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: The social safety net in the Covid economy

As winter deepens and the economy continues to be hampered by COVID-19 restrictions, how much additional pressure is there on the state's social service programs for vulnerable Alaskans?

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...

Sharks in Alaska waters

Sharks. Alaska's waters are full of them. But they aren't just predators to be featured in horror films. Sleeper sharks, spiny dogfish and flat sharks like skates play key roles in the state's marine ecosystem keeping it healthy for all species. LISTEN HERE

Talk of Alaska: Predator Control

Predator control. One of the most controversial subjects in Alaska. Is it scientific? Is it Alaskan? Join us on the next Talk of Alaska. Download Audio (MP3) HOST:...

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

Earthquakes and tsunamis

Alaskans know about the 7.9 earthquake that shook the state Jan. 23, but just how did the scientists figure out the exact location of the quake — as they do for tremors around the world. What is the process for sharing that information? And, should major disaster strike, how could the federal government step in to help Alaskans recover? LISTEN HERE

Sullivan discusses 2019 congressional priorities

Congress will have a new look in January. What does it mean for Alaska priorities and the work we need from our congressional delegation?

Talk of Alaska: Energy Efficient Housing

Incorporating culture, health, fuel efficiency and affordability is a tall order for new housing in Alaska villages. The Cold Climate Housing Research ...

Talk of Alaska: Broken Government

This week we chat with the author of bestselling book "Worse Than Watergate" -- John Dean, legal counsel to Richard Nixon, whose testimony began...

LISTEN: Legends of the last great race are here to celebrate Iditarod 2020

What can we expect from this year's field of racers? How have trail conditions and sled designs changed over the decades? And who's trail stories are the most…hellacious? It's all about the Iditarod when race icons Jeff King and DeeDee Jonrowe join us.
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LISTEN: State government reporters discuss legislative priorities

Lawmakers are meeting in Juneau for an unusual and challenging legislative session. What’s likely to happen this year with permanent fund dividends and pandemic relief?
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LISTEN: Addressing pandemic impacts for Alaskans with disabilities

The COVID-19 pandemic has created unique challenges for everyone, but many people with physical, developmental and cognitive challenges have had to adapt to even more uncertainty and frustration.

Preview: Talk of Alaska for Tue, Aug 7

Coming up Tuesday, August 7 at 10:00 a.m. on Talk of Alaska... Subsistence Management. Since the 1990s the federal government has managed fish and game...
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Legislative compromise

State lawmakers called themselves into a third special session to pass a scaled back capital budget. It was a long time in the making, but does the compromise signal that lawmakers can come together on a longer term budget plan for the state? What sticking points remain? Listen Here

Remapping Alaska

Flying blind. No Alaska pilot wants to, but sometimes it happens. And sometimes it’s not on an established flight corridor. A new terrain mapping effort is underway, and it's not just aviators who will benefit. APRN: Tuesday, August 18, at 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. Download Audio:

Pedestrian and bike friendly community planning

Working to make community streets safer for pedestrians, bicycle riders and public transit users can revitalize neighborhoods, boost the economy and help residents get more exercise. It also keeps the air cleaner. These ideas are increasingly being built into long range traffic and community design plans and it’s not just a concept for warm climate cities. We’ll discuss new ways of designing transportation plans for trails and roads. Listen Now
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LISTEN: Hear and share holiday greetings all across the state in our annual two-hour holiday special

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 statewide.

Budget cut impacts to municipalities

State lawmakers continue to chip away at the budget to stabilize state finances. Millions of dollars have been cut from government spending and some lawmakers want millions more slashed. How is that affecting communities across the state? Listen Now
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LISTEN: The first-ever lease sale was held in the Arctic refuge this month. What does it mean for oil development in Alaska?

Repeated attempts by Alaska’s congressional delegation to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to development finally prevailed with a lease sale held in early January. What does the lack of industry interest mean for the future of oil in Alaska?
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Looking back on Alaska’s 2016

We’re at the end of 2016. It was a year of legislative fights over the budget, taxes, the permanent fund and what the fiscal future path for Alaska should look like. It was also a year when Alaska tribes were given a path to put land into trust, and the residents of Barrow voted to change its name. A 7.1 earthquake shook up Southcentral residents and a lot of other big things happened. We’ll discuss them and look ahead to 2017. Listen Now