Focus is a weekly, half hour public affairs program covering a wide range of topics, addressing issues in the greater Des Moines area and the entire state of Iowa, hosted by WHO Radio's Sue Danielson.


January 26, 2023 26 min
Lance Henning, Habitat for Humanity-Des Moines, spring accessibility project// Dr. Denise Sorrentino, Iowa Heart Center, Go Red For Women preview// Stephanie Shepherd, Iowa DNR, Chickadee Check-off// Amy Reis, Raptor Resource Project, Eagle Cams of Decorah, Iowa//
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Iowa State University Architecture Professor Ulrike Passe, heat warning system research// Major Butch Frost, Salvation Army-Des Moines, winter campaign// Nikki Syverson, central Iowa philanthropy report// Julie Schneider, Iowa Donor Network, 2022 in review// United Way of Central Iowa, VITA tax sites//
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January 12, 2023 27 min
Patrick Snell, Grow Solar Polk County// Michelle Seibert, United Way of Central Iowa/VITA tax services// Joe Murphy, Iowa Business Council, 2023 econ survey// Dr. Denise Sorrentino, Iowa Heart Center, CPR & AEDs// Tyler Harms, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, elk in Iowa//
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December 15, 2022 27 min
Katie Sorrell, Iowa State University Extension's Growing Together Iowa Program combats food insecurity// Cindy Gerke & Josh Fiala, Animal Rescue League of Iowa, cat adoption & pet food pantry// Sara Broers, 100 Things to Do In Iowa Before You Die // Damon Buskohl, Wesley Acres Executive Director, renovations// Sue Woody, Des Moines Public Library Literacy program// Jasmine Almoyayad Kirkwood Community College...
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December 7, 2022 27 min
Lisa Hauser, Habitat for Humanity-IA, new affordable housing options// Professor Robert Overstreet, ISU online shopping policy changes// Michael Moraine, Iowa Historical Building renovations// Mary Neubauer, Iowa Lottery prize-claiming changes// Jessica Dunker, Iowa Restaurant Association, holiday business// Michelle Balmer, Iowa DNR Black Hawk Lake restoration success story//
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November 17, 2022 26 min
Dr. Jason Wittmer, Broadlawns Medical Center, lung cancer screening// Dale Woolery Governor's Office of Drug Control Policy, annual report// Robert Overstreet, ISU Ivy College of Business, retail return policies// Jessia Lown, Polk County Conservation, Sleepy Hollow plans//
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November 11, 2022 26 min
Iowa Ag Sec. Mike Naig, possible rail strike// Iowa Board of Regents highlights// Emily Logan, Metro Waste Authority, fall yard debris// Tammy Noble, Iowa Poison Control, holiday dangers// Kathy Coady, Hope Ministries, Christmas dinner volunteers needed
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November 7, 2022 26 min
Scott Grawe, ISU Business Professor, Supply Chain Issues// Sue Woody, Des Moines Public Library System Director// Tammy Noble, Iowa Poison Control Center, lead poison testing//
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October 13, 2022 26 min
Emily Murray, Drug Enforcement Administration-Omaha, rainbow fentanyl// Beth Doran, Iowa State University Extension Beef Specialist, beef costs// Dr. David Brown, Iowa State University Extension, rural mental health// Vince Evelsizer, Iowa DNR, mountain lion sightings// Curt Simmons, Science Center of Iowa, Dinosaur invasion//
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October 7, 2022 26 min
Michael Scott, State Librarian, Peoples Law Website, Professor Carissa Vogel, U of Iowa Law Library, Peoples Law Website, Capt. Nick Lennie, Story County Sheriff's Office, Harvest traffic danger, Ray Reynolds Nevada Fire/EMS Director, Unusual Rescue, Kathy Coady, Hope Ministries, Thanksgiving
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September 29, 2022 26 min
Bridget Toomey, U of Iowa Health Care OBGYN, Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month// Emily Holley, Red Cross-IA, Hurricane response// Jace Elliott, Iowa DNR Bow Hunting season begins// Steve Bradbury, Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium//
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September 26, 2022 26 min
Danielle West, LifeServe Blood Centers, blood supplies in lowa// Carson King Foundation, children's hospitals fundraisers// Dr. Jake Michaelson, U of Iowa, Autism study// Stephanie Shepherd, Iowa DNR Wildlife Biologist, bats//
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September 15, 2022 26 min
Major Butch Frost, Salvation Army-Des Moines, outreach vehicle// Michelle Book, Food Bank of Iowa's Meat the Need campaign// Lauren Livingston, Alzheimer's Association, preview October 1st Walk to End Alzheimer's// Sonia Sellmeyer, Iowa Insurance Division, SmartHER Money Conference preview// Joe Stafford, Animal Rescue League of Iowa//
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September 12, 2022 26 min
Luke Elzinga, Des Moines Area Religious Council Food Pantry, record demand// Sarah Gilcrest, Dallas County Conservation// Jessica Lown, Polk County Conservation// Ginny Mitchell, ISU Insect Zoo, yellow jackets// Rhonda Fowler, Iowa DOT license plate favorites// Danielle Gailen, Jessica Cole, Rob Denson—DMACC Criminal Justice Center//
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August 31, 2022 27 min
Sgt. 1st Class, Nick Refslen, Iowa National Guard, recruitment // Dr. Eric Reynolds, MercyOne Sports Medicine, concussion // ISU Sociology Professor Susan Stewart, women and alcoholism // Jill Crosser, Chairwoman, Go Red for Women, American Heart Assn // Lauren Kollauf, The Avenues of Ingersoll & Grand Construction //
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August 25, 2022 27 min
Matt Smith, Supt. Des Moines Public School District// Jeremy Vos, Board Member, Home School Iowa// Lindy Ibeling, Governor's STEM Advisory Council// Sarah Borzo, Metro Waste Authority, water bottle filling station grants// Gary Presnall, Northwest Bank, Sheepgate Golf Marathon//
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August 19, 2022 26 min
Patty Sneddon-Kisting, Urbandale Food Pantry, Pedal for the Pantry// Greg DeHaai, Meals from the Heartland, Annual Hunger Fight// Nick Christians, ISU Turf Management Professor, dry lawns// Robin Pruisner, Iowa Department of Agriculture, Pests//
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August 11, 2022 26 min
Greg Dehai, Meals from the Heartland, Annual Hunger Fight event// Charis Paulson, Iowa Department of Public Safety hiring State Troopers// Lewie Curtis, Iowa High School Athletic Association, football officials wanted// Dr. Laura Bowshier, Mercy One Waukee-Family Medicine, health tips for college students//
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August 5, 2022 26 min
Terri Mork Speirs, ICON Community Action Partnership, donate fans// Emily Holley, Central Iowa Chapter, Red Cross, Kentucky relief // David Peters, Iowa State University College of Ag, inflation hitting rural Iowans// Zach Bader, Iowa Farm Bureau, consumer survey results, inflation// Karla Thompson, Dyersville Chamber of Commerce, MLB returns//
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July 20, 2022 26 min
Todd Robertson, Iowa DNR River dangers// Beth Marrs, Iowa State University Extension, food savings// Donald Lewis, ISU Professor emeritus, summer insects//
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