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  • Millions of Americans haven’t been able to pay their rent since the pandemic started spreading throughout the world and Nebraska has been no exception. As Governor Ricketts allows temporary rent protections to expire on June 1st, many fear we will see a huge influx of non-payment evictions in Omaha. Joshua LaBure of KIOS discusses this with the Omaha Legal Aid of Nebraska's managing attorny, Scott Mertz. 

Joshua LaBure

In this installment of A Portrait of a Pandemic, we continue with our portraits of those in and surrounding the homeless community of Omaha. Last week we heard from Daryl and his experience of homelessness in a pandemic. Today, KIOS’s Emily Chen-Newton brings us Devon Lee, volunteer coordinator at the The Stephen Center, an emergency housing and addiction recovery campus in Omaha.

To contact the HERO Addiction Recovery Program: 402-715-5440

 

 In this edition of “a portrait of a pandemic” KIOS’s Joshua LaBure brings us a conversation with Eric Rede of United Food and Commercial Workers Union explaining what he hears from those actually working in the factories continuing to operate during the pandemic

  

 It’s been a while since we’ve been able to go to our local barber shop or salon to get a trim, color or just some conversation with our barber or hair dressers and it can be frustrating or disorienting. But how do the small business owners, the barbers and stylists feel about getting back to something resembling normal? Are we acting too fast? Joshua LaBure of KIOS discussed this with the owners of a local barber shop.

 

 

Special thanks to The Surly Chap Barbers.

Joshua LaBure

“Stay home” became a nationwide mantra in early 2020, but for the thousands of homeless men and women in America this is more complicated. As shelters across the country do their best to social distance within their facilities, still countless individuals sleep outside every night. The voices and stories of these individuals are not often heard as part of the pandemic landscape. So, in this edition of a portrait of a pandemic, we feature Daryl and his story of living homeless in a pandemic.

Support KIOS on #GivingTuesdayNow

May 1, 2020

#Support KIOS for #GivingTuesdayNow on May 5th, 2020! 

#GivingTuesdayNow is a global day of giving and unity that will take place on May 5, 2020 as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19.

  Because of Covid-19 the movie industry is on hold. Film productions have shuttered, movie theaters are closed and that has affected artists and theaters here in Omaha.  Joshua Allen LaBure speaks with a local filmmaker and the non-profit movie theatre Film Streams about how Covid-19 is affecting the cinema landscape.

Special thanks to Film Streams & filmmaker, Nik Fackler.

 From concerts and music festivals to movie screenings and conferences, large events all over the world are being postponed, rescheduled, canceled and moved to digital platforms. This includes the Lincoln Marathon here in Nebraska. Joshua LaBure of Omaha Public Radio reached out to a runner and a race organizer on this Portrait of a Pandemic

Joshua LaBure

This installment of our series Portrait of a Pandemic features two Omaha businesses shifting their production in response to COVID-19. As the pandemic reached America's heartland , Brickway Brewery converted their distillation process from spirits to hand sanitizer and Artifact began making facial masks for the community.

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In the first part of our occasional series, Portrait of a Pandemic, we heard how COVID-19 effects workers in the hospitality industry... cutting their hours or knocking them out of work altogether.  In this latest installment, Joshua LaBure brings us a look at another segment of workers uniquely impacted by coronavirus: the people who check your groceries and stock the shelves... who've suddenly found themselves on the pandemic's front lines.

 

 

 

Music from Kevin Conboy

 

All over the world restaurants and bars are closing because of the outbreak of COVID-19, leaving thousands of servers, bartenders and other staff out of work. As part one of our series on the human experience of the pandemic,  Joshua Allen LaBure of Omaha Public Radio spoke with Another Round, Another Rally and some Omaha area hospitality workers affected by the crisis. 

Studio 360 Going Off The Air

Feb 26, 2020
PRX

After a twenty-year run, Studio 360 airs for the final time this Saturday, February 29th at noon. The arts and culture program's close comes with the retirement of host, and Omaha native, Kurt Andersen. Emily Chen-Newton brings us this conversation with Andersen to find out what’s next for the award-winning author, columnist, and broadcaster.

Stories From the Trail: The Film

Nov 18, 2019
Emily Chen-Newton

You heard the stories, now the film has been released! The newly formed Great Plains Trail is the first its' class to tackle The Great Plains region for almost the full 2,200 miles of the route. 

Omaha Public Radio's Emily Chen-Newton caught up one ambitious in his second week of walking. See the short film of their trek, and check out the audio mini-series here.

Gathering in reconciliation for Will Brown and The Red Summer

Oct 16, 2019
Emily Chen-Newton

Last September marked 100 years since the lynching of Will Brown; Omaha’s connection to the 1919 national tragedy known as “The Red Summer”, when the US convulsed with violence boiling over from long-simmering racial tensions resulting in lynchings and riots nation wide. Last month also saw the world premiere of Red Summer at Blue Barn Theatre. Located just a few city-blocks away from the site of Will Brown’s murder, the play tells his story.

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

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

More information can be found at https://sites.google.com/a/unomaha.edu/witness-samuel_bak/

or at https://www.unomaha.edu/news/events/2019/08/artist-samuel-bak-and-collection-coming-to-uno.php and finally, you can view more of Samuel's work at https://www.puckergallery.com/samuel-bak

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

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

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

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

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

You can still hear the sneak peak version at https://www.kios.org/post/sneak-peek-award-winning-actor-paul-giamatti-sits-down-mike-hogan-kios-fm

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