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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

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
Summer travel planning

Summer travel planning

It’s time to make your summer plans, for vacations Outside and for other peoples’ vacations, those friends and family who can fill your summer like a plague of locusts. We’ll talk about fare wars, destinations, places to go in Alaska, and the tourism industry that supports so many small businesses. Join us with your questions and your suggestions for how to entertain summer visitors.

KSKA: Wednesday, Feb. 11, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.

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February 6, 2015
Details of Dying

Details of Dying

The end of life is not easy to talk about, and that’s one reason why it’s so confusing and scary to deal with the issues we all face when loved ones die. We’ll try to help, as we discuss the practical details of assisting a dying family member, the actual death and arrangements, and the grief that can last a long time.

KSKA: Wednesday, Jan 28, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.

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January 23, 2015
The Science of Cook Inlet

The Science of Cook Inlet

Cook Inlet plays a big part in the life of our city, but what do we know about the health of the waterway that brings us fish, oil and gas, the cargo ships that supply us, and accepts our waste? As the Alaska Marine Science Symposium takes place in Anchorage, we’ll talk with experts about the Inlet and Gulf of Alaska, the waters and wildlife.

KSKA: Wednesday, January 21, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.

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January 16, 2015
Oil prices and the economy

Oil prices and the economy

Crashing oil prices have hit Alaska’s political establishment like an early frost that halts the growth of a garden. But what will be the impact on the real economy here in Anchorage, where we live? We’ll look at how lower oil prices and government spending could affect jobs and housing prices in our neighborhoods. The legendary crash of the ’80s started this way — how do we avoid a repeat?

KSKA: Wednesday, Jan 14, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.

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January 9, 2015
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