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

On this episode of Hometown Alaska, we will meet leaders in the grassroots movement to respond to the opioid crisis. These are recovering addicts, and moms of addicts, who are helping get users into recovery, and working with the political system at all levels to make a change. They're inspiring people and they have a lot to share about dealing with this terrible epidemic. Thanks for listening!

Chasing bank robbers, federal gun law violators, money launderers and computer hackers. Find out what the FBI in Alaska is doing, on the next Justice Alaska on Hometown Alaska. LISTEN HERE

KSKA: Wednesday, March 14, 2 pm and 8 pm. Voters will decide over the coming weeks if Anchorage will have one electric utility or two. On the next Hometown Alaska, join us as we explore the reasons behind the proposed sale of Municipal Light and Power to Chugach Electric Association and ask your questions, including the impact on rates, taxes, jobs and energy. LISTEN HERE

KSKA: Wednesday, March 7, 2 pm and 8 pm. Hometown Alaska will address choices voters will soon make on the future of Anchorage in our next two shows. Coming up first, we'll have both an advocate and opponent of Proposition 1, an ordinance that would regulate gender in public bathrooms by birth certificate rather than identity. It is a divisive topic, but we're planning on a civil and informative discussion and welcome your calls. LISTEN HERE

As 91.1 FM celebrates its 40th birthday, Hometown Alaska this week visits with soon-to-retire Bede ("Yipee, it's Friday") Trantina, and welcomes Shelly Wosniak, the new FM programmer, to the team. Join us for some fond memories of change and growth, and a look to the bright future at Alaska Public Media. LISTEN HERE

A major way citizens to participate in the judicial system happens on jury duty. How are jurors called to serve? Do you need a legal background to be a juror? What is the juror's job? What is the art and science behind selecting a jury? We'll talk with Alaska's state court jury coordinator, and with an attorney who has selected many juries for trial. LISTEN HERE
Lost animals

Who deals with lost and abandoned animals in Anchorage? If you lose a pet, how do you find it? What city ordinances govern how we live with animals in the municipality? We'll talk cats, dogs, rabbits and more. LISTEN HERE

Take a virtual tour of the stunning Art of the North gallery at the Anchorage Museum with curator Betany Porter, Aaron Leggett, curator of Alaska history and culture, and Kesler Woodward, Alaska artist and art historian. LISTEN HERE

Anchorage has always had a lively theatre scene. Join Teresa Pond, producing artistic director at Cyrano's Theatre Company, for a look back and a look forward. LISTEN HERE

KSKA: Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2 pm and 8 pm. Our community's crisis with high health care costs is well known. On the next Hometown Alaska, we'll talk about solutions. You may have heard the Alaska Common Ground forums we have been airing. This will be your chance to talk back and share your ideas, and to hear from some of the very smart people involved in putting together those meetings. LISTEN HERE

Critics of the news media can casually label stories they don't like as "fake news," but the U.S. Constitution protects rigorous press coverage for an important reason. First Amendment lawyer John McKay walks us through these constitutional protections and significant court cases upholding them, as well as Alaska cases where these protections have applied. LISTEN HERE

KSKA: Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2017. Alaskans know winter is the time to plan spring and summer vacations. On the next Hometown Alaska, we'll talk about where you want to go, and the best places you've been that you would recommend. We'll also have two travel experts in the studio with tips on destinations within and outside our state, traveling with kids, and how to get the best deals. LISTEN HERE

How do you keep your home computer and router and your mobile device safe from hackers? How do you scale that up for a small business. We asked the FBI, and they are sending experts in cyber security to share best practices and take your questions. LISTEN HERE

KSKA: Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2 pm and 8 pm. Outsiders may think of the law as a staid profession, one in which the rules have been around for a long time and everyone dutifully followed them. If you enjoy the belief that Alaska is different than anyplace else in the Lower 48, listen in to this show to learn how Alaska's early lawyers and judges were different. LISTEN HERE

KSKA: Wednesday, December 13, 2pm and 8pm. We'll have live music on the next Hometown Alaska as we learn about efforts to build our local music scene into an export industry. The Alaska Independent Music Initiative set up a showcase performance space last summer at a national festival and is working to bring together players here in mutual support to build their community into something that can break through. LISTEN HERE

KSKA: Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017 Social Security has been a part of American history, offering retirement and disability support, since President Franklin Roosevelt signed it into law in 1935. Will it last long enough for you to use it? How do you apply? How will early retirement affect your payments? If you become disabled, how does it help? How can Americans be assured that the government protects against Social Security fraud? We'll talk about these and more issues on the next Hometown Alaska. LISTEN HERE

The "all ears" show is our way of inviting listeners to share ideas for show topics they'd like us to pursue in 2018. Our focus is local: Anchorage, Southcentral and Alaska. Are there people and topics you want us to work on? We're here to listen, so let us know. LISTEN HERE

KSKA: Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2 pm and 8 pm. What is the mission of parole and probation within the criminal justice system, and how do new policy initiatives in SB 91 and SB 54 affect that work? LISTEN HERE

KSKA: Wednesday, November 08, 2pm and 8pm. The drug epidemic is leaving kids without parents able to take care of them. On this Hometown Alaska, we'll meet some of the people who are trying to help--grandparents who are raising families. Substance abuse, drugs and alcohol, tears apart Alaska families, but families can be resilient, too. LISTEN HERE

The grim news headlines pound like heavy waves against a weakened coast line. Our warming climate hits rural communities hard. They have decisions to make: leave or stay and fight. Two initiatives will work to give them information to make those choices. LISTEN HERE