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


Born in Sleetmute, raised in Anchorage

Alaska has a rich and romantic dog mushing legacy. But with a lack of rural veterinarians, many dogs need homes. Advocates have created connections to bring those dogs to the state's pet-hungry urban areas. KSKA: Wednesday, December 16 @ 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Download Audio

Hometown, Alaska: Alaska's college baseball playoffs attract big league scouts

The times they are a 'changing fast, but one thing stays the same - the crack of the bat against a leatherbound ball, and...

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!

History: Alaska’s rough and tumble territorial lawyers and judges

KSKA: Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2 pm and 8 pm. Outsiders may think of the law as a staid profession, one in which the rules have been around for a long time and everyone dutifully followed them. If you enjoy the belief that Alaska is different than anyplace else in the Lower 48, listen in to this show to learn how Alaska's early lawyers and judges were different. LISTEN HERE

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

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!

Hometown, Alaska: Alaska Music Rocks the Nation

On today's show enjoy an array of music and interviews with homegrown Alaskan musicians like The Builders and the Butchers (pictured above). We've passed the...

Hometown, Alaska: Seasonal Affective Disorder

In addition to her highlighter collection, plants, and family photos, a SAD light hovers over Brittany when she sits at APTI's front desk during...

Who’s hungry in Alaska?

One in seven Alaskans, and one in five children, routinely go hungry in our state. How does Alaska bridge that gap in the food and nutrition network? KSKA: Wednesday, August 27, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m. Listen now:
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LISTEN: Discussing food culture in Alaska

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.

Teens use storytelling to work out personal challenges, find meaning

UPDATE August 3, 2020. The podcasts we sampled for this show are now published in full and available to the public. Find them here. According...
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Meet Chief Justice Joel Bolger, Alaska Supreme Court

Joel Bolger has served on the Alaska Supreme Court since 2013, and was selected by fellow judges to serve three years as its Chief...

Hometown, Alaska: Anchorage’s Natural Gas Crisis

Hometown, Alaska explores the possibility Anchorage could run out of natural gas this winter. Experts say it could happen if equipment failed during a...

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

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...

Discussing anti-Asian racism

Recent events have put a spotlight on anti-Asian racism. Many Americans even seem shocked & surprised that it’s happening. But is anti-Asian racism new? Is anti-Asian racism rare? What does it look like? Where does it happen? And how does it impact Asian Americans? Join us as we discuss the complexities of anti-Asian racism on this episode of Hometown, Alaska.

Mating the polar bears

How do you get a pair of polar bears to mate? Very carefully. In fact, the polar bears at the Alaska Zoo were living relatively platonically until recently. Now its hoped that they'll produce a cub that will help conserve the species. We'll learn about our zoo, the love life of the polar bears, and the that status of these great animals in the wild. KSKA: Wednesday, May 7, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Listen now:

Hometown, Alaska: The Human Toll of the Gulf Oil Spill

Photo courtesy NOAA: Workers replacing oiled pom-pons with clean ones along a beach in Louisiana. Alaskans are 21 years out from the Exxon Valdez,...

Hometown, Alaska: Rasmuson Foundation Individual Artist Awards

Recipient of the Distinguished Artist Award, John Luther Adams speaking at the May 18 individual artist awards event. Photo is courtesy of the Rasmuson...

Resilience: What does it take?

Resilience is the ability to bounce back from a tough blow. Today, we hear three Alaska stories of resilience. Thanks for listening!

RUNNING: Hear from Assembly candidates for East and South Anchorage

UPDATE: All candidates will participate by phone rather than gathering at Alaska Public Media studios, in response to social distancing requirements. Alaska Public Media’s...