Hometown, Alaska

Local guests discuss community issues and take listener calls during this LIVE call-in show. Hometown, Alaska features conversations with leaders and decision-makers in local and statewide government, social service agencies, educational institutions and cultural groups. Hosted by Kathleen McCoy and Charles Wolforth.

KSKA: Wednesday, May 03 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. For a region with a relatively small population, south central Alaska has a lot of electric utilities and power plants, and that costs you extra money on your bills. On the Next Hometown Alaska, we'll host the heads of our Anchorage power utilities and a business leader to learn about rising power costs and new efforts to fix the problem. LISTEN HERE

KSKA: Wednesday April 26 @ 2pm and 8pm. Strangely, the coming of spring and return of light in Alaska doesn't clear the darkness for some people. Suicide statistics get worse this time of year. On the next Hometown Alaska, we'll meet Alaskans who are trying to lift that darkness, and to help the rest learn to protect our friends and loved ones from the terrible mistake of suicide. LISTEN HERE

Renting, whether you are the tenant or the landlord, can be fraught with conflict. Alaska has specific statutes that cover this housing arrangement. Justice Alaska explores hot spots in the Anchorage market and shares resources and legal tools for navigating this very common transaction. Your questions and experiences are welcome, so join us! LISTEN HERE

KSKA: Wednesday April 12, 2017 @ 2pm and 8 pm. This week we have a fun couple we want you to meet. Malcolm and Cindy Roberts have been in Alaska since the state's early days and contributed at many levels, including making Anchorage a welcoming place for diverse people. Even more inspirational is their wonderful relationship and the infectious positive attitude they share. LISTEN NOW

KSKA: Wednesday, April 5, 2 pm and 8 pm After just one three-year term, Bill Evans declined to run again for the Anchorage Assembly. What is that form of public service like? What lessons did he learn? Were there disappointments? Surprises? Would he recommend it to another citizen? LISTEN NOW

KSKA: Wednesday March 29 @ 2pm and 8pm. Hometown Alaska interviews school board candidates for the April 4 election. Join us. LISTEN NOW

KSKA: Wednesday, March 22 @ 2 pm and 8 pm. Transportation helps make the city. On the next Hometown Alaska, we'll dream about how we could make our transportation system better to make a better Anchorage. Our guests will include a visiting transportation guru bringing new ideas, and a local transportation leader who knows our own situation. LISTEN NOW

KSKA: Wednesday March 15, 2017 @ 2pm and 8 pm. SB 91, Alaska's criminal justice reform bill that passed last year, may be adjusted in this legislative session. What changes are legislators looking at, and why? LISTEN NOW

Wednesday, March 08, at 2 and 8p.m. The state budget crisis is hitting public schools, with the loss of 99 teachers expected in Anchorage next year, even if there are no further cuts from the Alaska Legislature. On the next show, we will look at the current situation and how it could change. LISTEN NOW

KSKA: Wednesday, March 1 at 2 pm and 8 p.m. Kathleen McCoy hosts two of the state's top economists, to examine the Alaska economy that's firmly in recession. Choices on the state budget deficit could make the recession worse or longer. The economists' work allows us to see how many jobs may be lost, how Alaska's population will change and what the new normal will look like. LISTEN NOW

KSKA: Wednesday, February 22 @ 2 pm and 8 pm. What do you need to know about the federal Real ID act? When will it affect your ability to jump on a plane and head to the Lower 48, or enter a federal building or military base? LISTEN NOW

KSKA: Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017 at 2 pm and 8 pm. How does immigration law differ from civil and criminal law? What is the refugee and immigration landscape in Alaska? Following President Trump's executive order and the judiciary's response so far. LISTEN NOW

Wednesday, Feb. 8, at 2 and 8p.m. Anchorage health care costs are third highest in the nation. The only one's higher? Fairbanks and Juneau. We'll explore why medical costs are so high and growing so fast from the perspective of doctors. They are frustrated, too. We'll explore the causes they see and the solutions they'd be willing to try. LISTEN NOW

KSKA: Wednesday, February 1 at 2 pm and 8 p.m. New research documents the impact of stress on children's developing brains, as well as the long-term social and economic impacts. Join us for hopeful findings on how to reshuffle the cards for better outcomes. LISTEN NOW

KSKA: Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at 2 pm and 8 pm. Find out how Anchorage's first chief innovations officer works to make our city more livable. What ideas do you think he should consider? LISTEN NOW

KSKA: Wednesday, Jan. 18 at 2 and 8 p.m. If you get a traffic ticket, you have the right to argue your case before a magistrate in Traffic Court. Join us for our next topic on Justice Alaska. LISTEN NOW

KSKA: Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at 2 and 8 p.m. This may sound very Alice-in-Wonderland-ish, but an Alaska scientist thinks we might be able to grow organic and biodegradable insulation from mushrooms growing in our backyards. Tune in to find out how. LISTEN NOW

KSKA: Wednesday, Jan. 4 @ 2 and 8 p.m. Alaska musicians want the capacity to make a living in the state they love. To that end, they've launched an initiative to attract attention to talent in the 49th state. Listen up! LISTEN NOW

KSKA: Wednesday, Dec. 21 at 2 and 8 p.m. Justice Alaska on Hometown Alaska welcomes the Alaska Supreme Court's Chief Justice for an hour of conversation. Please join us with your comments and questions. LISTEN NOW

KSKA: Wednesday, December 14 at 2 and 8 p.m. Kurt Riemann is on a mission: archiving Alaska's original music. Tune in to hear samples and stories behind what he's gathered so far. Find out if you've got a classic Alaska recording for this archive. LISTEN NOW