Water Quality, LOL

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 31/01/2018
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The lead story today was inspired by the Water Quality Bill (S512) passed last week.  To help us understand this we heard from Kerri Johannsen, Manager of Government Affairs with the Iowa Environmental Council (a coalition of 65 Iowa environmental groups),  Kerri told us about the effects of the extreme cuts to the DNR in recent years, as well as explaining the most effective ways to lobby for legislative changes.  The balance of the show dealt with entertainments opening this weekend.  Paxton Williams told us about "Meet George Washington Carver," with gospel music by the Corinthian Praise and Worship Team, which will kick off Black History Month at the Iowa Alumni Center on February 3.  We then heard from Amy Sturdivant Sharp, director of "All My Sons," the Arthur Miller play opening this weekend at the Webster City Community Theatre. We closed out the program with three guests from this weekend's performance of "Laugh Out Loud," the 2nd annual comedy show in the style of "Saturday Night Live" and "Laugh In."  Writer-Director, Clark Ford joined Tom (Gentile) and Doug (Florek) the stars of KHOI's weekly "Tom and Doug Show.".

Marijuana laws and lawsuit, Immigrants and DACA

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 29/01/2018
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Jason Karimi was interviewed by Greta Anderson about medical marijuana legislation and the recent lawsuit won by the ISU chapter of NORML, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Legislation.

Host, Gale Seiler, spoke with Maria Alcivar, an immigrant activist, who provided an update on immigrant detentions and deportations in central Iowa. She also spoke about the precarious situation of DACA recipients and the hope for passage of the Dream Act.

Ames High School Renovation, Fossil Free Fast

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 26/01/2018
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Dennis Hart provides a round-up of the past week's local news from the pages of the Ames Tribune and related papers. KHOI Naturalist Pat Schlarbaum introduces the animal whose time of year has arrived, for starting their families - the Great Horned Owl. So, if you re hearing hooting at night, that's why. Erwin Klaas, ISU Professor Emeritus of Animal Ecology, announces a viewing party of a national event being held in Washington DC one day after the president's State of the Union Address, called Fossil Free Fast. Ames Progressive Alliance hosts Carolyn Meyers and Anne Kinzel speak with Duane Reeves, who has been leading the committee charged with gauging community opinion about what route to take when upgrading Ames High School. He explains why the decision has been made to build a new school instead of renovating the old one.


Snowy Owl, Women's March

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 24/01/2018
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Pat Schlarbaum led off our program today taking us to Swan Lake State Park to talk with Matt Wetrich, Carroll County Conservation Naturalist to discuss why we've seen so many snowy owls this winter.  Moving on to the "Hear Our Vote Rally" in Des Moines last Saturday, reporter Joy B. brought us the voices of diverse participants culminating with Ako Abdul-Samad, Iowa State Representative from the 35th District, urging Muslims to be more outspoken in explaining the many interconnections between their faith and the other Abrahamic religions, Christianity and Judaism.  Christine Nobiss, spoke on behalf of Seeding Sovereignty and Indigenous Iowa in relating the shockingly high numbers of raped and abused Native women. Moving on to upcoming events, we heard an enthusiastic report of the Winter Writing Weekends sponsored by Legacy Learning in the cabins at Brigg's Woods (there's one coming up on January 27 & 28).  Also this weekend Dr. David Csinos will be theologian-in-residence at the United Church of Christ.

2018 Womens March, January Thaw, IA City Mayor Throgmorton

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 22/01/2018
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The Iowa Informer provided a round up of Iowa news in the headlines in state and national news.

Voices from the Womens March on Saturday articulate concerns, fears and hopes of some of the approximately 6,000 people who showed up to rally on the anniversary of the 2017 Women's March that occurred worldwide, including someone bearing a sign with an image of Mary Larson, who recenlty passed away. 

Iowa City's Mayor Jim Throgmorton gave a preview of a lecture to be held at the Design on Main Gallery. His lecture was about lessons learned during his two year administration in Iowa City. He advocated for approaching city development as an "unfolding" instead of a "planning." process. He also described how policies and executive orders from the US President and Iowa Legislature have challenges the goals of his administration and disrupts lives of Iowa CIty residents. Throgmorton is a professor emeritus of urban and regional planning at the University of Iowa, where he taught for 23 years.

KHOI naturalist Pat Schlarbaum talks about natural worls during JanuaryThaw.

Allyson Walter from the Ames Convention and Visitors Bureau gives a preview of public events and entertainment for the next 6 weeks in Central Iowa. Upcoming events.

News Roundup, Community Foundation, ACSD updates, Herman Banning exhibit

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 19/01/2018
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The show began with the weekly News Roundup from Dennis Hart. Host, Gale Seiler, welcomed Eric Smidt, from the Ames Community School District, who provided updates on the superintendent search and building a new High School. Sunni Swarbrick, the Executive Director of the Story County Community Foundation, spoke about her professional and volunteer work focused on building community. Alex Fejfar, from the Ames Historical Society, told about a new exhibit on Herman Banning, an Iowa State College student and the first African American to get his federal pilot license. The exhibit will be housed in the Ames Library and includes an opening reception and interactive play.


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