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Literary Alaska: Seth Kantner, Sherry Simpson, Joan Kane

Literary Alaska: Seth Kantner, Sherry Simpson, Joan Kane

Three Alaska writers join us on Hometown Alaska this week. Please welcome Joan Kane, Sherry Simpson and Seth Kantner. We’ll talk about getting your literary arms around a place as amazing as the one we live in.

KSKA: Wednesday, Oct. 1 at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.

September 26, 2014
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Kids and computing

Just because your child can text, tweet and enjoy video games does not mean she knows how to boss around her laptop. What are the essential skills that translate into digital literacy? Is your child acquiring them?

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September 19, 2014
Rebuilding Transportation History

Rebuilding Transportation History

The week’s show is for the gearhead in all of us, as we talk to guys who are fixing up some of the coolest old stuff around, and what’s more interesting than that? A group is rebuilding a full-sized steam locomotive that once ran on the Alaska Railroad, and now will run again. And we’ll have a restorer who rebuilds historic airplanes at the Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum.

KSKA: Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
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September 12, 2014
Keeping bees in Alaska

Keeping bees in Alaska

Alaska’s bee season is short and intense, and most hives have wound down for this year. But beekeepers are enjoying rich golden honey, fruit of their bees’ labor, and planning for next season’s hive.

KSKA: Wednesday, Sept. 10, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
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September 5, 2014
Cold War Secrets

Cold War Secrets

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.
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August 29, 2014
Who’s hungry in Alaska?

Who’s hungry in Alaska?

One in seven Alaskans, and one in five children, routinely go hungry in our state. How does Alaska bridge that gap in the food and nutrition network?

KSKA: Wednesday, August 27, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.
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August 22, 2014
New school challenges

New school challenges

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.
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August 12, 2014
Wild edibles in Alaska: Seek and ye shall find

Wild edibles in Alaska: Seek and ye shall find

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.
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August 8, 2014

State of the Re:Union

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.

June 27, 2014
Getting an audience for the issues

Getting an audience for the issues

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.
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June 20, 2014
When military vets need a doctor

When military vets need a doctor

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.
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June 13, 2014
Future of the Museum

Future of the Museum

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.
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June 6, 2014
Why is Anchorage so diverse?

Why is Anchorage so diverse?

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.
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May 30, 2014
Graduation Rates: How are we doing?

Graduation Rates: How are we doing?

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.
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May 23, 2014
The Future of the Alaska Railroad

The Future of the Alaska Railroad

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.
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May 16, 2014
Makers in Anchorage

Makers in Anchorage

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.
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May 9, 2014
Mating the polar bears

Mating the polar bears

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.
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May 2, 2014
Rejuvenating Alaska Native languages

Rejuvenating Alaska Native languages

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.
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April 25, 2014
The Anchorage Daily News Changes Ownership

The Anchorage Daily News Changes Ownership

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.
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April 18, 2014
Imagining a Town Square Park for Everyone

Imagining a Town Square Park for Everyone

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.
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April 11, 2014