This week on The Exchange, how women can take control of their financial futures by making some simple changes, what rural Iowans can expect from the state’s broadband plan, and how Morningside College has brought back hands-on learning with its Agriculture and Food study program. . We also hear about the advancement of wind energy in Iowa and the online offerings of a First Amendment forum at Iowa State University’s Greenlee School of Journalism. This week we’re speaking to one of the organizers of Sioux City’s first holistic health fair.

But first we hear from NAACP’s Sioux City Chapter Executive Director Ike Rayford about the use of force by the police. Protests broke out in Minneapolis after a black man was fatally shot and killed in a traffic obstruction on Sunday. Siouxland Public Media reached out to Ike Rayford, President of the Sioux City Chapter of the NAACP, for his views on this developing story. He’s talking to Sheila Brummer.

In this segment too, we remember community activists and leaders of the local Vietnamese community Hong Cuc Nguyen. Nguyen died of complications from COVID-19 in May last year. Jetske Wauran-Castro talks about her friend and her impact on the community.

Ike Rayford and Jetske Wauran-Castro

A third of Iowa’s rural counties are still “broadband deserts,” meaning that high-speed broadband is rarely available. The Iowa House of Representatives unanimously agreed to make broadband more available in underserved areas. Former lawmaker Bill Anderson is the executive director of the Cherokee Area Economic Development Corporation and a member of the state’s Broadband Grant Review Committee. He says this legislation will expand access to broadband deserts across Iowa.

Also this week we spoke with Tom Paulson of Morningside College about some new buildings that are being built on campus for the school’s practical Ag program. We also spoke with Michael Gengler of the Iowa Lakes Community College Wind Technology Program about the rapids expansion of this technology in Iowa.

Bill Anderson, Tom. Paulson and Michael Gengler

This week, Iowa State University’s Greenlee School of Journalism is celebrating First Amendment Days. The event is a weeklong celebration of our First Amendment freedoms. This year the events due to the coronvirus are virtual. Julie Roosa, Assistant Professor and First Amendment Specialist at Greenlee School, explains the event.

Although nearly half of working women in the United States are the main breadwinner in their household today, most women are still not raised to think like breadwinners. In fact, they are being prevented from building their own wealth. Financial expert Jennifer Barrett wants to change that. In her new book, Think Like A Breadwinner: A Wealth Creation Manifesto For Women Who Want To Earn More (And Worry Less), Barret offers some basic steps women can follow to take responsibility for their financial futures.

Jenn Barrett, author of Think Like A Breadwinner

The first Siouxland Holistic Health & Wellness Fair will be held at the Siouxland Expo Center next month. There will be something for everyone. Dave Bernstien is one of the organizers of the event.

The fair, which will take place on May 16 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Siouxland Expo Center, Siouxland Public Media, is a co-sponsor of the Siouxland Holistic Health Expo. For more information, see

This week is the anniversary of Black Sunday. On April 14, 1935, a particularly severe dust storm that occurred on April 14, 1935. It was one of the worst dust storms in American history, causing immense economic and agricultural damage. In this little miracle, Jim Schaap thinks about what happened that day.

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