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Police Use of Force; Women Taking Control of Their Financial Future; Holistic Health Fair

This week on The Exchange, how women can take control of their financial futures by making some simple changes, also what rural Iowans can expect from the state’s broadband expansion plan, and how Morningside College has brought back hands-on learning with its agricultural and food studies program. . We also hear about the progress of wind energy in Iowa and we hear about the online offerings of a First Amendment forum at the Greenlee School of Journalism at Iowa State University, and this week we talk to one of the orgainizers of Sioux City's first Holistic Health Fair.

But first we hear from the executive director of the Sioux City chapter of NAACP Ike Rayford about the use of force by police. Protests erupted in Minneapolis following the deadly shooting of a Black man during a traffic stop on Sunday. Siouxland Public Media reached out to Ike Rayford, the president of the Sioux City chapter of the NAACP, to hear his opinion on this developing story. He talks with Sheila Brummer.

Also in this segment, we remember community activist and leader of the local Vietnamese community Hong Cuc Nguyen. Nguyen died of complications of COVID-19 in May of last year.  Jetske Wauran-Castro talks about her friend and her impact on the community. 

Ike Rayord, president of Sioux City chapter of the NAACP

One third of Iowas rural counties are still “broadband deserts,” meaning high-speed broadband is rarely available. The Iowa House of Representatives has unanimously approved to make broadband more available in under-served areas.  Former legislator Bill Anderson is the Executive Director of the Cherokee Area Economic Development Corporation and a member of the state Broadband Grant Review Committee.  He says this legislation will expand access in broadband deserts across Iowa. 

Bill Anderson, Executive Director of the Cherokee Area Economic Development Corporation and a member of the state Broadband Grant Review Committee. 

Also this week, we spoke with Tom Paulson of Morningside College about some new buidings going up on campus for the school's hands-on ag program.  We also talked with Michael Gengler of the Iowa Lakes Community College wind technology program about the rapids expansion of that technology in Iowa. 

Longellow School on the Morningside College campus, which is coming down to make way for a new building for the hands-on ag program at the school

Bill Anderson, Tom. Paulson and Michael Gengler

This week, Iowa State University’s Greenlee School of Journalism is celebrating First Amendment Days.  The event is a weeklong celebration of our First Amendment freedoms. This year, because of the Coronvirus, the events are virtual.  Julie Roosa, an adjunct assistant professor and First Amendment specialist at the Greenlee School, explains the event. 

First Amendment forum at the Greenlee School of Journalism at Iowa State University


Julia Roosa

Although nearly half of working women in the United States are now their household's main breadwinner, most women still aren't raised to think like breadwinners. In fact, they're actually discouraged from building their own wealth.  Financial expert Jennifer Barrett wants to change that. In her new book,  Think Like A Breadwinner: A Wealth-Building Manifesto for Women Who Want toEarn More (and Worry Less) Barret provides some basic steps women can follow to take charge of their financial futures.  

Think Like a Breadwinner, by Jenn Barrett
Jenn Barrett, author of Think Like A Breadwinner

The first Siouxland Holistic Health & Wellness Fair will be held next month at the Siouxland Expo Center.  It will have something for everybody. Dave Bernstien one of the event's organizers.

Dave Bernstein

The fair, taking place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., May 16 at the Siouxland Expo Center,Siouxland Public Media is co-sponsor of the Siouxland Holistic Health Expo. For more information go to siouxlandholistic.com

This week is the anniversary of Black Sunday.  On April 14, 1935, a particularly severe dust storm that occurred on April 14, 1935.  It was one of the worst dust storms in American history, and it caused immense economic and agricultural damage.  Jim Schaap contemplates what happened that day, in this Small Wonder. 

Courtesy of the Kansas Historical Society
Jim Schaap, Black Sunday

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