Demolition of the Champlain Building

February 5, 2014 - 7:00am -- ron

Originally broadcast 02/05/2014
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Today we visited two of the last events to take place at the historic Champlain Building on the corner of Welch and Lincoln Way, built by A.L.Champlain in 1908. It has recently been sold by the Champlain family to Kingland Systems which plans to demolish it in the spring of 2014. We attended a tour of the building for members of the Ames Historical Society days before the public auction on Monday, February 3. From Champlain's granddaughter, Lynn Lloyd, we learned the history of the building and its relationship to Iowa State and the larger Ames community.


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

Originally broadcast 02/03/2014
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This is a discussion centered on Iowa Prairies with "two of the best friends the prairies ever had," Carl Kurtz and Mark Meetz. The surprise finale of the interview was the on-air presentation of the 2013 Olaf Smedal Award to our host Pat Schlarbaum. The morning ended with reporter Cynthia McClure's interview with David Faux, introducing "The Celebration of the Legacy of George Washington Carver" on Thursday, February 6 at 2:00 pm at the Farmhouse Museum on the ISU campus.

Hosts: Pat Schlarbaum and Susan Franzen.

Raising Readers, Project Smyles

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

Local Talk program originally broadcast 01/31/2014
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Two projects aimed at encouraging young people to read were featured on KHOI’s Local Talk show Friday, Jan. 31.

Co-hosts Susan Franzen and Tom Beell talked with the president and vice president of Raising Readers , Carol Elbert and Carolyn Jons, who described the wide variety of activities their group’s volunteers undertake to instill a love of reading in children.

Also appearing on the program Friday was Linda Olson, organizer of Project Smyles at the Ames Public Library. Project Smyles encourages youngsters to take advantage of the library’s rich collection of books, CDs and DVDs. Staff members conduct story times for children’s groups and in other ways help children develop appreciate the joy and value of reading. Like Raising Readers, Project Smyles is funded by grants and private donations. Earlier in the program, Paul Schlarbaum talked with Steve Dinsmore about the unusual sounds of Iowa’s owls. And then Pete Seeger, who died Monday (Jan. 27), was remembered with his performance of Alligator Hedgehog and Leather Wing Bat from his album, Birds, Beasts, Bugs and Fishes.

Birds, Bugs, and "Boeing, Boeing"

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

Local Talk program originally broadcast 01/29/2012
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This is a celebrations of the events outdoors and indoors that enliven the end of January. We hear about eagles nesting, skating on the skunk river, biking to work, running with the Polar Bear Club, bugs in winter, and the ACTORS production of "Boeing, Boeing", the French farce opening this weekend.

    We heard from:
  • Pat Schlarbaum, DNR Wildlife Diversity
  • Steve and Ethy Cannon
  • Zoe Pritchard
  • Donald Lewis, ISU Extension Entomologist
  • Stacy Brothers, director of "Boeing, Boeing"
  • Paul Sim, cast of "Boeing, Boeing"

Satellites and Butterflies

January 28, 2014 - 7:00am -- ron

Heart of Iowa program originally broadcast 01/28/2014
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Jeremy Kerr of the University of Ottawa, a consultant for the Canadian government about species at risk of extinction, describes his work mapping change on a macro scale. Dr. Kerr argues that this kind of science is becoming more relevant in the context of climate change. His particular research interest is butterflies, and his lab recently launched the website "ebutterfly," where ordinary citizens can contribute to ecological science by logging in data about butterfly sightings. Kerr's lecture was this year's Paul L. Errington Memorial Lecture at ISU. Errington was an Iowa State College scientist whose 1957 book, Of Men and Marshes, is in the same class of work as Aldo QCLeopold's Sand County Almanac.


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