Transgender Rights Win and Ready to Run Program

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 02/15/2019
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Dennis Hart rundowns the local news from the the pages of Ames Tribune. On Wednesday, February 13, a Polk County jury delivered a historic win for transgender rights in Iowa. Melissa Hass, from the Sherinain and Hasso Law Firm tells us how they gained this win.

Joy B brings you information about Ready to Run a unique program in our area that demystifies the world of politics for anyone interested in testing the waters.

A conversation with Alex Fafar, research and exhibits manager of the Ames History Center. 

Photo credited to ACLU of Iowa

Meskwaki Wisdom and Festival of Personal Geographies

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 02/13/2019
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Ci Ci Iverson and Susan Franzen took a road trip last Saturday visiting the Meskwaki Cultural Center and Museum in Tama to learn from Historic Preservation Director Johnathan L. Buffalo about how ancient peoples survived bitter cold and how present day natives are passing on the strategies for survival to their children.  Coming back to Ames for the last half of the program we heard from  Tibi Chelcea and Alex Braidwood about a unique expression of art, the Fesitival of Personal Geographies

InsideOut, Bird Count, Horseback Search & Rescue

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 02/11/2019
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The show began with the news from across Iowa. Host, Gale Seiler, interviewed Michelle Heinz from InsideOut Reentry Community, an organization in Iowa City that supports citizens reentering society after being incarcerated. 

Pat Schlarbaum provided information on the Great Backyard Bird Count coming up on February 15-18. In the last part of the show, Keith Morgan, from Story County Emergency Management, brought two guests with him. Sarah Samms and Gina McAndrews are members of the STAR1 Search & Rescue Team, and they told about horseback search and rescue. 

Stand Your Ground Law, Untold Ames: Student Homelessness, Ames’ Public Art Birdhouse Competition

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 02/08/2019
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Dennis Hart gives a summary of Local news form the pages of the Ames Tribune.

Thursday night, a panel discussion was held in Ames about "Stand Your Ground Law" that was passed by the Iowa legislature in 2017 allowing violent acts of self-defense, based one's reasonable perception of danger. Local Talk offers excerpts from what speakers said, including Wayne Clinton, past Story County Supervisor, Jessica Reynolds, Story County Attorney, Al Abdu Samad, legislator and creator of Creative Visions, Commander Geoff Huff of the Ames City Police, and Lt. Nicholas Lennie  from the Story County Sheriff’s office. The discussion was hosted by League of Women Voters of Ames and Story County and the Carrie Chapman Catt Centerat ISU.  

Tre Moore, KHOI's newest intern from the Greenlee School of Journalism, intorduces his first installment of his "Untold Ames" series. He  takes us out of our comfort zone with an untold story of homelessness and ISU students.  

Merry Rankin, Sustainability Director for ISU and Ames and Kerry Dixon,  Sustainability Coordinator of Design and Construction Services for Iowa State University and member of the City of Ames Public Art Commission roll our the City of Ames’ Public Art Birdhouse Competition and invite you to join in, making birdhouses for an exhibit at the Octagon and ultimately for an Ames city park. 

Merry also announces their upcoming Symposium on Sustainability Feb 18 and 19, open to the public. 

Farm Bill and Weekend Entertainment

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 02/06/2019
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Aaron Lehman, president of the Iowa Farmers Union, the oldest farm organization in Iowa, answered questions about the effect of  Rep. Steve King's being  removed from the House Agriculture Committee by describing the work the House has ahead of it in implementing the recently passed Farm Bill.   Anna Johnson, policy manager for the Center for Rural Affairs, filled us in on the fate of some of the programs that will be determined by the current bill.  Turning to entertainment, we got a preview of Laugh Out Loud! from the show's Producer, Clark Ford, and MCs Tom (Florek) and Doug (Gentile), with a song from the musical opening this weekend.  Two Community Theatre productions are also opening, and representatives from their casts spoke with us.  Angela Rottering, director of  The Trouble with Cats, described the play at Webster City Community Theatre, and  Ali Kirwen, who plays the bride in Happily Ever After, tells us about the farce playing at Ankeny Community Theatre. 

Incarceration in Iowa, Red-bellied Woodpeckers, Ames City Council Update

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 02/04/2019
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After Dennis Hart’s news, host Gale Seiler spoke with Allen Hays from the Iowa Justice Action Network. He told about issues that his organization works on related to mass incarceration in Iowa, and their upcoming Lobby Day at the Iowa Legislature. They work to draw attention to issues such as reducing or eliminating mandatory minimum sentencing and increasing support for those returning from prison. 

From KHOI’s naturalist, Pat Schlarbaum, we learned about red-bellied woodpeckers, which have been sighted in the area recently. Then Bronwyn Beatty-Hansen, a member of the Ames City Council, was in for her monthly visit. We spoke with her about the City Council’s goal-setting meeting that was held on Saturday, and the Comprehensive Plan that the City is beginning to work on. It is called Ames 2020, and the first public input sessions will be held in February. 


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