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

Public libraries = back-to-school help

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Buying a slice of The Greatland: How to buy state-owned land in Alaska

Screenshot from the home page of Alaska Land Sales, Division of Mining, Land and Water under the Alaska Department of Natural...

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...
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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:

Squeezing books into busy Alaska summers

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!

Weighing in on a year of Anchorage public transit changes

In October 2017, the Municipality's transit department made big change in local transit. Now they have a report card on how it went during the first year. They want to hear from you. Join this conversation about the future of public transit in Anchorage. Thanks for listening!
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[Recent] art in public places: Who made it? How did they create it? What were they thinking?

James Temte and Michael Conti collaborated on this mural in Spenard. (Photo from James Temte Facebook) Back in...

Teens use storytelling to work out personal challenges, find meaning

The logo for Story Works Alaska. HOST: Kathleen McCoy UPDATE August 3, 2020. The podcasts we sampled for...

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

Saving the stories from Bristol Bay’s Naknek cannery

Bristol Bay just came off an historic salmon harvest. This year's peak has a long tail of success, dating back to the 1890s. Now, public historians are working to save the multicultural stories from Bristol Bay's Naknek Cannery, and to position this rich maritime district in a global context. Thanks for listening!
Anchorage Climate Action Plan

Unpacking Anchorage’s new Climate Action Plan

Cover of the municipality's Climate Action Plan. The underlying city photo is from the Lu Liston Collection, Anchorage Museum. UAA...

Magistrates strive for justice in rural, urban Alaska courts

Alaska's legal system can seem complex and confusing from the outside looking in. The purpose of today's...

Coronavirus: Update on help for small business, renters facing eviction

National and state elections were, and continue to be, major distractions from a global pandemic that is...

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

Jews in Alaska: Saving the stories

What is Jewish history in Alaska? And what is contemporary Jewish life in Alaska? Find out when Alaska Jewish Museum founders and a curator join us. Thanks for listening!

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...

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...