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

A state agency and a local nonprofit collaborate to protect victims' rights as they navigate the court system. Find out how it works and what the challenges are. Thanks for listening!

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!

We up the ante on your summer reading with a new book about Alaska, recommendations from two Alaska authors and an Alaska Collection librarian, plus details on Alaska Reads and The Great American Read from PBS. Now, curl up and read! Thanks for listening!

Anchorage is home to 3,500 Hmong, according to the 2010 U.S. Census. On today's program, a Hmong elder tells her story of migration, translated by Hmong teens from East High. Thanks for listening!

What if your feet are not the same size? By a long shot. That happens to lots of people managing common medical conditions. Three Alaska entrepreneurs launched an international company to meet the need. Thanks for listening!

Dean Williams leads the Alaska Department of Corrections. He offers a candid look at the challenges, obstacles and aspirations of the critical agency he oversees. Your questions are welcome. Thanks for listening!

Spring time in Alaska means jazz returns to the streets, markets and club venues around Anchorage. And even to private homes, as Spenard Jazz Fest 2018 continues its house concert tradition. Learn more, and listen to some live jazz. Thanks for listening!

Alaska has a fast-growing population of older Americans. Social Security benefits can be an important part of their retirement plans. Disability is a key safety net for many. Can you count on it to be there when you need it? All questions are welcome. Thanks for listening!

Housing in Southcentral can be a challenge. Different populations have different needs, like seniors, workforce renters, or buyers looking for their starter home. Get an update from experts on efforts to solve housing availability. Thanks for listening!

Peers telling peers how to behave has proven an effective form of justice among Alaska's youth courts. Find out how and why it works. Thanks for listening!

KSKA Wednesday April 11, 2 pm and 8 pm Should the school day start earlier for elementary, and later for high school? That's under consideration by the Anchorage School District, based on student performance research. Details and your questions answered on Hometown Alaska. Thanks for listening!

What's it like to live in Alaska as a member of the DACA generation? Meet local business owner Deicy Camarena and mother and legal services worker H.J Kim. Thanks for listening!

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