Inclusive Playgrounds and Rummage Rampage

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Originally broadcast 08/09/2019
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Brookside ParkThe program featured Joshua Thompson, parks and facilities superintendent for the City of Ames, talking about the Miracle League Field and Inclusive Playground project, the Brookside Park restroom-renovation project, plans to build a new clubhouse at the Homewood Golf Course, and plans for Edwards Park. He also discussed the ongoing ash tree-removal project in Ames -- necessitated by an invasion of Emerald Ash borers.

Also appearing today were Merry Rankin, who is the sustainability director for ISU and sustainability coordinator for the city of Ames; Susan Gwiasda, public relations officer for the city; and Bill Schmitt, resource recovery superintendent for the city. All discussed the success of the recent Rummage Rampage.

Maggie Westvold ended the broadcast with her ongoing "Minutes with Maggie" segment.

Maxwell, CO2 and Nutrition, Agroforestry, Tim Ryan

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Originally broadcast 08/07/2019
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AgriforestryA road trip to the Old Settlers Days parade in Maxwell introduced the civic pride and historical significance of this small Iowa town including several interviews with local citizens.

Then Jerry Hatfield, Laboratory Director of the National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment, explored the effects of CO2 on the nutrition of Iowa crops. That led to a discussion of Agroforestry with Luke Gran of Prudenterra, a comany that works with landowners to restore prairies, pastures, and woodlands.

And finally we heard from Tim Ryan, recent presidential candidate, talking about regenerative agriculture, workers' issues, and children's questions.

Print Journalism, Rummage Rampage

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Originally broadcast 08/02/2019
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Ames TribuneToday's program featured Michael Crumb, the editor of the Ames Tribune, discussing the future of print journalism, the impact of President Trump's attacks on the press, and the importance of local newspapers. He also talked about how the Tribune interacts with other area newspapers, including the Story City Herald, the Nevada Journal, the Tri County Times and the Boone News-Republican.

Guest Susan Gwiasda, the public relations officer for the City of Ames, talked about the ongoing Rummage Rampage, the city's SunSmart solar program and the September 10 bond election for the Healthy Life Center.

Cultivation Corridor, Rural Industries, Salisbury House

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Originally broadcast 07/31/2019
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Cultivation CorridorBillie Hunt told us about Iowa's Cultivation Corridor and its work to develop partnerships between Iowa farmers or small towns with innovative companies throughout the world. Dustin Ingram, from Ames Economic Development Commission gave us several examples of such developments throughout Story County.

Adam Mason from Citizens for Community Improvement told us about the history of purpose of that organization's recent state convention, Ending on a lighter note, Cynthia McClure shared the fun of her participation in a dramatic "murder dinner" at Salisbury House.


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