Mary Hartnett

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Coming up next on The Exchange, we hear from the three candidates to fill the remainders of a retiring member’s seat on the Sioux City School Board. They will present their proposals to the school board at its meeting next Monday.  One of them is former school board member John Meyers.

Also, we talk with the author of a new book that tells the story of an enslaved woman who ran away from President George Washington and was never caught.

And a look at the events you can expect at this year’s Rivercade Celebration.  That’s coming up, after this news.


Welcome to the Exchange on Siouxland Public Media, I’m Mary Hartnett.  It’s the Fourth of July and today we will dig into the history of the day, 

we take a look inside a founding father’s kitchen with an Iowa author.  

We will also get a rundown on Saturday in the Park coming up this weekend.

First though, we get an update on what’s going on with the Woodbury County Supervisor’s efforts to leave one provider group of mental health and disability services to join another.  

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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.


We talk about the 2018 Iowa Primary results with Jeremy Dumkreiger, Chair of the Woodbury County Democratic Party, and Suzan Steward, Chair of the Woodbury County Republican Party.

We talk about the 2018 Iowa Primary results with Jeremy Dumkreiger, Chair of the Woodbury County Democratic Party, and Suzan Steward, Chair of the Woodbury County Republican Party.

The state primary is coming up next Tuesday on June 5th.  There are many state and local offices where there are multiple candidates competing for their party’s nomination.  In Northwest Iowa’s 4thCongressional District, there are three candidates running in the primary for a chance to take on longtime Republican Congressman Steve King of Kiron.  They are JD Scholten, Dr. John Paschen, and Leann Jacobsen.  King also has a Republican challenger, Cyndi Hanson of Sioux City.

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Welcome to The Exchange, I’m Mary Hartnett.  This week, there were major decisions made on the state and local level.  First, we hear about the lawsuit that’s been filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa and Planned Parenthood of the Heartland yesterday.  

The law would effectively ban most abortions after about six weeks into pregnancy. The plaintiffs say the law needs to be struck down as unconstitutional. 

Coming up today on The Exchange, as the political season begins to gear up, we hear from a new presidential candidate who says everyone deserves a basic universal income.


Also, at look at the life changes of Robert Kennedy.  That and more on the Exchange, today at noon, Siouxland Public Media.

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