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. If you have a topic that could be discussed on Hometown, Alaska send your suggestion to: hometown@alaskapublic.org

Speaking truth to power: How one community group gets things done

A community meeting called to discuss homelessness and community mental health issues, organized by AFACT in November 2018. At the podium...

How citizens can ride along with the APD

This summer solstice evening, Senior Judge Elaine Andrews participated in a citizen's ride along with the Anchorage...

Alaska, through the eyes of the Cole brothers

Terrence, left, and Dermot, right, josh and joke with one another at Terrence's last lecture at the University of Alaska Fairbanks...
Anchorage Climate Action Plan

Unpacking Anchorage’s new Climate Action Plan

Cover of the municipality's Climate Action Plan. The underlying city photo is from the Lu Liston Collection, Anchorage Museum. UAA...

Vote on People Mover route changes

Until the end of this month, People Mover is inviting citizens to vote for bus route changes...

How the Disability Law Center of Alaska serves

This is an independent, nonprofit law firm providing legal advocacy for people with disabilities anywhere in Alaska....

‘And Now We Rise’: The story and work behind this documentary

Publicity poster for "And Now We Rise," with the image of Samuel Johns. (Image courtesy of Affinity Films)
Shakemap of Nov. 30, 2018 quake

After the shaking stopped: New info from the Nov. 30 quake

We are still living with the aftermath of last November's major shaker. FEMA is still here helping homeowners and the school district. Eagle River...
Dr. Deena Bishop

Dr. Deena Bishop, ASD superintendent, takes your questions

Anchorage School District Superintendent Dr. Deena Bishop joins us to take listener questions. She will share the district's strategies for coping with the current long list of challenges. She'll also speak to what it means to educate children for a world that is changing fast. And we'll learn a bit about what drives her to do this work. Thanks for listening!

Is Alaska ready for its next health emergency?

Rebroadcast: First of two parts on emergency preparedness. This week, how is the state of Alaska prepared? Next week: How should you, private citizen, prepare? Thanks for listening!

Justice Alaska: Older Alaskans and their issues in court

What are some of the most important legal issues facing older Alaskans? Thanks for listening!

Resilience: What does it take?

Resilience is the ability to bounce back from a tough blow. Today, we hear three Alaska stories of resilience. Thanks for listening!

Hey hikers, bikers, skiers: Here’s something you need to know

What you don't know about animal trapping in Alaska could hurt you or your pet. Thanks for listening!

How to access free legal services

Alaska attorneys provide a variety of free legal services for the Anchorage community. One program, free legal clinics around Alaska planned annually on Martin Luther King Day, has continued for a decade and assisted more than three and a half thousand Alaskans. Partners in this effort include the Alaska Court System and Alaska Legal Services Corporation, a private nonprofit law firm established in Alaska in 1967. Thanks for listening!

Weighing in on a year of Anchorage public transit changes

In October 2017, the Municipality's transit department made big change in local transit. Now they have a report card on how it went during the first year. They want to hear from you. Join this conversation about the future of public transit in Anchorage. Thanks for listening!

Why February 19, a ‘Day of Remembrance,’ matters to so many

An event on February 19, 1942 changed the course of many lives; the U.S. struggled from a devastating attack by Japanese forces at Pearl Harbor in December of 1941. Just two months later, the U.S. President authorized the military to relocate those of Japanese ancestry away from the West Coast. Hundreds of Aleuts were also moved. Thanks for listening!

Adding Anchorage housing: where, when and how?

Anchorage has a shortage of all kinds of housing. Planners and residents grapple with strategies to encourage housing, including zoning changes and property tax incentives for builders creating homes downtown. Catch up on all the proposals. Thanks for listening!

Anchorage Opera tells an American story that also played out in Alaska

Anchorage Opera's next offering, "An American Dream," goes a long way toward explaining how opera tells relevant stories in modern times. Thanks for listening!

Journalists: In the heat of the battle

Most people are aware that the First Amendment in the Bill of Rights in the U.S. Constitution protects freedom of the press. Less well known are the rules journalists use to govern their work. Today, two local newsroom leaders talk about them. Thanks for listening!

Alaska Innocence Project: Lessons Learned from the ‘Fairbanks Four’

Lessons learned from the 'Fairbanks Four' wrongful conviction for the murder of an Alaska teen in 1997. The role the Alaska Innocence Project played in their release. Thanks for listening!