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The first Pops concert of the Omaha Symphony’s season is this weekend, Saturday (23rd) and Sunday (24th) at the Holland Center.  Maestro Ernest Richardson is conducting the show which is called “The Streisand Songbook” with Ann Hampton Callaway.  It is a celebration of the music of the great Barbara Streisand.

Ann Hampton Callaway is a platinum award-winning singer-songwriter.  During her interview with Mike Hogan on KIOS’s “Live & Local” we find out that Ann has written songs for Barbara, how to pronounce “Streisand,” and many other details about the career of this Tony Award nominated singer.

More information about the show can be found at https://www.omahasymphony.org/concerts/tribute-to-barbra-streisand

Attendance is critical for student success.  Across Omaha Public Schools, families are encouraged to #StriveFor95, which means attending school on time at least 95% of school days.

Winter weather is on the way, so the Omaha Public Schools Foundation is working to ensure every child has the hats, gloves, and scarves they may need to come to school on time every day.  The project is called “20,000 Villagers” to honor the many community members who support OPS students.

Executive Director of the Omaha Public Schools Foundation/Kids Club, Toba Cohen-Dunning, spent some time with Mike Hogan on “Live & Local” to explain the program and the mission of the Omaha Public Schools Foundation.  She explained that a $20 donation can purchase hats, gloves, and scarves for four students who may need them.

Donations will be accepted through October 31st, when staff will order the winter gear to distribute in November. 

If one would like to contribute, the website is https://omahapublicschoolsfoundation.org/20000-villagers/.  

Or, checks may be mailed to the OPSF offices with a note for “20,000 Villagers” in the memo.

Mail to:

Omaha Public Schools Foundation

3861 Farnam St.

Omaha, NE 68131

Attention: 20,000 Villagers Campaign

Award-winning, seasoned journalist and Omaha Central alum Matt Wynn is also the Executive Director of the Flatwater Free Press.  The Flatwater Free Press is Nebraska’s first independent, nonprofit newsroom focused on investigations and feature stories that matter.

Matt joined Mike Hogan on “Live & Local” to talk about this Nebraska focused news outlet.  He invited everyone to read the well thought out content and even sign up for the newsletter version to be delivered, at no charge, to all of our listeners.

For more information or to start reading the stories that matter right now, go to https://flatwaterfreepress.org/

By keeping residents informed, connected to their community, and represented in city government, they are empowered to influence decisions that impact their lives.  One Omaha works to achieve those goals by addressing the lack of knowledge and resources available for residents to sustain a better quality of life. 

Alexis Bromley, Executive Director of One Omaha, spent some time with Mike Hogan on “Live & Local” to introduce listeners to the organization’s mission, the ways in which all citizens can get involved in the development and success of their community, and the work yet to be done.

More information on One Omaha can be found at https://www.oneomaha.org/

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. There’s an organization that is working hard to be an oasis for those who desperately need help to make a better life for themselves…And the children they may have. 

The Omaha’s Women’s Center for Advancement (WCA) has answered more than 8,200 hotline calls, up nearly 40% from this time last year.   Assisting victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking and stalking and their children to achieve safety and empowering them to lead self-determined lives.

Jannette Taylor is the President & CEO of the WCA.  She spoke with Mike Hogan on an episode of “Live & Local” about the great work they do and the fundraiser they have on Friday, October 15th. 

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

Maestro Christopher Allen makes his Opera Omaha debut conducting Bellini’s The Capulets and the Montagues on October 15 & 17 at the Orpheum TheaterIn a recent conversation with Mike Hogan on “Live & Local,” listeners get to know Christopher as he talks about the differences and similarities of conducting an orchestra versus an entire opera, his musical upbringing (and off-key violin solos), and the joy of making music all over world.

More information about this boldly retold story of star-crossed lovers, not allowed to love each other because if who they are, is available on the website https://operaomaha.org/.

For young people looking for a direct way to get into high wage, high skill, high demand fields, the Career Center at Omaha Public Schools may be the answer.  In fact, this week is Career Prep Week for the current students in the program.  And this week culminates with a Career Fair on October 15th.

Jeremy Nielsen, the Program Director and Principal at the Career Center joined Mike Hogan on “Live & Local” to discuss the program, the benefits, and the bright future that awaits these kids.

More information and an application is are available at https://ccenter.ops.org/.

Imagine, your child is not feeling well.  Muscles ache, energy is depleted, just can’t seem to return to feeling well.  After a doctor’s visit with tests, it’s straight to the hospital.  Your child has developed type-1 diabetes.  Why did this happen?  What do we do next?  How do we go on?

Jared and Jenny Hensley have lived through this type of event with their daughter, Ruby.  Every day they make their way in a world that literally changed overnight.  They are also doing something to fight this disease.  And you can, too.

The Hensleys are the co-chairpersons of the Omaha chapter Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s “JDRF One Walk,” which raises money for research and supplies to help families dealing with this condition.  The walk is this Sunday, October 10th. 

Jenny and Jared also spoke with Mike Hogan on KIOS-FM’s “Live & Local” program.  In this two-part interview, the Hensleys share their experience as parents.  They talk about Ruby’s diagnosis, coming home from the hospital, the anxiousness of taking care of her, and the tools provided by JDRF.

More information about the JDRF One Walk and juvenile diabetes can be found at the website Walk.jdrf.org/omaha.

The Theodicy Jazz Collective, a liturgical jazz band, is the next guest on the Vesper Concert Series.  The instrumentalists come from all over the U. S. and the vocalist, Anne Phelps, is a Hastings College grad and Nebraska native.  Vesper Concerts is also bringing in the Hastings College Choir and Resound Choral Ensemble (from in-house at Presbyterian Church of the Cross) to perform Theodicy’s Canterbury Jazz Mass on Saturday night, October 9th.

Kristi Treu, Executive Director Vesper Concerts, joined Mike Hogan on the “Live & Local” feature to tell the listeners of KIOS-FM about this rare opportunity to hear this amazing music, how Vesper Concerts has adapted to the new paradigms brought about by recent events, and the special extra performance The Theodicy Jazz Collective is giving in Omaha.

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

The “Matthew 25 Hand Up for Housing Walk A Thon” is this Sunday, October 3rd.  It benefits safe and stable housing for the vulnerable in our community.  100% of the funds raised by the Matthew 25 Hand Up for Housing Walk A Thon will go to assist families and youth, in and around Omaha, find stable and secure housing.  Specifically, the funds will be equally divided between Heartland Family Service, Open Door Mission- Lydia House and Youth Emergency Services (Y.E.S.)

Becky Nichol is with the Matthew 25 Hand Up for Housing Walk A Thon and she describes the mission on KIOS-FM’s “Live & Local.”

More information can be found at www.fpcomaha.org/Matthew-25

The Annual Art & Literary Festival Joslyn Castle features a unique and intimate theatrical adaptation of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s iconic Gothic masterpiece, Frankenstein.  The two-week festival, beginning September 30th and running through October 9th, will take a new and exciting direction with in-person performances being staged outdoors on the Castle grounds with two seatings each evening at 7 p.m. and 7:45 p.m.  You can even try your hand at writing a ghost story, best ones win prizes and bragging rights!

Sha Buchanan is the Development & Marketing Coordinator at Joslyn Castle.  She recently took some time to talk to Mike Hogan about this year’s festival and the changes that are implemented.

More information is available at www.joslyncastle.com.

It has been a while since Kaneko Executive Director Stephan Grot has had a chat with Mike Hogan on KIOS’ “Live & Local” feature.  But with flood recovery news, the celebration of Jun Kaneko getting the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Sculpture Center, and the Annual Soiree planned for October 22nd, it was high-time Stephan paid a virtual visit to Omaha Public Radio!

That interview is below and if you want any more information on the current happenings at Kaneko, there is also a link for your personal use, www.TheKaneko.org

The 5th Annual Porchfest OMA is Sunday, October 3, 2021 from 2pm to 5pm. The festival will take place on 10 stages including Yates Community Center, the neighborhood market stage, six porches, a poetry porch, and an open mic porch in Omaha’s Gifford Park Neighborhood located at 33rd & California Street. 

Emily Cox, founder of E3 Music Management, chatted with Mike Hogan on “Live & Local” about the event.  Free parking goes along with this fee-free event!

More information can be found at www.PorchfestOMA.com

• Food and drink available for purchase from local food trucks and neighborhood vendors.

• Beer garden at California Bar next to/overlooking the market stage.

• Free family activities at Yates Community Center and the market stage.

• Free parking available at the Duchesne Academy parking lot at 36th & California Street.

• There is no fee to attend.

Ankush Kumar Bahl is the 13th Music Director in the Omaha Symphony's 100-year history, succeeding Maestro Thomas Wilkins.  He takes the podium for the first time as Music Director of the Omaha Symphony tonight (September 24th) in the “Bahl Conducts Beethoven 7,” which runs through September 26th.

Bahl also made his second appearance on “Live & Local” when he chatted with Mike Hogan in this two-part interview about becoming the music director, his love of all types of music, and the future of the symphony under his watch.

More information about “Bahl Conducts Beethoven 7” and other concerts can be found at https://www.omahasymphony.org/

Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express opened September 17th at the Omaha Community Playhouse and runs through October 10.  This thrilling whodunit is set aboard the world’s most famous luxury locomotive.  Murder on the Orient Express will keep you guessing until the very end.  

Seth Maisel plays the brilliant detective Hercule Poirot who, with the murderer still on board, must solve the crime before the train reaches its destination. 

On a recent installment of KIOS-FM's “Live & Local” you can hear the actor himself discuss the approach to making “Seth’s sleuth” unique, his arrival in Omaha, and the joy of returning to audiences after a pandemic forced break.

More information on the show can be found at https://www.omahaplayhouse.com/tickets/view/murderorient/

The Bellevue Little Theatre has opened their 53rd Season with BIG! The Musical!  It runs through October 3rd. 

Laureen Pickle chatted with “Live & Local” about the opening and the joy of working in the theatre again. 

More information can be found at http://bellevuelittletheatre.weebly.com.

Ridership on the new Midtown to Market Bikeway in Omaha is higher than expected.  Officials say the bikeway sees about 140 riders on weekdays and 200 riders on weekends.  The Midtown to Market Bikeway is the first protected lane in the city of Omaha.

Julie Harris, Executive Director of Bike Walk Nebraska joined Mike Hogan on “Live & Local” to discuss the policies and hard work that went into creating this bikeway.  That full interview is below.

More information can be found at https://www.bikewalknebraska.org/

On September 23rd, a 6-week series of conversations designed to educate participants about racism in Nebraska begins, and the goal is to inspire people to take actions to build a more equitable society.  These Zoom sessions will start at 7:00 p.m. and end at 8 p.m. on 6 Thursdays.

Elaine Wells, founder of DIALOGUES on RACISM, and Deb Shaw, Diversity, Community and Recruitment Leader at Partnership4Kids, joined Mike Hogan on “Live & Local” to discuss this opportunity to make a difference by being a part of the solution.

More information can be found at https://www.facebook.com/Dialogues-on-Racism-101080652217179

Dr. Siobhan Wescott had been named the inaugural holder of the Dr. Susan and Susette LaFlesche Professorship in Public Health.  An Alaskan Athabascan, Dr. Wescott grew up just outside Fairbanks in a tiny 400 square foot cabin with an outhouse.  She has always been a staunch advocate for Alaskan Natives and American Indians, especially when it comes to issues of health equity and educating the next generation.  She has cultivated a nationally recognized voice, especially through her work with the American Medical Association. 

In this two-part interview with Mike Hogan on KIOS-FM, Dr. Wescott discusses the childhood that shaped her, the importance of education in her family, and what she hopes to accomplish for the Native American communities.

More information on the good doctor can be found at https://www.unmc.edu/news.cfm?match=27565

Team America is a group of citizen liaison volunteers (CLVs) who, through their collective knowledge, open-source information, and hard work, supported evacuation efforts in Afghanistan.  And with added caution and urgency, they continue to support those who were not evacuated.  They do not represent or work for the U. S. Government, they are just filling the vacuum created by the chaotic events leading up to the U. S. imposed evacuation deadline.  

James Beins is a member of Team America and he spoke with Mike Hogan on "Live & Local" about the efforts, the danger, and the continued work being done to help people escape terrifying circumstances in Afghanistan.

If you wish to help or need some assistance, resources and information are available at www.TeamAmericaRelief.org.  

Wade Watts is the University Program Director at UNO for the National Security Innovation Network (NSIN).  NSIN, founded in 2016, is a Department of Defense (DoD) program office under the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) that is changing the way the DoD solves problems.  NSIN is building a diverse network from academia, entrepreneurial innovators, and the defense community to leverage our nation’s greatest asset- people.

In this two part interview, Wade explains how students with a mix of skillsets and experiences provide solutions to problems for the military.  More information about the program can be found at www.nsin.us.

Can the U.S. Constitution withstand the rancor and division of the contemporary American political landscape?  This question will be the focus of a public Constitution Day event at Bellevue University on Wednesday, Sept. 15, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  The event will be held in the Margre H. Durham Student Center, 1008 Bruin Blvd., in the Quiet Lounge.  The event is free and open to the public.  Attendees will be able to share their views and hear from a group of panelists with firsthand perspective, including Rep. Don Bacon; former Rep. Brad Ashford; and former Rep. Lee Terry.

Rick Galusha, event coordinator and Program Director of the University’s Kirkpatrick Signature Series, was a guest on KIOS' "Live & Local."  He chatted about the necessity of civility to maintain a democratic society, as well as discussing the program and the Constitution itself.

More information about this event can be found at https://news.bellevue.edu/bellevue-university-to-host-constitution-day-panel-discussion-on-september-15/

Take the world class Omaha Symphony, mix in “Bruce In The USA,” billed as the world’s greatest tribute to Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, and add Ernest Richardson, Resident Conductor & Principal Pops Conductor and you are in for an evening of spectacular music and fun.  September 17th is the night these stars align.

Ernest took some time to talk to Mike Hogan on the “Live & Local” segment to discuss not only this project, but some of the other upcoming performances on the docket.  More information about the Omaha Symphony can be found at http://www.omahasymphony.org/.

Brigit Saint Brigit welcomes audiences back with its 29th season opener, Ronald Harwood's "The Dresser."  This is an acclaimed and much-loved tale of a Shakespeare theatre troupe--traveling the outskirts of England trying to keep the Bard’s work and their craft alive, all while air raid sirens sound and German bombs fall.   A heartbreaking, moving, and humorous look "behind the curtain" exploring the lives of actors, backstage players, and the theatre. 

Cathy Kurz, Artistic Director and Founder of the Brigit Saint Brigit Theatre Company, joine Mike Hogan on "Live & Local" to discuss the play, the genesis of the theatre, and the changes made to accomodate this COVID time in which we live.

The play runs through September 26th.  More information can be found at https://www.bsbtheatre.com/

The mission of the Nonprofit Association of the Midlands (NAM) is Strengthening the collective voice, leadership, and capacity of nonprofit organizations enriching the quality of community life throughout Nebraska and Western Iowa. 

The pandemic has been hard on everyone, especially the nonprofits who continue to provide goods and services to those in need while their financial resources have suffered.  Anne Hindery, CEO of NAM, spoke with Mike Hogan in a two-part interview about the state of nonprofits, how they have survived, and how they move forward from this very unusual time in history.

For more information on NAM or how to help, one can go to https://www.nonprofitam.org/.

Amy Haddad is a poet, nurse, and educator at Creighton University where she now holds the rank of Professor Emerita.  She has a new chapbook of poetry out called “The Geography of Kitchens.”  She spoke with Mike Hogan on KIOS’ “Live & Local” about writing, teaching, and why a kitchen is the capitol of a home.

Amy is doing a reading from her chapbook on Saturday, August 2 at The Bookworm (90th and Center) at 1:00 p.m.

The FBI has established a keen focus on fighting hate crimes.  In fact, they are asking the public to be diligent in reporting not only hate crimes, but also civil rights violations and color of law crimes.

Omaha based Special Agent in Charge (SAC), Eugene Kowel, joined Mike Hogan for a two-part discussion on the action the FBI is taking, the differences between hate crimes, color of law crimes, and civil rights violations, as well as the current and future training of agents.

Bellevue University opened a brand new center dedicated to supporting the Latino students' academic journey, both personally and professionally.  It’s called El Camino Latino Center.

Gina Ponce, Director, Latino Community Outreach/El Camino Latino Center joined Mike Hogan on the “Live & Local” program to talk about the center, which will be home to seven businesses and organizations.  University partners and employers will have their offices inside the center, with hopes that their presence and easy accessibility will provide internships, resources, and eventually jobs for students.

The Center will have an open house on August 19 from 4 to 6:30 p.m.  More information can be found at https://news.bellevue.edu/bellevue-universitys-el-camino-latino-center-to-hold-open-house-august-19/

Billy McGuigan's Pop Rock Orchestra has opened at the SumTur Amphitheater and runs through August 15th.  

Think of Frank Sinatra at the Sands with the power of the Count Basie Orchestra behind him, the Moody Blues who put symphonic interludes in the middle of a rock song, ELO with an electric horn and string section - rock & roll was transformed! There is truly a song for everybody as Billy navigates the audience through decades of classic gems, backed by a rock orchestra that can match his energy in force.

Billy took a moment to chat with Mike Hogan about this latest endeavor on the "Live & Local" program. 

More information can be found at www.TheOmahaSeries.com.

The first female to lead one of the PGA Tour’s global tours is Alex Baldwin.  She is the president of the Korn Ferry Tour which is holding its finale this week as The Pinnacle Bank Championship.  This Omaha event, hosted at Indian Creek golf course, is site to the season championship of the Korn Ferry Tour.  PGA cards will be handed out fulfilling dreams, while others will have to continue the hard work of making their golf dreams come true.

Alex took some time to chat with Mike Hogan from KIOS-FM about being the president of this exciting tour, the ever growing role of women in golf, and she even gave some advice for those wishing to pursue a career in sports.

More information about The Korn Ferry Tour and The Pinnacle Bank Championship (August 12-15) can be found at https://thepinnaclebankchampionship.com/

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