Privatized Medicaid Endangers People With Disabilities, Culture Shift is happening in Ames, Rowena Stevens Championed Voting Rights for Women

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Dennis Hart gives a roundup of this week's local news from the pages of the Ames Tribune.

Waverly Iowa resident Jenn Wolf describes the press conference held last Wednesday in the Iowa Statehouse in Des Moines by the Iowa Chapter of the United Spinal Association, including 10 people in wheelchairs. They were signaling a new level of grassroots advocacy and awareness about proper care for people with disabilities and the hardships being experienced by the disability community since the privatization of Medicaid in Iowa. She explains the foremost problems being experienced.

KHOI intern Tre Moore presents another "Ames Untold" story about one ISU student's experience of Ames' cultural shift towards diversity

and inclusion of new types of people.

Alex Fejfar, Research and Exhibits Manager for Ames History Center, tells the story of Rowena Stevens, who lived in Ames and Boone and is remembered for her work on voting rights for women, including organizing the first march for women,s voting rights in the country. There will be a lecture on hers and her husband's lives on March 26 at 7:00 PM at the Ames Public Library. 

AHS Students, Ames CAT, and Refugee Camps

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 03/13/2019
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Our show today started with Pat Schlarbaum's report on how animals are surviving this unusual winter.  Then we turned to the various organizations working together to bring the Ames City Council to address the climate crisis.  Ames High School student Chiara Travesset came in to talk about how students at AHS are joining the climate strike and other sustainability issues.  She was joined by Dr. Erv Klaas, Professor Emeritus of Animal Ecology, who has become a leading environmental activist in his retirement.  They discussed the work of the coalition of organizations that make up the Ames Climate Action Team.  Updating us on the progress being made to fund Ames Solar Farm (SunSmart Ames)Don Kom, Ames Electric Department Director told us of the new initiatives to encourage businesses to invest in SunSmart Ames.

The second half of the program took us far from Iowa as Dan Beane, farmer from near Marshalltown, told us how he has developed a relationship with Tongogara refugee camp in Zimbabwe.  Through his stories we glimpsed another world -- and a way that  people in central Iowa influence and are influenced by people on the other side of the world. 

Reactions to White Supremacist, Women’s Day, Emergency Communication

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 03/11/2019
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We provided continuing coverage of the aftermath of White supremacist, Nicholas Fuentes, appearing on ISU campus. We spoke with Taylor Blair from Campus Democrats and Alexis Holmes from the Black Student Alliance, two student organizations that mounted resistance to the visit. We also heard a discussion between Alexis Holmes and Anthony LaBruna, a member of the Campus Republicans, a group rumored to have invited the speaker, which LaBruna denied. Preston Burris, a KHOI reporter who was covering what happened and tweeted about it, spoke about how Fuentes’ supporters attacked him on social media.

International Women’s Day was celebrated at the Ames Library and we brought you voices from that event. We heard excerpts from the panel discussion and comments from several audience members.

The show wrapped up with Keith Morgan, from Story County Emergency Management. We discussed the role of broadcast operations during emergencies and severe weather awareness week at the end of March. 

Youth Climate Strike, Free Speech/Hate Speech at ISU, the Human Paradigm of Immigration

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 03/08/2019
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Dennis Hart gives a summary of local news from the pages of the Ames Tribune.

Gabby Heidrich, president of the ISU student organization Climate Reality chapter, explains the upcoming local event of the US Youth Climate Strike, to occur on March 15th at 11am with speakers at the Free Speech Zone on campus, in front of the ISU library. This event is part of an international movement led by youth. Gabby also describes the mission of her chapter, for establishing a plan for switching to renewable energy with Iowa State University.

Nick Fuentes, Youtube and podcast personality who is a self-described nationalist anti-immigration advocate, came to Iowa State University on Wednesday night to give a speech to a conservative group on campus, but the evening became one of discussion for many ISU students about the role of free speech and inclusive community at Iowa State. KHOI reporter Tre Moore reports and brings you sounds from that night.

After hearing some of students' diverse thoughts and issues on this show, we bring a recording of an interview with Reverend Dr. David Vasquez-Levy, President of the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA. He offers an analysis of how the students' experience is similar to immigrants' experience and these offer valuable life skills for all of us. 

Golden Owl, TEDxYouth, Yellow Cup, Roland Pool

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 03/06/2019
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Paul Wierson and Susan Franzen celebrated the warming weather with a road trip to Story City to meet with people recently featured in news stories.  Brad Taylor, ag teacher and FFA adviser at Roland Story High School, and finalist for the Golden Owl Award, told us about the extensive career and life skill education now available through FFA. While we were a the high school, we stopped in to learn from Extended Leaning Teacher Thomas Klett and student Whitney Erickson about the upcoming TEDxYouth event coming up this week at RSHS (one of the first in Iowa).  In time for a coffee break we went to the Yellow Cup Cafe and heard from the proprietor Shannon Hayden about how she started the newest restaurant in Story City.  There we met Mayor Andrew Webb of Roland and discussed the bond issue for a new swimming pool. The voting was taking place as we met, but the subject that brought us there in the first place was a recent poll that placed Roland and Story City in the top 20 best Iowa towns under 5,000 population.  The proud mayor had been promoting the fact that Roland ranked #6.  When our program aired on Wednesday morning, Mayor Webb was on the phone to report that the bond issue passed with 82.38% YES votes and a turnout of of 42% of all eligible voters. 

International Womens Day is March 8, Ames High Step Team,the Narrative of Immigration (UCC of Ames Theologian in Residency Program)

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 03/04/2019
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Dennis Hart gives a rundown of Iowa in the news last week.

KHOI Women's issues reporter Joy B. gives a historical perspective on International Women's Day, on Friday, March 8th, around the world and at the Ames Public Library. 

Mary Logsdon, Adult Services Manager and interim General Manager of the Ames Public Library, and Dava James from the League of Women Voters of Ames and Story County, give background and vision behind the Ames International Womens Day and introduce activities such as a performance by the Ames High Step Team, a panel discussion between local women in politics, the opening of one time capsule and the creation of a new one, and more. Everyone - women, men, children - are invited to the International Women's Day Celebration on March 8th from 6:30 to 8:30. Don't be late, or you will miss the Step Team.

And speaking of...members of the Ames High Step Team Aisha Conteh, Dashawna Green, and Sionna Stokes tell you first-hand what they perform, how they do it, and why it is so exciting and inspiring. They also talk about how being African American women has impacted their lives. We also hear from their coach, Jean Muhammad, who is also Student and Family Advocate at Ames High.

Charles Knicker, organizer of last weekend's Theologian in Residency Program of the Ames United Church of Christ (UCC), describes lessons learned last weekend when a distinguished group of lawyers, activists, filmmakers, and social workers came to the UCC, along with the visiting theologian in residence, Rev. Dr, David Vasquez-Levy who is President of the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA.

We hear excerpts from his presentation, as well as observations by film maker Luis Argueta.  Participants in the weekend program Lee Molgaard and David Hansen also gave their impressions and share experiences they have had relating to immigration and what Central Americans  face.

Bronwyn Beatty Hansen, from the Ames City Council - at Large, gives a schedule events when the City asks for citizen input in the next month. 


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