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The Exchange: LEC Controversy at Supervisors' Meeting; Sioux City School Foundation; Parallel Lives

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This week on The Exchange, we hear both sides of a controversy over the use of American Recovercy Plan Act funds for the new Woodbury Count Law Enforcement Center in Sioux City. Some residents and labor leaders saycoronavirus money should go to help those hurt by the pandemic; not to cover the escalating costs of the LEC.  The Board of Supervisors says the higher costs have been caused by supply chain issues that were caused by the pandemic.  We hear comments from this week's supervisors' meeting. 

Also, we talk with members of the Sioux City Public School Foundation about their accomplishments last year and what to expect in thew new school year. We talk with the foundation's Mickey Nelson and Michael Rohlena.

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Mickey Nelson and Michael Rohlena of the Sioux City Public School Foundation

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Mickey Nelson and Michael Rohlena

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Associate Professor and Chair of Digital Media Briar Cliff University Michael Crowley

School is back in session for colleges and universities as well.  Briar Cliff University has a new media communication program this fall called sports Sports Information. Sports Information students will learn to communicate and present sports information, and create portfolios highlighting their writing, design, and production skills.

Chair of the Media Communications Department Michael Crowley says there has been a lot of excitement about the program. 

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Associate Professor and Chair of Digital Media Briar Cliff University Michael Crowley

Most philanthropies work hard for the people they serve, however, there is growing concern that some are serving the wealthy at the expense of their mission.  

Racial justice advocate and author Edger DeVillanueva founded a group in 2018 that funds minority-led initiative for social justice. It's call Decolonizing Wealth. DeVillanueva also has a new version of his book out of the same name. Decolonizing Philanthropy: Indigenous Wisdon to Heal Divides and Restore Balance.  I talked with the author about the "colonizing virus," as he puts it, that is plaguing some philanthropies. 

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Author Edgar Villanueva

The show Parallel Lives continues this weekend at the Sioux City Community Theatre. One of the stars of the show, Amanda Gibson, tells Siouxland Public Media’s Sheila Brummer about the show and her love of theatre. For more information and tickets check out SCCTheatre.org.

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Parallel Lives at the Sioux City Community Theater

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Amanda Gibson

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