Denitrifying Bioreactor Field Day

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 07/06/2018
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Following the weekly news roundup from the Tribune, Dennis Hart joined Susan Franzen to host today's show which opened with an announcement with Beth Weninger, education coordinator at the OCTAGON Center for the Arts telling us about a summer art camp taking place July 9-12, "What Does Sound Look Like?"

Our next guests, Kayla Bergman, Prairie Rivers of Iowa Watershed Coordinator and Liz Juchems, Iowa Learning Farms Watershed Coordinator, came in to tell us about the Denitrifying Bioreactor Field Day on July 17.  Fred Kirschenmann joined us to expand on topics related to our relationship with the land. Susan Gwiasda, Public Relations Officer for the City of Ames, gave us a report about preparations for RAGBRAI and Rummage Rampage.  

Independence Day Special

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 07/04/2018
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Following a brief report from regional newspapers, especially announcements of road closures due to flooding, civic reporter Dennis Hart joined Susan Franzen in exploring Independence Day celebrations in central Iowa -- Ames and well as the county seats of Story, Boone, and Greene counties.  Our feature from Ames was an interview with Patrick Phillips, the commander of American Legion post 37, which was kicking off the Centennial year of the National American Legion this July 4. Commander Phillips reviewed the history and service activities of the Legion over the past 100 years, including a few surprises. 

Much of the focus of our stories was on fireworks displays and how they varied in timing and financing in the towns considered.  Dennis discussed the music and entertainments preceding the large display at Reiman Gardens in Ames, which occurred last night (July 3), partly to enable more cost-effective production of an elaborate fireworks display before the rush on July 4.  The other towns celebrated on the 4th and had varying solutions for this problem.  Lynn Scarlett of the Nevada Chamber of Commerce described the traditional features of Nevada's Fourth of July complete with pancake breakfast by the fire department , band concert in the park, fireworks in the evening and much more.   For a complete change of pace we spoke with Rob Waton, owner of the Boone Speedway, where the people of Boone can watch a "fabulous fireworks" display following the "Eve of Destruction" -- races, rollovers etc.  Waton gave us a history of the speedway, which has been operating in Boone for 51 years.  In Jefferson, the expensive quest for a good fireworks display has been met by a partnership with Wild Rose Casino.  We closed our show with a medley of Patriotic songs.  

Flooding in Story County, Suicide and Self-Care

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 07/02/2018
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On this Monday, July 2nd edition of Local Talk, host Sequan Gatlin reported the seven-day weather forecast as well as the statewide news from the pages of KCCI. 

Keith Morgan from Story County Emergency Management joined Sequan in the studio to discuss the flooding situation in Ames and surrounding communities. He provided advice on how to stay safe and how residents can protect themselves.

Dr. Carver Nebbe spoke about medical concerns with high-profile cases of and media coverage on suicide. He also shared the pillars of health and how self-care relates to mental and physical health. 

July 2nd is the first Monday of the month. Councilwoman Bronwyn Beatty Hansen visited the studio to discuss City Council's most recent decisions and what plans the council has for the near future. She also mentioned a few events to expect in July.  

Yoga+Craft Brews, Community Academy, Cycle gAmes

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 06/29/2018
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We started of the show with the news from Dennis Hart. There was then a recording about the event coming up on July 1st (this Sunday) called Yoga+Craft Brews. The event is put on by Alluvial Brewing Company and allows people to come in and do yoga while enjoying craft beers, coffee and more. Our next segment was about the Community Academy which is a program that a group of Ames teachers are trying to start.Collin Richert was interviewed. The program would start with a "Summer Experience" to see if people are interested in making this a viable resource. The website for it is Our final segment was about Cycle gAmes that will be happening June 30 (tomorrow). Amber Corrieri came in to talk about the event which includes a 8-mile ride, 40-mile ride and food among other things. The event is being put on by mainstream living and can find more information at  

Lake Comar, Patience Lueth, Re-Wilding Iowa

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 06/27/2018
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Dennis Hart has returned to bring us local news at the beginning of the hour.  To celebrate summer and water sports, we played an archived interview with Kay Munsen about the 1920's and '30s at Lake Comar.  Continuing stories from Ames residents coming from African countires, Patience Lamunu Opiyo Lueth told us of her experiences with Uganda of Idi AminKenya, Zambia, and Botswana.  Following up with a report on Wild Iowa Discovery gathering in May, Mark Edwards came in to talk with us about Re-Wilding Iowa.  

Sir Magazine, Ames Convention & Visitors Bureau

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 06/25/2018
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On this Monday, June 25th edition of Local Talk, host Sequan Gatlin reported the seven-day weather forecast as well as the state-wide news from the pages of the Des Moines Register and KCCI. 
Former editor in chief Tre Moore and current editor in chief Brandon Spencer spoke with Sequan on the importance of rebranding Sir Magazine, an Iowa State student-run publication, from a men's interest magazine to the most culturally diverse publication on campus. 

Today is the fourth Monday of the month. Crystal Davis from the Ames Convention & Visitors Bureau stopped by to share all the events coming up in the month of July. Access the calendar for upcoming events here.  


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