Focus

Focus

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.

Episodes

May 26, 2022 26 min
Dan Clark, Iowa Prison Industries// West Des Moines Solar Cooperative, Linda Schimmel// Aaron Steil, Consumer Horticulture Specialist, Iowa State University, spring gardens//
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Dr. Andrea White, Unity Point Health Pediatrician, Ankeny, baby formula shortage// Norwalk Mayor Pro Tem, Jackie Livingston, Norwalk Central Development // Karen Reker, ISU Career Services, Liberal Arts and Sciences, new grads job prospects// Janet Godwin, ACT-Iowa, study finds widespread grade inflation in high schools// Rich Higgins, Ames Fire Chief, CO Scare at apartment complex// Nina Marquart, Iowa Project Aware...
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May 11, 2022 26 min
Waukee Police Chief John Quinn, adjusting with the population increases// Elizabeth Keest Sedral, Living History farms, opening season, bird flu// Tivon Feeley, Iowa DNR pine tree needle damage// Todd Robertson, Iowa DNR Paddling dangers//
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May 5, 2022 26 min
Michael Vogt, Curator, Iowa Gold Star Museum, Camp Dodge. The League of Wives,; Vietnam's POW-MIA Allies and Advocates exhibit// Waukee Fire Chief Clint Robinson, population growth// Lisa Shimkat, Small Business Development Center of Iowa, Greene County event preview// Christina McCleary, Childrens Cancer Connection, Camping the Night Away fundraiser// Barb Giger, Iowa DNR Kayak fishing webinar preview //
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April 28, 2022 26 min
Sara Geiken, American Lung Association's Fight For Air Climb// Brandie Broadhead, Orchard Place, Moonlight Classic fundraiser// Jeff Graney, Iowa Works, Spring Career Fair at DMACC preview// Emily Holley, Red Cross Central Iowa, smoke detectors// Sonya Sellmeyer, Iowa Insurance Division, financial education//
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April 21, 2022 26 min
Michelle Book, Food Bank of Iowa, Inflation impacts/ Tina Pottoff, Hy-Vee/Meals from the Heartland, meals for Ukraine// Jonathan Koester, American Heart Association, Heart Walk preview// Julie Matternas, EveryStep, Amazing FundRacer// Steve Havemann, St. Vincent DePaul Society// Jessica O'Riley, Iowa Tourism Office, new Iowa tourism campaign//
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April 15, 2022 26 min
Susan Sims, Freedom to Serve Symposium, Religious Freedom// Christopher Miller, IRS-Midwest, federal tax filing deadline looms// Dr. Rachel Ruden, State Wildlife Veterinarian, avian influenza in wild birds// Susan Gwiasda, City of Ames Stash the Trash event//
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April 7, 2022 26 min
Danielle West, LifeServe Blood Center, blood needed// Rik Zortman, AKA Etch-A-Sketch Man, running for blood donations// Heather Butterfield, Iowa Donor Network, April is Donate Life Month// Adam Haselhuhn, Unity Point Health Foundation, campaign for John Stoddard Cancer Center// Kevin Bourke, Ames Convention and Visitor's Bureau, Pandemic-Come-back// Sara Geiken, American Lung Assn. Fight For Air Climb in Des Moines Pr...
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April 1, 2022 25 min
Jacob Meyer, Iowa State University study finds long-lasting post exercise mental health benefits// Michelle Schott, Iowa State University Extension-Polk County early literacy programs// EveryStep non-profit, Julie Matternas, Amazing FundRacer preview Steve Havemann, St. Vincent DePaul Society- Des Moines, new thrift store// Stephanie Shepherd, Iowa DNR Prairie Chicken preview//
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March 25, 2022 26 min
Dr. Alejandro Comellas, University of Iowa, COVID effects study// Karen Hiatt, Project Recovery Iowa, mental health// Kathleen Jones, Olmsted 200 Week, Des Moines// Sara Samms, Star-1 Rescue, Story County//
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March 18, 2022 27 min
Dutch Geisinger, Polk County tornado response// Emily Holley, Red Cross tornado response// Jay Pennington, Iowa Department of Education, Pandemic HS grad rates// Lee Ann Bakros, Des Moines Playhouse// Nina Marquart, Iowa Project Aware river clean-up// Sherry Arntzen, Iowa DNR Bureau Chief, Parks, Forests & Preserves, campground reservations//
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March 10, 2022 27 min
Jonathan Fox, Iowa State University Professor, Human Development & Family Studies, inflation// Dave Swenson, Iowa State University, econ analyst, inflation// Ernie Goss, Creighton University Economics Professor, inflation// Josh Murray, American Red Cross, Iowa tornado response//
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March 4, 2022 26 min
Nola Aigner, Polk County Health, lead paint remediation// Danielle West, LifeServe Blood Center Expanding to Pella// Emily Holley, Central Iowa Red Cross, March is Red Cross Month// Megan Freel, ISU Extension Polk County, Read Across Iowa// Jen Fletcher, Des Moines Park and Rec, Spring Break "staycation" ideas// Angie Brellenthin, ISU Kinesiology Assistant Professor, resistance training and sleep study
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February 24, 2022 26 min
Denise Hill, Drake University, COVID-19 legal actions// Katie Sorrell, ISU Extension, food insecurity grants// Rebecca Gernes, Volunteer Iowa nominations accepted// Warren Holder, Winterset, Raised Hunting, Spring Thunder preview//
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February 18, 2022 26 min
Steve Lose, hypothermia recovery & Dr. Mark Fisher, U of IA Hospitals and Clinics// Jessica Dunker, Iowa Restaurant Association, tourney time// Ryan Smith, Iowa State University Entomology, new mosquito species// Wendy Mobley-Bukstein, Drake University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, acetaminophen dosage
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February 11, 2022 26 min
Sara Samms, Star 1, Story County seeking volunteers for search and rescue missions// Medina Rahmanovic, Iowa Missing Persons Clearinghouse, updated website// Caroline Fitzgerald Monson, Suicide prevention, "No Matter What" Des Moines non-profit org// Dr. James Lovell, Cardiologist, Iowa Clinic, heart month, heart disease prevention// Sonya Sellmeyer, Iowa Insurance Division, romance scams//
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February 4, 2022 26 min
Dustin Hite, Iowa teacher shortage solutions// Ashlee Keiler, Iowa Attorney General's Office, 2021 consumer complaints// Carla Evans, Iowa Center for Economic Success, VITA tax help// Maggie McClelland, ICON Water Trails project// Cindy Haynes, ISU Extension Horticulture winter gardens//
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January 27, 2022 26 min
Claudia Lemper Manhal Iowa State University Ag Discovery, serving underprivileged, potential students// Peter Cownie, Iowa State Fair Blue Ribbon Foundation, state fair needing improvements// Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate, poll workers needed in Iowa// Byron Menke, Iowa Association of Realtors, challenges for home buyers/sellers//
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January 21, 2022 26 min
Greg Dehaai, Meals From The Heartland, food insecurity// Jessica Dunker, Iowa Restaurant Association, pandemic update// Tyler Harms, Iowa DNR Chronic Wasting Disease spreads in Iowa deer herd// Iowa State Treasurer Mike Fitzgerald, changes to College Savings Iowa program// Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller, Dr. Alison Lynch, U of IA Health Care opioid deaths in Iowa, pending legal settlement
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January 14, 2022 27 min
Danielle West LifeServe Blood Center, blood donations needed// Darcy Doty, Iowa Department of Transportation, new technology// Cheryl Heid, Grimes Public Library Director, expansion// Stephanie Shepherd, Iowa DNR, eagle watching
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