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

UAA’s New Sports Arena

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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.

Alaskans and Social Media

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Wednesday, July 13 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm There’s an information and interaction party going on worldwide. Why should Alaskans care? What does social media mean to you? Should you dive in or can you ignore it?

Rise of the Backyard Chicken

Wednesday, July 6 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm Cooperative Extension Service noticed the uptick four years ago, chickens being sold on craigslist at $100 for “a guaranteed layer.” The service launched “Chicken University” to spread good information on raising chickens. Cooperative Extension’s Stephen Brown, the “chicken guy” in Alaska, joins host Kathleen McCoy on Hometown, Alaska.

Imagine Your Way Into a New Garden With Practical Advice From Landscape Architects

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Every spring, when mostly tired, dirty snow still blankets much of Anchorage, the American Society of Landscape Architects, Anchorage Chapter, features a garden design workshop to help eager gardeners of all experience levels re-imagine their outdoor space and solve problems in their landscape. The founders of that class...

Air Cargo in Anchorage

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Anchorage remains the air crossroads of the world for cargo traveling by air, with one of the busiest freight airports in the nation....

Hometown, Alaska: Entrepreneur, Bob Kaufman

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Photo courtesy of Bob Kaufman, Alaska.org The first thing to mention about Bob Kaufman is that he swam across Cook Inlet. But what’s more...

Making Anchorage the Best City in America for Work, Play

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Photo by MarculescuEugenIancuD60Alaska flickr It’s a big goal. The Anchorage Economic Development Corporation wants our town to be the best city in America to...

Hometown, Alaska: Perry Merkel, coffee man

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He’s the man who brought the first great cup of coffee to Anchorage. Perry Merkel started Cafe Del Mundo before anyone had ever...

Hometown, Alaska: A Conversation With Senator Mark Begich

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U.S. Senator Mark Begich will join host Kathleen McCoy in the Hometown Alaska studio.  What does life in Alaska look like after earmarks? Does...

Video: Behind Hometown, Alaska's Theme Music

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Since Hometown, Alaska's February 8 show, many of you have probably noticed the change in the theme music. The song is "Lead Dog," on...

Hometown, Alaska: Music, the Secret Sauce of Public Radio

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Do you find yourself zeroing in on an especially catchy public radio tune, wanting to include it in your own music library? Over the...

Hometown, Alaska: Planning Summer Adventures

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It’s never too early to dream about summer adventures in Alaska. In fact, April is prime time to get out your maps and patch...

Hometown, Alaska: Earthquakes and Tsunamis in Alaska

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Alaska Earthquake, March 27, 1964. Photo from U.S. Geological Survey Photographic Library The tragic disaster in Japan has reminded Alaskans that the one of...

Hometown, Alaska: Nonprofits in Alaska

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Nonprofit entities all over the country are beginning to feel the pressure of hard economic times as individual donors and corporate sponsors cut back....

Hometown, Alaska: Susitna Dam

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In the 1970s and 80s, the dream of building the Susitna power project consumed years of debate and millions of dollars for environmental studies...

Hometown, Alaska: Liane Hansen

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Liane Hansen, familiar from Weekend Edition Sunday, brings her friendly voice to our studio in Anchorage for a wide-ranging talk about NPR's impact and...

Hometown, Alaska: Iditarod 2011

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Ceremonial start downtown Anchorage, Iditarod 2008. Photo by Kristin Spack. The Iditarod is just around the corner. Mushers are making final preparations. Food is stored...

Hometown, Alaska: Alaska Women's Hall of Fame

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Do you know why Anchorage has alternative schools? How about a local Planned Parenthood, Childcare Connection, or public radio and TV? You’d have to...

Q & A with KSKA: Kevin Barnett

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When Eagle River composer and pianist, Kevin Barnett wrote Lead Dog, he knew he was writing a theme song. Subtitled Kaya's Theme for...

Hometown, Alaska: Medicare in Alaska

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Anchorage’s senior citizen population is forty thousand and growing, but it’s been reported there are less than seven general physicians taking on new Medicare...