Bias on Course Evaluations, Ames Tenants Union

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 05/24/2019
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Professor Dave Peterson from the Political Science Department at ISU spoke about course evaluations in which students are asked to rate their instructors at the end of each semester. We learned that these evaluations have consequences beyond just providing feedback to the instructor and that there are serious problems with the evaluations in terms of gender and other biases.

The Ames Progressive Alliance brought guests from the Ames Tenants Union, who talked about this new activist group that is fighting abuses and legal problems that renters experience in Ames. 

Bailey, Bobcats, Right for All

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 05/22/2019
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Our featured speaker today, Marlene Ehresman, executive director for Iowa Wildlife Center built on Pat Schlarbaum's phenology on Wildcats, to give us a description of the many ways people in Iowa can interact with wild animals in positive ways though volunteering at the center, or just interacting with wounded animals.  During the programs we had a couple of original songs by Marc Bailey, the singer-songwriter performing who will be performing at tonight's Pantorium Session. Ryan Mulcahy of the American Civil Liberties Union invited us to a workshop in the APL entitled "Rights for All."  Maggie Westvold had a poem and story about actor John Lithgow

BWCA, Flying Burrito, Ames interns

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 05/20/2019
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After Dennis Hart's news, we discussed an upcoming event at the APL by Save the Boundary Waters, a campaign to protect the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA) and its watershed from sulfide-ore mining.  Mary Richards and Fritz Franzen came in to tell us about what BWCA means to them.  Next we heard from Matthew Goodman, owner of Flying Burrito, a business that been a staple in Camputown since 2003.  His story as ISU student, father, entrepreneur, city councilman, and progressive activist gave us insights into this pivotal time in Ames History.  Allee WengertWorkforce Development director for the Ames Chamber of Commerce told us about four events planned for interns working in Ames this summer. 

Tennant's Rights, Ordinance Against Human Trafficking, Historical Music Venues in Ames, the story of Bus Stop

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 05/17/2019
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Dennis Hart gives a summary of local news form the pages of the Ames Tribune.

At this time of transition, when many people are moving in Ames, KHOI reporter Joy B. discusses with Ames Tenant Union co-chair Preston Burris how to protect yourself from unfair landlord practices, resources for knowing your legal rights, and general things to know and look out for when choosing an apartment, 

On April 16th, the Ames City Council held a hearing on the issue of Human Trafficking, illicit massage businesses, and explored the possibility of passing a city ordinance to allow local police and officials to actively investigate massage businesses of suspicion. An ordinance has been requested by the Iowa Network Against Human Trafficking and Slavery, who also requested this hearing. The police Chief, Assistant City Manager, George Belitzos from the  Iowa Network Against Human Trafficking and Slavery, a case worker from ACCESS, numerous massage therapist and concerned citizens made presentations in support of an ordinance, leading to the City Council's decision to explore creating an ordinance. On Local Talk you hear excerpts from testimonies given.

Alex Fejfar, Research and Exhibition Manager for the Ames History Center,  tells us about an upcoming lecture presented by Michael Lasser, about American popular music as social history and the role songs about the Midwest played in popular music. A discussion of local music venues of note, including DG's Taphouse that has just closed, leads to a recording of George Belitzos founder of the unique "bus Stop" music venue for high- schoolers that had its heyday in the 1970s and addressed problems of runaway youth. 

Search and Rescue, Sustainable Farms and Food

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 05/15/2019
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Leanne Harter brought us the monthly Story County Report with information about the 2010 Census.  Then Gina McAndrews and Ken Birt came in to tell us about STAR1, a Search and Rescue all volunteer organization that responds to lost and missing person incidents in Iowa and the surrounding area. Shifting to Sustainable Farming, Farm Reporter Gina McAndrews and Susan Franzen visited the National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment, on the ISU Campus, where lab director Jerry Hatfield showed us around and explained the work of the lab as a Climate Hub.  Following up on Hatfield's discussion, we heard from small farm proponent John Ikerd, who also gave us a preview of the film "Right to Harm" a film produced by Hourglass Films. The May 29 Iowa premiere is co-hosted by Hourglass Films, Iowa Alliance for Responsible Agriculture and four other Iowa organizations.

Sen. Warren, Critter Care, Public Safety Radio

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 05/13/2019
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Reporter Cal Halliburton brought us excerpts from Elizabeth Warrens’ recent visit to Idaho Falls. Naturalist Pat Schlarbaum provided information about not interfering with nature and “rescuing” baby animals from their natural surroundings. Keith Morgan from Story County Emergency Management and Doug Houghton, the Support Services Manager for the Ames Police Department, came by to tell us about the new public safety radio system that will be built here in Story Co over the next few years. 

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