Migration and Dakins’ Lake

November 28, 2014 - 7:00am -- ron

Originally broadcast 11/28/2014
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Migration season each autumn is exciting to welcome waterfowl, songbirds and northern flocking birds to Iowa. Tyler Harms, President of The Iowa Wildlife Society discusses birding in our backyards and special areas like Ada Hayden Park. See below for online sources to learn about birds and birding.

In the second half, there’s an interview with Amy Yoakum, Story County Conservation Board Resource Specialist. Amy shares information about a current project at Dakins’ Lake near Zearing in NE Story County.


November 26, 2014 - 7:00am -- ron

Originally broadcast 11/26/2014
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Local Talk host Susan Franzen teams up with Lonna Nachtigal of KHOI’s DonnaLonna Kitchen show for KHOI's Thanksgiving Special. It starts with a trip to farms of the past with Virtus Brockman, who has farmed in Marshall County for 68 years, and Donna Drake Nall, who grew up on a farm near Sheldahl in Polk County. Pastor Dennis Sandmann is on hand to describe the Community Thanksgiving Service in the Roland Community Center where the joint choir from Salem and Bergen will sing at 7:00 PM on Thanksgiving Eve. The rest of the program ranges from cook stoves to recipes, with a serious story of thanks and a curmudgeonly fantasy of the first Thanksgiving by Calvin Trillin.

Inspiring Young Readers

November 21, 2014 - 7:00am -- ron

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Today's show brings us children's voices and the voices of local professionals who seek to cultivate children's literacy. Sarvinder Naberhaus, an author from Ames, speaks about her new children's book "Boom! Boom!" (Simon & Schuster) about the sounds the weather makes. Then Jerri Heid, youth services manager at the Ames Public Library, and Diana Schmidt, Raising Readers organizer, talk about Raising Readers' goals of school readiness and reading proficiency. Raising Readers and the APL collaborate on the Harrison Barnes Reading Academy, which pairs mentors and kids at the library every Wednesday afternoon. Children from that program came to our studios earlier this week, and were recorded talking and giggling about books that they had recently read. Among our guests, there was a lively discussion about changing literacy practices of children today and how parents and all adults can support their development.

Webster City

November 19, 2014 - 7:00am -- ron

Originally broadcast 11/19/2014
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County Reporters Cheryl Binzen and Susan Franzen took a road trip to Webster City, where they ate lunch at the 2nd Street Emporium and interviewed Cami Felts about the history of the restaurant before meeting with Deb Brown, Keri Rojas, Loween Getter, and Joann Robb at the Webster City Area Chamber of Commerce to discuss the attractions and history of Webster City.

The meeting was followed by tours of the Webster Theater, the Jane Young House, and the Kendall Young Library. On the way home they stopped by Story City to hear about Lake Comar from Kay Munson, who recalled its allure in the 1920s and 30s.

Clap Your Hands, Everybody

November 17, 2014 - 7:00am -- ron

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We start off the hour with some wisdom from Irving Berlin and the Blue-Collar Philosopher. Ames High girls have been collecting state trophies left and right: The cheer squad won states for the second time two weeks ago, while swimmers came in 2nd place after a four-year (2010-2013) championship run.

We air audio from a nonagenarian aquatics competitor who learned how to swim at Lake Comar in Story City, and then speak with State Coach of the Year, Dan Flannery, about his coaching style and the lessons learned from 2nd place. With a musical tribute to Big Bank Hank (d. 11/11/2014) of the Sugarhill Gang.

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