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

It's happening. Marijuana shops are opening all over Anchorage, many in close proximity to each other. We'll check in on this new industry and get a sense of what these businesses will be like to live with and patronize. How is Anchorage changing as marijuana goes mainstream, and can all these businesses really make it? LISTEN NOW

Freedom of speech. What does it mean? The founders of the United States had something in mind when they included this right in the...

Our newly globalized world makes broad introductions like this more and more common. China is Alaska’s second largest trading partner. Anchorage has been home...

Wednesday, August 24 @ 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm Exotic and remote, Alaska isn't for everyone. Many people come, discover this, and leave. What does this mean for our friendships, families and communities at large? Join host Peter Dunlap-Shohl and his guests as Hometown, Alaska looks at temporary Alaskans and their effects on our state.

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

What if a state judge and a tribal judge could work together to tackle community substance abuse cases. That's happening right now on the Kenai Peninsula. Let's check in with the two judges and find out how it's working. Thanks for listening!

Ceremonial start downtown Anchorage, Iditarod 2008. Photo by Kristin Spack. The Iditarod is just around the corner. Mushers are making final preparations. Food is stored...

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

Volunteers are the heart of many organizations and causes. At this time of year, KSKA provides an opportunity to thank them for their contributions to the community. In the studio, our guests address what volunteers accomplish and how organizations can attract and make effective use of a volunteer workforce. KSKA: Wednesday 12/18 at 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm Listen Now

What if your feet are not the same size? By a long shot. That happens to lots of people managing common medical conditions. Three Alaska entrepreneurs launched an international company to meet the need. Thanks for listening!

Critics of the news media can casually label stories they don't like as "fake news," but the U.S. Constitution protects rigorous press coverage for an important reason. First Amendment lawyer John McKay walks us through these constitutional protections and significant court cases upholding them, as well as Alaska cases where these protections have applied. LISTEN HERE
Healthy brain next to a brain with severe Alzheimer's Disease.

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:

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

Alaska's bee season is short and intense, and most hives have wound down for this year. But beekeepers are enjoying rich golden honey, fruit of their bees' labor, and planning for next season's hive. KSKA: Wednesday, Sept. 10, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Listen now:

KSKA: Wednesday, April 20 at 2 pm and 8 pm. Finding a good lawyer when you need one is the topic for Justice Alaska, a once-a-month special edition of Hometown Alaska. Justice Alaska aims to give citizens a clearer understanding of how our courts, our laws and our system of justice works. DOWNLOAD AUDIO

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

KSKA: Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at 2 pm and 8 pm. Find out how Anchorage's first chief innovations officer works to make our city more livable. What ideas do you think he should consider? LISTEN NOW

KSKA: Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2 pm and 8 pm. What is the mission of parole and probation within the criminal justice system, and how do new policy initiatives in SB 91 and SB 54 affect that work? LISTEN HERE

Anchorage has always had a lively theatre scene. Join Teresa Pond, producing artistic director at Cyrano's Theatre Company, for a look back and a look forward. LISTEN HERE

Alaska is now selecting a new state Supreme Court justice. Will Alaska's process look and sound anything like the current national debate on replacing Antonin Scalia for the U.S. Supreme Court? Tune in to find out. KSKA-FM: Wednesday, March 16 @ 2:00 pm and 8 pm DOWNLOAD AUDIO