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

Young Alaskans and young Ugandans share COVID stories over Zoom and letters

A non profit program in Alaska that fosters inclusive community set out to link Alaska youth with Uganda youth via Zoom and letter-writing as...

COVID-19: How artists and a housing agency collaborated to reduce loneliness for isolated seniors

Cook Inlet Housing Authority serves about 600 Alaska seniors in independent living situations in CIHA buildings. Most are in Anchorage, at Centennial Village and...

Why being civil matters: Heather Lende on surviving small-town politics

Book number four, from Heather Lende, is about why and how people in small towns find a way—usually—to remain civil to one another. In "Of...

Foragers share their passion for finding wild foods

In this time of COVID-19, I am spending a lot of time outdoors. We are surely blessed with one of the greatest systems of...

Advocate and police union president discuss community policing

The tragic death of George Floyd beneath the knee of a white Minneapolis police officer, captured on video, has sparked national and global scrutiny...

Anchorage Public Library Director Mary Jo Torgeson on navigating COVID-19 while serving the public

The comfortable, reliable, always available public library took a whacking under COVID-19. The facility closed its doors to the public, while within, employees worked...

Where does hydroponics fit into Alaska’s food system? Hear perspectives from three year-round farmers.

Alaskans take to growing flowers and food with vigor in our short growing season. And this year, with physical distancing thanks to the coronavirus,...

Alaska musicians: How are they surviving without audiences?

Kevin Worrell of Parlor in the Round had a music performance event planned March 12, 2020. As he recalls, his team spent the morning...

Jobs, family brought many Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to Alaska. Will they stay?

Alaska Public Media will feature a new television documentary, ASIAN AMERICANS, on Monday and Tuesday, May 11 and 12, at 7 p.m. each evening....

Buying a slice of The Greatland: How to buy state-owned land in Alaska

My first question when I learned that Alaskans can still acquire state land was to ask if that was through homesteading. The answer is...

Making good decisions about screen time with your kids

No, this is not a report detailing what a bad parent you are because you let your children play for hours on tablets, phones...

How Alaska courts wrestle with COVID-19 constraints

Every American institution and most aspects of everyday life are impacted by efforts to quell the spread of the coronavirus. Public schools are closed....

Alaska’s state arts council: Coming back from the shutdown

When Gov. Mike Dunleavy signed the state budget on April 7, it included funding vetoes for the university system, ferry service, Medicaid, school bond...

Tackling homelessness, 2.0: Investing private $ for public good

It is fair to say that before the coronavirus arrived to terrify us all, one public debate that has rankled and confounded Anchorage residents...

New study on Arctic warming: Was 2017 a tipping point?

The guests on this Hometown Alaska have all been working on a study of ecosystem changes in the Bering and Chukchi Seas. They are...

RUNNING: Hear from Assembly candidates for East and South Anchorage

UPDATE: All candidates will participate by phone rather than gathering at Alaska Public Media studios, in response to social distancing requirements. Alaska Public Media’s...

RUNNING: Hear from Assembly candidates for West Anchorage and Midtown

UPDATE: All candidates will participate by phone rather than gathering at the Alaska Public Media studios, in response to social distancing requirements. Alaska Public...

RUNNING: Hear from Assembly candidates for Downtown and Eagle River/Chugiak

Alaska Public Media’s RUNNING series featuring candidates for the April 7 Anchorage municipal election will air on Hometown Alaska over four episodes. School board...

RUNNING: Hear from the Anchorage School Board candidates

Alaska Public Media's RUNNING series featuring candidates for the April 7 Anchorage municipal election will air on Hometown Alaska over four episodes. Monday March...

Magistrates strive for justice in rural, urban Alaska courts

Alaska's legal system can seem complex and confusing from the outside looking in. The purpose of today's show is to make one sliver of...