Breaking News! with Arnie Arnesen and Steffen Schmidt: Food for Thought and Food

April 4, 2012 - 6:29pm -- ursula

Benefit for KHOI community radio
May 1, 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Location: Octagon Center for the Arts  427 Douglas Avenue, Ames IA 50010
$15 admission at the door
For more information, 515.292.2878 or email

Celebrate May Day with two of your favorite political pundits! Arnie Arnesen and “Dr. Politics” Steffen Schmidt will be together again at a benefit for KHOI community radio. The dynamic team hosted Iowa Public Radio's former  "Politics Day," which was a weekly edition of "Talk of Iowa." They continue to contribute commentary to Iowa Public Radio.

Arnesen and Schmidt are reuniting for an evening of fun, food, and food for thought  - to help wrap up the capital campaign for building KHOI by the August 7 deadline.

The evening begins at 5:30 pm with a light supper of British pub foods and beverages, including beer and wine. At 6:30 Arnesen and Schmidt take to the mikes to share their views on the news of the day and political amusements. Admission is $15, but Arnie says, “Bring your checkbook or credit card!”. KHOI is a non-commercial radio station, and all contributions are tax deductible.

Arnesen and Schmidt are both long-time commentators on National Public Radio. Arnesen is the only person to be recognized by the New Hampshire Association of Broadcasters as both Radio & TV Personality of the Year. After graduating from St. Olaf College, she received her JD from Vermont Law School, and was selected as a fellow at the Kennedy School of Government’s Institute of Politics at Harvard. Arnesen served in the New Hampshire House of Representatives and was the first female Democratic nominee for governor of New Hampshire.

Steffen Schmidt was born in Cali, Colombia and studied in Colombia, Switzerland, France and the US, receiving his PhD from Columbia University New York in Political Science. He writes a blog for the Des Moines Register and a weekly column for the ISU Daily. His column for WYNC radio, “It’s a Free Country”, appears in many Latin American, Asian and European news outlets.

Arnesen covered the New Hampshire primaries for national and international news outlets at the same time Steffen reported on the Iowa caucuses. They began their joint commentaries on WOI radio when Arnesen appeared on “Dr. Politics”.

Arnesen has been instrumental in launching Concord, New Hampshire’s community radio station, WNHN . Her two hour call in show “The Attitude” went on the air in March 2012. She is an enthusiastic supporter of community radio and will share the tremendous impact that KHOI will have in providing access to information, community spirit, public discourse and participatory citizenship.