For Alaskans, the Permanent Fund is really like that proverbial goose that lays golden eggs. Since 1982, it's given us a steady supply of them. Cumulatively, the fund has paid out about $25 billion in dividends.  

This week on Frontiers, we look at this uniquely Alaskan institution -- and also hear from a group called the Permanent Fund Defenders, who believe that if we continue to tap the earnings of the fund to cover budget gaps, we'll kill the fund that has provided such generous dividends.  

Dr. Jack Hickel and former Senate President Rick Halford were our guests on Frontiers this week. After we recorded the show, we continued the conversation -- as part of an ongoing dialogue about a program that is near and dear to Alaskans. 


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