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YOU can become a citizen audio ecologist! The KHOI Soundscape Laboratory is an 8 month workshop funded by the City of Ames COTA grant. This educational and art series focuses on the exploration and appreciation of the soundscapes of Ames, IA.

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Tune in at the following times to listen to a 15 minute piece that accumulates the work of participates and staff: Mondays 11:45am | Fridays 11:45pm | Sundays 11:45pm. The most recent piece will be linked to this article. Previous audio will be linked within the article.

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Marco Batallia, Movie Theatres Updated

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 05/16/2018
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We’re continuing our series “Candidates With Cal” with one of the two Libertarian Party’s the gubernatorial primary candidates, Marco Batallia speaking with KHOI reporter Cal Haliburton. Then we updated the report we did in  2014 when small towns were hit with finding the money to buy expensive new digital equipment in order to continue to present first-run movies.  We talked with five people involved in keeping these community anchors alive as entertainment changed. Four years after that crisis, we checked back with some of the same people to learn how they were doing.  Archival footage was combined with more recent updates.  We started with Larry Sloan, owner of The Talent Factory (formerly The Camelot) in Nevada.  He chose to give up on showing first-run movies and use the classic old theatre as a venue for live performers.  His list for just May and June was pretty impressive.  Teri Rojas of the Webster Theater in Webster City, and Chris Henning of the Sierra Theater in Jefferson described different strategies for forming non-profits that drew on the strengths of their towns.  Wayne Lumley of the Boone Theater and Todd Thorsen of the Story City Grand Opera House represented two  models for developing community support for their businesses.  Movie music enlivened the story.

Ethiopia, Governor Candidate Norris, Ames Water

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 05/11/2018
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Local Talk will air Candidates with Cal, a series where Cal Halliburton speaks with gubernatorial candidates. He spoke with Democratic candidate John Harris about his candidacy and the upcoming primary election on June 5th.

Two Iowa State students of Ethiopian origin spoke with Sequan Gatlin about the culture they were raised with in comparison to their experience in America as well as what makes their country a unique African country. 

Dennis Hart provided us with an update on the local news from the pages of the Ames Tribune

Sustainability Director, Merry Rankin, spoke with Tracy Warner and Jake Moore about water in Story County. Warner and Moore are employed for the City of Ames. Information about the Smart Watersheds and rebate program can be found here.

Cathy Glasson, Mainstreet Ames, Kirsten Anderson

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 05/09/2018
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We started our show with Cathy Glasson's interview with Cal Haliburton's "Candidates with Cal."  Then we turned to Alex Fejfar's discussion of the rise and fall of Younkers in Ames and the North Grand Mall.   Marg Junken, longtime owner of Cooke’s Emporium, described the changes in shopping patterns she has witnessed over the decades while Main Street was recovering. Our next guest, Cindy Hicks, director of the Main Street Cultural District, picked up the story of the turnaround in Main Street.  Ursula Rudedenberg concluded with an interview with Kirsten Anderson.

Nate Boulton, Ames rental cap, 4th Congressional District Forum

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 05/07/2018
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We began a series of interviews of gubernatorial candidates that will be airing over the next two weeks. In this first installment, Cal Haliburton interviewed State Representative Nate Boulton, a candidate in the upcoming Democratic Primary. Bronwyn Beatty-Hansen, from Ames City Council, was here for her monthly segment, and she talked about recent ordnances that were passed, including the rental concentration cap. In the last part of the show, we heard about the Democratic Candidate Forum for the 4th Congressional District that was held at ISU on April 26th. That is the seat that Representative Steven King currently holds.

Iowa Fetal Heartbeat Abortion Law

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 05/04/2018
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Last Tuesday the Iowa House of Representatives approved a measure banning nearly all abortions in Iowa, that requires doctors to conduct abdominal ultrasounds to test for a fetal heartbeat on women seeking abortions and which bans most abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected. The Senate approved the bill Wednesday morning and Reynolds is generally expected to sign it into law, beginning a  struggle that some anti-abortion advocates hope will result in the reversal of Roe V. Wade, the Supreme Curt ruling that upholds women's right to abortion under the 14th amendment. Mark Kende, Director of Drake University's  Constitutional Law Center, explains how this would happen. 

Thomas More Society is is one of a number of national organizations who have come forward to support the Fetal Heartbeat Bill in court.  Martin Cannon, Thomas More Society's Special Counsel, explains why they are and why they are doing this.  

Planned Parenthood and The American CivilLiberties Union of Iowa are two organizations generally expected to be challengers of the law. Veronika Fowler, Commmunications Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa describes how and why they will fight the bill if signed into law.

Susan Gwiasda gives an Ames civic update. Dennis Hart gives a round-up of local news from the pages of the Ames Tribune and related local papers.

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