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.

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker speaks to reporters during a press conference Jan. 27, 2015. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)

Governor Bill Walker And The Alaska State Budget

Governor Bill Walker and legislators need to work together to bring down state spending and raise new revenue. The Governor wants to expand Medicaid, beef up the instate gasline proposal and halt spending on several large infrastructure projects. Some Lawmakers are pushing back. How will they compromise? APRN: Tuesday, 3/17 at 10:00am Download Audio

Improving the foster care system

Alaska's foster care system has problems. Caseworkers don't stick around for long. It can take years for young people to find permanent homes or be reunited with their families. But new legislation could provide solutions that will help everyone involved with the system. LISTEN HERE

Gubernatorial Candidate Bill Walker

Bill Walker wants to be the next Governor of Alaska. Whoever wins will take the job in a tough fiscal environment. Walker is running in a tight race without a party after running as a Republican in the past. APRN: Wednesday, 10/22 at 10:00am Download Audio

Talk of Alaska: Alaskans respond to anti-Semitism 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.

The future for polar bears and other arctic marine mammals

Polar bears need sea ice to survive. Scientist Steven Amstrup has devoted his career to polar bear research and is definitive in calling for global action in reducing greenhouse gas emissions such as those outlined in the Paris climate accord. The U.S. is no longer party to the agreement. So now what? LISTEN HERE
a nurse administers a vaccine to a patient

LISTEN: Medical professionals answer Alaskans’ questions about the COVID-19 vaccine

Alaska is leading the nation in COVID-19 vaccination rates, bringing us closer to the herd immunity needed to return to normal life. But some people still have concerns about getting the shot and other questions.
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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.

It’s About The Dogs

The top sled dog teams in the Iditarod have become so competitive that the slightest edge can make a critical difference. And that means that mushers want to know everything they can about what their dogs can do. APRN: Tuesday, 2/21 at 10:00am Download Audio

Supporting foster care

The Office of Children’s Services isn’t alone in taking responsibility for child welfare. Volunteers also step up to oversee the foster care system, suggest policy changes, and advocate on behalf of individual kids. Join us on the next Talk of Alaska as we discuss community oversight of the child welfare system and ways you can be part of the solution. Listen Now

LISTEN: Alaska’s heath care workforce shortage threatens the growing industry. How are communities working to meet the demand?

Alaska's health care industry is growing, and the need for nurses and other health care professionals is on the rise. Studies warn of a looming nursing shortage. How are communities around the state working to meet the healthcare workforce demand?

Preview: Talk of Alaska — Tue, Oct 23

Coming up Tuesday, October 23 at 10:00 a.m. on Talk of Alaska... Members of the state Legislature have to make some touch decisions during their...
Former Sen. Mark Begich addresses the Alaska State Legislature on Monday, March 3, 2014. (Skip Gray/ Gavel Alaska).

U.S. Senate Race: Mark Begich

Six years ago, Mark Begich narrowly won his position as a U.S. Senator for Alaska. Now Senator Begich is in a fight to keep that seat with a strong challenge from former Attorney General and DNR Commissioner Dan Sullivan. APRN: Tuesday, 10/14 at 10:00am Download Audio

Lawmakers and the budget

The Dunleavy administration's budget plan has attracted a lot of attention and controversy. Now lawmakers are grappling with their role in addressing the flood of demands from their constituents while determining what state services are important and how it will all be paid for.

Talk of Alaska: Scientific Integrity

Climate warming and Endangered Species designations are both important issues for Alaska. Science is supposed to be informing the debate. But what if you...

Talk of Alaska: Fishing Vessels That Sink

Easter Sunday of 2008 was anything but quiet for the fishing vessel Alaska Ranger. 42 people were on board that day...

Talk of Alaska: Soapy Smith

Is there a political lesson to be learned from the Alaska Gold Rush? Consider Soapy Smith, the con man who became a pillar of...

Talk of Alaska: Saving Energy

The fastest ways to curb greenhouse gas emissions and counter the high price of fuel are to use less fuel or find an energy...

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...

Talk of Alaska: Civic Engagement in the Obama Era

A number of Alaskans have flown to Washington to witness the Inauguration of Barack Obama. But will a Democratic administration, combined with Democratic control...

Which Is The Best Alaska Book?

Some Alaskans were drawn to come here by a book – for instance “Coming into the Country,” or “Two in the Far North,” or “One Man’s Wilderness.” We’ll be building a list of the Best Alaska Books on the next “Talk of Alaska.” Let us know which is your favorite. APRN: Tuesday, 6/24 at 10:00am Download Audio