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 Dr. E.J. David. If you have a topic that could be discussed on Hometown, Alaska send your suggestion to: hometown@alaskapublic.org

Justice Alaska: A conversation with former Chief Justice Walter ‘Bud’ Carpeneti

Alaska's current budgetary conflict on how to pay for government services touches many aspects of life in Alaska, including the judicial system. In this...

Tackling homelessness, 2.0: Investing private $ for public good

It is fair to say that before the coronavirus arrived to terrify us all, one public debate that has rankled and confounded Anchorage residents...

Wanted: Underrepresented artists who need financial support for their creative work

In times of stress and economic hardship, it can be easy to let art and its impact on us slip off the radar screen....

Hometown Alaska: Hear how one Anchorage entrepreneur manages work and motherhood during the pandemic

The gig economy isn’t exactly a new income stream for individuals, but the paradigm shift of the market due to COVID and other factors have launched gig work and entrepreneurship into an undeniable macrolevel behemoth. One artist and businesswoman shares her story of how she established her brand to The Last Frontier and how we can support self-employed creatives.

Crack of the bat!

Ready for summer baseball? Hear the rich story of the game in Alaska when public historian Katie Ringsmuth shares history and surprising cultural trends that came north with the game. KSKA: Wednesday April 6 @ 2:00 and 8:00 pm DOWNLOAD AUDIO

Jazz is back: Founder notes and musical notes

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!

Journalists: In the heat of the battle

Most people are aware that the First Amendment in the Bill of Rights in the U.S. Constitution protects freedom of the press. Less well known are the rules journalists use to govern their work. Today, two local newsroom leaders talk about them. Thanks for listening!

UAA, UAF, UAS faculty discuss university accreditation

What does university accreditation mean? Why does each of the state's three universities have its own accreditation? If UA moved to a single accreditation,...

Why being civil matters: Heather Lende on surviving small-town politics

Book number four, from Heather Lende, is about why and how people in small towns find a way—usually—to remain civil to one another. In "Of...

Why aren’t there more Alaska Native defenders, prosecutors and judges?

A listener posed a question for Justice Alaska on Hometown Alaska and we tackled it on this week's show. Where are the Alaska Native...

Spenard Jazz Fest 2022

The Spenard area of Alaska is known for its eclecticism and diversity amongst its people, its businesses, and its artistic sensibilities. Long has it been the host of Tommy's Burger Stop, Chilkoot Charlies, Center Bowl, and more currently The Drip, the city's first black-owned coffee hut. It's no wonder that this area specifically also openly celebrates American jazz culture, and has instituted an event to partake in its music.

In Memoriam: Conversation with ‘ENCOUNTERS’ host Richard Nelson

How does he even get those amazing natural wildlife sounds, as if he were standing right next to that grunting grizzly bear! As the host of Encounters, Richard Nelson is our guide to the fascinating sights,sounds and behaviors of Alaska’s resilient animals. For an opportunity to talk with Alaska anthropologist and naturalist Richard Nelson, join host Kathleen McCoy on a special edition of Hometown, Alaska on Friday. KSKA: Friday 11/11 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

Real ID in Alaska: Where are we 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

Strengthening the safety net under homeless teens

We'll host the Covenant House executive director Alison Kear, along with at least two homeless or formerly homeless youth, to hear their stories. What are the risks for a teen who is homeless? What obstacles exist for a young person to overcome homelessness? How does mental and physical health play into this picture? Thanks for listening!
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After the shaking stopped: New info from the Nov. 30 quake

We are still living with the aftermath of last November's major shaker. FEMA is still here helping homeowners and the school district. Eagle River...

Moose are more dangerous than you might think

What scares you most? Moose or bear? The facts are: more humans are hurt by moose every year than by bear. Learn what you need to know to live, hike and drive in moose country.
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Save our Sisters Alaska: Telling victim stories of rape and abuse to seek community healing

Ten months ago, filmmaker Mary Katzke had an idea. Television is filled with detective stories created to draw viewers into the terror, victimization and...
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LISTEN: Discussing food culture in Alaska

Alaska’s food and restaurant culture is a massive and ever-shifting adhesive for the local economy, serving and effecting both customers and business owners alike. But why is it so crucial? And how are local restaurant and food truck owners riding the wave back to success during COVID? Join host, Justin Williams, with two champions of the local restaurant community to discuss our food culture here in Alaska.

The winter that wasn’t

Climatologist Brian Brettschneider visits Hometown Alaska to help put our current very weird weather patterns into perspective. Is Anchorage becoming the banana belt? KSKA: Wednesday, March 4, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Listen Now:

The “all ears” show comes back to Hometown Alaska

The "all ears" show is our way of inviting listeners to share ideas for show topics they'd like us to pursue in 2018. Our focus is local: Anchorage, Southcentral and Alaska. Are there people and topics you want us to work on? We're here to listen, so let us know. LISTEN HERE