Lunching with Friends, Britches & Hose

Originally broadcast 05/23/2016
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Where do you go to find community in Ames? Several women have a standing date to meet at Stomping Grounds restaurant on Wednesdays for lunch. They explain how this small group got started, the parameters they abide by and why it works so well for them.

Then, we catch three songs from Thursday night's performance by the central Iowa ukulele club/band/gang, Britches & Hose, the last in this season's Third Thursday Café series at KHOI.


Carr's Pool, Ames Water, Science Olympiad

Originally broadcast 05/23/2016
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Alex Fejfer of the Ames Historical Society describes the history of Carr's Pool, built in just a few weeks with no money down to save Ames children from the hazards of swimming in the Skunk River. Kathy Svec will present a lecture on the topic on Tuesday, May 24.

Lyle Hammes, superintendent of the Ames water plant, compares Ames's water situation to that of Flint, Michigan, and finds there's no comparison. Nonetheless, 303 Ames residents will receive letters with the news that their private service lines may contain lead.

Five Ames students who will partcipate in the 2016 national Science Olympiad in Menominee Wisconsin this weekend describe how they prepare and what they have learned. Nathan Chen, Nick Leng, Marina Len, Jason Chen, and Sarah Song are joined by coaches Carrie Marsh and Peg Barbour, who brought Science Olympiad to this state over 20 years ago, and parent and mentor, Cinian Zheng-Durbin.

Ada Hayden

Originally broadcast 05/18/2016
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We started our program with a phenology report and finch songs in honor of the pair of house finches that built their nest atop the speaker outside the door of KHOI. Then Erv Klaas told us about the origins of Ada Hayden Heritage Park and ongoing efforts to maintain and enhance it. These include the Reflections blog and the Friends of Ada Hayden Facebook Page . Erv also told us about the park's namesake, Ada Hayden, whose 1908 PhD was the first granted to a woman by Iowa State College. Konrad Kramer, Executive Director of the Whiterock Conservancy in Coon Rapids enhanced Erv's descriptions of the efforts underway to restore the remnant of an oak savanna at Ada Hayden Park by describing an old growth oak savanna at the Whiterock Conservancy. Maureen Seamonds told us about upcoming classes offered by Legacy Learning in Webster City with a description of the cabins available on the Boone River at Briggs Woods just south of Webster City. The program included a reprise of a couple of songs by performers at The Rhubarb Sessions held last week.

Mind Body Medicine

Originally broadcast 05/16/2016
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This will be the first of two Local Talk programs that will focus on mind body medicine. Both programs are informed by the work of Herbert Benson, MD, a professor at Harvard Medical School and founder of the Benson-Henry Institute of Mind Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Benson will be a guest on the later program, but he would also see eye-to-eye with the guests on today's program, though they use the term "spiritual healing" rather than "mind body medicine."

Two of today's guests, Sonja Anderson and Susan Kailin, are members of the Bruno Groening Circle of Friends , an organization whose members have benefited from spiritual healing techniques that will be explained in a lecture series coming up in Ames (Tuesday May 17, 6:00pm at Ames Public Library: Friday May 20 7:00pm at Ames Friends Meeting House) and also in Des Moines.

Guest Jeremy Best , Professor of German history at Iowa State University, talks about the social, intellectual, and religious currents that would have influenced a figure like Bruno Groening, living in Germany in the period after the Second World War.

Finally, the Reverend Deb Hill Davis of Unity Church of Ames talks about the history and practice of spiritual healing in the Unity movement, and discusses the way Unity's philosophy might help people respond to various challenges in life.

Zany Ancient Greeks, the Spirit of Sustainability

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The show begins with Amanda Petefish-Schrag, assistant professor of Theater at ISU, who with her husband, Ben Schrag, adapted Aristophanes' comedy, The Birds , for a contemporary audience. Pre-recorded interviews of her other half, and of actors Adam Krosch and Keegan Jackson, complement her perspective.

Then, former Ames resident and co-director of the Biodynamic Association , Robert Karp, discusses his "theses" on Spirituality and Sustainable Agriculture, which he will be presenting in the Agronomy Building (but not necessarily nailing to its door). Robert's visit to Ames is co-sponsored by Practical Farmers of Iowa and the Rudolph Steiner Study Group of Ames.

Finally, Victoria Szopinski and Anne Kinzel of the Ames Progressive Alliance interview three "sustainability ninjas", Megan Koppenhafer, Katarina Betz, and Jordan Muell. In fact, these students are members of the ISU student group, The The Green Umbrella.

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