Poetry Slam

April 30, 2014 - 7:00am -- ron

Originally broadcast 04/30/2014
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Local Talk ends National Poetry Month with a bit of a "slam" featuring 4 local poets: Jim Coppoc, Xavier Cavazos, Jennifer L. Knox and Claire Kruesel. In between poems, Jim Coppoc shares the history of poetry slams nationwide and in the town of Ames, and describes the scene at Ames Poetry Revival, the poetry slam / music jam that happens the first Tuesday of each month at DG's Taphouse. Host Greta Anderson also checks in with the poets on what drives them to keep pulsing out poems.


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

Heart of Iowa program originally broadcast 04/29/2014
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Beltane is the first Fire festival of the year and is held either on April 30 or May 1, which is halfway between the Spring Equinox and the Summer Solstice. The rituals conducted were intended to purify crops, animals, and people which would help to bring fertility in all three ​in the coming year.

Cellulosic Ethanol

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

Originally broadcast 04/28/2014
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We featured coverage of the annual Ames Sand County Almanac "marathon" reading, led by Erwin Klaas, then pursued a controversy arising last week from the publication of scientific research about the carbon footprint of cellulosic ethanol, made from corn stalks. The DuPont plant going up in Nevada is the largest-ever plant using this experimental technology. Two articles published in the Des Moines Register last week demonstrate industry push-back against the researcher's conclusions that burning cellulosic ethanol may be worse for the environment than gasoline. Co-host Greta Anderson talks to Greenlee School of Journalism professor Michael Dahlstrom about this controversy as an example of how science is reported in the mass media.

Music and Wool

April 25, 2014 - 7:00am -- ron

Originally broadcast 04/25/2014
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jjSteve Hoifeldt and Paul Hertz discussed the theme for this year’s Ames Choral Society Spring Concert concert which ties in to Ames Sesquicentennial, “Made in Ames”, which will be 7:00 PM Sunday, April 27, 2014 at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, 209 Colorado Ave., Ames.

We discussed the Celebrate Singing Choral Festival at 7:00 PM Friday, April 25 at Ballard High School, Huxley, co-sponsored by Ames Children’s Choirs and Ballard Community Schools.

Kidical Mass and Art Vacancy

April 23, 2014 - 7:00am -- ron

Originally broadcast 04/23/2014
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Today's Local Talk helps you "gear up" for this weekend by sharing info and insights about 2 cultural happenings in our community. Our first guest is Sandra Looft, founder of Ames Kidical Mass, which gathers once a month for family-friendly bike rides (April 26). Tune in to hear Sandra's inspirations and the childhood bike memories of other Ames residents. Next we spoke with Lyndsay Nissen, the organizer of an "unfiltered" art exhibition called Art Vacancy (April 24-27) and two artists whose installations are featured in this event, Ryan Francois and Jennifer Drinkwater.

Earth Day

April 22, 2014 - 7:00am -- ron

Heart of Iowa program originally broadcast 04/22/2014
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For Earth Day 2012 we heard from Ed Fallon, host of the Fallon Forum, on the road with the The Great Climate March, followed by excerpts from the panel “Agriculture and Climate Change” held on March 30.

    Panel Guests:
  • Susan Guy, Interfaith Power and Light
  • Mike Glover, Moderater
  • Christopher Anderson, ISU Climate Scientist and Agronomist
  • Joan Fumetti, Retired UCC clergy and Foods Resource Bank Staff
  • Matt Russell, Drake Agricultural Law Program and farmer
  • Arlyn Schipper, Grundy County grain farmer


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