Food at First and Reflections on Thanksgiving

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Dennis Hart was back with his roundup of a busy week in local news. Host, Gale Seiler, brought us voices from volunteers and diners at the Thanksgiving dinner at Food at First. We also heard reflections on Thanksgiving from a variety of other perspectives, including those who have to work on the holiday, grew up in another country, and are Native American..

Thanksgiving Stories and Songs

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 11/22/2017
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To prepare for Thanksgiving we sat around the table in our studio with storytellers Dan Bagley and Patrician Coffie talking about memories of Thanksgiving and its foods.  ​After several servings of turkey and ham with plenty of gravy here in central Iowa​, we turned to jazz with Louis Armstrong complaining to Velma Middleton of "All That Meat and No Potatoes."  To bring ou​r feast t​o ​​2017​,​ we went to the viral YouTube Hip Hop Thanksgiving song, "Grandma: What Are You Cooking for Thanksgiving?" by  Pastor Shirley Ceaser -- you can see here. We ended the show ​with a Thanksgiving Prayer​ by​ Johnny Cash.

Photograph courtesy of the Louis Armstrong House Museum, and Norman Rockwell "Freedom from Want" 

Bloody Run Creek, Music and Disease, Jobs in Story County

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A meeting is planned to be held in Elkader Iowa to discuss plans being made, to build a 10,000 head cattle feed lot in the watershed for Bloody Run Creek, a cold water trout stream North of Dubuque. Environmentalist author Larry Stonediscusses the water qualities issues that are involved. Stone was an outdoor writer and photographer for the Des Moines Register and is author of many environmentalist books including Listen to the LandCitizen of the Natural World, and Gladys Black: The Legacy of Iowa’s Bird Lady, and Iowa: Portrait of the Land

Patricia Izbicki,  graduate student in neuroscience at Iowa State has recently been recognized as an Iowa Woman of Innovation by the TechnologyAssociation of Iowa, one of ten women so recognized. She is researching  , how music affects the human brain, nervous system, and various diseases . She explains her research, together with her major professor, Dr. Elizabeth Stegemoller.

Brenda Dryer, Director of Workforce Solutions at the Ames Chamberof Commerce, announces the Story County job fair and discusses employment/unemployment rates in Story County.

Ames HS History, Anti-racism Collaborative, and Immigrant Rights

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 11/17/2017
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Alex Fejfar from the Ames Historical Society came in for his monthly visit and told us about their new exhibit about Ames High School through the years. Riley Drake, from the Anti-Racism Collaborative (ARC of Ames) and a counselor at Sawyer Elementary, spoke about a series of free workshops on combatting racism. Immigration issues, particularly DACA and sanctuary, were discussed with Cornelia Flora, Professor Emeritus of ISU, and Gabriela Flora, Program Director for the American Friends Service Committee in Denver. In addition, we talked with Jeanette Vizguerra, who was named as one of Time Magazine’s Most Influential People of 2017.

The Butterflies Have Landed

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In response to a report from the Department of Natural Resources saying a larger than expected number of Monarch butterflies had landed in their winter home in Mexico, nature reporter Pat Schlarbaum talked with Steven Bradbury from the about the Monarch Conservation Consortium about the decline in Monarch butterflies in recent years and efforts to reverse it by farmers and landowners.  Jessie Lowry, conservation director at the Blank Park Zoo, told us about the Plant, Grow, Fly gardens to feed Monarch Butterflies on their migration.

Career Paths & Indian Summer is Here, But Get Ready for Winter!

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Originally broadcast 11/13/2017
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A summary of last week's news stories from the Iowa Informer.
In a look at how we adapt and change to follow our personal dreams to build successful career paths, David Gould speaks about guiding young people seeking meaningful professions. Gould coordinates the Belin-Blank Center, an international program at the University of Iowa, that develops gifted education programs to develop new talent. Also, Tanya Austin, Professional Development Coordinator and Career Coordinator in Business at Iowa State University's Career Services, describes counseling young people to be flexible and prepared for multiple career changes in today's world. Tanya shares her own life story about how she built and changed careers.

Keith Morgan, Story County Emergency Management Coordinator, gives an outline of how to prepare - mentally and materially - for Winter.


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