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The Fiscal Gap

The Fiscal Gap

With the price of oil hovering around $40, Alaska’s state government faces a catastrophic loss of revenue that could cause loss of critical services and an economic crash. The day we’ve talked about for years is coming closer rapidly. Are there real solutions available? And what will Alaska look like without the free services we’ve become accustomed to for a generation?

KSKA: Wednesday, Sept. 2, at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

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August 28, 2015
Mayor-elect Ethan Berkowitz

Mayor-elect Ethan Berkowitz

Mayor-elect Ethan Berkowitz talks about his plans for the city, and takes your questions. Berkowitz is one week away from inauguration to his three-year term. The campaign focused on public safety and character, but not much else. What are his plans for transportation, quality of life, economic development, taxes? And what do you want to know, as Anchorage begins a new era of leadership?

KSKA: Wednesday, June 24, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
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June 19, 2015
Happy 100th, Anchorage!

Happy 100th, Anchorage!

What was Anchorage like in 1915? 1935? 1960? Aren’t you curious? This is the time to find out, as the city prepares to celebrate its Big 10-0.

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June 12, 2015
Dog visit: Just what the doctor ordered

Dog visit: Just what the doctor ordered

Ever had a rotten day turn around once you got home and caught a dose of unconditional love from your pet? Those health benefits are tangible. Medical experts support bringing warm, fuzzy and calm animals into hospital settings to share that benefit with patients. Meet Mike Lewis and his therapy dog, Jillie, along with Laure MacConnell and Remy. MacConnell coordinates a local canine-visiting program.

KSKA: Wednesday, June 10, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
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June 5, 2015
Sexual assault safety

Sexual assault safety

Alaska’s horrendous statistics for sexual assault create a real sense of fear. The numbers tell us women are less safe here than almost anywhere in the country. That needs to change. Until it does, women need information about how to protect themselves. On this edition of Hometown Alaska, we’ll have experts who can give you the advice you need, and answer your questions, about this terrifying threat in everyday life.

KSKA: Weds., June 3, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
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May 29, 2015
A visit to Coyote Garden

A visit to Coyote Garden

Come visit the world-famous Coyote Garden in Willow with Les Brake as your guide.

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May 22, 2015
Identity theft: “Not if. When”

Identity theft: “Not if. When”

Learn how to protect yourself Wednesday on the next Hometown Alaska. Ask questions, tell your own story, hear from the experts.

KSKA: Wednesday, May 20, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
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May 15, 2015
New Restaurants

New Restaurants

Opening a hit restaurant, or operating a long-running favorite, takes more than business skill, you also have to figure out what people want and deliver it every day. What do successful restaurateurs need to understand about Anchorage to make their businesses work? We’ll be joined by owners of some of the most popular restaurants in town. We’ll learn their business ideas, and you can ask your own questions about their food, service, and new hot spots that are coming.

KSKA: Weds., May 13, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
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May 8, 2015
The marijuana market

The marijuana market

The debate is over. Marijuana is legal in Alaska. Now comes the hard part, figuring out how this new industry is going to work. On Hometown Alaska, we’ll talk about the marijuana market, what it will look like, how it will be regulated, and what we can expect as residents of Alaskan communities. What do you want to know about using marijuana, or making sure you kids don’t use it? Join us with your questions.

KSKA: Wednesday, May 6, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
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May 1, 2015
School kids, STEM science and the Chester Creek Watershed

School kids, STEM science and the Chester Creek Watershed

School kids from four elementary schools located along Chester Creek have been learning all about that watershed this year, including plenty of science. Join us to hear what they learned about everything from water temperature and pH to microinvertebrates and salmon, as well as the many community partners who made it happen.

KSKA: Wednesday, April 29, at 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm

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April 24, 2015
Eating local with fish

Eating local with fish

We live with the world’s best source of delicious, fresh seafood. So why isn’t fish on the table more often in Anchorage? The local food movement is coming to Alaska’s fisheries. We’ll talk about bringing the community supported agriculture model to seafood, and also the traditional route that brings fish to stores, prices, and what’s good seasonally. Join us with your questions, ideas and recipes.

KSKA: Wednesday, April 22, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.

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April 17, 2015
How do we pay for public schools?

How do we pay for public schools?

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.

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April 10, 2015
Divorce without lawyers

Divorce without lawyers

Divorce puts Alaskans into the legal system to settle their emotional problems the most expensive way possible, with dueling attorneys. Few of us can afford that. We’ll talk about splitting up without attorneys. Support exists to mediate the way to a new life, dividing assets and child custody, and resolving your own future rather than turning those decisions over to a judge.

KSKA: Wednesday, April 8, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.

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April 3, 2015
What was Anchorage like 50 years ago?

What was Anchorage like 50 years ago?

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

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March 27, 2015
Alaska reality TV

Alaska reality TV

Our state has the dubious distinction of being the favorite place to make a reality show. Anyone who watches TV thinks Alaskans are a bunch of idiots by now. So why argue? On today’s show, we talk about enjoying Alaskan reality TV, and we need your help. Call in with the silliest, weirdest or most surprising thing you’ve seen portrayed about Alaska. We’ll make it a fun hour.

KSKA: Wednesday, March 25, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.

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March 20, 2015
UAA challenges

UAA challenges

Alaska is far below national averages in the number of students who go to college, and yet employers say they lack skilled workers. UAA Chancellor Tom Case and other UAA leaders address the challenges facing a school with lots of shiny new structures but a serious budget gap, and a community that needs more successful graduates.

KSKA: Wednesday, March 18, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.

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March 13, 2015
A Voyage to Excellence short term residential program introduces students to the engineering process during a February Tsunami Shelter Challenge. (Photo courtesy Voyage to Excellence)

Residential and onsite innovations for rural Alaska education

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.

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March 6, 2015
It's a low-snow winter, both in the mountains around Anchorage and in the flats. (Photo by Brian Brettschneider, taken Jan. 25, 2015)

The winter that wasn’t

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.

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February 28, 2015
Crossing Native culture

Crossing Native culture

Alaska Native cultures are growing and changing, like all living cultures, by absorbing and repurposing the ideas and forms from our diverse world of different kinds of people. We’ll talk to artists in different media who have mixed and mashed indigenous influences with other strands from around the world.

KSKA: Wednesday, Feb. 25, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.

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February 21, 2015
After oil: What’s the climate for entrepreneurs?

After oil: What’s the climate for entrepreneurs?

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.

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February 13, 2015