A dress made of old but shiny bicycle parts? That was the People’s Choice award from Object Runway’s third annual show before a packed crowd at the Bear Tooth Jan. 26, featuring some 65 garments designed by Alaskans, each telling its own story. Kathleen McCoy hosts show organizers and garment designers, on the next Hometown, Alaska.
KSKA: Wednesday, 2/1 at 2 pm, repeating at 7 pm
Alaska Winter Hazards, from Cabin Fever to avalanches. Waking up in the morning with the conviction that mother nature wants you dead is never more plausible than in the midst of the cold, dark Alaska Winter. What it takes to survive on the next Hometown, Alaska. Participate in the live call-in Wednesday 2:00 – 3:00 pm.
KSKA: Wednesday 1/25 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm
Ever wish you could fly through the air like a bird? Well, ski jumping may be the closest we humans ever get. And, amazingly, you can learn how right here in Anchorage, at the Nordic Ski Association’s ski-jumping program at Hilltop Ski Area. Some much-needed TLC this summer refreshed the jumps that Karl Eid opened in the 1980s. Now, the sport is growing again, ambitious to groom Alaskans in an Olympic sport with Nordic roots. The video, courtesy of Karen Compton of the NSAA’s Alaska Ski Jump Club of Anchorage, shows the current crop or young athletes taking the leap.
KSKA: Wednesday, 1/18 at 2 pm, repeating later that evening after the State of the State Address.
A program created a decade ago to reduce the extraordinary death toll of Alaska plane crashes reached a milestone with a recent study that found pilot deaths down 57%. How did regulators, operators and scientists crack the safety puzzle? And what more can we do to reduce crashes of the small planes that are basic transportation over most of Alaska?
KSKA: Wednesday, 1/11 at 2:00pm
Alaska is still a place where one person can make a difference. If you know someone or some group who deserve thanks for their efforts as volunteers, you can show your appreciation by calling into the next Hometown Alaska and thanking them live on the air.
KSKA: Wednesday 12/28 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm
Fully 90 percent of what we eat, drink, read and drive flows through the Port of Anchorage. And yet this gateway is 50 years old and vulnerable. A big quake could damage or destroy it. The fix has been flawed. Cost over runs and construction failures brought this retired Alaska shipper’s lament: “We’ve got a real mess on our hands.” Untangle it with host Kathleen McCoy and her guests Dr. Larry McCallister of the Army Corps of Engineers and Anchorage, Mayor Dan Sullivan on Hometown, Alaska..
KSKA: Wednesday 12/14 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm
December 7, 1941, was a day that changed Alaska as much as any other in our history. During World War II, Anchorage went from a town to a city, Alaskans helped arm the Russians and new forts defended against invasion. Residents fled. And an invasion did come. A resident who remembers that day Frank Reed is our guest, as well as a historian Dr. Stephen Haycox who has studied the impact of World War II on our city. Join the conversation on Hometown, Alaska with your host Charles Wohlforth.
Wednesday 12/7 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm
Winter driving in Alaska. Fun? Frustrating? Frightening? What are the written and unwritten rules of winter driving in Southcentral Alaska? Learn from seasoned AK drivers and share your stories about the best ways to negotiate our icy winter streets, especially during this busy holiday season on the next Hometown, Alaska.
Wednesday 11/30 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm
Alaskans love animals, from dinky wiener dogs to exotic tropical birds to mighty draft horses. Join host Peter Dunlap- Shohl on Hometown, Alaska for another in our occasional series of chats with local veterinarians, when we talk with Chugiak large animal vet Julie Grohs. Call-in with your pet questions.
KSKA: Wednesday 11/16 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm
How does he even get those amazing natural wildlife sounds, as if he were standing right next to that grunting grizzly bear! As the host of Encounters, Richard Nelson is our guide to the fascinating sights,sounds and behaviors of Alaska’s resilient animals. For an opportunity to talk with Alaska anthropologist and naturalist Richard Nelson, join host Kathleen McCoy on a special edition of Hometown, Alaska on Friday.
KSKA: Friday 11/11 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm
Would you try out a fenced dog park? Have you ever used doggie day care? Do your dogs chase critters? These are the kinds of questions that Dog Blog founder Mike Lewis tosses out to get cyber conversations rolling among local dog owners. His Dog Blog, housed on the Anchorage Daily News website, has been a place for heated discussions and some very creative ideas to benefit hounds, large and small.
KSKA: Wednesday 11/9 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm
As a third-generation Alaskan farmer, Larry DeVilbiss, has an interesting success story. Now he is also the mayor of the Mat-Su Borough, facing issues of transportation, growth, and a brand new ferry that was built without a landing for passengers on the Anchorage side. Charles Wohlforth hosts Mayor Larry DeVilbiss, to learn how he sees Mat-Su’s future, and to answer your questions.
KSKA: Wednesday 11/2 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm
On September 30th, Mayor Dan Sullivan released his proposed 2012 budget. The budget is currently in the hands of the Anchorage Assembly for their review and October 25th marks the start of a series of public hearings to get resident feedback. What are your thoughts on the Mayor’s proposed budget and what would you like to know about his future plans for Anchorage?
KSKA: Wednesday, 10/26 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm
How should the Anchorage School District resolve questions over its math curriculum? Some love Everyday Mathematics, some despise it, and the program recently had a near-death experience in the Anchorage School District. How did 2=2+4 get so complicated and controversial?
Wednesday 10/19 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm
Rage City Roller Girls Season Opener, October 1, 2011. Sockeye Sallys from Anchorage vs. the Fairbanks Rebel Ravens at the Dena’ina Center. Video by Kathleen McCoy.
Join host Kathleen McCoy and Rage City Rollergirls, Dawnell “WickedSpeedia” Smith and Patricia “New England PatRIOT #1″Bergeron to talk about the energy behind the roller derby, what it means to women who skate, why it’s a D.I.Y. sport, and why some characterize it as an element of Third Wave Feminism. Why do they skate? Is it sport or spectacle? What is the injury rate? Are men involved? What about those crazy names?
KSKA: Wednesday 10/12 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm
Over 93 years ago, the citizens of Alaska enacted the “Bone Dry” law by a vote of nearly two to one. Two years later, the Eighteenth amendment to the U.S. Constitution became law and the nation went dry. On the next Hometown, Alaska, join host Shelly Wade and her guests as thet we take your calls and answer your questions about the history of prohibition in Alaska.
KSKA: Wednesday 9/28 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm
The legislature came up with an incentive program to bring filmmakers North to make their next Blockbuster. What has that money bought us? What has it meant to Alaskans with and without film connections? How does the average Alaskan become a carpenter or an extra?
KSKA: Wednesday 9/21 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm
The Bartok of Car Talk: Composer Leiderman’s Music Sets the Stage from Morning Edition to Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me
On a special edition of Hometown, Alaska this Friday, NPR theme composer BJ Leiderman talks about what make music for radio programs work. And even better, he will have a keyboard in the KSKA studios and plans to play live, illuminating choices he makes while devising his stubbornly unforgettable and amazingly durable themes. Call-in with your questions and requests for BJ.
KSKA: Friday 9/16 at 2:00 pm