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 and Dr. E.J. David. If you have a topic that could be discussed on Hometown, Alaska send your suggestion to: hometown@alaskapublic.org

Why February 19, a ‘Day of Remembrance,’ matters to so many

An event on February 19, 1942 changed the course of many lives; the U.S. struggled from a devastating attack by Japanese forces at Pearl Harbor in December of 1941. Just two months later, the U.S. President authorized the military to relocate those of Japanese ancestry away from the West Coast. Hundreds of Aleuts were also moved. Thanks for listening!

Folk schools and lifelong learning: Following your own curiosity

What if going to school meant walking through the woods looking for mushrooms? After our formal education ends in high school, college or graduate school, many folks want to go on learning. To fill the need, folk schools and life long learning opportunities have developed. We'll talk to some of the organizers offering classes in Southcentral Alaska. What do you want to learn? LISTEN HERE

UAA Justice Center works for data-driven public policy on sexual assault investigations

Alaska, and the entire nation, is coming to grips with rape kits used in sexual assault investigations that were never submitted. The reasons why vary. Now, new public policy is in the works. Today's show features guests from UAA Justice Center. Thanks for listening!

What was Anchorage like 50 years ago?

What was Anchorage like for black Americans in the 1950s and '60s. Find out through the stories of three who lived it, as they talk about community, opportunity and why they made Anchorage their home. KSKA: Wednesday, April 1, at 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm Listen Now:
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Taking improv to work

Everybody loves the quick wit, unexpected humor and poignant moments of improv. But more and more, its basic principles are ending up in the work world. Local improv practitioners explain why. DOWNLOAD AUDIO

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: 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...

4 Alaska Startups: How they built it

Logo for Alaska Startup Week, Nov. 17-24, brings entrepreneurs, leaders and fans together to mentor and support new business ideas in...
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After oil: Looking for Alaska 2.0

KSKA: Wednesday May 25, 2016 at 2:00 and 8:00 p.m. Launch : Alaska is a start-up business accelerator mentoring five fledgling companies for 90-days this summer. Alaskan Heather Kelly's "food for adventurers" business is one of them. Meet the rest. DOWNLOAD AUDIO

Alaskans and Social Media

Wednesday, July 13 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm There’s an information and interaction party going on worldwide. Why should Alaskans care? What does social media mean to you? Should you dive in or can you ignore it?

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

Hey hikers, bikers, skiers: Here’s something you need to know

What you don't know about animal trapping in Alaska could hurt you or your pet. Thanks for listening!

Meet three Rasmuson Individual Artist Award recipients

Heather Warren image from their website; Richard Nelson image by Liz McKenzie, Encounters website; Peter Lind Jr. image from his website.

Back to School with Superintendent Graff

School is starting in Anchorage, once again with a new superintendent. After a year of turmoil, the Anchorage School District is headed by a local educator, Ed Graff. Superintendent Graff looks ahead to coming school year and how he plans to guide the district. We're on the air the first day of school. Listen Now KSKA: Wednesday 8/21 at 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm

Anchorage prepares for budget cut impacts

On Wednesday, July 24, the mayor of Anchorage declared a short-term civil emergency in anticipation of the...

Teens use storytelling to work out personal challenges, find meaning

The logo for Story Works Alaska. HOST: Kathleen McCoy UPDATE August 3, 2020. The podcasts we sampled for...

Anchorage Folk Fest

Over the last two weekends of January, the Anchorage Folk Festival presents an explosion of music and dance in many venues around town. It's a fun opportunity for families to get out of the house in the winter, hear music and dance. And if you play, there are few better times to carry your instrument around for the chance of an impromptu jam session. On this edition of Hometown Alaska, we'll try to capture the fun of the folk fest through conversation and live music from Cold Country in the studio. KSKA: Wednesday, January 13, at 2 and 8pm LISTEN HERE
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Dementia: Plight of the Alaska caregivers

More than 8,000 Alaskans live with Alzheimer's Disease and dementia. Filmmaker Mary Katzke tells the stories of five families, and aging experts join us to put this topic in perspective. KSKA: Wednesday, Nov. 19, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Listen now:

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: God in Alaska, Part 2

The Pew Research Center has recently found Alaska to be the least religiously inclined state in the nation. Yet religion has played an enormous...