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

Going nuclear in Alaska: Past…and Future?

This is a photo of preparations for the Cannikin nuclear test on Amchitka Island in 1971. Amchitka is the southern...

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...
Girl viewing a laptop.

Kids and computing

Just because your child can text, tweet and enjoy video games does not mean she knows how to boss around her laptop. What are the essential skills that translate into digital literacy? Is your child acquiring them? Listen now:

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!

How to access free legal services

Alaska attorneys provide a variety of free legal services for the Anchorage community. One program, free legal clinics around Alaska planned annually on Martin Luther King Day, has continued for a decade and assisted more than three and a half thousand Alaskans. Partners in this effort include the Alaska Court System and Alaska Legal Services Corporation, a private nonprofit law firm established in Alaska in 1967. Thanks for listening!

What makes a Renaissance Alaskan? Meet one and find out.

Modified from gainweightjournal.com from a blog post about 'What makes a Renaissance Man.' Every since watching Shawn...

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....

Hometown, Alaska: A Conversation With Senator Mark Begich

U.S. Senator Mark Begich will join host Kathleen McCoy in the Hometown Alaska studio.  What does life in Alaska look like after earmarks? Does...

Alaska Snapshot: Opioids, heroin and public health strategies

KSKA: Wednesday, May 10 at 2 pm and 8 pm Prescription painkillers and cheap heroin have combined to fuel a new public health crisis: addiction and death from overdosing. Join us to learn the status of the battle in Alaska and strategies to defeat. LISTEN HERE

Alaska’s therapeutic courts

September is National Recovery Month. On our next show, find out more about the role therapeutic courts play in coming to grips with the causes of crime instead of simply punishing the crime—again and again. Thanks for listening!

Alaska, through the eyes of the Cole brothers

Terrence, left, and Dermot, right, josh and joke with one another at Terrence's last lecture at the University of Alaska Fairbanks...

RUNNING: Hear from the Anchorage School Board candidates

Alaska Public Media's RUNNING series featuring candidates for the April 7 Anchorage municipal election will air on...

Unpacking the gift and power of women in the Alaska community

The YWCA of Alaska recently named its 31st cohort of Women of Achievement. On this edition of...

We’re all ears at Hometown Alaska

On the next Hometown Alaska, we hope you'll give hosts Charles Wohlforth and Kathleen McCoy an earful! They are taking your suggestions for shows! Get in the line up. KSKA: Wednesday, Sept. 9, at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Listen Now:

A birthday, a send-off and a welcome on Hometown Alaska

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

The homestead life in poems, lived just 6 miles from downtown Anchorage

Linda Schandelmeier and her two siblings grew up on an Anchorage homestead. She reads poems from a new book, "Coming out of Nowhere," and tells stories about a place that morphed in a generation. Thanks for listening!

Local: How horses assist in human physical therapy

Advocates of equine-assisted therapy say riders benefit from the horse's soothing rhythm, warmth and three-dimensional movement pattern that mimics the movement...

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...

Get gardening!

Time to get dirt under your fingernails. Tune in for a splash of summer gardening inspiration and information from local experts. KSKA: Wednesday, March 30 @ 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm DOWNLOAD AUDIO

Protecting victims’ rights

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!