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I asked my daughter Katie what she thought about the hybrid system that was in place in the Sioux City schools.  She found it difficult to feel connected to instructors and other students.  Katie is back now in person at North Middle School.

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Siouxland Public Media received first place for News/Public Affairs Program by the PMJA.  The award was announced on June 25, 2020.  "50-Years Later: The Moon Landing and Flight 232" aired on July 20, 2019.  The program was part of award-winning News Director Mary Hartnett's weekly program called "The Exchange".  Each episode explores significant issues impacting the region and celebrates local arts and culture.  Reporter/Special Projects Producer Sheil

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The Iowa Broadcast News Association honored Siouxland Public Media with nine First Place awards during the organization’s annual banquet in Pella, Iowa on Saturday, June 27, 2020. 

Siouxland Public Media competed in the large market and student radio categories and picked up several accolades for Overall Excellence, anchoring and reporting for work completed in 2019. 

Siouxland Public Media received major accolades with the Midwest Broadcast Journalism Association (MBJA).  On, April 4, 2020 - Siouxland Public Media won nine Eric Sevareid Awards.  Siouxland Public Media picked up more “First Place” awards (7) than any other radio or television station in the tri-state area.  The station also received two “Awards of Merit”.

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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. 

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Jan 17, 2020

The Kee Live Music Festival gets underway Friday in Cherokee, the University of Okoboji Winter Games cranks up Thursday, and there are two new exhibits at the Clay County Heritage Center. In the metro area, MLK Day is Monday and the NAACP is putting on a big event at The First Congregational Church. Find out more on our first Cultural Continuum of the year.

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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.

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On June 14, 2019 the Morningside Branch of the Sioux City Public Library System held a grand opening and ribbon cutting to celebrate a long-awaited renovation.  About 100 people showed up to take a look at the updated library.  

 

The Morningside branch library features a children's area, an expanded area for private computer use, new lighting, shelving and seating. 

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Coming up this week on The Exchange, a new documentary by Buena Vista University students tells the story of how Disney put Mickey Mouse in an Iowa cornfield  

Also, why the Iowa legislature’s move to expand medical marijuana has some law enforcement officers concerned. 

And we talk with a man that walked the length of the route of Keystone XL Pipeline, a trip that changed his views about the people who live in the Midwest.

That and more coming up on The Exchange, Wednesday at noon and Friday at nine a.m. on SPM.

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Coming up this week on The Exchange, Iowa Senator Joni Ernst says Senate Republicans are working on a compromise bill to end the partial govt. shutdown.

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Also, how the shut down could soon affect supplemental food benefits like SNAP, 

and Iowa’s Supreme Court Chief Justice says citizens should be able to deal with minor legal issues online.  :That and more coming up on The Exchange, Wednesday at noon and Friday at 9:00 a.m. on SPR.

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Welcome to The Exchange on Siouxland Public Media, I’m Mary Hartnett.  Yesterday, Iowa’s first woman governor gave her first Condition of the State address since being elected in November.  Reynolds took over for longtime Governor Terry Branstad in 2017, after he resigned to become the US Ambassador to China.  



  


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Coming up next on The Exchange, we celebrate the holiday season.  I talk with Morningside College professor Emeritus Bruce Fobes about the history of Christmas and preview a live, radio play production of A Christmas Carol, and we hear a new Small Wonder from Jim Schaap.

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The Nebraska Democratic Party has dumped caucus system in favor of the less costly and primary elections. The national democratic party wanted states with caucuses to make some changes to make them more inclusive and that proved to be very costly.

Also, we hear from a psychologists who says Donald Trump supporters and opponents are different in the way their brains work. 

And a new biography of University of Iowa football legend, Nile Kinnick.

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Coming up today on The Exchange, we hear about how pork producers and soybean farmers are dealing with the effects of retaliatory tariffs this harvest season, 

also, how supporters of the Iowa Labor Center are working to preserve the more than fifty-year-old advocacy center from budget cuts. 

That and more coming up on The Exchange today at noon.

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Coming up on The Exchange, we learn about the changes made in the state’s child welfare system in how it works with Native American foster children.  


Also, a constitutional lawyer talks about the role of often embattled special prosecutors.


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Coming up today on The Exchange, in honor of Veterans’ Day November 11th, we talk with some local vets and those who help provide services for veterans.  We also hear about the Buffalo Soldiers, a group of African American Soldiers who served in the civil war and in World War One. We also take a look at the hard-fought race between Incumbent 4thDistrict Republican Steve King and Democratic challenger JD Scholten.  

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Coming up this week on The Exchange, we talk with Sioux City fourth district Democratic Congressional Candidate JD Scholten about his campaign and a new poll that shows him gaining on the incumbent Steve King.

Also, we talk with the author of a new mystery based in Okoboji and get a preview of Riverssance. 

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Coming up today on The Exchange, we will get a preview of this Sunday’s Mexican Independence Day celebration downtown.  

Also, a talk with writer and new age philosopher Marianne Williamson who will be in Sioux City for an event tomorrow night.   Williamson says America needs to take a hard look at its values.

And what to expect at Friday evening’s GlOW Festival at Western Iowa Tech Community College.

You’re listening to The Exchange, on Siouxland Public Media.  I’m Mary Hartnett.  The language of the Omaha Tribe is in crisis.  There are fewer than a dozen native speakers left.  However, a Nebraska filmmaker has produced a new documentary called “The Omaha Speaking.”  Timmerman has been working in partnership with Omaha tribal elders and sisters Octa Keen, Winona Caramony, and Glenna Slater.   85 year old Glenna teaches at the Nebraska Indian Community College.  I spoke with Timmerman and Glenna this week when they were in Sioux City for an event.  

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Coming up next on The Exchange, the battle over Sioux City’s seventh district Senate seat is heating up.  Democratic Candidate Jackie Smith says her opponent Rick Bertand is facing a tough race.

Bertrand says he has a strong history of support in District 7/

Also, why your kid’s history textbooks my not be up to snuff and how a one photographer and artist moved to Iowa and reinvorgorated his craft.  That’s coming up on the exchange after this news. 

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Coming up on The Exchange, the battle over immigration policy continues, A federal judge has ordered U.S. immigration authorities to reunite separated families on the border within 30 days, as Congress and President Donald trump continue a relative stand off on the issue.   we talk with an immigration attorney about the president’s decision last week to bring families together after much controversy.

Also, how Siouxland area woman helped win women’s suffrage,

Coming up on The Exchange, we are broadcasting live from Gigi’s Playhouse in Sioux City, where families and experts are discussing how to create inclusive spaces for individuals with special needs.  We will talk about how to develop your awareness of how individuals with special needs learn and communicate, learn strategies to make your work with individuals with special needs more meaningful, and experience how to make your space accessible and inclusive to all need and ability levels.

JOIN A PANEL OF LOCAL EXPERTS IN SPECIAL EDUCATION STRATEGIES

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May 9, 2018

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Welcome to The Exchange on Siouxland Public Media, I’m Mary Hartnett.  The 2018 Iowa Legislative Session wrapped up on Saturday, two weeks overdue.  This was another historic year for Republican lawmakers who control the House and the Senate.  They passed a major tax overhaul, an abortion bill that is the strictest in the nation, and.

With me to discuss the session are four Siouxland area lawmakers.

Democrat Chris Hall of Sioux City represents the 13 House District.

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Coming up on the Exchange, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds delivers her first state of the state address. Reynolds made it plain she wants to lower taxes and deal with issues like Medicaid privatization.

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Coming up this week on the Exchange, we talk with a Christian philanthropist who says just handing out charity is not the best way to help people in need.  Also, a look at the women who broke the Japanese and Nazi codes in WWII.  That and more on the Exchange, on Siouxland Public Media. 

Last night Siouxland Republican Party officials nominated State Representative and attorney Jim Carlin for Iowa Senate District 3 special election on December 12th. 

The Exchange's Mary Hartnett held a forum with the six Sioux City Council candidates on Wednesday, November 1st, 2017.  It was held at the Sioux City Public Museum, in partnership with the League of Women Voters.  The election takes place next Tuesday, November 7th.  The candidates are incumbents Alex Watters, Dan Moore and Pete Groetken, and the challengers are Jake Jungers, Dennis Quinn, and Doug Waples.  

 

Guests include David Osterberg, former legislator and University of Iowa Professor of Occupational and Environmental Health who talks about the value of the Leopold Center For Sustainable Agriculture. Also, author Jordan Flaherty, who talks about his book No More Heroes. It's about the savior mentality and its limitations. We also have another segment of We Are Not A Monolith with Shelby Pierce and Ike Rayford. Mary Hartnett visits a Laura Ingalls Wilder conference in Sioux Falls, and remembers a Siouxland lawyer and poltician, Michael Myers.

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