Karen Impola

Studio One and Classical Music Host

Karen Impola is the host of Iowa Public Radio's The Folk Tree and University Concert. 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.

Ways to Connect

This week's show features exclusive Iowa Public Radio live recordings of Lou and Peter Berryman and Jim Lauderdale. We'll also hear from our CD of the month, The Poison Glen by Altan, plus music by Mary Chapin Carpenter, The Steel Wheels, and Tim Grimm.

A special day-after-St.-Patricks's-Day celebration!  We'll be airing a concert by the band Danu, recorded live in Ames earlier this month, plus other music on Irish and Irish-American themes.  Danu's concert will be broadcast in its entirety beginning at about 2:00 p.m.