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 Charles Wohlforth. If you have topic that could be discussed on Hometown, Alaska send your suggestion to: hometown@alaskapublic.org

KSKA: Wednesday, December 13, 2pm and 8pm. We'll have live music on the next Hometown Alaska as we learn about efforts to build our local music scene into an export industry. The Alaska Independent Music Initiative set up a showcase performance space last summer at a national festival and is working to bring together players here in mutual support to build their community into something that can break through. LISTEN HERE

Anchorage’s senior citizen population is forty thousand and growing, but it’s been reported there are less than seven general physicians taking on new Medicare...

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

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

KSKA: Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm. Americans are debating who we are and who can aspire to join us. In Anchorage, a city where most people come from somewhere else, that debate is different because we're such a diverse community. On the next Hometown Alaska, we'll talk about welcoming newcomers of all kinds to our city. Our guest will be Anchorage First Lady Mara Kimmel, who has led the Welcoming Anchorage initiative. LISTEN HERE

KSKA: Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at 2 and 8 p.m. This may sound very Alice-in-Wonderland-ish, but an Alaska scientist thinks we might be able to grow organic and biodegradable insulation from mushrooms growing in our backyards. Tune in to find out how. LISTEN NOW

A student talks on a hands-free cell phone while operating a high-tech driving simulator, University of Utah Most of us don’t get behind the wheel...

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:

Education Secretary Arne Duncan is banking on an Anchorage School District program aimed at preventing dropouts to serve as a model for school...

Jumping tigers, sprinting elephants, enormous tents, peanuts, zebras and clowns. Well, those might not be the things you’ll see when you go to a...

'Tis the the season for gathering, feasting, relaxing and holiday programming on KSKA. During the month of November, many of KSKA's local programs heard...

Anchorage has recently added a museum expansion, a convention center, a University library, and a number of Midtown office buildings. Each new building helps...
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Alaska has a rich and romantic dog mushing legacy. But with a lack of rural veterinarians, many dogs need homes. Advocates have created connections to bring those dogs to the state's pet-hungry urban areas. KSKA: Wednesday, December 16 @ 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Download Audio

Writing well is not an easy task and writing about painful family breakups is even harder. On the next Hometown Alaska, Lori Townsend hosts guest Leigh Newman, author of the new book Still Points North: One Alaskan Childhood, One Grown up World and one long journey home. Leigh's riveting story tells of her struggles growing up between two homes; her father's in Anchorage and her mother's in Baltimore. KSKA: Wednesday 4/24 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

How do you keep your home computer and router and your mobile device safe from hackers? How do you scale that up for a small business. We asked the FBI, and they are sending experts in cyber security to share best practices and take your questions. LISTEN HERE

KSKA: Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 2 and 8 p.m. How riders catch buses in Anchorage will change in 2017. December is feedback month. So get a preview of the proposals and offer your feedback on the new ideas. LISTEN NOW
Vern Halter

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:

James Southam racing through Kincaid Park in Anchorage on Jan. 4 The U.S. Cross Country Skiing Championships are happening in Anchorage, deciding the best skiers...

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

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...