Why Iowans visit Story City annually to celebrate Scandinavian Heritage
Scandinavian Days happen every year in Story City and to celebrate Scandinavian immigrants, culture and traditions. This year, the event is June 2nd and 3rd. Shanon McKinley, Executive Director of the Story City Greater Chamber Connection explains the history of this annual tradition and how it’s evolved through the years. We also talk about Story City’s…
Five day “camp” to prepare high schoolers for A.I. economy
The AI economy is coming! Parents want to prepare their kids, and Iowa high schoolers want to know how to prepare for the new generation of work. Jessi McQuerry with the Association of Business and Industry explains how the Business Horizons program has pivoted to prepare students for design thinking and AI-ready jobs. Today’s students…
Senators from both parties discuss new Iowa school choice law.
Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds has signed a new school choice bill into law but what does it actually mean? Democrat Senator Nate Boulton and Republican Senator Brad Zaun explain what the new school choice bill means for Iowans. They have disagreements on this bill, of course, but they have a shared vision of helping children.…
Is wage theft costing Iowans $900M per year?
It made statewide news, and politicians, including former Congresswoman Cindy Axne, spread the story: wage theft in Iowa is a problem. It may be costing Iowa workers $900 million a year to overtime payment violations, minimum wage law violations, and other forms. That’s a big number, but how accurate is it? Sean Finn, a policy…
Homelessness and at risk kids in Iowa. The real story.
You see them holding cardboard signs on your commute to work, but have you ever wondered how Iowa’s homeless population ended up there? There are many opinions on the matter ranging from “they deserve it” to “anyone can be homeless,” but neither of these beliefs is entirely accurate. In fact, the issue is a bit…
Grand View University’s new President makes history
A University should change with the job market and set the students up for success with life’s ebbs and flows. That is exactly the plan Dr. Rachelle Keck, the first female president of Grand View University, sees as the university’s 10-year plan. Times are changing and it is important for her to create an institution…
Ankeny Superintendent on School Choice and Enrollment
From Chicago to Ankeny, Iowa, Dr. Erick Pruitt, Superintendent of the Ankeny Community School District, discusses Ankeny and Chicago similarities, the school choice bill and how to gain back enrollment numbers.
Girl Scout Cookie Taste Testing and Empowering Girls
Taste testing cookies as a career is a dream job for most of us. For Beth Shelton, Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa, this is reality. Tasting cookies is just another day in the office. Listen to the episode to find out more about what exactly that entails. That’s only a very…
Next-gen makerspace in Iowa City free to the community?
Innov8 is a free-to-use makerspace in Iowa City and founder Tracy Jon Sargeant talks about why the lab is free to use.
Drake’s President on College Affordability and Debt
Drake University President, Marty Martin on college debt. Is college worthless or does everyone need it? Students graduation rates.