Grassroots Radio Comes To Town!

August 15, 2014 - 7:00am -- ron

Originally broadcast 08/15/2014
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We invite a number of our guests from around the country to share their visions for community radio. Adrienne Lauby of Pacifica station KPFA Berkeley is currently focusing on the untapped resources of the disability community. Behr of KMUD in California redwoods country describes how emergency response is a vital function of community radio when the dial is crowded with faraway corporate stations. Marika Partridge, former director of NPR's "All Things Considered", explains why she switched from public radio to community radio. Then we hear from two newcomers to the scene: Sam Brannon of San Marcos, Texas and Rev. Joan Ross of Detroit, who states "we're not waiting for the Blackhawk helicopters" in her coalition's efforts to rebuild an occupied city based on human capital. Finally, DJ Defkawn-Edge of KSBR of Mount Vernon, Washington, describes how his hiphop show reinvents the storytelling tradition of the native people he comes from.


August 13, 2014 - 7:00am -- ron

Originally broadcast 08/13/2014
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Pat Schlarbaum speaks with Doug Harr. president of the Iowa Audubon Society, about public lands in central Iowa where birds and other wildlife are flocking. These lands provide us a glimpse into Iowa's natural heritage and the possibilities for our land. At the end of the hour, we speak with Michael Delaney, president of Citizens for Healthy Iowa and founder of Raccoon River Watershed Association, about an event CHI is planning to bring water quality awareness into the political debate about our future.

Clean Water Radio, Episode 4: Hogs of Iowa

August 8, 2014 - 7:00am -- ron

Originally broadcast 08/084/2014
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Today's show covers Iowa hog CAFOs past, present and future. First, we interview Ann Pellegreno, a world-famous aviator who left the Story County home she and her husband had established after a 15,000-head hog confinement moved to her neighborhood. We next turn to the construction of a new hog CAFO in southern Boone County owned by Brodie Brelsford of Perry and constructed by Brent Rastetter of Ames. Neighbor Jan Danilson and Des Moines River watershed ecologist Danielle Wirth discuss its likely impact on, among other things, the swimming hole and drinking water of the Boy Scouts Summer Camp. Finally, we turn to Tarah Heinzen of the Environmental Integrity Project in Washington DC, which is joining Iowa's Sierra Club and ICCI in addressing the state's Environmental Protection Commission about an upcoming August 19 ruling pertaining to the Clean Water Act. Will CAFOs of the future be required to obtain permits? Stay tuned to Friday's Clean Water Radio to find out!

Old School, New School

August 6, 2014 - 7:00am -- ron

Originally broadcast 08/04/2014
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Ten-year-old Wyatt Merceal-McBroom (Happy Birthday, Wyatt!)... steals the show as he reviews the new Edwards School, about halfway through the show. Wyatt attended the old Edwards and will attend the new Edwards school this year as a 5th-grader. Before that, Fern Kupfer reads her column about the disposition of the old Middle School, and the fiasco that followed. Bekka Brown describes the end of a VISTA project at Sawyer and Mitchell Schools; the gardens there are being turned over to community and school volunteers while VISTA, and Bekka, one of the garden coordinators, move on to other things. The hour started with Main Street Cultural District events coordinator Emily Miller previewing "Foodies and Brew", an August 15 event for adults in downtown Ames, and describing the organization's--and the city's--new life downtown. And the hour ends with Viveca Dillard describing an encouraging development for women in the NBA and a discouraging development for women in the NFL.

Shelter For All, Help For The Vulnerable

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

Originally broadcast 08/04/2014
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Our first guest is Ron Edwards, who once worked at the nation's largest animal shelter and who moved here last year to take over as the new director of Ames Animal Shelter. Aurora Bettaza, a 10 year old in the Ames Community School District, has spent her summer fundraising for ACSD's homeless liaison program, and comes on our show to talk about it. Finally, we place a phone call to Ann Naffier at Iowa Justice for Our Neighbors, who is calling for bilingual (Spanish-English) volunteers to assist in communicating by phone with Central American child refugees who have arrived in Iowa because family members live here. Naffier provides an update and perspective on the situation. Iowa JFON is a Methodist ministry that provides legal services for refugees such as these children. Music by Nellie Kay.

Clean Water Radio, Episode 3: Paddling Iowa

August 1, 2014 - 7:00am -- ron

Originally broadcast 08/01/2014
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Our first guest is Jim Pease, retired extension wildlife specialist, who is doing an interpretive and biological survey of the sections of rivers across the state designated as Iowa Water Trails, and has seen lots of cool stuff. Next, we speak with Rob Bohlke, Roland resident and lifetime paddling enthusiast, who shares tales from his childhood and excellent tips for river lovers in central Iowa.


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