Kidical Mass and Art Vacancy

April 23, 2014 - 7:00am -- ron

Originally broadcast 04/23/2014
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Today's Local Talk helps you "gear up" for this weekend by sharing info and insights about 2 cultural happenings in our community. Our first guest is Sandra Looft, founder of Ames Kidical Mass, which gathers once a month for family-friendly bike rides (April 26). Tune in to hear Sandra's inspirations and the childhood bike memories of other Ames residents. Next we spoke with Lyndsay Nissen, the organizer of an "unfiltered" art exhibition called Art Vacancy (April 24-27) and two artists whose installations are featured in this event, Ryan Francois and Jennifer Drinkwater.

Ad Hoc VEISHEA and Molly Ivins

April 14, 2014 - 7:00am -- ron

Originally broadcast 04/14/2014
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In the wake of the "official" cancellation of VEISHEA but ongoing "unofficial" (alcohol-related) estivities, we bring in three ISU students who organized an impromptu parade and picnic in the true spirit of the event.

Later in the hour, Greenlee School professor Mark Witherspoon joins us to discuss First Amendment Days.


April 11, 2014 - 7:00am -- ron

Originally broadcast 04/11/2014
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After the violence in Campustown on Tuesday, April 8, VEISHEA was cancelled. This program explores the ways the community is coping and what the the future holds.

Hosts: Greta Anderson and Susan Franzen

Lead Poisoning In Eagles

April 9, 2014 - 7:00am -- ron

Originally broadcast 04/09/2014
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The Decorah Eagles,are famous for raising yearly broods while being observed at close range by eagle lovers and schools around the world via a ground-breaking web cam project by naturalist Bob Anderson in Decorah, Iowa. In early April, their three new Eagle chicks hatched despite extremely cold conditions. Anderson reports on the eaglets' progress.

Wildlife specialist and KHOI community radio reporter Pat Schlarbaugm speaks with a wild bird rehabilitation expert, a wild life veterinarian, and a hunter, as well as Anderson, about the growing problem of lead poisoning of bald eagles caused by lead bullets, resulting in their agonizing deaths. Since copper bullets do not poison birds, advocates are calling for a ban on lead bullets and conversion to copper. As the birds who symbolize our nation return from near extinction, they once again perform as "indicator species" as they did with the herbicide DDT in the 1950's and 1960's.

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