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

‘And Now We Rise’: The story and work behind this documentary

Publicity poster for "And Now We Rise," with the image of Samuel Johns. (Image courtesy of Affinity Films)

ASD school superintendent answers questions about back-to-school

Screenshot from the ASD website. Superintendent Dr. Deena Bishop was a guest on Hometown Alaska this week....

Finding a lawyer: What are the options?

KSKA: Wednesday, April 20 at 2 pm and 8 pm. Finding a good lawyer when you need one is the topic for Justice Alaska, a once-a-month special edition of Hometown Alaska. Justice Alaska aims to give citizens a clearer understanding of how our courts, our laws and our system of justice works. DOWNLOAD AUDIO

Hometown, Alaska: Entrepreneurial Spirit

What does it take to become an entrepreneur? Challenging economic times give birth to the entrepreneurs among us. On today’s Hometown, Alaska, two experts join...
a white man speaks in front of a man and woman

Meet Chief Justice Joel Bolger, Alaska Supreme Court

Chief Justice Joel Bolger delivers the 2019 State of the Judiciary in February 2019 before the Alaska Legislature. (Photo by KTOO...

Keeping bees in Alaska

Alaska's bee season is short and intense, and most hives have wound down for this year. But beekeepers are enjoying rich golden honey, fruit of their bees' labor, and planning for next season's hive. KSKA: Wednesday, Sept. 10, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Listen now:

Annual Salute to Community Volunteers

This week, Hometown Alaska is all about volunteer service. If you rely on volunteers, or you give your time and energy to causes you believe in, share your story today on Hometown Alaska. KSKA: Wednesday, Dec. 3, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m. Listen now: 

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...

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:

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...

COVID-19: How artists and a housing agency collaborated to reduce loneliness for isolated seniors

Spenard Jazz Fest Messengers played tunes in a parking lot in front of a Cook Inlet Housing Authority residence on Spenard...
Vern Halter

Meet Vern Halter, Mat-Su Borough’s new mayor

Most people recognize Vern Halter as an Iditarod musher with plenty of top 10 finishes in the Last Great Race and a first place victory in the Yukon Quest. He’s also a lawyer born, raised and educated in South Dakota, and he's been an Alaskan since 1977. He’s served six years on the Mat-Su Borough Assembly. Now he’s the mayor of the fast-growing Mat-Su. On the next Hometown Alaska, we’ll get to ask him all kinds of questions about the challenges ahead. KSKA: Wednesday, Nov. 4, at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Listen Now:

The Alaska State Fair

Wednesday, August 17 @ 2:00 pm The Alaska State Fair starts next week, with rides and booths, national headline entertainment, and, of course, gigantic vegetables. Have you ever seen a 19-pound carrot? Or a 76-pound rutabaga? What are you waiting for? We’ll talk about the practicalities of having a good visit to the fair, fun memories, and what makes it so enjoyable.

Education funding

Wednesday, March 08, at 2 and 8p.m. The state budget crisis is hitting public schools, with the loss of 99 teachers expected in Anchorage next year, even if there are no further cuts from the Alaska Legislature. On the next show, we will look at the current situation and how it could change. LISTEN NOW

Hometown, Alaska: Alaska's college baseball playoffs attract big league scouts

The times they are a 'changing fast, but one thing stays the same - the crack of the bat against a leatherbound ball, and...

Urban Native Life

KSKA: Wednesday, May 04 @ 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm Many Alaska Natives live in urban areas far from the places at the core of Native cultures-- the rural communities with open lands, fish and wildlife. On the next Hometown Alaska we'll talk about the Alaska Native identity here in Anchorage-- corporate, tribal, traditional and modern. DOWNLOAD AUDIO

Alaska’s Film Incentive Program: The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of

The legislature came up with an incentive program to bring filmmakers North to make their next Blockbuster. What has that money bought us? What has it meant to Alaskans with and without film connections? How does the average Alaskan become a carpenter or an extra? KSKA: Wednesday 9/21 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

UAA’s New Sports Arena

Wednesday, July 20 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm Thanks to a voter-approved bond and legislative funding, UAA is ready to build a new sports arena that will cost $109 million and provide an on-campus venue for major sporting events. Host Charles Wohlforth visits with UAA Athletic Director Steve Cobb and booster Steve Nerland to learn about the impacts and benefits of this major new facility.

Loon love and lore

KSKA: Wednesday, April 27 at 2:00 and 8:00 p.m. Have you heard the tremelo, the wail, the yodel or the hoot of a Common Loon? Join us to hear them, and for updates on the Conner's Bog Loon Cam, and more. DOWNLOAD AUDIO

Balancing Alaska’s budget is getting so hard that it hurts. Here’s one citizen’s plan.

Illustrations by Alaska cartoonist Peter Dunlap-Shohl help to explain the fiscal challenge citizens and policy makers face in Alaska's near future....