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The Omaha STEM Ecosystem, a not-for-profit, is offering free resources online.  The Omaha STEM Ecosystem and AIM Institute announced the launch of the online STEM Community Platform. The mission of the STEM Community Platform, stemplatform.org, connects youth, parents, educators and professionals to an online hub of high-quality STEM programs, resources and events in the Greater Omaha area.   

Julie Sigmon, the director of The Omaha STEM Ecosystem, joined Mike Hogan on the “Live & Local” program to discuss these free resources, the importance of STEM education, and the partnership with AIM.

As part of the Generator Series, Omaha Under the Radar presents “How are you, really?” a virtual program of films set to new, original scores exploring health in one of our most difficult years in memory.  The program features original film scores by composers from the United States, Mexico, and India.  One video looks at how mugger crocodiles and people manage to live in close proximity in Western India.  Another explores sexuality, sanity and family pressures set to film clips from a 1919 Mexican film, El Automovil Gris (The Gray Car).  Another is an original score created for a 1947 educational film teaching about hygiene and how to avoid illness. 

Curator Stacey Barelos checked in with Mike Hogan to discuss the program and the work that went into collaborating during a pandemic. 

More information on the program can be found at the website www.undertheradaromaha.com or you can view the program at

Sarah Lynn Brown has put together a non-traditional adaptation of Shakespeare’s most complex political villain, Richard III, which will be presented by an ensemble of three actors- all of whom share the title role among them. The show is called R3³ and it is at BLUEBARN Theatre right now.

Sarah took the time to chat with Mike Hogan on the “Live & Local” program about how she wrote the show and the great performers she directs in it.  The show can be seen live or streamed in the comfort of your own home.

More information can be found at http://bluebarn.org/

Tony Wendice has married his wife, Margot, for her money and now plans to murder her for the same reason.  He arranges the perfect murder.  And it's never that easy in the suspense thriller "Dial 'M' for Murder" now playing at the Bellevue Little Theatre.

Actress Laureen Pickle plays the wealthy Margot who finds herself a potential murder victim, then a suspect, and fighting for her life on death row!   Laureen spent some time with Mike Hogan on the "Live & Local" to discuss this production, having two "gorgeous" leading men in the COVID era, and the thrill of safely performing in front of a live audience again.

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

Dr. Susan La Flesche Picotte was the first Native American doctor in the United States.  She was also a reformer in the late 19th century.  She campaigned for public health and for the formal, legal allotment of land to members of the Omaha tribe. In addition, she started a hospital on the reservation in Walthill, Nebraska that needs some restoration help today.

Joe Starita is a journalism professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and he joined Mike Hogan “Live & Local” for a two-part chat about the amazing life, achievements, and work that Dr. Susan La Flesche Picotte accomplished in her short life.

More information about this incredible woman, her hospital and its renovation can be found at  https://drsusancenter.org/

March is colorectal cancer awareness month.  In fact, the governor’s office finds the topic so important, the governor himself issued a proclamation officially naming March "Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month."

Joining Mike Hogan in a two-part “Live & Local” discussion is Dr. Josh Evans.  Dr. Evans specializes in gastroenterology and is involved with the Nebraska Cancer Coalition, the nonprofit organization behind the "Dress in Blue Day" and Colon Cancer Awareness efforts.  He breaks down the steps that you can take to not only detect colorectal cancer early (increasing chances of survival) but actually preventing any colorectal cancer from developing in the first place.

For more information, visit the Nebraska Colon Cancer Screening Program website, call (800) 532-2227, www.coloncancertaskforce.org or go to https://www.necancer.org/.

Emily Matis, Director of AIM Code School, joined Mike Hogan on “Live & Local” to talk about the AIM Institute’s free Introduction to Technology course the nonprofit is now offering in an effort to connect people with an interest in technology to opportunities they haven’t been able pursue as a result of financial barriers. 

More information can be found at https://interfaceschool.com/workshops/?utm_medium=article&utm_source=community_calendar&utm_campaign=code_school&utm_content=intro_to_tech_class

The Last Five Years is a captivating, intimate musical that retraces the rise and fall of a five-year romantic relationship.  The story is presented in chronological order by Jamie, the man, and in reverse by Cathy, the woman, with the two versions of the story meeting only once—at their wedding in the middle. Profoundly emotional with comedic moments sprinkled throughout, The Last Five Years is beautifully heartbreaking.

Susan Baer Collins directed this production and she spent some time “Live & Local” with Mike Hogan to discuss the show, the fantastic efforts by cast and crew in this pandemic era, and what it means to mount the first musical in months in front of a live audience.

More information can be found at https://www.omahaplayhouse.com/tickets/view/LastFive/

Pandemic or not, we can still count on the Girl Scouts to make sure we get our cookies!  Susan Payne, Public Relations Specialist - Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska, chats with Mike Hogan about our favorite annual sweet tooth satisfaction and what the proceeds do to help the organization help the girls.

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

"I Be Black Girl" is a collective that creates space for Black identifying women, femmes and girls to grow, connect, give and take action. We envision a world where Black women, femmes and girls can access their full potential to authentically, be.

Founder Ashlei Spivey took the time to chat with Mike Hogan on "Live & Local" to introduce us to the work of the organization and the future goals.  More information can be found at https://www.ibeblackgirl.com/.

Five University of Nebraska―Lincoln students announced the creation of “The Civility Effect,” a communication campaign aimed at promoting civility, a topic that 93% of the public believes to be a major problem, according to a recent report from global PR firm Weber Shandwick.

Emerson Belitz is the Project Manager for the Bateman team, and Amanda Barker is the Deputy Executive Director + Director of Civic Health at Civic Nebraska.  They spent some time with Mike Hogan on “Live & Local” to discuss the project and the hoped for results in this two-part interview.

If you would like more information on the project, please go to the website  thecivilityeffect.org.

Jesse White plays Hedwig Schmidt in the rock musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch.  This is Billy McGuigan’s company, Rave On Productions, first show in The Omaha Series, performing a limited run at The Waiting Room in Benson.

Jesse chatted with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" about the show which is a groundbreaking show that tells the story of “internationally ignored song stylist” Hedwig Schmidt, a fourth-wall smashing East German rock ‘n’ roll goddess who also happens to be the victim of a botched sex-change operation, which has left her with just “an angry inch”.  Hedwig and the Angry Inch is the winner of four 2014 Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival, playing to record-breaking sell-out crowds on Broadway.

More information can be found at https://www.billymcguigan.com/theomahaseries.

The 29th Annual Irish Fest to benefit the works of Catholic Charities takes place tonight.  Otis Sallid, Director/Choreographer, and Annette Tanner, Writer, join Mike Hogan on the “Live & Local” program to discuss their work to make this fest a memorable one.

More information about Irish Fest and the work of Catholic Charities can be found at www.ccomaha.org.

This past year has been like no other in recent memory regarding the great need for help so many in our community have experienced.  The statistics are staggering.  Catholic Charities has given out nearly six times the amount of food they usually do in a single year.  They have helped twice the amount of people.  That all takes funds and they are able to raise those funds with their 29th Annual Irish Fest Gala event.

Fr. Mike Eckley joined Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the massive volume of assistance, safety, comfort, and help Catholic Charities has provided and to invite one and all to join Irish Fest this year.

Top notch talent has gotten very creative to provide an evening of fun and entertainment for the entire family.   The livestream program will be produced and directed by nationally known Choreographer, Otis Sallid, and Founder of Broadway Dreams, Annette Tanner.  Sallid and Tanner have been bringing Broadway entertainment to people across the world for decades and have strong ties to the Omaha entertainment scene.

More information can be found at https://www.ccomaha.org/irish-fest-2021

Step Up to Quality, Nebraska’s Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) for child care and early childhood education providers, has reached a significant milestone: more than 500 programs across the state are participating, and have been rated.

Step Up to Quality Director, Lauri Cimino, spent some time with Mike Hogan of “Live & Local” recently to discuss the milestone and explain the multi-step program which helps improve the quality of childcare across the entire state.

If parents want information about what QRIS means for their children or if a childcare provider wants to know how to participate in the program, go to the website https://stepuptoquality.ne.gov

This month, SHARE Omaha turns two years old!  They have spent the past 730+ days connecting metro supporters throughout eastern Nebraska and Western Iowa to local causes. 

Executive Director Marjorie Maas spent a little time with KIOS-FM’s “Live & Local” host to talk about what everyone has been doing to help make this area a great place to live. 

She also discusses how as we enter 2021 with renewed energy, SHARE Omaha will continue to serve this eight-county metro region in Nebraska and southwest Iowa.  Continually expanding upon their mission of helping local nonprofits to fulfill their missions, year-round, by connecting everyday philanthropists – (that’s YOU!) -  to easy ways to do good.

For more information, go to the website https://shareomaha.org/stories/share-omaha-turns-two-years-old

The Nebraska Regional Officials Council (NROC) announces the launch of a statewide broadband mapping initiative.  Every Nebraskan is encouraged to partake in the one-minute speed test from any internet-enabled device, including cell phones.  Speed data will provide decision makers a better understanding of where internet accessibility is limited or not available, and where speeds are not meeting the needs of today’s users.

Tom Bliss, Executive Director of the Southeast Nebraska Development District, took the time to chat with Mike Hogan “Live & Local” about this important project.  During this two-part interview, Tom says the purpose of this initiative is to bridge the digital divide between urban and rural areas.  The captured information will provide statistically sound data that can be used by communities, counties, and key stakeholders as they plan for broadband infrastructure expansion or enhancement projects.

For more information or to participate in the speed test, one can go to the websites https://www.nebraskaspeedtest.org/ or www.speedtestne.org.  Thanks for helping!

Following a two-year search process, a unanimous decision, and a much-anticipated announcement, Ankush Kumar Bahl returns to Omaha to conduct his first performance as recently named Music Director Designate of the Omaha Symphony.  The Maestro takes the podium to  lead the orchestra in a jubilant program featuring Mendelssohn’s unfettered concert overture, “The Hebrides” and Sibelius’ colorful Symphony No. 2 in D Major.

Ankush recently sat down with Mike Hogan for a two-part "Live & Local" interview about his new role, how he stayed “fresh” during the shutdowns, and gave insights into his conducting heroes.

Performances with Ankush on the podium will take place at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, February 13 and 2 p.m. Sunday, February 14 at the Holland Performing Arts Center Peter Kiewit Hall. 

Performances at the Holland Performing Arts Center feature physically distanced seating and will only be seated at a maximum of 30 percent capacity.  All patrons will be required to complete a health screening questionnaire prior to accessing their mobile tickets via the Ticket Omaha app.  Masks are required at indoor Omaha Symphony performances.

For information, one can go to the website  https://www.omahasymphony.org/concerts/mendelssohn-sibelius

Due to concerns surrounding COVID-19, Max I. Walker has made the difficult decision to postpone the 2021 event.  

Due to space limitations Max I. Walker is only able to accept donations of long formal dresses and modern wedding gowns until further notice.

Steph Dorland and Casey Walker of Max I. Walker joined Mike Hogan on the “Live & Local” show to talk about the cancellation and the hope that this event will still take place sometime this year.  They have also asked that people please consider donating short or cocktail dresses, mother-of-the-bride dresses, and vintage or other dresses to another local charity at this time.

More information can be found at https://www.maxiwalker.com/ultra-chic-boutique/

Mentoring, at its core, guarantees young people that there is someone who cares about them, assures them they are not alone in dealing with day-to-day challenges, and makes them feel like they matter.  Research confirms that quality mentoring relationships have powerful positive effects on young people in a variety of personal, academic, and professional situations.

MENTOR Nebraska, formerly Midlands Mentoring Partnership, was launched in 1999 to improve the number and quality of mentoring programs available for Nebraska’s youth.  Training and Partnership Development  Manager, Marisa Hattab, joined Mike Hogan for a two-part interview discussing the rewards of mentoring, the recruiting drive currently underway, that no one is expected to be perfect, (just engage with the kids), and her favorite part of the job.

For more information, to donate, or to get involved, one can go to the website https://www.mentornebraska.org/

Inclusive Communities is a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization. Through their powerful human relations work, they are providing education and advocacy related to the topics of diversity and inclusion.

Dominic Green, Programs & Faculty Manager at Inclusive Communities, took some time to chat with Mike Hogan about the work performed with schools, businesses and the community. He also discusses the critical social justice work and how one can become a volunteer.

The Longest Day is one of the Alzheimer's Associations signature fundraising events.  Sherri Obermiller, member of The Longest Day planning committee for the Alzheimer’s Association-Nebraska Chapter, sat down with Mike Hogan “Live & Local” to discuss how Nebraskans can register to raise funds by doing the things they love, changes in the fundraising landscape in 2020 due to COVID and social distancing measures, and why she became involved with the Alzheimer's Association.

One can register or get more information at https://act.alz.org/site/TR?fr_id=14244&pg=entry.

As a part of his four year theme/mission, Dr. Derrick Fox, Director of Choral Activities at the University of Nebraska-Omaha put in place at UNO an initiative entitled” Reflections of Us.”  With this, he works to connect the UNO student community and the Omaha community. This iteration of the mission is subtitled “United in Song.”

What he did was send out a song survey this fall to local retirement homes, since they have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. He asked them to list songs that they connected with great memories and/or family. 

In the “Live & Local” chat with Mike Hogan, Derrick talks about how he made this list available to choral students who chose songs and recorded them. Those performances were then edited together and sent to the retirement homes for their residents to have during the holidays. 

Dr. Fox provided links to preview that initiative as well as others he has led.  The complete two-part interview is also below.

Retirement Home Preview - https://app.vidgrid.com/view/SSQne56cwpkR/?sr=hgCKoS

Professional Choral Collective Lesson Links - https://www.drderrickfox.com/the-professional-choral-collective

Country Music Association Foundation - Unified Voices for Music Education - https://cmafoundation.org/voicesformusiced/

Pandemic or not, it's still the holidays with the Omaha Symphony, though a little different this year!  No live audience allowed due to the pandemic, but that won’t stop the Omaha Symphony from providing a holiday extravaganza…Free of charge to all of the Greater Omaha metro!

Conductor Ernest Richardson and Stage Director/Choreographer Parker Esse joined Mike Hogan for a three-part “Live & Local” interview to discuss how they tackled the Herculean task of adapting, restaging, filming, and editing this huge production in a safe, healthy, and entertaining manner.  The holidays will not be stopped, and these two tell the story of how the holiday show was saved.

Omaha Symphony has teamed up with WOWT Channel 6 to broadcast “Physicians Mutual Presents: Home for the Holidays with the Omaha Symphony” straight to your home!  The holiday program audiences have grown to love will feature a physically distanced orchestra, singers, and dancers filmed remotely.  It is with great pride and a team effort that Omaha Symphony brings this holiday tradition safely to the homes of Omahans completely free of charge as a gift to the community.  The program will air December 23rd at 7:00 p.m. and December 25th at 1:00 p.m. on WOWT. 

For more information on how you can join them for Christmas pop tunes, orchestral features, and exciting dance numbers, or to see a program of the numbers, you can go to http://www.omahasymphony.org/concerts/home-for-the-holidays

OCP legend Camille Metoyer Moten makes her highly-anticipated return to the stage for an intimate holiday affair.  Christmas In My Heart is all the wonder and magic of the season in concert.  You can light your holiday candles, cozy up on the couch and let Camille’s soaring voice warm your heart with beloved holiday classics, contemporary Christmas melodies and everything in between.

Camille joined Mike Hogan for a "Live & Local" interview about the show, the changes that were made to keep it a safe and healthy experience for all, and to discuss her hall of fame career.

More information about how to stream the show is available at https://www.showtix4u.com/event-details/43129

The Omaha Public Library has been able to open all 12 of its branches, curbside pickup service is still available, as are many other services offered by the library. 

Marketing Manager of the Omaha Public Library, Emily Getzschman, joined Mike Hogan in a two-part "Live & Local" chat to catch us up on all the latest news from our largest repository of knowledge and entertainment.  She also gives her personal book recommendations!

For more information or to join the library, https://omahalibrary.org/

The Big Garden is working harder than ever to meet the increasing need for fresh, healthy produce in local pantries and food distribution programs in our community.  This year, the pandemic has caused a dramatic increase in food insecurity.  Families and individuals are struggling to make ends meet because of illness or job reduction.  According to Food Bank for the Heartland, 1 in 4 children in our area are food insecure.  The demand at local pantries has increased more than 50%.

As Development Director Cami Cavanaugh Rawlings explains to Mike Hogan on "Live & Local," The Big Garden has responded to the need this year by investing more heavily in food production than ever before.  As of this week, they’ve grown 15,000 pounds of fresh produce in 2020, all of which has been donated to people in need.  And they’re not done yet.  For the first time ever, they are firing up two 24x80 foot greenhouses to grow as much emergency food as possible throughout the winter months.

And there's more.  To find more information or discover how you can help feed our neighbors in need, you can go to www.BigGarden.org.

Nebraska Health Information Initiative (NEHII), a Health Information Exchange (HIE) joins forces with Unite Us, the technology company that connects health and social care providers, in a unique and innovative partnership that will transform service delivery and care coordination throughout Nebraska.

This partnership will break down existing barriers between clinical and social care providers, enabling them to work together to provide comprehensive, whole-person care with trackable outcomes data.

In the sound clips below, 'NEHII' CEO, Jaime Bland, and 'Unite Us' Founder and President, Taylor Justice, joined Mike Hogan "Live & Local" in a two-part interview to talk about the joint effort to improve the lives of Nebraskans.  

More information for getting help or volunteering can be found at https://nebraska.uniteus.com/ and https://nehii.org/

The Douglas County Health Department and Omaha Community Foundation have partnered to launch a county-wide awareness campaign to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the Omaha community.  Do Right, Right Now is a practical call for a unified response to COVID-19.

As Nebraskans, we pride ourselves on doing the right thing, caring for one another, and working together to address problems and affect change.  We can get the good life back when we Do Right, Right Now.


The messages focus around the 3 W’s (Wear a mask, Wash your hands, Watch your distance) as well as the importance of getting flu shots.  The goal is for the message to be one of hope, positivity, and encouragement that will resonate with people who may be dealing with pandemic-fatigue.

Douglas County Health Director, Dr. Adi Pour joined Mike Hogan “Live & Local” to discuss the campaign and give some candid answers on the current state of the pandemic, politicians, and human nature in this time of crisis.


Both episodes of this two-part interview are below.  More information on how to stay healthy can be found at https://dorightrightnow.org/

Hunger exists in every county in Nebraska and Iowa, and one in four Heartland children is food insecure. You can make this year a little brighter for those in need this holiday season!

Now in its 14th year, the campaign is a rallying call to support essential hunger relief efforts and provide meals for those in need – and this year, the need is even greater.  More families than ever are experiencing financial hardship and food insecurity due to the impact of the Pandemic.

Sandra Hulm, Vice President of Procurement at ConAgra Brands took the time to chat with Mike Hogan “Live & Local” about the severity of the food insecurity problem right here in Nebraska and Western Iowa. 

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