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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.

Your auditory adventure awaits...

Ponder, James Behn, Burial, APA

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 05/25/2018
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We started our program by beginning the series of "Points to Ponder" by KHOI intern Sequan Gatlin, followed by intern Colin Burczek interviewing James Behn, one of the musicians playing at the series known as Roosevelt Summer Sundays to be held weekly at Roosevelt Park from June through mid-August.  A Memorial Day note came fromDavid Gradwohl telling us about the Burial Mound discovered at Northcrest subdivision in Ames.  Ann Kinzel and Carolyn Myers, representing Ames Progressive Alliance, brought us Alisa Franzen, president of the Ames School Board, and Luke Deardorf, vice-president, to bring us up to date on the next steps for building the new high school.

Hubbell, Upward Bound, Wild Iowa Discovery

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 05/23/2018
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We started our show by introducing our new feature of regional news with Civic Reporter Dennis Hart.  Then we heard from Fred Hubbell, candidate for governor of Iowa.  Fred’s interview with Cal Haliburton was the final instalment of the gubernatorial candidates appearing on Candidates With Cal.  Winding up the school year, we heard from Jane Agyeman, director of Upward Bound and TRIO programs on the ISU campus.  She described the methods that have been used successfully since 1965 to prepare children living in poverty for success in college and careers. Our program closed with a discussion between Nature Reporter Pat Schlarbaum and Mark Edwards about the upcoming event "Wild Iowa Discovery" to be held at the Iowa Arboretum on Thursday, May 24.

Governor Candidate Wilburn, NASA Launch, Farmers Market

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 05/21/2018
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We heard the seventh interview in our series of conversations with the candidates for Iowa governor. Cal Haliburton interviewed Ross Wilburn, a Democrat. Host, Gale Seiler spoke with Kevin Gilligan, a NASA employee, about the InSight mission that will explore the interior of Mars. Gilligan and Abby Seiler told about attending the launch of the mission on May 3. The Manager of the Main Street Farmers Market, Lojean Peterson, was on hand with Daryle Sivels and Jessica Kurpicka to talk about what is new and exciting at the Farmers Market this year.

Fetal Heartbeat, Jake Porter

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 05/18/2018
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Dennis Hart provides a round-up of last week's local news from the pages of the Ames Tribune.

An excerpt from a press conference held by the American Civil Liberties Union of IowaEmma Goldman Clinic, and Planned Parenthood of the Heartland where they announced that the ACLU of Iowa and Pklanned parenthood of the Heartland are suing the state of Iowa against the new "Fetal Heartbeat" abortion law. 

Libertarian candidate for governor Jake Porter speaks with Cal Hallibuton in "Candidates with Cal."

Ames High School science teacher Collin Reichert and some of his 9th grade students describe the Earth and Science class projects he led, that included community impact activities introducing new services to the community. 

The Mourning Doves, Orioles, Bobolinks, and Pheasants have a lot going on right now in the season. We hear from them.

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.

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