Chinese New Year of the Dog, Figure Skating, Backyard Bird Count, Ames School Student Services

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 02/16/2018
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Dennis Hart gives a roundup of last week's local news from the pages of the Ames Tribune and related local papers.

Jingtao Wang, Principal of the Ames Chinese Language Academy and students of the Academy, Daniel, Megan, Grace, James, Willow, and Amy, deliver a Chinese New Year's greeting for the Year of the Dog, and tell KHOI reporter Susan Franzen about this unique local school which teaches Chinese language, history, and culture. 

Two performance events will be happening in Ames during the celebration period (1) ISU: Feb 18th at Students and Chinese Academy students perform at Memorial Union Great Hall; (2) Chinese GalaFeb 23rd, at City Auditorium - a professional team from mainland China will present acrobatics, dance, magic, folk art and other traditional Chinese arts. 

Ames resident, Joan Gordon, has been a figure skating judge for more than 40 years, as well as a skater herself and describes the world of figure skating and judging, the Ames Skaters' Club, and Parks and Recreation classes at the skating rink.

Pat Schlarbaum notifies us about the global Backyard Bird Count that will turn ordinary bird lovers like you into "citizen scientists" from Feb 16 -19 in association with the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology.   Results can be paoted at

Dr.Anthony Jones, Director of Student Services for the Ames Community School District, describes programs for special needs students and student retention programs in Ames Schools and comments on how school shootings affect schools and students.

Valentine Hawks, International Students, Continuing Farm Bill

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 02/14/2018
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Leanne Harter brought us Story County's February Report.  Pat Schlarbaum's Valentine phenology featured red tail hawks. Mike Coverdale told us how International Exchange Students at Nevada High School have enriched the community, as well as bringing experiences back to their home countries.  We continued last week's discussion of the Farm Bill 2018 with Aaron Lehman, president of Iowa Farmers Union    We covered specifics about  the practical challenges facing farmers and small towns alike as Congress prepares to balance the interests of nutrition, conservation, commodities, and crop insurance with a smaller budget and more financially stressed farmers.

Hierarchies, Heath Alan Band, Hazard Mitigation

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 02/12/2018
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Host, Gale Seiler, spoke with Maartje Schouten, an Assistant Professor in the Ivy College of Business at ISU, about her research on how hierarchies shape the effectiveness of teams and opportunities for individual participation.

Greta Anderson interviewed Heath Alan, whose band will play at the Pantorium Session this week. Keith Morgan, from Story County Emergency Management, explained the revision of the County’s hazard mitigation plan and how community members can participate.

Green Dot Exhibition, Chris Martin's Art & Ghana, ISU Symposium for Sustainability

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 02/09/2018
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Dennis Hart gives a round-up of local news from the pages of the Ames Tribune and related papers.

Jasmine Brooks, the violence prevention and green dot coordinator at ISU Student wellness center, describes the current exhibit at  The ReACT Gallery in Reiman Gallery of the Christian Petersen Art Museum at Morrill Hall, a visual exhibition space for exploring and interacting with current event issues that are relevant to the ISU community. The  interactive exhibit is a collaboration between ISU Museums featuring owned art and the Green Dot program. , Green Dot is a violence prevention program that started at ISU in July, whose mission is to decrease power-based personal violence on campus through education, outreach for bystander intervention skills. The exhibit is open to the public until February 16.

Chris Martin, furniture artist, describes Amalgamation, an exhibit of his furniture artworks at the Octagon Art Center's Community Gallery. Some of the works were made in collaboration with a young artist in Ghana. Martin was deeply influenced by the traditional crafts of Ghana, where he spent two years as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer. He has returned to Ghana many times to work with artists and promote their traditional work. He gives his own response to recent disparagement of African nations by the US President. 

MerryRankin, Director of Sustainability for Iowa State and the City of Ames, along with two ISU students,  describes the  ISU 2018 Symposium for Sustainability, occurring at the Memorial Union on February 19th and 20th.

February Traffic Pileup, Caucuses, Farm Bill, and Theatre

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 02/07/2018
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Keith Morgan, Story County Emergency Coordinator, gave us an inside look at the traffic pileup on Monday, February 5.  

Following up on Monday night's political party caucuses we had reports form Micah Hayek, publicity chairman for Story County Republicans; Lewis Rosser, caucus chair for Story County Democrats, and James Schneider, Libertarian Party Chair. We introduced the National Farmers Union vimeo production of the colloquium  “The Farm Bill and Beginning Farmers:  How to create a sustainable path for the next generation in agriculture,” led by Roger Johnson, National Farmers Union president. For commentary on the stresses on the farm economy and family farmers, we heard from George Naylor, IFU member with an activist history in the National Family Farm Coaltion and the Center for Food Safety.  We wrapped up the program with previews of two upcoming plays from regional theatre groups, Nunsense!, by the Boone Community Theatre and Almost Maine, by Ankeny Community Theatre.

Sokoto Nigeria, Ames City Council, Saw Whet Owls

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 02/05/2018
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A round up of state news and Iowa in national news from this past week,provided by the Iowa Informer

Adamu Ibrahim, Central Iowan resident, whose homeland is Sokoto, Nigeria, describes his home community and the realities of being a citizen of a country on the African Continent who comes to the USA for education and opportunity. He responds to recent negative stereo types put out there by the US President about his country and those who come here from those countries. This is part of a KHOI series of first-hand talks with people from the countries that have been disparaged to gain understanding of those countries and local immigrants' lives. 

Pat Schlarbaum, KHOI Nature reporter, presents the adorable saw Whet owl.


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