Pandemic in the Black Community, Story City amidst COVID, and Safety on the Water

Originally broadcast 04/07/2021 

Betty Andrews and Jacquie Easley McGee, Director of Medical and Community Services at Mercy One told us the special problems that COVID 19 has made apparent in minority communities.  For our second story Paul Wierson and I took a road trip to the 

Story City Greater Chamber Connection Office where the new director, Shannon McKinley told us how the traditional Scandinavian Days Celebration is being adapted to the Pandemic.  Finally, before people venture out on the rivers for safely distanced activities, Todd RobertsonOutreach Coordinator/Canoe and Kayak and SUP Instructor at Iowa Department of Natural Resources, joined us to provide safety tips.

LOCAL TALK 6 April 2021

Originally broadcast 04/06/2021 

Dr. Molly Lee, Associate Director of the Center for Food Security & Public Health at the Iowa State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine provided the latest updates on SARSCoV-2(Covid-19) and information on vaccine availability and distribution

Dr. William (Billy) Beck, Iowa State University Assistant Professor, and Extension Forestry Specialist provided information on a study to determine how the beaver’s (Castor canadensis)  activity affect the quality of water and what role it might in nutrient reduction in our water sheds.

Susan Qwiasda, City of Ames Public Relations Officer with Keith Abraham, Director of Parks and Recreation review new and current projects including; splash pad, downtown plaza park, Emma McCarthy Lee Bridge, official opening ceremony for the Miracle Park and other future plans.

Anna Magnussen,  KHOI’s Top “Good News Banana” brightens our day offering Poems, Music, and a review of Tuesday programs; All Things Piano, Donna-Lonna Kitchen, Science Bytes, and Heart2Heart along with a sneak peek of Thursday’s, You Name It.

CAPITOL WEEK 5 April 2021

Originally broadcast 04/05/2021 

In-depth information about local politics and Iowa government hosted by Laura Belin and Dennis Hart. Laura and Dennis take an in-depth look at the week’s legislative actions, government agencies, the governor, and other events that affect the Iowa government. This show  takes you behind the scenes, as lawmakers and elected officials act on matters that affect you and your family.

Ames School District Rolls with the Pandemic with Good Results, Bumble Bees

Originally broadcast 04/05/2021 

Dennis Hart gives a summary of Iowa news from the past week.

Dennis Hart sits down with Jenny Risner, Superintendent of Ames Community School District for a at the end of a school year dominated by the pandemic to give a report on what happened, where Ames schools are now, changes in the future, building progress of the new Ames High School, and recent criticisms from the Iowa legislature of the Ames School District for their "Black Lives Matter Week" to "affirm diverse identities in the classroom."

KHOI Naturalist tells us about the bumble bees, who are now back with Spring.

LOCAL TALK 2 April 2021

Originally broadcast 04/02/2021 

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Local Talk for April 2 included Dennis Hart's recap of the news from the pages of the Ames Tribune.  2009 Poet Laureate of Iowa, Mary Swander, provided a delightful background for her podcasts that can be enjoyed at AgArts from Horse and Buggy Land.  Ron Edwards with Ames Animal Shelter provided a great summary of current cats in the shelter, no dogs, yet an adorable rabbit hoping for a foster home.  More information at AmesAnimalShelter.com.  Anna Banana featured heart warming Heart to Heart messages to round out the show.

Outstanding Native Women: Mary Young Bear and Maria Pearson

Originally broadcast 03/31/2021 

We focused on two outstanding Native American Women -- Mary YoungBear, Meskwaki, who was inducted into the Iowa Women's Hall of Fame in 2020.  Maria Pearson, Yankton Sioux, who is known as "The Founding Mother of the modern Indian repatriation movement," and NAGPRABoth spent their childhood outside Iowa, but were strongly influenced by their Native grandmothers.

We have an interview with Mary Young Bear about the remarkable history of the Meskwaki Settlement in Tama County, where she is Art Conservator and Curator at the MeskwakiCultural Center and Museum.  Students from Wartburg College (Silvia Oakland, Dominic Hanson, Courney Stucker, Nathan Stephany, Lauren Wisdom, Anshika Singh ) are preparing a video documentary about Maria Pearson and had a lot to tell us about their research and how they are adapting journalism to video production.

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