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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 - 1:00 pm
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 - 1:00 pm
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 - 1:00 pm
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 - 1:45 pm
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 - 1:00 pm
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 - 1:11 pm
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 - 1:00 pm
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 - 12:55 pm
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 - 1:00 pm
Rise of the Social Entrepreneur

Rise of the Social Entrepreneur

On the next Hometown Alaska, we’ll hear a particularly Alaskan perspective on social entrepreneurship with Yaso Thiru. She teaches accounting at Alaska Pacific University, and for the last 18 months has promoted social change through education, employment and entrepreneurial spirit. We’ll talk of numerous examples, some global and some local, and take a closer look at Hope Studios, a social entrepreneurship venture right here in Anchorage, with gallery manager Julie Mettler.

KSKA: Wednesday 1/8 at 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm
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January 3, 2014 - 1:00 pm

Celebrating Volunteers

Volunteers are the heart of many organizations and causes. At this time of year, KSKA provides an opportunity to thank them for their contributions to the community. In the studio, our guests address what volunteers accomplish and how organizations can attract and make effective use of a volunteer workforce.

KSKA: Wednesday 12/18 at 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm
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December 13, 2013 - 1:00 pm
The LGBT Experience in Anchorage

The LGBT Experience in Anchorage

Anchorage lags behind much of the nation in protecting gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender citizens from discrimination, but does that mean they face more prejudice or have a harder life here? Our guests address the lgbt experience in Anchorage, the good as well as the bad. Join us and call in for an open discussion and honest questions about navigating sexual identity.

KSKA: Wednesday 12/11 at 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm
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December 6, 2013 - 1:00 pm
Winter film fests: Let’s go to the movies

Winter film fests: Let’s go to the movies

You say snow gives you hives? Not to worry. Anchorage hosts two winter film festivals that promise to transport your mind and imagination to places you never dreamed of visiting.
Come enjoy the best getaway in the world: the movies. We’ll feature program directors for the Anchorage International Film Festival and the Indigenous World Film Festival, They’ll share highlights and don’t-miss surprises for each festival.

KSKA: Wednesday, 12/4 at 2:00pm and 9:00pm
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November 29, 2013 - 1:00 pm
Moose and Mice, Be Gone!

Moose and Mice, Be Gone!

Do moose hate Irish Spring soap? Do mice hate peppermint? We’ll talk remedies to unwanted moose and mice visitors on the next Hometown Alaska. Email your tips to hometown@alaskapublic.org, and tune in for some you’ve never heard of before!

KSKA: Wednesday, 11/20 at 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm
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November 15, 2013 - 1:00 pm
Reconnecting with the Dena’ina in Anchorage

Reconnecting with the Dena’ina in Anchorage

All your favorite Anchorage places, like Chester Creek and Point Woronzof, have other names given them by the first people who made Anchorage home, the Dena’ina Athabascans. Learn more about your hometown from the experts, the first residents, on the next Hometown Alaska.

KSKA: Wednesday, 11/13 at 2:00pm and 9:00pm
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November 8, 2013 - 12:58 pm
Anchorage labor ordinance

Anchorage labor ordinance

The key players in the Anchorage labor law debate join us in the studio for a round table discussion: Mayor Dan Sullivan, Assembly chair Ernie Hall, Assembly member Elvi Gray-Jackson, and Gerard Asselin, the President of the Coalition on Municipal Unions. Join us for a civil discussion on a tough issue.

KSKA: Wednesday 11/6 at 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm
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November 1, 2013 - 1:29 pm
Ted Stevens Anchorage Int’l Airport master plan: the next 20 years

Ted Stevens Anchorage Int’l Airport master plan: the next 20 years

The Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport master plan is coming in for a landing. It’s time to get your questions answered and offer airport planners the feedback they need. Airport director John Parrott and project manager Evan Pfahler join us.

KSKA: Wednesday, 10/30 at 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm
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October 25, 2013 - 1:00 pm

Celtic New Year

Celtic New Year is something like Halloween, but more serious– a night when the veil between two worlds is lifted and ancestors may be in touch. On the next Hometown Alaska, we’ll learn about this tradition, and its 25th annual celebration in Anchorage, which is coming up, with members of the Irish and Scottish communities.

KSKA: Wednesday 10/23 at 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm
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October 18, 2013 - 1:00 pm
Allison Warden and Liz Medicine Crow

Allison Warden and Liz Medicine Crow

They come from different parts of Alaska and different Native communities. Their typical work day could not look more different. Both labor in the quest for a vibrant future for their people. Meet Allison Warden and Liz Medicine Crow, in conversation, on the next Hometown Alaska.

KSKA, Wednesday, 10/16 at 2:00pm and 9:00pm
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October 11, 2013 - 1:00 pm
Ferry Susitna.

The Mat-Su Ferry

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
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October 4, 2013 - 12:15 pm