Kathleen McCoy, KSKA - Anchorage

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Reconnecting with the Dena’ina in Anchorage

All your favorite Anchorage places, like Chester Creek and Point Woronzof, have other names given them by the first people who made Anchorage home, the Dena'ina Athabascans. Learn more about your hometown from the experts, the first residents, on the next Hometown Alaska. KSKA: Wednesday, 11/13 at 2:00pm and 9:00pm Listen Now

Ted Stevens Anchorage Int’l Airport master plan: the next 20 years

The Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport master plan is coming in for a landing. It's time to get your questions answered and offer airport planners the feedback they need. Airport director John Parrott and project manager Evan Pfahler join us. KSKA: Wednesday, 10/30 at 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm Listen Now

Allison Warden and Liz Medicine Crow

They come from different parts of Alaska and different Native communities. Their typical work day could not look more different. Both labor in the quest for a vibrant future for their people. Meet Allison Warden and Liz Medicine Crow, in conversation, on the next Hometown Alaska. KSKA, Wednesday, 10/16 at 2:00pm and 9:00pm Listen Now

When it comes to money, what’s your score?

Does money flow through your fingers at an alarming rate? Do you understand how credit cards work? Do you buy things you really can't afford? Studies show young people are at increasing risk because they don't understand money at a time when they'll be called upon to manage their own financial resources well. Get advice and tips from the experts on the next Hometown Alaska with host Kathleen McCoy and some money-savvy guests. KSKA: Wednesday 9/25, at 2:00 pm (LIVE) and 9:00 pm Listen Now

The Light Brigade strikes again

Who is The Light Brigade and what will they do at the Anchorage Museum on Sept. 21, the Fall Equinox? Hint: Defy gravity on the facade of a glittering building. Find out more when a Light Brigade member, a museum director and an urban environment expert come together to explore how art can change the way we think about place. KSKA, Wednesday 9/11 at 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm Listen Now

Are You Ready?

Summer is over and we're back home again. Up ahead: winter. Now is a good time to take stock and see how prepared and self-reliant we are, not just for winter weather, but in the event a major event delays police, public health services, food and fresh water supplies. How does a citizen get ready, mentally and physically, to face the aftermath of a disaster? Join us with your questions on the next Hometown Alaska. KSKA: Wednesday, 8/28 at 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm Listen Now

When Combat Veterans Come Home

The military bases in Anchorage have been transition points for veterans who have seen serious combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now many are home and re-entering civilian life. What are the challenges? What gifts do they bring? Join host Kathleen McCoy and three experts fluent in this important transition for combat veterans and the communities they choose as home. KSKA, Wednesday, 8/14 at 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm Listen Now

Entrepreneurs: Meet winners and judges in Alaska’s version of ‘Shark Tank’

Think you've got the best next business idea? Then tune in to meet the latest batch of young winning entrepreneurs and the judges who chose them and why. Look ahead to Entrepreneurship Week and Alaska's first-ever Mini Maker Faire. KSKA: Wednesday, June 26, 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm Listen Now

Celebrating 100 Years of Aviation in Alaska

On the next Hometown, Alaska join host Kathleen McCoy and Alaska Aviation Centennial guests Jane Dale and Chuck Miller to hear the stories of Alaska's earliest aviators. Both have been participating in summer-long fly-ins around the state to commemorate the centennial year. Events are taking place all summer long. Stops include Anchorage, Cordova, Valdez, Homer, Illiamna, King Salmon, Dillingham, Bethel, Aniak, McGrath, Galena, Unalakleet, Nome, Kotzebue, Barrow, Fairbanks, Talkeetna, and Wasilla. KSKA: Wednesday 6/12 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm Listen Now

Spenard Jazz Fest: What Exactly IS Jazz?

What exactly IS jazz? We get some help from the experts when Spenard Jazz Fest founder Yngvil Vatn Guttu and keyboardist Dan McElrath join us in the studio. They'll demonstrate jazz conversation and share the roots of what some have called America's own classical music. We especially invite local musicians to join the discussion on if and how Alaska makes space for jazz. KSKA: Wednesday, June 5 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm Listen Now

What’s growing in your garden?

No, that’s not meant as a cruel joke. Spring has been cool and summer warmth is slow to arrive. Still, our long days will make for good growing – soon. And if you're behind, you have time to catch up. This week on Hometown Alaska, we’ve invited garden experts to the studio mic to tell us what’s new in garden plants, culture and attitudes. Bring your questions. KSKA: Wednesday 5/22 at 2:00 pm and 7 pm Download Audio

How healthy is the water in Anchorage creeks, streams and lakes?

Ready to pull out the canoe? Take the dog for a game of swim-and-fetch? Dip your toes in a local lake? Let's find out how healthy the water in our backyard playgrounds—the creeks, streams and lakes around Anchorage—really is. Two savvy water scientists join host Kathleen McCoy to discuss what's helping and what's challenging the health of our local waterways. Creek Cleanup this year is May 18, so how are we doing? Listen Now KSKA: Wednesday 5/15 at 2:00 pm and 7:00pm

Anchorage Music Co-op = Musicians + Audiences + Venues

What makes for the good life? Sure, we need jobs and an economy and a vision for the future. But we also need self expression, beauty, music and the solace of fellow travelers. The Anchorage Music Co-op is a grassroots nonprofit that exists to nurture local musicians by getting them in front of a listening audience. Meet cofounder Laura Oden and learn how the co-op navigated its fledgling status to settle into a viable support system for local musicians. And we'll also hear a few tunes from Laura and Kevin Worrell. KSKA: Wednesday 5/1 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 pm

After the Grizzly: Surviving, and Thriving

The prologue alone is enough to make you bolt the door and bar the window, lest some wayward grizzly find you quivering there, come this June or July. But Dan Bigley's "Beyond the Bear" is much more than a sensational bear attack white-knuckler. It takes the long walk to a recovery made possible only because of Bigley's bone-deep resilience and uncrushable drive to recover. Find out who he is today, a decade after the attack, and how he got there. Lessons for us all. KSKA: Wednesday 4/10 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

Cohousing: What Exactly IS It?

Cohousing. Maybe you've heard the term, but wonder what it really means. This housing trend began in Denmark in the 1960s as some Danes realized they felt lonely in their single family homes. These are communities of private homes with shared common areas that are planned, owned and managed by residents who may share chores like cooking, childcare or yard work. How do they work? If there are conflicts, how are they managed? KSKA: Wednesday 3/27 at 2:00 PM and 7 PM
TEDx Anchorage

Grassroots Inspiration with TEDx Anchorage

Where will the next great idea come from? Founders of TED think it might be from you. Hence, they created a platform for local advocates to gather and share their inspiration. Anchorage's next TEDx is March 30. Find out who's speaking, and what they're talking about. Maybe you've got a TED-worthy idea? KSKA: Wednesday 3/20 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

Planning the Future of the Chugach National Forest

The Chugach National Forest, as the 2nd largest Forest in the nation, serves as the backyard to half of Alaska's population and receives 500,000 visitors every year. The Chugach is one of only eight forests currently revising their 15-year Forest Plan under a new Forest Service Planning Rule. Join host Kathleen McCoy and her guests from the Chugach National Forest when they discuss how the new rule aims to actively engage Alaska communities on the next Hometown, Alaska. KSKA: Wednesday, 3/13 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm
Anchorage raven

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

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

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