The Exchange: Facing a Changed World; local residents tell stories about the COVID-19 pandemic; Untold Power: First Lady Edith Wilson held the fort after President Woodrow Wilson suffered a devastating stroke
This week on the program, how a new Iowa drought plan could help with chronic drought conditions in eight NW Iowa Counties. We talk with Iowa state hydrologist Tim Hall.
Also, Iowa farms continue to become larger and more are commercially run, we talk with an Iowa State University researcher about the reasons behind the trend and what the future might hold. Extension rural sociologist at ISU, Professor David Peters, says the report “Rural Iowa at a Glance, Farm Trends,” small farms are vanishing and the big farms are getting bigger.
And an East High School LGBTQ+ group speaks about the bills soon to be signed by Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds that would hurt gay and trans students in Iowa.
It’s National Child and Adult Food Program Week. Locally, the Community Action Agency oversees the program in addition to helping low-income people and families. Executive Director Jean Logan talks about the benefit for child care providers in the region, the issue of food deserts, and the one thing we can all do to feed ourselves in a healthier way.
And in honor of Women’s History Month, we hear the story of the First Lady who some say ran the country after World War One. The Story of Edith Wilson. Untold Power is a new biography by Rebecca Boggs Roberts, the daughter of the late NPR correspondent Cokie Roberts.
We also introduce you to some Siouxlanders who have were heavily impacted by the COVID 19 pandemic. Their stories are part of a exhibit created by Siouxland Public Media that opens at the Sioux City Art Center.
Briar Cliff University recently honored the memory of long-time professor and Co-Chair of the Mass Communications Department, Michael Crowley. Crowley passed away at the age of 63 on February 23 at his home in Dakota Dunes.
Sr. Janet May worked alongside Crowley as Director of Campus Ministry. She wants others to know how much Crowley meant to students and society.