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Release Date:  June 22, 2015

After a harrowing duckling rescue, this week we took The Pulse of Chris Page! Chris is with The Stampede, a great mud run and obstacle race. We talk with Chris about mud runs, Survivor and eating with Nikola Tesla.

Release Date:  June 15, 2015

 This week we took The Pulse of Allison Hupfer! Allison is the new District Executive for the Inali District! We talk with Allison about Goats, a 55 Gallon fish tank, and eating with your Grandfather.

Release Date: June 5, 2015

This week we took The Pulse of Jeff Ashcraft! Jeff is the President of The Handicapped Development Center. Jeff is also directing Jesus Christ Superstar for Countryside Community Theatre. We talk with Jeff about Superhero movies, Mary Magdalene, and eating dinner with Jesus, your parents, and Captain Kirk.

You can find out more about Jesus Christ Superstar at

Release Date:  May 30, 2015

This week we took The Pulse of Al Lambert! Al is the Regional Director for the Central Region. We had a great, honest conversation about the current state of Scouting and where Scouting is going.
We talk with Al about airline points, Presidential races in Iowa and New Hampshire, and eating Bar-B-Que with Abraham Lincoln.

Release Date:  May 22, 2015

This week we took The Pulse of Mike Miller! Mike is the Executive Director of the River Bend Food Bank. The River Bend Food Bank and the Kittan District for our Scouting for Food event, May 30 and June 6. We talk with Mike about a combine made of cans, Capitalism, and eating with Jesus.

Release Date:  May 15, 2015

This week we took The Pulse of Tim Eddens. Tim is a Instructor at Hamilton Technical College. Hamilton Tech supports the Boy Scouts through many great Merit Badge Clinics. We talk with Tim about Electricity, Edison vs. Tesla, and eating Oriental food.
This is the last in our series of STEM-based podcasts leading up to STEALTH!

Release Date:  May 8, 2015

This week we took The Pulse of Heather Ballou! Heather is the Education Coordinator at ATEEC! This is part three of our STEM Series leading up to STEALTH. We talk with Heather about wind energy, Dr. Who, and eating a salad with Dr. Goldner.

Release Date:  May 1, 2015

This week we took The Pulse of Tom Resig! Tom is the next addition to our STEM Series. Tom comes from a long family history of scouting. Not only is he the Committee Chair of Pack 88, he is the director of STEALTH! We talk to Tom about nuclear power, radioactive super powers, and eating dinner with your grandmother.

Release Date:  April 24, 2015

This week is the first in our month-long STEM series leading up to STEALTH! To start, we took The Pulse of Becky Ortner! Becky is the Education Coordinator for the Bettendorf Family Museum. The Family Museum offers STEM-based Webelos awards and a STEM-based overnight at the Museum! We talk with Becky about Minecraft, Statue of Liberty's, and eating chicken with Neil degrasse Tyson.

Release Date:  April 17, 2015

This week we took The Pulse of Mike McCarthy! Mike is the Area 3 Area Director for the Boy Scouts of America. We talk with Mike about ultra running, future Scouting, and having steak with John Adams.

Release Date:  April 10, 2015

Today we took The Pulse of Kyle Redman! Kyle is with Americorp and Nahant Marsh! He is also a Kittan Eagle Scout. Nahant Marsh is hosting Webelos at the Marsh on Saturday April 18th! We talk about controlled burns, Ebola ducks, and eating steak with Albert Leopold.

Release Date:  April 3, 2015

The weed we took The Pulse of Pastor Troy Winder! Pastor Troy is the Pastor of Bettendorf Presbyterian Church. We talk with Pastor Troy about Beanie Babies, Trespasses, and eating dinner with Gandhi.

Release Date:  March 27, 2015

This week we took The Pulse of Angie Brand! Angie is the Camp Director for Cub Scout Day Camp! Day Camp is June 8-12, and we could not be more excited.
We talk about disease spread rates, pet crematoriums, and eating cheesecake with Walt Disney.

Release Date:  March 20, 2015

Hard to believe it has been one year! In honor of our one-year anniversary we returned to take The Pulse of Paul Kleinhans-Schulz!! Paul was our first guest on The Pulse, and it is always great to talk with him. Paul works for the Quad Cities River Bandits, so not only do we get to talk about Scout Night, we get to talk about our brand new Jersey Auction! We talk about British Television, breaking into comedy, and eating steak with Abraham Lincoln.

Release Date:  March 13, 2015

This week we took The Pulse of Tyler Gilles! Tyler is an Account Executive with the Quad City Mallards. The Quad City Mallards are great supporters of Scouting, and offer two Scout Nights each season. We talk to Tyler about baseball, team rivalries, and eating with Brett Favre.
Scout Night with the Mallards is March 14th!

Release Date:  March 6, 2015

This week we took The Pulse of Tom Pickett! Tom is a member of North of 40. North of 40 will be performing at our District Dinner! We talk with Tom about the pedal steel guitar, the state of current country music, and eating steak and lobster with Elvis Presley.

Release Date:  February 27, 2015

Our 50th Episode!!
This week we took The Pulse of Don Johnson! Don Johnson was Andy's Scoutmaster when he was a Scout growing up in Clinton. Thank you for listening to us for 50 episodes, here's to 50 more!

Release Date:  February 20, 2015

This week we took The Pulse of Dr. Arthur Tate. Dr. Tate is the Superintendent of the Davenport Community School System. Not only does Dr. Tate have an interesting career in the military and education fields, he also has a great history in Scouting! We talk about favorite Scouting moments, Common Core and eating Vegetarian with the Buddha.

Release Date:  February 13, 2015

This week we took The Pulse of Katie Resig! Katie is the Kittan District Finance Chair. Katie organizes our Friends of Scouting Campaign, and is an all around great person. She is also a recipient of the District Award of Merit.
We talk about TV focused on dead people, hot dogs and waffles, and eating with your grandparents.

Release Date:  February 6, 2015

This week we took The Pulse of Ellis Kell! Eliis is the Director of Programming and Community Outreach for the River Music Experience. The RME offers many opportunities for Youth in the Quad Cities to experience music. We talk with Ellis about Rock Camp, the local music scene, and eating Vegan with Paul McCartney.

Release Date:  January 31, 2015

This week we took The Pulse of Realff Ottesen! Realff wears many hats in the Kittan District, but is currently the Kittan District Training Chair. We discuss what it takes to be fully trained and other trainings that are available. Realff is also the Order of the Arrow Moose Chapter Advisor, the Chair of the Religious Relationships Committee, and the Loud Thunder Chaplain. We talk with Realff about the New Kids on the Block, Captain Video, and eating with Felix Frankfurter.

Release Date:  January 23, 2015

This week we took The Pulse of Shawn Wogoman! Shawn is the Scoutmaster of Troop 103, and has been planning our District Dinner!! The District Dinner is March 12. We talk about rat poison, lasting music, and eating pizza with Paul Stanley.

Release Date:  January 16, 2015

This week we took The Pulse of Pat Angerer! Pat played for the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Indianapolis Colts. He is back in the Quad Cities looking for opportunities to help young athletes. Pat is also a supporter of Scouting and is helping us with our Community Friends of Scouting campaign! We talk about ACL'S and Tommy John surgery, applying yourself, and eating with Johnny Cash.

Release Date:  January 9, 2015

This week we took The Pulse of Dr. Ken King! Dr. King was one of the primary writers for the new Cub Scout program! We took some time to go over what the new Cub Scout Program looks like and asked him some questions of our own. We talk about Ethan, the Colbert Report, and eating steak with the person who discovered fire.

Ian was out this episode, so Ryan Yoder filled in for him!

Release Date:  January 2, 2015

We've entered 2015 and today we're taking The Pulse of Tom McDermott! Tom is the Illowa Council Scout Executive. We take a look at what Illowa Council has in store for 2015 and how the Illowa Council uses the money raised in of Friends of Scouting Campaign. We talk with Tom about his Scouting beginnings, Ozzie Smith, and eating Bar-B-Que Ribs with Pope Francis.

Release Date:  December 31, 2014

Today we took The Pulse of 2014!!
This has been a great year for Kittan District and we have so many people to thank! We recap the year, name drop a lot of people, and look into the future.
Thank you to everyone who has made 2014 such a great year for Kittan!

Release Date:  December 26, 2014

This week we took The Pulse of Erin Gehn! With the New Year beginning and people looking to get healthy and lose weight, we talk with Erin about getting fit! Erin is a Zumba Instructor and all around fitness guru. Erin is also the District Venturing Membership Chair and Program Director for STEALTH! We talk about outdoor ethics, going the distance, and eating with Richard Simmons.

To learn more about Zumba or take a class with Erin:

Release Date:  December 19, 2014

Happy Holidays from all of us at The Pulse! This week we took The Pulse of Matt Shaw! Matt is the Outreach Minister with the Bettendorf Christian Church. Matt is an Eagle Scout and a Troop 24 Alumni. We talk about The 180 Zone, watching PBS, and eating Granite City with Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

To learn more about the Bettendorf Christian Church:

To listen to Matt's Podcast:

Release Date:  December 12, 2014

This week we took The Pulse of Jim Graham! Jim is a District Director for the Denver Area Council, but recently moved from the Western Colorado Council. At the Western Colorado Council Jim helped organize the Steve Fossett Spirit of Adventure Ranch. Jim has a great story of what BSASOAR is and how it came to be. We talk with Jim about Steve Fossett, Bubble Soccer, and eating spaghetti with Ronald Reagan.

Learn more about BSASOAR:

Release Date:  December 5, 2014

This week we took The Pulse of Matt Tarnow! Matt is the Illowa Council President, and has a great Scouting story. We talk about World Jamborees, Sunday morning news, and eating dinner with Thomas Jefferson.

Release Date:  November 28, 2014

During a week when everyone is reflecting on what they are thankful for, we thought it was appropriate to take The Pulse of Rusty Boruff. Rusty is the director of The 180 Zone. The 180 Zone's mission focusing on those in need (homeless, felons, addicts)in the Quad Cities, and prevention with children. We talked about getting lice, keeping up with the Kardashians, and eating tacos with Nelson Mandela.

To find out more about The 180 Zone and how you can help, visit:

Release Date:  November 21, 2014

This week we took The Pulse of Chuck Murphy! Chuck is a local musician and general rock star. As big fans of music, Ian and Andy enjoyed sitting down with Chuck and talking about life as a musician, changes in the music scene, and eating Chinese food with John Lennon.

Release Date:  November 14, 2014

This week we took The Pulse of Dan Tarnow! Dan is the Lodge Chief of our Order of the Arrow lodge, Konepaka Ketiwa. We talk about World Jamboree, Sherlock Holmes, and eating with E. Urner Goodman.

Release Date:  November 7, 2014

This week we took The Pulse of Dr. Andy Axup! Dr. Axup teaches Chemistry at St. Ambrose University. He has been one of the driving forces behind the STEM Merit Badge Challenge at St. Ambrose University. We talk about Baghdad batteries, technology over the last fifteen years, and eating dinner with Jesus.

Release Date:  October 31, 2014

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!! This week we took The Pulse of the Quad City Paranormal Group! Ian and Andy sat down with three members of the group to talk about ghost hunting. We talk about walking through abandoned nursing homes, seeing a Rosanne-loving ghost, and eating with the Scooby Gang!

Release Date:  October 24, 2014

This week we took The Pulse of Mitch Leonard! Mitch is the Section C-3A Section Chief for the Order of the Arrow. Mitch is also the host of the weekly video blog, MitchTalks. We talk about Mallo Cups, riding in The Cougar, and eating Giordanos with Steve Jobs.

To check out MitchTalks, follow this link:

Release Date:  October 17, 2014

This week we took The Pulse of Taylor Bobrow! Taylor is the National Vice Chief in the Order of the Arrow, and hails from Chesapeake, Virginia. We talk about being a National Officer, managing Scouts and life, and eating camp food with E. Urner Goodman.

Release Date:  October 10, 2014

This week we took The Pulse of Jim Reed! Jim works with Scouting University out of Irving, Texas. We recorded this episode in Lansing, Michigan. We talk with Jim about living in Texas, being Tougher than a Boy Scout, and eating Surf and Turf with Abraham Lincoln.

Release Date:  October 3, 2014

This week we took The Pulse of Anna Hudak! Anna was Illowa Council's Program Director and is now the Development Director for Crossroads of America Council in Indianapolis, Indiana. Listen to Andy butcher her last name as we talk about the similarities between Game of Thrones and The Real Housewives of New Jersey, messing up box brownies, and eating burgers with no pickles with your grandfather.

Release Date:  September 26, 2014

This week we took The Pulse of Jorge Rodriguez! Jorge is the Kittan District Commissioner, and the director of Human Resources for Alcoa. We talk about being a father, Dancing with the Stars, and eating with Mother Theresa.

Release Date:  September 19, 2014

This week we took The Pulse of Tim Emmerson! Tim works for KLJB and is the Committee Chair of Troop 4. We talk about the new fall season, the FOX18 Kids Club, and eating chipped beef with your mom.

Release Date:  September 12, 2014

This week we took The Pulse of Natalie Johansen. Natalie is the Board Advocate for HAV Life. HAV Life's mission is to prevent lost potential in the youth of the Quad Cities, focusing on Arts, Athletics and Music. We talk with Natalie about Cat Shows, Richard Belsar, and singing Hall and Oates with Freddie Mercury.

Release Date:  September 5, 2014

We have reached the 25th episode of The Pulse! For the occasion, Ian and Andy sat down and took The Pulse of each other. They reflect on twenty-five episodes of The Pulse and how The Pulse came to be. We talk about being a father, our favorite moments, and eating steak with Abraham Lincoln and Giordano's with Lee Harvey Oswald.

Release Date:  August 29, 2014

This week we took The Pulse of Jill Roderick! Jill is the Curator of Conservation and Education with Niabi Zoo. We talk about animals, animals, and eating African food with Jane Goodall.

Release Date:  August 22, 2014

This week we took The Pulse of Karen Romer! Karen is the Kittan District Popcorn Kernal, and Committee Chair of Troop 82. Popcorn season starts soon and we want to make sure every unit is prepared! We talk about the appeal of The Walking Dead, online popcorn sales, and eating Italian with Wonder Woman.

Release Date:  August 15, 2014

This week we took The Pulse of Jeff Rieter! Jeff is the Director of the Bettendorf Family Museum. The Bettendorf Family Museum has been newly remodeled and features traveling exhibits throughout the year. The Museum also features workshops for Webelos Pins and other Pack and Troop activities! We talk with Jeff about museum family memberships, playing ball with the St. Louis Cardinals, and eating steak with Bono and Eddie Vedder.

More can be found on the Bettendorf Family Museum here:

Release Date:  August 8, 2014

With the start of school just around the corner, this week we took The Pulse of Dr. Theron Schutte! Dr. Schutte is the Superintendent of the Bettendorf School System. We talk with Dr. Schutte about Bettendorf's success', Ken Burn's documentaries, and eating surf and turf with President Kennedy.

More can be found out about the Bettendorf School District here:

Release Date:  July 30, 2014

This week we took The Pulse of John Knoble! John works with the US Army Corps of Engineers in LeClaire. The US Army Corps of Engineers has a great relationship with the Scouts and can provide a wealth of opportunities. John is an old friend of Andy's. We talk about frightening rabbits, the appeal of the Big Bang Theory, and eating Happy Joes with Morgan Freeman.

The world's longest train did interrupt our Podcast at one point.


Release Date:  July 25, 2014

This week we close out our Month-of-Bob by taking The Pulse of Bob Christopher! Bob is the Assistant Dean of Students and Head of Security at St. Ambrose University, and an overall Jack of All Trades. Bob has helped the Kittan District as a former District Chairman and current Nominating Chair. We talk with Bob about the growing popularity of Gaga, Scuba Diving, and eating Surf-and-Turf with Jacque Cousteau and Walt Disney.


Release Date:  July 18, 2014

This week we took The Pulse of Bob Fox! Bob Fox is the General Manager of the Mississippi Valley Fair. Bob is full of stories and experiences, and Ian and Andy could have talked with him for hours. The Mississippi Valley Fair is July 29-Aug 3. We talk with Bob about wrestling, monkeys riding dogs, and eating fried chicken with your parents.

Find out more about the Mississippi Valley Fair here:

Release Date:  July 10, 2014

This week we took The Pulse of Bob Sutton. Bob is the Program Director for the Illowa Council. Before becoming District Executive, Bob served as the District Executive of the Hoover District. We are excited that Bob has gotten the opportunity to take on this role. We talk about burning cars in Panama City, traveling with the military, and eating chicken and pork and beans with Jim Morrison.


Release Date:  July 4, 2014

This week we took The Pulse of Bob Haffarnan! Bob is the former Scoutmaster of Troop 89 in Bettendorf. Bob is taking on the new role of Kittan District Chairman, and we are excited for what Bob can do for our District! We talk about High Adventure bases, cross-river rivalries, and eating dinner with Albert Einstein in Rome.


Release Date:  June 27, 2014

This week we took The Pulse of Sam Hawk! Sam is a Territory Manager for the Supply Group of the Boy Scouts of America. Sam's territory includes our Davenport Scout Shop! The BSA Supply Group sells everything from uniforming and books to camping equipment and everything in-between. We talk about Beakman's World, the Chicago Cubs, and eating Grandma's Spaghetti with your Grandparents.

Find everything you'ld ever need from the BSA Supply Group at:

Release Date:  June 20, 2014

This week we took The Pulse of Bill Michaels! Bill is a morning radio personality on Dwyer and Michaels on 97X. He is also a member of the Backwater Gamblers and an Eagle Scout! We talk about the change in classic rock, building a ski pyramid, and eating dinner with Harry Houdini!

Find out more about Dwyer and Michaels and 97X here:

Find out more about the Backwater Gamblers here:

Release Date:  June 13, 2014

Today we took The Pulse of Hilary Tanner! Hilary is the new District Executive for the Hoover District. She starts on Monday, so we had a great chance to talk with her before she had a chance to get her first taste of the job. Hilary is going to be a great addition to our team. We talk about life at UNI, living in Space, and eating Tacos(with a side of freedom) with George Washington.

(It was a little windy today)


Release Date:  June 6, 2014

The week we took The Pulse of Christine Garrow. Christine is the Children's Librarian for the Scott County Library System. The Scott County Library System has an awesome Summer Program to get kids into reading! The Davenport and Bettendorf libraries also have programs for Summer Reading. Ian already has his kids signed up, and you should too! We talk about just what is the Bookmobile, favorite children's books, and eating pizza with Douglass Adams.
Find out more about the Scott County Library System at

Release Date:  May 30, 2014

The week we took The Pulse of Theresa Hauman! Theresa is the Senior Recreation Manager of Davenport Parks and Recreation. Davenport Parks and Recreation has hundreds of things for kids to do this summer, from swimming to drama and everything in between. We talk about the Kid's Pass which is a great way to enjoy the Putnum, River Bandits, YMCA, and the Davenport Parks all summer! We also talk about the truth behind Parks and Recreation, eating steak oscar with the First Lady, and getting interrupted by a train.

Activity books are available at the Scout Office and you can find out more about Davenport Parks and Rec at

Release Date:  May 23, 2014

This week we took The Pulse of John Diggs! John is a long-time Scouter and owner of Power Grafx, Inc. Power Grafx made all of the shirts for our Cub Day Camp this year and has made shirts and other items for many events across the Council. John has years of Scouting experience as well and has helped in many areas including Unit, District, Council, and National events. We talk about feuding Woodbadge animals, making t-shirts for the Buffalo Bills, and eating dinner with Jesus.
Find out more about Power Grafx at

Release Date:  May 16, 2014

This week we took The Pulse of Sarah Kisner, Admissions Director of Capri College in Davenport. Capri College offers many things from classes, hair care, and Summer Programs. Capri also hosts a Summer Program for youth this summer and charters an Exploring Post for youth 14 to 21. Sarah is a great friend to the Kittan District! We talk about getting a Masters in nail tech, choosing your favorite Beatles song, and eating Mexican with a Beatle.

Find out more about Capri at:

 Release Date:  May 9, 2014

This week we take The Pulse of the Putnam Museum with Nichole Myles, Vice President of Education and Exhibits, and Heather Brinkschroeder, Education Specialist. The Putnam has recently opened its new Science Center with over forty-five hands on exhibits! There is also a wide array of Summer Camps available for boys and girls of all ages. We talk about blogging, creepy robots, and eating with Aaron Copland and Peter Higgs.

Find out more at the Putnam Museum:

Release Date:  May 2, 2014

This week we took The Pulse of the Kittan District Day Camp Camp Director and Program Director: Gina Ekstrom and Rikka Stewart. Day Camp is just around the corner and we here in Kittan can not be more excited! Ian is joining us by phone. This week we talk about favorite Day Camp moments, Scouting with your family, eating fish and chips with David Tennet and eating ravioli with your Grandmother.


Release Date:  April 25, 2014

This week we took The Pulse of Ryan Yoder. Ryan is the Kittan District Tiger Leader Mentor. He has a wealth of knowledge to share with Tiger Cub Leaders. Ryan works for the University of Michigan. We talk about being Naked and Afraid, being a Hoosier, and eating with the Apostle Paul.


Release Date:  April 17, 2014

This week we took the Pulse of Pastor Kerrin Kirkpatrick of Asbury United Methodist Church in Bettendorf. Asbury United Methodist is the Chartering Organization for Pack 129. Asbury will be hosting a special Scout Sunday Service on April 27th for both their 8:30 and 11:00 services. We talk about watching Judge Judy, rich scouting histories, and having a potluck with your great grandmother.
You can learn more about Asbury United Methodist at

Release Date:  April 11, 2014

This week we took the Pulse of Miller Time Bowl with Michelle Miller! Michelle and her husband own and operate Miller Time Bowl in Davenport. Miller Time is offering great summer opportunities for kids. We talk about growing up in the bowling alley, league bowling, and eating Chicken with Ronald Reagan.

Release Date:  April 4, 2014

This week we took the Pulse of Webelos at the Y with Jessica Hurd! Jessica is the Youth Leadership & Development Director at the Davenport North and West YMCA's. We talk about Webelos at the Y, meeting the Easter Rabbit, and eating steak with Jesus.
You can learn more about the YMCA at


Release Date:  March 27, 2014

This week we sat down with Dr. Rich Hintz! Rich has been the head of the Kittan District Eagle Board of Review and has overseen over 300 boys attain the rank of Eagle Scout! Dr. Hintz is an optometrist at the Eye Care Pavilion in Davenport.
We talk about Eagle Scouts, busted brackets, and eating Ribs with Albert Einstein.
Thank you to Dr. Hintz for his years of service to the Kittan District!

Note: Ian is joining us Live from the Center for Professional Development in Westlake, Texas!


Release Date:  March 24, 2014

This week we took the Pulse of the awesome Paul Kleinhans-Schulz, Account Executive with the Quad Cities River Bandits! We talk about German names, being a mascot, and Minor League Baseball!
Scout Night with the River Bandits is June 20th!