The advanced-design ferry Susitna was supposed to connect Anchorage and Mat-Su’s Point MacKenzie, but after spending $78 million on the vessel, no landing docks have ever been built and the ship has become a costly white elephant. On the next Hometown, Alaska host Charles Wohlforth and his guests will talk about how Mat-Su taxpayers to got in this difficult situation, and the options being discussed to deal with the cost.
KSKA: Wednesday 10/9 at 2:00 and 9:00 pm
Shoes are particularly personal things, and yet universally human. On the next Hometown, Alaska we’ll be talking about shoes as a way to understand our community, our culture and lifestyles. An exhibit is opening at the Anchorage Museum called Footnotes, and some of the shoes on dispay are crazy, including Xtratough boots as high heels. Charles Wohlforth hosts the curator and one of the artists.
KSKA: Wednesday 10/2 at 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm
Does money flow through your fingers at an alarming rate? Do you understand how credit cards work? Do you buy things you really can’t afford? Studies show young people are at increasing risk because they don’t understand money at a time when they’ll be called upon to manage their own financial resources well. Get advice and tips from the experts on the next Hometown Alaska with host Kathleen McCoy and some money-savvy guests.
KSKA: Wednesday 9/25, at 2:00 pm (LIVE) and 9:00 pm
Churches have fought racial prejudice or gone along with it at different times and places in Alaskan history. These deep, moral issues put spiritual leaders in a complex position, and they see their duties very differently.On the next Hometown, Alaska host Charles Wohlforth talks with two pastors about how religious faith might be relevant to issues of prejudice, how churches talk about those issues, and the pitfalls of broaching them.
KSKA: Wednesday 9/18, at 2:00 pm (LIVE) and 9:00 pm
Who is The Light Brigade and what will they do at the Anchorage Museum on Sept. 21, the Fall Equinox? Hint: Defy gravity on the facade of a glittering building. Find out more when a Light Brigade member, a museum director and an urban environment expert come together to explore how art can change the way we think about place.
KSKA, Wednesday 9/11 at 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm
A family tragedy inspired Mary Katzke to sell her house and belongings, take her 10-year-old Corrin out of school, and head off around the world with him. Now Mary and Corin are back, and they’ve produced a film and exhibit about their experiences called World School. They join us to talk about jumping off the deep end into the wide world.
KSKA: Wednesday 9/4 at 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm
Summer is over and we’re back home again. Up ahead: winter. Now is a good time to take stock and see how prepared and self-reliant we are, not just for winter weather, but in the event a major event delays police, public health services, food and fresh water supplies. How does a citizen get ready, mentally and physically, to face the aftermath of a disaster? Join us with your questions on the next Hometown Alaska.
KSKA: Wednesday, 8/28 at 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm
School is starting in Anchorage, once again with a new superintendent. After a year of turmoil, the Anchorage School District is headed by a local educator, Ed Graff. Superintendent Graff looks ahead to coming school year and how he plans to guide the district. We’re on the air the first day of school.
KSKA: Wednesday 8/21 at 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm
The military bases in Anchorage have been transition points for veterans who have seen serious combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now many are home and re-entering civilian life. What are the challenges? What gifts do they bring? Join host Kathleen McCoy and three experts fluent in this important transition for combat veterans and the communities they choose as home.
KSKA, Wednesday, 8/14 at 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm
Think you’ve got the best next business idea? Then tune in to meet the latest batch of young winning entrepreneurs and the judges who chose them and why. Look ahead to Entrepreneurship Week and Alaska’s first-ever Mini Maker Faire.
KSKA: Wednesday, June 26, 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm
Huge storms in the fall. A winter that was slow to start and then wouldn’t quit. A late, frigid spring that turned into a scorching June. On the next Hometown Alaska, we’ll talk about just how unusual the weather has been, and how that relates to climate–or doesn’t. Tune in with your questions for our weather and climate experts.
KSKA: Wednesday 6/19 at 2:00 pm and 7 :00 pm
On the next Hometown, Alaska join host Kathleen McCoy and Alaska Aviation Centennial guests Jane Dale and Chuck Miller to hear the stories of Alaska’s earliest aviators. Both have been participating in summer-long fly-ins around the state to commemorate the centennial year. Events are taking place all summer long. Stops include Anchorage, Cordova, Valdez, Homer, Illiamna, King Salmon, Dillingham, Bethel, Aniak, McGrath, Galena, Unalakleet, Nome, Kotzebue, Barrow, Fairbanks, Talkeetna, and Wasilla.
KSKA: Wednesday 6/12 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm
What exactly IS jazz? We get some help from the experts when Spenard Jazz Fest founder Yngvil Vatn Guttu and keyboardist Dan McElrath join us in the studio. They’ll demonstrate jazz conversation and share the roots of what some have called America’s own classical music. We especially invite local musicians to join the discussion on if and how Alaska makes space for jazz.
KSKA: Wednesday, June 5 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm
Sometimes the news you hear and read gets so complicated and insider you want to tune out, but when it comes to the Alaska gasline, that would mean ignoring one of the most important issues that could determine the state’s future for generations. On the next Hometown Alaska, we hold a clarifying discussion about gasline options and issues, a gasline 101 to get up to speed and form our own opinions.
KSKA: Wednesday, 5/29, at 2 pm and 7 pm
No, that’s not meant as a cruel joke. Spring has been cool and summer warmth is slow to arrive. Still, our long days will make for good growing – soon. And if you’re behind, you have time to catch up. This week on Hometown Alaska, we’ve invited garden experts to the studio mic to tell us what’s new in garden plants, culture and attitudes. Bring your questions.
KSKA: Wednesday 5/22 at 2:00 pm and 7 pm
Ready to pull out the canoe? Take the dog for a game of swim-and-fetch? Dip your toes in a local lake? Let’s find out how healthy the water in our backyard playgrounds—the creeks, streams and lakes around Anchorage—really is. Two savvy water scientists join host Kathleen McCoy to discuss what’s helping and what’s challenging the health of our local waterways. Creek Cleanup this year is May 18, so how are we doing?
KSKA: Wednesday 5/15 at 2:00 pm and 7:00pm
The extension of Bragaw south into the university medical area has been a controversial idea for decades. Now the legislature has funded a project to connect the north side of UAA to Northern Lights Boulevard, and design is going ahead. We’ll learn about the Bragaw extension, how it was approved, the routes under consideration, and the pros and cons of each, balancing the need to move traffic and the need to preserve the university campus.
KSKA: Wednesday 5/8 at 2:00 pm and 7:00pm
What makes for the good life? Sure, we need jobs and an economy and a vision for the future. But we also need self expression, beauty, music and the solace of fellow travelers. The Anchorage Music Co-op is a grassroots nonprofit that exists to nurture local musicians by getting them in front of a listening audience. Meet cofounder Laura Oden and learn how the co-op navigated its fledgling status to settle into a viable support system for local musicians. And we’ll also hear a few tunes from Laura and Kevin Worrell.
KSKA: Wednesday 5/1 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 pm
Writing well is not an easy task and writing about painful family breakups is even harder. On the next Hometown Alaska, Lori Townsend hosts guest Leigh Newman, author of the new book Still Points North: One Alaskan Childhood, One Grown up World and one long journey home. Leigh’s riveting story tells of her struggles growing up between two homes; her father’s in Anchorage and her mother’s in Baltimore.
KSKA: Wednesday 4/24 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm
Outdoor markets foster a grassroots economy in Anchorage of tiny businesses, often with one person creating work by hand and selling it directly to the public. But these tiny businesses can add up to big money, and some of them take off. We’ll be talking about the markets, craft fairs, and other homegrown shopping forums with a market manager and an artist who uses the markets to sell her work.
KSKA Wednesday, 4/17, 2 pm and 7 pm