Food Security, Colt Walkers, and Wiccan Wisdom

April 17, 2015 - 7:00am -- ron

Originally broadcast 04/17/2015
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Co-host Greta Anderson shares an interview with Dr. Philip McMichael, sociology professor at Columbia University who also works at the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization in Rome representing social movements of smallholder farmers, forest-dwellers, and indigenous peoples who produce up to 70% of the world's food and who are being dispossessed of their land by industrial agriculture and biofuel concerns. Dr. McMichael spoke on the ISU campus this past week. Then, Belinda Merritt interviews Fred Love of the band the Coltwalkers, who have their first album out and are playing at DG's Taphouse on Saturday, and Fred plays a song live. Finally, Cynthia McClure interviews Liz Rohret of Ames about what it takes to become a Wiccan priestess and how Wiccans deal with other people's fears.

The Ballard Way

April 15, 2015 - 7:00am -- ron

Originally broadcast 04/15/2015
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Co-hosts Paul Wierson and Susan Franzen, along with reporter Sarah Hegland, explored "The Ballard Way" with residents of the towns on Ballard Creek (the Ballard School District) including Merle Olberding, Ron and Jean Finch, John Ronca, Howard Hammond, Scott De Young, Michael Macki, and Anthony Rosing. The interview with Taylor Stichka included a couple of songs from his CD of children's songs, "The Floor is Lava," winner of the Parents' Choice Award.

The End of VEISHEA- Now What?

April 13, 2015 - 7:00am -- ron

Originally broadcast 04/13/2015
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As traditional VEISHEA time arrives, we look back at the event that sparked the festival's final ending, as told by Ames City Police Commander Geoff Huff. Detective Jason Tuttle from the Ames City Police talks about what is planned this year to prevent incidents related to off campus parties. Dr. Robert Bosselman, ISU Department Chair of Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management, informs about the fate of the cherry pies, and Government Student Body President Dan Breitbarth and Vice President Megan Sweere talk about plans for the future in the absence of VEISHEA.

Dr. Katy Swalwell from the ISU School of Education explains her new course that allows people to study Iowa history online, with a focus on events and accomplishments often overlooked in conventional history classes. This summer will be the first edition of this program: Iowans and the Civil Rights Movement. Teachers, students, and members of the general public are invited to enroll in this free class. For more information, and how to enroll, click here.

As part of KHOI's Community Service Appreciation project, Kay Puttock interviews Sunny Thompson from Mid-Iowa Community Action about their family assistance and development services available in five counties.

Poverty and another Sticky Subject

April 10, 2015 - 7:00am -- ron

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Co-hosts Greta Anderson and Ursula Ruedenberg welcome Heidi Thompson, a nurse in Quality Improvement at Mary Greeley, and Dr. Anthony Jones, associate principal of Ames Middle School--both members of this year's Leadership Ames class, a training program of Ames Chamber of Commerce. The occasion is a Poverty Simulation that Leadership Ames organized for members of the community, including city and county administration and elected representatives. Joining them was one of those participants Brian Phillips, who works as an analyst in the Ames City Manager's office. The simulation, an elaborate role-playing exercise, allows people to experience some of the challenges of finding their way through poverty and provided our guests many interesting insights. Then we speak with Mark Edwards, a writer and retired DNR trailblazer, on the subject of ticks. Mark has a literary essay on ticks in the latest Wapsipinicon Almanac, from which he reads a few choice bites.

Memories of Ballard Creek

April 8, 2015 - 7:00am -- ron

Originally broadcast 04/08/2015
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PalimpsestThis program is a rebroadcast of the interviews collected for the January 28, 2013 program "The Towns on Ballard Creek" As we prepare next week's story about the community that has developed in South Story County, recollections from (the late) Mildred Bredeland, Nels Nord, and Monte and Carolyn Sesker give us a vital understanding of our history. Ron Latson, whose apartment is in the former Cambridge school, gives us an insight into how preserving a building of the past can enrich the present.

Graphic: "Palimpsest" by S Richard Shook, courtesy of the Slater Area Historical Association

Wealth & Commonwealth

April 6, 2015 - 7:00am -- ron

Today's program hosted by Jim Werbel and Susan Franzen, consisted of an interview with Anne Kinzel and Todd Thornock about the meaning of Wealth following some thoughtful definitions of "wealth" by students from the ISU Business College. This was followed by Carolyn Raffensperger's discussion of Commonwealth - the wealth we share in common, especially as it relates to the proposed Bakken Oil Pipeline.

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