October 2014

Feed the Trees

October 31, 2014 - 7:00am -- ron

Originally broadcast 10/29/2014
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After a visit by Story County auditor Lucy Martin to fill us in on her staff's election preparations, we turn our focus to trees, so beautiful this season. Greta Anderson interviews Mike Jensen, the mayor of Story County and a longtime member of Trees Forever (an organization started in Iowa!) about the emerald ash borer, which was detected late this summer in a tree there. Story City has received "Tree City USA" designation for the past 17 years and shares the love of trees with their youth as well. Then, Kay Puttock checks in with Iowa Arboretum director Mark Schneider about upcoming events in November and December. The Arboretum is a busy place and a wonderful destination for tree lovers in central Iowa.


October 29, 2014 - 7:00am -- ron

Originally broadcast 10/29/2014
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We covered the “Back from the Dead” walk at the Story County Conservation Center, “Spirits of the Garden” from Reiman Gardens, “The Pumpkin Train” on the Boone Scenic Valley Railroad, and the Nevada High School Play, “Murder in the Knife Room”.

Halloween Costumes and Mix It Up At Lunch

October 27, 2014 - 7:00am -- ron

Originally broadcast 10/27/2014
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Our first story was about Halloween costumes – in particular about costumes that people wear that are offensive and perpetuate stereotypes about certain racial, ethnic, gender or other social identities. We spoke by phone with Joshlyn Smith, an undergraduate student at Ohio University. Joshlyn is a member of an organization called STARS, Students Teaching About Racism in Society, which is tackling the issue of offensive costumes head on. She talked about the campaign called “We’re a culture, not a costume” that was developed to raise awareness and educate students about their costume choices. We were joined in this conversation by two Iowa State University students, Jazmin Murguia and Itzel Padron Zuniga, who talked about the issue of offensive costumes on the ISU campus here in Ames. There are no efforts at ISU comparable to the campaign at Ohio University, so we also discussed ways to get something like this started.

In our second story we learned about Mix-it-Up at Lunch Day, which is an initiative of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) to address the fact that school lunch rooms can be very clique-ish and segregated places. Monita Bell, the Mix-It-Up Coordinator at the SPLC in Montgomery, Alabama, spoke about the many schools across the United States that participate in this program that encourages K-12 students to interact with others that they usually don’t talk with. We also heard from Katy Swalwell, an Assistant Professor in the School of Education at Iowa State and author of several articles in the Teaching Tolerance magazine. Katy addressed the fact that kids might naturally want to sit with their friends at lunch and the importance of young people getting out of their comfort zone.

Maria Pearson

October 24, 2014 - 7:00am -- ron

Originally broadcast 10/24/2014
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Maria Darlene Pearson, or Hai-Mecha Eunka "Running Moccasins", (July 12, 1932 – May 23, 2003) was a Yankton Dakota activist who successfully challenged the legal treatment of Native American human remains. She was one of the primary catalysts for the creation of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA). Her actions led to her being called "the Founding Mother of the modern Indian repatriation movement" and "the Rosa Parks of NAGPRA".

The program features a discussion of Maria’s work and her life by friends and compatriots: David Gradwohl, anthropology emeritus professor at ISU; Jerome Thompson, State curator of historic sites and Director of the Iowa Historical Museum; Irma White of the Winnebago of Nebraska Nation, and Chris Adkins, Naturalist with the Dallas County Conservation board and member of the Beemis Moraine Tribe.

Shady Rill Concert

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

Originally broadcast 10/23/2014
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Vermont musicians Patti Casey and Tom McKenzie, a group known as Shady Rill, are passing through Iowa on their way to a tour of the western states. They performed a private concert for KHOI which you can hear right here. They play a variety of instruments--banjo, guitar, flute, whistle and others and sing a variety of songs and ballads, many of them their own compositions.

Host: Kay Puttock

Niland Cafe

October 22, 2014 - 7:00am -- ron

Originally broadcast 10/22/2014
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County Reporters Paul Wierson and Susan Franzen devoted this program to happenings along the Lincoln Highway. We started in the KHOI studio with our guest Artie Sanghi, from RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) talking with Paul about his experiences in the Speak Up program which in which 5th graders in various Story County schools learn speaking and writing skills in a six week course with a volunteer. In an interview Paul and Susan had recorded on their road trip to Colo the day before​, Vicky Wilson, 5th grade teacher at Colo-Nesco, described the advantages of bringing a volunteer like Paul into her classroom. After leaving the school, they had lunch at Niland’s Café at the Reed Nyland Corner, founded as a gas station in 1923 at the intersection of the Lincoln and Jefferson Highways. Owner-Manager Sandra Huemann-Kelley gave ​them a tour of this lively historical site. Down the road in Boone, we heard from Boone County Historical Society director Pam Schwartz about their current exhibit and contest called “Secrets: the mysteries behind unidentified photography” in which people are invited to write stories about the possible events shows in the pictures. See the website for details.

Story County Board of Supervisors

October 20, 2014 - 7:00am -- ron

Originally broadcast 10/20/2014
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Host Kay Puttock and moderator Linda Murken provide a forum for the four candidates vying for two seats on the Story County Board of Supervisors. Responding to requests from our listeners, we allow time for the candidates to respond and contest their opponents claims. Questions about the county budget, infrastructure (bridges), transparency, concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs), and taxes are covered.

Bluegrass and Balloons

October 15, 2014 - 7:00am -- ron

Originally broadcast 10/15/2014
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Bill and Toni Woodman talked about the former Skunk River Bluehrass Band, as well as about Bluegrass music and musicinas in the region while telling the unusual history of their band -- how their interest in music devloped and how for how it transitioned into diverse things such as hot air ballooning. Great stories about the Bluegrass players in Boone.

County Recorder Office, Therapy Dogs, Root River

October 13, 2014 - 7:00am -- ron

Originally broadcast 10/13/2014
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Hosts Ursula Ruedenberg and Kay Puttock talk with Republican candidate Stacie Herridge and Democratic candidate Jim Cheek about the office of Story County Recorder, and about their race for this position in the upcoming elections. Kay Puttock interviews Beth Weiser about her volunteer work with her therapy dog Tucker. Tucker and Beth bring comfort, rehabiliation, and healing to hospital patients and residents in retirement communities. In our phenology segment today, Pat Schlarbaum talks about the sights and sounds of the beautiful Root River, which is a tributary of the Upper Mississipi, and which flows for 80 miles through the Driftless area of southeastern Minnesota.

World Food Prize

October 10, 2014 - 7:00am -- ron

Originally broadcast 10/10/2014
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Reporters Greta Anderson and Gale Seiler explore the World Food Prize founded by Iowa's Nobel Prize-winner Norman Borlaug, the man behind the Green Revolution. Events surrounding the awarding of this year's prize are gearing up both in Des Moines and in Ames. First, we speak with Cornelia Flora, distinguished professor emeritus of sociology at ISU, who has attended numerous WFP symposiums over the years, and whose latest work as a researcher focuses on adapting smallholder farming systems in Latin America and Africa to the new challenges of climate change. She is hosting a meal and panel discussion by Ethiopian farmers and agricultural advisors this Sunday evening at Ames UCC church. In the second half of the show, we speak with Elizabeth Kucinich, a spokesperson for the Center for Food Safety and on the board of Rodale Institute, about her and her husband's upcoming talk on food security and national security, at an "Occupy the World Food Prize" event on Tuesday in Des Moines. Why do some people think the World Food Prize need to be "occupied"? Listen and find out!