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

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!

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...

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
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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

How to access free legal services

Alaska attorneys provide a variety of free legal services for the Anchorage community. One program, free legal clinics around Alaska planned annually on Martin Luther King Day, has continued for a decade and assisted more than three and a half thousand Alaskans. Partners in this effort include the Alaska Court System and Alaska Legal Services Corporation, a private nonprofit law firm established in Alaska in 1967. Thanks for listening!

Speaking truth to power: How one community group gets things done

A community meeting called to discuss homelessness and community mental health issues, organized by AFACT in November 2018. At the podium...

We’re all ears at Hometown Alaska

On the next Hometown Alaska, we hope you'll give hosts Charles Wohlforth and Kathleen McCoy an earful! They are taking your suggestions for shows! Get in the line up. KSKA: Wednesday, Sept. 9, at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Listen Now:

Hometown, Alaska: Civility and Civic Discussion

What's wrong with civic debate? What has happened to civility, and can we restore respectful discussion in our community? Join host Charles...

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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Drones in Alaska

What do drones bring to mind? Privacy and safety issues. We'll talk about both of those important topics, and will extend the conversation to the work drones can do for us. DOWNLOAD AUDIO

Local: How horses assist in human physical therapy

Advocates of equine-assisted therapy say riders benefit from the horse's soothing rhythm, warmth and three-dimensional movement pattern that mimics the movement...

Media: Friend or Foe? Ask Brooke Gladstone.

Brooke Gladstone has spent 25 years in the news business, the past dozen years taking its temperature and analyzing its strengths and weaknesses on NPR's "On the Media." She does it on our behalf, as news consumers. Gladstone is in Alaska this week, her very first time, to talk about our uneasy relationship with news as detailed in her book, "The Influencing Machine." KSKA: Wednesday, 2/26, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Listen now:

Hometown, Alaska: Federal Spending in Alaska

According to a University of Alaska study, 40% of Alaskan’s personal income comes directly or indirectly from federal spending, and more than a third...

Hometown, Alaska: Alaska Women's Hall of Fame

Do you know why Anchorage has alternative schools? How about a local Planned Parenthood, Childcare Connection, or public radio and TV? You’d have to...

Understanding Alaska’s recession

KSKA: Wednesday, March 1 at 2 pm and 8 p.m. Kathleen McCoy hosts two of the state's top economists, to examine the Alaska economy that's firmly in recession. Choices on the state budget deficit could make the recession worse or longer. The economists' work allows us to see how many jobs may be lost, how Alaska's population will change and what the new normal will look like. LISTEN NOW

UAA’s New Sports Arena

Wednesday, July 20 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm Thanks to a voter-approved bond and legislative funding, UAA is ready to build a new sports arena that will cost $109 million and provide an on-campus venue for major sporting events. Host Charles Wohlforth visits with UAA Athletic Director Steve Cobb and booster Steve Nerland to learn about the impacts and benefits of this major new facility.

Happy 100th, Anchorage!

What was Anchorage like in 1915? 1935? 1960? Aren't you curious? This is the time to find out, as the city prepares to celebrate its Big 10-0. Download Audio

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...

The “all ears” show comes back to Hometown Alaska

The "all ears" show is our way of inviting listeners to share ideas for show topics they'd like us to pursue in 2018. Our focus is local: Anchorage, Southcentral and Alaska. Are there people and topics you want us to work on? We're here to listen, so let us know. LISTEN HERE

Hometown, Alaska: Cooking it Right

Summer is around the bend and dinner parties, BBQs and potlucks are on just about everybody’s calendar. Unfortunately that usually means lowering our...