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 and Dr. E.J. David. If you have a topic that could be discussed on Hometown, Alaska send your suggestion to: hometown@alaskapublic.org

Balancing Alaska’s budget is getting so hard that it hurts. Here’s one citizen’s plan.

As Cliff Groh puts it, he's studied how the State of Alaska "collects, saves and pays out money" for 40 years. As a legislative...

2020 election reflections and boosting local civic engagement

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On Dec. 14, electors in all 50 states cast their ballots for the U.S. President. On this occasion, Hometown Alaska took the opportunity to...
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UAA gymnasts, skiers and hockey players turn to philanthropy to save their sports

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Back in late August, UAA's chancellor Cathy Sandeen announced a difficult financial decision: university funding for women's gymnastics, men's hockey and men's and...
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‘Extra Tough’ refreshes the Northern story—past, present and future—with women’s values and sensibilities

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In early November, in the midst of a pandemic, the Anchorage Museum welcomed visitors to 'Extra Tough: Women of the North." With constraints, the...

Unpacking the gift and power of women in the Alaska community

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The YWCA of Alaska recently named its 31st cohort of Women of Achievement. On this edition of Hometown Alaska, we learn more about the...

Coronavirus: Update on help for small business, renters facing eviction

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National and state elections were, and continue to be, major distractions from a global pandemic that is tightening its grip around Alaska. Congress and...

Dr. Anne Zink offers updates, best strategies for COVID safety

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It seems as if the coronavirus COVID-19 is that unwanted guest who came for a three-day visit; eight months later its still taking up...

Why Alaska judges are appointed, but still run for retention in elections

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This November 3, Alaskans will go to the polls to choose a president and congressional and state leaders. But there is more on the...
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Alaska Book Week rolls out October events: how to get an agent, Alaska women writers, AQR reading series and more

October 2-9, 2020 marks this year's Alaska Book Week. Find a list of happenings here. While in-person events won't be the norm, a slate...
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Save our Sisters Alaska: Telling victim stories of rape and abuse to seek community healing

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Ten months ago, filmmaker Mary Katzke had an idea. Television is filled with detective stories created to draw viewers into the terror, victimization and...

COVID-19 and the Courts: District Judge Kari McCrea describes impacts

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Since mid-March 2020, the Alaska Court System has coped with the public health risk of the COVID-19 pandemic by delaying court proceedings. Altogether, the...
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Improve your home cyber security with FBI pro tips

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UPDATE after the broadcast: If you have a cyber crime to report, do so here: IC3.org If you wish to check on info breaches related...

Retiring at 70, this MD helped lung patients, climbed Denali, ran the Iditarod and saved lives along the trail. Hear her stories.

Beth Baker came to Alaska at age 32, joining an Anchorage medical group as a pulmonary physician in 1982, staying with them for 36...
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New book: How Alaska’s pipeline shaped America’s Religious Right

KL Marshall, originally from Texas but currently living in Alaska (thanks to COVID-19 shuttering her graduate school), is an academic writing her doctoral thesis...
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Need: Mentors for youth aging out of the state foster care safety net

Alaska has approximately 3,000 youth in foster care, and many of these young people have stepped forward to ask for a mentor. Their wish...

Lyrics and riffs with Portugal. The Man’s Eric Howk

Their Grammy-winning "Feel It Still" is kinetic, playful but also provoking. How did it happen and what's next? We listen to tunes and get an update from band member Eric Howk. Thanks for listening!

ASD school superintendent answers questions about back-to-school

Superintendent Dr. Deena Bishop was a guest on Hometown Alaska this week. We plan to discussed the COVID-19 community risk assessment and how ASD...

Teens use storytelling to work out personal challenges, find meaning

UPDATE August 3, 2020. The podcasts we sampled for this show are now published in full and available to the public. Find them here. According...

Listeners question Anchorage police. Take a listen.

On June 15—in light of the killing of George Floyd beneath the knee of a Minneapolis police officer on May 25, plus intense local,...

Young Alaskans and young Ugandans share COVID stories over Zoom and letters

A non profit program in Alaska that fosters inclusive community set out to link Alaska youth with Uganda youth via Zoom and letter-writing as...