State Bills: Sentence Reduction and HS Dropouts

March 2, 2015 - 7:00am -- ron

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Pat Schlarbaum, KHOI’s environmental reporter, explains that we are hearing coyotes because their mating season has started. He describes various wild canines returning to our area.

State Senator Steve Sodders explains several senate bills he is sponsoring, to reduce criminal punishment for small amounts of marijuana, He discusses factors including cost, the individual, recidivism, and racial disparities in incarceration.

Yonus Michaels, Director of Alternative Learning Programs for the Ames Community School District,discussed dropout prevention and alternatives to traditional high school, in light of Bill 1138 being introduced by State Senator Herman Quirmbach, to raise the compulsory school age to 18.

Decorah Eagles, Emergency Management, Ames Zoning

February 27, 2015 - 7:00am -- ron

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Story County is transitioning to a new system for mass emergency notifications under the statewide Homeland Security. Melissa Spencer, deputy coordinator for Story County Emergency Management explains the change, which is scheduled to go into effect on March 1st. Ms. Spencer gives information about how to get critical messages on your cell phone and by email. Sign up for Story County Emergency Alerts

Iowa House Representative Chip Baltimore introduced State House Bill that would challenge Ames zoning ordinances restricting the use of dwellings in residential low-density and urban-core-medium-residential zones to no more than 3 unrelated people. Baltimore explains his bill. Ames Mayor Ann Campbell, who has spoken against the bill, responds and gives reasons for supporting the current zoning and Home Rule, the power of a constituent part of a state to exercise such of the state's powers of governance within its own administrative area that have been decentralized to it by the central government.
Iowa Code 216.8a.1 Fair Housing
Iowa Code 216, definition of "familial status"

We start the show with a peek at the Decorah eagles, whose yearly rearing of eaglets is viewable on line via web cam. The Decorah eagles just laid 3 eggs, and end it with a discussion of upcoming performance, Bach Had 10 Children, with Co'Motion Dance Theater's artistic director, Valerie Williams.

The New Jim Crow

February 26, 2015 - 7:00am -- ron

Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, spoke at ISU on January 29 as part of the 2015 Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Series. Her speech was re-broadcast on KHOI’s Heart of Iowa on Thursday, February 26.

Because of contract restrictions, this content cannot be posted on the KHOI website. However, you can download it as a podcast from the ISU Lectures Program website. Please find the Download Podcast button at the right of the page. KHOI thanks the ISU Lectures Program for permission to broadcast Michelle Alexander’s speech.

Aldo Leopold and The Keeney Place

February 25, 2015 - 7:00am -- ron

Originally broadcast 02/25/2015
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Dennis Keeney was with us to talk about his autobiography "The Keeney Place" which was just released last month. Dennis carried his story from a lively description of the life of a farm boy in the 1940s and 50s through university training in scientific agriculture that led him to become the first director of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture. Cornelia Flora was also in the studio to carry forward reflections about the significance of sustainable agriculture and prospects for the road ahead. Later in the program Erv Klaas joined us to discuss Aldo Leopold and "The Land Ethic," part of the event "Ames Reads Leopold", March 2:00 - 5:00 PM, at the Ames Public Library.

Marty Miller concluded the program with an introduction to the music of The Harmaleighs, who will be in concert at the Pantorium on Wednesday, March 11, at 7:00 PM.

Theologian in Residence, NCORE, ISCORE

February 23, 2015 - 7:00am -- ron

Originally broadcast 02/23/2015
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Guest journalist Lauris Olson previews the Theologian in Residence program that will be happening on February 28 at the Ames United Church of Christ. This program started in 1984. Over the years, most of the theologians have specialized in the words of religion. This year, they are experts in the music giving workshops on music.

Then Greta Anderson shares a story of how homelessness can happen when least expected and the cost of being the working poor for one central Iowa family. On Friday, she spoke with a woman who is scheduled to have a C-section that day. This Thursday will mark her last day in the Ames Motor Lodge, the hotel on East Lincoln Way where Emergency Residence Project houses families on an emergency basis. Vic Moss, the shelter’s director, has been helping this family. For more information on how you can help call (515) 232-8075 or by email.

Finally, our KHOI Intern Jazmine Murguia covered the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity (NCORE) / Iowa State Conference on Race and Ethnicity (ISCORE) program at ISU. That will be happening March 6th. Jazmine's two guests were Japannah Kellogg, director of the student services support program at Iowa State, and Dequan Burnside, an Iowa State sophomore. Japannah Kellogg has also been involved with the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity. Dequan Burnside attended the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity last May and is going to present at this year’s ISCORE on March 6th.


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

Originally broadcast 02/20/2015
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This show, with co-hosts Jim Werbel and Kay Puttock focuses on addictions. We preserve the anonymity of three guests who appear under pseudonyms (Jane Doe, Al Doe and Frank Doe). The fourth guest is therapist who's an expert on addictions, Michelle De La Riva of Community and Family Resources.

We start with the difficult topic of sex addiction, and Jane Doe describes her own experience of more than twenty years of marriage to a sex addict. Then her case is discussed by therapist Michelle De La Riva.

In the second part of the show, Al and Frank, two long-term members of Alcoholics Anonymous, discuss their experience of addiction and recovery, focusing on the help and support they have experienced in AA.

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