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

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...

Education Funding Activism

Gov. Sean Parnell has declared this year the education session the legislature, but if you are involved in schools in Anchorage you already know that education funding and policy are hot topics. On the next Hometown Alaska, host Charles Wohlforth will be joined by education activists to lead a community discussion on school funding and school choice. Should state funding increase, and should it be available to private and religious schools? KSKA: Wednesday, 3/12, 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Listen now:

Hometown, Alaska: Blockbuster Musicals

Right now, Mamma Mia! is staging at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts to packed houses that promoters say will peak around 19,000...

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!

Hometown, Alaska: God in Alaska, Part 1

On the next Hometown, Alaska we will begin a two-part series on “God in Alaska”. This show parallels the PBS series,...

Hometown, Alaska: Youth Spending Their Vacations Serving the Community

College and high school students look forward to the summer break to get a respite from the study grind. But these days, ...

Rise of the Social Entrepreneur

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 

Art of the North gallery through the eyes of experts

Take a virtual tour of the stunning Art of the North gallery at the Anchorage Museum with curator Betany Porter, Aaron Leggett, curator of Alaska history and culture, and Kesler Woodward, Alaska artist and art historian. LISTEN HERE

Adding Anchorage housing: where, when and how?

Anchorage has a shortage of all kinds of housing. Planners and residents grapple with strategies to encourage housing, including zoning changes and property tax incentives for builders creating homes downtown. Catch up on all the proposals. Thanks for listening!

Education funding

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

How the U.S. Constitution protects press freedoms, and why

Critics of the news media can casually label stories they don't like as "fake news," but the U.S. Constitution protects rigorous press coverage for an important reason. First Amendment lawyer John McKay walks us through these constitutional protections and significant court cases upholding them, as well as Alaska cases where these protections have applied. LISTEN HERE

Redistricting in Alaska

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?

Hometown, Alaska: Medicare in Alaska

Anchorage’s senior citizen population is forty thousand and growing, but it’s been reported there are less than seven general physicians taking on new Medicare...

Wild edibles in Alaska: Seek and ye shall find

Late August draws out the berry pickers. Wonderful as those jewels are, wild edibles include more than berries and mushrooms. So join local gathering experts to hear about the wild abundance Alaska offers, and best ways to school yourself in identification, sustainable selection and delicious eating! And if you've got a great wild edible recipe, we want to hear it. KSKA: Wednesday, August 13 at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Listen now:

Alaska DACA stories

What's it like to live in Alaska as a member of the DACA generation? Meet local business owner Deicy Camarena and mother and legal services worker H.J Kim. Thanks for listening!

Tune up your ears for Alaska’s original sounds

KSKA: Wednesday, December 14 at 2 and 8 p.m. Kurt Riemann is on a mission: archiving Alaska's original music. Tune in to hear samples and stories behind what he's gathered so far. Find out if you've got a classic Alaska recording for this archive. LISTEN NOW

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
HTA April 25 Storytelling in Alaska

‘And then what happened?’

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

Hometown, Alaska: Driving and Dialing

A student talks on a hands-free cell phone while operating a high-tech driving simulator, University of Utah Most of us don’t get behind the wheel...

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....