Karen Impola

Senior Music Producer

Karen Impola is the host of Iowa Public Radio's The Folk Tree and Classical Music in the Afternoon. Karen began working at KUNI in 1990.  Before that, she hosted Folk and progressive music shows at WXPN in Philadelphia, and was a production assistant at NPR’s “Fresh Air with Terry Gross.”

Karen spent much of her childhood and adolescence holed up in her room with a record player.  She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology & Anthropology from Swarthmore College, where she also did her first radio show, at 6:00 a.m. on a ten-watt station, to an audience which numbered in the single digits.  In her spare time she chauffeurs teenagers and cans tomatoes.

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University Concert
10:35 am
Thu February 21, 2013

University Concert June 30 and July 1, 2012

The Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra and Combined Choirs of UNI, recorded live on April 25, 2012, performing Mozart's Requiem.

University Concert
10:34 am
Thu February 21, 2013

University Concert June 23 and 24, 2012

The Drake Choir and Chamber Choir, conducted by Aimee Beckmann-Collier, recorded in concert on March 13, 2012.

University Concert
10:33 am
Thu February 21, 2013

University Concert June 16 and 17, 2012

A faculty recital from trumpeter Randy Grabowski of UNI, recorded on January 24, 2012

University Concert
10:32 am
Thu February 21, 2013

University Concert June 9 and 10, 2012

Drake University Wind Symphony, conducted by Robert Meunier, with guest conductor Kenneth Kohlenberg, recorded in concert on December 2, 2011.  

University Concert
10:31 am
Thu February 21, 2013

University Concert June 2 and 3, 2012

ISU Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Jacob Harrison, with guest percussionist Matthew Coley, recorded in concert on September 23, 2011.

University Concert
10:30 am
Thu February 21, 2013

University Concert May 26 and 27, 2012

The University of Iowa Symphony Orchestra, under William LaRue Jones, performs Tchaikovsky's "Pathetique",  recorded live on  March 28, 2012.

University Concert
10:29 am
Thu February 21, 2013

University Concert May 19 and 20, 2012

The University of Iowa Symphony Orchestra, under William LaRue Jones, performs Gompper, Bristow, and Dukelsky, recorded live on February 29 and March 28, 2012.

University Concert
10:28 am
Thu February 21, 2013

University Concert May 12 and 13, 2012

The University of Iowa Symphony Orchestra, under William LaRue Jones, performs Brahms and Beethoven, recorded live on February 29, 2012.

University Concert
10:26 am
Thu February 21, 2013

University Concert May 5 and 6, 2012

Drake Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Akira Mori, recorded on March 12, 2012, featuring winners of the 2011 Concerto Competition.

University Concert
10:25 am
Thu February 21, 2013

University Concert April 28 and 29, 2012

“Crème de la Crème” benefit concert for the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, recorded May 6, 2011.

University Concert
10:24 am
Thu February 21, 2013

University Concert April 21 and 22, 2012

A flute recital by Drake professor Leslie Marrs, recorded on January 25, 2011.

University Concert
10:23 am
Thu February 21, 2013

University Concert April 14 and 15, 2012

A UNI faculty recital by horn player Yu-Ting Su, with pianist Dmitri Vorobiev, recorded on October 12, 2011.

University Concert
10:20 am
Thu February 21, 2013

University Concert April 7 and 8, 2012

For this Easter weekend, we'll hear a performance of parts II and III of Handel's Messiah, originally performed by the four choirs of ISU in May 2011.

University Concert
10:18 am
Thu February 21, 2013

University Concert March 31 and April 1, 2012

ISU's two women's choirs, Cantamus and Lyrica, both under the direction of Kathleen Rodde, recorded in concert in October 2010.

University Concert
10:17 am
Thu February 21, 2013

University Concert March 24 and 25, 2012

The Drake University Wind Symphony, recorded live on February 19, 2012.

University Concert
10:15 am
Thu February 21, 2013

University Concert March 17 and 18, 2012

The Iowa Statesmen, ISU's male choral ensemble directed by James Rodde, recorded in concert on November 7, 2010.

University Concert
9:28 am
Thu February 21, 2013

University Concert March 10 and 11, 2012

Drake University's Leanne Freeman-Miller, soprano; Michelle Havlik-Jergens, piano. in a  concert titled "Letters From the Garden: Contemporary Songs by Female Composers", recorded on August 27. 2010.

University Concert
9:27 am
Thu February 21, 2013

University Concert March 3, 2012

A faculty recital from trumpeter Randy Grabowski of UNI, recorded on January 24, 2012.

The Folk Tree
9:39 am
Mon February 18, 2013

The Folk Tree Sunday, February 17, 2013

This week's edition of The Folk Tree includes exclusive IPR live recordings of Gabriel Kahane and the Blackberry Bushes Stringband, plus music by Andrew Calhoun, Heidi Talbot, the Yonder Mountain String Band, and Doc Watson.

The Folk Tree
9:38 am
Mon February 18, 2013

The Folk Tree Sunday, February 10, 2013

This week's edition of The Folk Tree includes exclusive IPR live recordings of Mary McAdams and Crooked Still, plus music by James McCandless, Taj Mahal, and Sara Watkins.

The Folk Tree
9:37 am
Mon February 18, 2013

The Folk Tree Sunday, February 3, 2013

This week's edition of The Folk Tree includes exclusive IPR live recordings of singer-songwriter and keyboard whiz Radoslav Lorkovic and Texas band Milkdrive, plus music by Bonnie Koloc, Leftover Salmon, and Old Blind Dogs.

The Folk Tree
9:37 am
Mon February 18, 2013

The Folk Tree Sunday, January 27, 2012

This week's edition of The Folk Tree includes exclusive IPR live recordings of singer-songwriter Jeffrey Foucault and of Latin American rhythms from Los Llaneros, plus music by Talitha MacKenzie, Paul Geremia, the Greencards, and the Carolina Chocolate Drops.

The Folk Tree
9:36 am
Mon February 18, 2013

The Folk Tree Sunday, January 13, 2013

This week's edition of The Folk Tree includes exclusive IPR live recordings of fiddler April Verch and of Karen Savoca and Pete Heitzman, plus music by Carrie Elkin, Notorious, Bob Black, and Sarah McQuaid.

The Folk Tree
9:35 am
Mon February 18, 2013

The Folk Tree Sunday, December 30, 2012

Between 1:00 and 3:00 today, Karen Impola presents an exclusive IPR live recording of Irish Christmas in America, recorded last year at CSPS in Cedar Rapids, with musicians from the top-notch Irish band Teada plus one of the most talked-about vocal acts to emerge from Ireland in recent times—Lumiere, comprising the talents of Eilís Kennedy & Pauline Scanlon.

The Folk Tree
9:34 am
Mon February 18, 2013

The Folk Tree Sunday, December 23, 2012

From 1:00 - 3:00 p.m., The Folk Tree will be pre-empted by a holiday special, "A Christmas Celtic Sojourn" (details here)

From 3:00 - 5:00 p.m., it's our usual mix of folk music old and new, with a particular emphasis on holiday favorites.  Here music from Monroe Crossing, Catie Curtis, Gina Forsyth and more, plus a live recording of Beppe Gambetta.

The Folk Tree
9:33 am
Mon February 18, 2013

The Folk Tree Sunday, December 9, 2012

This week's show features exclusive Iowa Public Radio live recordings of Jim Lauderdale and Mr. Baber's Neighbors.  plus music by Debra Cowan, The Red Clay Ramblers, Bela Fleck, and The Early Mays, among others.

The Folk Tree
9:33 am
Mon February 18, 2013

The Folk Tree Sunday, December 2, 2012

This week's show features exclusive Iowa Public Radio live recordings of The Mike and Amy Finders Band and The Refugees.  plus music by Peter Mayer, The Red Clay Ramblers, Peter Ostroushko and Anna Livia among others.

The Folk Tree
9:32 am
Mon February 18, 2013

The Folk Tree Sunday, November 25, 2012

Join us for our annual post-Thanksgiving show, featuring songs of food and gratitude.  Hear live recordings of Crooked Still and John McCutcheon, plus songs by Robin and Linda Williams, Roy Book Binder, Tim Grimm and more.

The Folk Tree
9:31 am
Mon February 18, 2013

The Folk Tree Sunday, November 11, 2012

This week's show features exclusive Iowa Public Radio live recordings of Lou and Peter Berryman and The Iowa Opera House Project. We'll also hear from our  CD of the month,  Sing the Delta by Iris Dement, plus music by Dave Moore, The Pentangle, Mississippi John Hurt and Todd Burge, among others.

The Folk Tree
9:31 am
Mon February 18, 2013

The Folk Tree Sunday, November 4, 2012

This week's show features exclusive Iowa Public Radio live recordings of Chris Pureka and Finnders and Youngberg, plus music by The Stray Birds, Gina Forsyth, The Old Crow Medicine Show, and Heidi Talbot.

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