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Finding some "Extra Life"; Superhumans; Auditor Rob Sand and Murrow Awards

This week on The Exchange, how the medical victories of the past can help us move forward in dealing with the coronavirus.  Today, we hear some little-known stories of  medical and scientific innovations that doubled the human lifespan in the 20th century.  We talk with the force behind the new PBS Series Extra Life: The Science of Living Longer, Steven Johnson.  The series begins this week.  

Also, science is getting closer to giving people expanded, and some say, superhuman abilities. We talk with  researcher David Broyles about the future of superhuman powers. 

We also have  a conversation with Iowa Auditor Robb Sand about state finances and accountability, and his possible political future. 

And look forward to some community events that are happening this weekend in Siouxland. 

Finally, we celebrate some of the awards won recently by Siouxland Public Media News.

This week is National Police Week with Peace Officer Memorial Day on May 15th, President Biden called upon Americans to observe the week with appropriate ceremonies and activities during a year of turmoil.  In Siouxland there was a celebration.  Siouxland Public Media's Sheila Brummer takes us there. 

In this era of the coronavirus pandemic, there is a new series from PBS that gives us reasons to be optimistic about the future of human beings.   

The four-part series Extra Life: A Short History of Living Longer is co-created by bestselling science writer Steven Johnson, taking  from Johnson's book of the same name.  

Steven Johnson, author of Extra Life

And from extra life to superhumans: we talk with David Broyles of the Center for Naval Analyses about how close we may be to integrating techology not only into our lives, but into our bodies.

David Broyles

Iowa auditor Rob Sand has been trying to keep an eye on state spending and its use of resources since he took office in 2019.  Recently, Sand has asked questions about the state’s use of CARES Act money. He has also recently won a ruling from the state supreme court.  I talked with Rob Sand about his role as auditor and that case. 

State Auditor Rob Sand
Iowa Auditor Rob Sand

Also on the program this week, we have compilation of recent awards won by our news staff.  Siouxland Public Media News won two regional RTDNA Edward R. Murrow Awards, and also won awards from the Midwest Broadcast Journalists Assocation and the Iowa Broadcast News Assocation.  Take a listen. 

Compilation of awards to Siouxland Public Media News