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Ali, J’Kalein, and guests discuss all things housing, community, and Iowa Heartland every
other Tuesday in 30-45 minute podcast episodes!

BONUS: The Christmas Special

On this special bonus episode of Bringing Down the House, Ali, J'Kalein, and Norah chat about their holiday traditions and look back on their favorite moments of the last two seasons. Norah then puts Ali and J'Kalein to the test in a trivia game, "Name That Guest!". Who do you think will win? Finally, we asked YOU for your favorite Christmas carols in person and on social media! Ali and J'Kalein finish out the episode singing a few carols accompanied by Nathaniel Parrish on keyboard.

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Hosts: Ali Parrish and J'Kalein Madison | Guests: Norah Schlax & Nathaniel Parrish | Producer & Editor: Norah Schlax | Music: bensound

December 21, 2021

Building Community: Philanthropy with Lynette Sorensen and Dylan Does

Today, on the season two finale of Bringing Down the House, Ali and J'Kalein are having a conversation with one of Iowa Heartland's most generous donors and board members, Lynette Sorensen. They also share a few moments with Iowa Heartland's new Development Director, Dylan Does. Thank you for tuning in for another season of Bringing Down the House. Please join our local mission by volunteering your time, or making a financial or materials donation.

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Hosts: Ali Parrish and J'Kalein Madison | Guests: Lynette Sorensen & Dylan Does| Producer & Editor: Norah Schlax | Music: bensound

December 7, 2021

Building Community: Planning & Zoning with Noel Anderson

Today, Ali and J’Kalein welcome Noel Anderson, City of Waterloo's Community Planning & Development Director of 26 years! They chat about all of the ways we partner to develop housing and revitalize neighborhoods in our community. Thanks for listening to episode nine of Season Two: Building Community!

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Hosts: Ali Parrish and J'Kalein Madison | Guests: Noel Anderson | Producer & Editor: Norah Schlax | Music: bensound

November 23, 2021

Building Community: Church Partnerships with Hilary Cornelius and Kris Hoskinson

Churches were foundational in getting Iowa Heartland started 31 years ago and remain some of our most important and strongest partners today. Ali and J'Kalein explore this topic as they chat with Hilary Cornelius, Missions Coordinator at Prairie Lakes Church and Kris Hoskinson, at Orchard Hill Church about our partnerships. Thanks for listening to episode eight of Season Two: Building Community!

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Hosts: Ali Parrish and J'Kalein Madison | Guests: Hilary Cornelius & Kris Hoskinson| Producer & Editor: Norah Schlax | Music: bensound

November 9, 2021

Building Community: Aging at Home with Dignity with Greg Zars

Today, Ali and J’Kalein meet with the Deputy Director of the Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging (NEI3A), Greg Zars, to discuss how NEI3A is empowering older individuals in our community to age with dignity and independence. We will also explore Iowa Heartland’s new partnership with NEI3A and the impact it is making in our community. Thanks for listening to episode seven of Season Two: Building Community!

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Hosts: Ali Parrish and J'Kalein Madison | Guest: Greg Zars| Producer & Editor: Norah Schlax | Music: bensound

October 26, 2021

Building Community: Green Living & Energy Diversity Inclusion with Ashley Craft

Have you ever considered how income may affect a person’s ability to purchase environmentally friendly and energy efficient solutions for their home? Today, Ali and J’Kalein visit with Ashley Craft, program director for University of Northern Iowa's Green Iowa AmeriCorps program. Tune in to learn about their important environmental work in our community and across the state. Thanks for listening to episode six of Season Two: Building Community!

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Hosts: Ali Parrish and J'Kalein Madison | Guest: Ashley Craft| Producer & Editor: Norah Schlax | Music: bensound

October 12, 2021

Building Community: Food Insecurity in Northeast Iowa with Barb Prather

Today, Ali and J’Kalein welcome the Executive Director of the Northeast Iowa Food Bank, Barb Prather to discuss closing the meal gap in our community, food insecurity, and how we partner. Thanks for tuning in to episode five of Season Two: Building Community!

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Hosts: Ali Parrish and J'Kalein Madison | Guest: Mindy Schmidt | Producer & Editor: Norah Schlax | Music: bensound

September 28, 2021

Building Community: Corporate Partnerships with Mindy Schmidt

Today, Ali and J’Kalein welcome the Community Relations Manager of John Deere Waterloo, Mindy Schmidt, to discuss corporate social responsibility and our ever-growing partnership with John Deere. Thanks for tuning in to episode four of Season Two: Building Community!

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Hosts: Ali Parrish and J'Kalein Madison | Guest: Mindy Schmidt | Producer & Editor: Norah Schlax | Music: bensound

September 14, 2021

Building Community: Restoration to Revitalization with David Deeds

Today Ali and J'Kalein chat with longtime supporter and past Iowa Heartland Board President, David Deeds as he shares his passion for urban design, historic preservation, and how he builds community through various local partnerships and projects! Thanks for tuning in to episode three of Season Two: Building Community!

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Hosts: Ali Parrish and J'Kalein Madison | Guest: David Deeds | Producer & Editor: Norah Schlax | Music: bensound

August 31, 2021