The Iowa Farm Crisis of the 1980s with Dr. Neil Harl

July 29, 2015 - 7:00am -- ron

A look back at the Iowa Farm crisis of the 1980's; what happened, why it happened and what it means in the context of today's economic landscape.

Joe Hayneck, a former ISU engineering student, was the son of a Southern Iowa farm family and grew up during the farm crisis of the 1980s. He tells his story here with fragments of music from a musical - Farmer Song - that he and his mother wrote about the farm crisis. It was eventually performed at the New York fringe festival. Today, Joe works in Des Moines as an engineer but his home in Murray, Iowa, out of which he also runs a radio station – KSOI community radio.

Dr. Neil Harl, explains why the farm crisis happened and shares general insights on the economics of farming, as well as lending and interest rate management and the consequences of government policies. Harl is a Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor in Agriculture at Iowa State University, Emeritus Professor of Economics, and Former Director of the Center for International Agricultural Finance. He is also a member of the Iowa Bar.

Fred Johnson, Georgie Tsushima, Emerald Ash Borer, and Shagstock

July 27, 2015 - 5:28pm -- ron

Originally broadcast 07/27/2015
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At the Unity Church's memorial service for former Ames resident and educator Fred Johnson, Fred's friends and family explain the meaning of the wooden radio displayed at the front of the room, which literally served as the urn for his ashes.

A gathering of more than 200 people at Brookside Park honored the memory of Georgie Tsushima, reknowned skateboarder and filmmaker from Ames, who died at the age of 26. Friend and skateboarder Derek Siedelmann describes Georgie and his life, the effect he had on many, and the moving gathering that culminated with a skateboard thumping salute and a rainbow in the sky. Derek tells us how skateboarding feels.

Ames Public Relations Officer Susan Gwiasda tells us that the Emerald Ash Borer epidemic is 10 miles from Ames and the proactive measures Ames is taking in anticipation of the destruction of Ash trees. Amy Yoakum, Natural Resource Specialist, and Erica Eaves, Outreach Coordinator at Story County Conservation, describe the innovative Wasp Watchers biosurveillance volunteer program to identify the presence of emerald ash borers. Amy also provides information on how to identify stricken trees.

Family Leadership Summit

July 24, 2015 - 7:00am -- ron

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KHOI reporters gathered audio from last weekend's Family Leadership Summit in Ames, an event put on by Bob Vander Plaats' social conservative group, the Family Leader. On today's show, hosts Kay Puttock and Greta Anderson shared some highlights from the event, and solicited responses, first from Story County GOP chairman, Brett Barker of Nevada, then from assistant professor David Anderson of Iowa State University's Political Science department. Is Donald Trump's threat to run as a third-party candidate real? Will opposition to gay marriage have the same kind of power for Republican candidates as the anti-abortion issue has? Find out what our guests think on these and other issues.

Nevada: County Fair and Briggs Terrace Evergreen Lane

July 22, 2015 - 7:00am -- ron

Nevada resident Jessica Eyanson offers a portrait of community life and spirit in Nevada as she describes various ways residents gather to help and support each other, as well as the Nevada and Colo volunteer fire departments.

Kris Corbin, a volunteer at the Nevada Historical Society and Vice Chairman of the Board, gives some background history and a tour of Briggs Terrace Evergreen Lane, the museum/mansion in Eastern Nevada, whose grounds also house historic structures including carriage houses, the George Child log house, and Halley School. Corbin explains how and why the estate house was built and tells us about the people that lived there, offering a glimpse into early life in Nevada.

In “Tuning into Agriculture,” reporter Greta Anderson interviews Chasity Moody, a young farmer and competitor at the Story County Fair happening in Nevada. Chastity describes how she has prepared herself and the animals she will show.

Our Common Home, Bike and Build

July 20, 2015 - 7:00am -- ron

Originally broadcast 07/20/2015
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This program is about "homes" in two different senses: First, it's affordable homes by Habitat for Humanity which an energetic, idealistic, group of young people help to work on as they trekcross-country with an organization called Bike and Build. A group of thirty Bike and Build volunteers passed through Ames on July 6, and Dan DeGeest of Ames Bicycle Coalition talks with two of the leaders, Isaac Martin and Becca Waldo as they relax with their fellow builders at a picnic in Ames. Secondly this program focuses on Pope Francis's recent encyclical on the environment, (or on "Our Common Home" as the Pope refers to the earth ). We talk about the encyclical and its meaning with clerical and lay representatives of the Catholic parishes in Ames. The program also features brief musical extracts from the Missa Gaia, or Earth Mass by Paul Winter.

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