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

Title 21: Anchorage’s Latest Hot Potato

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.

“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.

The Alaska State Fair

Wednesday, August 17 @ 2:00 pm The Alaska State Fair starts next week, with rides and booths, national headline entertainment, and, of course, gigantic vegetables. Have you ever seen a 19-pound carrot? Or a 76-pound rutabaga? What are you waiting for? We’ll talk about the practicalities of having a good visit to the fair, fun memories, and what makes it so enjoyable.

Redistricting in Alaska

Wednesday, August 10 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm The State of Alaska received its 2010 Census redistricting data in March and one month later, adopted a revised set of redistricting maps. How were these new maps developed and what do they mean for Alaska residents?

Saturday Markets Blossom in Anchorage

Wednesday August 3 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm Farmers Markets are the biggest thing since Matanuska cabbages. And if you want to buy local there's more than just produce popping up around town. Join host Peter Dunlap-Shohl and his guests as they explore the differences in Anchorage Saturday Markets on Hometown, Alaska.

You and Your Pets

Weds., July 27 at 2:00 pm, repeating at 7:00 pm Join Shelly Wade, one of your new Hometown, Alaska hosts and her guest Anchorage veterinarian Dr. Shannon DiRuzzo for a discussion on you and your pets. Everything from finding pet that's right for you to caring for older pets, listeners are encouraged to call in with their favorite pet stories or to ask questions of the vet.

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.

Alaskans and Social Media

Wednesday, July 13 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm There’s an information and interaction party going on worldwide. Why should Alaskans care? What does social media mean to you? Should you dive in or can you ignore it?

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.

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...

Air Cargo in Anchorage

Anchorage remains the air crossroads of the world for cargo traveling by air, with one of the busiest freight airports in the nation....

Hometown, Alaska: Entrepreneur, Bob Kaufman

Photo courtesy of Bob Kaufman, Alaska.org The first thing to mention about Bob Kaufman is that he swam across Cook Inlet. But what’s more...

Making Anchorage the Best City in America for Work, Play

Photo by MarculescuEugenIancuD60Alaska flickr It’s a big goal. The Anchorage Economic Development Corporation wants our town to be the best city in America to...

Hometown, Alaska: Perry Merkel, coffee man

He’s the man who brought the first great cup of coffee to Anchorage. Perry Merkel started Cafe Del Mundo before anyone had ever...

Hometown, Alaska: A Conversation With Senator Mark Begich

U.S. Senator Mark Begich will join host Kathleen McCoy in the Hometown Alaska studio.  What does life in Alaska look like after earmarks? Does...

Video: Behind Hometown, Alaska's Theme Music

Since Hometown, Alaska's February 8 show, many of you have probably noticed the change in the theme music. The song is "Lead Dog," on...

Hometown, Alaska: Music, the Secret Sauce of Public Radio

Do you find yourself zeroing in on an especially catchy public radio tune, wanting to include it in your own music library? Over the...

Hometown, Alaska: Planning Summer Adventures

It’s never too early to dream about summer adventures in Alaska. In fact, April is prime time to get out your maps and patch...

Hometown, Alaska: Earthquakes and Tsunamis in Alaska

Alaska Earthquake, March 27, 1964. Photo from U.S. Geological Survey Photographic Library The tragic disaster in Japan has reminded Alaskans that the one of...

Hometown, Alaska: Nonprofits in Alaska

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