Talk of Iowa
Wed August 7, 2013
Iowa Gold and Wisconsin Heroes
In 1911 "The Song of Iowa" by S.H.M. Byers became Iowa's official state song. The lyrics "You asked what land I love the best, Iowa, tis Iowa, The fairest State of all the west, Iowa, O! Iowa, From yonder Mississippi's stream..." were set to the tune "O Tannenbaum." Songwriter Jane Roman Pitt thinks Iowa can do better. She has written a song called "Iowa Gold," and now Pitt and photographer Ken West have put together a video that showcases Iowa at it's best. The video is part of their campaign to make "Iowa Gold" the state's next official song.
Later in the hour, the remarkable life of Mildred Fish Harnack, the only American woman to be executed by the order of Adolph Hitler.