Story County Board of Supervisors

October 20, 2014 - 7:00am -- ron

Originally broadcast 10/20/2014
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Host Kay Puttock and moderator Linda Murken provide a forum for the four candidates vying for two seats on the Story County Board of Supervisors. Responding to requests from our listeners, we allow time for the candidates to respond and contest their opponents claims. Questions about the county budget, infrastructure (bridges), transparency, concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs), and taxes are covered.

Bluegrass and Balloons

October 15, 2014 - 7:00am -- ron

Originally broadcast 10/15/2014
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Bill and Toni Woodman talked about the former Skunk River Bluehrass Band, as well as about Bluegrass music and musicinas in the region while telling the unusual history of their band -- how their interest in music devloped and how for how it transitioned into diverse things such as hot air ballooning. Great stories about the Bluegrass players in Boone.

County Recorder Office, Therapy Dogs, Root River

October 13, 2014 - 7:00am -- ron

Originally broadcast 10/13/2014
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Hosts Ursula Ruedenberg and Kay Puttock talk with Republican candidate Stacie Herridge and Democratic candidate Jim Cheek about the office of Story County Recorder, and about their race for this position in the upcoming elections. Kay Puttock interviews Beth Weiser about her volunteer work with her therapy dog Tucker. Tucker and Beth bring comfort, rehabiliation, and healing to hospital patients and residents in retirement communities. In our phenology segment today, Pat Schlarbaum talks about the sights and sounds of the beautiful Root River, which is a tributary of the Upper Mississipi, and which flows for 80 miles through the Driftless area of southeastern Minnesota.

World Food Prize

October 10, 2014 - 7:00am -- ron

Originally broadcast 10/10/2014
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Reporters Greta Anderson and Gale Seiler explore the World Food Prize founded by Iowa's Nobel Prize-winner Norman Borlaug, the man behind the Green Revolution. Events surrounding the awarding of this year's prize are gearing up both in Des Moines and in Ames. First, we speak with Cornelia Flora, distinguished professor emeritus of sociology at ISU, who has attended numerous WFP symposiums over the years, and whose latest work as a researcher focuses on adapting smallholder farming systems in Latin America and Africa to the new challenges of climate change. She is hosting a meal and panel discussion by Ethiopian farmers and agricultural advisors this Sunday evening at Ames UCC church. In the second half of the show, we speak with Elizabeth Kucinich, a spokesperson for the Center for Food Safety and on the board of Rodale Institute, about her and her husband's upcoming talk on food security and national security, at an "Occupy the World Food Prize" event on Tuesday in Des Moines. Why do some people think the World Food Prize need to be "occupied"? Listen and find out!

Movie Theatres

October 8, 2014 - 7:00am -- ron

Originally broadcast 10/08/2014
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This is Shoutout Wednesday, the day when Local Talk features the people, stories, and events from our seven county listening area of Central Iowa. Hosts Paul Wierson and Susan Franzen talked with managers of the old movie theaters in the area as they deal with aging historic buildings and the changing technology for showing movies. During the morning we spoke with the following people involved with theaters in their communities.

Native Plants, Iowa Arboretum, County Recorder

October 6, 2014 - 7:00am -- ron

Originally broadcast 10/01/2014
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Leigh Searles describes indigenous plants that appear in environments disrupted by civilization, and why we should collect seeds from them. Searles, is creator of the phenology calendar. Calendars can be ordered at

Mark Schneider describes Iowa Arboretum, being featured this month in Local Talk's Community Service Appreciation program.

Outgoing Story County Recorder Sue Vande Kamp explains what the County Recorder does, in anticipation of the election of a new Recorder this November.

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