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Listen Here Now2018
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YOU can become a citizen audio ecologist! The KHOI Soundscape Laboratory is an 8 month workshop funded by the City of Ames COTA grant. This educational and art series focuses on the exploration and appreciation of the soundscapes of Ames, IA.

Sign up for a class today! No technical skills are required. Come to one class or all of them! Each workshop is only $5.

Tune in at the following times to listen to a 15 minute piece that accumulates the work of participates and staff: Mondays 11:45am | Fridays 11:45pm | Sundays 11:45pm. The most recent piece will be linked to this article. Previous audio will be linked within the article.

Your auditory adventure awaits...

Egypt, ISU Biographical Dictionary & Turkey Vultures are Back!

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 03/16/2018
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Dennis Hart gives a round-up of last week's local news from the Ames Tribune and area local  papers.

The turkey vulture arrives in Mid-March as a true harbinger of Spring. KHOI naturalist reporter Pat Schlarbaum explains. 

Omar El Shaer, ISU student from Cairo Egypt, shares his home country with us in our on-going interview series with neighbors in Central Iowa from the countries of Africa. He describes powerful passion and lessons learned from growing up during the Arab Spring in Cairo.

Maggie Curry, intern at ISU University Museums, explains the ISU Biographical Dictionary being written about some 500 or more notable ISU personalities, since the beginning of the school. Volunteer writer are invited to help. If you are interested in being involved, please contact Maggie.

Water Rocks, El Buen Gusto, Utopia

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 03/14/2018
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Americorps volunteer Megan Koppenhafen stopped by KHOI on her way to the Sioux Empire Water Festiva in Sioux Falls, South Dakota to tell us about Americorps, Vista, and Conservation Corps programs, as well as to share some of the music she and other volunteers will be celebrating at Water Rocks with hundreds of fourth graders gathered for this fun and educational event.  A story in the Perry News about the closing of El Buen Gusto, a Salvadoran Restaurant, because of visa problems of longtime residents Carlos and Edith Barco, sent me to get the story in Perry. Marisa Barco told about the repeated delays in her parents' citizenship application resulting in non-renewal of the visa.  Concerned citizens at the Chamber of Commerce told the response of the town to threat to Salvadoran residents, students, home and  business owners. Jenny Ecklund, owner of La Poste; the restored post office; librarian Mary Murphy; and city administrator, Sven Peterson; expressed support of the whole community for Hispanics United for Perry. Finally, Loween Getter gave us a preview of Utopia - The Iowa Musical Revuethe featured play for the Iowa Community Theatre Association Convention to be held in Webster City.

Dr. Cyndi Hanson, Ghana, Spring Weather - Oh My!

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 03/12/2018
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Round up of last week’s Iowa in the news, provided by the IowaInformer.

Candidates with Cal: a series of interviews with candidates who will be running in this June’s primary elections. Cal Haliburton interviews Dr. Cyndi Hanson, Republican candidate for the US Representative 4th district, opposing Representative Steve King for the nomination.

In our continuation of a series on Africans living in Central Iowa, Peprah, a Ghanaian student at Iowa State University. describes his homeland, Ghana.

Keith Morgan, Emergency Management Coordinatorfor Story County, helps you prepare for Spring weather: tornadoes, thunderstorms, flash floods, and hail - Oh my! Sign up for emergency alerts.

Burmese Refugees, Farm & Water Activists, J.D. Scholten

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 03/07/2018
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Our show today started with Jill Niswander telling about the community of Burmese Refugees in Iowa as a staff member of Ethnic Minorities of Burma Advocacy and Research Center (EMBARC).  Lifelong farmer Chris Peterson told how the events of his life, from the values of his Danish grandparents, through the farm crisis of the 1980s, and the consolidation of animal feeding and slaughter, led him to form the Iowa Alliance for Responsible Agriculture, which is advocating a moratorium on Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs).  On a related topic we heard from Molly Hanson of Iowa Rivers Revival about the organization's plans. Wrapping up the hour we heard the second episode of Candidates with Cal,as Cal Haliburton interviewed J.D. Scholten, one of three candidates running for the Democratic primary in the 4th Congressional District.

Ghana, All-Iowa Arts Showcase, RAGRAI in Ames

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 03/02/2018
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Susan Gwiasda, Public Relations Officer, gives an Ames civic update, including the news that Ames will be on the RAGRAI route this summer. She gave this number to call, if you are having power outages: 515-539-5240.

KHOI civic reporter Dennis Hart give a round up of last week's news from the pages of the Ames Tribune and associated papers. 

To begin Local Talk's interview series for International Women's Month,  Ames resident Dr. Jane Agyeman, director of Upward Bound at Iowa State, describes her home country of Ghana and her experience of emigrating to Ames. 

Craig Kaufman, Ames City Manager for the Auditorium, Bandshell and Community Center, describes the All-Iowa Arts Showcase which will begin Saturday March 3. He explains  his vision for this 5-part concert series and for the Ames music scene.



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