Choral Festival, March For Our Lives

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 03/21/2018
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Leanne Harter came in to warn us our property taxes are due and to let us know campgrounds at Hickory Grove Park and Dakins Lake will be accepting reservations this year.  Shon Stephenson, Operations Manager at Ames Children’s Choirs, came in with Chris Johnson, guest conductor for the "Celebrate Singing Choral Festival" by the Ames Children’s Choirs.   Johnson is choral music director at Roland-Story Middle School and Gilbert Vocal Music Director at the Intermediate and Middle Schools there.

Young people's voices will also be heard at the "March for our Lives" on Saturday afternoon, March 24, throughout the country.  We ended the program hearing from Landra Reece and Isabela O'Connor, organizers for March For Our Lives  event at the Capitol in Des Moines, one of the 823 events worldwide.  We also heard about Unity In The Community offering free HIRTA bus transportation to to that event. Our guests spoke of their conviction that committed people 18 and younger can lead the way in creating a safer world as they come of age.

Mental health care, Poverty simulation

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 03/19/2018
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Reporter, Greta Anderson, brought us information about new developments in mental health care in the area. She spoke with Jody Eaton, the CEO of Central Iowa Community Services (CICS), and Krystina Engler, the Director of Crisis Services for Eyerly Ball, which is the mental health clinic that has been contracted to provide the new Mobile Crisis Response Service.

Then the topic changed to an upcoming Poverty Simulation in Story County. Host, Gale Seiler, interviewed Bryan Pates and Mason Adams of Leadership Ames and Bryann Sullivan, an AmeriCorps VISTA worker with United Way. They told what a poverty simulation is and why it is important for the community to understand the obstacles to financial stability that exist, even in our area.

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.

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