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Religious Freedom Bill Advances; Business and Industry Object

A so-called religious freedom bill advanced in the Republican-controlled Iowa Senate Monday, in spite of vigorous objections from major business groups. The bill would give Iowans more legal protection if they deny services to gay and lesbian people for religious reasons. A Grimes couple who lost a civil rights complaint after denying the use of their venue for a same-sex wedding urged lawmakers to pass the bill. It would require courts to use a more stringent standard when reviewing any Iowa...

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Iowa Broadcasters

May 29, 2007
Rick Fredericksen

Sounds from radio and television broadcasters from decades past, across Iowa. The story is introduced by Jeff Stein, Administrator of the Archives of Iowa Broadcasting at Wartburg College, who provided the various on-air sound-clips embedded in this report.

Relatively unknown today, the Iowa Flag Song was adopted in 1949, when the legislature paused for poetry and a performance. Song composer Ester May Clark donated the recording to the State Historical Society of Iowa, in Des Moines.

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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