Hello Alaska

By Pat Race & Matt Buxton

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 Jul 29, 2020
Can't decide between stupid and goofy.


A podcast about Alaska with Matt Buxton and Pat Race. We talk about civics, politics, journalism, history and just about everything having to do with the 49th State. More at https://HelloAlaska.pizza

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046 – Ping Pong
In this episode we talk about the big ping pong party, Anchorage elections, and the new senate candidate. Alaska legislators apologize after breaking COVID rules by bringing friends for ping-pong, basketball at Capitol gym Anchorage Elections Marketplace: Black business leaders confront restrictive voting laws
Apr 12, 2021
045 – Out of Order
We’re over halfway through session! This was recorded on day 62 of what will likely be a 121 day session. We look at the work in the legislature up to the midway point and dig into the discussions around the budget and the permanent fund. Lots of clips this show ranging from values statements to … Continue reading 045 – Out of Order
Mar 31, 2021
044 – Grousing
This episode is mostly complaining. Why hateful speech matters: An open letter to Jamie Allard Free Speech Doesn’t Cover Nazi-themed License Plates Alaska DMV says it’s investigating how Nazi-themed vanity license plates were issued Inaugural Address by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. You can sign up for Matt’s newsletter here: The Midnight Sun Memo
Jan 29, 2021
043 – In With the New
We recorded this episode on New Year’s Day 2021 as a reflection on 2020 and a look ahead at 2021. Interest in Anchorage’s mystery sound grows, but the cause remains elusive Cruise ship will arrive early in Juneau after canceled Asia sailings Hampered by the pandemic, the movement to recall Alaska’s governor adapts Hedonometer 2020 … Continue reading 043 – In With the New
Jan 16, 2021
042 – The People’s Choice
Pizza, pineapple and politics with our guest, Carole Triem. Alex Lee’s op-ed: The Case Against Pineapple Pizza… Papa Bear’s Pizza in Petersburg Little Louie’s in Kotzebue
Nov 03, 2020
041 – Alaska’s Fall Legislative Outlook
In this episode we do a post-primary rundown of the tight elections in Alaska and how they might shape the Alaska State House and Senate coalitions in 2021. Here’s the Equal Rights Moose Pat mentioned in the show: Anchorage’s Snazzy Moose Loop Trail:
Sep 21, 2020
040 – 1918 Flu
Almost 100 years ago Alaska faced a devastating pandemic. In this episode we dive deep into the newspaper archives and handwritten journal of the Territorial Governor at the time, Thomas Riggs Jr.
Apr 20, 2020
039 – A New Deal
SB 241 Fact Sheet Alaska New Deal Projects Third Alaskan dies of COVID-19 as case count rises to 114 Alaska has about 200 ventilators and 160 ICU beds statewide, state says DHSS – Covid-19 Count Page
Mar 30, 2020
038 – Hunker Down
What a time. We’re all muddling through it. Good luck friends. Corona Virus Act Now – Modeling a speedy response. City officials mandate many travelers to Juneau quarantine themselves for 14 days Portraits from the front line of coronavirus detection in Anchorage Midnight in the Sun – Hunker Down Edition Jackbox Party Pack
Mar 23, 2020
037 – Triple Threat
In this episode we talk through the crushing triple threat to Alaska’s economy and state government: Sinking oil prices, tanking tourism, and a crashing stock market. All things heavily influenced by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Mar 17, 2020
036 – Back in Session
The Alaska Legislature is back in session. In this episode we talk about the session ahead and look at the contrast between the state legislature and congress as they each contend with checking the power of the executive branch.
Feb 11, 2020
035 – Dunleavy Year One
Governor Dunleavy released a Report to Alaskans after his first year in office so we take a moment to reflect, vent and share our own visions for the future.
Dec 10, 2019
034 – Walking it Back
In this episode we talk about the veto walk backs and the external pressures that may have forced these “restorations.” We also dig into the upcoming Senate confirmation and how it could impact the long game of redistricting. Related News: State funding for early education restored, but services this year could still be affected Dunleavy … Continue reading 034 – Walking it Back
Aug 27, 2019
033 – Impossibly Large Bird
Jen Karnik joins us for a discussion of cryptids and other mysteries of science as we go in search of the Impossibly Large Bird of Juneau. Impossibly large bird spotted in Mendenhall Valley Rare Steller’s Sea Eagle seen in Juneau Tales of Lake Iliamna monster resurface with new sightings
Jul 17, 2019
032 – Seeing Red
Governor Dunleavy announced his vetoes. ADN: Gov. Dunleavy vetoes $444 million from Alaska state operating budget ADN: Here’s a rundown of Gov. Dunleavy’s line-item budget vetoes Juneau Empire: Dunleavy’s Red Pen AK Public Media: Dunleavy unveils line item vetoes and signs operating budget ADN: Getting votes to override will be difficult Forbes: Universities Are Economic … Continue reading 032 – Seeing Red
Jul 01, 2019
031 – Shutdown-Averting
In this “shutdown-averting” episode of Hello Alaska, we discuss the PFD, legislative strategy, and what might be down the road for Alaska. Or over the cliff. It’s a whole lot of conjecture and guesswork as we wait to see where and if the axe falls.
Jun 13, 2019
AKleg: Day 83 – Donna Arduin
Download: Unabridged Conversation (49 minutes) Here are the dueling charts provided by Legislative Finance and the Office of Management and Budget. The same but different: Download: OMB Dunleavy Road Show Slides Download: Legislative Finance Budget History Graphs
Apr 08, 2019
AKleg: Day 76
Looking in on the Governor’s roadshow, line item vetoes, and some reflections on privilege and institutional racism. FRANK: We are not your pawns Tribal consortium CEO’s raised hand upends Dunleavy budget event in Nome
Apr 01, 2019
AKleg: Day 69
The HFIN Roadshow, the 30th anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill, a big win for the underdogs and some southeast Alaska music featuring Air Jazz.
Apr 01, 2019
AKleg: Day 49
Unpacking a SFIN presentation by David Teal from the Legislative Finance Division and Pat made this cartoon budget explainer!
Mar 25, 2019
AKleg: Day 40
A little SFIN/HFIN audio montage and continuing first impressions of the Dunleavy budget.
Feb 25, 2019
AKleg: Day 33
In this episode we talk about the proposed Dunleavy Budget.
Feb 17, 2019
AKleg: Day 27
Today we talk privatization, ethics and Tammie Wilson. Still no organization in the House. Still waiting on the budget.
Feb 12, 2019
AKleg: Day 22
Still no organization in the House. Still waiting on the budget.
Feb 06, 2019
AKleg: Day 14
A foggy day in Juneau. Gubernatorial appointees lost in the soup, an opaque budgeting process, and is that a Raven or Willow Ptarmigan on the horizon?
Jan 29, 2019
AKleg: Day 7
A quick look at the first week of the legislative session. Courthouse shenanigans, budget woes, and disorganization in the House.
Jan 23, 2019
020 – Midterms
This episode is mostly speculation and hand-wringing as we sift through a pile of grey clouds in search of some silver linings.
Nov 18, 2018
019 – Resignation
In this episode, we talk about the final days of the Walker-Mallott campaign and spiral into a meandering discussion of Alaska's news media landscape.
Oct 30, 2018
018 – Permanent Fund Divisions
In this episode, we explore the divided vote over this year's Permanent Fund Dividend and look at how it plays into the large policy battle over the future of Alaska's savings account and funding for state government services.
Apr 09, 2018
017 – Productive Anger
Today we’re joined by blogger and activist Libby Bakalar in a discussion of the Women’s March, harassment culture, freedom of speech and overcoming fear. Show Notes Here’s the full text of Libby’s speech from the Women’s March. “I have a secret to share with all of you. Fear is a petty bully. Fear is weak. … Continue reading 017 – Productive Anger
Feb 21, 2018
016 – Reboot
Hello Alaska! We're happy to bring our podcast back from a long hiatus. In this episode we catch up on some big life changes and dive back into our exploration of Alaska policy.
Feb 05, 2018
015 – AKLEG Fantasy League
Hello Alaska! In this episode we talk about the Alaska Legislature Fantasy League and this year's political players.
Feb 16, 2017
014 – Weird Pets
Hello Alaska! In this episode we chat with Riley Woodford from the Alaska Department of Fish & Game about weird pets and deleterious game.
Jan 18, 2017
013 – The Electoral College
Hello Alaska! In this episode we sit down with Jacqueline Tupou, a voting member of Alaska's Electoral College. This is a complicated year for electors and Jacqueline walks us through the difficult decision she faces on December 19th.
Dec 15, 2016
012 – General Discomfort
Hello Alaska! It's time to unpack our squishy feelings about the general election and get warily optimistic about the bi-partisan coalition in the State House.
Nov 22, 2016
011 – Primary Narrative
Hello Alaska! The voters in the primary election have spoken, but what the heck did they say? We read the tea leaves and speculate wildly on the Alaska primary election shakeup.
Sep 03, 2016
010 – Candy Crane
In this episode we eat pizza and break the law.
Mar 21, 2016
009 – Iditarod Tails
Hello Alaska! In this episode we bring on a special guest to talk about mushing, dogs and "The Last Great Race on Earth" the Iditarod. There's a little bit of history, a lot of dogs and one killer seal.
Mar 04, 2016
008 – Don’t Call it a Crisis
In this episode we take our first plunge into the Alaska state budget crisis and run through everything from right-sizing to revenue.
Feb 23, 2016
007 – Marmot Day
Happy Marmot Day! In this episode we explore the origins of Marmot Day, debunk the no-groundhog myth and visit with naturalist and part-time bowler, Jen Karnik.
Feb 03, 2016
006 – Welcome to Juneau
Hello Alaska! It’s the first day of legislative session, let’s trudge up the hill to the capitol building press room and welcome Matt to the capital city.
Jan 26, 2016
005 – Fairbanks Four, Part 2
Hello Alaska! In this episode we wrap up our discussion on the Fairbanks Four, a group of young men who were recently released after 18 years in prison for a murder they said they didn't commit. We'll talk about the critical testimony that helped put them away, why it had its problems and how this case fits in with other recent notable innocence project efforts.
Jan 26, 2016
004 – Fairbanks Four, Part 1
Hello Alaska! In this episode we start talking about the story of the Fairbanks Four, a group of young men who were convicted of killing a teenager on a street corner in downtown Fairbanks. The four, three are Alaska Native, have always argued their innocence, arguing that racial bias and police misconduct put them away.
Jan 26, 2016
003 – The Future Belongs to the Bold
Hello Alaska! This episode we take a long walk through Frank Ameduri's pointed letter of resignation. Ameduri served as Communications Director for the Alaska Senate Minority and his unexpected departure caused quite a stir.
Dec 11, 2015
002.5 – Particulate Matters
Hello Alaska! This week we take you up to frigid ol' Fairbanks, where the temperatures have just plummeted and the air just turned nasty. In this episode we talk about air pollution, wood stoves, PMs and personal responsibility. Also, it's been a crazy busy week! We discuss the damning Alaska state prison review, reporting on victims and the knee-jerk response folks are having to Syrian refugees.
Nov 24, 2015
001 – Heels and Heroes
In this episode we talk about politics, wrestling, dogs and the role of narrative in politics. Plus a special visit from the future and excellent local music by Playboy Spaceman.
Nov 11, 2015
000 – We [Pizza Emoji] Alaska
Mic test. Is this thing on? Show Notes
Nov 02, 2015