Ames Sesquecentennial

March 31, 2014 - 7:00am -- ron

Originally broadcast 03/31/2014
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We host three guests active in promoting the celebration of the Ames Sesquicentennial, the 150th anniversary of the founding of Ames. State Senator Herman Quirmbach kicked off the program with a report about Ames Day at the Iowa State Capital when the Resolution in honor of the 150th anniversary of the founding of Ames. Then Carolyn Klaus, chair of the Chautauqua Committee, and Iowa Artists, and executive director of the Ames History Center then reported on the work of the Sesquicentennial committee. Carolyn gave us a preview of the many events we can expect, and Casey described the exhibitions and events being prepared by the AHC including the 150 featured people, places, and events from the history of Ames.

In closing, Jeanine Strodtman told us about the Iowa Artists Region 6 Show, which will consist of works from Iowa Artists members from Hamilton, Hardin, Jasper, Marshall, Poweshiek, and Story Counties. It will be held from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM on April 5, at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church, 209 Colorado Ave. in Ames.

Prairies With Carl Kurtz

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

Originally broadcast 03/28/2014
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The program discusses Prairie planting by conservationist Carl Kurtz. Graduate student Lauren Sullivan explains her graduate level prairie project and the environmental outreach built in to its design. Lloyd Crim provides a synopsis of his scheduled prairie walks this summer at Doolittle Prairie Preserve south of Story City. And Rebekka Brown continues her travel series interviewing three faith based organizations in Ames. Sources for local ecotype prairie plants and seeds is located at Ion Exchange Iowa.

ACLU of Iowa and Campustown Update

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

Originally broadcast 03/26/2014
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This program featured Veronica Lorsen Fowler talking about the work of the American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa and introducing Dan Johnston, the recipient of this year’s Louise Noun award from the organization, who told about a lifetime of work as a civil liberties lawyer. Then Kim Hanna, from the Campustown Action Association, told us about the many changes taking place in Campustown.

SCYP and the Minimum Wage

March 24, 2014 - 7:00am -- ron

Originally broadcast 03/24/2014
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We spoke with people involved with Story County Youth Philianthopists, (SCYP) who recently announced the ten winners of their annual awards. We learned the history and purpose of this organization as well as the kinds of activities it fosters. Two of these young philanthropists told us about the grants they recently awarded and Suzie Shierholz of Ames Community Foundation rounded out the story.

The second part of the program was a live discussion with Betsy Mayfield who collected 500 signatures promoting a minimum wage of $10.10 per hour by means of social media. This action began with a house party instigated by Democracy by American to watch Robert Reich's film, Inequality for All. Her discussion of her worldwide experience visiting countries with greater or less economic inequality was followed by the presentation of the petition to State Senator Herman Quirmbach.

Ackerlund-Burke Coal Mine

March 21, 2014 - 7:00am -- ron

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County Reporters Paul Wierson and Susan Franzen visited Madrid Historical Museum for a tour of the Ackerlund-Burke Coal Mine, a replica of a coal mine dug out from the crawl space under the large museum building. We talked with local citizens about their knowledge and memories of the coal town and the coal camps surrounding it, as well as the local economy during the coal mining era.

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