history http://iowapublicradio.org en 25 Years Later: Memories from Flight 232 http://iowapublicradio.org/post/25-years-later-memories-flight-232 <p>Chief Flight Attendant Jan Brown remembers the approximately forty minutes between engine failure and crash-landing with crystal clarity.</p><p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 14:11:28 +0000 Ben Kieffer 43427 at http://iowapublicradio.org 25 Years Later: Memories from Flight 232 Teaching History to Kids Living in the Now http://iowapublicradio.org/post/teaching-history-kids-living-now <p>Social studies doesn't fall under the three Rs in education, and it shows. From school district to school district, the way that history, government, and world culture courses are taught varies dramatically.</p><p>Today on Talk of Iowa, we focus on civics education in our state, and talk with some extraordinary teachers.</p><p></p> Tue, 27 May 2014 21:18:20 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Katherine Perkins 41310 at http://iowapublicradio.org Teaching History to Kids Living in the Now Skeletons in the Closet, Hoods in the Attic http://iowapublicradio.org/post/skeletons-closet-hoods-attic <p>In Iowa, many of us are proud of our progressive history, but that doesn't mean we don't have skeletons in our closets, and even some Ku Klux Klan robes in the attic.&nbsp; After World War I, life in Iowa changed dramatically, and a lot of people didn't like it.&nbsp; That disorientation opened the door to the Ku Klux Klan.&nbsp; Host Charity Nebbe talks with two historians from Mason City about the history of the Klan in Iowa.&nbsp; We heard from numerous listeners whose families had direct experience with the KKK, including Larry in Des Moines.&nbsp; Charity talked with Larry after the sh Thu, 15 May 2014 21:08:26 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Katherine Perkins 40695 at http://iowapublicradio.org Skeletons in the Closet, Hoods in the Attic Mobile Museum to Tour State http://iowapublicradio.org/post/mobile-museum-tour-state <p>Have you ever wished the Museum of Natural History would visit you? Well, it’s on its way.</p><p>This spring The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History has launched a new initiative - the University of Iowa Mobile Museum - in collaboration with the UI’s Old Capitol Museum and the Office of the State Archaeologist. The 38-foot, custom built RV will being its tour of the state next week.</p> Thu, 15 May 2014 19:55:21 +0000 Lindsey Moon & Ben Kieffer 40684 at http://iowapublicradio.org Mobile Museum to Tour State Pioneering New Art Forms http://iowapublicradio.org/post/pioneering-new-art-forms <p>In 1955 <a href="http://www.theiowafoilprinter.com/about.php" target="_blank">Virginia Myers</a> first arrived in Iowa City with $150 in her pocket. When she stepped off the train, she had no place to live and no job. She hadn’t even been in touch with the University of Iowa about enrolling in classes, even though that was the reason she came to Iowa in the first place.</p> Wed, 14 May 2014 17:16:43 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Lindsey Moon 40615 at http://iowapublicradio.org Pioneering New Art Forms 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 Iowans in the White House http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowans-white-house <p>During the American Revolution future first lady Abigail Adams melted down the family pewter to make bullets.&nbsp; The bullet mold she used will be on display at the <a href="http://www.hoover.archives.gov/">Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum</a> from <span class="introsm">April 19-Oct. 26, 2014, as part of the </span>museum's new exhibit, America’s First Ladies.<span class="introsm"> </span></p><p><span class="introsm">Host </span>Charity Nebbe, gets a preview of the exhibit with curator Melanie Weir and historian Elizabeth Dinschel.</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:27:45 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Sarah Boden 39270 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowans in the White House Time Traveling Back to the 1898 Omaha World's Fair http://iowapublicradio.org/post/time-traveling-back-1898-omaha-worlds-fair <p>There is a short list of World’s Fairs that have inspired many stories, New York 1939, Chicago 1893, St. Louis 1904.&nbsp; The 1898 Omaha World’s Fair is not one of them… until now. Today on Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe talks with author <a href="http://www.timothyschaffert.com/" target="_blank">Timothy Shaffert</a> about his latest novel <em>The Swan Gondola</em> which takes place on the eve of the Omaha World’s Fair.</p><p></p> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 21:39:24 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Dennis Reese 36396 at http://iowapublicradio.org Time Traveling Back to the 1898 Omaha World's Fair Religion in the Digital Age http://iowapublicradio.org/post/religion-digital-age <p>The internet has changed how we find information, get news, connect with friends, and for many people it also has changed the experience with faith and religion. &nbsp;Guests include Elizabeth Drescher from Santa Clara University, L. Edward Philips from Emory University, and author, editor, and lecturer Phyllis Tickle.</p><p></p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 17:58:21 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Ben Stanton 36249 at http://iowapublicradio.org Religion in the Digital Age Archaeologists Uncover Iowa City's Beginnings on UI campus http://iowapublicradio.org/post/archaeologists-uncover-iowa-citys-beginnings-ui-campus <p>Construction on the University of Iowa campus has uncovered the foundations of homes dating back to Iowa City’s earliest settlers.</p><p>Archeologists are now racing against the clock to dig out what they can at the Hubbard Park site, as Iowa Public Radio’s Durrie Bouscaren reports.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 11:36:00 +0000 Durrie Bouscaren 36096 at http://iowapublicradio.org Archaeologists Uncover Iowa City's Beginnings on UI campus Hot, Swinging, Big Band Jazz http://iowapublicradio.org/post/hot-swinging-big-band-jazz <p>When you think of jazz you might think of New Orleans or New York City. &nbsp;But in the 20s, 30s, and 40s musicians in Iowa and the surrounding states kept Iowans dancing in ballrooms, hotel dining rooms, high school gymnasiums, and by playing on local radio. Join host Charity Nebbe&nbsp;for this hour of jazz in Iowa from the hot jazz of the 20s to the big band sound of the 30s and 40s. Hear from Jim Oatts, leader of the Des Moines Big Band, Josh Duffee, music director of the Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival in Davenport, and John Benoit professor of music at Simpson College.</p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 20:27:44 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Ben Stanton 35788 at http://iowapublicradio.org Hot, Swinging, Big Band Jazz Suing for Freedom http://iowapublicradio.org/post/suing-freedom <p>In 1857 the Supreme Court ruled in <a href="http://www.loc.gov/rr/program/bib/ourdocs/DredScott.html"><em>Dred Scott v. Sandford</em></a> that a slave could not sue for his freedom. Many call this ruling the worst Supreme Court decision of all time.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 20:29:21 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Sarah Boden 35562 at http://iowapublicradio.org Suing for Freedom 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 Midwestern History Uncovered http://iowapublicradio.org/post/midwestern-history-uncovered <p>We get flown over, driven through, dismissed and mocked, but the history of this region is rich and important. Today on Talk of Iowa, Charity Nebbe talks with John Lauck, author of <em>The Lost Region: Toward a Revival of Midwestern History</em>, and historian Leo Landis. They talk about the history of the Midwest and why it matters.</p><p></p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 19:20:16 +0000 Charity Nebbe 34586 at http://iowapublicradio.org Midwestern History Uncovered Iowa's Place in the Midwest http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowas-place-midwest <p>What makes Iowa stand apart from the rest of the Midwest. <a href="http://www.graceland.edu/news/Graceland-Takes-the-Lead-in-Promoting-Iowa-History.cfm#.UqiuOuL43Sg">Tom Morain </a>of <a href="http://www.graceland.edu/">Graceland University </a>in Lamoni and Mike Draper of <a href="http://raygunsite.com/">Raygun</a>, the Des Moines-based satirical t-shirt company, sit down with host Charity Nebbe to discuss Iowa unique.</p><p></p> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 18:49:27 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Sarah Boden 33374 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowa's Place in the Midwest ISU President Steven Leath http://iowapublicradio.org/post/isu-president-steven-leath <div>Iowa State University&#39;s President Steven Leath joins the program to talk about how the possible federal government shutdown&nbsp;could affect public universities, and Leath answers&nbsp;your questions.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In the second half of the show: the Republican Party is conflicted over who should be their next presidential nominee. &nbsp;P</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">residential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin takes us back to another fight over the nomination that happened 100 years ago.&nbsp;</span></div><div><p></p> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 19:29:37 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Katherine Perkins 29870 at http://iowapublicradio.org ISU President Steven Leath Iowa Medicine http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowa-medicine <div>Nearly 200-thousand babies each year are born with congenital clubfoot. On this River to River<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Iowa Week continues with a look at pioneering work in medicine. &nbsp;Hear</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;about the Iowa-based </span>Ponseti<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> International Association which treats clubfoot. &nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Dr. Wed, 25 Sep 2013 13:27:04 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Ben Stanton 29617 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowa Medicine 'Old Man River' http://iowapublicradio.org/post/old-man-river <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Ever since the first person set eyes on the Mississippi River, the power of the river has helped to build and destroy settlements and cities. &nbsp;It has served as a source of life and food and a highway from north to south. &nbsp;It has also gripped imaginations, launched amazing </span>journeys<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, and inspired music, art and literature. &nbsp;Paul Schneider is one of the most recent writers to fall under the thrall of the Mississippi. Tue, 03 Sep 2013 18:58:54 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Dennis Reese 28498 at http://iowapublicradio.org 'Old Man River' Lincoln Highway Centennial Tour to Converge in Midwest http://iowapublicradio.org/post/lincoln-highway-centennial-tour-converge-midwest <p>A caravan celebrating America’s first cross-country highway will be passing through Iowa soon, with an overnight stop in Ames.</p><p>The Lincoln Highway is 100 years old, and several hundred motorists will be converging on the Midwest in two groups: one from New York City and one from San Francisco. For 460 miles, the Lincoln cuts through the center of Iowa. Today, it is a Heritage Byway; much of it is now Highway-30, but some of the earliest sections remain charming, two-lane roads.</p><p>John Mazzello is Byway Coordinator with Prairie Rivers of Iowa.</p> Mon, 27 May 2013 11:26:33 +0000 Rick Fredericksen 21417 at http://iowapublicradio.org Lincoln Highway Centennial Tour to Converge in Midwest How Watergate Shaped Our Language http://iowapublicradio.org/post/how-watergate-shaped-our-language <p></p><p>Forty years ago this month Nixon’s top White House staffers, HR Haldeman and John Ehrlichman resigned over the Watergate Scandal. &nbsp;On today's Talk of Iowa we talk about how Watergate changed our culture and our language with historian Colin Gordon and English language expert Patricia O’Connor. &nbsp;</p><p></p> Tue, 02 Apr 2013 16:40:11 +0000 Charity Nebbe 18600 at http://iowapublicradio.org How Watergate Shaped Our Language Close Elections in US History http://iowapublicradio.org/post/close-elections-us-history <p>We all remember how George Bush defeated Al Gore by 269 votes in 2000, but how about when Grover Cleveland edged out James Blaine in the election of 1884, an ugly campaign that was the beginning of modern mudslinging. In this tight election year we’ll look back at other hard won presidential elections in our history with guests Tim Walch, former director of the Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, and Cary Covington, a University of Iowa professor of political science.</p><p></p> Tue, 06 Nov 2012 17:08:13 +0000 Charity Nebbe 10340 at http://iowapublicradio.org Close Elections in US History My Farm Roots: Nan Gardiner http://iowapublicradio.org/post/my-farm-roots-nan-gardiner <p><em>This is the second installment of My Farm Roots, Harvest Public Media&rsquo;s new series chronicling Americans&rsquo; connection to the land. </em><a href="http://harvestpublicmedia.org/myfarmroots"><em>Click here </em></a><em>(</em>http://harvestpublicmedia.org/myfarmroots<em>)to explore more </em><a href="http://harvestpublicmedia.org/myfarmroots"><em>My Farm </em></a><a href="http://harvestpublicmedia.org/myfarmroots"><em>Roots</em></a><em>stories</em><em> and to share your own.</em></p><p>It&rsquo;s not every day that a trip to the drug store can change your destiny.</p> Wed, 18 Jul 2012 11:02:38 +0000 Peggy Lowe 4861 at http://iowapublicradio.org My Farm Roots: Nan Gardiner Memories of the USS Iowa http://iowapublicradio.org/post/memories-uss-iowa <p>One of the largest battleships to serve during World War II was the USS Iowa. Now the Iowa has found a place to rest, rather than rust, as a museum in the port of Los Angeles.&nbsp;&nbsp;On&nbsp;Tuesday&nbsp;she welcomed many of her seamen back home. Iowa Public Radio&rsquo;s Sandhya Dirks visited the ship to hear their stories.</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 04 Jul 2012 18:47:25 +0000 Sandhya Dirks 4223 at http://iowapublicradio.org Memories of the USS Iowa Railroad enthusiasts flocking to Iowa http://iowapublicradio.org/post/railroad-enthusiasts-flocking-iowa <p>For nine days, starting next week, Iowa will be railroad heaven for fans of old trains. Thousands of people will be climbing aboard, photographing, or just admiring the romance of an earlier time. An organization of railroad buffs is bringing its national meeting to Iowa for the first time.</p> Fri, 15 Jun 2012 12:00:21 +0000 Rick Fredericksen 3226 at http://iowapublicradio.org Railroad enthusiasts flocking to Iowa Steve Berry http://iowapublicradio.org/post/steve-berry <p><span style="color: black; font-size: 12pt;"><a href="http://www.steveberry.org/" target="_blank">Steve Berry</a> has captivated millions of readers with his best-selling novels, he is also the co-founder of History Matters, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving our heritage. Charity talks with Berry about his latest novel, The Columbus Affair and his work in historic preservation.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 29 May 2012 16:31:18 +0000 Charity Nebbe 2327 at http://iowapublicradio.org Steve Berry Titanic's Iowa Connections http://iowapublicradio.org/post/titanics-iowa-connections <p>Early next Sunday morning will mark the moment exactly 100 years ago that the magnificent steamship R.M.S. Titanic sank in the N. Thu, 12 Apr 2012 16:34:56 +0000 Charity Nebbe 82 at http://iowapublicradio.org Encore Edition: Iowa Past to Present http://iowapublicradio.org/post/encore-edition-iowa-past-present <p>If everything you know about Iowa history you learned in fifth grade, now might be a good time for a refresher course. In a program that originally aired last September, Charity speaks with historians Dorothy Schwieder, Professor Emerita of History at Iowa State University and Thomas Morain of Graceland University in Lamoni. Their book is <em>Iowa Past to Present: The People and the Prairie.</em></p> Wed, 14 Mar 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Charity Nebbe 117 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowa in the Civil War http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowa-civil-war <p>The Battle of Pea Ridge, fought in Arkansas in March of 1862, is known as the Civil War battle that secured the West. It was also the first time Iowans saw major combat. This hour we’ll remember the Battle of Pea Ridge and Iowans young and old who fought in the Civil War. Charity speaks with David V. Wendell, curator of "More Than Any: Iowa in the Civil War," a new exhibit at the Marion Heritage Center. Later, we speak with historian Floyd E. Pearce of Cumberland, about "The Graybeards," older Iowans who served in the Civil War.</p> Tue, 13 Mar 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Charity Nebbe 114 at http://iowapublicradio.org Encore Edition: The Meskwaki Tribe - Past, Present and Future http://iowapublicradio.org/post/encore-edition-meskwaki-tribe-past-present-and-future <p>The Meskwaki people, often known to outsiders as the Sac and Fox Tribe, have long been a part of Iowa history. In 1856 the Iowa Legislature passed an unprecedented act allowing the Meskwaki to purchase land in Iowa. A year later, the Tribe purchased the first 80 acres in Tama County. Today the Meskwaki Settlement is a thriving community of over 4,000 residents which maintains a tribal school and a profitable casino. In a program that originally aired last September, we look at the history of the Meskwaki people in Iowa and the challenges they face today. Mon, 20 Feb 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Charity Nebbe 97 at http://iowapublicradio.org Genealogical Research in Iowa http://iowapublicradio.org/post/genealogical-research-iowa <p>Why are you an Iowan? How did your family wind up here? What is the explanation in your family lore? If you wanted to verify the tales, how would you do it? Wednesday on Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe will speak with Theresa Liewer of the <a href="http://www.iowagenealogy.org/" target="_blank"><u><font color="#0066cc">Iowa Genealogical Society</font></u></a> and Steve Williams of <a href="http://iagenweb.org/" target="_blank"><u><font color="#0066cc">IAGenWeb.org </font></u></a>about genealogical research, the things you can learn from it and what resources are available in the state. Wed, 18 Jan 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Charity Nebbe 61 at http://iowapublicradio.org