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

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Hometown Alaska: A conversation with Anchorage Police Acting Chief Ken McCoy

APD's Acting Chief Ken McCoy joins host Kathleen McCoy for a conversation on the department's work in Anchorage, and more broadly, on modern policing — a public safety field that has come under increasing scrutiny as social media and video cameras have captured police at work.

Discussing anti-Asian racism

Recent events have put a spotlight on anti-Asian racism. Many Americans even seem shocked & surprised that it’s happening. But is anti-Asian racism new? Is anti-Asian racism rare? What does it look like? Where does it happen? And how does it impact Asian Americans? Join us as we discuss the complexities of anti-Asian racism on this episode of Hometown, Alaska.
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RUNNING 2021: Runoff for Mayor of Anchorage

Hometown Alaska is hosting a mayoral candidates' discussion between Dave Bronson and Forrest Dunbar.

Doing right by kids: How to pay for quality early childhood education at a scale we need?

Students play during recess at Dena'ina Elementary School in Wasilla in September. (Jeff Chen/Alaska Public Media) Today's question...

Why aren’t there more Alaska Native defenders, prosecutors and judges?

A listener posed a question for Justice Alaska on Hometown Alaska and we tackled it on this...

Is Alaska ready to go nuclear? Is nuclear ready for Alaska?

The nuclear-generated power industry is taking off. Among the latest developments are microreactors that might have advantages for remote communities in...

Land Acknowledgements: Why, How, and Beyond

Indigenous Peoples and Languages of Alaska. (Alaska Native Language Center) Over the past few years, acknowledging the Indigenous...

Healing and justice for victims of violent crimes

Tying different colored ribbons to a tree to remember victims of crimes is an annual event across the nation, including in...

We’re ‘all ears’ on Hometown Alaska this week

Bunny ears image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. Host images by Alaska Public Media. The arrival of a new...

RUNNING: 2021 Anchorage Mayor’s Race – issues and candidate Q&A responses

Anchorage on an April evening. Taken April, 2008. Photo from Flickr/Wikipedia, by Frank. K. Creative Commons License 2.0 Generic

RUNNING: 2021 Anchorage School Board Race – issues and candidate Q&A responses

UPDATE: Candidate responses to Alaska Public Media's 2021 School Board Candidate questionnaire are now available at Running...

Reporter Kyle Hopkins: Revealing the human cost of broken safety and deferred justice in rural Alaska

Many programs on Justice Alaska focus on explaining Alaska's judicial system from the inside, from the perspective...

Three local pastors respond to Henry Louis Gates’ “The Black Church”

Partial logo from the PBS historical and cultural exploration of the Black Church in America. In a sweeping,...

Dana Stabenow talks about her latest crime novel, her writing career and her support for women writers

Dana Stabenow, Alaska author of nearly 40 books, many in crime fiction. One series focuses on private eye named Kate Shugak,...

LISTEN: Meet some of the Alaska owls that live in your backyard

Archimedes, an education animal cared for by biologist Ginamaria Smith, was live on Zoom Jan. 31, 2021, as the featured guests...

Wanted: Underrepresented artists who need financial support for their creative work

Rasmuson Foundation is in active outreach mode, seeking underrepresented artists to apply for the 2021 Individual Artists Awards. Today's show features...

Balancing Alaska’s budget is getting so hard that it hurts. Here’s one citizen’s plan.

Illustrations by Alaska cartoonist Peter Dunlap-Shohl help to explain the fiscal challenge citizens and policy makers face in Alaska's near future....

2020 election reflections and boosting local civic engagement

Alaska Division of Elections "I Voted" stickers for 2020 were created by artist Barbara Lavallee and included translations in English, Spanish,...
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UAA gymnasts, skiers and hockey players turn to philanthropy to save their sports

Back in late August, UAA's chancellor Cathy Sandeen announced a difficult financial decision: university funding for...
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‘Extra Tough’ refreshes the Northern story—past, present and future—with women’s values and sensibilities

'Harbourage for a Song' by Meryl McMaster: Plains Cree and European artist Meryl McMaster poses on the northern peninsula of Newfoundland,...