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Radio Talking Book Service (RTBS) serves Nebraska and southwest Iowa with a mission to provide human-voiced information choices to individuals who are blind, visually impaired, or have physical disabilities which prevent them from reading.  We are in our 44th year of providing a vital connection for these individuals with the printed word through two programs: Radio Talking Book Network, a statewide radio reading service; and Listening Link, an educational reading program. 

The Radio Talking Book Network (RTBN), founded in 1974, is Nebraska’s audio companion and only radio reading service.  RTBN provides our statewide audience with equal access to local, current information necessary to lead productive, self-directed lives and remain engaged in their communities.  To do this, RTBN uses over 80 volunteer readers, whose diverse voices bring the printed word to life with the reading of 12 regional newspapers, grocery and department store ads weekly, information from over 70 magazines, live interviews on our Community Conversations, a Veterans Hour, and much more. 

Bekah Jerde is the Assistant Director of RTBS.  She stopped by the studios at 33rd and Burt to chat with Mike Hogan about the program and how people can help the cause.

More information can be found at https://rtbs.org/

Julie Sokolow has directed films such as Woman on Fire (Starz, 2017) and Aspie Seeks Love (2015).  Which was covered by KIOS back in 2015. (https://www.kios.org/post/aspie-seeks-love)

Julie directed a new documentary called Barefoot: The Mark Baumer Story that screened at the Omaha Film Festival this March and won an award.  Julie chatted with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" about the film and her excitement for what ended up being an award winning night for her.

Women on a Mission is a non-profit that is ALL about supporting women and girls through partnership, mentoring and socialization. The group facilitates access to services for women and girls to achieve lifelong goals in seven areas: Careers, health, applied life skills, nutrition, growing, your spirituality, education and mentoring. They’re basically trying to change the not-so-good stats – 61% of young women say leadership isn’t important to them.

For the eighth consecutive year, the Omaha Public Library Foundation will celebrate literacy and raise dollars for Omaha Public Library through its noted event, Between the Lines.  So, on Tuesday, October 6, 2020, the Omaha Public Library Foundation will welcome author and journalist Elaine Weiss, whose 2018 book, The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote, offers an engaging and historic narrative of the days leading up to the passage of the 19th Amendment.  Granting women the right to vote proved to be a difficult effort, to say the least.  This year marks the 100th anniversary of the amendment’s ratification. 

Wendy Townley, Executive Director of the Omaha Public Library Foundation, checked into the KIOS-FM studios for a "Live & Local" segment with Mike Hogan to talk about the foundation, the mission of the library, and the timely importance of this fundraising event.

More information can be found at omahalibraryfoundation.org

Vesper Concerts presents another one-of-a-kind Choral Collaborative Residency featuring Dr. Derrick Fox and the choirs of University of Nebraska-Omaha and the Central High School Choir directed by Lyn Bouma.  Reflections of Us: Singing Our Way to Unity is March 10, 2020, 7:30 p.m. at Strauss Performing Arts Center, UNO.

This concert will feature the ground-breaking choral composition “Seven Last Words of the Unarmed,” a work by Joel Thompson addressing complex issues of race and violence.  Joel will be in attendance for this special performance. 

Dr. Derrick Fox, Director of Choral Activities at UNO, was kind enough to swing by the studios at 33rd and Burt to chat with Mike Hogan about the social relevance of this concert, the thought provoking ideas presented, and the hope that the entire experience will generate conversation, reconciliation, and unity.  

And just to share an off-air, behind the scenes moment, as Derrick Fox and Mike Hogan met for the first time, it was discovered that Derrick taught high school at Mike's alma mater in St. Louis.  A small world indeed!

More information and tickets are available at http://vesperconcerts.org/2019-20-season/

For nearly a century, whenever there are people in need, Catholic Charities has been there.  Catholic Charities ministers to the greatest and most fundamental needs of the community – advocating for the voiceless, hungry, addicted, abused, and forgotten, regardless of race, religion, creed, or socioeconomic status.  They serve over 80,000 Nebraskans every year. 

Fr. Mike Eckley joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the many ways they help – from domestic violence to mental health, feeding the hungry to comforting the afflicted, protecting the most vulnerable, and helping people help themselves to rise above adversity.  And the major way they raise funds to provide all this help is through the 28th annual Irish Fest!  This year, Irish Fest is Saturday, March 14th at the Marriot Hotel Capitol District.

More information and tickets can be found at https://one.bidpal.net/irishfest2020/custom/custom7

The mission of the 100 Black Men of Omaha is to improve the quality of life in Omaha by helping our youth to be Respectful, Responsible, and Ready to Lead.  The 100 was established in 1995 when a group of concerned men realized that the survival of the Omaha community rested on their willingness to join together and be a vehicle for positive change.

The 100 is committed to the intellectual development of our youth and the empowerment of the African-American community based on the following precepts: respect for family, spirituality, justice and integrity. Members, mentors, volunteers and staff have leveraged resources to develop a system based on our “Four for The Future” pillars.  These pillars consist of Mentoring, Education, Health & Wellness and Economic Empowerment programs.  The 100 believes that if efforts are focused on these core areas, ultimately a foundation of success for “Youth with Promise” and the community will be created.

Richard Webb is the Executive Director of 100 Black Men of Omaha.  He stopped by the studios at 33rd and Burt to chat with Mike Hogan about his journey to and through the mentoring program, how he became an important part of the organization, and the success this group has had in the lives of young men here in Omaha.

The 25th anniversary celebration is set for April 17th.  Information about this gala event as well as about the organization as a whole can be found at https://100blackmenomaha.org/

For nearly 40 years, Institute for Career Advancement Needs - ICAN has developed leaders at all stages in their careers.  They develop whole-life leaders who are prepared to meet the challenges of tomorrow and create limitless possibility for themselves and their organizations.

The 27th annual Women’s Leadership Conference will take place at the CHI Health Center in downtown Omaha on May 13 from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.  The theme for this year’s conference is Ensemble: Elevating Team Performance and focuses on teamwork, collaboration, diversity, networking and connectivity.

The conference will provide attendees tools to develop and sustain high-performing work teams that elevate business performance.  Just like music, when everyone brings their own contribution and works together in harmony, business success will follow.

Allison Zach, Director of Marketing, Communications & Events at ICAN stopped into the studios at 33rd and Burt to chat with Mike Hogan about the program (which is open to everyone), the available scholarships, and the changes in management technique over the past 40 years.

More information is available at icanglobal.net

With a nod to the past, and an eye toward the future, the Omaha Symphony announced details of its diverse and vibrant centennial season, celebrating 100 years of music in Omaha, and a year-long swan song for Music Director Thomas Wilkins, who will retire from the position at the close of the season.

Special guest artists include cellist Yo-Yo Ma, pianist André Watts, and jazz saxophonist Branford Marsalis, the Omaha premiere of several new works, the return of popular groups like Pink Martini and the Doo Wop Project, and a free community concert at Turner Park to kick off the season.

Anwar Nasir, (Vice President, Marketing & Communications) and Dani Meier, (Vice President of Artistic Administration and symphony bass player) joined Mike Hogan at the KIOS-FM studios to share the exciting news around the centennial celebration.

Wilkins, who has helmed the Omaha Symphony since 2005, will retire at the close of the 2020/2021 season.  He is the longest-serving music director in the organization’s history. A search for his replacement is underway. 

“In my final year as the Omaha Symphony’s artistic leader, it is a joy to showcase the incredible talent and unmatched versatility of this orchestra,” added Music Director Thomas Wilkins. “What an honor it is to invite world-renowned guest artists and friends to share our stage and join in celebrating this milestone season and the great community we call home.”

More information can be found at www.omahasymphony.org

Omaha Public Library (OPL) buys new books on a daily basis.  How do they choose which ones to purchase?  Do you have a say in which books are bought, after all it's your library, too?!?

OPL's Collection Development Librarian, Melanie Schultz, joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to explain the process and to talk about some new books that may be of interest to you and are available to the public for checkout. 

The complete list of the discussed "new favorites" is below.

More information can be found at omahalibrary.org

Hillary Horner is the Director of Education for the Omaha Children's Museum (OCM).  OCM is putting together a fascinating panel discussion in partnership with the American Muslim Institute.  The panel is set for March 5 (from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the American Muslim Institute) and it's titled "Let's Start The Dialogue: Creating Communities of Understanding and Respect."  The event is free and open to the public.

Hillary Horner made her way to the studios at 33rd and Burt to chat with Mike Hogan about the panel discussion, the hope and goals behind hosting such an event, and the current OCM exhibit “America to Zanzibar: Muslim Cultures Near and Far.”

More information can be found https://10804.blackbaudhosting.com/10804/America-to-Zanzibar-Panel-Discussion

Evensong is a devotional service which will include singing of Psalms and traditional texts like The Magnificat Nunc Dimiti, and a new choral work by Omaha's own Marie Rubis Bauer entitled: We Have Met Christ Raised and Living.  It takes place at St. Andrew's 84th and Pacific, 4:00 p.m. March 1.

There will be three Episcopal Choirs from All Saints, Saint Andrew's, and Trinity Cathedral joining  together for an Evensong Service.  The service will be followed by a reception. 

Two of the choir directors, Marty Wheeler Burnett and Michael Bauer, sat down with Mike Hogan to explain the 12 year history of this musical celebration and chat about some of the music to be presented.  The service is free and open to all.

More information can be found at http://trinityepiscopal.org/events/2020/3/1/lenten-evensong

Omaha native Charles Hood came to Omaha on February 25th to celebrate his latest project – an episode of the Hulu horror anthology “Into the Dark” called A NASTY PIECE OF WORK.  Film Streams refers to Charles as "one of our favorite emerging directors!"

Last night at the Ruth Sokol Theater, Charles opened the festivities and after a viewing of his film, he presented a talk called, “Nasty Work if You Can Get It: Making a Comedy-Horror in the Streaming Era,” and conducted a Q&A with the audience.

Charles was kind enough to stop by the KIOS-FM studios and chat with Mike Hogan about making movies, directing, and the creative process.  

More information on Film Streams' events is at https://filmstreams.org/

This year marks the 100th Anniversary of the Omaha Cinco de Mayo celebration that will take place May 8-10, 2020 on historic South 24th Street that has been recognized as one of the top 15 Great Places in America that draws some 125,000 attendees over the 3-day weekend from surrounding states.

​The festival will take place along 24th street from F to L that will feature live music/entertainment, carnival rides, food, exhibitors, health fair, MISS coronation, games, concerts and children’s section. Keeping with tradition, the biggest parade in the Midwest will be on Saturday, May 9th.  Also, a banquet will take place that will recognize Latino families that have contributed to the Omaha fabric of life.

Marcos Mora, Coordinator of Omaha Cinco de Mayo, joined Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to talk about the festival, the historical context, and the century plus of contributions to and from the Latin community here in Omaha.

More information can be found at http://www.cincodemayoomaha.com/

What is "Vamping?"  When should my child get a phone?  How can I monitor my child online?

These are questions parents are asking every day.  Studies are now showing that unfettered access to screens for children is damaging them.  And parents need help finding answers.  That help is available to everyone on Tuesday, March 3rd at 6:30 p.m. at Millard West High School.

The Millard Public Schools Superintendent's Interfaith Advisory is presenting the #BeKind When You're Online initiative.  In addition to a presentation, free and open to the public, there will also be "tool kits" that families can use to set boundaries and expectations regarding the use of technology, and how to present those new programs to kids.

Project Manager of the initiative, Marian Fey stopped by the studios at 33rd and Burt to explain to Mike Hogan how the program works, why it was created, and how everyone is welcome and encouraged to join!

More information can be found by emailing Marian at mfey12@mpsomaha.org or you can get information at the Facebook event page https://www.facebook.com/events/167793924512404/

By the way, "vamping" is when kids wake up in the middle of the night to respond to posts, texts, and other notice driven alerts from their mobile device.  It is short for "vampire" because they don't sleep! 

Saturday, February 15 was the closing of the "BIRDS OF A FEATHER" exhibition at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts.  Sylvie Fortin, Bemis Curator-in-Residence, and Sophia Potter, Omaha-based professional cellist, both stopped into the studios at KIOS-FM to share their thoughts on the closing event and the impact this and other Bemis Center events have on them and the community as a whole.

More information about the Bemis Center and the activities can be found https://www.bemiscenter.org/

Dr. David Warren is an assistant professor in the Department of Neurological Sciences at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.  Dr. Warren has been at UNMC for four years, and his lab has funding from the National Institute on Aging.

Dr. Warren’s lab at UNMC studies the brain systems supporting cognition, especially memory, and how those brain systems are affected by aging and neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease.  The lab’s research uses a variety of cognitive neuroscience methods including neuroimaging, neuropsychology, and neurostimulation.   

The good doctor stopped by for a chat with Mike Hogan about the work his lab does and how one can get involved in the research.  The war against diseases like Alzheimer's starts right here on the front lines!

For information about research opportunities with Dr. Warren’s lab at UNMC, please email wnl@unmc.edu or call 402-559-3158.

Omaha Symphony presents another installment of their Masterworks series, Brahm's Symphony No. 1.

You’ll feel like you’ve gone to New York City with the strutting strings, powerful brass, and wicked rhythms in Bernstein’s opening Three Dance Episodes from On the Town!  Concertmaster Susanna Perry Gilmore (“Luminous and hypnotic.” – The Omaha World-Herald) will then whisk you off to Scotland with Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy, with romantic and popular tunes that spin out beautiful songs and virtuosic showcases.  Brahms makes his symphonic debut with the thunderous, resounding Symphony No. 1, a stormy work that gives way to a radiant, triumphant finale.

Concertmaster Susanna Perry Gilmore checks into the studios at 33rd and Burt to chat with Mike Hogan about the program and how she has approached the music, both fifteen years ago when she first played it and today when she has tackled it again.

The performances are at the Holland Center both February 21st and 22nd.  More information can be found at https://www.omahasymphony.org/concerts/brahms-symphony-no-1

Last March, Eastern Nebraska and surrounding areas experienced record-breaking floods especially along the Platte and Elkhorn Rivers.  This spring, the National Weather Service (NWS) is predicting an “above-normal” flood risk in the same areas.

Butch Kinerney is Chief of Marketing and Outreach for the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) within the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).  Butch stops by the KIOS-FM studios to chat with Mike Hogan about  flood risk in the Eastern NE region, tips to help residents prepare for floods, and resources to find more information.

More information and resources from FEMA can be found at:

  • FloodSmart.gov website
  • Info about FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program
  • brochure that answers the question “Why do I need flood insurance?”

The Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) of Omaha was created in 1896.  Hospitals, caring citizens, and special organizations soon after began to mobilize, realizing the community’s health needs and concerns and the opportunity and difference VNA could make.

Today, VNA of Omaha and Council Bluffs continues to be recognized for being the trusted in-home care provider at the forefront of innovative skilled health services and compassionate caregiving.  120 years ago, VNA was a voice for community health.  Today, they are advancing tomorrow’s healthcare.

Carole Patrick, Vice President of Communications and Development at the VNA, stopped by the studios at 33rd and Burt to let Mike Hogan know about the program and the upcoming fundraiser on February 23rd Art & Soup!  The event will be at the Embassy Suites La Vista at 12520 Westport Pkwy.   

Art & Soup features delicious soups, breads and desserts, created exclusively for this event and served by the best area chefs and restaurants.  Attendees can also view and purchase items from local artists, who donate at least half of their sales back to VNA.  Many restaurants and artists will participate this year, raising funds to provide a VNA nurse in every local homeless shelter.

More information can be found at https://www.vnatoday.org/event/art-soup-3/

Since 2005, the Restore Nebraska conference has been training and motivating people to save older properties.  Now in their 15th year they are inviting back some of the favorite craftsmen and speakers.  People like plasterer Dick Grace, tile maker Josh Blanc and preservation advocate Bob Yapp who runs Belvedere School for Hands-On Preservation.  Plus Barbara Sommer who has spent the past year interviewing past and current Omaha leaders about 1970s and 1980s development in downtown Omaha (yes, Jobber’s Canyon was discussed).

Nicole Malone, Event Director, stopped by the KIOS-FM studios to speak with Mike Hogan about this great program and the impact it has had on revitalizing neighborhoods.  And to give a "shout out" to History Nebraska for their contribution allowing them to bring in some of the country’s best craftsman and historic preservation leaders to this event.

More information can be found at https://www.restorationexchange.org/events/restore-nebraska-conference2020/

Winner of eight Tony Awards® and based on the Oscar®-winning film, Once is the achingly beautiful tale of unexpected love between Guy, an Irish musician, and Girl, a Czech immigrant.  The uplifting score—featuring the Academy Award®-winning single, “Falling Slowly,”—is performed entirely on stage, with the actors doubling as orchestra musicians.  Equal parts touching and inspiring, Once reminds us of music’s unique ability to forge deep, unspoken connections in our lives.

Two of the leads, Jay Hanson and Melissa King, join Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the show, how music influences people, and their favorite parts of this award winning show.

The show opens February 28th.  More information is available at http://www.omahaplayhouse.com/tickets/view/once/

There were several requests to post online the edited version of Dr. Cheryl Logan's chat with Mike Hogan about the Strategic Plan of Action.  That interview, which aired on "Live & Local" on Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning, is below.

If you would like to hear the full half hour interview, that can be found here:

https://www.kios.org/post/ops-releases-strategic-plan-action-dr-cheryl-logans-full-interview-live-local

The Strategic Plan of Action can be found here: 

https://district.ops.org/Portals/0/PUBLIC_INFORMATION/DC2020/Omaha%20Public%20Schools%202020-2025%20Strategic%20Plan%20of%20Action.pdf?ver=2020-02-06-100605-113

And the website dedicated to the Strategic Plan of Action can be found here:

https://district.ops.org/BOARDOFEDUCATION/OPSStrategicPlanofAction.aspx

**UPDATE:   There were several requests to post the edited version of Dr. Cheryl Logan's chat with Mike Hogan.  That interview is here: https://www.kios.org/post/dr-cheryl-logans-short-interview-ops-strategic-plan-action-aired-kios-fm

The Omaha Public Schools Strategic Plan of Action deliberately and creatively addresses the trends Omaha Public Schools faces and reimagines a 21st century education ecosystem that prepares all students for a successful life after high school.

A broad spectrum of data were used in the development of the Strategic Plan of Action that reflects consensus among stakeholders. The strategic planning process included extensive outreach with stakeholders invited to participate in both focus groups and surveys. Community member, family, staff member and student input provided the basis for the development of the plan.

The Strategic Plan of Action is the result of research and represents the shared values and priorities of the Omaha Public Schools.

Superintendent of Omaha Public Schools, Dr. Cheryl Logan, sat down with Mike Hogan at the KIOS-FM studios for a “Live & Local” discussion about the Strategic Plan of Action.  While a version of that discussion (edited for time) was aired on 91.5 FM, this is the full, thirty minute question and answer chat between the two of them

More information and a copy of the Strategic Plan of Actioncan be found at stratplanofaction.ops.org

The Strategic Plan of Action can be found here: 

https://district.ops.org/Portals/0/PUBLIC_INFORMATION/DC2020/Omaha%20Public%20Schools%202020-2025%20Strategic%20Plan%20of%20Action.pdf?ver=2020-02-06-100605-113

Omaha Performing Arts’ Jazz Academy fosters quality jazz education in Omaha area middle schools.  This free program connects students and teachers with a professional teaching artist to explore jazz on a deeper level.

Participating schools receive free in school clinics tailored to the needs of individual jazz bands throughout the school year, free jazz education workshops for middle and high school teachers, and performance opportunities for students.

Jazz Academy teaching artist, Shawn Bell, and Associate Director of Education for Omaha Performing Arts’ Jazz Academy, Kathleen Lawler–Hustead, join Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the program and the difference it makes in the lives of the students and the faculty.

More information can be found at https://o-pa.org/learn-and-engage/student-programs/jazz-academy

The Nebraska Girl Scout Cookie Program began Feb. 7th.  This is when Girl Scouts become entrepreneurs and earn money to power leadership opportunities, adventures, and community service projects. 

The cookie program also teaches girls about entrepreneurship as they learn essential skills like money management, public speaking, and decision making, which set them up for a lifetime of success.  Nine in ten Girl Scouts say the cookie program has built their entrepreneurship skills—so every cookie purchase is an investment in the world changing business leaders of tomorrow.  What’s more, 100 percent of net revenue from cookie sales stays local for girls across Nebraska.

Shannon Peterson, Communication Specialist, stops by the KIOS-FM studios to chat with Mike Hogan about the program, the new flavors, and all the good Girl Scouts do for young ladies across the state...She also brought cookie samples!!

More information on how to get cookies or join the Girl Scouts can be found on the website: https://www.girlscoutsnebraska.org/

Omaha Public Library (OPL) has prepared a list of top circulating titles from 2019.  Additionally, OPL staff have selected over 100 favorite titles from last year, the 2019 Top Shelf, and shared brief reviews at topshelf.omahalibrary.org.  You can find these selections and more at omahalibrary.org.

And there's so much more going on at your public library, including nominations being accepted for the 'Omaha Reads' program.  Marketing & Media Relations Manager, Emily Getzschman, swings by the studios at 33rd and Burt to help Mike Hogan "check out" what's new in the library and all the different activities available.

The Nebraska Wind Symphony has a new concert on Sunday, February 16, 2020 called “In Two Places.”  The show begins at 3:00 PM at the Omaha Conservatory of Music, (7023 Cass St, Omaha, NE.)

This winter concert features NWS Middle School All-Star Saxophones, Dr. Patrick Brown, saxophone soloist, and Dr. Adam Fontana, guest conductor.  This concert explores repertoire that includes many wonderful American classics as well as contemporary works for winds that challenge the listener to think differently about many aspects of our day-to-day lives.

Dr. Joshua Kearney is the new Music Director and he joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the show and the participation of the youth in such a production.  Josh is also Director of Athletic Bands at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. 

For more information, one can go to the website https://nebraskawindsymphony.com/

Every summer Kaneko provides students with the opportunity to engage with local professionals in STEAM + Creativity related fields to delve deeper into the design process and its real-world applications.  Students will engage with local professionals to learn about the principles and processes of design, creativity, and much more.  Each 5-day camp provides a group of 20 students a variety of exciting exercises and activities.

Katherine Scarpello, Education & Public Program Coordinator, stops by the KIOS-FM studios to chat with Mike Hogan about the programs, how they are funded, and one can get their children involved.

More information can be found at https://thekaneko.org/creative-camps/

Over the course of their 20+ year career, Grammy nominated quintet Imani Winds has discovered what audiences value most from their concerts: a sense of connection – with the music, the performers, the composers, the artistry and beyond.  The concept of connectivity has led them to program not only music from the traditional chamber music canon, but also concerts that reach beyond the usual boundaries of the recital stage.

On Monday, February 10th, at Presbyterian Church of the Cross, Imani Winds performs free of charge!  Executive Director of Vesper Concerts, Kristi Treu, joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the concert, the change to a Monday night, and the rest of the season on tap.

More information can be found at http://vesperconcerts.org/event/imani-winds-the-beauty-of-strife/

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