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Boys Town Press Director Erin Green stops by the KIOS studios to chat with Mike Hogan about the mission of the organization, the many literary offerings, and the latest published book, "Empathy is My Superpower!"

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The Metropolitan Community College Creative Writing Forum, now in its third year, will be held Friday, Oct. 26, 6-10 p.m. inside the Mule Barn and on Saturday, Oct. 27, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. in Building 10. Both locations are at the College’s Fort Omaha Campus, 32nd Street and Sorensen Parkway. 

Event Coordinator for the Creative Writing Program, Liz Kay chats with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" this morning.  More information can be found at:

Masquerade at the Castle is on both Friday, Oct. 26th and Saturday, Oct. 27th.  Two nights this year for an enchanted evening of music and dancing, dressed in your most inspired masquerade ensemble.

You have the opportunity to enjoy exploring the Castle, tarot card readings and photobooth fun! There will be a contest at the end of the evening, so dress to impress. A cash bar and signature cocktail will be available. 

Janice Pickering, Manager of Programs and Events at Joslyn Castle, stops by the KIOS studios to chat with Mike Hogan about this and other events held at the castle and the responsibility of sticking to the philanthropic mission established by the Joslyn family.

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All proceeds go toward the continued preservation and restoration of the historic Joslyn Castle.

Just in time for Breast Cancer Awareness month, a new study on mice provides further evidence that a diet high in omega-3 fats may delay the development and spread of breast cancer. 

Professor of Pathology and Microbiology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Dr. Jim Talmadge,  chats with Mike Hogan “Live & Local” about the results and what it can mean for breast cancer treatment.

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We are surrounded by systems of inequality–what are we doing about it? How are you making a difference? What is keeping you from speaking out when you see racism? Join a group of people who feel a calling to overcome barriers that get in the way of civic and community engagement.

Dr. Nikitah Imani, professor of Black Studies at University of Nebraska Omaha, leads a discussion on October 23rd  at 6:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church on how to get invlolved and where.  He stopped by the KIOS studios to chat with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" about the event. 

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This event is FREE, including dinner catered by Big Mama’s Big Kitchen!

1877 Society, a group of library enthusiasts and advocates in their twenties, thirties, and forties who support the Omaha Public Library Foundation, will host “Animus: Film vs. Book” at Aksarben Cinema on Thursday, October 25 at Aksarben Cinema, 2110 South 67th Street.   The fifth annual fundraiser will screen the 1987 film "The Princess Bride,” directed by Rob Reiner.

Wendy Townley, Executive Director of the Omaha Public Library Foundation joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local"  to chat about the event. 

Attendees are encouraged to read the book, written by William Goldman and first published in 1973, prior to the October 25 fundraiser.   A spirited audience discussion will follow the movie, on which version of the story was better.  “Animus” proceeds will benefit Omaha Public Library programs and services this year. 

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Quince (pronounced "Kwinse") Ensemble is Vesper Concerts’ Resident Ensemble for the 2018-19 season. On October 21, at 3 p.m., Quince is collaborating with area high school and college students for a collaborative choral concert.  This concert is culmination of a one-of-a-kind educational retreat led by Quince Ensemble in collaboration with vocal students from Bellevue East and West High Schools, Lincoln East High School and the University of Nebraska Choral Department.  The concert is free.

Soprano Amanda DeBoer Bartlett joins Mke Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss. 

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Making all arts affordable to all, Judy Mallory's vision thrives, even 12 years after starting this charitable organization.  Arts For All, Inc. is a dynamic arts education organization developed to be affordable and available for all.  

Founder and Executive Director, Judy Mallory stops by the KIOS studios to chat with Mike Hogan about the mission and her view of "success" with the clients she has met over the years.

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Following the death of her sister Tilly, Agnes Evans discovers Tilly’s Dungeons & Dragons notebook and stumbles into an imaginary world where she begins to better relate to her often-misunderstood sister. Packed with humor and heart, this coming-of-age adventure/comedy explores the world of fantasy role-playing games and the rare opportunity to connect with a lost loved one.

Catie Zaleski stars as Agnes Evans and she joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to chat about the play, the 90's, and coming of age. 

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Nebraska Shakespeare is proud to present “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” as part of its “Shakespeare On Tour” program.  Now in its 13th season, “Shakespeare On Tour” travels to schools and communities throughout Nebraska and Iowa to bring Shakespeare’s work to thousands of students and families annually.

Sara Brown chats with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" about the company and being an artist in Omaha.  

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Dan Rigazzi makes his Opera Omaha debut as the Revival Director for Pagliacci.  Mr. Rigazzi has been on the Directing Staff at the Metropolitan Opera since 2008. 

On October 19th and 21st he and the cast bring  Pagliacci to life at The Orpheum.  Dan stops by the KIOS studios to chat with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" about his role in mounting the production and the current state of rehearsals. 

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The Blue Barn Theatre presents "Season 30: America in Pieces" with six theatrical events.  Artstic Director Susan Clement-Toberer and Susan Collins swing by to chat with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" about the history of this institution and the meaning of the current season.  More information is available at

The Omaha Kroc center is a newly remodeled community center in the heart of South Omaha.  Their  programs focus on their mission: to help all people discover and develop their God-given talents. 

The free Community Appreciation Event is October 6th.  Kevin Boesiger and Jenny Andersen chat with Mike Hogan live in the KIOS studios about the mission, the event, and how folks can acquire free tickets.

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The Joslyn Castle is excited to announce the 9th annual Art and Literary Festival: Edgar Allan Poe - The Master of Mystery and Macabre! In partnership with Metropolitan Community College’s Theatre, Art, English and culinary school, the Art and Literary Festival will run from Oct. 7-21st at the Joslyn Castle, and will offer live theatre, lectures and discussion, POE-try contest, art, live music and much more!

Scott Working, Theatre Program Coordinator at Metro chats with Mike Hogan about the event and announces the encore presentation on October 21st!  

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November 2nd is the evening during which Outlook Nebraska holds their annual fundraiser, the Vision Beyond Sight Banquet, from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. at the Embassy Suites La Vista. 

Rachel Carver, Public Relations Facilitator for Outlook Nebraska, joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to chat about the event, the mission, and tackling life with vision impairment.

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