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

Moose and Mice, Be Gone!

Do moose hate Irish Spring soap? Do mice hate peppermint? We'll talk remedies to unwanted moose and mice visitors on the next Hometown Alaska. Email your tips to hometown@alaskapublic.org, and tune in for some you've never heard of before! KSKA: Wednesday, 11/20 at 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm Listen Now

Loving and learning from jazz

What can you learn from jazz? Find out from these Alaska students, including high school, college and an adult learner, along with their teacher, John Damberg. They'll play a few tunes, too. Thanks for listening!

Rise of the Social Entrepreneur

On the next Hometown Alaska, we’ll hear a particularly Alaskan perspective on social entrepreneurship with Yaso Thiru. She teaches accounting at Alaska Pacific University, and for the last 18 months has promoted social change through education, employment and entrepreneurial spirit. We’ll talk of numerous examples, some global and some local, and take a closer look at Hope Studios, a social entrepreneurship venture right here in Anchorage, with gallery manager Julie Mettler. KSKA: Wednesday 1/8 at 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm Listen Now 

Understanding Alaska’s recession

KSKA: Wednesday, March 1 at 2 pm and 8 p.m. Kathleen McCoy hosts two of the state's top economists, to examine the Alaska economy that's firmly in recession. Choices on the state budget deficit could make the recession worse or longer. The economists' work allows us to see how many jobs may be lost, how Alaska's population will change and what the new normal will look like. LISTEN NOW

Hometown, Alaska: Alaska's college baseball playoffs attract big league scouts

The times they are a 'changing fast, but one thing stays the same - the crack of the bat against a leatherbound ball, and...

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:

Hometown, Alaska: Teaching in the Bush

Students in Elim, AK take a break from the classroom to venture outside to hunt for a Christmas tree last December.  Photo from Nick's...

Saturday Markets Blossom in Anchorage

Wednesday August 3 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm Farmers Markets are the biggest thing since Matanuska cabbages. And if you want to buy local there's more than just produce popping up around town. Join host Peter Dunlap-Shohl and his guests as they explore the differences in Anchorage Saturday Markets on Hometown, Alaska.

Good old dogs: Treating them well in the end

The sad truth is we usually outlive our pets. That parting is painful and tough to plan for, but being prepared can add some solace to a tough time. Join us on Hometown Alaska when long time Alaska veterinarian John Hightower takes your questions and talks us through the issues. KSKA: Wednesday, March 5, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Listen now:

Hometown, Alaska: Nonprofits in Alaska

Nonprofit entities all over the country are beginning to feel the pressure of hard economic times as individual donors and corporate sponsors cut back....

The Science of the ’64 Earthquake

Fifty years ago the greatest earthquake ever recorded in North America hit southcentral Alaska, devastating Anchorage. On the next Hometown Alaska, host Charles Wohlforth and guests will delve into the science behind the 1964 earthquake. KSKA: Wednesday, March 26, 2:00 and 9:00 p.m. Listen now:

Preparing for extreme spring fire danger

The strange winter we've had has already spawned wild fires, as early as February. We could be facing a dangerous spring and, depending on the weather, a smoky summer. On this edition of Hometown Alaska, we hear from experts on the wildfire situation in Alaska, fire weather, and the practical steps you can take to protect your property from fire. KSKA: Wednesday, March 9, at 2 and 8 p.m. DOWNLOAD AUDIO

Justice Alaska: Older Alaskans and their issues in court

What are some of the most important legal issues facing older Alaskans? Thanks for listening!

Hometown, Alaska: Civility and Civic Discussion

What's wrong with civic debate? What has happened to civility, and can we restore respectful discussion in our community? Join host Charles...

Mating the polar bears

How do you get a pair of polar bears to mate? Very carefully. In fact, the polar bears at the Alaska Zoo were living relatively platonically until recently. Now its hoped that they'll produce a cub that will help conserve the species. We'll learn about our zoo, the love life of the polar bears, and the that status of these great animals in the wild. KSKA: Wednesday, May 7, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Listen now:

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!

Hometown, Alaska: Rasmuson Foundation Individual Artist Awards

Recipient of the Distinguished Artist Award, John Luther Adams speaking at the May 18 individual artist awards event. Photo is courtesy of the Rasmuson...

The Bartok of Car Talk: Composer Leiderman’s Music Sets the Stage from Morning Edition to Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me

On a special edition of Hometown, Alaska this Friday, NPR theme composer BJ Leiderman talks about what make music for radio programs work. Download Audio (MP3)

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...

Squeezing books into busy Alaska summers

We up the ante on your summer reading with a new book about Alaska, recommendations from two Alaska authors and an Alaska Collection librarian, plus details on Alaska Reads and The Great American Read from PBS. Now, curl up and read! Thanks for listening!