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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
Relishing Alaska’s Roadside Fare

Relishing Alaska’s Roadside Fare

Nothing whets the appetite like a steering wheel, a ribbon of asphalt and miles to burn. Give that a few hours, and you’ll be growling for ROAD FOOD. Join us to share the meal you’ll drive miles to enjoy, and learn about new places to add to your destination dining list.

KSKA: Wednesday 6/20 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

June 15, 2012
Denali, ‘The High One’ — To the top, or not?

Denali, ‘The High One’ — To the top, or not?

From Crown Jewel of the North: “On a clear day in south-central or interior Alaska, the sight is inescapable – and breathtaking. For more than a hundred miles in every direction, it looms over everything and dominates the scene.” Majestic Mount McKinley. Learn the risks and rewards of scaling the highest mountain in North America from a veteran guide, an experienced ranger and a climber who shared the first winter ascent in 1967.

KSKA: Wednesday, June 6 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

June 1, 2012
Alaska News Nightly script from April 3, 1989.

Newsman Corey Flintoff back in Alaska

Stories from around the world — that’s the work that NPR correspondent Corey Flintoff does. What drew him to news? How does he manage dangerous situations and relentlessly dark turns in the human condition? What lessons did he take from Alaska all the way to Iraq and Afghanistan? Does he miss our salmon? Find out on this special edition of Hometown Alaska.

KSKA: Friday, May 23, 2:00 pm.

May 23, 2012
Samples of compact housing case studies found in the Municipality's March report forecasting a shortage

City Report Forecasts Housing Shortage Over Next 20 years

Checked rents lately? In the market for a home? What you find in Anchorage neighborhoods delivers some serious sticker shock. A new report from the Municipality forecasts a shortage of housing in Anchorage over the next 20 years. Why is that, and what can we do about it? A senior planner, a builder and an affordable housing advocate come to the table to share their perspectives on Hometown, Alaska. Join us.

KSKA: Wednesday, May 23, 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

May 21, 2012
Poster for "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Championship" Broadway production

Just Try Spelling That!

How’s your spelling? Is texting and IMing and email leading to LOL, OMG, and 10Q creeping into your written communication? Do you think it still matters if we can spell well? Untangle that when Hometown Alaska hosts three spelling bee wizards — the state’s 2012 champ, a Yupik spelling bee champ, and a BizBee champ. What’s their secret, and how can you steal it?

KSKA: Wednesday 5/9 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

May 4, 2012
‘And then what happened?’

‘And then what happened?’

The Alaska Native Oratory Society just celebrated its 10th anniversary at UAA, featuring a full day of stories told by students and emceed by Alaska Native storyteller Jack Dalton. Join us for a round of stories including ‘The Dragger,’ ‘Never Look in Windows,’ and more.

KSKA: Wednesday, 4/25 at 2:00 pm & 7:00 pm

April 23, 2012
MacKenzie: Is It The Little Port that Could?

MacKenzie: Is It The Little Port that Could?

Port MacKenzie has big ambitions: a rail extension to Interior Alaska, the MV Susitna Ferry sailing to Cook Inlet communities, and a bridge touching Anchorage. These make Port MacKenzie a potential hub for commercial activity. They also place it in the cross hairs of some hot public policy debates simmering in Southcentral – the Knik Arm crossing and Mat-Su coal deposit development. Join host Kathleen McCoy and port director Marc Van Dongen as they update the Port MacKenzie story.

Photo slideshow: Port MacKenzie over the years

KSKA: Wednesday, 4/18 at 2:00 pm & 7:00 pm

April 13, 2012
Spring Break up

Spring Break up

Given this winter’s record-smashing snowfall, break up looks to be a big one. Will your crawl space flood? What should we do about those dripping ice dams on the roof? We know the Yukon usually floods, but what about Chester and Campbell Creek? And potholes, now there’s a category of break up hell all its own. So let our experts help you survive this messy season. House and water table questions, answered here.

KSKA: Wednesday 4/11 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

April 6, 2012