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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The VA just released results of a nationwide audit on how quickly military vets get medical service. Alaska’s report card was good. We’ll talk about why, but also about needs that still go unanswered. Join host Kathleen McCoy, with vets and those who serve them, on the next Hometown Alaska.
KSKA: Wednesday, June 18, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
We’ve gotten used to the new face of the Anchorage Museum, the new plaza out front, and the stainless steel boxes in the shape of a man on the corner. Now, with a new director, the museum is working on a plan to determine the next step in its development. We’ll talk about your vision for the Anchorage Museum. It’s our front parlor. How would you like to see it managed?
KSKA: Wednesday, June 11, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
Anchorage has some of the most diverse high schools and neighborhoods in the nation. This is new. In 30 years, the city’s minorities have gone from 15% to 34% of the population. We’ll explore why this change has happened, from the perspective of foreign-born Anchorage residents. What qualities made our town attractive when they were looking for a better life?
KSKA: Wednesday, June 4, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
With the last of the local high school graduations fading in a sea of camera snaps, 2014 banners and flower and candy leis, we come to this question: How did we do? Are we graduating more seniors? Which sub-groups are increasing, which are struggling? What do the trends mean? Join host Kathleen McCoy and guests to learn more.
KSKA: Wednesday, May 28, 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
The Alaska Railroad is facing new challenges. The closure of the Flint Hills refinery in North Pole will reduce freight business that has already been impacted by the price of coal. The bill creating the Alaska Railroad passed Congress a century ago this year. But what does its future hold? Join host Charles Wohlforth and guests to learn more.
KSKA: Wednesday, May 21, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
Makers say their passion goes beyond arduinos and raspberry pi’s (credit card-sized computers). It includes gardening, sewing, knitting cooking. Isn’t that all of us? Find out when Hometown Alaska hosts founders of the local maker movement.
KSKA: Wednesday, May 14, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
How do you get a pair of polar bears to mate? Very carefully. In fact, the polar bears at the Alaska Zoo were living relatively platonically until recently. Now its hoped that they’ll produce a cub that will help conserve the species. We’ll learn about our zoo, the love life of the polar bears, and the that status of these great animals in the wild.
KSKA: Wednesday, May 7, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
Alaska is rich in Native languages. Just this past week the Legislature passed a bill making them official languages in our state. Hometown Alaska host Kathleen McCoy and guests explore the cultural heritage of Alaska Native languages and how they can be revived.
KSKA: Wednesday, April 30, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
The Anchorage Daily News is changing hands, bought by the Alaska Dispatch website and its owner, Alice Rogoff. Tony Hopfinger, who left the Daily News as a reporter to start the Dispatch in his spare bedroom, returns as executive editor. The Daily News sale is the biggest change in Alaska media in more than two decades. Join host Charles Wohlforth as he hashes out the details of what this means for Anchorage with the Daily News’ new leaders.
KSKA: Wednesday, April 23, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
A green oasis in downtown? A good venue for outdoor community festivities? A hidden pocket for bad behavior that scares other users away? What will Town Square’s story ultimately be? Learn its history and imagine its future.
KSKA: Wednesday, April 16, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
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.
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.
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.
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.