The Artist At Work10/17/14
Where do artists get their ideas? What role does confidence play? Self doubt? Persistence? The weather? Jimmy Riordan and Keren Lowell think about it, out loud, on the next Hometown Alaska. KSKA: Wednesday, Oct. 22, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Listen...
The vote on the minimum wage
In a few weeks Alaskans will vote on whether to raise the minimum wage from $7.75 an hour to $9.75 in 2016, the highest level in the country, and to have it continue to rise with the cost of living. We'll discuss the pros and cons of upping the...
Considering Bike Fatalities
Too many bicyclists have been killed by drivers in Anchorage in the last year. Enough to make riders reconsider using our streets. We'll host a community discussion on bike safety. As more people are using bicycles for transportation, are we taking...
Literary Alaska: Seth Kantner, Sherry Simpson, Joan Kane
Three Alaska writers join us on Hometown Alaska this week. Please welcome Joan Kane, Sherry Simpson and Seth Kantner. We'll talk about getting your literary arms around a place as amazing as the one we live in. KSKA: Wednesday, Oct. 1, at 2:00 and...
Kids and computing
Just because your child can text, tweet and enjoy video games does not mean she knows how to boss around her laptop. What are the essential skills that translate into digital literacy? Is your child acquiring them? Listen now:
Rebuilding Transportation History
The week's show is for the gearhead in all of us, as we talk to guys who are fixing up some of the coolest old stuff around, and what's more interesting than that? A group is rebuilding a full-sized steam locomotive that once ran on the Alaska...
Keeping bees in Alaska
Alaska's bee season is short and intense, and most hives have wound down for this year. But beekeepers are enjoying rich golden honey, fruit of their bees' labor, and planning for next season's hive. KSKA: Wednesday, Sept. 10, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00...
Cold War Secrets
Anchorage played a major role in the Cold War with our large military installations and missile batteries, but did you know spies and counter-spies were working here, too? In advance on a major conference on Cold War history, including espionage,...
Who’s hungry in Alaska?
One in seven Alaskans, and one in five children, routinely go hungry in our state. How does Alaska bridge that gap in the food and nutrition network? KSKA: Wednesday, August 27, at 2:00 and 9:00 p.m. Listen now:
New school challenges
Big changes face Alaska's students this year, with new standards of what they need to learn, and new tests to find out if they learned it. We are joined by the superintendents of both the Anchorage and Mat-Su school districts to learn about the...
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...
Getting an audience for the issues
Both Alaska Common Ground and the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce have public forums planned to discuss both sides of important issues coming before Alaska voters this election season. Join host Kathleen McCoy and representatives from both groups to...
When military vets need a doctor
The VA just released results of a nationwide audit on how quickly military vets get medical service. Alaska’s report card was good. We'll talk about why, but also about needs that still go unanswered. Join host Kathleen McCoy, with vets and those who...
Future of the Museum
We've gotten used to the new face of the Anchorage Museum, the new plaza out front, and the stainless steel boxes in the shape of a man on the corner. Now, with a new director, the museum is working on a plan to determine the next step in its...
Why is Anchorage so diverse?
Anchorage has some of the most diverse high schools and neighborhoods in the nation. This is new. In 30 years, the city's minorities have gone from 15% to 34% of the population. We'll explore why this change has happened, from the perspective of...
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?...
The Science of the ’64 Earthquake
Fifty years ago the greatest earthquake ever recorded in North America hit southcentral Alaska, devastating Anchorage. On the next Hometown Alaska, host Charles Wohlforth and guests will delve into the science behind the 1964 earthquake. KSKA:...
Ted Stevens Anchorage Int’l Airport master plan: the next 20 years
The Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport master plan is coming in for a landing. It's time to get your questions answered and offer airport planners the feedback they need. Airport director John Parrott and project manager Evan Pfahler join us....
Prejudice and the Church
Churches have fought racial prejudice or gone along with it at different times and places in Alaskan history. These deep, moral issues put spiritual leaders in a complex position, and they see their duties very differently.On the next Hometown, Alaska...
Entrepreneurs: Meet winners and judges in Alaska’s version of ‘Shark...
Think you've got the best next business idea? Then tune in to meet the latest batch of young winning entrepreneurs and the judges who chose them and why. Look ahead to Entrepreneurship Week and Alaska's first-ever Mini Maker Faire. KSKA: Wednesday,...
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