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Live & Local

Daily interviews with people involved in local charities, arts organizations, government, medical groups, educational institutions, and more.  Airs weekdays at 7:44 a.m. and 3:44 p.m. hosted by Mike Hogan.

John DiGirolamo has written a book called “It’s Not About the Badge” which focuses on the human side of policing.  The book gives everyday police officers a voice and features stories showing insight about how the job can impact family, mental well-being, and marriage.  It also gives insight into the lives of some of those in trouble, how they got there, and what happens when these people on two different sides of the law interact.

John joined Mike Hogan for a “Live & Local” chat to discuss the book, the pressures of police work, his family’s personal involvement in some of the stories, and the Omaha connection in the book.

More information about the book can be found at  “It’s Not About the Badge”

This week the 41st U.S. Senior Open Championship is taking place at Omaha Country Club.  “Live & Local” host Mike Hogan went to the press event there and was able to have a conversation about the importance of this event, (in quick succession with the Swim Trials and the College World Series), to the economic recovery of the greater Omaha metro area. 

Deborah Ward, Executive Director of Visit Omaha, and Mark Rath, Director of Sales for Visit Omaha, joined Mike for this chat.

More information on this week’s festivities surrounding the U.S. Senior Open Championship can be found at www.USSeniorOpen.com.

Several charitable organizations have banded together for the "Saddle Up Under the Stars FREE Drive-In Movie Night."  Julie Boilsen, CEO with the Omaha Equestrian Foundation, joined Mike Hogan on “Live & Local” to discuss the motivation behind the event. 

The event is taking place at Falconwood Drive-In Theater in Bellevue on Wednesday, July 14.  Gates open at 7:30 p.m. for fun horse activities prior to the movie, including mini ponies, educational games and more for the entire family.  Following the pre-movie activities, at 9 p.m., Warner Bros. Pictures’ Black Beauty will play.

For more information or to reserve free tickets go to OmahaEquestrian.org/movie.

The event is hosted by a combination of nonprofits: HETRA, Nebraska Humane Society, North Hills Hunt, Omaha Equestrian Foundation, Omaha Rodeo and Take Flight Farms.

WhyArts (whyartsinc.org) and Arts in Motion (artsinmotionomaha.org) are merging on July 1, creating an arts nonprofit in Omaha that will serve thousands of Nebraskans annually, with a particular focus on serving people with disabilities.

WhyArts Executive Director, Kim Jubenville, chatted with Mike Hogan about the reasons behind the merger and the benefits of the new, combined organization.

More information can be found at whyartsinc.org or artsinmotionomaha.org.
 

Melissa Wurth, Executive Director of Omaha Girls Rock chatted with Mike Hogan on “Live & Local” about all the activities the organization is now having, since the pandemic has come to an end.

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

From their website, some of the activities include:

Songwriter Series  Mon, July 12th, to  Fri, July 16th,

Youth ages 8-12 / Teens ages 13-18: Spend a couple hours with our amazing instructors in a Songwriter Track or Spoken Word Track!

Youth artists will workshop a piece with our amazing Teaching Artists to share at our Open Mic Night to end the series on July 16 (youth) and July 24 (teens). We will get our creative juices flowing and use our voices to express ourselves!

OGR JAMboree!: Youth Open Mic!  Friday, July 16, 2021  5:00 PM  8:00 PM 

Our last JAMboree will celebrate our Youth Artists and give them a chance to share what they worked on all week. DJ Crabrangucci will also be there for a Dance Party!

WHERE: The Venue at Highlander

OGR JAMboree!: Gear Swap and Teen Open Mic Night!  Saturday, July 24, 2021 3:00 PM  8:00 PM  Benson Neighborhood (map)

At our third JAMboree, in partnership with BFF, we will be selling some gear and offering a space for our community to sell their gear. Proceeds from each sale will go back to OGR in support of our programming!

  • JAMboree will also include TEEN OPEN MIC NIGHT!
  • Music and dance with DJ Chevy!

UNO partners with community organizations and public schools to both provide UNO students with valuable learning experiences while also benefitting the community.  Sara Woods, Director of UNO’s Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center, joined Mike Hogan on “Live & Local” to discuss the opportunities for these students and the benefits the community experiences from this partnership.

More information can be found at https://www.unomaha.edu/community-engagement-center/index.php.

KANEKO invites families to bring the kiddos to the KANEKO on Saturday mornings for exclusive family time to enjoy the exhibits and take part in some family activities.

KANEKO Education Manager, Katherine Scarpello explains on “Live & Local” how the times from 10:00 to 12:00 on Saturday mornings is set aside for parents and caregivers of small children (under 12) to move freely within the galleries and enjoy the current Community exhibits and the KANEKO- UNO Creative Library that has a dedicated space for kids!  KIDSpace at the K-UNO Library offers thoughtfully curated children’s books about creativity in a relaxed environment. 

More information can be found at https://thekaneko.org/family-admission/

A hundred years ago, two Omaha newspapermen – Leo Bozell and Morris Jacobs started the advertising firm Bozell & Jacobs.  A century later, three women own the legendary firm in an industry that at one time was male dominated.

Jackie Miller, one of Bozell's owners and the Chief Marketing Officer, joined Mike Hogan on “Live & Local” to discuss the rich history of Bozell which includes culturally iconic campaigns, (milk mustache campaign, “pork … the other white meat,” and Boys Town’s "He ain’t heavy, Father, he’s m’ brother” rebrand), decades of adapting to the changing culture of America, and an evolution to become a woman-owned business.

More information about the firm or the book “From Newsboy to Adman: The Story of Morris E. Jacobs, Co-founder of Bozell & Jacobs” can be found at https://bozell.com/.

During the pandemic, business faced closure while workers faced unemployment.  Two centers at UNO worked hard to provide the resources and data to help business owners stay afloat and provide civic leaders with the data necessary to make decisions that helped the citizens of Nebraska.

Cathy Lang, State Director of the Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC), and Josie Schafer, Director of UNO’s Center for Public Affairs Research (CPAR), spoke with Mike Hogan during this two-part interview about how NBDC helped keep Nebraska businesses afloat in 2020 and how CPAR’s work (alongside the state of Nebraska) tracked the pandemic’s impact on Nebraska’s workforce, allowing for action to be taken to help the unemployed.

More information can be found at https://www.unomaha.edu/nebraska-business-development-center/index.php and https://www.unomaha.edu/college-of-public-affairs-and-community-service/center-for-public-affairs-research/index.php

Terry Streetman,  Director of Public Policy and Advocacy at Alzheimer's Association, Nebraska Chapter, chatted with Mike Hogan on “Live & Local” about several topics including a recap of what the Unicameral was able to accomplish to help the fight against Alzheimer’s, Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month, and the importance of brain health and early detection.

More information and caregiver assistance is available at https://www.alz.org/nebraska.

The Union for Contemporary Art's current round of Populus Fund grants are open.. 

Like last year during the initial Populus Fund cycle, many artists are still in need of critical financial support due to COVID, The Union has designated the available funds as unrestricted emergency relief for local working artists.  Funds can be used to support vital needs such as medical bills, rent, debts, and food. 

Patrick Mainelli, Communications Director for The Union for Contemporary Art, explains to Mike Hogan how the Populus Fund will award seventy-five $1,000 grants using a weighted lottery system for a total of $75,000 awarded to artists by the end of the year.

Like last years' cycle they will prioritize BIPOC applicants during this round of funding.  The goal is to give at least 55% of the awards to BIPOC artists.  Artists can learn more and apply at: https://www.u-ca.org/populusfund.

Deadlines for participation are as follows:

CYCLE 2: 7/9 deadline, 11:59p deadline

CYCLE 3: 8/1 deadline, 11:59p deadline

Imagine a college scholarship program that gives so much more than just financial assistance.  It also mentors, builds a community of students who go on to become doctors, educators, engineers, artists, and elected officials and they remain a member of that community. 

The Goodrich Scholarship program at UNO is one such program.  Troy Romero, the Chair of the Goodrich Program, joined Mike Hogan to explain how the program changed his life.  Troy was a first generation college student who needed the help the Goodrich Program provides.  Once a “Goodricher”, always a “Goodricher.”

More information can be found at https://www.unomaha.edu/college-of-public-affairs-and-community-service/goodrich-scholarship-program/index.php

Bellevue Little Theater is debuting a brand new play, a farce called "Temporary Insanity" by playwright Karen Schaeffer.   The show will run through June 27th.

Karen Schaeffer chatted with Mike Hogan on "Live & Local" about how the play came to be, the fun in writing a farce, and the magic that occurs when the actors bring the written words to life.

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

Kate McCauley is the CEO of Wounded Warriors Family Support.  Their mission is to provide support to the families of those who have been wounded, injured or killed during combat operations.  The families of our casualties suffer in many ways: some financially, some psychologically.

Kate joined Mike Hogan on “Live & Local” to talk about the mission and the many diverse ways that WWFS helps veterans and their families. 

If you need help or would like to “help the helpers” more information can be found at https://www.wwfs.org/.

O-pa Vice President of Human Capital and Inclusion, Gennean M Scott, chats with Mike Hogan about Music at Miller Park, a free event, kicking off this weekend with Enjoli & Timeless.

More information can be found at https://o-pa.org/on-stage/music-at-miller-park.

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