Burmese Refugees, Farm & Water Activists, J.D. Scholten

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 03/07/2018
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Our show today started with Jill Niswander telling about the community of Burmese Refugees in Iowa as a staff member of Ethnic Minorities of Burma Advocacy and Research Center (EMBARC).  Lifelong farmer Chris Peterson told how the events of his life, from the values of his Danish grandparents, through the farm crisis of the 1980s, and the consolidation of animal feeding and slaughter, led him to form the Iowa Alliance for Responsible Agriculture, which is advocating a moratorium on Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs).  On a related topic we heard from Molly Hanson of Iowa Rivers Revival about the organization's plans. Wrapping up the hour we heard the second episode of Candidates with Cal,as Cal Haliburton interviewed J.D. Scholten, one of three candidates running for the Democratic primary in the 4th Congressional District.

Ghana, All-Iowa Arts Showcase, RAGRAI in Ames

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 03/02/2018
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Susan Gwiasda, Public Relations Officer, gives an Ames civic update, including the news that Ames will be on the RAGRAI route this summer. She gave this number to call, if you are having power outages: 515-539-5240.

KHOI civic reporter Dennis Hart give a round up of last week's news from the pages of the Ames Tribune and associated papers. 

To begin Local Talk's interview series for International Women's Month,  Ames resident Dr. Jane Agyeman, director of Upward Bound at Iowa State, describes her home country of Ghana and her experience of emigrating to Ames. 

Craig Kaufman, Ames City Manager for the Auditorium, Bandshell and Community Center, describes the All-Iowa Arts Showcase which will begin Saturday March 3. He explains  his vision for this 5-part concert series and for the Ames music scene.


Ourdoor Alliance, Woodpeckers, Bells, Genealogy

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 02/28/2018
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Greg Vitale, a founding member of Outdoor Alliance of Story County, told us about the formation of that organization, a non-profit that can raise money for projects and land acquisitions for parks and trail in Story County.  His particular focus today was on the informational meeting on March 10 to let the public know about the new Tedesco Environmental Learning Corridor in South Ames.  Nature Reporter Pat Schlarbaum carried on the outdoor theme with a report on woodpeckers, especially the pileated woodpecker with its distinctive drumming on hollow trees.  Pastor Marcia Kisner told how the Nazareth Lutheran Church in Cambridge is keeping its 115 year old church bell ringing by putting on a comedy dinner theatre, A Bad Year for Tomatoes, in the new Cambridge City Center this weekend.  Mary Logsdon, director of Adult Services at the Ames Public Library, came to the KHOI studio to tell us about the many ways the library is partnering with the Story County Genealogical Society.  She was joined by Alice Hoyt Veen, Certified Genealogist. who will be teaching A Genealogy Proof Standard course to guide people in evaluating the materials they find.

Women’s Day, Planned Parenthood, Visitors Bureau

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 02/26/2018
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After the weather and Iowa news headlines, Mary Logsdon and Qin Yan told about what is planned in Ames to celebrate International Women’s Day on Sunday, May 4th at the Ames Library. Jamet Colton, who will be the keynote speaker, shared why she loves attending this event.

Erin Davison-Rippey, from Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, provided updates on their efforts to oppose restrictive abortion legislation and other assaults to women’s reproductive health care. Allyson Walter from the Ames Convention & Visitors Bureau stopped to provide updates on an array of local happenings in March.

Clean Water Fund, Municipally owned Internet Service Internet

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 02/23/2018
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Ames civic reporter Dennis Hart provides a summary of last week’s local news from the pages of the Ames Tribune and related newspapers.

KHOI environmental reporter Pat Schlarbaum brings voices from the Des Moines Capital Building from a recent day of lobbying for implementation of the NaturalResources and Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund,  was created in 2010 in a statewide referendum.

Progressive Alliance members Anne Kimbell and Carolyn Myers spoke with Ames City Councilman Dave Martin and Ames resident Jim Popken about the possibility of municipally owned Internet service, including how this could protect net neutrality. Jim Popken is starting a advocay and study group on this topic. If you would like to find out more, contact him at jim@jimpopken.org.

Energy, Young Artists, Angry Jurors

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 02/21/2018
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Pam Mackey-Taylor was with us today to explain the implications of the Iowa Senate's bill affecting energy conservation and dis-incentives for using solar power (SF2311).  The featured young artists Chris Kim and Joanna Kim from the February 4 Central Iowa Symphony Young Artists Concert described their musical experiences thus far and plays short excerpts from the concertos they will play with CIS.  Kris Corbin gave us a preview of the Murder Mystery Dinner, Murder in the Caribbean, put on at the Dyer-Dowell House by the Nevada Historical Society.  Finally we were joined by Travis Cooper, Actor, and Lori Sulzberger, Managing Director, telling us about Story Theatre Company's teen production of Twelve Angry Jurors.


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