The Exchange

On this edition of The Exchange, we talk with Tyler Brock of Siouxland District Health about the number of COVID-19 cases in Woodbury County and how to keep ourselves safe during the pandemic.

We also speak with Sioux City Community Schools Superintendent Paul Gausman about the outlook for students, who are currently out of school because of the coronavirus, to get back to class this school year.

Coming up on the Exchange, we talk with  Siouxland health care leaders about how to protect yourself from COVID-19.  Most of the precautions are really just common sense actions. 

Also, today we hear from the owner of Siouxland Magazine Stacie Anderson about next Wednesday's event at the Sioux City Public Museum called "Understanding Homelessness."

We also look ahead to this year’s Faces of Siouxland Multicultural Fair with Karen Mackie of the Siouxland Human Rights Commission.  

Coming up on The Exchange, several referendums were approved in Woodbury County yesterday after elections were held.  One of the biggest was the 50 million dollar bond issue to finance a new law enforcement center in Sioux City. Supervisor Keith Radig says he is relieved the measure passed, but he hopes the old facility will hold up until the new one is finished, which will take around two years.

There is a new conference coming to Siouxland that explains the connection between pornography and human trafficking and we hear about that. 

* Because of security and safety concerns several areas inside of the jail were off-limits for photos during recent tour
Siouxland Public Media

On Wednesday, February 26, Siouxland Public Media hosted a live edition of the  Exchange at the Sioux City Public Library.  The topic was the Woodbury County jail bond referendum, set for Tuesday, March 3.

County residents will decide whether to a 50.3 million dollar bond to pay for a new jail.  County leaders and those who work in the jail say it is too crowded and has numerous plumbing, heating and cooling problems.

It was built to hold 80 inmates and now it has 230 inmates. 

Siouxland Public Media

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.  

SIOUX CITY - FEBRUARY 11, 2020
Siouxland Public Media

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:

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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.

Legendary U.S. Congressman Berkley Bedell died over the weekend.  The Spirit Lake native served 12 years in DC. We hear about Bedell’s life and work from a former state lawmaker and Sioux City attorney Al Sturgeon.  He worked with Bedell more than 40 years ago.

It looks like Woodbury County voters will be asked to weigh in on a possible new law enforcement center in March of 202o, and we talk with Woodbury County Sheriff Dave Drew about the issues involved.

On this week's program, we will hear from the author of a new book that tells the wide-ranging history of the Lakota people, who have lived in Missouri River Valley for hundreds of years.

Also, we have an interview with presidential candidate and South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg. Buttigieg spoke with the hosts of the podcast We Are Not A Monolith Ike Rayford and Shelby Pierce at the Siouxland Public Media studios last week.

This week on The Exchange, 

Presidential candidate and South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg meets with potential caucus-goers in Siouxland.  We have a report.

Also, some of the Democratic candidates who are vying for an opportunity to oust US Senator Joni Ernst next year say they feel the impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump should go forward.

Coming up on The Exchange, We remember Iowa State Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Cady, who died unexpectedly last Friday.  We talk with District 3b Chief Judge Duane Hoffmeyer about his recollections and also we speak with Des Moines Attorney Roxanne Conlin.

And today we hear about some alternatives to building a new Woodbury county jail. And we talk with an expert on what is often called the unfair “adultification of young black girls in American schools. 

Also, Sheila Brummer talks with the artist behind a new exhibit at the Sioux City Art Center.

Siouxland Public Media

On “The Exchange” this week, Siouxland Public Media talks to two Democratic presidential candidates who recently visited Siouxland.  Hear from Sioux City native Chris Godfrey who was recently involved a discrimination lawsuit against former Gov. Terry Branstad.  We also commemorate Veterans Day at with a special ceremony at Western Iowa Tech Community College.  Plus, the latest on agricultural concerns for producers in northwest Iowa with an expert from ISU Extension and Outreach.

On The Exchange this week we talk with some of the candidates from this general election.  Mayor Bob Scott will talk about his re-election and Rhonda Capron says goodbye to the Sioux City Council after eight years of service.  SOHO restaurant and bar owner Julie Schoenherr bested Capron.  We will speak with Schoenherr as well.

Cultural Continuum 11-01-19

Nov 1, 2019

Comedy Rocks or..."Rox", coffee is pretty great too plus there are a few art shows to check out and SPM hosts another candidate forum, this time it's for next week's Sioux City School Board election.

Coming up on The Exchange, we hear from the two candidates for mayor and two candidates for the Sioux City Council, who spoke at a forum last Thursday. 

Also, we get an update on what Iowa Governor plans to do or not do about vaping in the state.  Also, we talk with a physician from the Mayo Clinic about the dangers of vaping.

And we speak with the host of the NPR program, The Hidden Brain,  Shankar Vedantam

The program marries science and storytelling.

Coming up this week on The Exchange

We hear about the investments made by Western Iowa Tech Community college in training the future workers of Iowa.  A big part of the training is learning how to think critically and solve problems.

And we talk with journalist and author Bob Woodward about parallels between the days leading up to the impeachment of President Richard Nixon and the possible impeachment of President Donald Trump.

Coming up this week on The Exchange,

We hear from Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds who was in Siouxland yesterday to open a new fiber-optic network center downtown. She also met up with teachers and students in a Western Iowa Tech program that teaches students how to build homes.   It’s part of the Future Ready Iowa Initiative.

A report on the needs of the nurses at Mercy One, who are involved in a contract dispute with their employer.   

We talk with a Siouxland native who has created an app to help farmers monitor the health of their pigs.

Coming up on The Exchange, we talk with Woodbury County Auditor Pat Gill about next week’s primary election.

Gill also addresses new changes in Iowa’s voter ID law.  

Also, a new exhibit at the SC Art Center’s hands-on gallery and more. 

We will learn about a new effort to understand the immigrant experience in Siouxland and learn about the legacy of a lynching that took place in Omaha a century ago.

We will preview Riverssance which is coming up this weekend in Riverside Park.  

Siouxland Public Media

On Wednesday, Siouxland Public Media took “The Exchange” on the road for a live candidate forum at the downtown public library.  All five candidates for Sioux City Council joined host Mary Hartnett. 

Appearing on the show incumbant Rhonda Capron, and challengers, Julie Schoenherr (shay-ner), Michael Bayala, Michael O'Connor and Rosario Perez, Jr. or “Rev”. 

After the forum we talked about some of the people who attended to find out their thoughts and impressions of the candidates.

Cultural Continuum 9-20-19

Sep 20, 2019

Western Iowa Tech's GLOW Festival is tonight with DAD playing their last show of the year, there's a HAMFEST as well as a Bacon Fest, Akron hosts a Scarecrow Festival, Nature Calls is at the Convention Center, Jim Schaap gives a talk and The Exchange presents a Sioux City Council Candidate Forum at the library.

This week on The Exchange, 

We talk with the five city council candidates that will compete in the primary election on October 8th.

Also, a discussion with comedian Lewis Black who performs this weekend at the Orpheum in Sioux City.

We get a preview of Friday’s GlowFest at Western Iowa Tech Community College.

And Jim Schaap who we hear often talking about Small Wonders will talk about the beauty and majesty of the Loess Hills, and give us a preview of a live event next week at the Broken Kettle Grasslands Reserve.

Author Jim Schaap talks with Siouxland Public Media's Mark Munger about a Dutch resistance fighter in who defied the Nazies WWII. Diet Eman died last week.  Schaap worked with Eman on her biography. 

We talk with the president of Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, IA about a three million dollar gift that will help the school and the community work on rural economic projects and issues.

Also, a conversation about civility and modern life.

Coming up on The Exchange, we have an update on the continuing concern over the Renewable Fuel Waivers that have reduced the amount of corn-based ethanol that is mixed into the nation’s gasoline.  It is hurting farmers and ethanol producers.  

We talk with North Dakota State Agriculture Economist David Ripplinger, who says exporting more ethanol to Brazil will be of some help, the problem of ethanol waivers remains. 

Also, we talk with an instructor from Morningside College about new Spanish textbook that mixes in culture with grammar.

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