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

New anthology: 25 years of Alaska women’s voices

On the latest Hometown Alaska, host Kathleen McCoy is speaking with the editors of a new anthology that collects the first 25 years of the journal “Alaska Women Speak."

Are YOU ready for the next emergency disaster? Here’s how to be.

Our previous show explained how Alaska prepares for natural and man-made disasters. Today's show shifts to our responsibility to be prepared ourselves. Learn how. Thanks for listening!

Hometown, Alaska: Alaska Music Rocks the Nation

On today's show enjoy an array of music and interviews with homegrown Alaskan musicians like The Builders and the Butchers (pictured above). We've passed the...

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

Hometown, Alaska: Anchorage Bicycle Plan

Anchorage already has 214 miles of multi-use trails meandering along Anchorage’s wooded creek corridors and coastline. The proposed new bike plan would more than...

[Recent] art in public places: Who made it? How did they create it? What were they thinking?

Back in September, I visited the UAA Engineering and Industry Building for an art reception. The College of Engineering hosted the event to welcome...
APD Chief Chris Tolley

APD Chief Chris Tolley takes your questions

APD Chief Chris Tolley joins Hometown Alaska to share experiences from his first months on the job and what's ahead. KSKA: Wednesday, Feb. 3, at 2 pm and 8 pm LISTEN NOW

Reporter Kyle Hopkins: Revealing the human cost of broken safety and deferred justice in rural Alaska

Many programs on Justice Alaska focus on explaining Alaska's judicial system from the inside, from the perspective of judges, prosecutors and defense attorneys, as...

How citizens can ride along with the APD

This summer solstice evening, Senior Judge Elaine Andrews participated in a citizen's ride along with the Anchorage Police Department, riding with Sgt. Jeremy Conkling....

Proposition 10: Should we sell ML&P to Chugach Electric Association?

KSKA: Wednesday, March 14, 2 pm and 8 pm. Voters will decide over the coming weeks if Anchorage will have one electric utility or two. On the next Hometown Alaska, join us as we explore the reasons behind the proposed sale of Municipal Light and Power to Chugach Electric Association and ask your questions, including the impact on rates, taxes, jobs and energy. LISTEN HERE

Weighing in on a year of Anchorage public transit changes

In October 2017, the Municipality's transit department made big change in local transit. Now they have a report card on how it went during the first year. They want to hear from you. Join this conversation about the future of public transit in Anchorage. Thanks for listening!

Peer Justice: How and why youth courts work

Peers telling peers how to behave has proven an effective form of justice among Alaska's youth courts. Find out how and why it works. Thanks for listening!

Identity theft: “Not if. When”

Learn how to protect yourself Wednesday on the next Hometown Alaska. Ask questions, tell your own story, hear from the experts. KSKA: Wednesday, May 20, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m. Listen now:

Graduation Rates: How are we doing?

With the last of the local high school graduations fading in a sea of camera snaps, 2014 banners and flower and candy leis, we come to this question: How did we do? Are we graduating more seniors? Which sub-groups are increasing, which are struggling? What do the trends mean? Join host Kathleen McCoy and guests to learn more. KSKA: Wednesday, May 28, 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Listen now:

Ask the Superintendent

An impressive logistical and operational effort happens five days a week in our town when 46,000 students filter into 130 different schools and programs...

Hometown, Alaska: Federal Spending in Alaska

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...

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

Vote on People Mover route changes

Until the end of this month, People Mover is inviting citizens to vote for bus route changes they most like. Voting is done via...

Alaskans and Social Media

Wednesday, July 13 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm There’s an information and interaction party going on worldwide. Why should Alaskans care? What does social media mean to you? Should you dive in or can you ignore it?

Doctors discuss the high cost of medical care

Wednesday, Feb. 8, at 2 and 8p.m. Anchorage health care costs are third highest in the nation. The only one's higher? Fairbanks and Juneau. We'll explore why medical costs are so high and growing so fast from the perspective of doctors. They are frustrated, too. We'll explore the causes they see and the solutions they'd be willing to try. LISTEN NOW