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

How Alaska chooses its judges; how voters weigh in

Before Alaska's statewide election on Nov. 6, where 15 judges appear on the ballot, learn how Alaska selects judges through an independent citizens' commission, and how voters have a say in retaining those judges at election time. Thanks for listening!

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:

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!

Commissioner Dean Williams on Alaska Department of Corrections

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!

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!

The Future of the Alaska Railroad

The Alaska Railroad is facing new challenges. The closure of the Flint Hills refinery in North Pole will reduce freight business that has already been impacted by the price of coal. The bill creating the Alaska Railroad passed Congress a century ago this year. But what does its future hold? Join host Charles Wohlforth and guests to learn more. KSKA: Wednesday, May 21, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Listen now:

Anchorage Opera tells an American story that also played out in Alaska

Anchorage Opera's next offering, "An American Dream," goes a long way toward explaining how opera tells relevant stories in modern times. Thanks for listening!

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!

Older Alaskans: Still working after all these years

Are you an older Alaskan who is still working? You're part of a trend. Tell us your story, and learn more why this is happening in Alaska and across the United States. Thanks for listening!

Climate change and Cook Inlet

Climate change has the potential to affect weather, water temperature and salmon numbers in Cook Inlet, as well as the biology of the lands of our region. On this edition of Hometown Alaska, experts explain the changes that have already happened in the Inlet at our front door, and make educated predictions about what the future might hold. KSKA: Wednesday, Oct. 21, at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Download Audio:

Adding Anchorage housing: where, when and how?

Anchorage has a shortage of all kinds of housing. Planners and residents grapple with strategies to encourage housing, including zoning changes and property tax incentives for builders creating homes downtown. Catch up on all the proposals. Thanks for listening!

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!

Meet more next-gen business builders

Alaska is constantly moving toward it's non-oil based future. Entrepreneurs are a big part of that picture. Today, we talk with a handful of women entrepreneurs and their ideas for building a successful business in Alaska. Thanks for listening!

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

Why February 19, a ‘Day of Remembrance,’ matters to so many

An event on February 19, 1942 changed the course of many lives; the U.S. struggled from a devastating attack by Japanese forces at Pearl Harbor in December of 1941. Just two months later, the U.S. President authorized the military to relocate those of Japanese ancestry away from the West Coast. Hundreds of Aleuts were also moved. Thanks for listening!

Alaska independent musicians head to Nashville

If you could cash in determination for dollars, Alaska independent musicians would have bulging pockets. This week, organized by AKIMI, they head to Nashville to sell their made-in-Alaska songs. Thanks for listening!

UAA Justice Center works for data-driven public policy on sexual assault investigations

Alaska, and the entire nation, is coming to grips with rape kits used in sexual assault investigations that were never submitted. The reasons why vary. Now, new public policy is in the works. Today's show features guests from UAA Justice Center. Thanks for listening!

Tune up your ears for Alaska’s original sounds

KSKA: Wednesday, December 14 at 2 and 8 p.m. Kurt Riemann is on a mission: archiving Alaska's original music. Tune in to hear samples and stories behind what he's gathered so far. Find out if you've got a classic Alaska recording for this archive. LISTEN NOW

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!

Self defense and “stand your ground” laws in Alaska

What do you know about self defense and Alaska's 'stand your ground' status? Prosecutor James Fayette and defense attorney John Cashion explain the law and take your questions. Thanks for listening!