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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 - 1:00 pm
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 - 1:09 pm

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 - 1:04 pm
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 - 2:00 pm
ASD superintendent Jim Browder.

The first day of school

As students finish their first day of classes of a new school year Wednesday afternoon, host Charles Wohlforth visits with the new superintendent of the Anchorage School District, Jim Browder, to learn about his plans for our kids and to answer your questions.

KSKA: Wednesday 8/22 at 2:00 pm

August 17, 2012 - 1:00 pm
Image of a full back tattoo, called  'Fire and Ice,' 2007 shared under Wikimedia Creative Commons, by Bengt Nyman

Tales of the Tattooed: What’s your story?

A moose biologist with intricate back and upper leg tattoos. A bakery worker with a famous storybook figure on her arm that signifies love between her and her mother. A nurse with 14 tattoos and a heap of regret. Every tattoo has a story behind it. Join tattoo artist James Allen and host Kathleen McCoy for ‘Tales of the Tattooed.’ What’s your tattoo story?

KSKA, Wednesday 8/15 at 2 pm and repeating at 7 pm

August 10, 2012 - 12:05 pm
What’s Your Question for the Mat-Su School Superintendent?

What’s Your Question for the Mat-Su School Superintendent?

The start of a new school year holds promise and challenge. Just north of Anchorage, the state’s second largest school district – with 45 schools and 17,000 students – is gearing up. Dr. Deena Paramo starts her second year as superintendent, capping a long career at Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District that started as a middle school teacher. She joins host Kathleen McCoy in the studio to talk about 21st century education, her ambitions for the new year, and to field your questions.

KSKA: Wednesday 8/1 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

July 27, 2012 - 1:00 pm
Fishing in Anchorage

Fishing in Anchorage

Anchorage is unique. You can bike to work, and if you bring your waders and rod along, you can bike home with salmon for dinner. We’ll explore the opportunities to fish without leaving city limits. And the fantasy of fly-in fishing from Lake Hood to some of the best salmon streams in the world. With king salmon fishing closed in upper Cook Inlet, we’ll get advice from the experts on opportunities and restrictions.

Wednesday 6/27 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

June 22, 2012 - 12:32 pm
Relishing Alaska’s Roadside Fare

Relishing Alaska’s Roadside Fare

Nothing whets the appetite like a steering wheel, a ribbon of asphalt and miles to burn. Give that a few hours, and you’ll be growling for ROAD FOOD. Join us to share the meal you’ll drive miles to enjoy, and learn about new places to add to your destination dining list.

KSKA: Wednesday 6/20 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

June 15, 2012 - 4:00 pm

Alaska Soldiers Readjusting to Life Back Home

How do Alaska’s brave service men and women readjust to life in Alaska after months, or sometimes years, of serving in the U.S. military overseas? What are the challenges of re-establishing life in America with family, friends and loved ones? How can Alaskans better understand what our soldier’s have experienced and respond to their needs? Join me, Shelly Wade, and my guests, when we learn more about the issues facing returning Alaskan soldiers and resources that can help make that transition smoother.

KSKA: Wednesday 6/13 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

June 8, 2012 - 4:23 pm
Denali, ‘The High One’ — To the top, or not?

Denali, ‘The High One’ — To the top, or not?

From Crown Jewel of the North: “On a clear day in south-central or interior Alaska, the sight is inescapable – and breathtaking. For more than a hundred miles in every direction, it looms over everything and dominates the scene.” Majestic Mount McKinley. Learn the risks and rewards of scaling the highest mountain in North America from a veteran guide, an experienced ranger and a climber who shared the first winter ascent in 1967.

KSKA: Wednesday, June 6 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

June 1, 2012 - 4:42 pm

Candidate Recruitment and Training

On the next Hometown Alaska, host Charles Wohlforth talks with leaders from both major political parties about how they recruit candidates for the legislative races, and the training that goes into getting ordinary citizens ready to be politicians. Do you think you can do a better job than the legislators in Juneau?

KSKA: Wednesday 5/30 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

May 25, 2012 - 6:50 pm
Alaska News Nightly script from April 3, 1989.

Newsman Corey Flintoff back in Alaska

Stories from around the world — that’s the work that NPR correspondent Corey Flintoff does. What drew him to news? How does he manage dangerous situations and relentlessly dark turns in the human condition? What lessons did he take from Alaska all the way to Iraq and Afghanistan? Does he miss our salmon? Find out on this special edition of Hometown Alaska.

KSKA: Friday, May 23, 2:00 pm.

May 23, 2012 - 12:11 pm
Samples of compact housing case studies found in the Municipality's March report forecasting a shortage

City Report Forecasts Housing Shortage Over Next 20 years

Checked rents lately? In the market for a home? What you find in Anchorage neighborhoods delivers some serious sticker shock. A new report from the Municipality forecasts a shortage of housing in Anchorage over the next 20 years. Why is that, and what can we do about it? A senior planner, a builder and an affordable housing advocate come to the table to share their perspectives on Hometown, Alaska. Join us.

KSKA: Wednesday, May 23, 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

May 21, 2012 - 4:42 pm
Dogs That Take Their Jobs Seriously

Dogs That Take Their Jobs Seriously

Service dogs make a difference in the lives of the disabled by providing companionship and assistance. They can play an important role as guide dogs for the blind, and there are many other types of dogs that medically assist their handlers with epilepsy, diabetes, autism, post-traumatic… Read More

May 11, 2012 - 4:15 pm
Poster for "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Championship" Broadway production

Just Try Spelling That!

How’s your spelling? Is texting and IMing and email leading to LOL, OMG, and 10Q creeping into your written communication? Do you think it still matters if we can spell well? Untangle that when Hometown Alaska hosts three spelling bee wizards — the state’s 2012 champ, a Yupik spelling bee champ, and a BizBee champ. What’s their secret, and how can you steal it?

KSKA: Wednesday 5/9 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

May 4, 2012 - 4:45 pm
Alaska Train bends along Turnagain Arm. Photo by Nicole Geils courtesy Alaska Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Summer Visitors and the Economy

For the visitor industry, Anchorage is a product we are all selling. While the national economy was in a slump, those sales weren’t going so well. Now, as the first of the season arrive, the numbers are looking up. This week, our topic is tourism:… Read More

April 27, 2012 - 10:58 am
‘And then what happened?’

‘And then what happened?’

The Alaska Native Oratory Society just celebrated its 10th anniversary at UAA, featuring a full day of stories told by students and emceed by Alaska Native storyteller Jack Dalton. Join us for a round of stories including ‘The Dragger,’ ‘Never Look in Windows,’ and more.

KSKA: Wednesday, 4/25 at 2:00 pm & 7:00 pm

April 23, 2012 - 11:06 am
MacKenzie: Is It The Little Port that Could?

MacKenzie: Is It The Little Port that Could?

Port MacKenzie has big ambitions: a rail extension to Interior Alaska, the MV Susitna Ferry sailing to Cook Inlet communities, and a bridge touching Anchorage. These make Port MacKenzie a potential hub for commercial activity. They also place it in the cross hairs of some hot public policy debates simmering in Southcentral – the Knik Arm crossing and Mat-Su coal deposit development. Join host Kathleen McCoy and port director Marc Van Dongen as they update the Port MacKenzie story.

Photo slideshow: Port MacKenzie over the years

KSKA: Wednesday, 4/18 at 2:00 pm & 7:00 pm

April 13, 2012 - 4:00 pm
Spring Break up

Spring Break up

Given this winter’s record-smashing snowfall, break up looks to be a big one. Will your crawl space flood? What should we do about those dripping ice dams on the roof? We know the Yukon usually floods, but what about Chester and Campbell Creek? And potholes, now there’s a category of break up hell all its own. So let our experts help you survive this messy season. House and water table questions, answered here.

KSKA: Wednesday 4/11 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

April 6, 2012 - 6:49 pm