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

The Marijuana Industry

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

Divorce without lawyers

Divorce puts Alaskans into the legal system to settle their emotional problems the most expensive way possible, with dueling attorneys. Few of us can afford that. We'll talk about splitting up without attorneys. Support exists to mediate the way to a new life, dividing assets and child custody, and resolving your own future rather than turning those decisions over to a judge. KSKA: Wednesday, April 8, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m. Listen Now:

Hometown, Alaska: The Mat-Su Colonists, 75 years later

The colonists used the train for eating and social events even after they had arrived and set up their tent city. Here they gather...

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:

The winter that wasn’t

Climatologist Brian Brettschneider visits Hometown Alaska to help put our current very weird weather patterns into perspective. Is Anchorage becoming the banana belt? KSKA: Wednesday, March 4, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Listen Now:

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.

Making good decisions about screen time with your kids

From the Joint Media Engagement Project, shared through Creative Commons License. No, this is not a report detailing...

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!

Hometown, Alaska: Coping With the Winter Ahead

What was your life like Monday morning when seven inches of snow hit Anchorage during morning rush hour? Were you thinking: Time for a...
Anchorage Climate Action Plan

Unpacking Anchorage’s new Climate Action Plan

Cover of the municipality's Climate Action Plan. The underlying city photo is from the Lu Liston Collection, Anchorage Museum. UAA...

Is Alaska ready for its next health emergency?

Rebroadcast: First of two parts on emergency preparedness. This week, how is the state of Alaska prepared? Next week: How should you, private citizen, prepare? Thanks for listening!

Magistrates strive for justice in rural, urban Alaska courts

Alaska's legal system can seem complex and confusing from the outside looking in. The purpose of today's...

Rasmuson Foundation Individual Artist Awards: Pulling back the curtain on the application process

Logo for the Rasmuson Foundation Individual Artist Awards For more than a decade and a half, the Rasmuson...

Immigration and refugees in Alaska, and the President’s executive orders

KSKA: Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017 at 2 pm and 8 pm. How does immigration law differ from civil and criminal law? What is the refugee and immigration landscape in Alaska? Following President Trump's executive order and the judiciary's response so far. LISTEN NOW

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!

Hometown, Alaska: The Alaska State Fair

The Guinness World Record breaking 125.9 pound cabbage from the cabbage weigh-off at the Alaska State Fair in 2009. Giant cabbages.  Homemade quilts and hand...

The Hmong in Anchorage: a conversation across generations

Anchorage is home to 3,500 Hmong, according to the 2010 U.S. Census. On today's program, a Hmong elder tells her story of migration, translated by Hmong teens from East High. Thanks for listening!

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....

How Alaska schools, courts and police manage and confront gun violence

Snapshot from a recent study by the UC Davis Violence Prevention Research Program. Americans with guns taking aim...

Anchorage’s ever-evolving farmers markets

Vertical strawberry fields, and a sample of a ripe one. Thriving Green's Frank Enstice serves the new Jewel Lake Farmers Market...