News, History, and Civic Engagement

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 10/20/2017
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The show began with the weekly news roundup with Dennis Hart. Host, Gale Seiler, interviewed Kirstin Sullivan, who is a Government teacher at Ames HS. She talked about how the school aims to develop young people who are politically aware and engaged. She also shared her perspective on the conversations around the recent student actions against racism and injustice and the learning that occurred leading up to the protests and since.

Alex Fejfar from the Ames Historical Society filled us in their new exhibit about immigration, called Trunks, Hands and Hearts. From Susan Franzen, we heard about an important moment in Ames LGBT history – which she was a part of – that illustrates the importance of political engagement. 
 

Citizen Diplomacy from USSR to North Korea

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 10/18/2017
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Ambassador Kenneth Quinn, president of the World Food Prize, spoke with us about the proposal he made in the Op Ed in the Des Moines Register, Agriculture could be key to easing U.S.-North Korea tensions.  His idea was inspired by a painting of the 1959 visit of then Soviet Premiere Nikita Khrushchev to the farm of Roswell Garst.,an event which opened the door to reducing the danger of nuclear war during the Cold War.  Our next guest was Liz Garst, who remembers the visit and also could explain the story behind it.  
 
A follow-up Editorial in the Des Moines Register led me to wonder about organizations that might provide channels for communication with North Korea today, I spoke with Daniel Jasper the author of an article directly addressing this question, Opening More Channels with US-North Korean Relations.  He was our third guest in exploring this important topic.
 
Ending the program on a lighter note, Barb Mallon telling us about "Night at the Museum" at the Slater Area Historical Association.

 

Ames Pridefest, A New ISU "Green Initiatives Fund" for Student Green Innovation

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 10/13/2017
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Dennis Hart gives a review of the past week's news from the Pages of the Ames Tribune and other local area papers.

Nicci Port from the ISU Office of Diversity and Inclusion and Joel Hocjstein, Chair of Ames Pride discuss the founding of Ames Pride, a brand-new community-based organization for community-building among LGBTQA+ people, educating the community on issues affecting LGBTQA+ people, and for facilitating an environment that values the intersectional identities of all people living in and around the City of Ames, IA.

Merry Rankin, Director of Sustainability at ISU and the City of Ames, together with Lia Gomez, Sustainability Director for Iowa State University’s Student Government, announce the creation of a new fund created by Student Government: The Green Initiatives Fund, to allow student organizations to have a dedicated funding source related to increasing and enhancing sustainability events, initiatives and projects at ISU.

DACA and Leonessa

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Originally broadcast 10/11/2017
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Leanne Harter Story County Outreach and Special Projects Manager, was on hand to give us news of the tree sale at McFarland Park sponsored by Alliant Energy's Operation ReLeaf at Easat Peterson Park, Thursday, October 19, 4:30 p.m. Our main story was about DACA – Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. We have a couple of “Dreamers” to tell their stories. Rick Exner, local activist for immigrant rights, told us about Several events to inform people about proposed changes in the law. Jennifer Reese, founder of Leonessa LLC, a Green Business Incubator in Story City spoke with reporter Pat Schlarbaum about the concept and the buildings on Broad Street.

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