Primary Election

June 4, 2014 - 7:00am -- ron

Originally broadcast 06/04/2014
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Co-hosts Greta Anderson and Tom Beell reflect on the results of the June 3rd primary elections. Then, we explore the Summer Learning Program spearheaded by United Way of Story County, which will serve 200 at-risk students in Ames, and dozens more in Nevada. Jean Kresse, the director of UWSC, explains how United Way has been looking into the causes of systemic poverty and has focused on literacy and hunger as ways to break the cycle. We speak with Leslie Kolhaus, the volunteer coordinator for the summer programs and Diana Schmidt, who is developing the "STEAM" (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) curriculum for the 3-4 graders, and has recruited Ames's finest organizations to be involved. You can be involved, too, by volunteering at the UWSC website.

Digital Freedom

June 2, 2014 - 7:00am -- ron

Originally broadcast 06/02/2014
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First, we hear from our correspondents Kay Puttock and Kristin Roach. Kay highlights Habitat for Humanity of Central Iowa as part of her community service appreciation program, and Kristin brings in Emily Jespersen to talk about this Friday's Art Walk in downtown Ames. Then, members of the ISU student club for Digital Freedom join us to discuss their controversial beginnings, their rapid growth, and their plans to start their own radio show on KHOI! Issues of open-source vs. commercial software and "if you don't have anything to hide, why should you care about privacy?" are touched on.

Story County Attorney

May 30, 2014 - 7:00am -- ron

Originally broadcast 05/30/2014
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Two men seeking the Republican nomination for Story County Attorney told why voters should support them on Friday’s (May 30) Local Talk Show. Stephen Howell (left) said he feels his knowledge and years of experience set him apart from his primary opponent, Tyler Eason (right). Howell currently operates his own law firm, focusing on business law and banking regulatory compliance. Eason is a former Assistant Story County Attorney who currently works as a contract counsel for WebFilings. The winner of Tuesday’s primary election will go on to face the incumbent Story County Attorney Stephen Holmes in the general election in November.

Iowa Senate

May 28, 2014 - 7:00am -- ron

Originally broadcast 05/28/2014
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Greta Anderson and guest co-host Gavin Aronsen of the Ames Tribune conduct back-to-back interviews with Cynthia O. Paschen and Herman Quirmbach, who face off in the Democratic primary for Iowa Senate District 23 this coming Tuesday, June 3rd.

Memorial Day 2014

May 26, 2014 - 7:00am -- ron

Originally broadcast 05/26/2014
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Co-hosts Tom Beell, Paul Wierson and Susan Franzen guided us on a historic tour from the first "Decoration Day" after the Civil War through "Memorial Days" of succeeding wars. We mourned those we have lost as we discussed the many events throughout Story County. Our special guest was eighth grader Ashley Webb who gave us a preview of the Gettysburg Address she has been asked to present at the ceremony at the Roland cemetary.

Three Vehicle Rehabs

May 23, 2014 - 7:00am -- ron

Originally broadcast 05/23/2014
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Hosts Cynthia McClure and Susan Franzen spoke with people from Nevada about three very different types of vehicles in their community which are finding productive reuses after being retired or discarded:

  • Sheriff Paul Fitzgerald explains the local use of the army surplus MRAP (Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected) vehicle recently acquired by the Story County Sheriff’s Department
  • Melissa Spencer and Kay Feldman tell the story of the 1963 fire engine given to Story County Responders Care by the Huxley fire department to become a “pink fire engine”
  • Richard Attwell describes how he collects hundreds of discarded bikes each year for reuse around the world with Chicago based "Working Bikes." Marie Akerman tells the international side of this story.

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