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

Ask the Superintendent

An impressive logistical and operational effort happens five days a week in our town when 46,000 students filter into 130 different schools and programs...

How Alaska chooses its judges; how voters weigh in

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Before Alaska's statewide election on Nov. 6, where 15 judges appear on the ballot, learn how Alaska selects judges through an independent citizens' commission, and how voters have a say in retaining those judges at election time. Thanks for listening!

Is Alaska ready for its next health emergency?

Rebroadcast: First of two parts on emergency preparedness. This week, how is the state of Alaska prepared? Next week: How should you, private citizen, prepare? Thanks for listening!

Hometown, Alaska: How Dogs Help Humans

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You might have heard him huffing and puffing and wandering around the studio during today's program. In addition to Corey Aist of Alaska Search...

Could mushrooms keep your house warm?

KSKA: Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at 2 and 8 p.m. This may sound very Alice-in-Wonderland-ish, but an Alaska scientist thinks we might be able to grow organic and biodegradable insulation from mushrooms growing in our backyards. Tune in to find out how. LISTEN NOW

Listen: Finding the untapped talent in Alaska’s immigrants and refugees

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immigrants and refugees make Alaska their home. How are new Alaskans adjusting? How can the government help in their transition? What are the ways through which immigrants and refugees enrich Alaska? Join host E.J. David for conversation about a collaborative community project called “Untapped Talent.”

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

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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...
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Juneteenth: What, why, and beyond

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Juneteenth has been called “America’s Second Independence Day”. But surveys show that only about half of Americans even know what Juneteenth is. So what exactly is Juneteenth? Why is it important? And should it be celebrated? With community leaders Jasmin Smith and Dino Allen, we will discuss the history behind Juneteenth and its continued modern day significance on the next episode of Hometown, Alaska

LISTEN: These two organizations fight to protect the civil rights of Alaskans

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At least two legal agencies work to protect the civil rights of Alaskans. Today's show will look at the particular missions of the Northern...

Hometown, Alaska: Susitna Dam

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In the 1970s and 80s, the dream of building the Susitna power project consumed years of debate and millions of dollars for environmental studies...

Reading woes: How busy parents can help

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Discouraging reading scores and a K-3 statewide policy to improve Alaska's scores is one of the hot topics in Juneau these days. Governor Mike...
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LISTEN: Discussing food culture in Alaska

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Alaska’s food and restaurant culture is a massive and ever-shifting adhesive for the local economy, serving and effecting both customers and business owners alike. But why is it so crucial? And how are local restaurant and food truck owners riding the wave back to success during COVID? Join host, Justin Williams, with two champions of the local restaurant community to discuss our food culture here in Alaska.

Why Alaska judges are appointed, but still run for retention in elections

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This November 3, Alaskans will go to the polls to choose a president and congressional and state leaders. But there is more on the...
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Improve your home cyber security with FBI pro tips

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UPDATE after the broadcast: If you have a cyber crime to report, do so here: IC3.org If you wish to check on info breaches related...

Hometown, Alaska: Nonprofits in Alaska

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Nonprofit entities all over the country are beginning to feel the pressure of hard economic times as individual donors and corporate sponsors cut back....

Hometown, Alaska: Architecture of our new major buildings

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Anchorage has recently added a museum expansion, a convention center, a University library, and a number of Midtown office buildings. Each new building helps...

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

Divorce without lawyers

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Divorce puts Alaskans into the legal system to settle their emotional problems the most expensive way possible, with dueling attorneys. Few of us can afford that. We'll talk about splitting up without attorneys. Support exists to mediate the way to a new life, dividing assets and child custody, and resolving your own future rather than turning those decisions over to a judge. KSKA: Wednesday, April 8, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m. Listen Now:

A birthday, a send-off and a welcome on Hometown Alaska

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As 91.1 FM celebrates its 40th birthday, Hometown Alaska this week visits with soon-to-retire Bede ("Yipee, it's Friday") Trantina, and welcomes Shelly Wosniak, the new FM programmer, to the team. Join us for some fond memories of change and growth, and a look to the bright future at Alaska Public Media. LISTEN HERE

Climate effects in coastal and rural Alaska: two initiatives

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The grim news headlines pound like heavy waves against a weakened coast line. Our warming climate hits rural communities hard. They have decisions to make: leave or stay and fight. Two initiatives will work to give them information to make those choices. LISTEN HERE