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

The Anchorage Daily News Changes Ownership

The Anchorage Daily News is changing hands, bought by the Alaska Dispatch website and its owner, Alice Rogoff. Tony Hopfinger, who left the Daily News as a reporter to start the Dispatch in his spare bedroom, returns as executive editor. The Daily News sale is the biggest change in Alaska media in more than two decades. Join host Charles Wohlforth as he hashes out the details of what this means for Anchorage with the Daily News' new leaders. KSKA: Wednesday, April 23, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Listen now:

How a state court and a tribal court collaborate on the Kenai

What if a state judge and a tribal judge could work together to tackle community substance abuse cases. That's happening right now on the Kenai Peninsula. Let's check in with the two judges and find out how it's working. Thanks for listening!

Eat it. Share it. Just don’t toss it!

Our nation has set a goal to cut food waste in half by 2030. How is Anchorage doing? What can you do to help? Join us for this listener-requested topic on the next Hometown Alaska. KSKA: Wednesday, Oct. 14 at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Listen Now:

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?

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!

Hometown, Alaska: The Alaska State Fair

The Guinness World Record breaking 125.9 pound cabbage from the cabbage weigh-off at the Alaska State Fair in 2009. Giant cabbages.  Homemade quilts and hand...

Getting around in Southcentral

KSKA: Wednesday 9/14 @ 2 and 8 p.m. Whether you walk, bike, drive or take the bus—transportation is evolving in Southcentral. Find out more from transit planners and designers on this week's Hometown Alaska. LISTEN NOW

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...

We’re “all ears” on Hometown Alaska this week

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

Why February 19, a ‘Day of Remembrance,’ matters to so many

An event on February 19, 1942 changed the course of many lives; the U.S. struggled from a devastating attack by Japanese forces at Pearl Harbor in December of 1941. Just two months later, the U.S. President authorized the military to relocate those of Japanese ancestry away from the West Coast. Hundreds of Aleuts were also moved. Thanks for listening!

Where do you work?

The work world is changing. More and more creatives toil on contract and can work anywhere they want: the kitchen table, the local coffee house, or now, new co-working environments. KSKA: Weds. 2/12 at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Listen now:

Meet Americorps in Alaska

Logo for Americorps Vista. Back in 1965, President John Kennedy launched a domestic public service equivalent of the...

Local startup: Getting the shoe to fit—on both feet

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!

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.
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What price for education?

We all want bright, young students to emerge from our public school system and become contributing citizens. But what is the right price tag for that goal? KSKA: Wednesday, Dec. 9 at 2 pm. and 8 pm. Download Audio

Dog visit: Just what the doctor ordered

Ever had a rotten day turn around once you got home and caught a dose of unconditional love from your pet? Those health benefits are tangible. Medical experts support bringing warm, fuzzy and calm animals into hospital settings to share that benefit with patients. Meet Mike Lewis and his therapy dog, Jillie, along with Laure MacConnell and Remy. MacConnell coordinates a local canine-visiting program. KSKA: Wednesday, June 10, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m. Listen now:

Meet Chief Justice Joel Bolger, Alaska Supreme Court

Chief Justice Joel Bolger delivers the 2019 State of the Judiciary in February 2019 before the Alaska Legislature. (Photo by KTOO...
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Taking improv to work

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

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.

Public libraries = back-to-school help

Image by <a href="http://">Gerd Altmann from <a href="http://">Pixabay. Used with permission. Everybody is back in school...