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Kathleen McCoy, KSKA - Anchorage

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Code for America, Anchorage Brigade: What the hack are they up to?

Code for America, Anchorage Brigade: What the hack are they up to?

Citizen engagement among coders and hackers is growing, thanks to a national nonprofit called Code for America. Find out how it’s emerging in Anchorage and how citizens plan to influence life in Anchorage by tapping into available Open Data. Think crime data, public transit data, and more.

KSKA: Wednesday, March 19, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
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March 14, 2014
Good old dogs: Treating them well in the end

Good old dogs: Treating them well in the end

The sad truth is we usually outlive our pets. That parting is painful and tough to plan for, but being prepared can add some solace to a tough time. Join us on Hometown Alaska when long time Alaska veterinarian John Hightower takes your questions and talks us through the issues.

KSKA: Wednesday, March 5, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
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February 28, 2014
Media: Friend or Foe? Ask Brooke Gladstone.

Media: Friend or Foe? Ask Brooke Gladstone.

Brooke Gladstone has spent 25 years in the news business, the past dozen years taking its temperature and analyzing its strengths and weaknesses on NPR’s “On the Media.” She does it on our behalf, as news consumers. Gladstone is in Alaska this week, her very first time, to talk about our uneasy relationship with news as detailed in her book, “The Influencing Machine.”

KSKA: Wednesday, 2/26, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
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February 21, 2014
Where do you work?

Where do you work?

The work world is changing. More and more creatives toil on contract and can work anywhere they want: the kitchen table, the local coffee house, or now, new co-working environments.

KSKA: Weds. 2/12 at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
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February 7, 2014
Our Weird Weather

Our Weird Weather

Tulips and green grass in January? Road to Valdez closed by the mother of all avalanches? Will there be an Iditarod, a Fur Rondy, an Iron Dog? Let’s talk about our recent weather and its implications on the next Hometown Alaska.

KSKA: Weds. 2/5 at 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm
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January 31, 2014
Arts in Alaska: Thriving, or just surviving?

Arts in Alaska: Thriving, or just surviving?

The arts always seem to struggle for funding. Why? We’ll hear from the Rasmuson Foundation on their Individual Artists Awards, and from local community arts organizations on their strategies to thrive, including the Design Forum, Anchorage Community Works, Object Runway and more.

KSKA, Wednesday, 1/22 at 2:00 and 9:00 pm
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January 17, 2014
Rise of the Social Entrepreneur

Rise of the Social Entrepreneur

On the next Hometown Alaska, we’ll hear a particularly Alaskan perspective on social entrepreneurship with Yaso Thiru. She teaches accounting at Alaska Pacific University, and for the last 18 months has promoted social change through education, employment and entrepreneurial spirit. We’ll talk of numerous examples, some global and some local, and take a closer look at Hope Studios, a social entrepreneurship venture right here in Anchorage, with gallery manager Julie Mettler.

KSKA: Wednesday 1/8 at 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm
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January 3, 2014
Winter film fests: Let’s go to the movies

Winter film fests: Let’s go to the movies

You say snow gives you hives? Not to worry. Anchorage hosts two winter film festivals that promise to transport your mind and imagination to places you never dreamed of visiting.
Come enjoy the best getaway in the world: the movies. We’ll feature program directors for the Anchorage International Film Festival and the Indigenous World Film Festival, They’ll share highlights and don’t-miss surprises for each festival.

KSKA: Wednesday, 12/4 at 2:00pm and 9:00pm
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November 29, 2013
Moose and Mice, Be Gone!

Moose and Mice, Be Gone!

Do moose hate Irish Spring soap? Do mice hate peppermint? We’ll talk remedies to unwanted moose and mice visitors on the next Hometown Alaska. Email your tips to hometown@alaskapublic.org, and tune in for some you’ve never heard of before!

KSKA: Wednesday, 11/20 at 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm
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November 15, 2013
Reconnecting with the Dena’ina in Anchorage

Reconnecting with the Dena’ina in Anchorage

All your favorite Anchorage places, like Chester Creek and Point Woronzof, have other names given them by the first people who made Anchorage home, the Dena’ina Athabascans. Learn more about your hometown from the experts, the first residents, on the next Hometown Alaska.

KSKA: Wednesday, 11/13 at 2:00pm and 9:00pm
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November 8, 2013
Ted Stevens Anchorage Int’l Airport master plan: the next 20 years

Ted Stevens Anchorage Int’l Airport master plan: the next 20 years

The Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport master plan is coming in for a landing. It’s time to get your questions answered and offer airport planners the feedback they need. Airport director John Parrott and project manager Evan Pfahler join us.

KSKA: Wednesday, 10/30 at 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm
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October 25, 2013
Allison Warden and Liz Medicine Crow

Allison Warden and Liz Medicine Crow

They come from different parts of Alaska and different Native communities. Their typical work day could not look more different. Both labor in the quest for a vibrant future for their people. Meet Allison Warden and Liz Medicine Crow, in conversation, on the next Hometown Alaska.

KSKA, Wednesday, 10/16 at 2:00pm and 9:00pm
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October 11, 2013
When it comes to money, what’s your score?

When it comes to money, what’s your score?

Does money flow through your fingers at an alarming rate? Do you understand how credit cards work? Do you buy things you really can’t afford? Studies show young people are at increasing risk because they don’t understand money at a time when they’ll be called upon to manage their own financial resources well. Get advice and tips from the experts on the next Hometown Alaska with host Kathleen McCoy and some money-savvy guests.

KSKA: Wednesday 9/25, at 2:00 pm (LIVE) and 9:00 pm
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September 20, 2013
The Light Brigade strikes again

The Light Brigade strikes again

Who is The Light Brigade and what will they do at the Anchorage Museum on Sept. 21, the Fall Equinox? Hint: Defy gravity on the facade of a glittering building. Find out more when a Light Brigade member, a museum director and an urban environment expert come together to explore how art can change the way we think about place.

KSKA, Wednesday 9/11 at 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm
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September 6, 2013
Are You Ready?

Are You Ready?

Summer is over and we’re back home again. Up ahead: winter. Now is a good time to take stock and see how prepared and self-reliant we are, not just for winter weather, but in the event a major event delays police, public health services, food and fresh water supplies. How does a citizen get ready, mentally and physically, to face the aftermath of a disaster? Join us with your questions on the next Hometown Alaska.

KSKA: Wednesday, 8/28 at 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm
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August 23, 2013
When Combat Veterans Come Home

When Combat Veterans Come Home

The military bases in Anchorage have been transition points for veterans who have seen serious combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now many are home and re-entering civilian life. What are the challenges? What gifts do they bring? Join host Kathleen McCoy and three experts fluent in this important transition for combat veterans and the communities they choose as home.

KSKA, Wednesday, 8/14 at 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm
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August 9, 2013
Entrepreneurs: Meet winners and judges in Alaska’s version of ‘Shark Tank’

Entrepreneurs: Meet winners and judges in Alaska’s version of ‘Shark Tank’

Think you’ve got the best next business idea? Then tune in to meet the latest batch of young winning entrepreneurs and the judges who chose them and why. Look ahead to Entrepreneurship Week and Alaska’s first-ever Mini Maker Faire.

KSKA: Wednesday, June 26, 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm
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June 21, 2013
Celebrating 100 Years of Aviation in Alaska

Celebrating 100 Years of Aviation in Alaska

On the next Hometown, Alaska join host Kathleen McCoy and Alaska Aviation Centennial guests Jane Dale and Chuck Miller to hear the stories of Alaska’s earliest aviators. Both have been participating in summer-long fly-ins around the state to commemorate the centennial year. Events are taking place all summer long. Stops include Anchorage, Cordova, Valdez, Homer, Illiamna, King Salmon, Dillingham, Bethel, Aniak, McGrath, Galena, Unalakleet, Nome, Kotzebue, Barrow, Fairbanks, Talkeetna, and Wasilla.

KSKA: Wednesday 6/12 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm
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June 7, 2013
Spenard Jazz Fest: What Exactly IS Jazz?

Spenard Jazz Fest: What Exactly IS Jazz?

What exactly IS jazz? We get some help from the experts when Spenard Jazz Fest founder Yngvil Vatn Guttu and keyboardist Dan McElrath join us in the studio. They’ll demonstrate jazz conversation and share the roots of what some have called America’s own classical music. We especially invite local musicians to join the discussion on if and how Alaska makes space for jazz.

KSKA: Wednesday, June 5 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm
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May 31, 2013
What’s growing in your garden?

What’s growing in your garden?

No, that’s not meant as a cruel joke. Spring has been cool and summer warmth is slow to arrive. Still, our long days will make for good growing – soon. And if you’re behind, you have time to catch up. This week on Hometown Alaska, we’ve invited garden experts to the studio mic to tell us what’s new in garden plants, culture and attitudes. Bring your questions.

KSKA: Wednesday 5/22 at 2:00 pm and 7 pm

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May 17, 2013