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Surrounded by Plenty, Many College Students Are Going Hungry

On almost every college campus, there are dining halls and cafeterias filled to the brim with food. Students have their pick of practically anything they want. And yet, a surprisingly high percentage of these young people are hungry. Grand View University senior Shannon Kaster is not your typical undergraduate college student. To begin, the Boone-native is 33-years-old. “I’m married, I have a four-year-old son at home and I’m pregnant with another one due in July,” she says. But she is...

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Andy Woolfries

Oct 31, 2007
WOI Radio / Iowa State University

One of Iowa's first broadcasting personalities remembers the dawn of radio and his arrest by doubters of the new technology. Andy Woolfries was interviewed by Doug Brown, during an on-air anniversary program marking WOI's 50th anniversary. Sounds from 1972, on WOI Radio in Ames.

Rick Fredericksen / Iowa Public Radio

Commercials, and an unusual marketing project from radio personality Arthur Godfrey, are featured in this nostalgic look back at memorable radio-TV ads broadcast in Iowa. Thanks to the Archives of Iowa Broadcasting, the American Popcorn Company, the State Fair Museum, desmoinesbroadcasting.com and an anonymous collector. Sounds from the 1940s to 1970s, from broadcasters and production studios.

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The Mississippi Belle II ended 16 years of riverboat gambling in Iowa, with an historic trip on Oct. 10th, 2007 from Clinton. Iowa Public Radio was there, along with hundreds of passengers, for the nostalgic cruise.

Chuck Offenburger

A one-of-a-kind roller rink continues to delight Iowans at Spring Lake Park in Greene County. In operation since the late '20s, the antique rink is extremely rare today. Most have burned down or been replaced. One name is forever linked to the rink; the beloved Noni Mylenbusch, who started playing the organ there before WWII. Sounds from circa 1980, recorded in Jefferson and unknown locations. Noni's recordings came from private collectors Don Dodd and Bob Wullenwaber.

State Historical Society of Iowa


Since we first discovered Nikita Khrushchev's gift to Iowa (see February 2007 posting), musicologists and Soviet experts across the country, including Khrushchev's son, have been consulted. Just what is the "Khrushchev Collection?" Here are the findings. Thanks to former First Lady Amelia Loveless, who donated the 20-album set to the  State Historical Society in 2006. Sounds from 1959 and before, from artists throughout the USSR.

From the USSR

Sep 18, 2007

Bonus hit from the Khrushchev Collection. The Federova Sisters sing "The Cockoo Bird Calls. From the 1950s.

Arizona State University

In the days when one-room schools were common, kids learned how to sing with the help of phonograph records. This is the story of the Fullerton "Choir Plan." Recordings courtesy of Marjorie Goodman.

Presidents Past

Aug 14, 2007
Hoover Library

The Iowa caucuses aside, there is nothing new about presidents and presidential candidates visiting Iowa. It has become a long tradition. The 31st president spent much of his life here. Sounds from the 1940s-70s, recorded in Guthrie Center, Cedar Rapids, Dexter, West Branch, and Des Moines. Thanks to the Archives of Iowa Broadcasting and the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library. 

American Folklife Center / Library of Congress

A tip from a public radio listener led to the oldest recordings in the Iowa Archives project. Learn the story behind the sacred songs of the Omaha Indians, thanks to the Federal Cylinder Project and the Library of Congress. Sounds from 1895-96, recorded in Macy, Nebraska.

Iowa State Fair

Striptease shows and daredevil acts are part of the Iowa State Fair's history, which dates back to 1854. Vintage recordings revive memories of some of the big attractions from fair's past. Audio clips courtesy of the State Fair Museum, Iowa Public Television, and desmoinesbroadcasting.com. Sounds from the 1930s onward at the fairgrounds in Des Moines.

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Featured Release This Week From Conor Oberst

Conor Oberst's latest record, Salutations, follows closely on the heels of last fall's Ruminations. The songs from Ruminations were recorded solely by Oberst, accompanying himself on guitar and piano, over a two day period in his native Omaha. Salutations is a full band recording, with those same ten songs plus seven more. It's a generous selection of music, with Fleet Foxes and veteran drummer Jim Keltner joining Oberst for these spirited renditions. https://youtu.be/qVJjNJ1-vOU

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Arias in April Presents: UNI's "Susannah"

Iowa Public Radio’s 2017 Arias in April series this year includes the University of Northern Iowa Opera Theatre in concert. IPR’s broadcast will present the UNI Opera Theatre’s performance of Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah on Saturday, April 22 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 23 at 11:00 p.m. American opera composer Carlisle Floyd was born in South Carolina and was the son of a Methodist minister. His interest in music piqued when he was a young man, and he chose to study piano with the prolific...

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