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In recent years, gender parity in Hollywood has become a prominent issue, with strong advocates rightfully speaking out about the woeful underrepresentation of women directors in contemporary cinema.  However, our calls for inclusion today should also consider the women excluded from history.  Lost and Found — the first installment of Crash the Canon, a series celebrating women directors — takes as a premise that film canons are and should be ever-expanding, becoming radically inclusive of those who have, for so long, been left out.

Patrick Kinney, Communications Director at Film Streams, stops by the studios at KIOS-FM to chat with Mike Hogan about this issue and the on-going course and offerings coming up.  More information about times and tickets can be found at

Electric Vehicle Industry Discussed on KIOS-FM

Oct 1, 2019

Bill Moore has been in the Electric Vehicle (EV) industry in the Omaha area for years.  He won an award at the EV conference recently.  Mark Gregory is the Founder & CEO of The Green Prairie which provides clients with green solutions for homes and businesses.

Both of them join Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the state of the EV industry and how it is becoming more prevalent on our society. 

More information can be found at EVWORLD.COM and at   

The Institute for Career Advancement Needs (ICAN) is hosting its annual 7x7x7 event on Tuesday, Oct. 8 from 4 – 7 p.m.  This 7x7x7 forum brings together Omaha business leaders for an event featuring seven local leaders with unique, exciting passions and ideas, speaking for seven minutes each on seven different topics.

Senior Manager, Marketing, Communications, and Events Allison Schorr Zach stops by the KIOS-FM studios to chat with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" about the event, ICAN, and how everyone can get involved.

More information can be found at

The line-up of leaders presenting include:

1. Patrick Dees, CEO, WoodmenLife

2. Sarah Waldman, Executive Director, TeamMates Mentoring

3. Mindy Simon, Chief Information Officer, Conagra Brands

4. Buey Ray Tut, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Aqua-Africa

5. Elizebeth Murphy, President, Emspace + Lovgren

6. Nate Dodge, President, NP Dodge

7. Nicole Bianchi, Partner, Bravium HD

Omaha Girls Rock, a nonprofit organization dedicated to youth empowerment through music education, performance, and creativity, has announced its third annual fundraiser, Omaha Girls Rock Presents "The ’90s."

The event will take place on Friday, October 11, 2019, at Slowdown, 729 North 14th St.  The event will also feature raffles, an adult beverage ring toss, photo booth, and more fun festivities.  A full 100% of funds raised will go to OGR’s instrument instruction, band lab and gear programs.

Melissa Wurth, Executive Director, sits down with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to chat about the organization, the mission, and the fun event next month.

More information can be found at

ABOUT OMAHA GIRLS ROCK: Omaha Girls Rock is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting girls and femme youth while building community through the powerful tools of music and collaboration.  Their mission is to empower youth to find their unique voice through music education, performance, and creativity.  The goal is to cultivate strong, contributing members of our community.  

The fifth annual Immigrant Legal Center FOOD TRUCK WORLD TOUR will be held Wednesday, October 2, 5:30 p.m., at the Metropolitan Community College, Fort Omaha Campus, CAET Building, 5370 North 30th Street.  Tickets include a delightful array of local food trucks, desserts, entertainment and valet parking.  This event is held annually on the first Wednesday in October.

This casual and fun event has a diverse cultural focus, featuring five local food trucks: Maria Bonita (Mexican), Chaima (African), Sweet Lime (Thai), El Arepon (Venezuelan), and Omaha Steaks (American). Dessert includes ice cream by Coneflower Creamery and pastries by Rico Pan Bakery. Cultural entertainment includes the accomplished dancers of Flamenco Omaha (Latin), a highly expressive dance form originating in Spain.

Dawn Bashara from Immigrant Legal Center joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the event and the mission of Immigrant Legal Center.  

More information can be found at

The World Premiere Production of "Red Summer" opens tonight at the Bluebarn Theatre.  Beaufield Berry, who is the playwright, stops by the KIOS-FM studios to chat with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" about her new show.

"RED SUMMER" is presented in commemoration of the centenary of the Omaha race riots of 1919.  This  evocative account of our city’s past centered on the story of William Brown.

Accused of a crime he couldn’t physically have committed, the infamous torture and lynching of this 40 year old factory worker is a stain on America’s heartland.  "Red Summer" presents an unflinching depiction of a city on the brink of chaos and a compelling portrait of the black migrant experience, each grounded by a deeply affecting vision of Will’s life and relationships before he became a tragic headline.

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Rain, darkness, nor snow will stop the "Walk to End Alzheimer's" but high winds will!   The walk scheduled for this past Sunday had to be cancelled when wind carried one of the 10' by 10' tents across Stinson Park.  Co-chair for the annual event, Sue McCann chats with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" about how safety became an issue with the high winds. 

The upshot is that you still have the chance to participate, as the walk has been rescheduled to Saturday, October 19th!  For more information about the walk, volunteering, or registration can be found at the website:

Samuel Bak is a world renowned artist and Holocaust survivor.  He has painted nearly 8,000 works of art in his lifetime.  UNO's Sam and Frances Fried Holocaust and Genocide Academy is partnering with the Pucker Gallery in Boston to bring seventy original Bak works to Omaha.  Bak's work touches on themes such as identity, justice, human rights, Jewish history and the Holocaust.

Sam was kind enough to stop by the KIOS-FM studios to chat with Mike Hogan for an extended episode of "Live & Local!"

More information can be found at

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Outlook Nebraska is hosting its annual Vision Beyond Sight Banquet on Friday, October 18, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Embassy Suites La Vista Conference Center.  This year’s keynote speaker is Chip Townsend, a martial artist who set a world record on ESPN last year by breaking 23 patio blocks.  Chip lost an eye when he was 3 years old due to a freak accident while riding in a pickup truck.  He will be speaking from experience about overcoming barriers and demonstrate his martial arts skills. 

Rachel Carver from Outlook Nebraska stops by the studios to chat with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" about the event plus the new organizational structure of Outlook Nebraska.  

More information can be found at

Preceding the 50th birthday Open House for KIOS-FM, Todd Hatton, Ken Dudzik, and a couple of guests look over the past 50 years and KIOS's place in history. 

This program aired live at noon on Friday the 20th of September.  It is in two parts to accomdate file size uploading limitations.

Todd Hatton, Program Director at KIOS-FM, is a recent transplant to Omaha, hailing originally from western Kentucky where he got his start in radio almost 30 years ago.  He transitioned to public radio in 1992.  Todd has produced eight hour-long radio documentaries about local and regional history. 

In celebration of the 50th birthday of KIOS, Todd stops by the studios and chats with Mike Hogan about the history of the station, the history-rich city of Omaha, and the local stories he looks forward to telling.

More information about Todd can be found at

October 4th through November 10th, cult classic The Rocky Horror Show makes its long-awaited return to the Omaha Community Playhouse—complete with fan-favorite midnight performances!   

After a flat tire renders them helpless in a storm, Brad and his fiancée, Janet, take refuge in the mansion of Dr. Frank ‘N’ Furter, a dangerously eccentric cross-dressing scientist with an insatiable libido.  As the night unfolds, a host of wild characters plunge in and out of rock songs and elaborate dances.  This musical extravaganza is the most fun you can have in fishnets!  Audience participation and costumes are encouraged (toast is fine but please, no rice, it's dangerous for the dancers)!

Benn Sieff, who plays Dr. Frankenfurter and his wife Erika Hall-Sieff (she plays the role of Magenta) join Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the fun and challenge of tackling such iconic roles.  If you missed the interview live, you can listen to it below and "do the Time Warp again!!"

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Barbara Naughtin is KIOS's Membership Director.  She has over twenty years of sales and relationship building experience in both the corporate and nonprofit worlds. In addition to her membership and fundraising skills, she also has experience in nonprofit database management, special event coordination and grant writing.

As part of the 50th birthday celebration, Barb stopped by the KIOS studios to chat with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" about the role public radio, non-profit participation, and KIOS Membership directing have had in her life.  

More information about Barb and membership in KIOS-FM can be found at and

Michael Lyon is a native of Britain who immigrated to Los Angeles in 1981.  Michael met his wife, an Omaha native, in Los Angeles and they moved to Omaha in 2000.  His love for public radio led him into programming and hosting a Sunday morning classical music program from 2000 to 2003 and a natural segue into hosting at KIOS-FM, as local anchor for NPR’s Morning Edition from 2005—2017.

Moving into development and underwriting from hosting was another natural step for Michael.  He says his years in the morning anchor's seat and connections with area nonprofits and businesses have given him an unparalleled appreciation for the Omaha community.  Michael's aim is to maintain that community connection, working with nonprofit and for profit partners to help establish and support their success through sponsorships on KIOS.

Michael took the time to sit down with current Morning Edition host, Mike Hogan, “Live & Local” to discuss the 50th birthday of KIOS-FM, the impact of public radio, and what they both have in common from hosting the early morning magazine.

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Mike Jacobs has been with KIOS since 1988 while attending the University of Nebraska at Omaha.  Mike began his career at KIOS working weekends as local host for NPR’s Weekend Edition.  He also hosted Morning Edition from 1990-1996. 

Mike began hosting the weekly blues program “Blues in the Afternoon” in October 1994 and took on the responsibilities of jazz programming and maintaining the music library in 1996. He has held the position of Music Director since 2002. In addition to hosting “Jazz in the Afternoon” on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Mike took the time out of his busy schedule to celebrate KIOS’ 50th birthday and chat with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" about the early days, the technology changes, and what KIOS has meant to him.

KIOS is Omaha Public Radio.  Started at Omaha Central High School in September 1969, KIOS was the educational extension of the Omaha Public Schools and became a charter member of NPR, National Public Radio, in 1971.  KIOS continues to provide the best in news, information, jazz and entertainment programming to an audience of around 60,000 listeners each week.  KIOS broadcasts programs from National Public Radio, American Public Media and Public Radio International along with locally produced shows.

This year, KIOS celebrates its 50th anniversary.  General Manager Ken Dudzik joins Mike Hogan in this second of a two part interview discussing the station, the celebratory events, and the panel discussion at the Omaha Press Club this week.  The forum will begin at 12 p.m. with lunch served beginning at 11:30 a.m.

More information can be found at

Officially, KIOS-FM turned 50 years old at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, September 15th.  However, we are celebrating our 50th birthday all month long!  This week, "Live & Local" will interview various staff members who have had a hand in shaping the offerings and sound of the station.

General Manager Ken Dudzik stops into the studios for a two part interview discussing the 50th birthday of Omaha Public Radio, the planned festivities, as well as an invitation to each and every listener to join us here for our birthday party from 4-7 on Friday the 20th of September.

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Parkinson's Nebraska's mission is to be Nebraska's #1 resource for Parkinson's Disease education, exercise options, and support.  They believe in a journey shared and build connections to strengthen and give hope to Nebraskans along the journey of Parkinson's.

Katrina Wulf is the Event Director for the "Walk & Run the Park for Parkinson's" event which takes place on Sunday, September 29th at 8:00 a.m. in Elmwood Park (802 60th Street). 

The event is a great chance for patients and care-givers to come together as a community and make a difference.  Katrina talks to Mike Hogan about the activities and mission of Parkinson's Nebraska "Live & Local."  For more information on the event or the organization, one can go to the website

At Child Saving Institute, they believe in the right of each child to have a childhood — a safe, happy time to learn and grow.  Unfortunately, not every child in our community has a good experience during the period from birth to adulthood, and that's where they come in.

Over the last century, their legacy has grown far beyond just "saving" children — they now work passionately in the service of children and their families.

Events and Projects Coordinator, Anna Willey, stops by the KIOS-FM studios to chat with Mike Hogan about the annual PurseOnailities Luncheon on Wednesday, October 2.

This year’s featured speaker is Dr. Patrick Friman, Vice ​President of ​Outpatient Behavioral Health Services and a Clinical Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Nebraska School of Medicine. 

For more information about how you can get involved, go to

There is a need for story in all of us.  The history of mankind was passed down via oral stories before the written word entered common use.  Nebraska StoryArts celebrates the art of passing along a story with the 18th Annual Moonshell Storytelling Festival at Mahoney State Park on Saturday, September 14th,  from 10:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Leo Arns, from Nebraska StoryArts joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the importance of story, how the day of storytelling will look, and how to be a part of the festival.

More information can be found at

Scientists, doctors, and philosophers all agree that "play" is so important to all humans of any age!  The Omaha Children's Museum is dedicated to promoting play and they invite you to celebrate the tinkerer spirit at the annual Tinkerfest, Saturday, September 14th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Meet makers, tinkerers, DIYers, & inventors who will share their excitement with young and old.  Each table at Tinkerfest will feature something hands-on to engage children, from a toy take-apart to building board games and video games, pottery, creating upcycled crafts and working with textiles.  

Kim Reiner, Director of Marketing and PR, joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the museum, the big event, and one of the highlights: a car take-apart where kids get to take apart a real car! 

More information is available at

This Sunday, September 8th, at 5:30 p.m. (instead of the usual 3 p.m.) Vepser Concert Series presents a real treat, Camille Metoyer Moten. 

So, pack a picnic basket, bring your blankets and lawn chairs and join us for an outdoor concert with Omaha jazz legend Camille Metoyer Moten and her band.  A versatile singer, performing in styles ranging from opera to musical theater, jazz and gospel, Camille has clearly made a lasting mark on Omaha’s musical scene.

Vesper Concerts Executive Director, Krisit Treu chats with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" about this special evening of jazz on the patio this Sunday, September 8, at 5:30 p.m. on the lawn of Presbyterian Church of the Cross1517 S. 114th St., Omaha.  In the event of inclement weather, we will move the concert indoors.

More information can be found at

UNO's new Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Sacha Kopp, Ph.D., officially began his role on Monday, June 17.  As Senior Vice Chancellor, Kopp supports the chancellor in UNO’s academic mission with a commitment to academic excellence as well as student access and opportunities.

Dr. Kopp stopped by the KIOS-FM studios to chat with Mike Hogan “Live & Local” about his new role, UNO as a school, and the important role public radio has played in his life.

More information about him can be found at

The Nebraska Prostate Cancer Alliance is a non profit organization devoted to Raising the Awareness of Prostate Cancer & Providing FREE PSA Tests.  To that end, "The Car Show that Saves Men's Lives" is happening this Sunday, September 8th, 2019 at the Nebraska Furniture Mart parking lot on 700 South 72nd Street.  

President of The Nebraska Prostate Cancer Alliance, Harold Pharoah, joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the dual missions of the car show -  providing FREE PSA testing from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm at the show, and also providing education about prostate cancer to take away the stigma. 

The focal point of the show is a FREE PSA test, a simple blood draw, available to every man over 40 attending the show.  PSA stands for Prostate Specific Antigen; a chemical found in the blood which is the first indication of the possibility of prostate cancer.  Testing information is not made public.

More information can be found at

The 8th annual Mighty Mavericks event will take place Saturday, Sept. 7 at the UNO Sapp Field House.  It is an opportunity for families in the community of individuals with special needs to enjoy a variety of interactive activities.  Plus the Flapjack Guys will be there!

Children's Respite Care Center CEO, Anne Constantino, joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the mission of CRCC, the Mighty Mavericks event (which is free and open to anyone in the community with special needs and their family members), and she shares a wonderful story about the integrated classes and the impact that has on the kids.

More information can be found at

Tracy Wagoner has walked to cure Alzheimer's, raised money to cure this disease, and gathered friends and family to help eradicate this health issue.  She was nominated to and won a spot as a member of the "Purple Profiles of Courage" team.  Stacy stopped by the KIOS-FM studios to chat with Mike Hogan about the Nebraska Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, how it has impacted her life, and how everyone can get involved.

More information can be found at

The city council met Tuesday, granting approval of the budget and trash contracts.  To see how we got here, you can listen to when Mayor Jean Stothert stopped by the KIOS-FM studios and chatted candidly with Mike Hogan about the budget, trash contract, roads and other issues currently facing the city of Omaha. 

While you may have heard about the full length interview, you might  not have time for all 40 minutes of discussion.  Due to listener requests, the abridged interview that aired on 91.5 FM is below. 

Here is also a link to the full interview, for your convenience:

The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (CGLR) is a national, collaborative effort to increase early reading proficiency.  The Metropolitan Area Educational Consortium, Learning Community of Douglas and Sarpy Counties and United Way of the Midlands partnered to bring the campaign here to Douglas and Sarpy Counties. Currently, there are more than 300 communities across the country participating in the CGLR network.

Reading proficiency by third grade is one of the most important predictors of high school graduation and career success.  Yet in the Omaha-Council Bluffs metro area, more than 5,000 third grade students were not reading at grade level during the 2017-18 academic year. Children who aren’t reading on grade-level by the end of third grade are four times more likely to drop out of school and six times more likely if they have lived in poverty for a year.

Dr. Martha Bruckner, Executive Director of the Metropolitan Omaha Educational Consortium (MOEC), stops by the KIOS-FM studios to chat with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" about this program and the importance of grade-level reading abilities.  More information can be found at

Bill Manger is the Associate Administrator in the Office of Capital Access for the Small Business Administration.  He’s traveling to Omaha as part of a three state tour through Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota and his primary reason to be in the area is to hear the ideas, input, and concerns of area SBA lenders and discuss upcoming changes to the SBA with them.  And to introduce a new tool, the SBA’s Lender Match initiative.  It is a free online referral tool that connects entrepreneurs and small business owners with participating SBA-approved lenders when they need a loan.

Bill stopped by the KIOS-FM studios to chat with Mike Hogan "Live & Local."  More information about the lending program can be found at

As you may have heard, multi-award winning actor Paul Giamatti is coming to Omaha to celebrate Film Streams gala event “Feature VIII.”  The acclaimed actor will join Film Streams Board Member and Omaha native Alexander Payne to celebrate the 15th anniversary of “Sideways,” their Academy Award-winning collaboration. 

The centerpiece of the August 25th evening celebration will be an onstage conversation about Mr. Giamatti’s prolific career in film and television, and his perspective on the art and industry.

After airing a "sneak peak" excerpt of the long chat Mike Hogan, host on KIOS-FM, was lucky enough to have with Paul Giamatti, below is the unabridged interview.  So generous with his time and views, Mr. Giamatti shares about his career, acting, and some of his favorite moments in the industry.  

You can still hear the sneak peak version at