May 26, 2020

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Today's Local Talk included an interview by Cal Halliburton of Republican primary challenger Jeremy Taylor to Congressman Steve King’s District Four in Western Iowa. Erica Place with Story County Conservation Board talked about Covid 19 Response in Story County Parks. And Susan Gwiasda invited Ron Edwards with City of Ames Animal Control to talk about how our pets to Covid 19 respond to having people at home. And consequently what might change when people return to their jobs. 

Memorial Day

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 05/25/2020
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World War two veteran Curt Bauer and his son Lee Bauer start off a reflection on Memorial Day with their recollections of Bauer’s service in the Pacific and on ceremonies in Zearing Iowa, hosted by the American Legion.

State Senator Herman Quirmbach and Ames City Councilman Tim Garten, both from the Ames Patriotic Council, read the names of local veterans who have passed away since last May. They then lead a conversation on the history and meaning of Memorial Day. They extend recognition to others in uniform who are not in the military service, but who currently serve, putting their lives on the line during this pandemic crisis. Globally More than 9,200 health care providers have been infected by the virus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There is also reflection on how much and how many have been lost to the pandemic. The coronavirus had infected more than 1.66M people in the USA and led, so far, to 98,000 deaths. Globally, the death toll is at around 350 thousand.

Anna Banana reads heart to heart messages to and from the different branches of the US military service. 

May 22, 2020

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 05/22/2020
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Local Talk 2020/05/22 included an interview by Tammy Jacobs ISU Extension Crisis Hotline concerning Covid19 Response. Pertinent telephone numbers were Iowa Concerned Hotline 515-447-1985, Teenline 800-443-8336, Mental Health Hotline 800-369-2229, and 800-262-3804. Susan Gwiasda invited Neil Weiss Assistant Director of Ames Water and Pollution Control. Pertinent websites included CityofAmes/Smart Water, COV/Smartwatershed and Facebook/Ames Water. 

EIS Struggles and Standing Rock

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 05/20/2020
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Carolyn Raffensperger's reflection today was on gardens and the interactions of creatures, animal and human, with them.  In exploring the reports of a huge victory for the Standing Rock Sioux in their legal challenges to the Dakota Access Pipeline, we first spoke with Mark Edwards and Pat Schlarbaum, who spent some weeks at the Standing Rock camp in South Dakota in 2016, as the Water Protectors, protested Energy Transfer Partners digging a trench through their land before tunneling under the Missouri River.  Next Keith Puntenney discussed the legal actions of farmers whose land was condemned by Eminent Domain.  And finally, Iowa Sierra Club Attorney Wally Taylor, described the legal struggle in Iowa and the current status of the pipeline in a financial climate of collapsing oil prices.

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TITLE: COVID-19 Response: Perry, Tyson, EMARC

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 05/13/2020
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Carolyn Raffensperger and Pat Schlarbaum kicked off our show with a nature based discussion of education.  We continued with our virtual road trip to Perry where we spoke with City Administrator Sven Peterson about the response of Perry to the outbreak of COVID-19 at the Tyson meat packing plant.  Peterson reported the many things that organizations throughout the city are doing to support families of workers, as well as his visit to the plant to witness the safety precautions that are now in place.  Turning to Tyson workers who don't live in Perry, we learned about the many immigrant refugees  who commute from Des Moines to work in the Tyson plant.  Our contact in Des Moines was an organization called EMBARC, founded in 2011 to provide support for refugees through advocacy, education and community development.  Among the refugees served are those from Eritria, Myamar, and the Republic of the Congo.  EMABARC maintains help lines and weekly informational broadcasts in 10 languages (see EMBARC Crisis Response).  Ending on an entertaining way to cope with sheltering in place, Cheryl Clark, told us about "Al Takes a Bride," the virtual readers theatre production being live streamed by Ankeny Community Theatre on Sunday, May 17 (reservations due at midnight May 16). 

Ames Public Events This Summer? COVID19 Stories Project

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 05/11/2020
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Summertime is the time of recreation and many public events in Ames. The Ames City Council has scheduled for this decision making process to occur during their monthly council meeting on Tueday May 12.  Ames mayor John Haila gives us some insight into what we might expect Tuesday night.

The COVID-19 Stories Project, created by Special Collections & University Archives, helps capture the reality of a global pandemic through the lens of every Iowan. This project shines a light on the unique perspectives throughout our state, while providing future researches, scholars, and historians with information needed to tell our stories in the years to come. Daniel Hartwig, Head of Iowa StateUniversity’s Special Collections & University Archives explains the project, how you can record your story, and how you can hear them. To check out writing prompts, submit your story, or review terms and conditions, visit For questions, email


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