Quick Hits of the week Feb 22, 2010

I’m about to head out the door to Van Meter Community schools to see what they have going on there. Superintendent John Carver and I have talked a few times and he’s extremely excited about what’s happening in his hallways. Part of the fun is 1:1 ratio of computers to students. Only 12 or 13 schools are like that in the state of Iowa. And only 3 schools are virtual reality schools. Van Meter is one of them.

Monday, videographer John Torpy and I went to Ames High School to talk to standout player Harrison Barnes. Barnes has already committed to playing for coach Roy Williams at the University of North Carolina. Barnes leads the state in scoring average at 27.1 points per game. According to KASI sports director Dave Sprau, who we interviewed for our piece, Barnes has stepped up his game even more this year. That is hard to believe. We also talked to head coach Vance Downs. If Ames can win out, they’d be the first 4A team in Iowa to repeat as state champions and going undefeated. I think they’ve won 48 or 49 straight games. The story on Barnes will air March 4.

Market to Market producer Andrew Batt is headed to Decorah Tuesday to talk with author and college professor Michael Pollan. He’s an interesting guy who gets under the skin of traditional agriculture. Pollan was a main source for the guys of King Corn and several books including In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto, The Omnivore’s Dilemma: the Secrets Behind What You Eat, Food Rules, Second Nature, The Botany of Desire, and A Place of My Own. Pollan appears in Food, Inc. a documentary on the food industry.

The link to this week’s Iowa Journal is here. We are talking about refugees in Iowa.

Copyright: Around the America's by David Thoreson

And I forgot to add we were talking with David Thoreson today. David is with Blue Water Studios. He’s West Lake Okoboji. You’ve seen him on IPTV before with his documentary “Arctic Journey in a Changing World.” That was about his travels through the Northwest Passage. He did that first trip in 2007 and now this time going a different direction with the crew of Ocean Watch. He started in Seattle in early summer 2009. Today he was in Chile. We talked to him for a web extra that you’ll be able to see on http://www.iptv.org soon. His journey is incredible.

His new site Around The America’s is impressive. There are learning opportunities for all ages, even free classroom materials available on the. The science of this trip is amazing. Also the pictures. Take a look at his Flickr stream and you can follow him in Twitter as well.


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