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.
KSKA: Wednesday, 4/18 at 2:00 pm & 7:00 pm
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
Alaska has only three private colleges listed by the college board, and only one offering a four-year liberal arts education. Others have failed, and many students assume they must leave the state for educational choices. APU President Don Bantz discusses the challenges and rewards of running a private college in Alaska, and the benefits for students. Join host Charles Wohlforth to talk about options for our brightest young people on Hometown, Alaska.
KSKA: Wednesday 4/4 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm
On Tuesday, April 3rd, Anchorage residents will vote “yes” or “no” on Proposition 5. Proposition 5, or the “Anchorage Equal Rights Initiative”, asks the question: “Shall the current Municipal Code sections providing legal protections against discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, marital status, age, physical disability, and mental disability be amended to include protections on the basis of sexual orientation or transgender identity?”
KSKA: Wednesday, 3/28 at 2:00pm and 7:00pm
Does your beat box lack pizazz? Is your scary alien impression missing a certain gravitas? Help is on the way! Join me, Peter Dunlap-Shohl for the next Hometown Alaska when I’ll attempt to interview Fred Newman, sound effects guy for A Prairie Home Companion.
KSKA: Wednesday, 3/21 at 2:00pm & 7:00pm
Today’s Hometown, Alaska program on Port MacKenzie has been postponed until a later date to be determined due to hazardous road conditions.
In place of Hometown, we will be airing the program RISE: Climate Change and Coastal Communities this afternoon at 2pm, repeating at 7pm.
As the deadline approaches to apply for your permanent fund dividend, scholars around the world are examining our unusual institution for a model they can use in the middle east, Russia, or anywhere resource wealth is found. This week on Hometown, Alaska host Charles Wohlforth and his guests talk about this amazing Alaskan invention, the permanent fund, and why it is attracting admirers you might not expect, for reasons we rarely consider.
KSKA: Wednesday 3/7 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm
Proposed cuts of over $500 billion dollars in federal defense spending may trigger the federal Base Realignment and Closure Act, or BRAC. BRAC could negatively impact Alaska’s regional economies and military communities. On February 29th, a group of legislators, led by Representative Steve Thompson, introduced House Bill 316 to create ‘Military Facility Zones’. These zones could thwart BRAC by helping businesses and communities secure funds and projects to serve and support their installations.
Alaska writer Andromeda Romano-Lax is once again disturbing the Universe with her buzz-generating second novel, The Detour. Join host Peter Dunlap-Shohl, on the next Hometown, Alaska for a conversation about writing, art, ethics, love and war with one of Alaska’s brightest literary lights.
KSKA: Wednesday, 2/22 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm
Growing up as a young person in rural Alaska is both exciting and challenging. How do rural Alaskan youth decide what they want to be when they grow up and once they decide, what resources help them succeed? Join host Shelly Wade and her guests as they share how unique learning opportunities in Anchorage and rural Alaska have changed their lives on the next Hometown Alaska.
KSKA: Wednesday, 2/15 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm
Charles Wohlforth hosts UAA Chancellor Tom Case to talk about the changing roles of Alaska’s largest university, and his vision of higher education in Anchorage. Join the conversation with your thoughts or questions about UAA.
KSKA: Wednesday, February 8 at 2:00 pm repeating at 7:00 pm
A dress made of old but shiny bicycle parts? That was the People’s Choice award from Object Runway’s third annual show before a packed crowd at the Bear Tooth Jan. 26, featuring some 65 garments designed by Alaskans, each telling its own story. Kathleen McCoy hosts show organizers and garment designers, on the next Hometown, Alaska.
KSKA: Wednesday, 2/1 at 2 pm, repeating at 7 pm
Alaska Winter Hazards, from Cabin Fever to avalanches. Waking up in the morning with the conviction that mother nature wants you dead is never more plausible than in the midst of the cold, dark Alaska Winter. What it takes to survive on the next Hometown, Alaska. Participate in the live call-in Wednesday 2:00 – 3:00 pm.
KSKA: Wednesday 1/25 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm
Ever wish you could fly through the air like a bird? Well, ski jumping may be the closest we humans ever get. And, amazingly, you can learn how right here in Anchorage, at the Nordic Ski Association’s ski-jumping program at Hilltop Ski Area. Some much-needed TLC this summer refreshed the jumps that Karl Eid opened in the 1980s. Now, the sport is growing again, ambitious to groom Alaskans in an Olympic sport with Nordic roots. The video, courtesy of Karen Compton of the NSAA’s Alaska Ski Jump Club of Anchorage, shows the current crop or young athletes taking the leap.
KSKA: Wednesday, 1/18 at 2 pm, repeating later that evening after the State of the State Address.
A program created a decade ago to reduce the extraordinary death toll of Alaska plane crashes reached a milestone with a recent study that found pilot deaths down 57%. How did regulators, operators and scientists crack the safety puzzle? And what more can we do to reduce crashes of the small planes that are basic transportation over most of Alaska?
KSKA: Wednesday, 1/11 at 2:00pm
Alaska is still a place where one person can make a difference. If you know someone or some group who deserve thanks for their efforts as volunteers, you can show your appreciation by calling into the next Hometown Alaska and thanking them live on the air.
KSKA: Wednesday 12/28 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm
Fully 90 percent of what we eat, drink, read and drive flows through the Port of Anchorage. And yet this gateway is 50 years old and vulnerable. A big quake could damage or destroy it. The fix has been flawed. Cost over runs and construction failures brought this retired Alaska shipper’s lament: “We’ve got a real mess on our hands.” Untangle it with host Kathleen McCoy and her guests Dr. Larry McCallister of the Army Corps of Engineers and Anchorage, Mayor Dan Sullivan on Hometown, Alaska..
KSKA: Wednesday 12/14 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm
December 7, 1941, was a day that changed Alaska as much as any other in our history. During World War II, Anchorage went from a town to a city, Alaskans helped arm the Russians and new forts defended against invasion. Residents fled. And an invasion did come. A resident who remembers that day Frank Reed is our guest, as well as a historian Dr. Stephen Haycox who has studied the impact of World War II on our city. Join the conversation on Hometown, Alaska with your host Charles Wohlforth.
Wednesday 12/7 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm
Winter driving in Alaska. Fun? Frustrating? Frightening? What are the written and unwritten rules of winter driving in Southcentral Alaska? Learn from seasoned AK drivers and share your stories about the best ways to negotiate our icy winter streets, especially during this busy holiday season on the next Hometown, Alaska.
Wednesday 11/30 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm