They can get 100 miles to the gallon but are against the law on most streets and highways. They are called "Doodle Bugs," small scooters that have their origin in Webster City. Iowa Public Radio’s Rick Fredericksen takes us on a Radio Field Trip to the annual Doodle Bug Reunion.
He is one of Iowa’s most famous native sons. Norman Borlaug is credited with averting widespread famine by introducing revolutionary agricultural techniques to farmers around the world. He was a distinguished professor at Texas A&M when he died at the age of 95. Historic audio comes from You Tube, Texas A&M and Iowa Public Radio News.
This weekend, Iowans are remembering the visit of Pope John Paul the Second during his first year as leader of the Catholic Church. It was 30 years ago when the Pope stopped at a country parish near Cumming. Later, Living History Farms was overwhelmed by more than 300,000 people who attended a Papal Mass. Original audio from the historic occasion was recorded on Oct. 4th, 1979.
The conclusion of our series marking the 50th anniversary of Nikita Khrushchev's visit to Iowa. (Part One is posted below) Additional historic audio comes from a Walter Cronkite documentary from CBS News.
Fifty years after Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev visited the United States, we re-live the historic two day visit to Iowa with original audio. Recordings are from the ISU Library, University Archives, Jack Shelley's papers, and You Tube.
Since the last census was taken, hundreds of new citizens have moved into the countryside around Lamoni, in southern Iowa. They are not Hispanic immigrants, but rather they come from German stock. Iowa Public Radio's Rick Fredericksen reports on the state's newest enclave of Amish residents.
It is the season for class reunions across Iowa. A dwindling number of former students gathered in Hopkinton recently to re-live their college days at a school that closed 65-years ago. Iowa Public Radio's Rick Fredericksen reports on the sesquicentennial of Lenox College.
Most of us listen to music on radio, CDs, iPods or smart phones. For one special audience, a club in central Iowa still performs live music, just as it has for a hundred years. Historic audio recorded in 1973 by Winifred Kelly.
She is named Liberty Belle, a proud B-17 bomber that was built in 1945. The aircraft brings back memories, good and bad, for the veterans who flew them. More than 40,000 men went down in B-17s. Iowa Public Radio strapped in for a ride, in this look back at the Flying Fortress. Historic newsreels are from You Tube, circa 1944. Note: Two years after we did this story, The Liberty Belle was destroyed when she made an emergency landing and burned in a cornfield near Chicago.
A new choir recently made its debut before one of the most critical audiences imaginable, at a ceremony to commemorate Iowans who donated their bodies for medical study. Iowa Public Radio's Rick Fredericksen produced this report from Des Moines University.
As medical authorities closely monitor the world’s newest flu virus, memories are still vivid from the deadly strain that swept the country long ago. We look back at the pandemic of 1918, through the voices of Iowans who survived the calamity. The oral history interviews were recorded around Iowa between 1977 and 1995. Thanks to the Gold Star Museum at Camp Dodge.