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

image illustrating help for a climber, metaphor for mentoring

Need: Mentors for youth aging out of the state foster care safety net

Image by Mohamed Hassan, of Pixaby. Used with permission. Alaska has approximately 3,000 youth in foster care, and...

Lyrics and riffs with Portugal. The Man’s Eric Howk

Their Grammy-winning "Feel It Still" is kinetic, playful but also provoking. How did it happen and what's next? We listen to tunes and get an update from band member Eric Howk. Thanks for listening!

ASD school superintendent answers questions about back-to-school

Screenshot from the ASD website. Superintendent Dr. Deena Bishop was a guest on Hometown Alaska this week....

Teens use storytelling to work out personal challenges, find meaning

The logo for Story Works Alaska. HOST: Kathleen McCoy UPDATE August 3, 2020. The podcasts we sampled for...

Listeners question Anchorage police. Take a listen.

Police Chief Justin Doll, center, speaking about the Anchorage Police Department’s new crime suppression strategy at APD headquarters next to Capt....

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

Josephine in Chefornak, Alaska and Recho in Arua, Uganda became friends through an internship called "International Understanding in a time of...

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

Spenard Jazz Fest Messengers played tunes in a parking lot in front of a Cook Inlet Housing Authority residence on Spenard...

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

Heather Lende Book number four, from Heather Lende, is about why and how people in small towns find...

Foragers share their passion for finding wild foods

Spruce tips photographed on a foraging walk through Jeanne Osnas's lower Hillside neighborhood. (Photo by Kathleen McCoy) In...

Advocate and police union president discuss community policing

Police Chief Justin Doll, center, speaking about the Anchorage Police Department’s new crime supression strategy at APD headquarters next to Capt....

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

Loussac Library's bright, newly remodeled facade. The library closed its doors during COVID-19, but served customers via online services. Beginning June...

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

Photo courtesy of Anchorage Greens website. Alaskans take to growing flowers and food with vigor in our short...

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...

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

Photo taken by Fhoki Kayamori. Kayamori was born in Tokyo in 1877. He arrived in Yakutat in 1912 and lived a...

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

Screenshot from the home page of Alaska Land Sales, Division of Mining, Land and Water under the Alaska Department of Natural...

Making good decisions about screen time with your kids

From the Joint Media Engagement Project, shared through Creative Commons License. No, this is not a report detailing...

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...

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...

Tackling homelessness, 2.0: Investing private $ for public good

Image used from givingcompass.org, highlighting an article on the Pay for Success model as a vehicle for systems change.

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

Sea-ice changes in recent years. A true-colour MODIS satellite image showing northern Bering and Chukchi sea-ice conditions...