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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
Alternative Ways to Worship

Alternative Ways to Worship

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.
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April 4, 2014
Garden fever in April

Garden fever in April

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.
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March 28, 2014
The Science of the ’64 Earthquake

The Science of the ’64 Earthquake

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.
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March 21, 2014
Code for America, Anchorage Brigade: What the hack are they up to?

Code for America, Anchorage Brigade: What the hack are they up to?

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.
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March 14, 2014
Education Funding Activism

Education Funding Activism

Gov. Sean Parnell has declared this year the education session the legislature, but if you are involved in schools in Anchorage you already know that education funding and policy are hot topics. On the next Hometown Alaska, host Charles Wohlforth will be joined by education activists to lead a community discussion on school funding and school choice. Should state funding increase, and should it be available to private and religious schools?

KSKA: Wednesday, 3/12, 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
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March 7, 2014
Good old dogs: Treating them well in the end

Good old dogs: Treating them well in the end

The sad truth is we usually outlive our pets. That parting is painful and tough to plan for, but being prepared can add some solace to a tough time. Join us on Hometown Alaska when long time Alaska veterinarian John Hightower takes your questions and talks us through the issues.

KSKA: Wednesday, March 5, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
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February 28, 2014
Media: Friend or Foe? Ask Brooke Gladstone.

Media: Friend or Foe? Ask Brooke Gladstone.

Brooke Gladstone has spent 25 years in the news business, the past dozen years taking its temperature and analyzing its strengths and weaknesses on NPR’s “On the Media.” She does it on our behalf, as news consumers. Gladstone is in Alaska this week, her very first time, to talk about our uneasy relationship with news as detailed in her book, “The Influencing Machine.”

KSKA: Wednesday, 2/26, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
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February 21, 2014
Choosing Capital Projects

Choosing Capital Projects

Tradition is an important part of politics. The Alaska Legislature has long followed the tradition of keeping the state’s capital budget process confidential until the last minute, and then releasing and voting on it in the final days of the session. Some people think that leads to bad decisions. We’ll talk about Anchorage’s recent tennis court controversies, and other impacts of how the legislature does its job. Is there a better way?

KSKA: Wednesday, 2/19, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
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February 17, 2014
Where do you work?

Where do you work?

The work world is changing. More and more creatives toil on contract and can work anywhere they want: the kitchen table, the local coffee house, or now, new co-working environments.

KSKA: Weds. 2/12 at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
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February 7, 2014
Our Weird Weather

Our Weird Weather

Tulips and green grass in January? Road to Valdez closed by the mother of all avalanches? Will there be an Iditarod, a Fur Rondy, an Iron Dog? Let’s talk about our recent weather and its implications on the next Hometown Alaska.

KSKA: Weds. 2/5 at 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm
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January 31, 2014
Olympic stadium planned for Anchorage's 1992 bid to host the games.

Anchorage’s Olympic Dream

In the 1980s, Anchorage made bids to host the winter Olympics. Remember Salt Lake City? That could have been us. Now the idea is back. On the next Hometown Alaska, we’ll talk about whether Anchorage should be an Olympic city, and what was learned last time we tried. Join us with your questions, memories and opinions. Should we bid for 2026?

KSKA: Wednesday, 1/29 at 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm
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January 24, 2014
Arts in Alaska: Thriving, or just surviving?

Arts in Alaska: Thriving, or just surviving?

The arts always seem to struggle for funding. Why? We’ll hear from the Rasmuson Foundation on their Individual Artists Awards, and from local community arts organizations on their strategies to thrive, including the Design Forum, Anchorage Community Works, Object Runway and more.

KSKA, Wednesday, 1/22 at 2:00 and 9:00 pm
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January 17, 2014
Moving the Transit Center

Moving the Transit Center

The People Mover bus system has routed through the transit center in downtown Anchorage for many years, but now city officials want to move the transit center to midtown as part of a mixed development of residential and commercial land uses. We explore the pros and cons of moving the transit center, and the implications for focusing more city activity in the midtown area instead of the traditional downtown core.

KSKA: Wednesday 1/15 at 2:00 and 9:00 pm
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January 10, 2014