small towns http://iowapublicradio.org en Beating the Odds: How to Grow a Small Town http://iowapublicradio.org/post/beating-odds-how-grow-small-town <p>Time changes everything, and in Iowa, that’s glaringly apparent in many of the state’s communities with populations of less than 5,000 people. So the story goes, small towns are dying. But according to Iowa State Professor Terry Besser, that’s not exactly true. She has been monitoring Iowa’s rural communities&nbsp; for more than two decades, trying to put her finger on what it is that keeps towns alive… and what contributes to the rural blight.</p> Thu, 22 May 2014 16:28:47 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Lindsey Moon 41044 at http://iowapublicradio.org Beating the Odds: How to Grow a Small Town Small Towns Spawn Big Ideas http://iowapublicradio.org/post/small-towns-spawn-big-ideas <p>Many of the big ideas that have changed the world have started in small towns.&nbsp; Host Charity Nebbe talks with John Miller about his new book, <em>Small Town Dreams: Stories of Midwestern Boys Who Shaped America</em>, we’ll talk about how the place you come from shapes who you are, how small towns have changed over the years and about some remarkable men who came from Midwestern small towns. Then, sociologist Paul Lasley talks about what it means to grow up in a small town today.</p><p></p> Mon, 05 May 2014 20:50:35 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Katherine Perkins 40185 at http://iowapublicradio.org Small Towns Spawn Big Ideas The Tenacity of a Small Town Newspaper http://iowapublicradio.org/post/tenacity-small-town-newspaper <p>For 125 years, four generations of the Sidey family have delivered the news of Adair County.&nbsp; While many small, independently owned papers perished or became parts of large conglomerates the <a href="http://adaircountyfreepress.com/pages/">Adair County Free Press</a> persisted.</p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 00:46:30 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Sarah Boden 37037 at http://iowapublicradio.org The Tenacity of a Small Town Newspaper Centerville: A Mid American Saga http://iowapublicradio.org/post/centerville-mid-american-saga <p>Once a prominent stop on the Underground Railroad and later the seat of the Ku Klux Klan in Iowa, Centerville is a small town with a rich history. Today on Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe talks with historian Enfys McMurry, author of <em>Centerville: A Mid American Saga</em>. They explore the ups and downs of this remarkable town.</p><p></p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 21:30:54 +0000 Charity Nebbe 35183 at http://iowapublicradio.org Centerville: A Mid American Saga Digital Upgrades Threaten Small Town Theatres http://iowapublicradio.org/post/digital-upgrades-threaten-small-town-theatres <p>The familiar movie-opening theme is fading in many of Iowa&rsquo;s small communities. Many main-street theaters, caught in a technological dilemma, are closing. But as Iowa Public Radio&rsquo;s Dean Borg, reports some communities are scrambling to preserve main stret silver screens.</p> Tue, 17 Apr 2012 12:00:00 +0000 Dean Borg 158 at http://iowapublicradio.org Digital Upgrades Threaten Small Town Theatres