Hometown, Alaska

Local guests discuss community issues and take listener calls during this LIVE call-in show. Hometown, Alaska features conversations with leaders and decision-makers in local and statewide government, social service agencies, educational institutions and cultural groups. Hosted by Kathleen McCoy and Dr. E.J. David. If you have a topic that could be discussed on Hometown, Alaska send your suggestion to: hometown@alaskapublic.org

RUNNING: 2021 Anchorage Mayor’s Race – issues and candidate Q&A responses

UPDATE: Candidate responses to Alaska Public Media's 2021 Mayor Candidate questionnaire are now available at Running 2021. Fifteen candidates filed to run; 9 candidates...

RUNNING: 2021 Anchorage School Board Race – issues and candidate Q&A responses

UPDATE: Candidate responses to Alaska Public Media's 2021 School Board Candidate questionnaire are now available at Running 2021. Sixteen candidates are running; 12 responded...

Reporter Kyle Hopkins: Revealing the human cost of broken safety and deferred justice in rural Alaska

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Many programs on Justice Alaska focus on explaining Alaska's judicial system from the inside, from the perspective of judges, prosecutors and defense attorneys, as...

Three local pastors respond to Henry Louis Gates’ “The Black Church”

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In a sweeping, song-filled and emotional telling, Henry Louis Gates takes viewers through the beginnings of the Black Church in America, from its beginnings...

Dana Stabenow talks about her latest crime novel, her writing career and her support for women writers

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Dana Stabenow is having a great writing career. Her latest book, Spoils of the Dead, is No. 5 in her series about Alaska State Trooper...

LISTEN: Meet some of the Alaska owls that live in your backyard

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One dark December morning, as I headed out with my dog for some exercise, I met a young man carrying an aluminum ladder. Since...

Wanted: Underrepresented artists who need financial support for their creative work

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In times of stress and economic hardship, it can be easy to let art and its impact on us slip off the radar screen....

Balancing Alaska’s budget is getting so hard that it hurts. Here’s one citizen’s plan.

As Cliff Groh puts it, he's studied how the State of Alaska "collects, saves and pays out money" for 40 years. As a legislative...

2020 election reflections and boosting local civic engagement

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On Dec. 14, electors in all 50 states cast their ballots for the U.S. President. On this occasion, Hometown Alaska took the opportunity to...
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UAA gymnasts, skiers and hockey players turn to philanthropy to save their sports

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Back in late August, UAA's chancellor Cathy Sandeen announced a difficult financial decision: university funding for women's gymnastics, men's hockey and men's and...
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‘Extra Tough’ refreshes the Northern story—past, present and future—with women’s values and sensibilities

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In early November, in the midst of a pandemic, the Anchorage Museum welcomed visitors to 'Extra Tough: Women of the North." With constraints, the...

Unpacking the gift and power of women in the Alaska community

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The YWCA of Alaska recently named its 31st cohort of Women of Achievement. On this edition of Hometown Alaska, we learn more about the...

Coronavirus: Update on help for small business, renters facing eviction

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National and state elections were, and continue to be, major distractions from a global pandemic that is tightening its grip around Alaska. Congress and...

Dr. Anne Zink offers updates, best strategies for COVID safety

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It seems as if the coronavirus COVID-19 is that unwanted guest who came for a three-day visit; eight months later its still taking up...

Why Alaska judges are appointed, but still run for retention in elections

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This November 3, Alaskans will go to the polls to choose a president and congressional and state leaders. But there is more on the...
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Alaska Book Week rolls out October events: how to get an agent, Alaska women writers, AQR reading series and more

October 2-9, 2020 marks this year's Alaska Book Week. Find a list of happenings here. While in-person events won't be the norm, a slate...
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Save our Sisters Alaska: Telling victim stories of rape and abuse to seek community healing

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Ten months ago, filmmaker Mary Katzke had an idea. Television is filled with detective stories created to draw viewers into the terror, victimization and...

COVID-19 and the Courts: District Judge Kari McCrea describes impacts

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Since mid-March 2020, the Alaska Court System has coped with the public health risk of the COVID-19 pandemic by delaying court proceedings. Altogether, the...
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Improve your home cyber security with FBI pro tips

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UPDATE after the broadcast: If you have a cyber crime to report, do so here: IC3.org If you wish to check on info breaches related...

Retiring at 70, this MD helped lung patients, climbed Denali, ran the Iditarod and saved lives along the trail. Hear her stories.

Beth Baker came to Alaska at age 32, joining an Anchorage medical group as a pulmonary physician in 1982, staying with them for 36...