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. If you have a topic that could be discussed on Hometown, Alaska send your suggestion to: hometown@alaskapublic.org

The Alaska Constitution 101: What you need to know

Alaska's Constitution played a role in our Nov. 6, 2018 election. Some candidates argued to install protection for the PFD by writing it into the constitution. And in another matter, voters chose not to retain one judge over reactions to the outcome of a court case. Today's show is a chance to better understand our state's constitution, and hear the thinking behind the convention delegates' decisions. Thanks for listening!

The homestead life in poems, lived just 6 miles from downtown Anchorage

Linda Schandelmeier and her two siblings grew up on an Anchorage homestead. She reads poems from a new book, "Coming out of Nowhere," and tells stories about a place that morphed in a generation. Thanks for listening!

Jews in Alaska: Saving the stories

What is Jewish history in Alaska? And what is contemporary Jewish life in Alaska? Find out when Alaska Jewish Museum founders and a curator join us. Thanks for listening!

Reflections on giving and volunteering in the community

Volunteering and giving are two sides of community engagement. On today's show, we invite local community groups and nonprofits to thank their volunteers, and we discuss the power of giving to support community ambitions. Thanks for listening!

UAA Justice Center works for data-driven public policy on sexual assault investigations

Alaska, and the entire nation, is coming to grips with rape kits used in sexual assault investigations that were never submitted. The reasons why vary. Now, new public policy is in the works. Today's show features guests from UAA Justice Center. Thanks for listening!

Meet more next-gen business builders

Alaska is constantly moving toward it's non-oil based future. Entrepreneurs are a big part of that picture. Today, we talk with a handful of women entrepreneurs and their ideas for building a successful business in Alaska. Thanks for listening!

Older Alaskans: Still working after all these years

Are you an older Alaskan who is still working? You're part of a trend. Tell us your story, and learn more why this is happening in Alaska and across the United States. Thanks for listening!

Weighing Ballot Measure One

Voters decide the fate or Ballot Measure One, the Salmon Initiative, on November 6. Hear both sides before you cast your vote. Thanks for listening!

Eyes Closed: When you are 10, and you have dreams

Can you remember being 10 years old, and having a dream? Join us on Hometown Alaska to hear the dreams of three participants in 'Eyes Closed,' a community celebration highlighting the stories and dreams of 19 very diverse youngsters in Anchorage. Join us! Thanks for listening!

How Alaska chooses its judges; how voters weigh in

Before Alaska's statewide election on Nov. 6, where 15 judges appear on the ballot, learn how Alaska selects judges through an independent citizens' commission, and how voters have a say in retaining those judges at election time. Thanks for listening!

Loving and learning from jazz

What can you learn from jazz? Find out from these Alaska students, including high school, college and an adult learner, along with their teacher, John Damberg. They'll play a few tunes, too. Thanks for listening!

Are YOU ready for the next emergency disaster? Here’s how to be.

Our previous show explained how Alaska prepares for natural and man-made disasters. Today's show shifts to our responsibility to be prepared ourselves. Learn how. Thanks for listening!

Is Alaska ready for its next health emergency?

First of two parts on emergency preparedness. This week, how is the state of Alaska prepared? Next week: How should you, private citizen, prepare? Thanks for listening!

Alaska’s therapeutic courts

September is National Recovery Month. On our next show, find out more about the role therapeutic courts play in coming to grips with the causes of crime instead of simply punishing the crime—again and again. Thanks for listening!

Saving the stories from Bristol Bay’s Naknek cannery

Bristol Bay just came off an historic salmon harvest. This year's peak has a long tail of success, dating back to the 1890s. Now, public historians are working to save the multicultural stories from Bristol Bay's Naknek Cannery, and to position this rich maritime district in a global context. Thanks for listening!

Self defense and “stand your ground” laws in Alaska

What do you know about self defense and Alaska's 'stand your ground' status? Prosecutor James Fayette and defense attorney John Cashion explain the law and take your questions. Thanks for listening!

Alaska independent musicians head to Nashville

If you could cash in determination for dollars, Alaska independent musicians would have bulging pockets. This week, organized by AKIMI, they head to Nashville to sell their made-in-Alaska songs. Thanks for listening!

What you need to know about this pest

How to identify a spruce bark beetle-infested tree. Can you use it as firewood? How do you keep spruce in your own yard healthy? How serious is the outbreak in Southcentral? Thanks for listening!

Strengthening the safety net under homeless teens

We'll host the Covenant House executive director Alison Kear, along with at least two homeless or formerly homeless youth, to hear their stories. What are the risks for a teen who is homeless? What obstacles exist for a young person to overcome homelessness? How does mental and physical health play into this picture? Thanks for listening!

Learning about Alaska farms and farmers

Summer is the season of abundant farmer's markets, filled with fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs, eggs and more. Join us to meet some Alaska farmers and learn the back story on the challenges they face. And why, especially in Alaska, we should care. Thanks for listening!