March 2015

CMHS, Earth Day, New Local Breweries

March 30, 2015 - 7:00am -- ron

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In the wake of Governor Branstad’s decision to close two of the state’s four mental health institutions, both in southern Iowa, Deb Schildroth, Director of Story County Community Services and Kathy Johnson, Story County Mental Health Coordinator, discuss concerns for providing community mental health services and outlooks on funding mental health services. They give local contact information for knowing what services are available and finding help for mental health problems. Call Central Iowa Commnity Services at (515) 663-2930 or go to Central Iowa Commnity Services and click on "Community Services"

Two new local breweries for craft beers that have opened up. Andy McCormick, owner of Torrent Brewing on Burnett Avenue in downtown Ames describes his business and Elliot Thompson, owner of Alluvial Brewing , explains the vision being developed at their brewery North of Ames on 190th Street.

Marlene Ehresman, from the Iowa Wildlife Center , invited area residents to join in the All-Species Parade honoring Earth Day and the Douglas Wood Wild-Spirit Band concert on the weekend of April 25 & 26. These events will celebrate our connection to nature and the diversity in life.

Remembering Boris Nemtsov, Iowa's Native Creatures

March 27, 2015 - 7:00am -- ron

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We start the hour with wildlife correspondent Pat Schlarbaum's discussion of the prairie chicken, and two events on April 4 celebrating the wild splendour of their mating dance. Then host Greta Anderson shares an interview she had with Ames resident Peter Novotorov about Boris Nemtsov, the most prominent critic of the Kremlin who was assassinated February 27. Peter shared a long history with Nemtsov, and participated in Nemtsov's path-breaking work to bring democracy to Nizhny Novgorod in the early 1990s when Nemtsov was Governor of that state. We conclude with correspondent Susan Franzen's reflections on the monarch butterfly, and all species, with guests Mark Harris, a long-time observer of the monarch, Brian Meyer, part of a new statewide initiative to restore monarch habitat, and Molly Nagel, artist working with children in making costumes for the All Species Parade to be held April 25 in Ames.

Founders Of Story City, Boone, Huxley, and Slater

March 25, 2015 - 12:20pm -- ron

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The first part of the program was a round table discussion led by host Paul Wierson, with Kate Feil of the Story City Historical Society, Pamela Schwartz of Boone County Historical Society, Nels Nord of Huxley Historical Society, and Barb Mallon of the Slater Area Historical Association.

Photo credit: Huxley Historical Society

Stories from Ames and Guerrero

March 23, 2015 - 7:00am -- ron

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Co-hosts Greta Anderson and Gale Seiler had three guests in the studio.
They spoke with Linda Hanson, the clinic director for Primary Health Care in Ames, a non-profit health clinic that serves low-income clients and is opening a new clinic in West Ames. She invited people to their Open House on Thursday, March 26 from 5:00 to 6:30 PM.
Derek Crisler talked about the making of his 16-minute documentary on the Ames Public Library's move and "renewal", which recently won a "Best in Show" from the Best of the Midwest Video Fest.

Dr. Frans Schryer, author of They Never Come Back: A Story of Undocumented Workers from Mexico discussed his book and his work in Mexico and the U.S. Dr. Schryer will be speaking on Tuesday March 24th at 7:00 PM. in the Memorial Union at ISU.

The Language Project and The Bakken Pipeline

March 20, 2015 - 7:00am -- ron

Originally broadcast 03/20/2015
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Co-host Jazmin Murgia starts the hour with an interview with Chrystan Ferrell, one of the co-founders of The Language Project, an innovative program that is active nationwide in introducing kindergartners and early elementary students to Spanish. They were joined in the studio by Mike Avalos, an ISU student who is implementing The Language Project's curriculum at Ames Christian School. Then, co-host Greta Anderson covers Ed Fallon's March 18 visit to Ames on his march across the state along the proposed pipeline route. She shares audio of his talk at the Ames Public Library, then turns to Wally Taylor, lawyer and chair of the board of directors of Iowa's Sierra Club, for insight into the state and federal legal structures in the pipeline's path. Finally, Viveca Dillard of The Hot Spot gives Cyclone fans something positive to think about: the women Cyclones, who start their NCAA tournament schedule at noon today in Kentucky. We end with Belinda Merritt's look at this weekend's live music.

Outdoor Alliance of Story County and Worldly Goods

March 16, 2015 - 7:00am -- ron

Originally broadcast 03/16/2015
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Greg Vitale and Diane Birt, are board members of the newly formed nongovernmental organization, the Outdoor Alliance of Story County, for funding for developing and sustaining conservation in Story County. They will host their launch event at the Conservation Center at McFarland Park on March 26 at 7:00 PM. There will be a keynote speech by Jim Pease on “Partnerships in Conservation.”

Andrea Gronau, Worldly Goods manager, a local fair trade store in Ames, explains the history, mission, and work of the Fair Trade movement. Worldly Goods is this month’s KHOI Community Service Appreciation featured organization.

In the continuing coverage of a now dead bill in the Iowa legislature that would have raised the compulsory school age to 18, six youths from the AMP (Achieving Maximum Potential) at Youth and Shelter Services tell their stories about school, their struggles and their opinions about staying in school and getting a diploma.

The Future of Food

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

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Co-hosts Gale Seiler and Greta Anderson recap Wednesday's lecture by Dr. Vandana Shiva, entitled "The Future of Food" and explore the issues raised with guests Angie Carter, organizer for the Sustainable Agriculture Students Association, Dr. Clark Wolf, director of Bioethics and member of the Philosophy and Religious Studies department at ISU, and Dr. Michael Owen, researcher in the ISU Department of Agronomy. We start the show with a piece by KHOI intern, Jazmin Murguia, highlighting the achievement of ISU students Dequan Burnside and Mac Liu, in the Canvass My Campus competition.

The Harmaleighs

March 11, 2015 - 7:00am -- ron

Originally broadcast 03/11/2015
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Today's program is a preview of The Harmaleighs' concert which will be live at the Pantorium on Wednesday, March 11 at 7:00 PM. Haley Grant and Kaylee Jaspserson, the duo that makes up the Harmaleighs,came into the studio live this morning to perform a few songs they have written and to tell us about their road trip across the country and how they came to Ames.

Hosts: Marty Miller and Susan Franzen

International Women's Day and Kate Mitchell​ Kids

March 9, 2015 - 7:00am -- ron

Originally broadcast 03/09/2015
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International Women​'​s Day, March 8, has been traditionally been celebrated in Ames with a gathering for more than 10 years. This year the event, "International Women​'s Day: Make It Happen," was held at the Public Librabry and was sponsored by India Cultural Association, the Iowa Resource for International Service, Friends of International Women, YWCA ISU-Ames, the Assault Care Center Extending Shelter & Support (ACCESS), Wheatsfield Co-op, Worldly Goods and Ames Public Library. Organizers from these groups joined us to describe the results of discussion groups hel​d at the event, including Kim Hope, Andrea Gronau, Andrea Mallarino, Juri Bhattacharyya.

Ed Fallon explains why he is marching across Iowa along the proposed rout​e​ of the Dakota Access Oil Pipeline. He will be giving a presentation on this in Ames on Wednesday, March 18 at 7:00 PM in the Ames Public Library Danfoss Room​.

Clara Oleson of West Branch describes her upcoming art exhibition at the Gallery in the Round at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship : ​​"​Doilie World and Other Works​" and invites our listeners to the artist's reception on Sunday, March 15 from 2:00 - 4:00 PM.

We hear a clip of Kindergarteners reading at Kate Mitchell School in honor of Dr. Seuss' birthday, as part of National Read Across America Day with a few words from their teacher Charlyn Mason.

Music: "Ladies" by Angela McKenzie

Des Moines Water Works Lawsuit

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

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Co-hosts Greta Anderson and Gale Seiler explore the Des Moines Water Works lawsuit against Sac, Calhoun and Buena Vista county supervisors in their role as trustees of drainage districts in the watersheds of the Raccoon and Des Moines Rivers, the source of the utility's water. We talk to Story County drainage clerk and mapping technician Scott Wall, who explains "drainage districts," a key concept in the lawsuit (we have 119 of them in the county!). Then we speak with John Torbert, executive director of the Iowa Drainage District Association, who consults with legislators in Des Moines on behalf of county supervisors. After a lively interview with Des Moines Water Works CEO and General Manager Bill Stowe, who is a driving force in the lawsuit, we speak with Neil Hamilton, the Dwight D. Opperman Chair of Law and Director of the Agricultural Law Center at Drake University, who provides analysis of the lawsuit and its implications.