Karen Impola

Senior Music Producer

Karen Impola is the host of Iowa Public Radio's The Folk Tree and Classical Music in the Afternoon. Karen began working at KUNI in 1990.  Before that, she hosted Folk and progressive music shows at WXPN in Philadelphia, and was a production assistant at NPR’s “Fresh Air with Terry Gross.”

Karen spent much of her childhood and adolescence holed up in her room with a record player.  She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology & Anthropology from Swarthmore College, where she also did her first radio show, at 6:00 a.m. on a ten-watt station, to an audience which numbered in the single digits.  In her spare time she chauffeurs teenagers and cans tomatoes.

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The Folk Tree
9:28 am
Mon February 18, 2013

The Folk Tree Sunday, October 14, 2012

This week's show features exclusive Iowa Public Radio live recordings of Genticorum and The Pines. We'll also hear from our  CD of the month,  Sheinn by Nova Scotia musicians Mary Jane Lamond and Wendy MacIsaac, plus music by John Hartford, Annalivia, David Wilcox, Kathy Mattea, and more.

The Folk Tree
9:28 am
Mon February 18, 2013

The Folk Tree Sunday, October 7, 2012

This week's show features exclusive Iowa Public Radio live recordings of The Blackberry Bushes Stringband and The Nadas. We'll also hear music by Altan, Carol Montag, The New Lost City Ramblers, The Sons of the Never Wrong, and more.

The Folk Tree
9:27 am
Mon February 18, 2013

The Folk Tree Sunday, September 30, 2012

This week's show features exclusive Iowa Public Radio live recordings of Los Llaneros and Greg Brown and Bo Ramsey. We'll also hear from our  CD of the month, Robin and Linda Williams' new release, These Old Dark Hills, plus music by The Awful Purdies, Jean Redpath, Dave Nachmanoff, The Nashville Bluegrass Band, and more.

The Folk Tree
9:26 am
Mon February 18, 2013

The Folk Tree Sunday, September 16, 2012

This week's show features exclusive Iowa Public Radio live recordings of Sarah Jarosz and Radoslav Lorkovic. We'll also hear from our  CD of the month, Robin and Linda Williams' new release, These Old Dark Hills, plus music by the Irish band Danu, The Foghorn Stringband, and Greg Brown.

The Folk Tree
9:26 am
Mon February 18, 2013

The Folk Tree Sunday, September 9, 2012

This week's show features exclusive Iowa Public Radio live recordings of Peter Mayer and Ruth King. We'll also hear from our  CD of the month, Robin and Linda Williams' new release, These Old Dark Hills, plus music by Cheryl Wheeler, Railroad Earth, Heidi Talbot, and Elixir.

The Folk Tree
9:25 am
Mon February 18, 2013

The Folk Tree Sunday, August 26, 2012

This week's show features exclusive Iowa Public Radio live recordings of J. T. Nero and Allison Russell and The Mike and Amy Finders Band. We'll also hear from our  CD of the month, The Honey Dewdrops' new release, Silver Lining, plus music by Robin and Linda Williams, Joel Mabus, John Renbourn, and The Blind Boys of Alabama.

The Folk Tree
9:24 am
Mon February 18, 2013

The Folk Tree Sunday, August 19, 2012

This week's show features exclusive Iowa Public Radio live recordings of John McCutcheon and Crooked Still. We'll also hear from our  CD of the month, The Honey Dewdrops' new release, Silver Lining, plus music by Corb Lund, Larry Long, Rory Block, and The Beggarmen.

The Folk Tree
9:24 am
Mon February 18, 2013

The Folk Tree Sunday, August 12, 2012

This week's show features exclusive Iowa Public Radio live recordings of Beppe Gambetta and The Refugees. We'll also hear from our  CD of the month, The Honey Dewdrops' new release, Silver Lining, plus music by Joan Baez, Crooked Still, Alan Stivell, and Ruthie Foster.

The Folk Tree
9:23 am
Mon February 18, 2013

The Folk Tree Sunday, August 5, 2012

This week's show features exclusive Iowa Public Radio live recordings of Calle Sur and The Hot Club of Davenport. We'll also hear from our  CD of the month, The Honey Dewdrops' new release, Silver Lining, plus music by Chris Thile, Swallowtail, Dar Williams and Flaco Jimenez.

The Folk Tree
9:22 am
Mon February 18, 2013

The Folk Tree Sunday, July 29, 2012

The Folk Tree will not be heard this week; instead, Iowa Public Radio's Studio One stream will be airing NPR's live coverage of the Newport Folk Festival on Sunday, July 29, beginning at 1:00 p.m.

The Folk Tree
9:22 am
Mon February 18, 2013

The Folk Tree Sunday, July 22, 2012

This week's show features exclusive Iowa Public Radio live recordings of Teddy Thompson and Finnders & Youngberg. We'll also hear from our CD of the month, Catfish Keith's new release, Put On a Buzz, plus music by Tim Grimm. Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys, Ray Bonneville, and Karan Casey.

The Folk Tree
9:21 am
Mon February 18, 2013

The Folk Tree Sunday, July 1, 2012

This week's show features exclusive Iowa Public Radio live recordings of The Chapin Sisters and Jeffrey Foucault. We'll also hear from our CD of the month, Catfish Keith's new release, Put On a Buzz, plus music by Andrew McKnight, Tara Nevins, Jim Malcolm, and Leftover Salmon.

The Folk Tree
9:20 am
Mon February 18, 2013

The Folk Tree Sunday, June 24, 2012

This week's show features exclusive Iowa Public Radio live recordings of Lou and Peter Berryman and The Blackberry Bushes Stringband. We'll also hear from our CD of the month, Raldo Schneider's new release. Big Flood, plus music by Bucky Halker, The Honey Dewdrops, Bonnie Koloc, Colcannon, and more.

The Folk Tree
9:20 am
Mon February 18, 2013

The Folk Tree Sunday, June 17, 2012

Happy Father's Day!  This week's edition of The Folk Tree features exclusive IPR live recordings of Sarah Sample and Darrell Scott, songs about fathers and fatherhood by Susan Werner, Pierce Pettis, and Doc Watson, plus a couple of tracks from our CD of the month for June, Raldo Schneider's Big Flood.

The Folk Tree
9:19 am
Mon February 18, 2013

The Folk Tree Sunday, June 10, 2012

This week's show features exclusive Iowa Public Radio live recordings of the French-Canadian band Genticorum and Iowa singer-songwriter Ben Schmidt. We'll also hear from our CD of the month, Raldo Schneider's new release. Big Flood, plus music by Emma's Revolution, Steve Earle, Susan McKeown, and The Wrongler with Jimmie Dale Gilmore, among others.

The Folk Tree
9:16 am
Mon February 18, 2013

The Folk Tree Sunday, June 3, 2012

This week's show features exclusive Iowa Public Radio live recordings of Greg Brown with Bo Ramsey and Sarah Jarosz. We'll also hear from our CD of the month, Raldo Schneider's new release. Big Flood, plus music by Doc Watson, Paul Geremia, Erick Hovey, Cara Dillon, and more.

The Folk Tree
9:15 am
Mon February 18, 2013

The Folk Tree Sunday, May 20, 2012

On Saturday, March 10, Susan Werner performed at the Oster Regent Theatre in Cedar Falls, with sidewomen Trina Hamlin and Natalia Zukerman.  IPR was there to record that show.  We'll be broadcasting the concert in its entirety on this week's edition of The Folk Tree, beginning in the 2:00 hour.

The Folk Tree
9:15 am
Mon February 18, 2013

The Folk Tree Sunday, May 13, 2012

This week's show features exclusive Iowa Public Radio live recordings of Iowa-based celtic band The Beggarmen and Jason Walsmith and Mike Butterworth, frontmen of The Nadas. We'll also hear from our CD of the month, Some Bright Morning by Rani Arbo and Daisy Mayhem, and music in honor of Mother's Day from Jez Lowe, The Sweetback Sisters, Coty Hogue, and more.

The Folk Tree
9:13 am
Mon February 18, 2013

The Folk Tree Sunday, May 6, 2012

This week's show includes a live performance at 2:00 p.m. by singer-songwriter Peter Mayer.  Please join us in the studio audience!  We'll be in Studio One, on the third floor of the Communication Arts Center on the UNI campus in Cedar Falls.  (Campus map here - parking is free on the UNI campus on weekends.)

The Folk Tree
9:12 am
Mon February 18, 2013

The Folk Tree Sunday, April 29, 2012

This week's show features a phone interview with Judy Collins, who performs at Hoyt Sherman Place in Des Moines on Sunday evening.  Also, exclusive Iowa Public Radio live recordings of the Celtic band Cara and Iowa City's Dustin Busch; a couple of tracks from our CD of the month, Lay Down  Lay Low by The Steel Wheels; plus music by Emma's Revolution, Bill Evans, Martin Carthy, and more.

The Folk Tree
9:11 am
Mon February 18, 2013

The Folk Tree Sunday, April 22, 2012

This week's show features exclusive Iowa Public Radio live recordings of Dana and Susan Robinson and Teddy Thompson. We'll also hear from our CD of the month, Lay Down  Lay Low by The Steel Wheels, plus music by Laurie Lewis, Peter Mayer, Lou and Peter Berryman, and more.

The Folk Tree
9:05 am
Mon February 18, 2013

The Folk Tree Sunday, April 15, 2012

This week's show features exclusive Iowa Public Radio live recordings of French-Canadian band Genticorum and bluegrass from The Mike and Amy Finders Band. We'll also hear from our CD of the month, Lay Down  Lay Low by The Steel Wheels, plus music by Nanci Griffith, The Infamous Stringdusters, and Karan Casey and John Doyle.

The Folk Tree
9:04 am
Mon February 18, 2013

The Folk Tree Sunday, April 1, 2012

This week's show features exclusive Iowa Public Radio live recordings of Des Moines-based singer-songwriter Mary McAdams and Olympia, Washington's  Blackberry Bushes String Band. We'll also hear from our CD of the month, Lay Down  Lay Low by The Steel Wheels, plus music by Peter Mulvey, The Decembrists, and Mariel Vandersteel.

The Folk Tree
9:03 am
Mon February 18, 2013

The Folk Tree Sunday March 25, 2012

This week's show features exclusive Iowa Public Radio live recordings of Lou and Peter Berryman and Jim Lauderdale. We'll also hear from our CD of the month, The Poison Glen by Altan, plus music by Mary Chapin Carpenter, The Steel Wheels, and Tim Grimm.

The Folk Tree
9:02 am
Mon February 18, 2013

The Folk Tree Sunday, March 18, 2012

A special day-after-St.-Patricks's-Day celebration!  We'll be airing a concert by the band Danu, recorded live in Ames earlier this month, plus other music on Irish and Irish-American themes.  Danu's concert will be broadcast in its entirety beginning at about 2:00 p.m.

University Concert on IPR Classical

University Concert showcases the best our state has to offer with performances by student ensembles, faculty and visiting artists. Each week, the future stars of the concert stage and their talented instructors reveal the wealth of artistry and ability that can be found on the campuses of our colleges and universities in live performances recorded in concert halls around our state.

The Folk Tree on IPR Studio One

Host Karen Impola features music that is rooted in tradition, but spreads out in a variety of modern directions, including blues and bluegrass; singer-songwriters new and old; rockers getting back to their acoustic roots; plus excursions into Celtic and world music. The show also features exclusive recordings made at venues throughout the IPR listening area, and occasionally, live musical guests in IPR's very own studios.

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