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The Exchange 10.13.21: Response to COVID Assessed; Trusts in SD; Funds for ESL; SCCS Reaudit

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This week on The Exchange, we hear from the speaker at this year's Morningside University Waitt Lecturer, who reassess the federal government's response to the coronavirus pandemic. Also, a Sioux Falls journalist recenlty featured in the Washington Post, explains the trust industry in South Dakota that was exposed in Pandora Papers. And Siouxland Public Media's Sheila Brummer is at the Sioux City Conservatory of Music talking about a new benefit planned for this weekend at the Warrior Hotel.

First, hear from the former commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Scott Gottlieb. Before delivering the annual Waitt Lecture Tuesday eveing, Gottlieb met with journalists and talked about how we should fight the next pandemic.

Gottlieb’s new book, “Uncontrolled Spread,” looks at factors that frustrated government efforts to respond the coronavirus pandemic.

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Sioux Falls journalist Patrick Lalley

The recent publication of the Pandora papers uncovered some of the many ways that very wealthy people stow their fortunes.  One of the most likely places is South Dakota, which has, since the 1980s, had very lenient trust laws.

Sioux Falls-based journalist Patrick Lalley last week wrote a piece for the Washington Post about the up and down sides of South Dakota’s trusts.  He shared some ideas in an interview earlier this week with Exchange host and producer Mary Hartnett.

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Sioux Falls journalist Patrick Lalley

This week, the Iowa State Auditor’s office released a reaudit of the Sioux City Community School District. It covers a two-year period starting June 30, 2017. Iowa State Auditor Rob Sand talked to Siouxland Public Media's Sheila Brummer about the report and was also asked about his political aspirations.

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Iowa State Auditor Rob Sand (D)

Friday, October 15th, is National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day, and there is an evening event at Sioux City's Miracle Field. Katie Kruse of Dakota Dunes, South Dakota, is the organizer with the non-profit “No Foot Too Small”. She spoke with Siouxland Public Media’s Sheila Brummer. 

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Katie Kruse, No Foot Too Small

Local immigration and refugee advocates estimate 19% of people living in Sioux City speak a language other than English at home. 

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Morningside University recently received a $2.3 million dollar grant from the United States Department of Education to offer education programs to help Iowa’s growing immigrant population. The Dean of the Sharon Walker School of Education at Morningside, Dr. Kelly Chaney, shared information about the grant and program with Sheila Brummer. 

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Dr. Kelly Chaney

President Joe Biden issued the first-ever presidential proclamation of Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Nebraska’s four Native American tribes took part in a special celebration at the state Capitol in Lincoln Monday for Indigenous Peoples' Day.  One of the speakers at the event was the Chairwoman of the Winnebago Tribe Victoria Kitcheyan (kit-che-on).

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Chairwoman of the Winnebago Tribe Victoria Kitcheyan speaking at the state capital of Nebraska on Indigenous Peoples' Day

The Sioux City Symphony Orchestra opens its new season this weekend. Siouxland Public Media's Steve Smith talked to SCSO music director and conductor Ryan Haskins about the season. 

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SCSO conductor Ryan Haskins

The Vangarde Arts Harvest Blues Fest takes place this weekend with a performance Saturday night from Australian blues master Michael Charles.

Charles took time out of his busy schedule to talk to Siouxland Public Media’s Sheila Brummer about his upcoming Sioux City appearance and how his music transcends the blues genre.

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Michael Charles
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The Vangarde Arts Harvest Blues Fest takes place this weekend with a performance Saturday night from Australian blues master Michael Charles.

Charles took time out of his busy schedule to talk to Siouxland Public Media’s Sheila Brummer about his upcoming Sioux City appearance and how his music transcends the blues genre.

Finally, we talk with Gia Emory of the Siouxland Conservatory of Music about a fundraiser this weekend at the Warrior Hotel in Sioux City.

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