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.

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Talk of Alaska: The Race to November

The results of Alaska’s first ranked choice election may have surprised some Alaskans. Democrat Mary Peltola prevailed in the special election for the current U.S. House term, beating two Republicans. Now the real race is on for November where candidates are also competing for Governor, U.S. Senate and state legislative races. What have we learned from this first ranked choice experience and what might it reveal for November? Alaska reporters join us for a campaign discussion on the next Talk of Alaska

Talk of Alaska: Fentanyl and Overdose Deaths

High rates of substance abuse and addiction have long plagued Alaska, but in recent years, fentanyl has greatly increased the number of overdose deaths.
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Talk of Alaska: Back to school amid hiring shortages

After two years of pandemic interruptions, many districts are hopeful for consistent in-person instruction. But a shortage of teachers, bus drivers and other staff is creating a stressful start to the school year for administrators and parents alike.
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Talk of Alaska: Why are fewer people staying in Alaska long term?

Thousands of people move in and out of Alaska every year. But people who moved to Alaska in recent years are not staying as long as they used to.
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Talk of Alaska: Alaskans prepare for the primary election

Whether you’re excited or dismayed with the change, Alaskans will have their first experience with the state's new ranked choice voting method on August 16 for the special U.S. House race.

Talk of Alaska: Strengthening Indigenous food systems while highlighting local cuisine

For Indigenous chefs, reviving traditional harvest and preparation techniques is a mission to both create healthier bodies and healthier, more vibrant connections to family and community.

Talk of Alaska: Resources for refugees and new arrivals in Alaska

Every year, people from all over the world arrive in Alaska to escape conflict at home. Many of them have language barriers, and need assistance to find housing and jobs to build a new life.

Talk of Alaska: Food security for urban and rural Alaskans amid rising prices and fewer fish

High prices at the gas pump and the grocery store are putting pressure on Alaskans just as federal COVID relief programs are coming to an end.
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Talk of Alaska: Anchorage’s new Ted Stevens Center for Arctic Security Studies

A new Department of Defense regional center for security studies based at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage will track the region’s shifting priorities and changing climate.

Talk of Alaska: School security and addressing threats of violence

The disturbing trend of gun violence in schools continues to force school districts to look for ways to protect students and staff, and to prepare for the worst case scenario.

Special Talk of Alaska: Live in Juneau for Celebration 2022

Celebration planners and culture bearers share the significance of coming together once again on a special Juneau edition of Talk of Alaska.

Talk of Alaska: The growth of renewables in Alaska

Improved efficiencies, less pollution and independence from relying on expensive fuel shipments are making renewable systems attractive to urban and rural Alaskans. What’s been done so far and what’s on the horizon for the summer building season? 
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Talk of Alaska: A Just Transition to a regenerative economy

What would a transition to a post-oil future look like? A group of community organizations from around the state are convening to explore sustainable concepts, and how we can build a more equitable economy.

Talk of Alaska: Fire season forecasts

How is climate change fueling early season fire conditions and prolonging them through the summer?

Talk of Alaska: Sustainable subsistence

In many places, traditional subsistence has seen repeated interruptions in recent years, causing food insecurity and cultural disruption for Indigenous communities that rely on these foods.
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Talk of Alaska: Alternative justice in Alaska’s therapeutic courts

Many people who are involved with the criminal justice system have mental health issues, substance use disorders, or both. Instead of going to prison, some people choose to participate in the Alaska Therapeutic Court System where a team of people helps them heal.

Talk of Alaska: Polar diplomacy in a tense international climate

The war in Ukraine has strained the international community’s relationship with Russia, a key player in Arctic affairs. How are other nations and Arctic residents working to continue collaboration on safety, vessel traffic, climate change and development? 

Talk of Alaska: Collaborative project Permafrost Pathways tackles a thawing Arctic

Our polar position means the effects of increasing temperatures are creating problems for coastal and Interior communities. New tools for measuring carbon emissions from melting permafrost could change future cap and trade policies.
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Talk of Alaska: The special election for U.S. House

With 48 candidates in the running to serve the remainder of Congressman Don Young’s term, Alaskans have a big decision to make in the upcoming pick-one primary election.
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Talk of Alaska: Confronting Alaska’s high rate of violence against women

Two councils recently established by Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s office are tasked with addressing missing and murdered Indigenous people and human and sex trafficking.