Shelby Pierce

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).

Briar Cliff University

Tonight the Sanford Center will hold an event at the Orpheum Theatre featuring Mitch and Emily Martin, Play It Forward, Kevin Keane, and more. The Center itself has served the Siouxland Community since the 1930’s, beginning as a settlement house for African Americans migrating north. Over time, its role in the community has expanded: setting up affordable, educational daycare; going into schools to help students and diminish gang presence; feeding families. Much of this growth happened under the directorship of George Boykin.

Shelby and Ike discuss Jordan Peele's horror film Get Out on We Are Not A Monolith. Without spoilers, they talk about how Peele uses the genre to raise issues of race that elude films like Forgotten Figures

Keep an eye on We Are Not A Monolith as it develops into longer form interviews and features. It is Siouxland Public Media's new project that focuses on the issues facing and being discussed by the African American community in Siouxland. 

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.