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

Hometown, Alaska: Driving and Dialing

A student talks on a hands-free cell phone while operating a high-tech driving simulator, University of Utah Most of us don’t get behind the wheel...

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: Planning Summer Adventures

It’s never too early to dream about summer adventures in Alaska. In fact, April is prime time to get out your maps and patch...

Imagining a Town Square Park for Everyone

A green oasis in downtown? A good venue for outdoor community festivities? A hidden pocket for bad behavior that scares other users away? What will Town Square's story ultimately be? Learn its history and imagine its future. KSKA: Wednesday, April 16, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Listen now:

Saturday Markets Blossom in Anchorage

Wednesday August 3 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm Farmers Markets are the biggest thing since Matanuska cabbages. And if you want to buy local there's more than just produce popping up around town. Join host Peter Dunlap-Shohl and his guests as they explore the differences in Anchorage Saturday Markets on Hometown, Alaska.

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

Dealing with the tenant (or landlord) from hell

Renting, whether you are the tenant or the landlord, can be fraught with conflict. Alaska has specific statutes that cover this housing arrangement. Justice Alaska explores hot spots in the Anchorage market and shares resources and legal tools for navigating this very common transaction. Your questions and experiences are welcome, so join us! LISTEN HERE

Choosing Capital Projects

Tradition is an important part of politics. The Alaska Legislature has long followed the tradition of keeping the state's capital budget process confidential until the last minute, and then releasing and voting on it in the final days of the session. Some people think that leads to bad decisions. We'll talk about Anchorage's recent tennis court controversies, and other impacts of how the legislature does its job. Is there a better way? KSKA: Wednesday, 2/19, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Listen now:

Hometown, Alaska: Entrepreneur, Bob Kaufman

Photo courtesy of Bob Kaufman, Alaska.org The first thing to mention about Bob Kaufman is that he swam across Cook Inlet. But what’s more...

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

Winter film fests: Let’s go to the movies

You say snow gives you hives? Not to worry. Anchorage hosts two winter film festivals that promise to transport your mind and imagination to places you never dreamed of visiting. Come enjoy the best getaway in the world: the movies. We'll feature program directors for the Anchorage International Film Festival and the Indigenous World Film Festival, They'll share highlights and don't-miss surprises for each festival. KSKA: Wednesday, 12/4 at 2:00pm and 9:00pm Listen Now

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:

Hometown, Alaska: Iditarod 2011

Ceremonial start downtown Anchorage, Iditarod 2008. Photo by Kristin Spack. The Iditarod is just around the corner. Mushers are making final preparations. Food is stored...

Board members address school goals and challenges

Anchorage is getting a new superintendent of schools. What are the goals of the Anchorage School Board as it picks a new leader? Two school board members join us to talk about their vision for our schools, how we can improve academic performance, and finding the way through a period of economic uncertainty for the community they serve. We'll also ask why the decided to change leadership now. KSKA: Wednesday, February 24, at 2 and 8 p.m. Download Audio

Hometown, Alaska: Volunteerism

September 11th has been declared the National Day of Service - a day to adopt a charity, or do a good deed. We’re...

ACES: How to reshuffle when the cards are stacked against children

KSKA: Wednesday, February 1 at 2 pm and 8 p.m. New research documents the impact of stress on children's developing brains, as well as the long-term social and economic impacts. Join us for hopeful findings on how to reshuffle the cards for better outcomes. LISTEN NOW

Talking with Mayor Ethan Berkowitz

KSKA: Wednesday. June 7, 2017, @ 2 pm and 8 pm. If you could sit down and talk to Mayor Ethan Berkowitz, what's the question or opinion you'd most like to share? That's what Hometown Alaska offers you this week. Join us, and bring your questions and comments for the Mayor. LISTEN HERE

“Yes” or “No” on Proposition 5: Anchorage Equal Rights Initiative

On Tuesday, April 3rd, Anchorage residents will vote "yes" or "no" on Proposition 5. Proposition 5, or the "Anchorage Equal Rights Initiative", asks the question: "Shall the current Municipal Code sections providing legal protections against discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, marital status, age, physical disability, and mental disability be amended to include protections on the basis of sexual orientation or transgender identity?" KSKA: Wednesday, 3/28 at 2:00pm and 7:00pm

Hometown, Alaska: Anchorage Bicycle Plan

Anchorage already has 214 miles of multi-use trails meandering along Anchorage’s wooded creek corridors and coastline. The proposed new bike plan would more than...

Weighing Ballot Measure One

Voters decide the fate or Ballot Measure One, the Salmon Initiative, on November 6. Hear both sides before you cast your vote. Thanks for listening!