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Universal Minimum Wage; Libs on the Prairie; and Dogtown


Coming up today on The Exchange, as the political season begins to gear up, we hear from a new presidential candidate who says everyone deserves a basic universal income.


Also, at look at the life changes of Robert Kennedy.  That and more on the Exchange, today at noon, Siouxland Public Media.

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Welcome to the Exchange, on Siouxland Public Media, I’m Mary Hartnett.  

Andre Yang is an unlikely presidential candidate.  The Democrat has no experience in politics and advocates what many call a socialistic practice of giving money to citizens as a basic level of income. In his book, “The War on Normal People: The Truth About America's Disappearing Jobs and Why Universal Basic Income Is Our Future,” the Brown University graduate and founder of Venture for America, takes a look at how new technologies are erasing millions of jobs before our eyes. Yang says recent political events show the divide this issue has caused.

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That was 2020 Democratic Presidential Candidate Andrew Yang. Yang is running on a platform that advocates 

 You’re listening to The Exchange on Siouxland Public Media.  I’m Mary Hartnett.  

Robert Kennedy was killed nearly fifty years ago by an assassin while on the campaign trail in California.  Kennedy left a legacy of progressive action on humanitarian causes like poverty, ending racism and other issues.  However, a new book delves into Kennedy’s early years when we worked for Wisconsin Senator Joe McCarthy on his subcommittee to root out Communists in the government in the 1950s. At that time, Kennedy was called ruthless and hard.  Author and longtime journalist Larry Tye takes a balanced look at Robert Kennedy in his book, “Bobby Kennedy: The Making of Liberal Icon.”  Tye says he wanted to write the book because Kennedy is complex figure who deserves a closer look.


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 Bobby Kennedy 10:41

In: “Bobby Kennedy is . . . .”

Out: “ . . . as we are now.”

That was Larry Tye, the author of “Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon.”  He spoke from Boston, Massachusetts.

 You’re listening to The Exchange on Siouxland Public Media. I’m Mary Hartnett.  When Robert Kennedy was running for president of the United States, he was often known as a progressive, or a liberal.  At that same time, a relatively new political party was gaining prominence in American society.  And it stems from a rather surprising source.  The forces behind the party include economists, theorists and writers. One of them was Rose Wilder Land, the daughter of Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of the Little House series of books for children.  In fact, Rose and her mother agreed with many of the ideals of the libertarian party. In fact, Rose was instrumental in infusing the Little House books with those ideals.   Christine Woodside is the author of the book, “Libertarians on the Prairie: Laura Ingalls Wilder and the Making of the Little House Books.”  Woodside says Lane became interested in libertarianism in large part because of her hatred of communism.


Libertarians on the Prairie


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In: “Rose Wilder Lane . . .”

Out: “. . . barely getting by.”


That was Christine Woodside, author of “Libertarian’s on the Prairie: Laura Ingalls Wilder and the Making of the Little House Books.”  This weekend in Laura’s hometown of De Smet, SD, the town is holding its annual celebration of all things Laura.  In addition, this year would be Laura’s 150thbirthday.  

You’re listening to the Exchange on Siouxland Public Media, I’m Mary Hartnett.   

As students at Iowa State University come to the end of the year, and some prepare to graduate, they may look back fondly at their time in Ames, and especially in Campustown.  That area on Lincoln Way across from the main campus has been a mainstay for students to live, eat and have fun since around 1900.   But the area has changed a lot since it was an outpost from the main area of downtown Ames.  Anthony Cappes is an ISU journalism graduate who has written for several newspapers.  He has put his interest in the history of Ames to good use in his book, “Campustown: A Brief History of the First West Ames.”

Cappes says the campustown area in Ames was unique in that it grew as a result of the college, when most colleges were built to take advantage of areas like campustown.


Campustown: A Brief History of West Ames



That was Anthony Cappes, the author of the book, “Campustown: A Brief History of the First West Ames.”  He continues to live in Ames and study the history of the town.



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