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One Affordable Care Act Insurer Intends to Stay in Iowa

The health insurance company Medica has decided to sell individual plans on Iowa’s Affordable Care Act exchange in 2018. The announcement came Monday in a news release. It’s likely Medica will be the only company selling individual ACA-compliant health insurance statewide in Iowa. It’s proposing to increase rates by an average of 43.5 percent. "When you find yourself as the only ones between people getting access to care and people not getting access to care, your view of the situation...

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They lived in Iowa only about 8 years, but left behind a delightful recording from a Christmas broadcast in Shenandoah. We remember the Everly Brothers, on the passing of Phil, at the age of 74, on Jan. 3, 2014. This archival feature was first broadcast in 2007, when Phil was 7 and Donny was 9.  Sounds from 1946, 1957 and 1973, in Shenandoah and unknown concert locations. Recordings from KMA Radio and You Tube.

Iowa Oldies

Dec 12, 2007
WHO-TV

Sounds from the 1930s to 1980s from various Iowa radio and television stations. A sampling of programs and personalities that were on the air long ago. Recordings provided by the Archives of Iowa Broadcasting, desmoinesbroadcasting.com, WHO-TV and a private collector.

Iowa's Music Man

Dec 2, 2007
The Music Man Square

It has been 50 years since Meredith Willson's "The Music Man" premiered on stage (Dec. 19th, 1957). Our sound portrait of this talented Iowan extends back to his early days in radio. Audio courtesy of The Music Man Square Museum, Mason City Foundation and KGLO Radio. Sounds from the 1930s to 1960s, primarily in Mason City and Los Angeles.

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.

riverboatgallery.com

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.

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Featured Release This Week From Land Of Talk + Studio One Tracks Top 30 Playlist

Canadian musician Elizabeth Powell began writing songs as a teenager in Ontario. She met the other original members of Land Of Talk while she was studying jazz at Concordia University in Montreal. The band released their first EP in 2006, followed by the debut Land Of Talk full-length album in 2008. After one more album, the band went on hiatus in 2011. After a few years of uncertainty and introspection, Powell is back with an appealing new Land Of talk record titled Life After Youth. https:/...

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The 2nd Most Famous Painting of All Time, Plus World-Renowned Cellist

Grant Wood’s painting American Gothic is second only to the Mona Lisa in terms of significance. The Iowan artist was extremely appreciative of Midwest traditions and culture, which he celebrated in 1930 through American Gothic and many other works. The painting is often understood as a satirical comment on the Midwestern character, and is now firmly fixated in the nation’s pop culture. Yet Wood intended it to be a positive statement about rural American values and an image of reassurance at a...

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