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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
How healthy is the water in Anchorage creeks, streams and lakes?

How healthy is the water in Anchorage creeks, streams and lakes?

Ready to pull out the canoe? Take the dog for a game of swim-and-fetch? Dip your toes in a local lake? Let’s find out how healthy the water in our backyard playgrounds—the creeks, streams and lakes around Anchorage—really is. Two savvy water scientists join host Kathleen McCoy to discuss what’s helping and what’s challenging the health of our local waterways. Creek Cleanup this year is May 18, so how are we doing?

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KSKA: Wednesday 5/15 at 2:00 pm and 7:00pm

May 10, 2013
Anchorage Music Co-op = Musicians + Audiences + Venues

Anchorage Music Co-op = Musicians + Audiences + Venues

What makes for the good life? Sure, we need jobs and an economy and a vision for the future. But we also need self expression, beauty, music and the solace of fellow travelers. The Anchorage Music Co-op is a grassroots nonprofit that exists to nurture local musicians by getting them in front of a listening audience. Meet cofounder Laura Oden and learn how the co-op navigated its fledgling status to settle into a viable support system for local musicians. And we’ll also hear a few tunes from Laura and Kevin Worrell.

KSKA: Wednesday 5/1 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 pm

April 26, 2013
After the Grizzly: Surviving, and Thriving

After the Grizzly: Surviving, and Thriving

The prologue alone is enough to make you bolt the door and bar the window, lest some wayward grizzly find you quivering there, come this June or July. But Dan Bigley’s “Beyond the Bear” is much more than a sensational bear attack white-knuckler. It takes the long walk to a recovery made possible only because of Bigley’s bone-deep resilience and uncrushable drive to recover. Find out who he is today, a decade after the attack, and how he got there. Lessons for us all.

KSKA: Wednesday 4/10 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

April 5, 2013
Quirky samples from 'Strange houses around the world' website.

Cohousing: What Exactly IS It?

Cohousing. Maybe you’ve heard the term, but wonder what it really means. This housing trend began in Denmark in the 1960s as some Danes realized they felt lonely in their single family homes. These are communities of private homes with shared common areas that are planned, owned and managed by residents who may share chores like cooking, childcare or yard work. How do they work? If there are conflicts, how are they managed?

KSKA: Wednesday 3/27 at 2:00 PM and 7 PM

March 22, 2013
Some of the speakers sharing their ideas at Anchorage's next TEDx.

Grassroots Inspiration with TEDx Anchorage

Where will the next great idea come from? Founders of TED think it might be from you. Hence, they created a platform for local advocates to gather and share their inspiration. Anchorage’s next TEDx is March 30. Find out who’s speaking, and what they’re talking about. Maybe you’ve got a TED-worthy idea?

KSKA: Wednesday 3/20 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

March 15, 2013
Planning the Future of the Chugach National Forest

Planning the Future of the Chugach National Forest

The Chugach National Forest, as the 2nd largest Forest in the nation, serves as the backyard to half of Alaska’s population and receives 500,000 visitors every year. The Chugach is one of only eight forests currently revising their 15-year Forest Plan under a new Forest Service Planning Rule. Join host Kathleen McCoy and her guests from the Chugach National Forest when they discuss how the new rule aims to actively engage Alaska communities on the next Hometown, Alaska.

KSKA: Wednesday, 3/13 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

March 8, 2013
By Shara Dorris, used with permission.

Raven Stories

They perch on light poles and chastise you for parking too close. They harass your dog and tear in to your trash bags. They hunt with wolves. They save snacks for later. They make up to 30 distinct calls. They are our winter-in-Anchorage urban companions. Join host Kathleen McCoy and experts and fans of local ravens to share stories about their antics, their intelligence and their big personalities on the next Hometown, Alaska.

KSKA Wednesday 2/13 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

February 8, 2013
Living History at the Pioneer Home

Living History at the Pioneer Home

Did you know that the very first Pioneer Home opened in Sitka in 1913 to give homeless men a safe place to stay? Today, the State of Alaska operates six homes serving about 460 men and women. Anchorage’s home, just a block off the Park Strip, is the largest. What is it like to live there? How do you qualify? If you know a Pioneer Home resident or someone working there, or you just have questions about how the homes work, join us for a conversation about Alaska’s Pioneer Homes and the story behind them.

KSKA: Wednesday 1/23 LIVE at 2 pm, repeating at 7 pm

January 18, 2013

Give a Shout Out to Alaska Volunteers

Is there someone you want to thank for their helping hand? Agencies, non profits, community organizations are invited to give their volunteers a public thank you on Hometown Alaska, featuring special guest super-volunteer Rick Fox.

KSKA: Wednesday 12/19 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

December 14, 2012
‘Jailhouse Bach’ and women of the Hiland  Mountain prison string orchestra

‘Jailhouse Bach’ and women of the Hiland Mountain prison string orchestra

What can you learn by joining an orchestra? The discipline of practice. A way to express yourself. A commitment to not let fellow musicians down. That’s true in any orchestra, and especially in the Hiland Mountain Correction Center women’s string orchestra, performing its 9th holiday recital this December. Learn more about how the orchestra began, who pays for it and what participants think of the opportunity.

KSKA: Wednesday, 11/28 at 2:00 and 7:00 p.m.

November 23, 2012
Did You Hear Something?

Did You Hear Something?

Spine tinglers and hair raisers—the perfect recipe for a fine Halloween! This week Hometown Alaska will feature local storytellers who know just how to scare the starch right out of you! Join us for some great stories, and share your family and neighborhood traditions.

KSKA: Wednesday 10/31 at 2:00 pm

October 26, 2012

Alaska’s Own Melissa Mitchell, Mountain Stage ‘People’s Choice’

Big news for Alaska singer-songwriter Melissa Mitchell — in September, she won the 2012 Mountain Stage NewSong Contest ‘People’s Choice’ Award. That big achievement turns out to be her ticket to New York City, where she and other regional winners will perform Oct. 20 at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. So, just 10 days before she heads out for the Big Apple we’ll host Melissa Mitchell on Hometown, Alaska to talk about everything from breaking in to the music business, to balancing ambition and family, to her mixed emotions about life in the 49th state.

KSKA: Wednesday, 10/10 at 2:00 p.m. and 7 p.m.

October 5, 2012
Some trees look like they just "pulled up the rug" of grass as they toppled.

Why Trees Go Down in the Wind & How to Protect Them

Did you lose trees in the big blow Sept. 4? How much of that damage was preventable? Bring your tree questions to the experts when Patricia Joyner of the Community Forestry Program and arborist Jim Flott discuss the kind of damage they saw after the storm and offer advice on what types of trees will thrive in Anchorage and how to plant them. Find out how to take care of the trees in your own backyard.

KSKA: Wednesday, 9/19 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

September 14, 2012
Image of a full back tattoo, called  'Fire and Ice,' 2007 shared under Wikimedia Creative Commons, by Bengt Nyman

Tales of the Tattooed: What’s your story?

A moose biologist with intricate back and upper leg tattoos. A bakery worker with a famous storybook figure on her arm that signifies love between her and her mother. A nurse with 14 tattoos and a heap of regret. Every tattoo has a story behind it. Join tattoo artist James Allen and host Kathleen McCoy for ‘Tales of the Tattooed.’ What’s your tattoo story?

KSKA, Wednesday 8/15 at 2 pm and repeating at 7 pm

August 10, 2012
What’s Your Question for the Mat-Su School Superintendent?

What’s Your Question for the Mat-Su School Superintendent?

The start of a new school year holds promise and challenge. Just north of Anchorage, the state’s second largest school district – with 45 schools and 17,000 students – is gearing up. Dr. Deena Paramo starts her second year as superintendent, capping a long career at Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District that started as a middle school teacher. She joins host Kathleen McCoy in the studio to talk about 21st century education, her ambitions for the new year, and to field your questions.

KSKA: Wednesday 8/1 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

July 27, 2012