Rick Fredericksen

Correspondent

Rick Fredericksen is a Des Moines based correspondent for Iowa Public Radio.  He has been producing the Iowa Archives series since 2007. Rick joined Iowa Public Radio in 1995 after 13 years abroad. Prior to joining IPR, Rick worked in commercial radio and TV in Iowa and Hawaii. For 10 years, he was bureau chief for CBS News in Bangkok, Thailand, covering stories throughout Southeast Asia. He received a Peabody Award in 1989, for CBS radio coverage of the Tiananmen Square uprising in Beijing. He has also won numerous state, regional and national awards for his reporting. As a young Marine broadcaster, he covered the Vietnam War for the American Forces Vietnam Network in Saigon.

Rick attended the Department of Defense Information School in Indianapolis, and Drake University.

Rick’s favorite public radio program is River to River.

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News
3:30 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Belin on the Murder Weapon

David Belin shown testifying in a still-frame from You Tube.
Credit YouTube

A Des Moines attorney was a key figure in the official inquiry into President Kennedy's assassination. David Belin investigated the rifle that made history 50 years ago.

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News
9:27 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Hugh Sidey Remembers the Moment

Cover a book authored by Hugh Sidey.
Credit mjkghk/flickr

As Americans commemorate the assassination of President Kennedy, we also remember the respected Iowa reporter who was covering the president on that fateful day in Dallas.

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Iowa Archives
11:38 am
Mon November 11, 2013

In Uniform

USA.gov

In war or in peace, thousands of Iowans have served in the armed forces.  With both archival audio and original interviews, "In Uniform" honors and remembers Iowa veterans who sacrificed and served the country since the Civil War all the way up to the War on Terror.

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News
5:30 am
Mon November 11, 2013

POW Bracelet Comes Full Circle

A POW family group launched the bracelet project to raise awareness of torture and poor conditions.
Bernie Contreras

They were known as "POW bracelets," a symbolic metal band bearing the name of a Vietnam POW, or a man missing in action. More than 40 years after the prisoners came home, a Florida man rediscovered the bracelet he wore as a teenager and traced it back to a Navy veteran in Des Moines. We interviewed both men for Veterans Day.

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News
8:41 am
Wed October 16, 2013

Bob Feller Act of Valor Award

The bronze bust that is the Bob Feller Act of Valor Award.
Credit Bob Feller Act of Valor Award Foundation

Three Americans won the inaugural Bob Feller Act of Valor Award, announced in honor of Iowa's most famous baseball player.

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News
5:30 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Mission Change for Iowa Air Guard

MQ-9 Predators will be piloted from Des Moines.
U.S. Air Force

The fight to save Iowa's last jet fighter squadron is history; Des Moines' F-16s are gone and training for the next mission is well underway.

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News
11:24 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Steamboat Exhibit Shuts Down

Cannon balls and other supplies that are being unboxed for the Steamboat Bertrand exhibit.
Credit DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge

Two years after massive flooding along the Missouri River, work to bring back a treasured museum exhibit has been halted.

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News
12:50 pm
Sun September 8, 2013

End of an Era

The wing commander's F16
Rick Fredericksen Iowa Public Radio

One-hundred-ten years after the Wright Brothers made aviation history, a ceremony was held to commemorate the end of manned flight by a unit of the Iowa Air National Guard.

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News
10:00 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Fly-in Marks 70th Anniversary of Ottumwa NAS

A Stearman trainer that was common over the skies of southeast Iowa from 1943 to 45.
Credit www.antiqueairfield.com

Stephen Black, President of Friends of NAS Ottumwa, talks about the old Stearman aircraft, which will be landing in Ottumwa at 11 o'clock Friday (August 30)., followed by another group of antique planes. The Stearmans will be on display until 12:45, when they depart for Oskaloosa. All the aircraft are scheduled to return to Antique Airfield (Blakesburg) between 3 and 4 p.m.

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Business and Economy
7:48 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Head of Economic Development Authority Concerned about Mississippi River

The Mississippi River
Credit IPR

New attention is being focused on the crumbling lock-and-dam system on the Mississippi River. Iowa officials painted a frightening scenario when they appeared before the Mississippi River Commission last week in Dubuque. 

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News
12:16 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Meals from the Heartland

1,500 volunteers prepare 250,000 meals in 11 hours at the Varied Industries Building.
Credit Rick Fredericksen / Iowa Public Radio

Among the visitors at the Iowa State Fair on opening day were 1,500 volunteers who signed up to help serve starving children. Each table had to average 2,000 meal preparations per hour.

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News
9:24 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Iowa National Guard Confronts Suicides

Chaplain Gary Selof and Major Amy Price are tasked with fighting suicides in the Iowa National Guard.
Credit Rick Fredericksen / Iowa Public Radio

The Iowa National Guard has taken some significant casualties in recent months. Since late last year, five soldiers have taken their own lives. Three former members have also committed suicide.

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Agriculture and Harvest Public Media
5:30 am
Fri August 2, 2013

The Windmill Wizard

Rick Fredericksen Iowa Public Radio

At the same time utility companies erect modern wind turbines across the Iowa countryside, old fashioned windmills are rusting away on abandoned farmsteads. But there's one man who is out to preserve the crumpled icons, one windmill at a time. Meet the Windmill Wizard.

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Iowa Archives
5:30 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Days Numbered for Iowa Penitentiary

The Fort Madison prison is older than the state of Iowa
kcrg.com

One of the oldest records that Iowa still holds will be lost soon. That is when the earliest operating prison west of the Mississippi will he replaced by an all-new Iowa State penitentiary. We explore the history of the Fort Madison prison, with rare audio from WOI-TV, Sky TV and MSNBC.

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Iowa Archives
5:30 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Vietnamese Orphans and President Ford

Alan and Lorena Van Der Kamp hold pictures of son Mark. Photos on the wall are grandson Blake.
Rick Fredericksen Iowa Public Radio

Grateful Americans are honoring former President Gerald Ford this weekend at a reunion in Dana Point, California.  They owe their citizenship, and perhaps their lives, to the man born in Omaha, 100 years ago this Sunday. Iowa Archives remembers “Operation Babylift,” and the epic rescue of several thousand Vietnamese orphans. 

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News
5:30 am
Mon June 10, 2013

F-16 Noise Complaints to End

Credit Rick Fredericksen / Iowa Public Radio

Relief is coming soon for Des Moines residents bothered by noisy F-16 jet fighters. All 21 planes, with their roaring engines, will be phased out by fall. We observed flight training for the full impact.

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Iowa Archives
5:30 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Two Highways; Two Centennials

Gas, food and lodging; the intact all-in-one stop in Colo.
Rick Fredericksen Iowa Public Radio

As Iowans take to the road for family vacations, there is new appreciation for two of Iowa’s oldest highways. The Lincoln is 100 years old, and proud of it, but Iowa Public Radio has discovered a grassroots effort to revive the Jefferson Highway too. Rick Fredericksen produces Iowa Archives, our historic audio series.

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News
6:26 am
Mon May 27, 2013

Lincoln Highway Centennial Tour to Converge in Midwest

Lincoln Highway Centennial Tour Facebook page

A caravan celebrating America’s first cross-country highway will be passing through Iowa soon, with an overnight stop in Ames.

The Lincoln Highway is 100 years old, and several hundred motorists will be converging on the Midwest in two groups: one from New York City and one from San Francisco. For 460 miles, the Lincoln cuts through the center of Iowa. Today, it is a Heritage Byway; much of it is now Highway-30, but some of the earliest sections remain charming, two-lane roads.

John Mazzello is Byway Coordinator with Prairie Rivers of Iowa.

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Iowa Archives
5:30 am
Fri May 17, 2013

For Sale: Historic Register Building

The Register's headquarters at 8th and Locust.
Rick Fredericksen Iowa Public Radio

One of Iowa's most strategic pieces of of real estate is up for sale; The Des Moines Register is preparing to vacate its long time headquarters next month. Now, nearly a hundred years of history is making news again. We take a tour and listen to old recordings.

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Business and Economy
7:22 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Berkshire Hathaway: Coming to a "For-Sale" Sign Near You

Iowa residents soon will be seeing a Berkshire Hathaway logo on "for sale" signs in front of some homes.
Credit Berkshire Hathaway

Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway's newest Iowa acquisition, Prudential First Realty, soon will be adopting the “Berkshire Hathaway Home Services” logo. The company has 77 agents and three offices in central Iowa, and their “For Sale” signs that now say Prudential, will be converted to Berkshire Hathaway.

Brennan Buckley is a company marketing executive in Des Moines.

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News
5:30 am
Wed April 10, 2013

The Legend Lives On

The Legend under renovation
Rick Fredericksen Iowa Public Radio

History is being preserved at Arnold’s Park in northern Iowa, where the state’s oldest roller coaster is undergoing a much-needed overhaul. We get the story, and take a ride, with Iowa Public Radio’s Rick Fredericksen.

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Arts and Culture
5:30 am
Mon March 11, 2013

A Composer and an Architect

William C. Wright, c. 1890s
Courtesy of Mary Rogers

The former Iowan who fathered one of the world’s most celebrated architects has been pulled from the shadows of his legendary son. The father was William Carey Wright, and Iowa Public Radio tells the story of his love for music and how it influenced the life of and career of his son, Frank Lloyd Wright.

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Iowa Archives
5:30 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Vietnam POWs Mark 40 Years of Freedom

Former Navy radar intercept officer Larry Spencer shares his experiences as a POW to a mens' club at the Edgewater Community.
Rick Fredericksen IPR

It was code-named Operation Homecoming, when the U.S. and North Vietnam signed a peace agreement and our prisoners of war started coming home.We remember the defining events of that time, with historic sound from our Iowa Archives project.

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River to River
11:53 am
Mon December 31, 2012

Remembering Iowans Who Passed Away in 2012

Josh McGinn / flickr

2013 is nearly upon us, and as we get ready to usher it in, we pause to look back on 2012 and some of the lives lost in the past year.  Today, we air our obituary show.  Join us to remember Iowa soldiers killed in Afghanistan, public figures, educators and others.

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Iowa Archives
11:00 am
Mon December 31, 2012

Best Music of Iowa Archives

The Everly Brothers
Credit last.fm

If you've new to the Iowa Archives project, this special broadcast is the best link to click; featuring more than 100 years of music with connections to Iowa. We've reached into our collection of historic sound treasures for old radio clips, rare recordings and cherished interviews. You will be astonished at the depth of Iowa's contributions to music, from composers, to vocalists and even places that have become music landmarks. It is like a variety show for the ages, with performances by Glenn Miller, Andy Williams, Superman and much more. Highly recommended!

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Arts & Culture
8:35 am
Sat December 15, 2012

Lake Delhi Archeology

Some of the beer cans found when Lake Delhi emptied. They can fetch up to $50.
Credit Steve Gola

Lost treasures were revealed when Lake Delhi disappeared two summers ago. We conclude our series on the status of the eastern Iowa lake.

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Business/Economy
5:30 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Lake Delhi Frustration and Hope

The Maquoketa River runs through the Lake Delhi dam.
Rick Fredericksen

Complex negotiations continue as the State of Iowa partners with landowners in Delaware County, in hopes of bringing back Lake Delhi.  Part 2 of 3.

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Business/Economy
5:30 am
Thu December 13, 2012

Lake Delhi's Massive Loss

Hartwick Marina, on the water line where Lake Delhi used to be.
Rick Fredericksen

It was almost 2 and a half years ago when flooding swamped Lake Delhi; the dam washed out, and the lake vanished down river. Today, efforts are underway to bring it back. The economic impact is mounting.

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Environment
8:06 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Iowans Seeing Rare, White-Tailed Squirrels

Experts say the white-tailed squirrels being seen in Iowa are likely a result of a genetic mutation which could become more prevalent or disappear.
Credit Rick Fredericksen / Iowa Public Radio

We’re all too familiar with whitetail deer. But there also have been a few recent sightings in Iowa of rare white-tailed squirrels.

The rodent with the bushy, snow-white tail is snow white. It’s been seen in the Witmer Park area near Drake University. Earlier this year, several were spotted in the town of Osage.

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News
9:34 am
Mon November 12, 2012

Beloved Drake Mascot Dies

Porterhouse with his "parents" Kevin and Erin Bell in 2012.
Credit Rick Fredericksen / Iowa Public Radio

                  

To honor the memory of Porterhouse, who died at the age of 8, IPR presents a feature story broadcast during his heyday as Drake's top dog, when he was the only live-animal mascot prowling the sidelines of Iowa's major university sporting events.

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