Alaska.
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The Future of the military in Alaska | Talk of Alaska

What do recent international conflicts and tensions mean for Alaska-based troops and defense installations?
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Previewing Alaska Forum on the Environment 2024 | Talk of Alaska

We talk with presenters about the latest ways to protect the health of Alaska’s ecosystem on this Talk of Alaska.
Caribou graze on the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, with snowcapped peaks of the Brooks Range as a backdrop. (USFWS)

Caribou management in Alaska | Talk of Alaska

What should be done to ensure caribou are healthy and plentiful for future generations, and who should have a say in management?

The Science of landslide risk | Talk of Alaska

What’s the latest science on monitoring mountain slopes to better calculate risk and provide early warning of landslides?

The Legacy of Ted Stevens | Talk of Alaska

Few people have shaped Alaska as much as the late Sen. Ted Stevens. We discuss his legacy and his fall from politics on this Talk of Alaska.

Mental health resources for veterans | Talk of Alaska

Paths to healing and happiness for veterans is our discussion on this Talk of Alaska.
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Dealing with the dark | Talk of Alaska

We discuss darkness, and finding ways to enjoy the short days of winter, on this Talk of Alaska.
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Addressing the SNAP backlog | Talk of Alaska

How is the food stamp backlog being addressed and what are potential answers for long term stability?
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Talk of Alaska: How cybercrimes are changing in Alaska

How can you protect yourself and your family? Online security experts join us to answer your questions on this Talk of Alaska.
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Talk of Alaska: AFN’s 2023 convention

Lori Townsend speaks with Alaska Federation of Natives leadership about their 2023 convention.
Homer Library books

Talk of Alaska: The rise in book challenges

The rise in challenges to books in school and public libraries has grown rapidly in recent years. Efforts to censor certain topics in reading material is not new. Attempts have appeared periodically throughout history, but the American Library Association saw a 70% increase in book ban requests in 2022. We discuss what’s driving the latest spike in demands for book removals and who should decide on this Talk of Alaska.