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

A conversation with Chief Justice Craig Stowers

KSKA: Wednesday, Dec. 21 at 2 and 8 p.m. Justice Alaska on Hometown Alaska welcomes the Alaska Supreme Court's Chief Justice for an hour of conversation. Please join us with your comments and questions. LISTEN NOW

Seward Highway safety

KSKA: Wednesday, September 20, 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm. Work is planned to straighten out the Seward Highway along Turnagain Arm and in Cooper Landing, with opposition from some environmentalists. What do we really need to improve safety? LISTEN HERE

How understanding childhood trauma influences a Palmer therapeutic court for families

When parents have difficulty in life and marriage, the trouble is not isolated to the couple. New...

When military vets need a doctor

The VA just released results of a nationwide audit on how quickly military vets get medical service. Alaska’s report card was good. We'll talk about why, but also about needs that still go unanswered. Join host Kathleen McCoy, with vets and those who serve them, on the next Hometown Alaska. KSKA: Wednesday, June 18, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Listen now:

Could mushrooms keep your house warm?

KSKA: Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at 2 and 8 p.m. This may sound very Alice-in-Wonderland-ish, but an Alaska scientist thinks we might be able to grow organic and biodegradable insulation from mushrooms growing in our backyards. Tune in to find out how. LISTEN NOW

Wisdom and voices

Delivering babies in the Aleutians? A successful entrepreneur with enviable work/life balance? A city planner with more than one next chapter? A songstress and cultural activist? Meet these Hall of Famers, soak up their stories. KSKA: Wednesday, March 2 @ 2:00 pm and 8:pm DOWNLOAD AUDIO

Exporting music from Alaska

KSKA: Wednesday, December 13, 2pm and 8pm. We'll have live music on the next Hometown Alaska as we learn about efforts to build our local music scene into an export industry. The Alaska Independent Music Initiative set up a showcase performance space last summer at a national festival and is working to bring together players here in mutual support to build their community into something that can break through. LISTEN HERE

Peer Justice: How and why youth courts work

Peers telling peers how to behave has proven an effective form of justice among Alaska's youth courts. Find out how and why it works. Thanks for listening!

Working it out in the Arctic

Can we ever truly wrap our arms around the Arctic? A recent conference with speakers from across the globe gave it a try. We harvest the takeaways from two who were there. KSKA: Wednesday, Sept. 30, at 2 :00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Listen Now:

The Artist At Work

Where do artists get their ideas? What role does confidence play? Self doubt? Persistence? The weather? Jimmy Riordan and Keren Lowell think about it, out loud, on the next Hometown Alaska. KSKA: Wednesday, Oct. 22, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Listen now:

Moose are more dangerous than you might think

What scares you most? Moose or bear? The facts are: more humans are hurt by moose every year than by bear. Learn what you need to know to live, hike and drive in moose country.
Loussac Library, library, Anchorage

Z.J. Loussac Library and it’s Future

KSKA: Wednesday April 13 @ 2:00 and 8:00 pm The Loussac Library is getting a major remodel, fixing those problematic stairs, and much more. What is the purpose of a library in an age where you can find out almost anything with your phone? We'll find out what's in store for the library, and find out how the library is fitting into the new ways we get information. DOWNLOAD AUDIO

Palmer judge to launch Family Infant Toddler (FIT) therapeutic court

Courts have a role in protecting the most vulnerable in society. Young children are especially vulnerable; their early experiences actually shape their brain development. An Alaska judge is launching a therapeutic court with the welfare of young children in mind. LISTEN HERE

Code for America, Anchorage Brigade: What the hack are they up to?

Citizen engagement among coders and hackers is growing, thanks to a national nonprofit called Code for America. Find out how it's emerging in Anchorage and how citizens plan to influence life in Anchorage by tapping into available Open Data. Think crime data, public transit data, and more. KSKA: Wednesday, March 19, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Listen now:

VA Health Care

KSKA: Wednesday May 11 @ 2:00 and 8:00 We'll have a top VA official visiting from Washington to talk about how VA care is supposed to work for Alaskans, and what the agency is doing about fixing the problems. This will be an opportunity for listeners to contact the VA near the highest level. DOWNLOAD AUDIO

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...

Mayor-elect Ethan Berkowitz

Mayor-elect Ethan Berkowitz talks about his plans for the city, and takes your questions. Berkowitz is one week away from inauguration to his three-year term. The campaign focused on public safety and character, but not much else. What are his plans for transportation, quality of life, economic development, taxes? And what do you want to know, as Anchorage begins a new era of leadership? KSKA: Wednesday, June 24, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m. Listen now:

Proposition 10: Should we sell ML&P to Chugach Electric Association?

KSKA: Wednesday, March 14, 2 pm and 8 pm. Voters will decide over the coming weeks if Anchorage will have one electric utility or two. On the next Hometown Alaska, join us as we explore the reasons behind the proposed sale of Municipal Light and Power to Chugach Electric Association and ask your questions, including the impact on rates, taxes, jobs and energy. LISTEN HERE

Welcoming Anchorage

KSKA: Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm. Americans are debating who we are and who can aspire to join us. In Anchorage, a city where most people come from somewhere else, that debate is different because we're such a diverse community. On the next Hometown Alaska, we'll talk about welcoming newcomers of all kinds to our city. Our guest will be Anchorage First Lady Mara Kimmel, who has led the Welcoming Anchorage initiative. LISTEN HERE

What’s so great about Anchorage?

Why do you stay in Anchorage? It's a question that could tell us a lot about our city, and probably will. On today's show, we'll hear results of a survey of residents by the Live. Work. Play. program at the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation. The survey was designed to find out what's good and bad about our city, and how we can reach the goal of being the best in America by 2025. KSKA: Wednesday, Sept. 16, at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Listen Now: