USDA letter, IA Education Legislation, Visitors Bureau

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 01/28/2019
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We reported on a letter signed by 70 members of Congress, including Iowa’s three Democratic representatives, accusing the U.S. Department of Agriculture of "inappropriate overreach" for pushing the national 4-H youth organization to dump its LGBTQ policy. This was a followup of a Local Talk interview with John-Paul Chaisson Cardenas, the state 4-H Director, who lost his job because of this controversy. We heard more of this interview, along with statements from IA Representative Cindy Axne and the V.P. for Extension and Outreach at ISU.

Host, Gale Seiler, spoke with Randy Richardson, who reports on education bills in the Iowa Legislature for the group Iowans for Public Education. Crystal Davis from the Ames Convention & Visitors Bureau told about events coming up in February in our area. 

Ready to Run, Cindy Axne, Ames Chamber Legislative Priorities, Great Horned Owls' Time for Love

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 01/25/2019
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Dennis Hart gives a rundown of local news from the pages of the Ames Tribune.

Co-host, Joy Beadleston produced and interviewed Cindy Axne for the Iowa Women's March at Saturday's Womens March in Des Moines. Cindy Axne US Representative for Iowa District 3, expresses her enthusiasm for her work in Washington with the new Congress and rallies women to speak out.

Co-host, Joy Beadleston produced and interviewed Karen Kedrowski, the new Director for the Carrie Chapman Catt Center at Iowa State University, describes Ready To Run, their training program that educates people interested in running for office and encourages women to get into politics. She also gives a preview of what is in store for the next two years at the Center and their community engagement.

Drew Kemp, Director of Public Policy and Business Development of the Ames Chamber of Commerce. explains the legislative priorities of the Chamber this year, when he serves as a lobbyist in Des Moines.

While the rest of us bundle up and wait out the cold, it's mating season for the Hoot Owls! Pat Schlarbaum explains. 

Happy Birthday Martin!

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 01/21/2019
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Happy Birthday Martin!  Ames & Story County  MLK Day 2019 Celebration.

Dennis Hart gives a summery of some Iowa news of last week. Then...a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. birthday special program. Members of the committee for Ames & Story County  MLK Day 2019 Celebration explain what the celebration means to them and who Dr. King is to them personally. A few others also weigh in as well. Speakers include: Wayne Clinton, George Belitzos, Aladdin Al Katheri, Eric Snyder, Indria Jenkins, and Tim Garten. 

Plans for MLK Day, Art of the Mississippi River, Bank Robberies in Ames: Now and Then

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 01/18/2019
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Dennis Hart gives a rundown of last week's local news from the pages of the Ames Tribune.

Vanessa Baker-Latimer, with the City of Ames Housing Department and member of the committee for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, describes celebrations planned for Ames and Story County MLK Day Celebration on Monday January 21.

Anne Owens, Executive Director of the Volunteer Center of Story County, describes volunteer opportunities being planned for National Day of Service on January 21. Volunteer projects and community discussions (from 7-9 AM) are being organized by the Volunteer Center and will be held at City Church, 2400 Oakwood Rd, Ames.

Pastor Moses Ward of the Friendship Baptist Church in Ames describes that church's service in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.  The service on Sunday January 20 at 4:00 PM, will focus on Dr. King's work as a pastor.  Everyone is welcome to attend, whether you are a member or not. Friendship Baptist Church is located at 2400 Mortenson Road.

Pat Schlarbaum speaks with the curator and museum worker about the creation and impact of Iowa native Jen Bervin's artwork on display: River, at the Des Moines Art Center, depicting the entire Mississippi River, as seen from the center of the Earth. 

In the wake of last week's armed robbery of the U.S. Bank in Campustown in Ames, Alex Fejar, Research and Exhibits Manager for the Ames History Center, describes another bank robbery that occurred in that same location in Ames' past. 

CAUSE Petition, Lunar Eclipse, Moonrock, Elevator

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 01/16/2019
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Our show starts with the monthly Story County Report from  Leanne Harter  and some updates on citizen activism at meetings of the Story County Board of Supervisors.  We hear Chiara Travesette presenting a petition  with 613 student signatures to the Ames City Council requesting a Climate Action Plan on behalf of CAUSE (Citizens Actualizing and Understanding Sustainable Environments) and Ames High School student club. 

Turning our eyes upward we heard from Dr. Sam Wormley, host of the new KHOI program "Science Bytes" (4:30 p.m. Tuesdays) discussing the upcoming total lunar eclipse occurring on Sunday, January 20.  Inspired by that event Story Theatre Co.will be presenting the world premiere of Moonrock the Musical in the Ames City Auditoirum at 5 p.m. just before the eclipse begins.  In the studio today we hear from Lyndsay Nissen andSacha Antropov who wrote the musical; Stacy Brothers, director; Dan De Geest and Vanessa Ellsbury performing (live in our studio) a couple of the 22 songs.. And in Ankeny this weekend "The Elevator Family" will be going up and down for five performances designed especially for children and families.  Director Scott Nielson tells us about it. 

4-H LGBTQ Controversy, Emergency Management

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 01/14/2019
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The show opened with the news roundup from across the state. Host, Gale Seiler, interviewed John-Paul Chaisson Cardenas about his dismissal, by ISU Extension and Outreach, as state director of youth development for 4-H. His dismissal was related to an LGBTQ inclusivity statement for 4H, which was opposed by conservative groups. Reporting by the Des Moines Register revealed that members of the Trump administration pushed the national 4-H organization to withdraw the policy—a move that Cardenas resisted, resulting in his firing. We also heard from Daniel Hoffman-Zinnel, the Executive Director of One Iowafor his perspective on this situation. In the last part of the show, Keith Morgan was here for his monthly segment. He talked about work that was done this past year and initiatives to come in 2019. 

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