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Honoring Black Soldiers Who Helped Build the ALCAN Highway

Last fall, a memorial was installed at Cuddy Family Park in remembrance of the African American Army Engineers who built the Alaska-Canada Highway, or ALCAN, during World War II. Of the 10,000 soldiers assigned to the project, four were regiments of African American Engineers from the 93rd, 95th and 97th Engineer General Service Regiments, and the 388th Engineer Battalion. Join host Shelly Wade and her guests Jean Pollard and Bishop Dave Thomas of The Alaska Highway Project when we celebrate Black History Month and this interesting chapter of Alaska history on the next Hometown, Alaska.

KSKA: Wednesday 2/20 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

February 15, 2013
By Shara Dorris, used with permission.

Raven Stories

They perch on light poles and chastise you for parking too close. They harass your dog and tear in to your trash bags. They hunt with wolves. They save snacks for later. They make up to 30 distinct calls. They are our winter-in-Anchorage urban companions. Join host Kathleen McCoy and experts and fans of local ravens to share stories about their antics, their intelligence and their big personalities on the next Hometown, Alaska.

KSKA Wednesday 2/13 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

February 8, 2013
Anchorage Reads: The Snow Child

Anchorage Reads: The Snow Child

Anchorage Reads is a program that gets the whole town reading and talking about the same book. This time around, the book is by an Alaskan author– one who has received international honors and best-seller status. Eowyn Ivey, author of “The Snow Child,” will be with us on Hometown Alaska to take your questions about the book and share in a community discussion with readers.

February 1, 2013

Engaging in Civic Discourse on Anchorage + Alaska’s Important Issues

Is it possible to have a civil conversation about important and potentially polarizing issues like Title 21, equal rights for gay people, housing for the homeless, motorized versus non-motorized trails, the Knik Arm Bridge, oil taxes, resource development, our state’s fiscal future? Join host Shelly Wade and UAA Associate Professor and Director of Debate, Steve Johnson, when they talk about the state of civic discourse in our community and our state, on the next Hometown, Alaska.

KSKA: Wednesday 1/30 LIVE at 2:00 pm, repeating at 7:00 pm

January 25, 2013
Living History at the Pioneer Home

Living History at the Pioneer Home

Did you know that the very first Pioneer Home opened in Sitka in 1913 to give homeless men a safe place to stay? Today, the State of Alaska operates six homes serving about 460 men and women. Anchorage’s home, just a block off the Park Strip, is the largest. What is it like to live there? How do you qualify? If you know a Pioneer Home resident or someone working there, or you just have questions about how the homes work, join us for a conversation about Alaska’s Pioneer Homes and the story behind them.

KSKA: Wednesday 1/23 LIVE at 2 pm, repeating at 7 pm

January 18, 2013

Importing Live Music

Anchorage is the end of the line for touring musical artists. It takes a lot of time and money for a musical act to get here. But more musicians are coming than ever before, and not only with the non-profit Concert Association. We’ll be talking with one of Anchorage’s busiest promoters, hearing from a recording artist who has been back several times, and talk about favorite concert memories and dreams.

KSKA: Weds. 1/16 at 2:00 p.m. and in the evening after Governor Parnell’s State of the State Address

January 11, 2013

Give a Shout Out to Alaska Volunteers

Is there someone you want to thank for their helping hand? Agencies, non profits, community organizations are invited to give their volunteers a public thank you on Hometown Alaska, featuring special guest super-volunteer Rick Fox.

KSKA: Wednesday 12/19 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

December 14, 2012
Selecting Anchorage History

Selecting Anchorage History

The Cold War doesn’t seem that long ago, but folks are already preserving its history . It’s part of deciding what in this young city deserves to be set aside and preserved for posterity. To discuss these choices, this week’s guests are Greg Derocher, a veteran who served at the Nike missle site above Anchorage and now is trying to save it, and Jo Antonson, who evaluates historic sites for the State of Alaska. Join us with your ideas about what is worth saving from our past, and why.

KSKA: Wednesday 12/12 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

December 7, 2012

Life as an Alaskan Glacier Pilot

What would it be like to spend 12,000 hours flying a small plane through the Alaska Range? What would it be like to land that small plane on Ruth Glacier in Denali National Park? Join me, Shelly Wade, when I talk with Holly Sheldon Lee, daughter of famous Alaskan bush pilot, Don Sheldon, and her husband, accomplished pilot David Lee, when we hear their stories about life as an Alaskan glacier pilot.

KSKA: Wednesday, 12/5 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

November 30, 2012
‘Jailhouse Bach’ and women of the Hiland  Mountain prison string orchestra

‘Jailhouse Bach’ and women of the Hiland Mountain prison string orchestra

What can you learn by joining an orchestra? The discipline of practice. A way to express yourself. A commitment to not let fellow musicians down. That’s true in any orchestra, and especially in the Hiland Mountain Correction Center women’s string orchestra, performing its 9th holiday recital this December. Learn more about how the orchestra began, who pays for it and what participants think of the opportunity.

KSKA: Wednesday, 11/28 at 2:00 and 7:00 p.m.

November 23, 2012
The Alaskan Political Junkie

The Alaskan Political Junkie

If you are up late listing to election returns Tuesday night, don’t worry. Our political junkie analysis doesn’t start until 2pm on Hometown Alaska. Two former legislators look at the results from the perspectives of the Democrats and Republicans, from the presidential pick at the top of the ticket through the new legislature, where control of the state Senate and the future of oil taxation and state finances hang in the balance.

KSKA: Wednesday 11/7 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

November 2, 2012
Did You Hear Something?

Did You Hear Something?

Spine tinglers and hair raisers—the perfect recipe for a fine Halloween! This week Hometown Alaska will feature local storytellers who know just how to scare the starch right out of you! Join us for some great stories, and share your family and neighborhood traditions.

KSKA: Wednesday 10/31 at 2:00 pm

October 26, 2012

The Joy of Running

Runners are a brotherhood and sisterhood. We may run alone over miles of trails, but our major running events are among the largest public gatherings that ever happen in Anchorage, and training builds strong social bonds. Host Charles Wohlforth, a runner himself, welcomes guests and listeners to talk about running, training, races, equipment, trails, injury prevention, and the lifetime benefits of fitness on the next Hometown, Alaska.

KSKA: Wednesday 10/24 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

October 19, 2012

Alaska’s Own Melissa Mitchell, Mountain Stage ‘People’s Choice’

Big news for Alaska singer-songwriter Melissa Mitchell — in September, she won the 2012 Mountain Stage NewSong Contest ‘People’s Choice’ Award. That big achievement turns out to be her ticket to New York City, where she and other regional winners will perform Oct. 20 at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. So, just 10 days before she heads out for the Big Apple we’ll host Melissa Mitchell on Hometown, Alaska to talk about everything from breaking in to the music business, to balancing ambition and family, to her mixed emotions about life in the 49th state.

KSKA: Wednesday, 10/10 at 2:00 p.m. and 7 p.m.

October 5, 2012

The Real Estate Market

There’s evidence that house prices are rising and new homes and business spaces are getting harder to find. Does that mean this is a good time to buy, sell, or refinance your home? We’ll be looking at how to handle your biggest asset in the current economy on the next Hometown, Alaska.

KSKA: Wednesday 10/3 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

September 28, 2012

Royal Dutch Shell’s Role in Alaska Oil and Gas

On September 10th, after a six-year effort, wrought with permitting challenges and legal battles, and recent delays with renovation of its oil spill-containment barge, Shell Alaska finally began preparatory drilling for offshore oil in the Chukchi Sea. A week later, the company announced that it would abandon plans after an accident damaged its oil spill containment dome. On September 20th, the company received the go ahead from federal officials to move forward with initial drilling activities in the Beaufort Sea. Join host Shelly Wade on Hometown, Alaska and learn more about Shell’s past, current and future role in Alaska’s oil and gas industry.

KSKA: Wednesday, 9/26 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

September 21, 2012
Some trees look like they just "pulled up the rug" of grass as they toppled.

Why Trees Go Down in the Wind & How to Protect Them

Did you lose trees in the big blow Sept. 4? How much of that damage was preventable? Bring your tree questions to the experts when Patricia Joyner of the Community Forestry Program and arborist Jim Flott discuss the kind of damage they saw after the storm and offer advice on what types of trees will thrive in Anchorage and how to plant them. Find out how to take care of the trees in your own backyard.

KSKA: Wednesday, 9/19 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

September 14, 2012
Rabbit Lake, Chugach State Park. Photo by Frank Kovalcheck. Creative Commons license.

Chugach State Park People Pressure

Chugach State park is one of the best in the country. In fact, it rivals many of the national parks. It is also in our back yard, a place we can go for walks after dinner or to take visitors to see the views. But proximity may threaten the very nature of the park. Our topic is the urban wilderness of Chugach State Park, and how it is changing as the city grows and encroaches on its edge. How do you want to see it develop – or not?

KSKA: Wednesday 9/12 at 2:00 p.m. and 7 p.m.

September 7, 2012

Midwifery in Southcentral Alaska

It’s a girl! It’s a boy! Having a baby is a journey. The road of pregnancy and childbirth has many bumps, bends and turns. Having someone there to tend to your needs along the way, can make that road a little smoother. Join host Shelly Wade when she talks with a group of local midwives and mothers on the next Hometown, Alaska.

KSKA: Wednesday 9/5 at 2:00 pm & 8:00 pm

August 31, 2012
Anchorage Police and Deadly Force

Anchorage Police and Deadly Force

When an APD officer killed a man threatening him with a stick, community members began asking how and when deadly force is appropriate in our community. Anchorage Chief Mark Mew joins host Charles Wohlforth, to talk about how our officers do their work, and when they can make the decision to take a life.

KSKA: Wednesday 8/29 at 2:00 pm & 8:00 pm

August 24, 2012