African American Women in Iowa and the Vote for All

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 07/08/2020
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We started our program with a visit from Eric Morse, one of the organizers of the exhibition "Toward a Universal Suffrage: African American Women in Iowa and the Vote for All," which will be at the State Historical Society until August 2. Eric also told us about the Central Iowa Community Museum,  a new organization which will be bringing such traveling exhibitions to our area.  Other events taking place this weekend are Ankeny Community Theatre's reader's theatre production of Vices and Slater Area Historical Association's The History of Hats (call 515-480-9789 or 515-228-3293 for appointment).  Dennis Hart and Paul Wierson joined us for a report on how COVID 19 has affected their lives since they were together on Local Talk in October.. 

Policing, 4th of July, Gardens

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 07/01/2020
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In the age of Social Distancing and Social Awareness Independence Day is different this year.  Our program started with a statement from Nevada Public Safety Director Ricardo Martinez  reporting on the events on the June 22 death of Jason J. Kruzic, followed by a statement from Nevada citizen Sannon Novak, organizer of a Black Lives Matter demonstration.   We brought the issues together in the discussion of Nevada Peace Officers in the online Nevada Coffee Conversation about Policing. Moving to Independence Day celebrations in the era of COVID-19, Chris Blocker told us about the many outdoor activities planned in Boone County.  Retreating to our gardens, we spoke briefly with Beth Cody, author of "Iowa Gardens of the Past: Lost and Historic Gardens of Iowa: 1850-1960"  and reminisced about Griffeth Buck and the legendary Buck Roses.  Paul Wierson joined us with some Independence Day nostalgia about Lake Comar

Maxwell Farms LLC, Gilbert Graduation

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 06/24/2020
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Kim Stevens and Brenda Brink gave reports on the June 23 special meeting of the Story County Supervisors on whether to grant approval to Maxwell Farms LLC for a CAFO holding 4,960 hogs.   The meeting was an example of community pressure on the CAFO issue with 71 citizen issuing statements to deny approval versus 2 in favor.  The Supervisors, after personal impassioned statements of opposition, voted unanimously to deny the permit.  Vic Vanderpol, Principal of Gilbert High School, came on to tell us about the livestream outdoor graduation ceremony held in Gilbert. Here is the link to the graduation ceremony. Wrapping up the show was Paul Wierson reporting on opening the high school summer baseball in the age of COVID-19. 

Libraries, Centennial of Iowa State Parks

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 06/17/2020
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To celebrate the work that Iowa libraries have done during COVID19 we brought together librarians from three libraries in our listening area -- Kolleen Taylor of the Bertha Bartlett Library in Story City, Shanna Spear, director of the Nevada Public Libraryand Zack Spier (Mr. Z) children's librarian at the Erickson Public Library in Boone.  They discussed how they have served their patrons though not being officially opened, as well as the many ways the Iowa State Library Association supports and connects libraries throughout the year.  The latter half of the program was devoted to the history and centennial celebration of the Iowa State Parks.  Steve Lekwa, retired Story CountyConservation Board Director and Mark Ackelson, Former President of the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation talked about the resources available to guide people to enjoy the Iowa parks-- especially the new book, 100 Years of Iowa Parks: A Century of Stewardship, 1920-2020  and the "passport" available from the  Iowa ParksFoundation,  We ended the show with an announcement of the POOR PEOPLE'S CAMPAIGNa virtual March on Washington scheduled for June 20, 2020. 

Environmental Justice, Black Lives Matter, BSVRR

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 06/10/2020
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Leanne Harter, Story County Outreach Coordinator, started our program with the first Story County Report since COVID-19 began.  Carolyn Raffenspirger gave us a moving account of how environmental injustice injures the poor and people of color far more than the general population.  Mike Murphy provided recorded interviews with some of the hundreds of people at the Boone Black Lives Matter March on Monday night.  Finally, Mike Wendel, director of the James H Andrew Railroad Museum told us about their new exhibit on electric railways as well as their reopening and that of the Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad in accord with CDC guidelines. 

Black Lives Matter in Ames and Boone, Face Shields are a Solution

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 06/08/2020
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A 24-hour vigil was held on Main street in Ames, on the past Saturday. Many showed up to be heard and seen with signs. Some of their voices can be heard here. Reverend Jeremy Bolles, pastor at Body of ChristChurch, starts off the recording with a street-side mini-sermon.

Boone resident Sam Bass describes a Boone Black Live Matter march planned for Tuesday in Boone.  Although some stores have boarded up their windows, the demonstration is expected to be peaceful and lawful.  

Dr. Michael B. EdmondChief Quality Officer and Associate Chief Medical Officer for University of Iowa Health Care and Clinical Professor of Infectious Diseases at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine explains how face shields were introduced successfully at the University of Iowa hospital. He explains why face shields are superior to masks and may even be a tool for ending the pandemic.  

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