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School kids, STEM science and Westchester Lagoon

School kids, STEM science and Westchester Lagoon

School kids from four elementary schools located along Chester Creek have been learning all about that watershed this year, including plenty of science. Join us to hear what they learned about everything from water temperature and pH to microinvertebrates and salmon, as well as the many community partners who made it happen.

KSKA: Wednesday, April 29 at 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm

April 24, 2015
How do we pay for public schools?

How do we pay for public schools?

In this week’s Hometown Alaska, we aim to offer School Budgeting 101, a foundational look at how schools are financed. Learn the basics of school finance so that news stories make sense to you, so that you feel equipped to ask your principal or legislator useful questions and ultimately make well-informed votes.

KSKA: Wednesday, April 18, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.

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April 10, 2015
What was Anchorage like 50 years ago?

What was Anchorage like 50 years ago?

What was Anchorage like for black Americans in the 1950s and ’60s. Find out through the stories of three who lived it, as they talk about community, opportunity and why they made Anchorage their home.

KSKA: Wednesday, April 1, at 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm

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March 27, 2015
A Voyage to Excellence short term residential program introduces students to the engineering process during a February Tsunami Shelter Challenge. (Photo courtesy Voyage to Excellence)

Residential and onsite innovations for rural Alaska education

Educating rural Alaskans is challenging, given financial constraints and remote settings. Nonetheless, a 20-year-old short term residential program in Anchorage, and an onsite and online tutoring program in a rural setting are yielding promising to excellent results.

KSKA: Wednesday, March 11, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.

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March 6, 2015
It's a low-snow winter, both in the mountains around Anchorage and in the flats. (Photo by Brian Brettschneider, taken Jan. 25, 2015)

The winter that wasn’t

Climatologist Brian Brettschneider visits Hometown Alaska to help put our current very weird weather patterns into perspective. Is Anchorage becoming the banana belt?

KSKA: Wednesday, March 4, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.

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February 28, 2015
After oil: What’s the climate for entrepreneurs?

After oil: What’s the climate for entrepreneurs?

Unless price-per-barrel oil shoots back up, Alaskans are looking at a sharply contracting economic picture. Let’s talk alternatives! Join Hometown Alaska to hear from local experts on the status of Alaska’s ecosystem for entrepreneurs.

KSKA: Wednesday, Feb. 18, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.

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February 13, 2015
Winter Solstice: ‘Follow the Light’ at Elderberry Park

Winter Solstice: ‘Follow the Light’ at Elderberry Park

Recipe: Take vintage municipal holiday street decorations. Save them in storage for years. When the right moment comes, strip, weld, attach LED lights, compose music. Install. Happy birthday, Anchorage, and here’s to the next 100 years.

KSKA: Wednesday, Dec. 17 at 2 pm and 9 pm
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December 12, 2014
Annual Salute to Community Volunteers

Annual Salute to Community Volunteers

This week, Hometown Alaska is all about volunteer service. If you rely on volunteers, or you give your time and energy to causes you believe in, share your story today on Hometown Alaska.

KSKA: Wednesday, Dec. 3, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
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November 26, 2014
A healthy brain next to a brain marked by severe Alzheimer's Disease. Image courtesy of National Institutes of Health.

Dementia: Plight of the Alaska caregivers

More than 8,000 Alaskans live with Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia. Filmmaker Mary Katzke tells the stories of five families, and aging experts join us to put this topic in perspective.

KSKA: Wednesday, Nov. 19, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
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November 14, 2014
Talking with Principal Patsy Shaha

Talking with Principal Patsy Shaha

Patsy Shaha, principal of the Alaska Native Cultural Charter School in the Anchorage School District joins host Kathleen McCoy to share stories on how important values, traditions and relationships are woven into the school day.

KSKA: Wednesday, Oct. 29, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
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October 24, 2014
The Artist At Work

The Artist At Work

Where do artists get their ideas? What role does confidence play? Self doubt? Persistence? The weather? Jimmy Riordan and Keren Lowell think about it, out loud, on the next Hometown Alaska.

KSKA: Wednesday, Oct. 22, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
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October 17, 2014
"...next generation." Photo by  zeitfaenger.at
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Kids and computing

Just because your child can text, tweet and enjoy video games does not mean she knows how to boss around her laptop. What are the essential skills that translate into digital literacy? Is your child acquiring them?

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September 19, 2014
Keeping bees in Alaska

Keeping bees in Alaska

Alaska’s bee season is short and intense, and most hives have wound down for this year. But beekeepers are enjoying rich golden honey, fruit of their bees’ labor, and planning for next season’s hive.

KSKA: Wednesday, Sept. 10, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
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September 5, 2014
Who’s hungry in Alaska?

Who’s hungry in Alaska?

One in seven Alaskans, and one in five children, routinely go hungry in our state. How does Alaska bridge that gap in the food and nutrition network?

KSKA: Wednesday, August 27, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
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August 22, 2014
Wild edibles in Alaska: Seek and ye shall find

Wild edibles in Alaska: Seek and ye shall find

Late August draws out the berry pickers. Wonderful as those jewels are, wild edibles include more than berries and mushrooms. So join local gathering experts to hear about the wild abundance Alaska offers, and best ways to school yourself in identification, sustainable selection and delicious eating! And if you’ve got a great wild edible recipe, we want to hear it.

KSKA: Wednesday, August 13 at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
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August 8, 2014
Getting an audience for the issues

Getting an audience for the issues

Both Alaska Common Ground and the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce have public forums planned to discuss both sides of important issues coming before Alaska voters this election season. Join host Kathleen McCoy and representatives from both groups to learn about the style of their public forums and ambitions to develop informed voters.

KSKA: Wednesday, June 25, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
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June 20, 2014
When military vets need a doctor

When military vets need a doctor

The VA just released results of a nationwide audit on how quickly military vets get medical service. Alaska’s report card was good. We’ll talk about why, but also about needs that still go unanswered. Join host Kathleen McCoy, with vets and those who serve them, on the next Hometown Alaska.

KSKA: Wednesday, June 18, at 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm

June 13, 2014
When military vets need a doctor

When military vets need a doctor

The VA just released results of a nationwide audit on how quickly military vets get medical service. Alaska’s report card was good. We’ll talk about why, but also about needs that still go unanswered. Join host Kathleen McCoy, with vets and those who serve them, on the next Hometown Alaska.

KSKA: Wednesday, June 18, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
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June 13, 2014
Graduation Rates: How are we doing?

Graduation Rates: How are we doing?

With the last of the local high school graduations fading in a sea of camera snaps, 2014 banners and flower and candy leis, we come to this question: How did we do? Are we graduating more seniors? Which sub-groups are increasing, which are struggling? What do the trends mean? Join host Kathleen McCoy and guests to learn more.

KSKA: Wednesday, May 28, 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
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May 23, 2014
Makers in Anchorage

Makers in Anchorage

Makers say their passion goes beyond arduinos and raspberry pi’s (credit card-sized computers). It includes gardening, sewing, knitting cooking. Isn’t that all of us? Find out when Hometown Alaska hosts founders of the local maker movement.

KSKA: Wednesday, May 14, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
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May 9, 2014