Kathleen McCoy, KSKA - Anchorage

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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. Download Audio

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 Listen Now:

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. Listen Now:

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. Listen Now:

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. Listen Now:

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 Listen Now:

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. Listen now: 
Healthy brain next to a brain with severe Alzheimer's Disease.

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. Listen now:

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. Listen now:

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. Listen now:
Girl viewing a laptop.

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? Listen now:

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. Listen now:

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. Listen now:

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. Listen now:

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.  Listen now:

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

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. Listen now:

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. Listen now:

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. Listen now:

Alaska is rich in Native languages. Just this past week the Legislature passed a bill making them official languages in our state. Hometown Alaska host Kathleen McCoy and guests explore the cultural heritage of Alaska Native languages and how they can be revived. KSKA: Wednesday, April 30, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Listen now: