Billy Sunday, 4th of July

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Author Craig Bishop, talks about Billy Sunday, evangelist and athlete born in Ames. Born in poverty, Sunday became a national figure and forerunner of modern-day Evangelists. Craig Bishop will come from Minnesota to give a presentation at the Ames Public Library on Wednesday at 7:00 PM and in Nevada at the Senior Center at 12:45 PM on Thursday. Both lectures are open to the public. Bishop wrote the book: Billy Sunday, the Baseball Evangelist (1862-1935).

Various heads of the Central Iowa towns' Chambers of Commerce describe their local business and entertainment features, while attending the 2016 Iowa Retailers Summit in Ames.

Allyson Walter from the Ames Convention And Visitors Bureau notifies us about 4th of July festivities in Ames and surrounding communities.

Nonsense, Gun Sense, and Road Sense

Listen Here Now Originally broadcast 06/24/2016
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Kim Weaver, Democratic challenger to Representative Steve King, joins us by phone to respond to the Congressman's proposed amendment to block the Treasury's plan to redesign the $20 bill to feature Harriet Tubman.

Victoria Szopinski and Anne Kinzel of the Ames Progressive Alliance bring in Jess Calhoun, organizer with the local group of Moms Demand Gun Sense in America , to discuss "gun sense" and initiatives local governments could take to prevent gun violence.

Finally, former Amesian Paul Doffing brings his collapsible guitar in the studio to play a song and talk about life on his ongoing bike tour. Paul has shows at 400 Pearson St. tonight, DGs Taphouse tomorrow at 5:00 PM and the Des Moines Arts Festival at 1:00 PM.

Children's Theatres

Originally broadcast 06/22/2016
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Today's show explored children's theatres and summer theatre camps in central Iowa. Story Theatre Company led the way with live guests Kivan Kirk (director), Todd Reed (production manager), Zander Reed (Grayleg), and Ben Siegel (Jaybird) telling us about their production of Honk! Jr. at Ames City Auditorium this weekend. Also this weekend is Into the Woods, Jr., Stephen Sondheim's musical adapted for children and presented by Boone Community Theatre. Director Stephanie Hammer was on hand with Homie Simmonds (technical director) and actors Zac Que (Baker) and Lily Hammer (Baker's Wife), who sang a duet from the show. Ankeny Community Theatre was represented by Cheryl Clark, director of A Tree With Arms, a play with very young cast (ages 8 to 11), who told us about the story of two competing tree houses, which is also being performed this weekend, June 24-26.

We closed out the show with a call to Loween Getter, frequent theatre correspondent from Webster City Community Theatre. This time it was our turn to congratulate her for winning the Distinguished Merit Award from the American Association of Community Theatres, with an unusual, and typically theatrical, backstory about why she can't go to New York to accept the award on July 7.

Food for the Body and the Soul

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    Three responses to the problem of food insecurity – hunger – in Central Iowa through local food production:
  • Shara Bradley, Resident Services Program Manager for Community Housing Initiatives, the nonprofit organization that owns and manages affordable housing at Eastwood Apartments, brings us into the community garden she keeps with children who live in the apartments.
  • Hannah Dankbar and Carrie Shunault graduate students at ISU’s Graduate Program of Sustainable Agriculture, show us the Food At First Garden on Ontario Road and describe a partnership between the Graduate Program, Trinity Church , and Food at First, to distribute fresh produce from the garden every Saturday from 9:00 – 11:00 AM.
  • Ash Bruxvoort, Local Foods Coordinator for Prairie Rivers of Iowa, describes her work in promoting awareness about local food production including community gardens and a garden bike ride this fall.

We also visit two cornerstone downtown church buildings:

  • First United Methodist Church is celebrating its 150th Anniversary. Pastor Fred Lewis gives us some stories from its history and notifies us of their upcoming historic bridal gown fashion show.
  • Orthodox Christians have purchased the historic church building at the corner of Kellogg and 7th in downtown Ames. They have brought a priest to Ames and are building the Holy Tranfiguration Orthodox Church Father Martin Watt explains some fundamentals of the Orthodox Church. He and board member Geoffry Thompson also describe moving in and founding a new church.

Taxis, Farmers Market, Summer's Live Music

Listen Here Now Originally broadcast 06/17/2016
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The KHOI interns took on the task of hosting today's Local Talk for the first time, sharing stories that relate to their daily lives as Iowa State students.

Zach Neuendorf took on the task of transportation, and spoke to Julie Schlosser, manager of the Ames taxi service Cyclone Cab.

Dalton Gackle went out to the Ames Main Street Farmers Market farmers market and spoke with Carlos, of Carlos' Quesadillas food truck, Herbert Dardano, the owner of Macubana food truck, and Ames Assistant City Manager Brian Phillips.

Isaac Biehl focused on things to do in Ames, by diving into the growing live music scene here in Ames. Featuring a spotlight on the Roosevelt Summer Sundays thanks to Stacey Ross, the chair of Friends of Roosevelt Park and gave some insight into upcoming events with help from Cindy Hicks, the executive director of the Main Street Cultural District.

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