Black Iowa, Lefse, Owls

Originally broadcast 01/06/2021 

This diverse program started with Dana James, founder of the online publication "Black Iowa News," telling how her personal experience inspired her to provide information about  healthcare for minorities during the COVID crisis.  Our second guest, Eddie Andrews, newly elected Republican representative from IA district 39, described his election strategy during a pandemic as well as his most important concern, which is mental health practice, especially for children.  Switching to Norwegian heritage we interviewed Diane Tott, who sought to make  Lefse rolling pins from a beloved walnut tree destroyed in last summer's Derecho.  For this project she enlisted  "Lefse King" Gary Legwold.  They joined with Paul Wierson to reminisce about Norwegian food and customs.  Pat Schlarbaum's phenology about the Great Horned Owl closed out the show.

Dance Party Preview

Originally broadcast 12/30/2020 

In deference to Tuesday's snow, we started the show with New Year's Eve snow stories. Then, reflecting concerns over the effect of the COVID relief bill that Congress just passed, we checked in with Mark Jackson, City Administrator of Story City, who gave us the good news that forethought and careful planning, plus incentives for shopping local, had resulted in a healthy Christmas economy with no stores closing in Story City.  In the spirit of adaptation, we then filled in the features of KHOI's virtual dance party "2020 Begone."  Carole Horowitz introduced the Family Activities starting with the Ames Children's Choirs and concluding with Cynthia McClure's "Toy Box" of novelty songs from 5 to 8 p.m., Meredith Francom described how the ZOOMWAY Maskerade from 8- 8:30, and Michael Murphy introduced the DJ's who'll take us to 1 p.m.

Lights, Cupboards and Pantries, Wearable Designs

Originally broadcast 12/23/2020 

Focusing on an old organization (Nevada Masonic Lodge No.99 established 1857) starting a new tradition, a Christmas Lights Contest.   Josh Vaughn, Junior Warden, and Joe Wakeman, secretary of the lodge, described the history and future plans.  Turning from lights to loving our neighbors, we heard from Gil Peterson, just retiring from managing the Nevada Community Cupboard, as well as his co-volunteer Ron Weber.  Another story of someone who saw a need and started an organization to address it is Jeriann McLaughlin, recently retired teacher from Ballard High School, who has brought the Ballard Clothes Pantry into being in 1994.

Ending on an imaginative note, our last guests, Nathan Edwards and Rachel Moylan introduced the virtual ISU "Wearable Design Show" to a viewing audience online.  It will start on December 21 and expand each day through December 30. (See more on FACEBOOK CollegeofDesign).

Local Talks

Originally broadcast 12/22/2020 

Mike Meetz, hosted the hour, with engineer Mike Murphy,  and Milford township neighbor, Pat Schlarbaum 

Dan Culhan, Ames Chamber of Commerce

Discussed how local businesses are fairing this holiday season, the limitations imposed by the pandemic affected local businesses and shared some examples of innovative ways that have helped businesses cope.

Discussed Revitalization Grant: city considering an aquatic center; discussed the ways businesses are attempting to take advantage of this opportunity.

President’s Executive Order making Dec 24th a federal holiday impact on businesses, delivery abilities of USPS?Providing for the Closing of Executive Departments and Agencies of the Federal Government on December 24, 2020 Signed:12/11/2020

Erica Place, Outreach Coordinator for Story County Conservation Reviewed the SCCB activities during the holiday seasonOutdoor opportunities: ice fishing, ski/snow shoeing ,winter hikes; with safety in mind.  Update on the photography contest?

Wolf Osterreicht shared observations of winter wildlife at  Ada Hayden Heritage Park.
Reviewed Trumpeter Swan numbers.  The annual CBC (Christmas bird counts) whats the history, what is involved, where are they conducted, what data is collected, shared
any unusual sightings.
Pat Schlarbaum has an interview with Chris Atkins about the Winter Solstice celebration held yesterday.
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Paid Leave, The Price of Pharmaceuticals the Cardinal, & Healing Stones

Originally broadcast 12/21/2020 

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

Susan Dinsdale, Executive Director of Iowa Citizens Action Network, a  grassroots public interest organization working with individuals, communities, and organizations in Iowa and nationally, for social change and a progressive vision. Susan describes two campaigns ICAN was addressing prior to the pandemic, that have gained even more importance with the onset of Covid-19: the Paid Leave for All campaign - calling for regulations and federal support for paid leave for workers, when necessary,  and the Lower Drug Prices Now Coalition - raising awareness and  combating the rising cost of prescription drugs. 

KHOI naturalist Pat Schlarbaum re-introduces us to that reddest of brds - our cardinal!

Julia, who works at Transform Gift shop on Fridays, gives a minitutprial on stones and crystals and explains why relating to these beautiful stones is meaningful to her.

Anna Banana's Heart toHeart message is about authenticity.


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