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Alternative Ways to Worship

Alternative Ways to Worship

We’re sometimes told that America is a Christian nation and Anchorage certainly has a protestant majority, but there are many other faith communities here, too, with different ways of worshiping and different ideas about the meaning of life. Join host Charles Wohlforth an guests to learn more about how people worship. We’ll talk to a Buddhist, a pagan and a Unitarian minister to share the experience of being out of the religious mainstream.

KSKA: Wednesday, April 9, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
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April 4, 2014
Garden fever in April

Garden fever in April

Are April’s longer, warmer days turning your thoughts toward the garden? It’s not too soon! On the next Hometown Alaska, expert local gardeners share strategies on using April. Bring your questions! How do you survive the wait to put your hands in dirt?

KSKA: Wednesday, April 2, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
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March 28, 2014
The Science of the ’64 Earthquake

The Science of the ’64 Earthquake

Fifty years ago the greatest earthquake ever recorded in North America hit southcentral Alaska, devastating Anchorage. On the next Hometown Alaska, host Charles Wohlforth and guests will delve into the science behind the 1964 earthquake.

KSKA: Wednesday, March 26, 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
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March 21, 2014
Code for America, Anchorage Brigade: What the hack are they up to?

Code for America, Anchorage Brigade: What the hack are they up to?

Citizen engagement among coders and hackers is growing, thanks to a national nonprofit called Code for America. Find out how it’s emerging in Anchorage and how citizens plan to influence life in Anchorage by tapping into available Open Data. Think crime data, public transit data, and more.

KSKA: Wednesday, March 19, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
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March 14, 2014
Education Funding Activism

Education Funding Activism

Gov. Sean Parnell has declared this year the education session the legislature, but if you are involved in schools in Anchorage you already know that education funding and policy are hot topics. On the next Hometown Alaska, host Charles Wohlforth will be joined by education activists to lead a community discussion on school funding and school choice. Should state funding increase, and should it be available to private and religious schools?

KSKA: Wednesday, 3/12, 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
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March 7, 2014
Good old dogs: Treating them well in the end

Good old dogs: Treating them well in the end

The sad truth is we usually outlive our pets. That parting is painful and tough to plan for, but being prepared can add some solace to a tough time. Join us on Hometown Alaska when long time Alaska veterinarian John Hightower takes your questions and talks us through the issues.

KSKA: Wednesday, March 5, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
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February 28, 2014
Media: Friend or Foe? Ask Brooke Gladstone.

Media: Friend or Foe? Ask Brooke Gladstone.

Brooke Gladstone has spent 25 years in the news business, the past dozen years taking its temperature and analyzing its strengths and weaknesses on NPR’s “On the Media.” She does it on our behalf, as news consumers. Gladstone is in Alaska this week, her very first time, to talk about our uneasy relationship with news as detailed in her book, “The Influencing Machine.”

KSKA: Wednesday, 2/26, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
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February 21, 2014
Choosing Capital Projects

Choosing Capital Projects

Tradition is an important part of politics. The Alaska Legislature has long followed the tradition of keeping the state’s capital budget process confidential until the last minute, and then releasing and voting on it in the final days of the session. Some people think that leads to bad decisions. We’ll talk about Anchorage’s recent tennis court controversies, and other impacts of how the legislature does its job. Is there a better way?

KSKA: Wednesday, 2/19, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
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February 17, 2014
Where do you work?

Where do you work?

The work world is changing. More and more creatives toil on contract and can work anywhere they want: the kitchen table, the local coffee house, or now, new co-working environments.

KSKA: Weds. 2/12 at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
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February 7, 2014
Our Weird Weather

Our Weird Weather

Tulips and green grass in January? Road to Valdez closed by the mother of all avalanches? Will there be an Iditarod, a Fur Rondy, an Iron Dog? Let’s talk about our recent weather and its implications on the next Hometown Alaska.

KSKA: Weds. 2/5 at 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm
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January 31, 2014
Olympic stadium planned for Anchorage's 1992 bid to host the games.

Anchorage’s Olympic Dream

In the 1980s, Anchorage made bids to host the winter Olympics. Remember Salt Lake City? That could have been us. Now the idea is back. On the next Hometown Alaska, we’ll talk about whether Anchorage should be an Olympic city, and what was learned last time we tried. Join us with your questions, memories and opinions. Should we bid for 2026?

KSKA: Wednesday, 1/29 at 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm
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January 24, 2014
Arts in Alaska: Thriving, or just surviving?

Arts in Alaska: Thriving, or just surviving?

The arts always seem to struggle for funding. Why? We’ll hear from the Rasmuson Foundation on their Individual Artists Awards, and from local community arts organizations on their strategies to thrive, including the Design Forum, Anchorage Community Works, Object Runway and more.

KSKA, Wednesday, 1/22 at 2:00 and 9:00 pm
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January 17, 2014
Moving the Transit Center

Moving the Transit Center

The People Mover bus system has routed through the transit center in downtown Anchorage for many years, but now city officials want to move the transit center to midtown as part of a mixed development of residential and commercial land uses. We explore the pros and cons of moving the transit center, and the implications for focusing more city activity in the midtown area instead of the traditional downtown core.

KSKA: Wednesday 1/15 at 2:00 and 9:00 pm
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January 10, 2014
Rise of the Social Entrepreneur

Rise of the Social Entrepreneur

On the next Hometown Alaska, we’ll hear a particularly Alaskan perspective on social entrepreneurship with Yaso Thiru. She teaches accounting at Alaska Pacific University, and for the last 18 months has promoted social change through education, employment and entrepreneurial spirit. We’ll talk of numerous examples, some global and some local, and take a closer look at Hope Studios, a social entrepreneurship venture right here in Anchorage, with gallery manager Julie Mettler.

KSKA: Wednesday 1/8 at 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm
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January 3, 2014

Celebrating Volunteers

Volunteers are the heart of many organizations and causes. At this time of year, KSKA provides an opportunity to thank them for their contributions to the community. In the studio, our guests address what volunteers accomplish and how organizations can attract and make effective use of a volunteer workforce.

KSKA: Wednesday 12/18 at 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm
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December 13, 2013
The LGBT Experience in Anchorage

The LGBT Experience in Anchorage

Anchorage lags behind much of the nation in protecting gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender citizens from discrimination, but does that mean they face more prejudice or have a harder life here? Our guests address the lgbt experience in Anchorage, the good as well as the bad. Join us and call in for an open discussion and honest questions about navigating sexual identity.

KSKA: Wednesday 12/11 at 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm
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December 6, 2013
Winter film fests: Let’s go to the movies

Winter film fests: Let’s go to the movies

You say snow gives you hives? Not to worry. Anchorage hosts two winter film festivals that promise to transport your mind and imagination to places you never dreamed of visiting.
Come enjoy the best getaway in the world: the movies. We’ll feature program directors for the Anchorage International Film Festival and the Indigenous World Film Festival, They’ll share highlights and don’t-miss surprises for each festival.

KSKA: Wednesday, 12/4 at 2:00pm and 9:00pm
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November 29, 2013
Moose and Mice, Be Gone!

Moose and Mice, Be Gone!

Do moose hate Irish Spring soap? Do mice hate peppermint? We’ll talk remedies to unwanted moose and mice visitors on the next Hometown Alaska. Email your tips to hometown@alaskapublic.org, and tune in for some you’ve never heard of before!

KSKA: Wednesday, 11/20 at 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm
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November 15, 2013
Reconnecting with the Dena’ina in Anchorage

Reconnecting with the Dena’ina in Anchorage

All your favorite Anchorage places, like Chester Creek and Point Woronzof, have other names given them by the first people who made Anchorage home, the Dena’ina Athabascans. Learn more about your hometown from the experts, the first residents, on the next Hometown Alaska.

KSKA: Wednesday, 11/13 at 2:00pm and 9:00pm
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November 8, 2013
Anchorage labor ordinance

Anchorage labor ordinance

The key players in the Anchorage labor law debate join us in the studio for a round table discussion: Mayor Dan Sullivan, Assembly chair Ernie Hall, Assembly member Elvi Gray-Jackson, and Gerard Asselin, the President of the Coalition on Municipal Unions. Join us for a civil discussion on a tough issue.

KSKA: Wednesday 11/6 at 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm
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November 1, 2013