Kathleen McCoy, KSKA - Anchorage

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kmccoy (at) alaskapublic (dot) org | About Kathleen

Quick news quiz: Who is Alaska's attorney general and what are the duties of the position? What's tough about the job, and what's surprising? Find out on Justice Alaska on Hometown Alaska. LISTEN HERE

Find out how the LEO Network gathers data on the changing environment from on-the-ground observers all over Alaska. Is there a role for you? LISTEN HERE

What if going to school meant walking through the woods looking for mushrooms? After our formal education ends in high school, college or graduate school, many folks want to go on learning. To fill the need, folk schools and life long learning opportunities have developed. We'll talk to some of the organizers offering classes in Southcentral Alaska. What do you want to learn? LISTEN HERE

August 10 is a state-designated day to celebrate and learn about Alaska Wild Salmon. Join us with your own salmon tales as we talk with a policy maker who has been both a commercial and sport fisherman, a scientist studying the aquatic ecology on the Kenai River, and a subsistence fisherman and advocate from Dillingham. LISTEN HERE

KSKA: Wednesday, June 28, 2 pm and 8 pm. Artist Sarah Davies created the public exhibition 100 Stone by collaborating with individuals who had experienced depression to create body casts. Eventually dozens were installed on the beach below Point Woronzof. Now, Davies and the Alaska Humanities Forum want to fund another compelling work that engages and heals. LISTEN HERE

Courts have a role in protecting the most vulnerable in society. Young children are especially vulnerable; their early experiences actually shape their brain development. An Alaska judge is launching a therapeutic court with the welfare of young children in mind. LISTEN HERE

KSKA: Wednesday. June 7, 2017, @ 2 pm and 8 pm. If you could sit down and talk to Mayor Ethan Berkowitz, what's the question or opinion you'd most like to share? That's what Hometown Alaska offers you this week. Join us, and bring your questions and comments for the Mayor. LISTEN HERE

House concerts aren't new, but they are certainly happening in Anchorage. How do they work for musicians? For hosts? For the audience? LISTEN HERE

The Fourth Avenue Theatre has private owners and public fans. What should happen to it? Is there a path for a public/private partnership that could result in a viable business plus a community keepsake? LISTEN HERE
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KSKA: Wednesday April 12, 2017 @ 2pm and 8 pm. Justice Alaska on Hometown Alaska takes a look at our state's juvenile justice system, with guests representing both prosecution and defense. LISTEN HERE

KSKA: Wednesday, May 10 at 2 pm and 8 pm Prescription painkillers and cheap heroin have combined to fuel a new public health crisis: addiction and death from overdosing. Join us to learn the status of the battle in Alaska and strategies to defeat. LISTEN HERE

Renting, whether you are the tenant or the landlord, can be fraught with conflict. Alaska has specific statutes that cover this housing arrangement. Justice Alaska explores hot spots in the Anchorage market and shares resources and legal tools for navigating this very common transaction. Your questions and experiences are welcome, so join us! LISTEN HERE

KSKA: Wednesday, April 5, 2 pm and 8 pm After just one three-year term, Bill Evans declined to run again for the Anchorage Assembly. What is that form of public service like? What lessons did he learn? Were there disappointments? Surprises? Would he recommend it to another citizen? LISTEN NOW

KSKA: Wednesday March 29 @ 2pm and 8pm. Hometown Alaska interviews school board candidates for the April 4 election. Join us. LISTEN NOW

KSKA: Wednesday March 15, 2017 @ 2pm and 8 pm. SB 91, Alaska's criminal justice reform bill that passed last year, may be adjusted in this legislative session. What changes are legislators looking at, and why? LISTEN NOW

KSKA: Wednesday, February 22 @ 2 pm and 8 pm. What do you need to know about the federal Real ID act? When will it affect your ability to jump on a plane and head to the Lower 48, or enter a federal building or military base? LISTEN NOW

KSKA: Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017 at 2 pm and 8 pm. How does immigration law differ from civil and criminal law? What is the refugee and immigration landscape in Alaska? Following President Trump's executive order and the judiciary's response so far. LISTEN NOW

KSKA: Wednesday, February 1 at 2 pm and 8 p.m. New research documents the impact of stress on children's developing brains, as well as the long-term social and economic impacts. Join us for hopeful findings on how to reshuffle the cards for better outcomes. LISTEN NOW

KSKA: Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at 2 pm and 8 pm. Find out how Anchorage's first chief innovations officer works to make our city more livable. What ideas do you think he should consider? LISTEN NOW

KSKA: Wednesday, Jan. 18 at 2 and 8 p.m. If you get a traffic ticket, you have the right to argue your case before a magistrate in Traffic Court. Join us for our next topic on Justice Alaska. LISTEN NOW