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

Gratitude: Is it an emotion? A virtue? A behavior?

Infographic created by Here's My Chance, and borrowed from the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California Berkeley.

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

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!

Vote on People Mover route changes

Until the end of this month, People Mover is inviting citizens to vote for bus route changes...

Art of the North gallery through the eyes of experts

Take a virtual tour of the stunning Art of the North gallery at the Anchorage Museum with curator Betany Porter, Aaron Leggett, curator of Alaska history and culture, and Kesler Woodward, Alaska artist and art historian. LISTEN HERE

Reflections on giving and volunteering in the community

Volunteering and giving are two sides of community engagement. On today's show, we invite local community groups and nonprofits to thank their volunteers, and we discuss the power of giving to support community ambitions. Thanks for listening!

Public libraries = back-to-school help

Image by <a href="http://">Gerd Altmann from <a href="http://">Pixabay. Used with permission. Everybody is back in school...

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:

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...

Real ID in Alaska: Where are we now?

KSKA: Wednesday, February 22 @ 2 pm and 8 pm. What do you need to know about the federal Real ID act? When will it affect your ability to jump on a plane and head to the Lower 48, or enter a federal building or military base? LISTEN NOW

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...
Lost animals

The strays of Anchorage and Alaska: Who worries about them?

Who deals with lost and abandoned animals in Anchorage? If you lose a pet, how do you find it? What city ordinances govern how we live with animals in the municipality? We'll talk cats, dogs, rabbits and more. 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...

The Science of the ’64 Earthquake

Fifty years ago the greatest earthquake ever recorded in North America hit southcentral Alaska, devastating Anchorage. On the next Hometown Alaska, host Charles Wohlforth and guests will delve into the science behind the 1964 earthquake. KSKA: Wednesday, March 26, 2:00 and 9:00 p.m. 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!