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

Dealing with Sexual Harassment

Events in the presidential campaign have caused many women to begin talking publicly about their experiences of sexual harassment. We'll welcome our listeners to share stories of harassment in their own lives, and we'll have guests to give advice on how to handle it when it happens to you. How can we make our community safe and respectful for all? KSKA: Wednesday, Oct 26, at 2 and 8PM LISTEN NOW

How to access free legal services

Alaska attorneys provide a variety of free legal services for the Anchorage community. One program, free legal clinics around Alaska planned annually on Martin Luther King Day, has continued for a decade and assisted more than three and a half thousand Alaskans. Partners in this effort include the Alaska Court System and Alaska Legal Services Corporation, a private nonprofit law firm established in Alaska in 1967. Thanks for listening!

Q & A with KSKA: Kevin Barnett

When Eagle River composer and pianist, Kevin Barnett wrote Lead Dog, he knew he was writing a theme song. Subtitled Kaya's Theme for...

Climate change, health and the LEO Network in Alaska

Find out how the LEO Network gathers data on the changing environment from on-the-ground observers all over Alaska. Is there a role for you? LISTEN HERE

Reconnecting with the Dena’ina in Anchorage

All your favorite Anchorage places, like Chester Creek and Point Woronzof, have other names given them by the first people who made Anchorage home, the Dena'ina Athabascans. Learn more about your hometown from the experts, the first residents, on the next Hometown Alaska. KSKA: Wednesday, 11/13 at 2:00pm and 9:00pm 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: 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...

Dealing with the tenant (or landlord) from hell

Renting, whether you are the tenant or the landlord, can be fraught with conflict. Alaska has specific statutes that cover this housing arrangement. Justice Alaska explores hot spots in the Anchorage market and shares resources and legal tools for navigating this very common transaction. Your questions and experiences are welcome, so join us! LISTEN HERE
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Juvenile justice in Alaska: Issues and challenges

KSKA: Wednesday April 12, 2017 @ 2pm and 8 pm. Justice Alaska on Hometown Alaska takes a look at our state's juvenile justice system, with guests representing both prosecution and defense. LISTEN HERE

Hometown, Alaska: Architecture of our new major buildings

Anchorage has recently added a museum expansion, a convention center, a University library, and a number of Midtown office buildings. Each new building helps...

Hometown, Alaska: Why Are We Here?

Image source: Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Research and Analysis Section, Demographics Unit Most Alaskans came from somewhere else. We all had reasons...

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

Hometown, Alaska: South of the Border meets the Arctic

On Cinco de Mayo, many of Anchorage's Mexican restaurants are planning to celebrate. But what's it like to be a transplanted Mexican in...
Vern Halter

Meet Vern Halter, Mat-Su Borough’s new mayor

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:

Hometown, Alaska: God in Alaska, Part 2

The Pew Research Center has recently found Alaska to be the least religiously inclined state in the nation. Yet religion has played an enormous...

Climate effects in coastal and rural Alaska: two initiatives

The grim news headlines pound like heavy waves against a weakened coast line. Our warming climate hits rural communities hard. They have decisions to make: leave or stay and fight. Two initiatives will work to give them information to make those choices. LISTEN HERE

Testing and learning

Tests are supposed to tell us how our kids are doing in school, but we've struggled nationally and in Alaska to figure out the right tests to use and even to define what we want the tests to tell us. On this edition of Hometown Alaska, we'll look at how Anchorage students are tested and ask if the system is working. What should young people get from our schools, and how should we measure their success? KSKA: Wednesday, Jan 27, at 2 and 8pm LISTEN NOW

Loon love and lore

KSKA: Wednesday, April 27 at 2:00 and 8:00 p.m. Have you heard the tremelo, the wail, the yodel or the hoot of a Common Loon? Join us to hear them, and for updates on the Conner's Bog Loon Cam, and more. DOWNLOAD AUDIO

Hometown, Alaska: How Dogs Help Humans

You might have heard him huffing and puffing and wandering around the studio during today's program. In addition to Corey Aist of Alaska Search...

Getting the run down on CBD

CBD, or cannibidiol, is for sale all over Anchorage. The side of a building along Benson Boulevard proclaims, "CBD sold here." Further down the street, another sign promises CBD tea. What is it, what claims are accurate, and what does a savvy consumer need to know? Thanks for listening!