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Episode 78: Alaska, where politics is personal

By KTVA Alaska 12:56 PM October 24, 2016

 

As we head into the final stretch of the 2016 election season, we thought we’d take some time out on Frontiers to explore the nature of politics in Alaska.

Our size — geographically — is huge, but our politics involves a relatively small circle of people. A place where every vote truly counts, where races can be decided by a handful of people — where Alaskans are more likely to call their governors and senators by their first names.

Bill. Lisa. Dan. Don…

Some of the highlights of this week’s show:

  • Alaskans reflect on the upcoming presidential election — and the impact it could have on legislative races.
  • A profile of Rep. Mike Chenault: After unprecedented years as House Speaker, Chenault says he will not seek the job again, even if a Republican Majority returns to power after Nov. 8.
  • Politics of the past: A look back at old television campaign ads of yesteryear — some of the gems in the Alaska Moving Image Preservation Association’s archives.
  • Interview with Clive Thomas, who taught political science and Alaska history for 25 years at the University of Alaska Southeast. Clive’s new book out about Alaska politics has more than 1,200 pages. Who would have thought there would be so much to say about a state with such a small population?

This week, our show is kind of like the calm before the storm — time to appreciate the unique set of circumstances that give Alaska politics its own distinctive flavor.

Please note: Special thanks to Kevin Tripp at the Alaska Moving Image Preservation Association for digging into the archives to find some entertaining political spots.

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