Opioid Epidemic Town Hall Meeting, Lego Learning

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 05/01/2018
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Dennis Hart, KHOI’s civic reporter, gives a round up of the past week's Central Iowa news from the pages of the Ames Tribune and related papers.

A local Opioid Task Force of experts, human service organizations, and government officials, will hold an informational town hall meeting on the danger of Opioids in our area, featuring a panel of experts who will answer residents' questions. The Task Force will be on Wednesday,  January 10 at 6 PM in the Ames City Council Chambers in City Hall, 515 Clark Avenue. Members of the Task Force who got the word out on KHOI were: Commander Geoff Huff from Ames City Police, Austin Cross from Primary Health Care, Tim Garten Ames City Council member, and Denise Denton, prevention specialist at Youth and Shelter Services.

Ames 5th and 6th graders in ILego league chose to research water quality and identified the Garbage patch in Pacific Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone as two major global water quality issues. After deciding that the solutions to these major issues lie close to home, the team would like to create more awareness with their website, requesting people to sign up for the spring 2018 stream clean, up and take a pledge to reduce the use of plastics. They also would like to encourage people to come and cheer all the first lego league teams participating in the state competition on Jan 13 and 14th held at ISU.

Susan Gwiasda, Ames Public Relations Officer, gives a civic update for Ames, along with Justin Clausen, Operations Manager, who oversees snow plowing and water mains, among other duties.

Magic in Story County with Father Time 2018

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 03/01/2018
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After talking with Chad Sonka, Lecturer in the Applied Voice and Opera Studio, about the 2018 Metropolitan Opera Auditions to be held in Ames on January 6, we traveled around Story County, focusing on social anchors that make our communities strong – local newspapers, historical societies, and libraries. Marlys Barker, editor of the Nevada Journal and Tri-County Times, talked with us about why she wrote the article "Believe in the magic of your small-town newspaper.” Leaving the magic of small town newspapers, we explored the magic of local historical societies with Father Time (Oge Forre).   The legendary old man invited one and all to "Night at the Museum" with displays that come to life and chat with guests about years past.  This event is coming up on January 4 at the Slater Area Historical Association.  Finally the celebration at the Cambridge City Center inspired a visit with Janet Torson, librarian at the new Cambridge Public Library which will be housed in that building.

IA Attorney General Sues Over Net neutrality, Polar Vortex, River Otters

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 01/01/2018
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Iowa Informer gives a round up of Iowa stories in the national news. Elwynn Taylor, ISU Extension Service Climatologist, explains arctic temperatures we are experiencing including what an outburst of the polar vortex an arctic front are. Benjamin Bellus, Assistant Attorney General for Consumer Protection, describes why Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller wrote a letter to the FCC regarding criminal fraud in public commentary about Net neutrality and why Miller is considering joining other state Attorney Generals in suing the FCC over their removal of net neutrality regulations. Bronwyn Beatty- Hansen discusses what is in store at the Ames City Council and what is in on their agenda for Ames in 2018. Naturalist Pat Schlarbaum introduces the river otter and its return to Iowa as a wild species. 

High School and University Science

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 12/29/2017
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This program focuses on science at both the high school and university levels. After a roundup the week's news from Dennis Hart we hear from three 9th graders at Ames High, along with their teacher of Earth and Space Science about their work on the community impact of what they've been learning in class. Then Greta Anderson interviews Auriel Willette, Assistant Professor of Food Science and Human Nutrition about the links between Alzheimer's disease, diet and obesity.

Christmas Reflections and Soundscapes

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 12/27/2017
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For our post-Christmas program, we drew upon the recollections of Memorable Christmases past from Paul Nelson, Pat Schlarbaum, Roger Berger, Cynthia McClure, Paul Hertz, Merl Hodge, Rick Morrison, David Slade, and Duffie Lorr. In the second half of the show staff members, Ursula Rudenberg and Rebekka Reuter introduced KHOI's new Audio Lab, Soundscape Laboratory.  In this series of workshops, sponsored jointly by KHOI and the ISU Journalism Department, the studio will  provide students with opportunities to learn the art and technique of creating audio.  Community members are also invited to attend, thanks to a grant from Ames Commission on the Arts. We heard from participants at the first Soundscape Workshop, Joe Wallis, Henry, Zimmerman, and Audra.

Popcorn, Art, Micro-brewing, and Collaboration

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 12/22/2017
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A round-up of the past week's news of Ames and surrounding communities, by Dennis Hart, from the pages of the Ames Tribune
 
KHOI reporters speak with experts on all things popcorn and its flavors at holiday time. Susan Franzen interviews Dan Haynes of Kettle Korn & Caramel Corn at the North Grand Mall Farmers Market. Maggie Westvold speaks at length with popcorn expert Ken Ziegler, former Coordinator and Manager of the Iowa State Corn Yield Test and former Developer and Manager of the Popcorn Breeding Program at Iowa State University.They discuss how popcorn is developed, researched and even go through some recipes. 
 

Carolyn Myers and Anne Kinzel, from the Ames Progressive Alliance, talk with Lyndsay Nissen and Elliot Thompson about how they created and run Reliable Street Art Center and Alluvial Brewing Company and the vision of bringing more community collaboration to Ames, that is behind these enterprises.

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