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

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

August 10 is a state-designated day to celebrate and learn about Alaska Wild Salmon. Join us with your own salmon tales as we talk with a policy maker who has been both a commercial and sport fisherman, a scientist studying the aquatic ecology on the Kenai River, and a subsistence fisherman and advocate from Dillingham. LISTEN HERE

Liane Hansen, familiar from Weekend Edition Sunday, brings her friendly voice to our studio in Anchorage for a wide-ranging talk about NPR's impact and...

Mayor-elect Ethan Berkowitz talks about his plans for the city, and takes your questions. Berkowitz is one week away from inauguration to his three-year term. The campaign focused on public safety and character, but not much else. What are his plans for transportation, quality of life, economic development, taxes? And what do you want to know, as Anchorage begins a new era of leadership? KSKA: Wednesday, June 24, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m. Listen now:

Time to get dirt under your fingernails. Tune in for a splash of summer gardening inspiration and information from local experts. KSKA: Wednesday, March 30 @ 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm DOWNLOAD AUDIO

KSKA: Wednesday, May 10 at 2 pm and 8 pm Prescription painkillers and cheap heroin have combined to fuel a new public health crisis: addiction and death from overdosing. Join us to learn the status of the battle in Alaska and strategies to defeat. LISTEN HERE

Late August draws out the berry pickers. Wonderful as those jewels are, wild edibles include more than berries and mushrooms. So join local gathering experts to hear about the wild abundance Alaska offers, and best ways to school yourself in identification, sustainable selection and delicious eating! And if you've got a great wild edible recipe, we want to hear it. KSKA: Wednesday, August 13 at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Listen now:

Did true love summon you north? That’s our topic for a special Valentine’s edition of Hometown, Alaska. Join host Kathleen McCoy and her guest...

James Carteeti has been carving for over 30 years. He joins host Ellen Lockyer this week on Hometown, Alaska to talk about his work. Alaska...

KSKA: Wednesday 8/31 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm After a decade of citizen, consultant and city planning elbow grease, the rewrite of Anchorage’s land use code is nearing the finish line of one very long marathon. The last big hurdle comes when the plan re-emerges from the Mayor’s Office. Comment and implementation timetables are still fuzzy.

Chasing bank robbers, federal gun law violators, money launderers and computer hackers. Find out what the FBI in Alaska is doing, on the next Justice Alaska on Hometown Alaska. LISTEN HERE

CBD, or cannibidiol, is for sale all over Anchorage. The side of a building along Benson Boulevard proclaims, "CBD sold here." Further down the street, another sign promises CBD tea. What is it, what claims are accurate, and what does a savvy consumer need to know?

Wednesday, Feb. 8, at 2 and 8p.m. Anchorage health care costs are third highest in the nation. The only one's higher? Fairbanks and Juneau. We'll explore why medical costs are so high and growing so fast from the perspective of doctors. They are frustrated, too. We'll explore the causes they see and the solutions they'd be willing to try. LISTEN NOW

Ready for summer baseball? Hear the rich story of the game in Alaska when public historian Katie Ringsmuth shares history and surprising cultural trends that came north with the game. KSKA: Wednesday April 6 @ 2:00 and 8:00 pm DOWNLOAD AUDIO

What if your feet are not the same size? By a long shot. That happens to lots of people managing common medical conditions. Three Alaska entrepreneurs launched an international company to meet the need. Thanks for listening!

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

Education Secretary Arne Duncan is banking on an Anchorage School District program aimed at preventing dropouts to serve as a model for school...

Spring time in Alaska means jazz returns to the streets, markets and club venues around Anchorage. And even to private homes, as Spenard Jazz Fest 2018 continues its house concert tradition. Learn more, and listen to some live jazz. Thanks for listening!

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...

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