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

Justice Alaska: Older Alaskans and their issues in court

What are some of the most important legal issues facing older Alaskans? Thanks for listening!

Dealing with Sexual Harassment

Events in the presidential campaign have caused many women to begin talking publicly about their experiences of sexual harassment. We'll welcome our listeners to share stories of harassment in their own lives, and we'll have guests to give advice on how to handle it when it happens to you. How can we make our community safe and respectful for all? KSKA: Wednesday, Oct 26, at 2 and 8PM LISTEN NOW

Adjusting Senate Bill 91

KSKA: Wednesday March 15, 2017 @ 2pm and 8 pm. SB 91, Alaska's criminal justice reform bill that passed last year, may be adjusted in this legislative session. What changes are legislators looking at, and why? LISTEN NOW

State of the Re:Union

Hometown Alaska will return in August. In the meantime, KSKA will air programming from State of the Re:Union. The program explores how American cities and towns create unique communities, the ways people transcend challenging circumstances and the vital cultural narratives that make each area unique. KSKA: Wednesday, July 2, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.

Guy Raz Event

KSKA: Wednesday Octoberber 05 @ 2:00pm and 8:00pm Guy Raz came to Alaska and spoke to an audience at the Wendy Williamson Auditorium. He told us about what inspires him, what it takes to make the TED Radio Hour, and life lessons he’s learned along the way. LISTEN NOW

Hometown, Alaska: U.S. Cross Country Skiing Championship

James Southam racing through Kincaid Park in Anchorage on Jan. 4 The U.S. Cross Country Skiing Championships are happening in Anchorage, deciding the best skiers...

Residential and onsite innovations for rural Alaska education

Educating rural Alaskans is challenging, given financial constraints and remote settings. Nonetheless, a 20-year-old short term residential program in Anchorage, and an onsite and online tutoring program in a rural setting are yielding promising to excellent results. KSKA: Wednesday, March 11, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Listen Now:

Schools: What’s working

This week Hometown Alaska visits with Anchorage School District personnel: a principal, a teacher and a counselor/coordinator, (and if we are lucky, a few students) to hear about programs that work, how and why. KSKA: Wednesday, Feb. 17 @ 2:00 pm and 8 pm. 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...

Transportation vision

KSKA: Wednesday, March 22 @ 2 pm and 8 pm. Transportation helps make the city. On the next Hometown Alaska, we'll dream about how we could make our transportation system better to make a better Anchorage. Our guests will include a visiting transportation guru bringing new ideas, and a local transportation leader who knows our own situation. LISTEN NOW

Hometown, Alaska: Perry Merkel, coffee man

He’s the man who brought the first great cup of coffee to Anchorage. Perry Merkel started Cafe Del Mundo before anyone had ever...

Hometown, Alaska: Public Transportation

The Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico is sharpening the public focus on energy efficient living. The use of  public transportation is...

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!

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...

Anchorage energy

KSKA: Wednesday, October 4, 2:00 pm & 8:00 pm. A new report tells how Anchorage can save energy and convert to renewables, ultimately saving money as well. LISTEN HERE

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: 

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!

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:

Choosing Alaska’s judges

Alaska is now selecting a new state Supreme Court justice. Will Alaska's process look and sound anything like the current national debate on replacing Antonin Scalia for the U.S. Supreme Court? Tune in to find out. KSKA-FM: Wednesday, March 16 @ 2:00 pm and 8 pm DOWNLOAD AUDIO

Appreciating community volunteers

KSKA: Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016 @ 2 pm and 8 pm. Thursday is Thanksgiving Day. Wrap your brain around how much you have to be thankful for by joining Hometown Alaska for its annual salute to community volunteers. Tell us how and why you volunteer for our community, or how your agency benefits from the work of volunteers. LISTEN NOW