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Shelby Pierce

Local NAACP President Ike Rayford and Shelby Pierce interview Sioux City Police Chief Rex Mueller and community activist Monique Scarlett in an open and honest conversation about the death of George Floyd, the state of policing, the use of excessive force in our community, and how we can find unity in the midst of anger and grief.  

Sheila Brummer / Siouxland Public Media

Sen. Cory Booker joined Shelby and Ike to discuss his proposed policies as a Democratic candidate* for 

President, policies, he argues, that will bring the country back together. He believes that his appeal to African-Amercian voters makes his candidacy viable and that Hilary Clinton's 2016 loss was partly due to her failure to appeal to the lived experiences of the diverse nature of the Democratic Party. And he describes how his engagement in the African-American community drives his policy. 

*As of January 13, 2020, Senator Cory Booker has suspended his campaign.

This time on We are not a Monolith, Ike and Shelby explore the holiday of Kwanzaa. They interview special guest Kemi Brown of Sioux City to learn all about this Holiday and how it's celebrated.

Siouxland Public Media

We Are Not a Monolith welcomes Mayor Pete Buttigieg to talk about his Douglass Plan, the firing of Darryl Boykins, the first African-American police chief of South Bend, Indiana, and the challenges of bringing togehter a country divided along so many lines. 

Music by Joytribe recorded live at KBOO.

Wednesday August 2, 2017- Part II

Aug 22, 2017

Ike and Shelby took over an entire hour of programing to discuss summer reading, music and their series, "Checking the Box". 

Wednesday August 2, 2017- Part 1

Aug 22, 2017

  

Ike and Shelby took over an entire hour (well....technically a little more- be sure to listen to Part II) of programing to discuss summer reading, music and their series, "Checking the Box". 

Ike and Shelby are diving into a new series called Checking the Box- where they explore the vulnerability and consequences experienced when filling out everyday forms. 

What's Happening in the Community

May 9, 2017

  

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.

This Sunday, the Blue Cafe will host author Jordan Flaherty for a discussion of his book No More Heroes, a critique of the savior mentality and helping people from different historical, cultural, and racial contexts. Shelby Pierce and Ike Rayford of We Are Not A Monolith joined Jordan via Skype to ask how he has come to speak on this topic and what he has to say.

(Find the longer version of the interview here).

Jessica Wheeler

It was a busy week at the state capitol in Des Moines. Four hearings were held on issues including minimum wage and worker’s compensation, as well as a voter ID bill and a plan to do away with a local water authority in Des Moines.  Hundreds of constituents showed up the hearings, mostly to voice their opposition.

House File 516 would require Iowa voters to present ID’s at the polls. It would also change some of the voter registration requirements.