Shortly before last fall’s election, I had a remarkably vivid dream involving a passing conversation with President Obama. As he stepped off the campaign bus, I pleaded with him to make climate change his top priority. He responded, “We need to talk. I’ll get back with you. I promise.”
I woke certain that the conversation would resume in the near future (I’ve had dreams do that before). Yet as weeks turned into months with the President failing to “get back with” me, I chalked it up as another empty campaign promise. Eventually, I forgot about the dream entirely.
Until this weekend. In an even more vivid dream, the President and I met over “coffee” at a small, crowded café (perhaps Ritual Café). In a fascinating, highly productive conversation, we never once talked about climate change. Instead of me telling the President what he needed to do, the conversation turned to what he and I both agreed I should be doing – on a very personal, foundational level.
As the President stood up to leave and adjusted his red-white-and-blue stocking cap, he again promised the conversation would continue – but this time put the ball back in my court.
It takes about 10 minutes to share the entire dream experience, and I’ll do that with you on Tuesday‘s Fallon Forum at 12:00 noon (click here). If you’d like to call-in with your reaction to the two things President Obama challenged me to do, the number is (855) 244-0077. The program will be rebroadcast Wednesday on KHOI (Ames) at 5:00 pm and KPVL (Postville) at 7:00 pm. And we’ll have a podcast of the show up later on Tuesday as well.
Monday, we discuss the proposal to spend $80 million for an expanded Polk County Courthouse. Also, Al Brody of Colorado Springs joins us to talk about bicycling and the upcoming Iowa Bicycle Festival in Jefferson. Also, should Iowans be celebrating that officials working secretly “hooked” Facebook, or should they be angry that taxpayers are now on the hook to the tune of $35 million for a project that creates only a handful of jobs?
Tuesday, in addition to sharing my Obama dream, we’ll talk about the Iowa governor’s race shaping up on the Democratic side even as Governor Branstad remains cryptic on his plans on the Republican side. Also, veterinarian Kim Houlding joins us to talk about the recent lawsuit benefiting Monsanto over an Indiana farmer.
Wednesday, we discuss allegations of sexual harassment on the part of one Iowa Senate Republican staffer. Is it a coincidence that she was fired the same day that she presented documentation of harassment, or is something else going on here?
Thursday, Ron Yarnell joins me to discuss the Obama administration’s problems surrounding the Justice Department’s poking around AP phone records, and the IRS’ rousting of the Tea Party. Ron and I also dig into foreign policy a bit. Also, Suman Hoque, Dan Kelley, and Nakisha Phillips join me as well.
Friday, Ben Stone with the American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa and Dr. Charles Goldman debate money in politics and campaign finance reform. Charles and I consider Ben a fellow traveler on nearly every issue; but we disagree on this one. I’ll try to stay out of the conversation, act as moderator, so we don’t end up double-teaming poor ole Ben. But wait! What’s Heather Ryan doing in the studio with us? Where’d she come from? This could get interesting, kind of a civil, talk-show version of tag-team wrestling.
The Fallon Forum by the numbers:
- Online audience: 1,450 per program (up 60% from a year ago)
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Monday-Friday, join the conversation live from 12:00-1:00 pm on the Fallon Forum website. Call-in at 244-0077 or toll free (855) 244-0077 and add your voice to the dialogue. Video and audio-only podcasts are available after the program. Also, a rebroadcast of Tuesday’s Fallon Forum can be heard on KHOI 89.1 (Ames) Wednesdays at 5:00, and KPVL 89.1 (Postville) Wednesdays at 7:00 pm. Thanks!