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One Year and Counting: COVID-19 in Siouxland; Mapping Inequality


This week on The Exchange we look back on one year and a few weeks since COVID came to Siuoxland. We talk about lessons learned during the pandemic with Unity Point-St. Luke's Medical Director of Quality and Patient Safety, Dr. Michael Kafka, and the hospital's Chief Nursing Officer, Wendy Lindley.

Unity Point Health-St. Luke's

We also talk with the editor of a new book meant to unite people in the aftermath of the darkest days of the pandemic.  Timothy Shriver is the editor of The Call to Unite: Voices of Hope and Awakening. Shriver also leads the Special Olympics International Board of Directors. 

Timothy Shriver, courtesy of Special Olympics

Tim Shriver

Also,  we hear about new bill getting a lot of support at the state legislature. The meausre would abate taxes for residents living in redlined areas in Sioux City and five other cities in Iowa. Those areas that were redlined by the government in the 1930s to discourage mortgage lenders from investing.  New Sharon Republican Reprenstative Dustin Hite is sponsoring that bill. 

New Sharon Representative Dustin Hite (R)

And we talk with one of the creators of a website called Mapping Inequality, where you can zero in on Sioux City's redlined map and find out the reasons given for deeming some areas not worthy of mortgage loans. Robert K. Nelson is the Director of the Digital Scholarship Lab and Head of Digital Engagement in Boatwright Library at the University of Richmond. 

Descriptions from a redlining report on two of Sioux City's poorer districts in the 1930s.


We talk with New York Times Silicon Valley journalist Cade Metz about his new book, Genius Makers: The Mavericks Who Brought AI to Google, Facebook and World. 

Genius Makers, by Chad Metz
Cade Metz, author of Genius Makers



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