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

Why Alaska judges are appointed, but still run for retention in elections

This November 3, Alaskans will go to the polls to choose a president and congressional and state...
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Alaska Book Week rolls out October events: how to get an agent, Alaska women writers, AQR reading series and more

October 2-9, 2020 marks this year's Alaska Book Week. Find a list of happenings here. While in-person...
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Save our Sisters Alaska: Telling victim stories of rape and abuse to seek community healing

Photo courtesy of Save Our Sisters Alaska, a multimedia statewide awareness campaign to reduce extreme rates of violence against women in...

COVID-19 and the Courts: District Judge Kari McCrea describes impacts

Since mid-March 2020, the Alaska Court System has coped with the public health risk of the COVID-19...
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Improve your home cyber security with FBI pro tips

Image from the fbi.gov website dealing with protecting citizens from cyber crime. UPDATE after the broadcast: If...

Retiring at 70, this MD helped lung patients, climbed Denali, ran the Iditarod and saved lives along the trail. Hear her stories.

Beth Baker on a winter bike ride, one of her Alaska passions. (Photo courtesy Beth Baker) Beth Baker...
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New book: How Alaska’s pipeline shaped America’s Religious Right

KL Marshall, originally from Texas but currently living in Alaska (thanks to COVID-19 shuttering her graduate school),...
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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...