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 elections are less than a week away and candidates are raring to go. It seems everyone has an opinion, and faces and names...

Find out how the LEO Network gathers data on the changing environment from on-the-ground observers all over Alaska. Is there a role for you? LISTEN HERE

Tradition is an important part of politics. The Alaska Legislature has long followed the tradition of keeping the state's capital budget process confidential until the last minute, and then releasing and voting on it in the final days of the session. Some people think that leads to bad decisions. We'll talk about Anchorage's recent tennis court controversies, and other impacts of how the legislature does its job. Is there a better way? KSKA: Wednesday, 2/19, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Listen now:

U.S. Senator Mark Begich will join host Kathleen McCoy in the Hometown Alaska studio.  What does life in Alaska look like after earmarks? Does...

Spring time in Alaska means jazz returns to the streets, markets and club venues around Anchorage. And even to private homes, as Spenard Jazz Fest 2018 continues its house concert tradition. Learn more, and listen to some live jazz. Thanks for listening!

How to identify a spruce bark beetle-infested tree. Can you use it as firewood? How do you keep spruce in your own yard healthy? How serious is the outbreak in Southcentral? Thanks for listening!

Brooke Gladstone has spent 25 years in the news business, the past dozen years taking its temperature and analyzing its strengths and weaknesses on NPR's "On the Media." She does it on our behalf, as news consumers. Gladstone is in Alaska this week, her very first time, to talk about our uneasy relationship with news as detailed in her book, "The Influencing Machine." KSKA: Wednesday, 2/26, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Listen now:

KSKA: Wednesday, February 22 @ 2 pm and 8 pm. What do you need to know about the federal Real ID act? When will it affect your ability to jump on a plane and head to the Lower 48, or enter a federal building or military base? LISTEN NOW

Churches have fought racial prejudice or gone along with it at different times and places in Alaskan history. These deep, moral issues put spiritual leaders in a complex position, and they see their duties very differently.On the next Hometown, Alaska host Charles Wohlforth talks with two pastors about how religious faith might be relevant to issues of prejudice, how churches talk about those issues, and the pitfalls of broaching them. KSKA: Wednesday 9/18, at 2:00 pm (LIVE) and 9:00 pm Listen Now

In the 1970s and 80s, the dream of building the Susitna power project consumed years of debate and millions of dollars for environmental studies...

Both Alaska Common Ground and the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce have public forums planned to discuss both sides of important issues coming before Alaska voters this election season. Join host Kathleen McCoy and representatives from both groups to learn about the style of their public forums and ambitions to develop informed voters. KSKA: Wednesday, June 25, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.  Listen now:

Chasing bank robbers, federal gun law violators, money launderers and computer hackers. Find out what the FBI in Alaska is doing, on the next Justice Alaska on Hometown Alaska. LISTEN HERE
Heather Kelly

KSKA: Wednesday May 25, 2016 at 2:00 and 8:00 p.m. Launch : Alaska is a start-up business accelerator mentoring five fledgling companies for 90-days this summer. Alaskan Heather Kelly's "food for adventurers" business is one of them. Meet the rest. DOWNLOAD AUDIO

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:

The Alaska Railroad is facing new challenges. The closure of the Flint Hills refinery in North Pole will reduce freight business that has already been impacted by the price of coal. The bill creating the Alaska Railroad passed Congress a century ago this year. But what does its future hold? Join host Charles Wohlforth and guests to learn more. KSKA: Wednesday, May 21, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Listen now:

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 

Anchorage remains the air crossroads of the world for cargo traveling by air, with one of the busiest freight airports in the nation....

House concerts aren't new, but they are certainly happening in Anchorage. How do they work for musicians? For hosts? For the audience? 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

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