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

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...

The grim news headlines pound like heavy waves against a weakened coast line. Our warming climate hits rural communities hard. They have decisions to make: leave or stay and fight. Two initiatives will work to give them information to make those choices. LISTEN HERE

KSKA: Wednesday April 12, 2017 @ 2pm and 8 pm. This week we have a fun couple we want you to meet. Malcolm and Cindy Roberts have been in Alaska since the state's early days and contributed at many levels, including making Anchorage a welcoming place for diverse people. Even more inspirational is their wonderful relationship and the infectious positive attitude they share. 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...

KSKA: Wednesday May 11 @ 2:00 and 8:00 We'll have a top VA official visiting from Washington to talk about how VA care is supposed to work for Alaskans, and what the agency is doing about fixing the problems. This will be an opportunity for listeners to contact the VA near the highest level. DOWNLOAD AUDIO

When Eagle River composer and pianist, Kevin Barnett wrote Lead Dog, he knew he was writing a theme song. Subtitled Kaya's Theme for...
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

Wednesday, March 08, at 2 and 8p.m. The state budget crisis is hitting public schools, with the loss of 99 teachers expected in Anchorage next year, even if there are no further cuts from the Alaska Legislature. On the next show, we will look at the current situation and how it could change. LISTEN NOW

Studying our family history can give us remarkable clues and insight into who we are, how we got here, and why we do what...

Fifty years ago the greatest earthquake ever recorded in North America hit southcentral Alaska, devastating Anchorage. On the next Hometown Alaska, host Charles Wohlforth and guests will delve into the science behind the 1964 earthquake. KSKA: Wednesday, March 26, 2:00 and 9:00 p.m. Listen now:
HTA April 25 Storytelling in Alaska

The Alaska Native Oratory Society just celebrated its 10th anniversary at UAA, featuring a full day of stories told by students and emceed by Alaska Native storyteller Jack Dalton. Join us for a round of stories including 'The Dragger,' 'Never Look in Windows,' and more. KSKA: Wednesday, 4/25 at 2:00 pm & 7:00 pm

Students in Elim, AK take a break from the classroom to venture outside to hunt for a Christmas tree last December.  Photo from Nick's...

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 March 15, 2017 @ 2pm and 8 pm. SB 91, Alaska's criminal justice reform bill that passed last year, may be adjusted in this legislative session. What changes are legislators looking at, and why? LISTEN NOW

On a special edition of Hometown, Alaska this Friday, NPR theme composer BJ Leiderman talks about what make music for radio programs work. And even better, he will have a keyboard in the KSKA studios and plans to play live, illuminating choices he makes while devising his stubbornly unforgettable and amazingly durable themes. Call-in with your questions and requests for BJ. KSKA: Friday 9/16 at 2:00 pm

According to a University of Alaska study, 40% of Alaskan’s personal income comes directly or indirectly from federal spending, and more than a third...

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

Weds., July 27 at 2:00 pm, repeating at 7:00 pm Join Shelly Wade, one of your new Hometown, Alaska hosts and her guest Anchorage veterinarian Dr. Shannon DiRuzzo for a discussion on you and your pets. Everything from finding pet that's right for you to caring for older pets, listeners are encouraged to call in with their favorite pet stories or to ask questions of the vet.

Wednesday, August 10 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm The State of Alaska received its 2010 Census redistricting data in March and one month later, adopted a revised set of redistricting maps. How were these new maps developed and what do they mean for Alaska residents?

'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...