Iowa Resource for International Students (IRIS)

Originally broadcast 10/02/2015
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Today's show highlights international exchange opportunities in Ames. I talked to Del Christianson, the executive director of IRIS regarding bringing international visitors to Ames. This was followed with an interview with Joan Herwig, a local club leader in friendship force, about the exchange of people traveling around the world. Finally, Susan Gwiasda, the public relations officer for the City of Ames talked about city events for the month of October.

Community Theatre

Listen Here Now Originally broadcast 09/30/2015
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Today's show featured the community theatres in our listening area. Stan Rabe and Loween Getter discussed the Ames Community Theatre (ACTORS) production of Nunsense, which is going on the road when it opens at the Story City Grand Opera House this Saturday, October 3. Loween continued the nun-based theme by telling about the Webster City Community Theatre's Drinking Habits, also opening this weekend. The Reverend Mother Mary Regina (Rebecca Mascussi) called in to question the Lutheran customs of Story City. We then spoke with Lynn Arterburn, assistant director of Death Trap, about the Ankeny Community Theatre's thriller also opening this weekend. The Boone Community Theatre was represented by John Hoffman announcing tryouts for the December show, Barefoot in the Park. Information about theatres, tickets and times, as well as a list of members of the Iowa Community Theatre Association is available in links below. Today's Tuning into Agriculture, brought to you by Greta Anderson, features a conversation with Jim Hightower, who will be speaking at Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement's 40th Birthday Bash this Saturday.

* photo courtesy of ACTORS Inc.
Hosts: Paul Wierson and Susan Franzen

October events, Sri Lankan star, and Eid al Adha

Listen Here Now Originally broadcast 09/28/2015
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Allyson Walter of the Ames Convention and Visitors Bureau provides a preview of the bustling month of October in central Iowa.

Then, host Greta Anderson takes us inside the Darul Arqum Islamic Center for the celebration of Eid al Adha, Islam's second most-important holiday. Finally, we welcome back Onalie Ariyabandhu, who received her bachelors degree from I.S.U. in Spring of 2014 and returned to her country of Sri Lanka, where she became a Social Change Entrepreneur for the UN Population Fund, with her project "100 Voices", a social media-based campaign to change attitudes toward gender violence in her country. She speaks tonight (09/28/2015) at 8:00 PM in the Sun Room of Memorial Union.

Only in Iowa

Originally broadcast 09/25/2015
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This show covered the recent International Peace Walk at Ada Hayden Heritage Park (sponsored by IRIS), the history and development of the Octagon Art Festival taking place September 27th on Ames Main Street, and a discussion between two veteran reporters talking about covering the Iowa Caucuses.

Photo Credit: Farwell Brown Photo Archive, Courtesty of Ames Public Library

Peregrine Falcons

Originally broadcast 09/23/2015
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Peregrine falcons are hawk-like raptors, or birds of prey, that eat other birds. Historically they nested in the alcoves and ledges of 300 foot lime stone cliffs of NE Iowa. Peregrine falcons were lost as a nesting species during the biocide era of the 1950s and 1960s. DDT was the problem, and when it was banned in 1973, work began to return falcons. During the 1980s and 1990s, concerted and synchronous efforts to release young peregrines in cities and wilds were embraced. Falconers Lowell Washburn, Dave Kester and Dr. Pat Redig discuss their efforts to return these birds to the Mississippi Flyway.

Pope’s Visit, Immigration Policy, and a Tiny House

Originally broadcast 09/21/2015
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Co-hosts Gale Seiler and Greta Anderson focused on the Pope’s visit and the role of immigration issues leading up to the Iowa caucuses. Dr. Ann Clifford, the Msgr James A. Supple Chair of Catholic Studies at ISU, spoke about the Pope’s encyclical letter on ecology and what we might expect to hear from the Pope while he is in the U.S.

Hector Salamanca, from the American Friends Service Committee, talked about a project called Governing Under the Influence, which calls attention to corporate influence on immigration and other governmental policies. He also highlighted an event called Immigration, Detention, & the Iowa Caucuses, which will take place this Wednesday evening at Trinity United Methodist Church in Des Moines. And Nathan Thrailkill, who has built a “tiny house” in Ames, gave us a tour of his home.

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