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

UAA, UAF, UAS faculty discuss university accreditation

The University of Alaska Anchorage is one of three universities in Alaska organized under the statewide UA System. The others are...

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 Folk Fest

Over the last two weekends of January, the Anchorage Folk Festival presents an explosion of music and dance in many venues around town. It's a fun opportunity for families to get out of the house in the winter, hear music and dance. And if you play, there are few better times to carry your instrument around for the chance of an impromptu jam session. On this edition of Hometown Alaska, we'll try to capture the fun of the folk fest through conversation and live music from Cold Country in the studio. KSKA: Wednesday, January 13, at 2 and 8pm LISTEN HERE

Learning about Alaska farms and farmers

Summer is the season of abundant farmer's markets, filled with fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs, eggs and more. Join us to meet some Alaska farmers and learn the back story on the challenges they face. And why, especially in Alaska, we should care. Thanks for listening!
Dr. Deena Bishop

Dr. Deena Bishop, ASD superintendent, takes your questions

Anchorage School District Superintendent Dr. Deena Bishop joins us to take listener questions. She will share the district's strategies for coping with the current long list of challenges. She'll also speak to what it means to educate children for a world that is changing fast. And we'll learn a bit about what drives her to do this work. Thanks for listening!

Easing the ride: Anchorage road-bike-transit fixes for 2020

As a bike commuter, the culvert under Arctic Valley Boulevard often has been an exciting transit opportunity. I have rolled through water up to my pedals. But a fix in 2020 — a new culvert — is aimed at better managing Chester Creek overflow near Valley of the Moon park.

Putting on the show: A theatre conversation with Teresa Pond

Anchorage has always had a lively theatre scene. Join Teresa Pond, producing artistic director at Cyrano's Theatre Company, for a look back and a look forward. LISTEN HERE

Are YOU ready for the next emergency disaster? Here’s how to be.

Our previous show explained how Alaska prepares for natural and man-made disasters. Today's show shifts to our responsibility to be prepared ourselves. Learn how. Thanks for listening!

Justice Alaska: A conversation with former Chief Justice Walter ‘Bud’ Carpeneti

Alaska's current budgetary conflict on how to pay for government services touches many aspects of life in...

Tackling homelessness, 2.0: Investing private $ for public good

Image used from givingcompass.org, highlighting an article on the Pay for Success model as a vehicle for systems change.

Education Funding Activism

Gov. Sean Parnell has declared this year the education session the legislature, but if you are involved in schools in Anchorage you already know that education funding and policy are hot topics. On the next Hometown Alaska, host Charles Wohlforth will be joined by education activists to lead a community discussion on school funding and school choice. Should state funding increase, and should it be available to private and religious schools? KSKA: Wednesday, 3/12, 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Listen now:

Jazz is back: Founder notes and musical notes

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!

Journalists: In the heat of the battle

Most people are aware that the First Amendment in the Bill of Rights in the U.S. Constitution protects freedom of the press. Less well known are the rules journalists use to govern their work. Today, two local newsroom leaders talk about them. Thanks for listening!

AFN Convention: “Alaska is not a broke state” and protesters have a place

How did AFN leaders arrive at this theme for their 2019 convention, and what does it mean to them? Image from...

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...

Revisiting Alaska Baseball History

KSKA: Wednesday October 12 @ 2:00 and 8:00 pm Ready for summer baseball? Hear the rich story of the game in Alaska when public historian Katie Ringsmuth shares history and surprising cultural trends that came north with the game. LISTEN NOW

Strengthening the safety net under homeless teens

We'll host the Covenant House executive director Alison Kear, along with at least two homeless or formerly homeless youth, to hear their stories. What are the risks for a teen who is homeless? What obstacles exist for a young person to overcome homelessness? How does mental and physical health play into this picture? Thanks for listening!
Shakemap of Nov. 30, 2018 quake

After the shaking stopped: New info from the Nov. 30 quake

We are still living with the aftermath of last November's major shaker. FEMA is still here helping homeowners and the school district. Eagle River...

Reading woes: How busy parents can help

Discouraging reading scores and a K-3 statewide policy to improve Alaska's scores is one of the hot...

Jahna Lindemuth, Alaska’s attorney general, sits down with ‘Justice Alaska’

Quick news quiz: Who is Alaska's attorney general and what are the duties of the position? What's tough about the job, and what's surprising? Find out on Justice Alaska on Hometown Alaska. LISTEN HERE