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

School kids, STEM science and the Chester Creek Watershed

School kids from four elementary schools located along Chester Creek have been learning all about that watershed this year, including plenty of science. Join us to hear what they learned about everything from water temperature and pH to microinvertebrates and salmon, as well as the many community partners who made it happen. KSKA: Wednesday, April 29, at 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm Listen Now:

Hometown, Alaska: "Going Rogue"

Publishing house HarperCollins announced Sarah Palin's itinerary for her Going Rogue book tour, but Alaska won't be on the tour route any time soon....

Happy 25 to Alaska Botanical Garden

The gardening season is short and very intense in Alaska, so it may surprise you to know our community has a botanical garden enjoying its 25th year. In today's show, we'll talk to garden writer Jeff Lowenfels and the garden's executive director, Mike Monterusso, about its history and mission, and how it has shaped and informed gardening in Anchorage and Alaska. Thanks for listening!

Anchorage energy

KSKA: Wednesday, October 4, 2:00 pm & 8:00 pm. A new report tells how Anchorage can save energy and convert to renewables, ultimately saving money as well. LISTEN HERE

When military vets need a doctor

The VA just released results of a nationwide audit on how quickly military vets get medical service. Alaska’s report card was good. We'll talk about why, but also about needs that still go unanswered. Join host Kathleen McCoy, with vets and those who serve them, on the next Hometown Alaska. KSKA: Wednesday, June 18, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Listen now:

Child Care in Alaska

KSKA: Wednesday, June 01 @ 2:00 pm and 8:00p.m. For the price of child care for an infant in Anchorage you could pay a mortgage on a house or buy a luxury car. On the next Hometown Alaska, we'll talk about the difficulties of finding quality affordable child care, and the challenges of providing that care. DOWNLOAD AUDIO
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Taking improv to work

Everybody loves the quick wit, unexpected humor and poignant moments of improv. But more and more, its basic principles are ending up in the work world. Local improv practitioners explain why. DOWNLOAD AUDIO

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

Hometown, Alaska: Ballot Measure 2

On the next Hometown, Alaska, we will be discussing the contentious ballot measure two, a bill that would make it mandatory for minors seeking...

Winter: Are we catching up?

January started with ice-skating in the streets, after a mostly snowless Christmas. What's up with that? Can we recover? KSKA: Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016 @ 2 pm and 8 pm LISTEN NOW

Hometown, Alaska: Annual Yearly Progress Reports

September is back to school month, and students are settling into their routine. Many are setting future goals for after graduation, but how many...
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Kids and computing

Just because your child can text, tweet and enjoy video games does not mean she knows how to boss around her laptop. What are the essential skills that translate into digital literacy? Is your child acquiring them? Listen now:

Our Weird Weather

Tulips and green grass in January? Road to Valdez closed by the mother of all avalanches? Will there be an Iditarod, a Fur Rondy, an Iron Dog? Let's talk about our recent weather and its implications on the next Hometown Alaska. KSKA: Weds. 2/5 at 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm  Listen Now

Hometown, Alaska: Architecture of our new major buildings

Anchorage has recently added a museum expansion, a convention center, a University library, and a number of Midtown office buildings. Each new building helps...

UAA Justice Center works for data-driven public policy on sexual assault investigations

Alaska, and the entire nation, is coming to grips with rape kits used in sexual assault investigations that were never submitted. The reasons why vary. Now, new public policy is in the works. Today's show features guests from UAA Justice Center. Thanks for listening!

Guy Raz Event

KSKA: Wednesday Octoberber 05 @ 2:00pm and 8:00pm Guy Raz came to Alaska and spoke to an audience at the Wendy Williamson Auditorium. He told us about what inspires him, what it takes to make the TED Radio Hour, and life lessons he’s learned along the way. LISTEN NOW

Hope for Alaska’s economy

KSKA: Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2 pm and 8 pm. We all know the economy is bad. On the next Hometown Alaska, we'll talk about how bad, how long it will last, and, perhaps most important, what to do about it. Instead of sitting around waiting for the oil price to rise or the legislature to find a fiscal solution, our guests have looked at Alaska's assets, our people, and how to get to a brighter future.  LISTEN HERE

Video: Behind Hometown, Alaska's Theme Music

Since Hometown, Alaska's February 8 show, many of you have probably noticed the change in the theme music. The song is "Lead Dog," on...

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:

Resilience: What does it take?

Resilience is the ability to bounce back from a tough blow. Today, we hear three Alaska stories of resilience. Thanks for listening!