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

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...

Urban Native Life

KSKA: Wednesday, May 04 @ 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm Many Alaska Natives live in urban areas far from the places at the core of Native cultures-- the rural communities with open lands, fish and wildlife. On the next Hometown Alaska we'll talk about the Alaska Native identity here in Anchorage-- corporate, tribal, traditional and modern. DOWNLOAD AUDIO

Going nuclear in Alaska: Past…and Future?

This is a photo of preparations for the Cannikin nuclear test on Amchitka Island in 1971. Amchitka is the southern...

Protecting victims’ rights

A state agency and a local nonprofit collaborate to protect victims' rights as they navigate the court system. Find out how it works and what the challenges are. Thanks for listening!

Makers in Anchorage

Makers say their passion goes beyond arduinos and raspberry pi's (credit card-sized computers). It includes gardening, sewing, knitting cooking. Isn't that all of us? Find out when Hometown Alaska hosts founders of the local maker movement. KSKA: Wednesday, May 14, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Listen now:
Healthy brain next to a brain with severe Alzheimer's Disease.

Dementia: Plight of the Alaska caregivers

More than 8,000 Alaskans live with Alzheimer's Disease and dementia. Filmmaker Mary Katzke tells the stories of five families, and aging experts join us to put this topic in perspective. KSKA: Wednesday, Nov. 19, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Listen now:

How do we pay for public schools?

In this week's Hometown Alaska, we aim to offer School Budgeting 101, a foundational look at how schools are financed. Learn the basics of school finance so that news stories make sense to you, so that you feel equipped to ask your principal or legislator useful questions and ultimately make well-informed votes. KSKA: Wednesday, April 18, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m. Download Audio

Hometown, Alaska: Public Transportation

The Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico is sharpening the public focus on energy efficient living. The use of  public transportation is...

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...

The homestead life in poems, lived just 6 miles from downtown Anchorage

Linda Schandelmeier and her two siblings grew up on an Anchorage homestead. She reads poems from a new book, "Coming out of Nowhere," and tells stories about a place that morphed in a generation. Thanks for listening!

Adding Anchorage housing: where, when and how?

Anchorage has a shortage of all kinds of housing. Planners and residents grapple with strategies to encourage housing, including zoning changes and property tax incentives for builders creating homes downtown. Catch up on all the proposals. Thanks for listening!

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: 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: 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...

Hometown, Alaska: The Human Toll of the Gulf Oil Spill

Photo courtesy NOAA: Workers replacing oiled pom-pons with clean ones along a beach in Louisiana. Alaskans are 21 years out from the Exxon Valdez,...

Domestic violence and the Alaska justice system

KSKA: Wednesday, Nov. 16 @ 2 and 8 p.m. Alaska has an alarming rate of domestic violence. Victims do not have to navigate complex legal issues alone. On today's Justice Alaska on Hometown Alaska, area experts will outline how the justice system works to protect the vulnerable. LISTEN NOW

Ask your Social Security questions

Alaska has a fast-growing population of older Americans. Social Security benefits can be an important part of their retirement plans. Disability is a key safety net for many. Can you count on it to be there when you need it? All questions are welcome. Thanks for listening!

Hometown, Alaska: Combating Sexual Assault in Alaska

For years, Alaskans have battled alarming rates of reported rapes and sexual assaults. Task forces have been formed, reports have been filed and still,...

Hometown, Alaska: Blockbuster Musicals

Right now, Mamma Mia! is staging at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts to packed houses that promoters say will peak around 19,000...

We’re all ears at Hometown Alaska

On the next Hometown Alaska, we hope you'll give hosts Charles Wohlforth and Kathleen McCoy an earful! They are taking your suggestions for shows! Get in the line up. KSKA: Wednesday, Sept. 9, at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Listen Now: