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

Catching the bus

KSKA: Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 2 and 8 p.m. How riders catch buses in Anchorage will change in 2017. December is feedback month. So get a preview of the proposals and offer your feedback on the new ideas. LISTEN NOW
Loussac Library, library, Anchorage

Z.J. Loussac Library and it’s Future

KSKA: Wednesday April 13 @ 2:00 and 8:00 pm The Loussac Library is getting a major remodel, fixing those problematic stairs, and much more. What is the purpose of a library in an age where you can find out almost anything with your phone? We'll find out what's in store for the library, and find out how the library is fitting into the new ways we get information. DOWNLOAD AUDIO

How do we pay for public schools?

In this week's Hometown Alaska, we aim to offer School Budgeting 101, a foundational look at how schools are financed. Learn the basics of school finance so that news stories make sense to you, so that you feel equipped to ask your principal or legislator useful questions and ultimately make well-informed votes. KSKA: Wednesday, April 18, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m. Download Audio

VA Health Care

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

Meet more next-gen business builders

Alaska is constantly moving toward it's non-oil based future. Entrepreneurs are a big part of that picture. Today, we talk with a handful of women entrepreneurs and their ideas for building a successful business in Alaska. Thanks for listening!

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...

We’re all ears at Hometown Alaska

On the next Hometown Alaska, we hope you'll give hosts Charles Wohlforth and Kathleen McCoy an earful! They are taking your suggestions for shows! Get in the line up. KSKA: Wednesday, Sept. 9, at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Listen Now:

COVID-19 and the Courts: District Judge Kari McCrea describes impacts

Since mid-March 2020, the Alaska Court System has coped with the public health risk of the COVID-19 pandemic by delaying court proceedings. Altogether, the...

Our Weird Weather

Tulips and green grass in January? Road to Valdez closed by the mother of all avalanches? Will there be an Iditarod, a Fur Rondy, an Iron Dog? Let's talk about our recent weather and its implications on the next Hometown Alaska. KSKA: Weds. 2/5 at 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm  Listen Now

RUNNING: Hear from Assembly candidates for West Anchorage and Midtown

UPDATE: All candidates will participate by phone rather than gathering at the Alaska Public Media studios, in response to social distancing requirements. Alaska Public...

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:

2020 election reflections and boosting local civic engagement

On Dec. 14, electors in all 50 states cast their ballots for the U.S. President. On this occasion, Hometown Alaska took the opportunity to...

Divorce without lawyers

Divorce puts Alaskans into the legal system to settle their emotional problems the most expensive way possible, with dueling attorneys. Few of us can afford that. We'll talk about splitting up without attorneys. Support exists to mediate the way to a new life, dividing assets and child custody, and resolving your own future rather than turning those decisions over to a judge. KSKA: Wednesday, April 8, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m. Listen Now:

Hometown, Alaska: Denali KidCare

Denali KidCare is how Alaska ensures that the health needs of kids and teens under age 18 are met, and those of pregnant mothers...

Hometown, Alaska: The Alaska State Fair

The Guinness World Record breaking 125.9 pound cabbage from the cabbage weigh-off at the Alaska State Fair in 2009. Giant cabbages.  Homemade quilts and hand...

Balancing Alaska’s budget is getting so hard that it hurts. Here’s one citizen’s plan.

As Cliff Groh puts it, he's studied how the State of Alaska "collects, saves and pays out money" for 40 years. As a legislative...
Vern Halter

Meet Vern Halter, Mat-Su Borough’s new mayor

Most people recognize Vern Halter as an Iditarod musher with plenty of top 10 finishes in the Last Great Race and a first place victory in the Yukon Quest. He’s also a lawyer born, raised and educated in South Dakota, and he's been an Alaskan since 1977. He’s served six years on the Mat-Su Borough Assembly. Now he’s the mayor of the fast-growing Mat-Su. On the next Hometown Alaska, we’ll get to ask him all kinds of questions about the challenges ahead. KSKA: Wednesday, Nov. 4, at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Listen Now:

Hometown, Alaska: The Alaskan Alternative Circus

Jumping tigers, sprinting elephants, enormous tents, peanuts, zebras and clowns. Well, those might not be the things you’ll see when you go to a...

Hometown Alaska: Native Heritage Month can bring complex emotions for Indigenous people. Here are three perspectives.

olks still commonly dress up in stereotypical Native costumes, and it is also when Thanksgiving happens, a holiday that is fraught with many problematic portrayals of history and Native Peoples. In this episode, we talk about these and many other relevant issues pertaining to Native Heritage Month.

Hometown Alaska: You might have noticed a lot of Filipino health care workers in Alaska. Here’s why.

If you’ve ever been to a hospital or a medical clinic or some type of medical facility, which most of us probably have, you may have noticed that a lot of health care workers are Filipino. They can be doctors, or home care providers, or some type of health care worker, but most of them are nurses. This is not just your imagination, as statistics show that Filipino nurses do compose the largest share of immigrant nurses in the United States. In fact, the Philippines is the world’s biggest supplier of nurses.