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On March 3, Woodbury County Voters are being asked to approve a 49 million dollar bond to pay for a new jail.  

County officials say the current jail in downtown Sioux City is crowded and has multiple air quality, plumbing, and environmental toxin problems.    

Siouxland Public Media is hosting a live edition of The Exchange about the need for a new jail, the community influences that lead to the incarceration of so many people, and the possible alternatives. 

Join us for The Exchange, Wednesday, February 26 at noon at Sioux City Public Library. 

The Exchange, Wednesday, February 19, and Friday, February 21.

February is Black History month, and we talk with one of the editors of a new book that contains first-person stories and photos of African Americans who were once enslaved.  The interviews were done by writers with the Works Progress Administration in the 1930s.  

Also, a preview of a program at the Sioux City Public Museum this weekend where you can learn everything you need to know about the upcoming 2020 census that takes place April 1st.  

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Young teens face so many challenges these days and on February 11-13, 2020 a special interactive-learning experience took place for 7th graders with many local experts and organizations at Long Lines Recreation Center in Sioux City.  Siouxland Public Media's Sheila Brummer hosted a live version of "The Exchange" with information for teens and parents on topics such as social media, sex trafficking, teen pregnancy, STDs, hygeine, substance abuse, mental health and more.  

A partial list of guests during LIVE show:


The Democratic National Committee is calling for an immediate recanvassing of the Iowa caucus results after almost of week of concerns about the technical problems with a reporting app and other issues. The Exchange looks at how the problems unfolded. 

Coming up this week on The Exchange, 

We talk with several of the Presidential Candidates who cut a swathe through Siouxland in the week before the 2020 First in the nation presidential caucuses. 

One of them was former Vice President Joe Biden.

We also hear from Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders

And we talk with Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren.

Also, we hear from a CNN reporter who has followed the candidates all over the country.  

This week on The Exchange, Western Iowa Tech Community College is accused of human trafficking in connection with a group of exchange students from South America.  WIT President Terry Murrell strongly refutes those allegations and pledges to help students finish their programs of study.

This week on The Exchange, we hear from Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds, Nebraska Governor Pete Rickets and South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem as they deliver their legislative agendas for 2020 sessions.  Each of the Republican governors focused on a need to bolster the economic conditions of their state.

In the run-up to the February 3rd caucuses, we talk with a student from Northwestern College in Orange City, who is holding a mock caucus to educate those who have never taken part in Iowa's presidential nominating process.  

This week on The Exchange, as the new looms, we consider our goals and life choices and sometimes ask ourselves if we have sold out on our values.  We talk with the author of a new book called "The Ethical Sellout," about the many ways compromise can help us make decisions that accord with our values and the practical needs of our lives.

Coming up on The Exchange, we take a look at some of the events that we commemorated in Siouxland during the last year. 

One of the most resonant events was the anniversary of the deadly crash of United Flight 232 in at Sioux Gateway Airport in July of 1989.  The memories of the crash site were still clear all these years later. 

Also we talk with some seniors who recall the moon landing in July of 1969.

And we speak with the recently retired editor of the Catholic Globe newspaper, Joanne Fox and newly-retired Storm Lake Police Chief Mark Prosser.

This week on The Exchange, in anticipation of the holidays, we talk with the leaders of three faith traditions in Siouxland.  We talk with Bishop R. Walker Nickless of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Sioux City about the meaning of Advent and the Nativity.  
We also speak with Pastor Jim Shirbroun of Grace United Methodist Church in Morningside about preparing for the coming of Christ in the season of Advent.   

Also, we speak with Rabbi Guy Greene of Congregation Beth Schalom of Sioux City about Hanukkah.  The holiday begins at sundown on Sunday, December 22nd.