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

Justice Alaska talks about parole and probation

KSKA: Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2 pm and 8 pm. What is the mission of parole and probation within the criminal justice system, and how do new policy initiatives in SB 91 and SB 54 affect that work? LISTEN HERE

Grandparents taking care of grandchildren

KSKA: Wednesday, November 08, 2pm and 8pm. The drug epidemic is leaving kids without parents able to take care of them. On this Hometown Alaska, we'll meet some of the people who are trying to help--grandparents who are raising families. Substance abuse, drugs and alcohol, tears apart Alaska families, but families can be resilient, too. LISTEN HERE

Climate effects in coastal and rural Alaska: two initiatives

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

Jahna Lindemuth, Alaska’s attorney general, sits down with ‘Justice Alaska’

Quick news quiz: Who is Alaska's attorney general and what are the duties of the position? What's tough about the job, and what's surprising? Find out on Justice Alaska on Hometown Alaska. LISTEN HERE

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

Police information

KSKA: Wednesday, October 11, 2 pm and 8 pm. Anchorage is facing a perceived crime wave and the Alaska Legislature is going into special session to consider rolling back a criminal justice reform law, SB 91. On the next Hometown, Alaska, we'll have Chief of Police Justin Doll in the studio to talk about what APD is doing to address crime and win public confidence, as the force rebuilds in numbers and faces a drug epidemic and a spike in the number of murders. LISTEN HERE

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

Welcoming Anchorage

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

Seward Highway safety

KSKA: Wednesday, September 20, 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm. Work is planned to straighten out the Seward Highway along Turnagain Arm and in Cooper Landing, with opposition from some environmentalists. What do we really need to improve safety? LISTEN HERE

Climate change, health and the LEO Network in Alaska

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

Folk schools and lifelong learning: Following your own curiosity

What if going to school meant walking through the woods looking for mushrooms? After our formal education ends in high school, college or graduate school, many folks want to go on learning. To fill the need, folk schools and life long learning opportunities have developed. We'll talk to some of the organizers offering classes in Southcentral Alaska. What do you want to learn? LISTEN HERE

Fish talk: Using state’s Alaska Wild Salmon Day to learn more

August 10 is a state-designated day to celebrate and learn about Alaska Wild Salmon. Join us with your own salmon tales as we talk with a policy maker who has been both a commercial and sport fisherman, a scientist studying the aquatic ecology on the Kenai River, and a subsistence fisherman and advocate from Dillingham. LISTEN HERE

100 Stone ‘pays it forward’

KSKA: Wednesday, June 28, 2 pm and 8 pm. Artist Sarah Davies created the public exhibition 100 Stone by collaborating with individuals who had experienced depression to create body casts. Eventually dozens were installed on the beach below Point Woronzof. Now, Davies and the Alaska Humanities Forum want to fund another compelling work that engages and heals. LISTEN HERE

Melting the “Ice Curtain”

KSKA: Wednesday, June 21 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. How far away is Russia? Sometimes, when Russian bombers test Alaska military defenses, it seems very close. But in the 1990s, it was even closer, as Alaskans and Siberians formed warm cultural and business relationships across the border. In the 1990's Alaskans and Russians built strong ties across the Bering Sea between our two countries. LISTEN HERE

Palmer judge to launch Family Infant Toddler (FIT) therapeutic court

Courts have a role in protecting the most vulnerable in society. Young children are especially vulnerable; their early experiences actually shape their brain development. An Alaska judge is launching a therapeutic court with the welfare of young children in mind. LISTEN HERE

Talking with Mayor Ethan Berkowitz

KSKA: Wednesday. June 7, 2017, @ 2 pm and 8 pm. If you could sit down and talk to Mayor Ethan Berkowitz, what's the question or opinion you'd most like to share? That's what Hometown Alaska offers you this week. Join us, and bring your questions and comments for the Mayor. LISTEN HERE

How and why house concerts work for local musicians

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

Future of the Fourth Avenue Theatre

The Fourth Avenue Theatre has private owners and public fans. What should happen to it? Is there a path for a public/private partnership that could result in a viable business plus a community keepsake? LISTEN HERE
Law books

Juvenile justice in Alaska: Issues and challenges

KSKA: Wednesday April 12, 2017 @ 2pm and 8 pm. Justice Alaska on Hometown Alaska takes a look at our state's juvenile justice system, with guests representing both prosecution and defense. LISTEN HERE

Alaska Snapshot: Opioids, heroin and public health strategies

KSKA: Wednesday, May 10 at 2 pm and 8 pm Prescription painkillers and cheap heroin have combined to fuel a new public health crisis: addiction and death from overdosing. Join us to learn the status of the battle in Alaska and strategies to defeat. LISTEN HERE