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

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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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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July 14, 2022 26 min
Governor Kim Reynolds, Deric Kidd, DPS Commissioner Steven Bayens, fentanyl// Terri Mork Speirs, Impact Community Action Partnership, Donate fans/ac units// Brian Phillips, City of Ames, fire hydrant art// Laura Jesse Iles, Iowa State University Plant Pathologist//
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July 8, 2022 26 min
Dr. Lena Rydberg, Iowa Clinic/Iowa Heart Association, heart health checklist// Steven Franklin, City of Urbandale housing plans// Brandie Broadhead, Orchard Place, Moonlight Classic preview// Sherry Arntzen, Iowa DNR State Parks// Gary Slater, Iowa State Fair preview//
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July 1, 2022 26 min
Krable Mentzer, Camp Sunnyside & Charlie Becker, Camp Courageous , summer camps for children and adults with disabilities// Marketa Oliver, Maggie Murray, City of Bondurant, future plans// Sergeant Alex Dinkla, Iowa State Patrol, Susan Stocker, Iowa DNR, Todd Robertson Iowa DNR, July 4th holiday safety reminders//
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June 24, 2022 27 min
Walter Panizier, Helmsley Charitable Trust, rural health, stroke care// Justin Dodge, Iowa Home Builders Association/construction delays// Jennie Savits, Midwest Grape and Wine Industry Institute, Iowa State University// Brandie Broadhead, Orchard Place, Moonlight Classic bike fundraiser// Cassie Odland, ISU Extension Polk County, pre-school literacy programs//
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June 15, 2022 26 min
Dr. Amir Shaban, University of Iowa Comprehensive Stroke Center, stroke stats// Alex Pfaltzgraff, City of Grimes new sewer project, Rob Newton// Doug Ommen, Iowa Insurance Division Commissioner, Crypto, investments// Nina Marquart, Iowa Project Aware//
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June 14, 2022 26 min
Melissa Clarke-Wharff, Can Play, sports for children/adults with barriers// Emily Holley, Iowa Red Cross, Hurricane Preps// Mindy Williamson, Iowa State Fair experiences// Shannan Hafner, Iowa DNR Hook & Paddle Passport program// Kylie Peterson, Iowa Beef Industry Council, Iowa vs New York burger battle//
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June 2, 2022 27 min
Michael Moraine, Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs// Jessica Lown, Polk County Conservation// Kayla Kovarna, Des Moines International Airport// Ryan Schlater, DNR Fire Service Bureau
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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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May 20, 2022 27 min
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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