Leopold Center, Climate Marches, and Blended Families

Originally broadcast 04/26/2017
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This story was about the past, present, and future of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, which has been targeted for total defunding by a vote of the Iowas Legislature in a bill that passed a week ago. It can now be saved only by Governor Branstad. Mark Rasmussen, present director of the Leopold Center told us about the work of the center and its status world wide. Then we heard from Angie Carter how people from all branches of farming have risen to the defense of the center. Ralph Rosenberg, one of the legislators who worked on the original legislation thirty years ago, gave a short historical note.

Then we heard a story from Jessica Fears about one day on the 85 mile Climate Justice Unity March, which left Little Tree Camp on April 22 and will join the People's Climate March in Des Moines on April 29. We discussed how people can join a portion of that march or follow along with Ed Fallon's daily updates online at Fallon Forum.

We closed out the program with Samone York telling us about the Blessed and Blended Livestream Conference to be hosted in Ames by the Body of Christ Church.

Two Ames Poets on War, Love, and Life

Originally broadcast 04/24/2017
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In honor of National Poetry month, two distinguished Ames poets talk about what inspires their poetry and about the local poetry scene, and also read and talk about specific works.

Dennis Maulsby, a veteran of the Vietnam war, and a short story writer as well as a poet, talks about creativity as a coping response to trauma, and introduces his two latest publications: Near Death/Near Life (poems) and Free Fire Zone (short stories with introductory poems).

Then Maggie Westvold talks about her Iowa roots and commemorates fellow poet Tommalou Maas, a dear friend who died in 2002. She reads some of Tommalou's poetry, and and also poetry she has written about Tommalou. (NOTE: You will be able to hear more of Maggie Westvold remembering local poets she has known on KHOI's Heart of Iowa, broadcast at noon and 7:00 PM on May 11.)

In the last part of the program you can hear suggestions from the Ames Convention and Visitors Bureau about how to convince visiting friends and relatives that Ames is a wonderful destination for tourists.

Alternative Education, LondonFest

Originally broadcast 04/21/2017
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Ames High School students, Carlie Comstock, Tyenna Hargrow, Jessica Roche, Christian Saldana and their teacher Kendra Kruse describe the work experience they had organizing support materials for the state conference of the Iowa Association of Alternative Education. The theme is Dare to Disrupt; The Pathway to Equity and Excellence in Alternative Education.

Jill Pruetz, ISU professor of Biological Anthropology and Primatology, explains the national March for Science happening on Saturday April 22 (Earth Day) in Des Moines with the Des Moines March for Science, a national action being taken at hundreds of venues around the country. The March for Science will be at the State Capital in Des Moines from noon - 4:00 PM, April 22.

Bill Malone, owner of Cafe Diem, and Jess Clyde, owner of The London Underground English Pub, bring news of LondonFest, a street celebration of English culture to be held in Ames on Saturday April 22 on Main Street, including food, beer, performers, games, complete with a Ferris Wheel.

Alex Fejar from the Ames History Center talks about historic school buildings and what makes London Underground's building unique.

Pulitzer Prize, Teddy Roosevelt, and Listener Support

Originally broadcast 04/19/2017
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We opened our program by interviewing Art Cullen, winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for his editorials in The Storm Lake Times, "For editorials fueled by tenacious reporting, impressive expertise and engaging writing that successfully challenged powerful corporate agricultural interests in Iowa."

Then we were visited by John Hoffman, telling us about his one-man show as Teddy Roosevelt in Bully, the next production of the Boone Community Theatre. The balance of the show consisted of conversations with representatives of organizations who expressed their appreciation of the way KHOI programming supports them.

Next we heard from Lynn Scarlett, director of the Nevada Chamber of Commerce, telling us why the Nevada Chamber of Commerce is becoming a member of KHOI during this Membership Drive, Deb Brown spoke appreciatively of all the programming KHOI has done about Webster City which has resulted in a $300 grant on behalf of Legacy Learning Boone River Valley. With John Hoffman we discussed the benefits of KHOI previews to Community Theatres throughout our listening area.

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