This week Hometown Alaska visits with Anchorage School District personnel: a principal, a teacher and a counselor/coordinator, (and if we are lucky, a few students) to hear about programs that work, how and why. KSKA: Wednesday, Feb. 17 @ 2:00 pm and 8 pm. LISTEN NOW

We are back with both hosts sharing the mic this week, getting program ideas and feedback from Hometown Alaska listeners. Join us! LISTEN NOW
APD Chief Chris Tolley

APD Chief Chris Tolley joins Hometown Alaska to share experiences from his first months on the job and what's ahead. KSKA: Wednesday, Feb. 3, at 2 pm and 8 pm LISTEN NOW

Tests are supposed to tell us how our kids are doing in school, but we've struggled nationally and in Alaska to figure out the right tests to use and even to define what we want the tests to tell us. On this edition of Hometown Alaska, we'll look at how Anchorage students are tested and ask if the system is working. What should young people get from our schools, and how should we measure their success? KSKA: Wednesday, Jan 27, at 2 and 8pm LISTEN NOW

January started with ice-skating in the streets, after a mostly snowless Christmas. What's up with that? Can we recover? KSKA: Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016 @ 2 pm and 8 pm LISTEN NOW

Over the last two weekends of January, the Anchorage Folk Festival presents an explosion of music and dance in many venues around town. It's a fun opportunity for families to get out of the house in the winter, hear music and dance. And if you play, there are few better times to carry your instrument around for the chance of an impromptu jam session. On this edition of Hometown Alaska, we'll try to capture the fun of the folk fest through conversation and live music from Cold Country in the studio. KSKA: Wednesday, January 13, at 2 and 8pm LISTEN HERE

While many of us are packing away our Christmas memories, Orthodox Christians around Alaska are preparing for Russian Christmas on January 7, complete with "starring ceremonies." Find the origins and variations on our next Hometown Alaska. KSKA: Wednesday, Jan. 7, at 2:00 pm and 8 pm. Download Audio
KISKA

Alaska has a rich and romantic dog mushing legacy. But with a lack of rural veterinarians, many dogs need homes. Advocates have created connections to bring those dogs to the state's pet-hungry urban areas. KSKA: Wednesday, December 16 @ 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Download Audio
Classroom

We all want bright, young students to emerge from our public school system and become contributing citizens. But what is the right price tag for that goal? KSKA: Wednesday, Dec. 9 at 2 pm. and 8 pm. Download Audio
Graphic: stop human trafficking

A new city-state task force on human trafficking convenes local law enforcement and FBI, Alaska Native groups, NGOs, the state’s wage and hour section in the Division of Labor Standards and Safety, among others. Where do we go from here? KSKA: Wednesday, Nov. 11 at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Listen now:
Vern Halter

Most people recognize Vern Halter as an Iditarod musher with plenty of top 10 finishes in the Last Great Race and a first place victory in the Yukon Quest. He’s also a lawyer born, raised and educated in South Dakota, and he's been an Alaskan since 1977. He’s served six years on the Mat-Su Borough Assembly. Now he’s the mayor of the fast-growing Mat-Su. On the next Hometown Alaska, we’ll get to ask him all kinds of questions about the challenges ahead. KSKA: Wednesday, Nov. 4, at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Listen Now:

Climate change has the potential to affect weather, water temperature and salmon numbers in Cook Inlet, as well as the biology of the lands of our region. On this edition of Hometown Alaska, experts explain the changes that have already happened in the Inlet at our front door, and make educated predictions about what the future might hold. KSKA: Wednesday, Oct. 21, at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Download Audio:

Our nation has set a goal to cut food waste in half by 2030. How is Anchorage doing? What can you do to help? Join us for this listener-requested topic on the next Hometown Alaska. KSKA: Wednesday, Oct. 14 at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Listen Now:

Can we ever truly wrap our arms around the Arctic? A recent conference with speakers from across the globe gave it a try. We harvest the takeaways from two who were there. KSKA: Wednesday, Sept. 30, at 2 :00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Listen Now:

What makes a charter school tick? How does it differ from a traditional public school? How well do charter schools perform? How is their funding handled? Listen in, bring your questions. KSKA: Wednesday, Sept. 23, at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m Listen Now:

Why do you stay in Anchorage? It's a question that could tell us a lot about our city, and probably will. On today's show, we'll hear results of a survey of residents by the Live. Work. Play. program at the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation. The survey was designed to find out what's good and bad about our city, and how we can reach the goal of being the best in America by 2025. KSKA: Wednesday, Sept. 16, at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Listen Now:

On the next Hometown Alaska, we hope you'll give hosts Charles Wohlforth and Kathleen McCoy an earful! They are taking your suggestions for shows! Get in the line up. KSKA: Wednesday, Sept. 9, at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Listen Now:

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. Listen now:

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. Download Audio

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. Listen now: