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

HTA April 25 Storytelling in Alaska

The Alaska Native Oratory Society just celebrated its 10th anniversary at UAA, featuring a full day of stories told by students and emceed by Alaska Native storyteller Jack Dalton. Join us for a round of stories including 'The Dragger,' 'Never Look in Windows,' and more. KSKA: Wednesday, 4/25 at 2:00 pm & 7:00 pm

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

Many Alaskans spend a lot of time behind the scenes, volunteering at a wide variety of organizations.  Most work without much, if any, recognition...

Divorce means decisions. Property, finances, children—all must be discussed and divided. Have you been in this position? Do you face this situation? Join Senior Judge Elaine Andrews as we walk through the complicated territory of family law. KSKA: Wednesday, June 15 at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. DOWNLOAD AUDIO

KSKA: Wednesday, March 7, 2 pm and 8 pm. Hometown Alaska will address choices voters will soon make on the future of Anchorage in our next two shows. Coming up first, we'll have both an advocate and opponent of Proposition 1, an ordinance that would regulate gender in public bathrooms by birth certificate rather than identity. It is a divisive topic, but we're planning on a civil and informative discussion and welcome your calls. LISTEN HERE

Anchorage has always had a lively theatre scene. Join Teresa Pond, producing artistic director at Cyrano's Theatre Company, for a look back and a look forward. LISTEN HERE

KSKA: Wednesday, June 01 @ 2:00 pm and 8:00p.m. For the price of child care for an infant in Anchorage you could pay a mortgage on a house or buy a luxury car. On the next Hometown Alaska, we'll talk about the difficulties of finding quality affordable child care, and the challenges of providing that care. DOWNLOAD AUDIO

KSKA: Wednesday June 8 @ 2:00 and 8:00 America and our young people have changed, but the calling of the priesthood remains strong with some. On the next Hometown Alaska, we'll learn about young seminarians from Anchorage on the increasingly popular path to becoming Catholic priests, how and why they made the decision, and what it takes to become a priest today. DOWNLOAD AUDIO

Peers telling peers how to behave has proven an effective form of justice among Alaska's youth courts. Find out how and why it works. Thanks for listening!
Vern Halter

Most people recognize Vern Halter as an Iditarod musher with plenty of top 10 finishes in the Last Great Race and a first place victory in the Yukon Quest. He’s also a lawyer born, raised and educated in South Dakota, and he's been an Alaskan since 1977. He’s served six years on the Mat-Su Borough Assembly. Now he’s the mayor of the fast-growing Mat-Su. On the next Hometown Alaska, we’ll get to ask him all kinds of questions about the challenges ahead. KSKA: Wednesday, Nov. 4, at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Listen Now:

KSKA: Wednesday May 11 @ 2:00 and 8:00 We'll have a top VA official visiting from Washington to talk about how VA care is supposed to work for Alaskans, and what the agency is doing about fixing the problems. This will be an opportunity for listeners to contact the VA near the highest level. DOWNLOAD AUDIO

Unless price-per-barrel oil shoots back up, Alaskans are looking at a sharply contracting economic picture. Let's talk alternatives! Join Hometown Alaska to hear from local experts on the status of Alaska's ecosystem for entrepreneurs. KSKA: Wednesday, Feb. 18, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m. Listen Now:

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

We are back with both hosts sharing the mic this week, getting program ideas and feedback from Hometown Alaska listeners. Join us! LISTEN NOW

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.

Let Hometown Alaska help you develop your summer reading list. Authors Dana Stabenow and Heather Lende, and poet and bookstore owner David Cheezem, will...

Climatologist Brian Brettschneider visits Hometown Alaska to help put our current very weird weather patterns into perspective. Is Anchorage becoming the banana belt? KSKA: Wednesday, March 4, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Listen Now:
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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

Anchorage is home to 3,500 Hmong, according to the 2010 U.S. Census. On today's program, a Hmong elder tells her story of migration, translated by Hmong teens from East High. Thanks for listening!

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...