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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

Holly Brooks

A few short years ago, she was a coach for APU's nordic ski team, not ever really considering herself to be among the world's best skiers. But after an oddly-timed revelation, she is now an Olympian, skiing alongside fellow Alaskan Kikkan Randall. After a long World Cup season in Europe, she is back in Alaska, talking about how she got to this point. TV: Sunday, 6/24 at 6:30pm and Wednesday, 6/27 at 10:00pm KSKA: Thursday, 6/28 at 1:00pm

Sheila Wyne

She had nothing but a backpack and a one-way ticket to Alaska when she left home. When she got to Alaska, Sheila had no idea what she wanted to do with her life, but after discovering her passion for art while working in the ceramics lab at UAA she can’t imagine ever doing anything else. KAKM: Sunday, 5/27 at 6:30pm and Wednesday, 5/30 at 10:00pm KSKA: Thursday, May 31 at 1:00pm

Chad Carpenter

He always loved drawing and cartooning, but never really thought that he would be able to make a living off of it. So, Chad Carpenter decided law enforcement was the path he would take, until he got a little encouragement from an instructor and he decided to leave the trooper academy and take up cartooning full time. After getting "Tundra" off the ground in Alaska and hustling state fairs, his passion started to take off, making it into over 500 newspapers nationwide so far. KAKM: Sun. 5/20 at 6:30 pm & Weds. 5/23 at 10:00 pm KSKA: Thurs. 5/24 at 1:00 pm

Rev. Norm Elliott

Some call him the "Wobbly Canary" because of his flying of a bright yellow plane, but most know him as Rev. Norm Elliott. He was flying around Interior Alaska holding church services, so long as the temperature was above -40 degrees. You could probably even argue that he is among the most experienced bush pilots in Alaska history, since flying himself around was just another part of the job. KAKM: Sun. 5/13 at 6:30 pm & Weds. 5/16 at 10:00 pm KSKA: Thurs. 5/17 at 1:00 pm

Buzz Schwall

Buzz Schwall's talents have taken him around the world, from Alaska, throughout Europe and even into the war-torn nation of Afghanistan. Schwall is a puppet master and has been involved in the theater scene for over a decade after working as a carpenter for most of his adult life. KAKM: Sun. 5/6 at 6:30 pm & Weds. 5/9 at 10:00 pm KSKA: Thurs. 5/10 at 1:00 pm

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,...

Roman Dial

Though he spends much of his work week in a math classroom teaching at Alaska Pacific University, Roman Dial is anything but the stereotypical math nerd. His accomplishments outside of class, outside of civilization, and, frankly, outside the vast majority of people's comfort levels, in some of the wildest country left on the planet are astonishing. Read More... KAKM: Sun. 4/29 at 6:30 pm & Weds. 5/2 at 10:00 pm KSKA: Thurs. 5/3 at 1:00 pm

Alaska’s Only Private University

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

Chancellor Tom Case

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

Good News on Aviation Safety

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

Anchorage in World War II

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

Mat-Su Borough Mayor Larry DeVilbiss

As a third-generation Alaskan farmer, Larry DeVilbiss, has an interesting success story. Now he is also the mayor of the Mat-Su Borough, facing issues of transportation, growth, and a brand new ferry that was built without a landing for passengers on the Anchorage side. Charles Wohlforth hosts Mayor Larry DeVilbiss, to learn how he sees Mat-Su’s future, and to answer your questions.
    KSKA: Wednesday 11/2 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

Nancy Pearl, Super Librarian

Nancy Pearl is a librarian with an action figure. She helped start a movement to get communities to read together. And she’s written top selling books about what books to read. Pearl joins host Charles Wohlforth on Hometown, Alaska to talk about how one Seattle librarian made books exciting and current in an era when how we read and use libraries is changing rapidly. Wednesday 10/5 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

A Community Conversation on September 11

For the 10th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, Hometown, Alaska hosts a community discussion about what these terrible events meant for us personally and as a society. Where were you on September 11, 2001? And how has life changed because of that day? KSKA: Wednesday 9/7 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

UAA’s New Sports Arena

Wednesday, July 20 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm Thanks to a voter-approved bond and legislative funding, UAA is ready to build a new sports arena that will cost $109 million and provide an on-campus venue for major sporting events. Host Charles Wohlforth visits with UAA Athletic Director Steve Cobb and booster Steve Nerland to learn about the impacts and benefits of this major new facility.