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

Imagine Your Way Into a New Garden With Practical Advice From Landscape Architects

Every spring, when mostly tired, dirty snow still blankets much of Anchorage, the American Society of Landscape Architects, Anchorage Chapter, features a garden design workshop to help eager gardeners of all experience levels re-imagine their outdoor space and solve problems in their landscape. The founders of that class...

Hometown, Alaska: Youth Spending Their Vacations Serving the Community

College and high school students look forward to the summer break to get a respite from the study grind. But these days, ...
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What price for education?

We all want bright, young students to emerge from our public school system and become contributing citizens. But what is the right price tag for that goal? KSKA: Wednesday, Dec. 9 at 2 pm. and 8 pm. Download Audio

Hometown, Alaska: Ballot Measure 2

On the next Hometown, Alaska, we will be discussing the contentious ballot measure two, a bill that would make it mandatory for minors seeking...

Assemblyman Bill Evans: The Exit Interview

KSKA: Wednesday, April 5, 2 pm and 8 pm After just one three-year term, Bill Evans declined to run again for the Anchorage Assembly. What is that form of public service like? What lessons did he learn? Were there disappointments? Surprises? Would he recommend it to another citizen? LISTEN NOW

Hometown Alaska: Volunteers

Many Alaskans spend a lot of time behind the scenes, volunteering at a wide variety of organizations.  Most work without much, if any, recognition...

The Science of the ’64 Earthquake

Fifty years ago the greatest earthquake ever recorded in North America hit southcentral Alaska, devastating Anchorage. On the next Hometown Alaska, host Charles Wohlforth and guests will delve into the science behind the 1964 earthquake. KSKA: Wednesday, March 26, 2:00 and 9:00 p.m. Listen now:

Hometown, Alaska: Why Are We Here?

Image source: Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Research and Analysis Section, Demographics Unit Most Alaskans came from somewhere else. We all had reasons...
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Dr. Deena Bishop, ASD superintendent, takes your questions

Anchorage School District Superintendent Dr. Deena Bishop joins us to take listener questions. She will share the district's strategies for coping with the current long list of challenges. She'll also speak to what it means to educate children for a world that is changing fast. And we'll learn a bit about what drives her to do this work. Thanks for listening!

Fill this stage with Alaska musicians

KSKA: Wednesday, Jan. 4 @ 2 and 8 p.m. Alaska musicians want the capacity to make a living in the state they love. To that end, they've launched an initiative to attract attention to talent in the 49th state. Listen up! LISTEN NOW

Rise of the Backyard Chicken

Wednesday, July 6 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm Cooperative Extension Service noticed the uptick four years ago, chickens being sold on craigslist at $100 for “a guaranteed layer.” The service launched “Chicken University” to spread good information on raising chickens. Cooperative Extension’s Stephen Brown, the “chicken guy” in Alaska, joins host Kathleen McCoy on Hometown, Alaska.
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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:

A visit to Coyote Garden

Come visit the world-famous Coyote Garden in Willow with Les Brake as your guide. Download Audio:

How do we pay for public schools?

In this week's Hometown Alaska, we aim to offer School Budgeting 101, a foundational look at how schools are financed. Learn the basics of school finance so that news stories make sense to you, so that you feel equipped to ask your principal or legislator useful questions and ultimately make well-informed votes. KSKA: Wednesday, April 18, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m. Download Audio

The legal fallout from divorce

Divorce means decisions. Property, finances, children—all must be discussed and divided. Have you been in this position? Do you face this situation? Join Senior Judge Elaine Andrews as we walk through the complicated territory of family law. KSKA: Wednesday, June 15 at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. DOWNLOAD AUDIO

“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: Volunteerism

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

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!

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:

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: