FunDamental Studios, Ames Bike Summit

Originally broadcast 02/27/2017
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Elwynn Taylor and Von Ketelson give the weather prediction for this week.

Joe Williams of New York City, describes the Delsarte Technique offered by a new studio in Ames called FunDamental Studios, owned by Lisa and Chris Rich-McKelvey.

Audrey Weidemeier reports on the Ames Bike Summit held on February 17th. She spoke with city council members Gloria Betcher and Tim Gartin, cyclists Ky Danley and Jody Hayes, as well as Jason Quinn from Ames Velo. Audrey produces bike tours of local farms in the Midwest.

Allyson Walter gives a preview of local public events.

LGBTQA+, Inclusive Ames

Listen Here Now Originally broadcast 02/24/2017
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Host Gale Seiler, welcomed Nicci Port, the Project Director for Diversity and Inclusion in LGBTQA+ Student Affairs. Nicci was joined by Taylor Shire, co-chair of LGBTQA+ Faculty and Staff Association, and Joel Hochstein, who coordinates ISU’s Pride Summit. They spoke about their work supporting the LGBTQA+ community on ISU’s campus.

In a related story, we spoke with Marlys Barker, editor and journalist at the Nevada Journal and the Tri-County Times, who wrote recent stories about trans students in rural Iowa.

Ann Kinzel joined us for the monthly update from the Ames Progressive Alliance. She interviewed Cheryl Binzen and Gale Seiler on their work with new groups that emerged from the Inclusive Ames gathering last Fall. They are working on issues of safety and sanctuary, and racial disparities in Ames school.

Iowa's Muslims and Voter ID

Listen Here Now Originally broadcast 02/22/2017
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Today we talked with some of our Muslim neighbors about the poster exhibit, History of Muslims in America, taking place at the Ames Public Library (PEO Room) this Sunday, February 25, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. One of the features of this exhibit will be the story of the PBS Documentary Prince Among Slaves.

From the Darul Arqum Islamic Center in Ames our guests were Imam Mahjoob Jaily, who described the varied activities taking place during the Poster Exhibit, and Sal Syed, who gave us a glimpse of the extent of the history of Muslims in America.

Then we took a Road Trip to Cedar Rapids to visit Imam Taha Tawil at the "Mother Mosque" -- which, in 1934, was the first Mosque built in the United States. Before leaving we also met with Miriam Amer, executive director of CAIR-Iowa telling us of the work of that organization.

We ended the program with Story County Auditor, Lucy Martin, and Carolyn Klaus, from the League of Women Voters, discussing the contentious Voter ID law being proposed by Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate.

Eminent Domain, Death Cafes, Mental Health in Iowa

Originally broadcast 02/20/2017
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Jonah Powell and Sarah Carlson, describe Death Cafes in Ames, part of an international movement that organizes social conversations that normalize discussion about death.

A pipeline update from Dick and Judy Lamb, who own a farm in Boone County and are part of a joint suit by Iowa landowners and the Sierra Club against the Iowa Utilities Board and Dakota Access Pipeline. They claim that seizure of their land for the Bakken Pipeline, by eminent domain is illegal. The Polk County District Court of Iowa recently rejected their suit.

Jan Brown from Our Lady's Immaculate Heart Catholic Church in Ankeny explains that the group known as A Mid-Iowa Organizing Strategy (AMOS) will go to the statehouse every Tuesday of this legislative session, to advocate for improvements to mental health care in Iowa.

Lauren Frandsen, from the Ames Chamber of Commerce, describes the Chamber's accomplishments in 2016 and their upcoming 2017 lecture series on vision-building leadership.

Dylan Kline, from Integrity Construction, is part of the Chamber of Commerce's yearly Leadership Ames program. As part of the program, he and a few others are partnering with KHOI to create a new show, "Business Connect," on KHOI to premier this Friday at 1 PM. Dylan describes the process and what it's that's like for a construction manager to build a radio show.

Day Without Immigrants, HB 291, Social Justice Council

Listen Here Now Originally broadcast 02/17/2017
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Ames immigrant rights activist Rick Exner and Zoami Callas-Ríos Sosa, immigrant resident and activist from Webster City, report from the A Day Without Immigrants rally in Des Moines, part of a national day of demonstrations and boycotts, to highlight immigrants' roles in US society.

We also heard from Melissa Peterson, government relations specialist from the Iowa State Education Association teachers' union, describes how the Iowa Legislature passed House Bill 291, that dramatically scaled back collective bargaining in union contract negotiations for the state’s public workers, and the union's perceived consequences.

Kathy Hansen, Director of School, Community and Media Relations for Ames Community School District, introduces Steph Shares, Ames Middle School teacher who started a Social Justice Council there. Student leasers in the group, Malik Davis, Jason Vernon, and Olivia Reed, describe how they address prejudice and bullying.

Alex Fejfar, from the Ames History Center, tells the story of Herman Banning, who studied at Iowa State and was the first African American to get his pilots license. He traveled from coast to coast, barnstormed, and even named his plane Miss Ames.

Public Education in the Cross-Hairs; Murder Mysteries

Originally broadcast 02/15/2017
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First, Steve Gray, joint superintendent of both Nevada and Colo/Nesco school districts, discussed the challenges rural schools face--and how those might be exacerbated by pending legislation. Then, State Senator Herman Quirmbach of Ames told of over one-and-a-half million dollars that will be lost by both Ames and Boone school districts with this year's 1.1% allowable growth law, and describes scenes of disenfranchisement in this week's legislative hearings. Finally, Kelly McMahon, a preschool / kindergarten teacher in the Cedar Rapids school district, formerly a teacher in Milwaukee, compared the climate under Scott Walker's Act 10 to that she expects with the pending Iowa labor bills, HSB84 and SF213. Iowans for Public Education urged citizens to discuss these issues with their legislators. Senator Jerry Behn will hold several.

The second half of our show featured two plays opening this weekend. Joe Ferrell and Sam Barnes gave us a preview of Judge Story's Theatrical Troupe's dinner theatre, Who Will Murder Marsha? a play about a woman addicted to reading murder mysteries, and what happens when her husband tries to persuade her to stop. The second murder mystery, Webster City Community Theatre's Murder on a Budget, is set during a class reunion on a cruise ship (the budget reunion location). Playwright/director Sally Evans described a the situation of this, her fifth, original murder mystery play.

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