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Senator Bill Dix Abruptly Resigns; Relationship with Female Lobbyist Revealed

UPDATE: 4:00 p.m. The top Republican in the Iowa Senate, Bill Dix, has resigned his positions as Majority Leader and state Senator, hours after compromising photos of him appeared on the political website Iowa Starting Line. The photos showed Dix having drinks with and apparently kissing a female lobbyist at a Des Moines bar one evening earlier this month. Some were calling for Dix’s resignation last year after a court approved a $1.75 million sexual harassment settlement against Senate...

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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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No doubt many have googled "Franz Ferdinand" and stumbled upon the fact that this was the guy whose assassination sparked World War I. The band Franz Ferdinand began in Glasgow, Scotland in 2002. They liked the alliteration of the name, and mused that perhaps one day they would be more well-known than the Archduke himself. Releasing a solid, danceable indie rock album like Always Ascending every few years can only help to make that more and more likely. Here are...

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SOI Presents: DMSO's "Ritual Fire Dance"

This week’s Symphonies of Iowa features the Des Moines Symphony’s “Ritual Fire Dance “concert. The performance includes works by Ravel, Rodrigo, and Falla. Andalusian melodies and rhythms combine with folk inspiration and magic tales in this Spanish-flavored concert featuring the internationally acclaimed Siudy Flamenco Dance Theater. First, listen to the spirited and virtuosic Alborada del gracioso . Next, guitarist Jose Luis de la Paz joins the Symphony to play Rodrigo’s beautiful,...

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