Entries Tagged as 'Interviews'

Former Ames Electrician Jerry Lanser Runs for President

July 30th, 2012 · No Comments

Among the nearly 400 people who have filed with the Federal Election Commission to run for president in 2012 is a former Ames electrician named Jerry Lanser. A Pella native, the 60-year-old presidential aspirant says that the 2008 economic downturn spurred him from political apathy. Lanser left Ames for Longmont, Colorado, in 1982 because of [...]

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Ed Fallon Talks Occupy Des Moines

November 29th, 2011 · 1 Comment

I met former State Rep. Ed Fallon in Des Moines coffee house Ritual Café, with his friend and fellow Occupy organizer Gabriel De La Cerda, on November 18. Nursing serious colds with organic herbal teas, we talked for about an hour about Occupy Des Moines, his thoughts on Gov. Terry Branstad, and the 2012 elections, [...]

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Tags: Interviews · Nikki Rains

Interview: Eric Cooper

October 26th, 2010 · 1 Comment

Eric Cooper is the Libertarian Party’s candidate for governor in Iowa’s November 2 election. Could you tell the readers of the Progressive a little about your background? I was born in Iowa City, but I actually grew up in Topeka, Kansas. And I came to Ames when I got the job at Iowa State as [...]

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Tags: 2010 · AP Issues · Cover Stories · Cristóbal Matibag · Interviews · October 2010

Interview: Jonathan Narcisse

October 26th, 2010 · 8 Comments

Jonathan Narcisse is a former Des Moines School Board member known for his outspoken and oftentimes controversial nature. He is an independent candidate for governor and will appear on the November 2 ballot with his self-started Iowa Party. You have a rather eclectic background in Iowa politics. You co-chaired the Polk County Democratic Party in [...]

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Tags: 2010 · AP Issues · Cover Stories · Gavin Aronsen · Interviews · October 2010

A Chat with Artist Jordan Zantow

June 1st, 2010 · 2 Comments

Jordan Zantow is a painter, cartoonist, and musician who grew up in Boone and currently lives in Ames. He has a distinct visual style that is characterized by an eye-popping barrage of colors and shapes that are loosely arranged around psychedelic cartoon characters. His work has been on display at Stomping Grounds in Campustown for [...]

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Tags: 2010 · AP Issues · Interviews · May 2010 · Nate Logsdon

Rick Lem: Cartoon Evangelist

March 13th, 2010 · 4 Comments

Rick Lem is a cartoonist who lives in Kelley, Iowa. He founded his weekly publication Toons in 1987, which is distributed in and around Ames bearing his “Lemco Productions” business name. Since Toons began, Lem and his publication have become an important and well-recognized part of the Ames community. The Ames Progressive recently sat down [...]

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Tags: 2010 · AP Issues · Cover Stories · Interviews · Jerrod Jordahl · March 2010

Interview: Daniel Choi Challenges Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

November 4th, 2009 · No Comments

Lieutenant Daniel Choi is a member of the New York National Guard who previously served as an infantry officer in Iraq in 2006 and 2007 and before that graduated from West Point with a degree in Arabic. This March, Choi came out on MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show and was subsequently served a letter of [...]

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Tags: Gavin Aronsen · Interviews · Online Exclusives

Interview: Francis Thicke

October 2nd, 2009 · No Comments

Francis Thicke is the first and, so far, only announced Democratic secretary of agriculture candidate for the 2010 election cycle. He presently operates an organic dairy farm with his wife near Fairfield, Iowa. In the past he has worked for the United States Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C., and was appointed by state governors [...]

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Tags: 2009 · AP Issues · Gavin Aronsen · Interviews · October 2009

Interview: Jordan Mayland

August 27th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Jordan Mayland is one of the most active musicians and recording artists in Ames. In the past decade, he has played in a number of popular Ames bands, including Keepers of the Carpet, Nuclear Rodeo, Electronidoll, The Thermal Detonators, and Organ Donor, and this year Mayland has launched a new project called Volcano Boys. Both [...]

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Tags: 2009 · AP Issues · Interviews · Nate Logsdon · September 2009

Interview: Peter Singer

July 23rd, 2009 · 1 Comment

It was with good cause that The New Yorker once referred to Peter Singer as “the world’s most influential living philosopher.” The Australian ethicist has been instrumental in raising public consciousness of the inhumane treatment of animals and, more recently, of the burgeoning field of bioethics. Singer has also distinguished himself as an advocate for [...]

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Tags: 2009 · AP Issues · Cristóbal Matibag · Interviews · July 2009