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Reynolds Co-Chairs Ousted for Foreign Agent Work

A prominent Iowa Republican couple has been let go from the Kim Reynolds re-election campaign while a state ethics board looks into their work as foreign agents for Saudi Arabia. Executive branch officials Kim and Connie Schmett earned more than $100.000 from the Saudis for helping fight legislation in Congress to allow victims of the September 11 attacks to sue Saudi Arabia. The Reynolds campaign announced the Schmetts will no longer co-chair Reynolds’s Polk County committee. “I didn’t agree...

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Karl King

Apr 4, 2007
Karl King Municipal Band

The voice, music and historical sound clips from the career of Iowa composer and Fort Dodge band leader Karl King. Reporting assistance from 6th grader Kristen Holvick. Various sound recordings from the Karl L. King Municipal Band of Fort Dodge. Sounds from 1950 - 1971, New York and Iowa.

Sidney Robertson Cowell / American Folklife Center

His name is George Vinton Graham and while he is no "American Idol," his singing is considered an important example of Anglo-American folk music. The Graham recordings were made by ethnographer Sidney Robertson Cowell in 1938 and are found at the Library of Congress (American Memory).

American Gothic House Center

Grant Wood's sister, Nan, talks about the famous Iowa artist, and a fire at his studio that burned them both. The interview with Nan is held by the State Historical Society of Iowa, in Iowa City. Sounds from 1976, recorded in Cedar Rapids.

Iowa State University Museums

Danish born sculptor Christian Petersen was the nation's first artist-in-residence. An art museum, opened in 2007, bears his name at Iowa State University. Recordings courtesy of ISU Parks Library and University Museums. Petersen interview originally from WOI-TV. Sounds from 1961, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.

State Historical Society of Iowa

Forty eight years after the communist leader visited Iowa, the gift Nikita Khrushchev left behind has been rediscovered. The Soviet record collection was gifted to Iowa by former First Lady Amelia Loveless and is preserved at the State Historical Society of Iowa in Iowa City. Sounds from September, 1959, Coon Rapids, Iowa.

Ozark Folk Center


A seventy year old recording of dulcimer music leads to the story of an Iowa ghost town and an uncommon musical instrument. The Thomas Mann recordings are courtesy of the American Folklife Center, Sidney Robertson Cowell Collection, Library of Congress. Sounds from July, 1937, in Ortonville, Iowa.

Bill Kooker

Forty years before Disneyland opened, central Iowa had Riverview Park. Original sounds from the arcade, the steam engine train and the Riviera Ballroom. Recordings are courtesy of Bill Kooker, who provides a wealth of information at his Riverview website. Kooker was the park's last General Manager. Sounds from pre-1978.

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Featured Release This Week From St. Vincent + Studio One Tracks Top 30 Playlist

St. Vincent (born Annie Clark in Tulsa, Oklahoma) attended Berklee College of Music in Boston for three years, and then became a member of The Polyphonic Spree. She also toured with Sufjan Stevens before releasing her debut album in 2007. After a couple more full-lengths of her own, she collaborated with David Byrne for an album in 2012. Byrne and St. Vincent also toured together. You may have caught their impressive set (the choreography!) at 80/35 in the summer of 2013. St. Vincent has...

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Yankee Doodle Pops Veteran's Day Special

Iowa Public Radio recaptures the patriotic spirit of the Des Moines Symphony’s Yankee Doodle Pops concert to air on Veteran’s Day. The Des Moines Symphony along with guest vocalist Steve Lippia will perform hits made famous by Frank Sinatra. The show kicks off with the “Oh Say, Can You Sing?” contest winner Stephanie Schneider performing The Star Spangled Banner . The program also includes patriotic marches, a special tribute to our service men and women featuring Governor Kim Reynolds, and...

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