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Identity theft: “Not if. When”

Identity theft: “Not if. When”

Learn how to protect yourself Wednesday on the next Hometown Alaska. Ask questions, tell your own story, hear from the experts.

KSKA: Wednesday, May 20, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
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May 15, 2015
New Restaurants

New Restaurants

Opening a hit restaurant, or operating a long-running favorite, takes more than business skill, you also have to figure out what people want and deliver it every day. What do successful restaurateurs need to understand about Anchorage to make their businesses work? We’ll be joined by owners of some of the most popular restaurants in town. We’ll learn their business ideas, and you can ask your own questions about their food, service, and new hot spots that are coming.

KSKA: Weds., May 13, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
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May 8, 2015
The marijuana market

The marijuana market

The debate is over. Marijuana is legal in Alaska. Now comes the hard part, figuring out how this new industry is going to work. On Hometown Alaska, we’ll talk about the marijuana market, what it will look like, how it will be regulated, and what we can expect as residents of Alaskan communities. What do you want to know about using marijuana, or making sure you kids don’t use it? Join us with your questions.

KSKA: Wednesday, May 6, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
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May 1, 2015
School kids, STEM science and the Chester Creek Watershed

School kids, STEM science and the Chester Creek Watershed

School kids from four elementary schools located along Chester Creek have been learning all about that watershed this year, including plenty of science. Join us to hear what they learned about everything from water temperature and pH to microinvertebrates and salmon, as well as the many community partners who made it happen.

KSKA: Wednesday, April 29, at 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm

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April 24, 2015
Eating local with fish

Eating local with fish

We live with the world’s best source of delicious, fresh seafood. So why isn’t fish on the table more often in Anchorage? The local food movement is coming to Alaska’s fisheries. We’ll talk about bringing the community supported agriculture model to seafood, and also the traditional route that brings fish to stores, prices, and what’s good seasonally. Join us with your questions, ideas and recipes.

KSKA: Wednesday, April 22, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.

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April 17, 2015
How do we pay for public schools?

How do we pay for public schools?

In this week’s Hometown Alaska, we aim to offer School Budgeting 101, a foundational look at how schools are financed. Learn the basics of school finance so that news stories make sense to you, so that you feel equipped to ask your principal or legislator useful questions and ultimately make well-informed votes.

KSKA: Wednesday, April 18, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.

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April 10, 2015
Divorce without lawyers

Divorce without lawyers

Divorce puts Alaskans into the legal system to settle their emotional problems the most expensive way possible, with dueling attorneys. Few of us can afford that. We’ll talk about splitting up without attorneys. Support exists to mediate the way to a new life, dividing assets and child custody, and resolving your own future rather than turning those decisions over to a judge.

KSKA: Wednesday, April 8, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.

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April 3, 2015
What was Anchorage like 50 years ago?

What was Anchorage like 50 years ago?

What was Anchorage like for black Americans in the 1950s and ’60s. Find out through the stories of three who lived it, as they talk about community, opportunity and why they made Anchorage their home.

KSKA: Wednesday, April 1, at 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm

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March 27, 2015
Alaska reality TV

Alaska reality TV

Our state has the dubious distinction of being the favorite place to make a reality show. Anyone who watches TV thinks Alaskans are a bunch of idiots by now. So why argue? On today’s show, we talk about enjoying Alaskan reality TV, and we need your help. Call in with the silliest, weirdest or most surprising thing you’ve seen portrayed about Alaska. We’ll make it a fun hour.

KSKA: Wednesday, March 25, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.

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March 20, 2015
UAA challenges

UAA challenges

Alaska is far below national averages in the number of students who go to college, and yet employers say they lack skilled workers. UAA Chancellor Tom Case and other UAA leaders address the challenges facing a school with lots of shiny new structures but a serious budget gap, and a community that needs more successful graduates.

KSKA: Wednesday, March 18, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.

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March 13, 2015
A Voyage to Excellence short term residential program introduces students to the engineering process during a February Tsunami Shelter Challenge. (Photo courtesy Voyage to Excellence)

Residential and onsite innovations for rural Alaska education

Educating rural Alaskans is challenging, given financial constraints and remote settings. Nonetheless, a 20-year-old short term residential program in Anchorage, and an onsite and online tutoring program in a rural setting are yielding promising to excellent results.

KSKA: Wednesday, March 11, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.

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March 6, 2015
It's a low-snow winter, both in the mountains around Anchorage and in the flats. (Photo by Brian Brettschneider, taken Jan. 25, 2015)

The winter that wasn’t

Climatologist Brian Brettschneider visits Hometown Alaska to help put our current very weird weather patterns into perspective. Is Anchorage becoming the banana belt?

KSKA: Wednesday, March 4, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.

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February 28, 2015
Crossing Native culture

Crossing Native culture

Alaska Native cultures are growing and changing, like all living cultures, by absorbing and repurposing the ideas and forms from our diverse world of different kinds of people. We’ll talk to artists in different media who have mixed and mashed indigenous influences with other strands from around the world.

KSKA: Wednesday, Feb. 25, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.

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February 21, 2015
After oil: What’s the climate for entrepreneurs?

After oil: What’s the climate for entrepreneurs?

Unless price-per-barrel oil shoots back up, Alaskans are looking at a sharply contracting economic picture. Let’s talk alternatives! Join Hometown Alaska to hear from local experts on the status of Alaska’s ecosystem for entrepreneurs.

KSKA: Wednesday, Feb. 18, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.

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February 13, 2015
Summer travel planning

Summer travel planning

It’s time to make your summer plans, for vacations Outside and for other peoples’ vacations, those friends and family who can fill your summer like a plague of locusts. We’ll talk about fare wars, destinations, places to go in Alaska, and the tourism industry that supports so many small businesses. Join us with your questions and your suggestions for how to entertain summer visitors.

KSKA: Wednesday, Feb. 11, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.

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February 6, 2015
Details of Dying

Details of Dying

The end of life is not easy to talk about, and that’s one reason why it’s so confusing and scary to deal with the issues we all face when loved ones die. We’ll try to help, as we discuss the practical details of assisting a dying family member, the actual death and arrangements, and the grief that can last a long time.

KSKA: Wednesday, Jan 28, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.

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January 23, 2015
The Science of Cook Inlet

The Science of Cook Inlet

Cook Inlet plays a big part in the life of our city, but what do we know about the health of the waterway that brings us fish, oil and gas, the cargo ships that supply us, and accepts our waste? As the Alaska Marine Science Symposium takes place in Anchorage, we’ll talk with experts about the Inlet and Gulf of Alaska, the waters and wildlife.

KSKA: Wednesday, January 21, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.

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January 16, 2015
Oil prices and the economy

Oil prices and the economy

Crashing oil prices have hit Alaska’s political establishment like an early frost that halts the growth of a garden. But what will be the impact on the real economy here in Anchorage, where we live? We’ll look at how lower oil prices and government spending could affect jobs and housing prices in our neighborhoods. The legendary crash of the ’80s started this way — how do we avoid a repeat?

KSKA: Wednesday, Jan 14, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.

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January 9, 2015
Winter Solstice: ‘Follow the Light’ at Elderberry Park

Winter Solstice: ‘Follow the Light’ at Elderberry Park

Recipe: Take vintage municipal holiday street decorations. Save them in storage for years. When the right moment comes, strip, weld, attach LED lights, compose music. Install. Happy birthday, Anchorage, and here’s to the next 100 years.

KSKA: Wednesday, Dec. 17 at 2 pm and 9 pm
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December 12, 2014
Parlor in the Round

Parlor in the Round

Parlor in the Round is a fun way to experience local music, with performers taking the stage together to joke, swap songs, and even write them on the spot based on audience ideas. We’ll capture some of that fun in the studio with musicians Nellie Clay, Michael Howard and Kevin Worrell, and learn about the challenges of creating and presenting original music in Anchorage.

KSKA: Wednesday, Dec. 10, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
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December 5, 2014