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Republican Leader Backs Off Plan to Combat Sexual Harassment, Defends Secret Investigation

Majority Republicans in the Iowa Senate have altered their plans for addressing sexual harassment after internal dissent about how to proceed. They’ve scuttled a plan to hire a human resources director to hear sexual harassment complaints in the future, but House Republicans disagree. Senate Republicans are addressing the issue after former senate staffer Kirsten Anderson won a $1.75 million sexual harassment settlement. Last week leaders announced they would hire a human resources manager....

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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.

Everly family fan site

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.

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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.

Studio One Featured Release

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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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