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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.

OCTOBER 14, 2019
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There’s a shortage of skilled workers in the state of Iowa, including here in Siouxland.      

On Monday, a local community college showcased some of the programs helping find solutions. 

A group of state lawmakers and members of the board of directors for Western Iowa Tech Community College tour a converted classroom.     

“They basically tore the carpet out, ground all of the floor removed the tables and we built a mini-production facility.

Chris Sewalson is industrial maintenance coordinator for Western Iowa Tech’s Corporate College.

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Students at Western Iowa Tech Community College learned an important lesson on October 9, 2019; A lesson, about different walks of life.    

“Being Native American a lot of our stuff is specific and spiritually oriented.”

Twenty-two-year-old Michael Shonie wears lavender nail polish on one hand along with white dangling earrings as he sits at a round table sharing his story with other about his age.

“I’m talking about my experience being a two-spirited indigenous person in the modern world.”

REPORTER: “What does that mean?”

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.

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Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds was in Siouxland on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 to tout the completion of a fiber optics network and a community college home building program.   

Reynolds cut the ribbon today on a newly created fiber optics network center in downtown Sioux City.  Data and broadband company FiberComm opened a new office today on Pierce Street.  The $6 million project is a so-called “carrier hotel” with 24/7 access for companies to connect with fiber optic networks.   

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Voters in Storm Lake and Sergeant Bluff will decide tomorrow on school bond issues.  School officials say growing enrollment means the districts will run out of space. The bond issues require a 60 percent "supermajority" to win approval.  The Sgt. Bluff-Luton School system has failed to gain approval for three previous bond issues.

Western Iowa Tech Community College is reaching out to countries around the world and bringing international students to the area.

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Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has been calling for new approaches to deal with persistent flooding, and now she's also seeking prayers to deal with the problem.

On Monday, Reynolds was surrounded by evangelical Christians as she signed a proclamation declaring Sunday a statewide day of prayer for flood recovery. Reynolds and the group then bowed their heads together in prayer.

Earlier in the week, Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts signed a similar proclamation.

Coming up this week on The Exchange, Sears, a lynchpin of the Siouxland retail economy is leaving after 90 years, perhaps because it failed to keep up with the times.

The evolution of the local economy and why your property taxes might be going up.  That an more on the Exc Wednesday at noon, Friday at 9 a.m. on SPM.


  



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Coming up this week on The Exchange, Sears, a lynchpin of the Siouxland retail economy is leaving after 90 years, perhaps because it failed to keep up with the times.

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Nov 9, 2018

There's lots of theater happening, a hobo lounge singer at Vangarde, Soul Food at the Conservatory and TWO orchestras open new seasons.

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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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Oct 19, 2018
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A big Pride event in Orange City this weekend, WITCC hosts a Zombie Walk followed by a blood crawl, which is kind of like a pub crawl, except Halloweenier. There's a CROP Walk too and where in the heck is Sixto Rodriguez? The NMM goes Searching for Sugarman in Vermillion.

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Oct 12, 2018

If downtown smells particularly good on your drive home, it's probably Artilicious at the Sioux City Art Center. Morningside College Piano Recital Series is back in action this weekend and there's a steady stream of things happening at the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center.

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Oct 5, 2018

This is the last weekend to check out the National Music Museum for awhile, college theater at Morningside and Wayne, there's a smattering of hikes and an Elvis (Costello) collaborator, which is way different than an Elvis impersonator.

Cultural Continuum 9-21-18

Sep 21, 2018

Park(ing) Day returns Downtown, some theater, some chamber music, some Motown and Nature Calls at the Convention Center

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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.

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Aug 17, 2018

We're talking Demonstration Kitchens, Production Kitchens, Theory Kitchens and how not every student that gets a job in the culinary field is working in a restaurant, today on Food For Thought. Chef Mike Gasaway from the WITCC Culinary Arts Program stops by to talk about the program which is going into it's 5th year at the college.

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Coming up this week on The Exchange,  how a long deserted cemetery in Dubuque became a place of living history after being dug up for a condominium project. Also, we talk with Briar Cliff University’s new president. 

And we take a look at the offerings of this fall’s Lifelong Learning Program at Western Iowa Tech Community College.  That and more, coming up on The Exchange, Wednesday at Noon and Friday at 9:00 a.m. here on Siouxland Public Media. 

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Gretchen has a bevy of guests dropping by a live broadcast of Opus at Momo's, next door to the Orpheum Theater, the site for this weekend's ground-breaking performances of West Side Story. She talks with SCSO Board President, Juliet Everist, as well as Christie Tremaine. Also she talks with SCSO Conductor, Ryan Haskins and the production's Associate Director, Christopher Murrah among others.

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Welcome to the Exchange on Siouxland Public Media. I’m Mary Hartnett. 

The Iowa Legislature this week is deciding which measures will make it to the House and Senate floor.  There have been several contentious bills concerning social and criminal issues, but the so-called educational choice bill brought out dozens of supporters and opponents during recent committee yesterday.  

Under the school choice bill, the state would take most of the money that would normally cover one student’s education in a public school and give it to a family to cover private school tuition instead, up to 5000 dollars. 

The bill’s author estimates that 50 million state dollars would be diverted from public to private schools each year.  The bill was scaled back from a more expensive proposal last year that would have given grants to all private school students in the state.  Cedar Falls Republican Representative Walt Rogers is the

House Education Committee Chairman.   Rogers says the bill is really an effort to give parents of all income levels to afford to send their children to the best school possible.

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That was Cedar Falls Republican Representative Walt Rogers is the House Education Committee Chairman.  He was talking about the school choice bill that will likely go the full house and senate for debate soon.

Republicans and Democrats have spilt down party lines on the school choice bill and several other bills that are facing committee deadlines this week. Sioux City Democratic Representative Chris Hall   also opposes the measure. He also has concerns about the viability of other Republican sponsored measures.  First, he gives his take on the school choice bill.

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That was Sioux City Democratic Representative Chris Hall, talking about the school choice bill.

Youre listening to the Exchange on Siouxland Public Media, Im Mary Hartnett.

Today we often say that technology has transformed communication, but that’s not a modern phenomenon.  From the printing press to IPads, advances in printing technology have played a huge part in changing how we connect and the path of history.    Author Martin Puchner writes about this and the role of literature world worldwide in his book, The Written World: The Power of Stories to Shape People, History, Civilization” leads us on a remarkable journey through time and around the globe to reveal the powerful role stories and literature have played in creating the world we have today. 

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  That was Martin Puchner, library critic and author of the book, “The Written World: The Power of Stories to Shape People, History, Civilization.”You’re listening to the Exchange, on Siouxland Public Media. I’m Mary Hartnett.Western Iowa Tech’s Lifelong Learning regularly provides Siouxland with programming that enriches our lives.  This coming spring continues that tradition. Program coordinator Mara Hall joined Mark Munger to talk about what’s ahead.

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You’re listening to the Exchange, on Siouxland Public Media, I’m Mary Hartnett. Just ahead, the story of two people from different sides of the world meet on a mysterious bus, misunderstand each other, and fall in love.  Before that, however, the young women participating in our Siouxland Media Lab project at Girls, Inc. recently asked each other what would make for the perfect Valentine’s Day.

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Gretchen's guest this time is Marcia Poole. Poole will talk about the very early days of getting Siouxland Public Media (known then as KWIT) off the ground and over the air clear back in 1978. She talks about public radio bringing classical music, NPR News and other public radio mainstay's to a population that had none.

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Jan 5, 2018
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A virtual 5K with the troops at WITCC, test yourself against monsters in the Land of Lambia, a traveling exhibit on Coney Island at the Sioux City Public Museum and handbells galore at Central Baptist Church all part of this week's Cultural Continuum with Steve Smith and Amy Roth.

This week on The Exchange, we talk with Iowa Third District Senate Candidate Todd Wendt of Le Mars. Wendt retired earlier this year after 17 years as the Superintendent of the Le Mars public schools. 

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Sep 29, 2017

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Jun 6, 2017

Western Iowa Tech Community College and Morningside College are joining forces to help community college students move on to achieve a four-year degree.  They are working together on the Pathways Program.

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Jun 6, 2017

Western Iowa Tech Community College and Morningside College are working together to help students go from a two-year program to a four-year degree.  The schools made the announcement today at WITCC.

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Apr 7, 2017

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A new program will allow Siouxland students to complete coursework at Iowa State University Design West and Western Iowa Tech Community College before transferring to Ames.  Siouxland Public Media’s Mary Hartnett as the details.

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Jan 18, 2017

On the Exchange this week we talk with Western Iowa Tech Community College President Terry Murrell about possible state budget cuts that could affect community colleges statewide.  We also talk with the author of a new book about the history of the meatpacking business in the Midwest.  

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