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

Divorce without lawyers

Divorce puts Alaskans into the legal system to settle their emotional problems the most expensive way possible, with dueling attorneys. Few of us can afford that. We'll talk about splitting up without attorneys. Support exists to mediate the way to a new life, dividing assets and child custody, and resolving your own future rather than turning those decisions over to a judge. KSKA: Wednesday, April 8, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m. Listen Now:

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

Justice Alaska talks about parole and probation

KSKA: Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2 pm and 8 pm. What is the mission of parole and probation within the criminal justice system, and how do new policy initiatives in SB 91 and SB 54 affect that work? LISTEN HERE

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!

Ask your Social Security questions

Alaska has a fast-growing population of older Americans. Social Security benefits can be an important part of their retirement plans. Disability is a key safety net for many. Can you count on it to be there when you need it? All questions are welcome. Thanks for listening!

Celebrating Volunteers

Volunteers are the heart of many organizations and causes. At this time of year, KSKA provides an opportunity to thank them for their contributions to the community. In the studio, our guests address what volunteers accomplish and how organizations can attract and make effective use of a volunteer workforce. KSKA: Wednesday 12/18 at 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm Listen Now

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

Hometown, Alaska: The Alaskan Alternative Circus

Jumping tigers, sprinting elephants, enormous tents, peanuts, zebras and clowns. Well, those might not be the things you’ll see when you go to a...

“Hello, I Must Be Going” Alaska’s Churning Population

Wednesday, August 24 @ 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm Exotic and remote, Alaska isn't for everyone. Many people come, discover this, and leave. What does this mean for our friendships, families and communities at large? Join host Peter Dunlap-Shohl and his guests as Hometown, Alaska looks at temporary Alaskans and their effects on our state.

Hometown, Alaska: Liane Hansen

Liane Hansen, familiar from Weekend Edition Sunday, brings her friendly voice to our studio in Anchorage for a wide-ranging talk about NPR's impact and...

Hometown, Alaska: Beekeeping in Alaska

There are beekeepers all over the state, and this is the time of year they take off the box covers and get buzzing. But,...

Catching the bus

KSKA: Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 2 and 8 p.m. How riders catch buses in Anchorage will change in 2017. December is feedback month. So get a preview of the proposals and offer your feedback on the new ideas. LISTEN NOW

Hometown, Alaska: God in Alaska, Part 1

On the next Hometown, Alaska we will begin a two-part series on “God in Alaska”. This show parallels the PBS series,...

FBI role in Alaska

Chasing bank robbers, federal gun law violators, money launderers and computer hackers. Find out what the FBI in Alaska is doing, on the next Justice Alaska on Hometown Alaska. LISTEN HERE

Video: Behind Hometown, Alaska's Theme Music

Since Hometown, Alaska's February 8 show, many of you have probably noticed the change in the theme music. The song is "Lead Dog," on...

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

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

Hometown, Alaska: Project Puqigtut

Education Secretary Arne Duncan is banking on an Anchorage School District program aimed at preventing dropouts to serve as a model for school...
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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:

Hometown, Alaska: Propositions A and B

The elections are less than a week away and candidates are raring to go. It seems everyone has an opinion, and faces and names...