Broadcast Studio Update

February 19, 2014 - 8:00am -- ron

This week we will finish building our large sound isolating window to the front room, acquiring sound isolating doors, finishing sheetrock on the ceilings of the two smaller recording studios and finalizing heat/AC design and installation. Then comes sheetrock finishing, electrical and lighting, sound absorbing materiaal for ceilings and walls, paint and carpet. A lot to do yet, but things are falling into place. We are looking forward to great progress this weekend.

The NAACP and Percussion

February 19, 2014 - 7:00am -- ron

Originally broadcast 02/19/2014
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Our guest today was Edna Clinton talking with us about the NAACP, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, an organization with over 100 years of striving for racial justice. Paul Hertz brought us an interview and preview of the percussion concert at Mary Ellen Tye Recital Hall at 7:30 PM, Thursday, February 20, 2014.

Hosts: Devita Harden and Susan Franzen
Reporter and Production Assistant: Paul Kurtz

Keystone XL Pipeline

February 18, 2014 - 7:00am -- ron

Originally broadcast 02/18/2014
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We covered the rally urging President Obama to deny approval to the XLKeystone Pipeline. We talked with Rivka Fidel of the ISU campus organization Active US, followed by a short clip from a debate between Eric Fica, president of Friends of the Earth , and Cindy Schild, executive from the American Petroleum Insitute , which led to a vivid description of the pipeline and its effects by ISU professor emeritus, Carl Vondra. Stephen Biggs, leader of the newly formed Ames chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby , telling us about the actions of that group to deal with the politics of climate change. Closing out with some thought provoking music by Pete Mayer and Fleetwood Mac. Our purpose is to present information that will provide new ways to think about the issue, no matter which side you favor.

Ames Convention Center

February 17, 2014 - 7:00am -- ron

Originally broadcast 02/17/2014
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Though it was a cold and snowy day in Central Iowa Monday, February 17, KHOI’s Local Talk show explored the hot topic of the proposed Ames Convention Center, which will appear as a $19 million bond issue on Tuesday, March 4. Pros and cons of the project were debated by former Ames City Council member Victoria Szopinski and ISU Accounting Professor Sue Ravenscroft. Economist Dave Swenson clarified some figures used in assessing the economic impact of the facility, and Food Science Professor and AMOS member Diane Birt expressed concerns about the availability of low-income housing for potential employees of the convention center.

Iowa's Changing Climate Posing New Challenges for Farmers

February 14, 2014 - 7:00am -- ron

Originally broadcast 02/14/2014
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Dr. Jerry Hatfield

Iowa farmers will have to find new ways of conserving and holding rainfall as the state’s climate becomes more variable. That was the message Dr. Jerry Hatfield gave to KHOI’s Local Talk listeners Friday (Feb. 14). Dr. Hatfield is Laboratory Director of the USDA’s Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment in Ames. He also talked about the new “climate change hub,” which has been established to distribute information to food producers in the state. Also on the program, Green County farmer George Nayler described what he’s had to do to survive changing weather patterns and intense competition from corporate agriculture. Nayler is a third-generation farmer who operates his century-old family farm near Churdan.

Hosts: Cynthia McClure and Tom Beell

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