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Climate Matters: a podcast about climate change in Ames

Radio interviews on topics related to climate and the Ames Climate Action Plan, hosted by ACAT members Mary Richards and Lee Anne Willson.

To access past broadcasts: Go to, and hover over “Listen to us!” and select "Web Stream and Program Archive" from the drop-down menu.

On the program page, select "All Shows" and select "Climate Matters" from the drop-down menu. Find the date for the program that you want to listen to. New episodes are released every 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month. 


Broadcast on KHOI-FM ( on Saturday mornings at 10AM:


April 1: Interview with Jeri Neal on the topic of “What is ACAT?”


April 15: Interview with Deb Schildroth on the topic of “What is the City of Ames doing for climate action?”


April 29: Mary Richards interviews Lee Anne Willson about her blog, “By the Numbers.”


May 13: Interview with Bob Haug on the topic of Ames’ waste-to-energy system and sources of electric power.


May 29: Interview with Bill Schmitt about what the Resource Recovery department of the City of Ames does with story county solid waste.


June 10: Interview with Paul Readhead on the topic of garbage hauling in Ames.

June 24: Interview with Don Kom, head of Ames Electric Utilities, covering general background in how the electric system works.


July 8: Interview with Don Kom, head of Ames Electric Utilities, continued.


July 22: Interview with Richard Hopkins, epidemiologist, about how people react to risks and about local climate action in Vermont.


August 12: Interview with Erv Klaas who started the Ames Climate Action Team and built awareness of climate issues in Ames.


August 26: Interview with Don Kom Part 3, including waste-to-energy issues.


September 9: Interview with Anne Kimber, expert on how the electric grid works and challenges facing grid operations with more varied generation of power.


October 7: Interview with Eugene Takle, climate expert, on how the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reaches its conclusion

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