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Straight Talk

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Hosted by Jeanne Wells

Featuring guest reporters Jason Collins and Kelly Mescher Collins

Straight Talk brings topics of concern to the forefront, directing questions to experts and theologians to help Catholics address issues that give them angst. Visit the show's Facebook page

Tuesdays at 10:00 AM and 10:00 PM

Jeanne Wells is a regular contributor on Iowa Catholic Radio during the semi-annual Care-a-Thon, host of Read the Bible, and a guest-host for Jon Leonetti in the Morning. Her interest in issues of the day, willingness to ask the tough questions, and laid-back style help to reduce the biggest issues to palatable, easy-to-digest nuggets. Jeanne serves as the Executive Director of the Catholic Tuition Organization, and her vocation as mother has yielded five grandchildren.

Kelly Mescher Collins has served as multimedia journalist for the Diocese of Des Moines since 2012, writing stories for The Catholic Mirror, creating videos for social media, and photographing events, among other things. In addition to co-hosting Straight Talk, Kelly is producer and co-host of In the Heartland with Bishop Pates, which airs Fridays. Kelly grew up on a farm near Halbur with eight siblings, and attended Catholic grade school and Kuemper Catholic High School in Carroll. She earned her bachelor's degree in Journalism and Mass Communications from Iowa State University and her master's degree in Social Work from the University of Iowa. ​In her free time, Kelly volunteers with Mary's Meals and was co-director of the 2017 Mary's Meals Run 10K and 5K, held in Historic Valley Junction.

Jason Collins, ​Kelly's co-host and husband, met at a Bible study at St. Francis of Assisi Church in West Des Moines, where they are active in many parish and volunteer activities. Jason and Kelly are also founders of Collins Travel and Pilgrimages, a ministry they created to help Catholics deepen their faith by visiting major Catholic sites.