July 2014

Lobbying, Politics, Sports and Bears (Oh, My!)

July 30, 2014 - 7:00am -- ron

Originally broadcast 07/30/2014
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Citizen lobbying, state politics, local sports and Iowa bears (oh, my!) were the topics explored on Wednesday’s Local Talk program. KHOI’s nature reporter Pat Schlarbaum interviewed DNR Wildlife Research Biologist Vince Evilsizer about the resurgence of the bear population in our state. Longtime citizen lobbyist Deborah Fink described ways the Friends Committee for National Legislation tries to persuade office holders to support laws promoting peace, equal justice and a healthy environment. In a brief interview with Tom Beell, Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor Monica Vernon talked about the challenges of running for a statewide political office. And then KHOI’s new sports reporter, Vivica Dillard, summarized the latest athletic contests in Story County, Iowa and the nation.

Homeless Stand Down and Woodworking

July 28, 2014 - 7:00am -- ron

Originally broadcast 07/28/2014
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We held a discussion with the organizers of “Homeless Stand Down,” an event for all military veterans who are homeless or at risk of homelessness to be held at Brookside Park on July 29. This is a coordinated effort of Story County and ISU veterans associations. Following was an interview with woodworker Clay Gurganus and a musical introduction to the Bluegrass group Monroe Crossing, that will perform at the Story City Theater on Thursday, July 31.

Clean Water Radio, episode 2: Engaging Farmers

July 25, 2014 - 7:08am -- ron

Originally broadcast 07/25/2014
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Dr. Jacqueline Comito is our special guest for this edition of Clean Water Radio, focusing on the central role farmers play in cleaning up our state's waters. Jackie co-manages Iowa Learning Farms, an ISU Extension program which conducts farm days for farmers and on-farm research, and she directs Water Rocks!--an education program that brings music and children into the mix. We talk to Tim Smith, a farmer who discovered that the runoff from his farm was not as nutrient-free as he would like, and Roger Wolf of the Iowa Soybean Association, who describes the organization's water monitoring program and expresses its evidence-based philosophy for Iowa's Nutrient Reduction System.

Heartland Senior Services, Low Power Radio Movement

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

Originally broadcast 07/23/2014
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Viveca Dillard, sports reporter, interviews Harrison Barns as he donates his jerseys to the Ames History Center and gives a sports update.

Johnny Hammond and Jan Williams talk with Kay Puttock about the services and history of Heartland Senior Services on the eve of their 40th anniversary picnic on August 22.

Radio pioneer Pete Tridish, founder of the Prometheus Radio Project, describes the origins of the low power radio movement. Members of the movement who are building new stations will be an important part of the upcoming National Grassroots Radio Conference hosted by KHOI August 14 - 17.

Country Music, the Center for Creative Justice and Team PrISUm

July 21, 2014 - 7:00am -- ron

Originally broadcast 07/21/2014
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Country musician Leah Turner visits Ames. Probation officer Christy Boyer, of the Center for Creative Justice talks about her work with domestic batterers. Iowa State University's Team PrISUm talk about the solar car they've built, the race (American Solar Challenge) that the car is competing in, and the all-family festival organized around the official race pit stop, here in Ames. The Pit Stop event will be at the D2 Parking Lot, north of the Jack Trice Stadium on Saturday, July 26, 1:00 - 4:00 PM.

Clean Water Radio

July 18, 2014 - 7:00am -- ron

Originally broadcast 07/18/2014
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Reporter Greta Anderson kicks off a series of Friday Local Talk shows about water issues across Iowa by sharing the hour with Evan Burger of Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement. ICCI has initiated a statewide Clean Water campaign in anticipation of important rulings on regulations, which are notoriously weak in this state. We talk with Bill Stowe, the director of the Des Moines Water Works, and David Osterberg of Iowa Policy Project, who has just published a paper entitled, "A Threat Unmet: Why Iowa's Nutrient Reduction Strategy Falls Short." Our guests argue that with more than 50% of Iowa's waterways listed as impaired, and more than 50% of farmers implementing no conservation measures at all, it's time Iowans got serious about complying with the Clean Water Act and reducing the hypoxic zone in the Gulf of Mexico.

A Pipeline Through Iowa?

July 16, 2014 - 7:00am -- ron

Originally broadcast 07/16/2014
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We start off the show with an update on the NBA draft, then explore the proposed pipeline across Iowa that Energy Transfer Partners hopes will soon be carrying crude from North Dakota to a distribution point in southern Illinois. After talking with an ETP media rep, we bring in ISU faculty member Franek Hasiuk, who has worked as a geologist in the petroleum industry, and long-time Ames resident Ralph Rosenberg, Chair of the Iowa Environmental Council, to provide perspective on what this proposal will mean to central Iowans. We wrap up with a look at Kids Co'Motion, directed by Valerie Williams.

Falcons, Ospreys and Ames Midnight Madness

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

Originally broadcast 07/14/2014
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This program features the great birds of Iowa: raptors. KHOI wildlife reporter Pat Schlarbaum reports on the fledgling Peregine Falcon that got stranded at the base of the Iowa State Capital in Des Moines. The wild young falcon was raised under the dome of the capital but ended up needing assistance from the DNR and Capital maintenance staff.

Schlarbaum also reports on the current project to re-introduce Ospreys to Iowa. The ospreys are taken from the wild in Minnesota with the help of ELite Power Company, whose poles are the nesting site of choice for ospreys.

Climate Change Lobby and School of Rock

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

Originally broadcast 07/11/2014
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Ames residents Stephen Biggs and Deb Fink of the Citizen's Climate Lobby (CCL) give the details of their proposal for a free-market approach to regulation of greenhouse gases emissions from fuels. Then, co-host Greta Anderson shares a montage of impressions and interviews of the 2014 School of Rock in Ames, a two-week summer intensive project in which teenagers learn to work together in bands and perform onstage, under the tutelage of long-time local rockers Al and Melita Biela of Ames Music Studios.

Grassroots Radio Conference

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

Originally broadcast 07/16/2014
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Co-hosts Ursula Ruedenberg and Greta Anderson discuss the Grassroots Radio Conference coming to Ames this August. Our special guest by phone is Peter Bochan, an award-winning New York City DJ who will be coming to the event (KHOI airs his show "All Mixed Up", which seamlessly blends old and new music of different genres with topical commentary and movie clips, 10-12 am Fridays!). Another future conference attendee we speak to is Mary Francis, who is starting a station in Norman, Oklahoma. Viveca Dillard does sports, and Pat Schlarbaum starts the hour with a preview of butterfly season.