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Iowa City Expects to Keep 'City of Literature' Status After US Leaves UNESCO

The Trump administration announced Thursday it is leaving UNESCO, the United Nations’ cultural organization, but Iowa City still expects to keep its designation as a UNESCO City of Literature. City of Literature Executive Director John Kenyon says he is "profoundly disappointed" by the decision, but he does not believe this will change Iowa City’s designation. "Our relationship is directly with UNESCO as a city," Kenyon says. "The designation was conferred upon Iowa City by UNESCO directly,...

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Iowa: A Place to Grow. Iowa Week October 9 - 13 on Talk of Iowa.

From growing food, to growing older. From growing problems to growing up in Iowa. We examine the ways in which Iowa has been, and is, a place to grow.

Summer may be over, but it's always time for ice cream at the Candy Kitchen in Wilton, which calls itself "the oldest, ongoing ice cream parlor in the world."

Candy Kitchen

Sep 16, 2008

It's always time for ice cream at the Candy Kitchen in Wilton. The family business claims to be "the oldest, ongoing ice cream parlor in the world." Now nearing 150 years old, the confectionery is having its best year ever.

  

The U.S.S. Iowa

Sep 4, 2008
USS Iowa Veterans Association

Sounds from 1945 to 1991, from around the world. The USS Iowa was the first of the mighty "Iowa Class" battleships that projected America's global military power for more than a half century. Their potent, 16-inch guns made them the greatest fighting ship of all time. She opened as a museum in 2012 at the Port of Los Angeles. Historic sound from the State Historical Society and You Tube.

Amana Colonies

Aug 20, 2008
Amana Heritage Society

A Tri-Centennial is approaching for a breakaway sect of the Lutheran Church in Germany. Since its 1855 arrival, the religious settlement has evolved into one of the Iowa's most popular tourist attractions, but continues to honor its heritage every day. Sounds from 1934 to 1962, recorded around Amana.

Wildlife Care Clinic

Jun 29, 2008

They save orphans, repair terrible injuries and, sometimes, must resort to euthanasia. We visit the Wildlife Care Clinic at Iowa State University's College of Veterinary Medicine.

Classic Cars, Classic Diner

Jun 9, 2008

Classic car owners are paying record gas prices like everyone else and now, they are also facing the loss of a favorite gathering place. We visit Porky's Diner. Editor's Note: Porky's is now gone.

Wire Recordings

May 7, 2008

Wire recorders were the hi-tech machines used to capture voice and sound recordings during, and immediately after, World War II. Listen to legendary Iowa jazz pianist Speck Redd on wire, as well as a field report from Germany with the sound of artillery in the background. Jazz recordings came from collector Don Moon and Herb Plambeck's war report is from the Gold Star Museum at Camp Dodge. Sounds from 1954 and 1945 recorded in Des Moines and Nuremburg, Germany.

The Isiserettes

Mar 26, 2008

The Isiserettes Drill and Drum Corps, which descended from the Shriner's, is preparing to host their first national competition in Des Moines. We attend a practice session and a performance.

Olympic Dream

Mar 19, 2008

Iowa gymnast Shawn Johnson and her two Chinese-born coaches are hard at work to join Team U.S.A. at the Beijing Olympics. To observe this unique relationship, we visit Chow's Gym where a star is born. Editors Note: Of course, Shawn brought home numerous medals.

Soon after V-E Day, Iowa G-I's were invited to say hi to mom, in a special Mother's Day radio broadcast back home. Sixty-three years later, an emotional Gerald Pepper of Ames hears his voice as a young Army PFC, for the first time. The original WHO Radio recording was found at the Archives of Iowa Broadcasting, at Wartburg College in Waverly. Sounds from May 1945, in Rosenheim, Germany. Note: Pepper passed away in 2011.

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