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A tragic yet hopeful tale, four-time Tony Award-winning Ragtime explores the pursuit of the American dream and the meaning of family.  Set in the melting pot of New York City at the turn of the century, the lives of a wealthy white couple, a determined Jewish immigrant and an African American ragtime musician intertwine, creating a rich tapestry of American life.  With soaring ballads and a stunning score, these characters are connected by their compassion, belief and resolution that they, too, will find their place in the world.

Lead actor Paul Tranisi solidifies his return to the Omaha Community Playhouse with this role and chats about the play and its meaning in today's world.  He stops by the KIOS studios to discuss this and more with Mike Hogan "Live & Local."

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Omaha, NE –The Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes are a group of genetic collagen disorders that affect the connective tissues throughout the body.  Many people with EDS appear to be normal and healthy, but often struggle with body-wide dysfunction as connective tissue is used to support the skin, bones, blood vessels, arteries, gastrointestinal tract, and internal organs.  Because no two people with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome are affected by the condition in the exact same way, it is very hard to diagnose, which leads to many people not being diagnosed for 20 or more years.  The symptoms can range from mildly loose and hypermobile joints to life-threatening complications.

Wendy Hamilton is the Co-Leader of the Omaha EDS support group and she joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to talk about living with the condition, how the support group can help everyone cope, and the "hacks" that can be used. 

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Omaha Children’s Museum is opening Enchanted Kingdom on May 25, and it’s one of the most ambitious exhibits they’ve created yet.  The exhibit’s focus will be teaching literacy skills and empathy to young children in an imaginative setting, complete with a castle, dragon nursey, unicorn stable and animatronic creatures. There’s even a children’s book in the works to incorporate the exhibit’s characters and encourage reading.

Kim Reiner, Director of Marketing and Public Relations, stops by the KIOS studios to chat with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" about the new program, the new roles some of the employees have taken, and how much she enjoys her job at the Omaha Children's Museum.

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Omaha's chapter of the Pencils of Promise organization was founded in January of 2018 by a group of Creighton University students.  Their goal is to build a school in Laos and continue the fight for global education equity so that all children have a chance to unlock their full potential.  The chapter president is Creighton University student Mike Galeski.

In order to draw attention to the fundraising efforts of this Pencils of Promise chapter, Mike applied to and was accepted as a contestant on the television show American Ninja Warrior.  His episode will air later this summer.  

Mike stops by the KIOS-FM studios to chat with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" about his journey into television, his journeys half-way around the world, and why he is devoting so much of his life to ensure that children worldwide have a chance at a decent education.

For those who don't know, Pencils of Promise is a for-purpose organization working to increase access to quality education for children in Ghana, Guatemala, and Laos.  More information can be found by contacting club president Mike Galeski at or by going to the website:

SHARE Omaha launched in January to offer the giving public opportunities to connect with metro nonprofits through donations, volunteering and shopping wish lists.  They make it easy to find local nonprofits and engage with them how you choose.  The open and inclusive platform amplifies the needs of the entire nonprofit community giving all organizations a chance to be seen and heard regardless of size, cause or budget.

Executive Director Marjorie Maas joins Mike Hogan, "Live & Local," to discuss the mission of Share Omaha, "Our mission is to help nonprofits fulfill theirs.  Together, we can change the giving culture of the metro area."

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Film Streams proudly announces Great Directors: Yasujiro Ozu (Apr 21 - Jun 27), a twelve-film retrospective celebrating an artist known for quiet films of great emotional power. 

In a career that stretched from the silent era to the dizzying time of progress that visited Japan after World War II, Yasujiro Ozu crafted no fewer than ten films now considered masterpieces.  He is perhaps best known for sympathetic portraits of youngsters yearning for independence and elders cast aside by impatient modernizers — often with stars Chishu Ryu and Setsuko Hara.

Communications Director of Film Streams, Patrick Kinney, makes an early morning stop by the KIOS-FM studios for a special edition of "Live & Local" with Mike Hogan.

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Omaha Symphony is proud to present another MasterWorks installment, "Tchaikovsky’s 5th," which runs May 10th and 11th, 7:30 p.m. at the  Holland Performing Arts Center.

Guest conductor Ruth Reinhardt joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the music, rehearsals, and how preparing for a concert can be like making a gourment meal!

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Concert Selections

- Tchaikovksy: Cossack Dance from Mazeppa

- Dvorak: Violin Concerto in A Minor

- Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 in E Minor

daOMA (design alliance OMAha, Inc.) is a non-profit dedicated to public education and appreciation of architecture and the design arts.  The spring lecture with the Joslyn Art Museum and AIGA is tonight, May 9th at 7:00 PM.  Special guest speaker is Ann Willoughby.

daOMA Board member Tom Trenolone stops by the studios early for a special edition of "Live & Local" to chat with Mike Hogan about design, the lecture series, and the fantastic opportunities in Omaha.

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The Bluebarn Theatre brings in a 2016 Obie Award Winning production which opens May 16th and runs for a month.  The Woodsman features Omaha actors working directly with the award winning production team from New York to make a magical night at the theatre.

Based on the forgotten writings of L. Frank Baum, The Woodsman tells the origin story of the Tin Man from the Wonderful Wizard of Oz. This hauntingly beautiful love story is told through original music, physical storytelling, and innovative puppetry.  Members of Strangemen Theatre Company re-create their Obie Award-winning experience with an ensemble of Omaha professionals.  Follow ‘Nick Chopper’ on a magical adventure filled with dangers and wonders that are breathtaking to behold.

Directors Claire Karpen and James Ortiz join Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the production, the magic, and the joy of doing this show.  Movement Director Will Gallacher and Puppet Master Amanda A. Lederer are also present in the studio. 

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Artistic Director and founder of the Brigit Saint Brigit Theatre Company, Cathy Kurz, and Director of the current running production "Assassins," Eric Salonis, join Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the founding and mission of this 26 year old theater company and the latest production.

Starting with John Wilkes Booth in 1865, leading up to John Hinckley Jr’s attempts in 1981, composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim and book writer John Weidman have included the four assassins and five would-be assassins whose "pursuit of happiness" led them to their deluded, frightening, clumsy, even at times, yes, comic ends. 

When Assassins was first published, it included a preface by the writers, an overview of the play, and in particular, the idea that was its genesis.  Nothing, they wrote, is more frightening than a person who is overwhelmingly insecure, yet feels unequivocally entitled.  In exploring such personalities, they went on to create one of the most brilliant, darkly satiric plays ever written.

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Bellevue University College of Business is hosting a free public workshop on “Managing the Multigenerational Workforce” on Monday, May 13, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on their campus.  A light lunch is included for attendees.

The workshop will feature a panel of local experts from the fields of law, academia, human resources and business, who will discuss strategies that employers of all sizes can use to manage the diverse different generations that are found in today’s workplaces.  There are currently four very different groups:

·         Baby Boomers

·         Gen X

·         Millennials, or Gen Y

·         Gen Z

Angie Longe, who is an Associate Professor and Program Director in our College of Business, stops by the KIOS studios to chat "Live & Local" with Mike Hogan about the event and how to bridge the communication gap between the generations.  

More information can be found at

There are many ways to make a difference in the life of a child and their family.  Foster care is one way to help heal a child while providing a safe, loving home. 

Katherine Spoon is the Strengthening Families Program Manager at Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska and she stopped by the KIOS-FM studios to chat with Mike Hogan on how you can help make life better for a child.

More information can be acquired by calling 833-KIDS-LFS or going to the website

Paul Corah, Public Information Officer for FEMA, stopped by the studios at KIOS to chat with Mike Hogan about the status of current FEMA efforts, what to do if you have a claim, and how impressed he is with the strength of the residents in this fine state.


The 99th Omaha Cinco de Mayo Festival starts on May 2nd and runs through May 5th.  The festival is held along historic South 24th Street & Plaza de la Raza and will include music, food, rides, parade, a health fair, and so much more.  

Marcos Mora, Festival Coordinator, joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the festival activities and the events of the weekend celebration.  

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Metropolitan Community College has revealed plans to open its MCC Code School, beginning this fall quarter.  The nine-month, 20-hour per week noncredit program will enable students to secure entry-level web application positions by building competencies in high-demand information technology areas.

Director of Workforce and IT Innovation for Corporate Training, Victoria Novak, joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to talk about the program and the impact it can have on the students and the community as a whole.

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In 2015, bird nerd Noah Strycker of Oregon became the first human to see more than half of the planet’s bird species in a single, year-long, round-the-world birding trip.  Anything could have happened, and a lot did. He was scourged by blood-sucking leeches, suffered fevers and sleep deprivation, survived airline snafus and car breakdowns and mudslides and torrential floods, skirted war zones, and had the time of his life.

As though that's not enough, he also joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss his adventure and his event tonight at the Fontenelle Forest Nature Center, 7:00 p.m.  The event is free and open to the public.  More information can be found at

Today’s digital age produces a constant state of motion and change. ICAN (Institute for Career Advancement Needs) is hosting its iconic ICAN Women’s Leadership Conference on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, presenting the theme: ADAPT: Leadership in the Digital Age.

Allison Schorr, ICAN's Senior Manager – Marketing, Communications and Events chats with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" about the deeper mission of ICAN, the conference, and the need for humanity in a digital world.

More information can be found at

Health care fraud drives up costs for everyone in the health care system and many fraud schemes often depend on identity thieves and dishonest providers getting ahold of people’s Medicare card numbers and billing Medicare for benefits, services, and supplies that the Medicare person never received.

Julie Brookhart is the Public Affairs Specialist and works on the Regional External Affairs Team, in the Kansas City Regional Office of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and she joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss how to combat fraud.  

Sue McCann, chair for the Omaha "Walk to End Alzheimer’s," joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to speak to the reasons why she decided to chair and chat about her personal connection to the disease.  As Mother’s Day is quickly approaching, Sue shares how women are affected by dementia.

More information about women and Alzheimer’s disease can be found at this link:

And more information about the walk event can be found at

Adventure, bravery and humorous absurdity… led by an all-female cast, Men on Boats is the “true-ish” story of ten explorers on four boats charting the course of the Colorado River in 1869.  Omaha Community Playhouse's latest offering includes the story of the outlandish but loyal crew, guided by their one-armed captain,  encountering various disasters, conflicts, and harrowing adventures.

Actress Breanna Carodine chats with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" about the show, the effects, and the fun this spectacle brings.  Opening May 3rd and running through the 26th, more information can be found at

Heartland 2050 is a long-range vision for the future of the Omaha-Council Bluffs metro area.
In the coming years the region will experience dramatic demographic changes and face increased challenges related to workforce.  The Heartland Vision addresses these issues through collaborative leadership, a quality growth strategy for transportation and housing, and an eye toward improved access to opportunities for all.

The Heartland 2050 Summit is May 8th.  Metropolitan Area Planning Agency (MAPA) Community Relations Manager, Jeff Spiehs, and Information Officer, Sue Cutsforth join Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the MAPA mission and the upcoming summit.  

More information can be found at

Nebraska Appleseed is a nonprofit organization that fights for justice and opportunity for all Nebraskans. We take a systemic approach to complex issues – such as child welfare, immigration policy, affordable health care and poverty – and we take our work wherever we believe we can do the most good, whether that’s in the courthouse, at the Capitol, or in the community.

Molly McCleery, Program Director / Staff Attorney – Health Care Access Program joins Mike Hogan “Live & Local” to discuss the ramifications of the Medicaid Expansion vote and the impact on the citizens of Nebraska. 

More information can be found at

All children benefit from interacting with same-aged peers.  CRCC's new program promotes curiosity, learning, friendships, and understanding, while celebrating each other.  

Learning Together Preschool uses a theme and project-based approach that will enable children to acquire information and learn concepts through meaningful hands-on opportunities and experiences.  Learning Together Preschool promotes learning through purposeful play, choice based activities, and meaningful experiences that are relevant to the child and their development.

CEO Anne Constantino sits down with Mike Hogan to discuss this new program which integrates typically developing children with medically fragile, developmentally delayed, and physically challenged children to the benefit of all the children involved.

More information is available at

Kids Can Community Center has a mission to educateengage, and inspire children through early childhood care and out-of-school experiences.  

Originally founded in 1908 as the Social Settlement Association of Omaha, in 2009 they changed their  name to Kids Can Community Center to better reflect our vision for children and families in the community.  

Today they are a state-licensed childcare provider for children ages 18-months to 13-years old, offering full-day early childhood education and out-of-school programs.  CEO Robert Patterson joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the mission and the upcoming fundraiser luncheon this week with keynote speaker Dr. Cheryl Logan, Superintendent of Omaha Public Schools. 

Details are below or can be found at

What: Can Do Luncheon

When: 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM on April 18, 2019

Where: Marriott at Capitol District at 222 N 10th Street in Omaha

Contact: Cindy Oelke,, 402-731-6988

The Omaha Public Schools is developing a redistricting boundary plan to accommodate the opening of five new schools: two elementary, one middle and two high schools.  A compilation of the boundary options created during those meetings will be presented to the broader community April 16, 22, 23, 29 and 30 and May 6, 7 and 8.

Dr. Cheryl Logan, Superintendent of Omaha Public Schools, joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the new schools, the boundaries, and the analysis that went into desgning the schools to prepare students for life after OPS.

OPS would like to invite you to attend the upcoming open community meetings regarding proposed changes to south Omaha elementary and middle school attendance boundaries and the high school attendance boundaries. The dates, times and places of the meetings are listed as follows:

Proposed South Omaha Elementary/Middle School Boundary Changes

South High Magnet School – Gym

Tuesday, April 16

6-8 p.m.

Proposed High School Boundary Changes

Burke High School – Gym

Monday, April 22

6-8 p.m.

South High Magnet School – Gym

Tuesday, April 23

6-8 p.m.

Central High School - Cafeteria

Monday, April 29

6-8 p.m.

Northwest High Magnet School – Cafeteria

Tuesday, April 30

6-8 p.m.

North High Magnet School – Viking Center

Monday, May 6

6-8 p.m.

Benson High Magnet School – Cafeteria

Tuesday, May 7

6-8 p.m.

Bryan High School - Library

Wednesday, May 8

6-8 p.m.

The information to be shared at all of the high schools will be the same.  The success of this planning process requires involvement by all facets of the community and we encourage you to attend one of these meetings in order to provide input or express any concerns you may have regarding the proposed changes.  After a review of all information obtained during the open community meetings, final boundary options will be presented to the OPS Board of Education for review and a final vote sometime this summer.  We look forward to seeing you.

Thank you for your continued support of the Omaha Public Schools!

The Nebraska Wind Sympony is holding their spring concert, "Ladies' Day" this Sunday, April 13th at Elkhorn South High School starting at 3:00 p.m.  

Selections will include an original composition by NWS Music Director (and recent Duane Johnson Distinguished Service Award winner), Larry MacTaggart.  Larry joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the concert, the joy of composing, and the thrill of having a piece of music come to life.

More information can be found at

Temperatures are warming and that signifies the annual Joslyn Castle Spring Lecture Series!  This free event happens over four weekly sessions starting April 8th.  

Joslyn's Manager of Communications and Development, Kelli Bello, stops by the KIOS-FM studios to chat with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" about the series and the benefits of showing up early!

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Opera Omaha is so pleased to present a fascinating new production of Faust that reimagines the classic, hedonistic tale. 

Conductor Steven White (Cosí fan tutte, 2017) returns to Opera Omaha to lead the Omaha Symphony in this world stage premiere of a new performance edition, featuring music from the opera that hasn’t been heard in over 150 years.  He joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the thrill of presenting this classic the way it was originally written and scored.

Two shows only, on April 12th and April 14th.  More information about this world premier production can be found at

New at the Omaha Community Playhouse, One Man, Two Guvnors will open Friday, April 12. The show will run in the Hawks Mainstage Theatre from April 12 through May 5, 2019.

Long time actor and former Associate Professor of Theatre at Creighton University, Bill Hutson, stops by the KIOS-studios to chat with Mike Hogan about this side-splitting farce packed with physical comedy and hilarious hijinks.  He also talks about the rehearsal process and the art and challenges of doing comedy.

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Bemis Center invites the public to the opening reception for two new solo art exhibitions on Thursday, April 4, 6:00–8:00 p.m.  ARTalk + Exhibition Opening Reception will feature the works of Alison O’Daniel and Lui Shtini.  

Chief Curator  and Director of Programs Rachel Adams stops by the studios to chat with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" about the event, the program, and how she is settling into her new home city, Omaha.

The event takes place Thursday, April 4, 6:00–8:00 p.m. at Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts 724 S. 12th Street.  It is free and open to the public.     

For more information and to RSVP, visit