Rick Exner and Erin O'Neil

November 7, 2014 - 7:00pm -- ron

Originally broadcast 11/07/2014
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KHOI hosts Marty Miller and Susan Franzen presented a live on-air concert local folk musician Rick Exner on guitar and harmonica, and his guest, Erin O'Neil on fiddle.

Pat Schlarbaum sat in and gave the audience an update on the coming migration of sand hill cranes just started at Otter Creek Marsh east of Tama south of Highway 30.


Strong Like Bear, Paul Doffing, and Obsidian's Dream

November 5, 2014 - 7:00pm -- ron

Originally broadcast 11/05/2014
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Hosts Susan Franzen and Bryon Dudley sat down with local musicians in the KHOI broadcast studio to hear them discuss the local music scene and their part in it. Paul Doffing delivered an on-air rendition of his song "Rabid Wolf", and we heard the pre-recorded cuts "Barn Sour" from Strong Like Bear and "Plant Life" from Obsidian's Dream.

Tomorrow We Vote

November 3, 2014 - 7:00am -- ron

Originally broadcast 11/03/2014
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Late last week the Jim Mowrer campaign presented KHOI with the opportunity to interview their busy candidate. The result plays in the first part of the hour, with Mowrer providing detailed views on the situation in Iraq, the Pentagon budget, and climate change. Mowrer's opponent, Steve King, was not available to be interviewed at such short notice. Instead, host Greta Anderson interviews Jonathan Narcisse, the Iowa Party candidate for governor, who proposes a hemp-fueled economy for Iowa as well as measures to end economic disparity and its impact on our state.

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Feed the Trees

October 31, 2014 - 7:00am -- ron

Originally broadcast 10/29/2014
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After a visit by Story County auditor Lucy Martin to fill us in on her staff's election preparations, we turn our focus to trees, so beautiful this season. Greta Anderson interviews Mike Jensen, the mayor of Story County and a longtime member of Trees Forever (an organization started in Iowa!) about the emerald ash borer, which was detected late this summer in a tree there. Story City has received "Tree City USA" designation for the past 17 years and shares the love of trees with their youth as well. Then, Kay Puttock checks in with Iowa Arboretum director Mark Schneider about upcoming events in November and December. The Arboretum is a busy place and a wonderful destination for tree lovers in central Iowa.


October 29, 2014 - 7:00am -- ron

Originally broadcast 10/29/2014
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We covered the “Back from the Dead” walk at the Story County Conservation Center, “Spirits of the Garden” from Reiman Gardens, “The Pumpkin Train” on the Boone Scenic Valley Railroad, and the Nevada High School Play, “Murder in the Knife Room”.

Halloween Costumes and Mix It Up At Lunch

October 27, 2014 - 7:00am -- ron

Originally broadcast 10/27/2014
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Our first story was about Halloween costumes – in particular about costumes that people wear that are offensive and perpetuate stereotypes about certain racial, ethnic, gender or other social identities. We spoke by phone with Joshlyn Smith, an undergraduate student at Ohio University. Joshlyn is a member of an organization called STARS, Students Teaching About Racism in Society, which is tackling the issue of offensive costumes head on. She talked about the campaign called “We’re a culture, not a costume” that was developed to raise awareness and educate students about their costume choices. We were joined in this conversation by two Iowa State University students, Jazmin Murguia and Itzel Padron Zuniga, who talked about the issue of offensive costumes on the ISU campus here in Ames. There are no efforts at ISU comparable to the campaign at Ohio University, so we also discussed ways to get something like this started.

In our second story we learned about Mix-it-Up at Lunch Day, which is an initiative of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) to address the fact that school lunch rooms can be very clique-ish and segregated places. Monita Bell, the Mix-It-Up Coordinator at the SPLC in Montgomery, Alabama, spoke about the many schools across the United States that participate in this program that encourages K-12 students to interact with others that they usually don’t talk with. We also heard from Katy Swalwell, an Assistant Professor in the School of Education at Iowa State and author of several articles in the Teaching Tolerance magazine. Katy addressed the fact that kids might naturally want to sit with their friends at lunch and the importance of young people getting out of their comfort zone.


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