The Takeaway

Mush! Champion Dog Sledders Cross The Iditarod Finish Line

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Mushers from around the world converged in Alaska to compete in the 1,000-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race before crossing the finish line in Nome this morning.

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The Takeaway

Obama's Move to Protect Arctic Wildlife Triggers Fight With GOP

Monday, January 26, 2015

To the dismay and fury of GOP leaders, President Obama urged Congress to protect 12 million acres of Alaskan wildlife, a move that would prevent all future oil and gas development.

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The Takeaway

Alaska Feels the Pinch From Falling Oil Prices

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Last week, the downward plunge in oil prices prompted Alaska Governor Bill Walker to stop six high-profile spending projects because of a $3.5 billion dollar budget deficit.


The Takeaway

How Alaska Became the Sexual Assault Capital of the U.S.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Over 100 Alaskan villages aren't connected to the road system, and 75 have no law enforcement at all, leaving a culture prone to accepting violence. This election, that could change. 


PRI's The World

Here's the green success story of the California blue whale

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

A new study of blue whales in the eastern Pacific has found that the population of the behemoths there has bounced back to near pre-whaling levels. But other populations of blues elsewhere are not doing nearly as well.


PRI's The World

Alaska's first mosque prepares to open its doors

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Muslim community in Alaska is larger than you might think. And now, after years of fundraising, they have a place of worship.


The Takeaway

Alaska Sees Possibility of First Native Governor

Friday, August 22, 2014

Alaskan gubernatorial candidate Byron Mallott could become the state's first Native American governor, and only the second in the country's history.


State of the Re:Union

State of the Re:Union: Interior Alaska: Frontier Community

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Interior Alaska can be a forbidding place. Because of its isolation and climate, the region has long attracted people drawn to the challenges and opportunities of a wild, remote place. In this episode of State Of The Re:Union, meet a number of athletes, journalists, scientists, and activists who embody the spirit of Interior Alaska through their grit, determination, and iconoclasm.



Lisa Moore Presents Pan-Pacific Piano

Monday, June 02, 2014

Summer means light, leaves and the ocean. June on Hammered! begins with an exploration of composers with Pacific Ocean roots and sensibilities, with music inspired by the Pacific rim – the “ring of fire.” Join host Lisa Moore weekdays at 10 am.



StoryCorps 375: Patriot Duty

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

For Memorial Day, we're sharing stories from service members who participated in our Military Voices Initiative.


Car Talk

#1410: Car Talk Vs The Marital Industrial Complex

Saturday, March 08, 2014

This week on Car Talk, will James and his fiancee incur the wrath of Miss Manners and their families by registering for gifts at Louie's Lexus rather than Chafing Dishes R Us? Elsewhere, Puzzler Master Will Shortz is having trouble starting his Saab. Will Tom and Ray trade a diagnosis for the answer to 9 Down? Also, Mike may need a gregarious gullible geek to help figure out why his car is creaking; Susan's brother hit new heights of bogosity by trying to convince her she's freezing in his car because it's too efficient; and can Eric spend his summer driving the Alcan highway with his dad and sister, and remain on speaking on terms with either one? All this and more, this week on Car Talk.


Q2 Music

John Luther Adams Channels Nature's Savage Beauty

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

April 14, 2014, composer John Luther Adams was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Music for his most recent orchestral composition "Become Ocean." Listen to the composer introduce his music and join us today at 4 pm for an hour of celebration.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

An Alaskan Childhood

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Leigh Newman describes growing up in the wilds of Alaska, spending her time landing silver salmon, hiking glaciers, and flying in a single-prop plane, then struggling to adjust to living in Baltimore with her mother after her parents divorced. Her memoir Still Points North: One Alaskan Childhood, One Grown-up World, One Long Journal Home is part adventure story, part love story, part homecoming.



Planet Opera: Fairbanks, Alaska, Where Opera is a Force of Nature

Thursday, July 19, 2012

"The greatest sound I heard (apart from the Opera Fairbanks performance of La Bohéme) were the ebullient barks and yelps of perhaps 70 Alaskan Huskies," writes blogger Fred Plotkin from Fairbanks.

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The Takeaway

A Whale Of a Time in Alaska

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

When you think of summer festivals, you might think of paying hundreds of dollars to see bands and drinking overpriced warm beer. But there’s a different kind of festival happening now in Northern Alaska where native Inupiaq communities are attending whaling festivals.


The Leonard Lopate Show

The Eskimo and the Oil Man

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Bob Reiss talks about Shell oil’s plans to sink exploratory wells in the waters off the North Slope of Alaska—a site that the company believes contains three times as much oil as the Gulf of Mexico. To write The Eskimo and the Oil Man: The Battle at the Top of the World for America's Future he traveled in America's High North over three years and spent time with scientists, diplomats, military planners, Eskimo whale hunters, and officials at the highest levels of the government to explore the issues dividing every American community wrestling with the balance between energy use and environmental protection, our love of cheap gas and the romance of pristine wilderness.

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Sam Feirstein: Alaska Bingo

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Sam Feirstein takes a broken heart to Alaska and finds surprising kindness in enemy territory. Also, Strangers producer/host Lea Thau takes a broken heart to India.


The Takeaway

Winter Storms Batter Alaska

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Most people residing in the lower 48 wouldn't imagine snow posing much of a challenge to Alaskans. However, some recent extreme weather has left two towns on Prince William Sound struggling to regain access to the outside world. To cope, Cordova has called in the National Guard to help battle huge snowdrifts while Nome is seeking fuel supplies from a Russian tanker.


Transportation Nation

TN Moving Stories: TX Transpo $ "in Crisis," Car Poolers Disappear, and How To Plow Your Driveway...With Your Bike

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Where are the car poolers? The percentage of workers who car-pool has dropped by almost half since 1980. (New York Times)

More ARC tunnel casualties: a week before Governor Christie froze construction on the ARC Tunnel, the Port Authority paid $95.5 million to rent a Manhattan waterfront parcel officials said was critical to the commuter-rail project. (NJ Record)   Also: Stewart International Airport was supposed to be the long-sought fourth major airport to serve the New York metropolitan area. But the lack of a rail link has made its future unclear. (NY Times)

The chairman of the Texas House Transportation Committee says that transportation funding in that state is in "a crisis." (AP via the Houston Chronicle)

Calling it "another arrow in our automotive safety quiver," Ray LaHood visits a company that's working on an alcohol-detection prototype that uses automatic sensors to instantly gauge a driver's fitness to be on the road. (AP via NPR)

Officials in Alaska say that climate change is hurting that state's infrastructure. (Fairbanks Daily News-Miner)

Rahm Emanuel wants to expand Chicago's bike network. (Chicago Sun-Times)

Sources say NY Governor Cuomo will propose a reduction in MTA funding - but he doesn't want to trigger an increase in what riders pay to ride the subway, buses and commuter trains. (NY Daily News)

Despite growing tea party opposition to high-speed train proposals, Republican Bill Shuster, the new chair of the House railroad subcommittee, told a group of New England political leaders that he supports the proposed $1 billion New Haven-to-Springfield line, envisioning it as part of a high-speed rail network that would link Boston, Montreal, Manhattan, Albany and Washington, D.C. (Hartford Courant)

NYC manufacturer for NYC bike share? Ever since New York City started asking for proposals for a citywide bike-share program in November, a small bike factory in Queens has been trying to get noticed. "A contract for 10,000 or more bikes for New York City's program would be a huge boost for the small company, and would mean hiring more welders, painters, assemblers and packers for the Queens plant." But can they compete against BIXI? (Crain's NY Business)

What counts as an alternative form of transportation at Portland State University? The car. (

How to plow your driveway...with your bike. (Gothamist)

Top Transportation Nation stories we're following: DC bike sharing: it's not just for tourists. The NY State Senate majority leader made some enigmatic comments about transportation funding. And over a dozen members of Congress descended upon Grand Central to talk about high-speed rail in the Northeast.

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The Takeaway

Sen. Murkowski Wins by Write-In

Thursday, November 18, 2010

After plenty of political wrangling, incumbent Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) won as a write-in candidate with 93,000 votes. It's the first time in half of a century that a Senate candidate won as a write-in. How did she beat out her challenger Joe Miller? We're joined for some answers by Libby Casey, Washington correspondent for the Alaska Public Radio Network