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Winter Solstice: ‘Follow the Light’ at Elderberry Park

Winter Solstice: ‘Follow the Light’ at Elderberry Park

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
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December 12, 2014
Parlor in the Round

Parlor in the Round

Parlor in the Round is a fun way to experience local music, with performers taking the stage together to joke, swap songs, and even write them on the spot based on audience ideas. We’ll capture some of that fun in the studio with musicians Nellie Clay, Michael Howard and Kevin Worrell, and learn about the challenges of creating and presenting original music in Anchorage.

KSKA: Wednesday, Dec. 10, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
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December 5, 2014
Annual Salute to Community Volunteers

Annual Salute to Community Volunteers

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.
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November 26, 2014
A healthy brain next to a brain marked by severe Alzheimer's Disease. Image courtesy of National Institutes of Health.

Dementia: Plight of the Alaska caregivers

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.
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November 14, 2014
Alaska playwrights

Alaska playwrights

Anchorage has produced a crop of playwrights whose work you can see many weekends on local stages, and some who have gone national, including David Holthouse, who’s play Stalking the Boogieman has received rave reviews from the New York Times and other national publications. David will join me, Charles Wohlforth, along with local writer, actor and director Dick Reichman, and your questions.

KSKA: Wednesday, Nov. 12, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
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November 7, 2014
Election impact

Election impact

When we meet for Hometown Alaska on Wednesday, the election of 2014 is finally behind us. At least the voting and the ads are over. We’re still trying to figure out what it means. Join host Charles Wohlforth and two former politicians for an hour of election digest.

KSKA: Wednesday, Nov. 5, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.

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October 31, 2014
Talking with Principal Patsy Shaha

Talking with Principal Patsy Shaha

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.
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October 24, 2014
The Artist At Work

The Artist At Work

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.
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October 17, 2014
Bureau of Labor Statistics

The vote on the minimum wage

In a few weeks Alaskans will vote on whether to raise the minimum wage from $7.75 an hour to $9.75 in 2016, the highest level in the country, and to have it continue to rise with the cost of living. We’ll discuss the pros and cons of upping the minimum wage, and the employees and businesses who would be affected by a change to the lowest hourly pay.

KSKA: Wednesday, Oct. 15, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
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October 10, 2014
Considering Bike Fatalities

Considering Bike Fatalities

Too many bicyclists have been killed by drivers in Anchorage in the last year. Enough to make riders reconsider using our streets. We’ll host a community discussion on bike safety. As more people are using bicycles for transportation, are we taking the right steps to keep the roads safe for all travelers? Join us with your questions and comments.

KSKA: Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
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October 3, 2014
Literary Alaska: Seth Kantner, Sherry Simpson, Joan Kane

Literary Alaska: Seth Kantner, Sherry Simpson, Joan Kane

Three Alaska writers join us on Hometown Alaska this week. Please welcome Joan Kane, Sherry Simpson and Seth Kantner. We’ll talk about getting your literary arms around a place as amazing as the one we live in.

KSKA: Wednesday, Oct. 1, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
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September 26, 2014
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Kids and computing

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?

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September 19, 2014
Rebuilding Transportation History

Rebuilding Transportation History

The week’s show is for the gearhead in all of us, as we talk to guys who are fixing up some of the coolest old stuff around, and what’s more interesting than that? A group is rebuilding a full-sized steam locomotive that once ran on the Alaska Railroad, and now will run again. And we’ll have a restorer who rebuilds historic airplanes at the Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum.

KSKA: Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
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September 12, 2014
Keeping bees in Alaska

Keeping bees in Alaska

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.
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September 5, 2014
Cold War Secrets

Cold War Secrets

Anchorage played a major role in the Cold War with our large military installations and missile batteries, but did you know spies and counter-spies were working here, too? In advance on a major conference on Cold War history, including espionage, Hometown Alaska looks at what was going on under the surface in our city a generation ago.

KSKA: Wednesday, Sept. 3, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
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August 29, 2014
Who’s hungry in Alaska?

Who’s hungry in Alaska?

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.
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August 22, 2014
New school challenges

New school challenges

Big changes face Alaska’s students this year, with new standards of what they need to learn, and new tests to find out if they learned it. We are joined by the superintendents of both the Anchorage and Mat-Su school districts to learn about the changes, and the Commissioner of Education to explain the thinking behind them. On the first day of school, hear from Alaska’s top educational leaders, and ask your questions.

KSKA: Wednesday, August 20, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
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August 12, 2014
Wild edibles in Alaska: Seek and ye shall find

Wild edibles in Alaska: Seek and ye shall find

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.
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August 8, 2014

State of the Re:Union

Hometown Alaska will return in August. In the meantime, KSKA will air programming from State of the Re:Union. The program explores how American cities and towns create unique communities, the ways people transcend challenging circumstances and the vital cultural narratives that make each area unique.

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

June 27, 2014
Getting an audience for the issues

Getting an audience for the issues

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.
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June 20, 2014