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Doodle Bug Reunion
11:00 pm
Wed October 14, 2009

Doodle Bug Reunion

They can get 100 miles to the gallon but are against the law on most streets and highways. They are called "Doodle Bugs," small scooters that have their origin in Webster City. Iowa Public Radio’s Rick Fredericksen takes us on a Radio Field Trip to the annual Doodle Bug Reunion.

Iowa Archives
5:00 am
Mon October 5, 2009

Norman Borlaug, 1914 to 2009

He is one of Iowa’s most famous native sons. Norman Borlaug is credited with averting widespread famine by introducing revolutionary agricultural techniques to farmers around the world. He was a distinguished professor at Texas A&M when he died at the age of 95. Historic audio comes from You Tube, Texas A&M and Iowa Public Radio News.

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Iowa Archives
5:00 am
Wed September 30, 2009

Reflections on a Papal Visit

This weekend, Iowans are remembering the visit of Pope John Paul the Second during his first year as leader of the Catholic Church. It was 30 years ago when the Pope stopped at a country parish near Cumming. Later, Living History Farms was overwhelmed by more than 300,000 people who attended a Papal Mass. Original audio from the historic occasion was recorded on Oct. 4th, 1979.

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Iowa Archives
5:00 am
Tue August 25, 2009

Remembering Khrushchev in Iowa (Part Two)

1959 photo shows Roswell Garst with Khrushchev and their wives.

The conclusion of our series marking the 50th anniversary of Nikita Khrushchev's visit to Iowa. (Part One is posted below) Additional historic audio comes from a Walter Cronkite documentary from CBS News.

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Iowa Archives
5:00 am
Mon August 24, 2009

Remembering Khruschev in Iowa (Part One)

The Soviet premier with young Harry Bookey in 1959.

Fifty years after Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev visited the United States, we re-live the historic two day visit to Iowa with original audio. Recordings are from the ISU Library, University Archives, Jack Shelley's papers, and You Tube.

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Amish in Lamoni
11:00 pm
Mon July 20, 2009

Amish in Lamoni

Since the last census was taken, hundreds of new citizens have moved into the countryside around Lamoni, in southern Iowa. They are not Hispanic immigrants, but rather they come from German stock. Iowa Public Radio's Rick Fredericksen reports on the state's newest enclave of Amish residents.

Lenox College Sequicentennial
11:00 pm
Mon July 13, 2009

Lenox College Sequicentennial

It is the season for class reunions across Iowa. A dwindling number of former students gathered in Hopkinton recently to re-live their college days at a school that closed 65-years ago. Iowa Public Radio's Rick Fredericksen reports on the sesquicentennial of Lenox College.

Iowa Archives
11:00 pm
Tue June 16, 2009

Fortnightly Club

Fortnightly Club officers in 1934.
Credit Fortnightly Club

Most of us listen to music on radio, CDs, iPods or smart phones. For one special audience, a club in central Iowa still performs live music, just as it has for a hundred years. Historic audio recorded in 1973 by Winifred Kelly.

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Iowa Archives
5:00 am
Fri May 29, 2009

Flying Fortress Museum

The Liberty Belle museum in Des Moines.
Khun Ohm

She is named Liberty Belle, a proud B-17 bomber that was built in 1945. The aircraft brings back memories, good and bad, for the veterans who flew them. More than 40,000 men went down in B-17s. Iowa Public Radio strapped in for a ride, in this look back at the Flying Fortress. Historic newsreels are from You Tube, circa 1944. Note: Two years after we did this story, The Liberty Belle was destroyed when she made an emergency landing and burned in a cornfield near Chicago.

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Singing Doctors of DMU
11:00 pm
Thu May 21, 2009

Singing Doctors of DMU

A new choir recently made its debut before one of the most critical audiences imaginable, at a ceremony to commemorate Iowans who donated their bodies for medical study. Iowa Public Radio's Rick Fredericksen produced this report from Des Moines University.

Iowa Archives
5:00 am
Mon May 18, 2009

Camp Dodge Centennial

Barracks at Camp Dodge
Credit Gold Star Museum

For its 100th birthday, we present oral histories from the people who worked and lived at Iowa’s largest military training facility near Des Moines. The recordings are held at the Gold Star Museum.

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Iowa Archives
5:00 am
Fri May 8, 2009

The 1918 Flu Pandemic

Flu quarantine, 1918

As medical authorities closely monitor the world’s newest flu virus, memories are still vivid from the deadly strain that swept the country long ago. We look back at the pandemic of 1918, through the voices of Iowans who survived the calamity. The oral history interviews were recorded around Iowa between 1977 and 1995. Thanks to the Gold Star Museum at Camp Dodge.

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Iowa Archives
5:00 am
Fri April 10, 2009

Big Band Museum

Credit Glenn Miller Birthplace Museum

A museum, opened in 2010, commemorates musical legend Glenn Miller at his birthplace in Clarinda. We visited the birthplace prior to the new museum's groundbreaking ceremony. Our story features historic audio from the Big Band era, recorded around the U.S. and in England. Courtesy of Cary Hahn and Marvin Negley, the sound clips date from 1939 to 1944.

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Early Grant Wood
11:00 pm
Tue March 24, 2009

Early Grant Wood

This coming Sunday is the final chance to see 'American Gothic' at the Des Moines Art Center. Meanwhile, just down the road, some of Grant Wood's early paintings are being discovered at a most unlikely place. Iowa Public Radio's Rick Fredericksen takes us on a Radio Field Trip to Dunn's Funeral Home.

Iowa Archives
5:00 am
Thu March 12, 2009

78s Galore

Credit www.claxtonola.com


An Iowa City man who has been collecting 78 rpm recordings most of his life, is now at 7,000 and counting. His phonograph collection is equally impressive. We sample the recordings from the record vault of Dan Daly. Sounds from early to mid 1900s, recorded across America.

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Boy Wonder
11:00 pm
Thu February 19, 2009

Boy Wonder

At just 16-years old, Harrison Barnes is already 6-feet 7-inches tall and weighs 205 pounds. The Ames High School junior is also one of the nation's top basketball prospects. Barnes is a player to watch in the State Basketball Tournament.

Iowa Archives
11:00 pm
Sun February 15, 2009

Lost Home Recordings

A trip to a garage sale leads to a mysterious batch of old private recordings. The plastic, metal and vinyl records are in terrible condition, but we were able to piece together a partial story of lost voices. The recordings were found in a box of cowboy folklore music at a garage sale in Ames. Sounds from circa 1940s, recorded at unknown locations.

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Iowa Archives
5:00 am
Fri January 30, 2009

Fifty Winters Later (Part Two)

The massive dance floor at the Surf
Credit Surf Ballroom

We conclude our series from the Surf Ballroom and the corn field where Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, The Big Bopper and pilot Roger Peterson were killed in a plane crash in 1959. Sounds from the late '50s in California, New York, and unknown recording studios. Historic audio is from YouTube. (Part One is posted below)

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Iowa Archives
11:00 pm
Wed January 28, 2009

Fifty Winters Later (Part One)

Iconic glasses like those worn by rocker Buddy Holly

It was 50 winters ago when the fledgling rock and roll world was stunned by the deaths of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper. We remember their last live performance at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake. Sounds from the late '50s in New York, Denver and unknown studios. Historic audio is from YouTube.

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Iowa Archives
5:00 am
Mon January 5, 2009

Superman's House Doomed

The birthplace of George Reeves in Woolstock
Veronica Guyader

The Woolstock home where actor George Reeves was born has reached the point of no return. The owners plan to raze the building. We present the highlights of this legendary Iowan's career. Recordings from You Tube and a private collector. Sounds from 1939 to the 1950s, in California. Note: The birthplace house was torn down in 2011.

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