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

January 2011: Faces of Alaska

Studying our family history can give us remarkable clues and insight into who we are, how we got here, and why we do what...

Suicide prevention

KSKA: Wednesday April 26 @ 2pm and 8pm. Strangely, the coming of spring and return of light in Alaska doesn't clear the darkness for some people. Suicide statistics get worse this time of year. On the next Hometown Alaska, we'll meet Alaskans who are trying to lift that darkness, and to help the rest learn to protect our friends and loved ones from the terrible mistake of suicide. LISTEN HERE

How courts protect vulnerable Alaskans—the elderly

KSKA: Wednesday, Sept.21 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Older Alaskans are the fastest growing population group in the state. With that chapter of life come challenges over health, security, independence and even the dangers of loneliness. Learn how the courts can help. LISTEN NOW

‘And Now We Rise’: The story and work behind this documentary

Publicity poster for "And Now We Rise," with the image of Samuel Johns. (Image courtesy of Affinity Films)

Health care solutions

KSKA: Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2 pm and 8 pm. Our community's crisis with high health care costs is well known. On the next Hometown Alaska, we'll talk about solutions. You may have heard the Alaska Common Ground forums we have been airing. This will be your chance to talk back and share your ideas, and to hear from some of the very smart people involved in putting together those meetings. LISTEN HERE

House for Sale: Alaska real estate snapshot

House-for-sale signs pop up like wildflowers all over Anchorage. How is our housing market doing? (Photo by Kathleen McCoy)

Hometown, Alaska: Driving and Dialing

A student talks on a hands-free cell phone while operating a high-tech driving simulator, University of Utah Most of us don’t get behind the wheel...
Anchorage Climate Action Plan

Unpacking Anchorage’s new Climate Action Plan

Cover of the municipality's Climate Action Plan. The underlying city photo is from the Lu Liston Collection, Anchorage Museum. UAA...

How Traffic Court works

KSKA: Wednesday, Jan. 18 at 2 and 8 p.m. If you get a traffic ticket, you have the right to argue your case before a magistrate in Traffic Court. Join us for our next topic on Justice Alaska. LISTEN NOW

Hometown, Alaska: Peter Dunlap Shohl – How do you live with Parkinson’s? Creatively.

If anything, the 2002 diagnosis of Parkinson’s has make Peter Dunlap Shohl’s creative spirit flash to new heights and heats. After more than 25...

Social Security 101: retirement and disability questions

KSKA: Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017 Social Security has been a part of American history, offering retirement and disability support, since President Franklin Roosevelt signed it into law in 1935. Will it last long enough for you to use it? How do you apply? How will early retirement affect your payments? If you become disabled, how does it help? How can Americans be assured that the government protects against Social Security fraud? We'll talk about these and more issues on the next Hometown Alaska. LISTEN HERE

Anchorage prepares for budget cut impacts

On Wednesday, July 24, the mayor of Anchorage declared a short-term civil emergency in anticipation of the...

Reflections on giving and volunteering in the community

Volunteering and giving are two sides of community engagement. On today's show, we invite local community groups and nonprofits to thank their volunteers, and we discuss the power of giving to support community ambitions. Thanks for listening!

Immigration and refugees in Alaska, and the President’s executive orders

KSKA: Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017 at 2 pm and 8 pm. How does immigration law differ from civil and criminal law? What is the refugee and immigration landscape in Alaska? Following President Trump's executive order and the judiciary's response so far. LISTEN NOW

Hometown, Alaska: Liane Hansen

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...

Grassroots response to the opioid crisis

On this episode of Hometown Alaska, we will meet leaders in the grassroots movement to respond to the opioid crisis. These are recovering addicts, and moms of addicts, who are helping get users into recovery, and working with the political system at all levels to make a change. They're inspiring people and they have a lot to share about dealing with this terrible epidemic. Thanks for listening!

Arts in Alaska: Thriving, or just surviving?

The arts always seem to struggle for funding. Why? We'll hear from the Rasmuson Foundation on their Individual Artists Awards, and from local community arts organizations on their strategies to thrive, including the Design Forum, Anchorage Community Works, Object Runway and more. KSKA, Wednesday, 1/22 at 2:00 and 9:00 pm Listen Now

Allison Warden and Liz Medicine Crow

They come from different parts of Alaska and different Native communities. Their typical work day could not look more different. Both labor in the quest for a vibrant future for their people. Meet Allison Warden and Liz Medicine Crow, in conversation, on the next Hometown Alaska. KSKA, Wednesday, 10/16 at 2:00pm and 9:00pm Listen Now

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...

Real ID in Alaska: Where are we now?

KSKA: Wednesday, February 22 @ 2 pm and 8 pm. What do you need to know about the federal Real ID act? When will it affect your ability to jump on a plane and head to the Lower 48, or enter a federal building or military base? LISTEN NOW