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

Surprise: Alaska has ticks, and more are on the way

Maybe you are like me. I assumed that Alaska was too cold to have ticks. But it only took searching out the Alaska State...

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...

Healing and justice for victims of violent crimes

One week in the month of April 2021, the 18th-24th, is set aside to remember victims of violent crimes in communities across the United...

Taking improv to work

Everybody loves the quick wit, unexpected humor and poignant moments of improv. But more and more, its basic principles are ending up in the work world. Local improv practitioners explain why. DOWNLOAD AUDIO

How a state court and a tribal court collaborate on the Kenai

What if a state judge and a tribal judge could work together to tackle community substance abuse cases. That's happening right now on the Kenai Peninsula. Let's check in with the two judges and find out how it's working. Thanks for listening!

Justice Alaska: Older Alaskans and their issues in court

What are some of the most important legal issues facing older Alaskans? Thanks for listening!

LISTEN: These two organizations fight to protect the civil rights of Alaskans

At least two legal agencies work to protect the civil rights of Alaskans. Today's show will look at the particular missions of the Northern...

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

Beth Baker came to Alaska at age 32, joining an Anchorage medical group as a pulmonary physician in 1982, staying with them for 36...

Two first books by young Alaska writers

Hometown Alaska is back after its short summer hiatus, and we return Aug. 23 at 10 am with a program featuring two Alaska writers...

“Yes” or “No” on Proposition 5: Anchorage Equal Rights Initiative

On Tuesday, April 3rd, Anchorage residents will vote "yes" or "no" on Proposition 5. Proposition 5, or the "Anchorage Equal Rights Initiative", asks the question: "Shall the current Municipal Code sections providing legal protections against discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, marital status, age, physical disability, and mental disability be amended to include protections on the basis of sexual orientation or transgender identity?" KSKA: Wednesday, 3/28 at 2:00pm and 7:00pm

Palmer judge to launch Family Infant Toddler (FIT) therapeutic court

Courts have a role in protecting the most vulnerable in society. Young children are especially vulnerable; their early experiences actually shape their brain development. An Alaska judge is launching a therapeutic court with the welfare of young children in mind. LISTEN HERE

Is Alaska ready for its next health emergency?

First of two parts on emergency preparedness. This week, how is the state of Alaska prepared? Next week: How should you, private citizen, prepare? Thanks for listening!

Meet three Rasmuson Individual Artist Award recipients

Just about a month ago, the Rasmuson Foundation named its 2019 individual artist award recipients, 36 in total. Even a one-hour show is NOT...

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...

2020 election reflections and boosting local civic engagement

On Dec. 14, electors in all 50 states cast their ballots for the U.S. President. On this occasion, Hometown Alaska took the opportunity to...

Hometown Alaska: Food is love without the words. So what do you cook and eat with the ones you love?

Arguments over mandates, pandemic death, disruptive politics, climate change disasters. We've seen them all this year; we're worn out. The battles and struggles will...

A visit to Coyote Garden

Come visit the world-famous Coyote Garden in Willow with Les Brake as your guide. Download Audio:

Housing: Finding a place to live in Southcentral

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!

We be jammin’: Anchorage Folk Fest turns 30 this year

Every January for three decades, the Anchorage Folk Festival has warmed up winter with strummin' fingers and tappin' feet. What's on the agenda this year, and more on the history and stories behind the music festival. Thanks for listening!

Ask the Superintendent

An impressive logistical and operational effort happens five days a week in our town when 46,000 students filter into 130 different schools and programs...