Ethiopia, Governor Candidate Norris, Ames Water

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 05/11/2018
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Local Talk will air Candidates with Cal, a series where Cal Halliburton speaks with gubernatorial candidates. He spoke with Democratic candidate John Harris about his candidacy and the upcoming primary election on June 5th.

Two Iowa State students of Ethiopian origin spoke with Sequan Gatlin about the culture they were raised with in comparison to their experience in America as well as what makes their country a unique African country. 

Dennis Hart provided us with an update on the local news from the pages of the Ames Tribune

Sustainability Director, Merry Rankin, spoke with Tracy Warner and Jake Moore about water in Story County. Warner and Moore are employed for the City of Ames. Information about the Smart Watersheds and rebate program can be found here.

Cathy Glasson, Mainstreet Ames, Kirsten Anderson

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 05/09/2018
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We started our show with Cathy Glasson's interview with Cal Haliburton's "Candidates with Cal."  Then we turned to Alex Fejfar's discussion of the rise and fall of Younkers in Ames and the North Grand Mall.   Marg Junken, longtime owner of Cooke’s Emporium, described the changes in shopping patterns she has witnessed over the decades while Main Street was recovering. Our next guest, Cindy Hicks, director of the Main Street Cultural District, picked up the story of the turnaround in Main Street.  Ursula Rudedenberg concluded with an interview with Kirsten Anderson.

Nate Boulton, Ames rental cap, 4th Congressional District Forum

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 05/07/2018
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We began a series of interviews of gubernatorial candidates that will be airing over the next two weeks. In this first installment, Cal Haliburton interviewed State Representative Nate Boulton, a candidate in the upcoming Democratic Primary. Bronwyn Beatty-Hansen, from Ames City Council, was here for her monthly segment, and she talked about recent ordnances that were passed, including the rental concentration cap. In the last part of the show, we heard about the Democratic Candidate Forum for the 4th Congressional District that was held at ISU on April 26th. That is the seat that Representative Steven King currently holds.

Iowa Fetal Heartbeat Abortion Law

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 05/04/2018
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Last Tuesday the Iowa House of Representatives approved a measure banning nearly all abortions in Iowa, that requires doctors to conduct abdominal ultrasounds to test for a fetal heartbeat on women seeking abortions and which bans most abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected. The Senate approved the bill Wednesday morning and Reynolds is generally expected to sign it into law, beginning a  struggle that some anti-abortion advocates hope will result in the reversal of Roe V. Wade, the Supreme Curt ruling that upholds women's right to abortion under the 14th amendment. Mark Kende, Director of Drake University's  Constitutional Law Center, explains how this would happen. 

Thomas More Society is is one of a number of national organizations who have come forward to support the Fetal Heartbeat Bill in court.  Martin Cannon, Thomas More Society's Special Counsel, explains why they are and why they are doing this.  

Planned Parenthood and The American CivilLiberties Union of Iowa are two organizations generally expected to be challengers of the law. Veronika Fowler, Commmunications Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa describes how and why they will fight the bill if signed into law.

Susan Gwiasda gives an Ames civic update. Dennis Hart gives a round-up of local news from the pages of the Ames Tribune and related local papers.

Decorah Dad, Boone County, and Democratic Socialist Summit

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 05/02/2018
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Our program today continues the story of the Decorah Eagles, with Nature Reporter Pat Schlarabaum speaking with John Howe, director of the Raptor Research Project, about today’s memorial service for "Decorah Dad," the missing male eagle from the Eagle Webcam nest that has been viewed 400 million times over the past ten years. Then we celebrated spring with a road trip in rural Boone County to talk with Nicole Jonas, owner of Red Granite Farm Afterwards we had lunch at Whatcha’ Smokin’ , where owner Tanya Doyle told us the story of how she brought Texas Barbecue to Luther.  On a historical note, Boone City Councilman Greg Piklapp called to let us know about the Centennial Celebration for the Boone CountyCourthouse, which will be held on Friday, May 4. We wrapped up with Evan Burgur giving us some background for the Iowa Democratic Socialists of America Summit on Saturday May 5.

Decorah Eagles, Sandhill Cranes, First Amendment, and Dancing

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 04/30/2018
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KHOI naturalist Pat Schlarbaum gives an update on the missing male of the Decorah Eagles, who currently have three hatchlings, and what that means.

"Kindred Ames" A pod cast by Sarah Lefeber, Business Operations Manager of the Iowa State Daily, features a dance class here in Ames that brings together diverse cultures and ages.

Kobe Gaines and Lester Mwirichia discuss the First Amendment. 

KHOI naturalist Pat Schlarbaum introduces the sandhill crane.


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