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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.     

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Building on Opera Omaha’s innovative work, and the storytelling power of opera, ONE Festival includes over fifty multi-disciplinary performances, installations, conversations, and explorations. 

The celebration goes from March 29th through April 14th and kicks off with the opera Les Enfants Terribles.  Conductor David Bloom and Artistic Director James Darrah join Mike Hogan “Live & Local” to discuss the festival, the opera, and the hard work behind the scenes.

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Friday, April 19th is the Alzheimer’s Association-(Nebraska Chapter) Dementia Care Conference.  This conference provides resources and information to make caring for a loved one just a little easier.

Summer Sargent, a volunteer at the Alzheimer’s Association-(Nebraska Chapter), joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the conference and the trials of being a care-giver to a dementia patient. 

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The Vision Resource Fair is taking place at Baxter Arena April 6 and 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days.  It will bring together more than 20 organizations that provide programs and services for the more than 15,000 people in the Omaha metro area with significant vision loss and their caregivers.   Free vision screenings will be provided to all ages, courtesy of Area Lions Clubs.

Rachel Carver joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the organization, some new technology for the sight impaired, and the free fair.

AIM Infotec is the Midwest’s largest annual conference that brings together more than 1,000 of the region’s leading business and IT professionals for a day of innovation and inspiration.  This year’s event will feature former NASA astronaut Dr. Garrett Reisman, who is currently a senior adviser at SpaceX and professor of Astronautical Engineering at USC. While at NASA, Dr. Reisman completed two space missions, including one in 2008 where he spent 95 days on the International Space Station. 

Scott Rowe, Vice President of Techology Comunity Outreach, stops by the KIOS-FM studios and chat with Mike Hogan about the event and some of the breakout session topics.  More information can be found at

WHAT: AIM Infotec

WHEN: Tuesday, April 2 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

WHERE: Embassy Suites, La Vista Conference Center

Dr. Patrick Murray, Professor of Philosophy and John C. Kenefick Chair in Humanities, joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to chat about the upcoming lecture that will explore the history of segregation of American’s housing during the 20th century.

Author Richard Rothstein, who is a leading authority on housing policy, will discuss how radical segregation was due to de jure segregation – the laws and policy decisions passed by local, state, and federal governments – that promoted the discriminatory patterns that continue even today.  He will also discuss his book, "The Color of Law: The Forgotten History of How our Government Segregated America"

The event happens Monday, March 25, 2019 - 7:30pm - 8:30pm at Hixson-Lied Auditorium on the Creighton University campus.

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artVenture is Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska’s one-of-a-kind annual fundraising event.  Featuring hundreds of original works of art created collaboratively by Girl Scouts and professional artists, as well as unique pieces by some of the region’s most treasured artists!

Girl Scouts Chief Development Officer, Wendy Hamilton, stops by the KIOS-FM studios to chat with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" about the 15th anniversary of this fund raising event, how much it means to the organization and to local artists.  The event is Saturday, March 23, 2019 with a VIP Preview Party from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. and the Main Event from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. at UNO Mammel Hall (6708 Pine St.)

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