Rick Fredericksen

Correspondent

Rick Fredericksen is a Des Moines based correspondent for Iowa Public Radio.  He has been producing the Iowa Archives series since 2007. Rick joined Iowa Public Radio in 1995 after 13 years abroad. Prior to joining IPR, Rick worked in commercial radio and TV in Iowa and Hawaii. For 10 years, he was bureau chief for CBS News in Bangkok, Thailand, covering stories throughout Southeast Asia. He received a Peabody Award in 1989, for CBS radio coverage of the Tiananmen Square uprising in Beijing. He has also won numerous state, regional and national awards for his reporting. As a young Marine broadcaster, he covered the Vietnam War for the American Forces Vietnam Network in Saigon.

Rick attended the Department of Defense Information School in Indianapolis, and Drake University.

Rick’s favorite public radio program is River to River.

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Iowa Archives
5:00 am
Fri July 29, 2011

Butter Cow Centennial

The late sculptor Duffy Lyon in 1960.
Credit Iowa State Fair

A birthday party, a secret, and something found in most refrigerators. That combination will surely entice visitors to an iconic exhibit at the State Fair next month. Sculpting has commenced for the centennial of the butter cow. But the celebration will be tempered by the passing of the tradition's most famous artist.

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Iowa Archives
5:00 am
Sun June 26, 2011

Stepperettes

Credit Stepperettes on Facebook

Memories were flowing at a reunion of the Stepperettes, a legendary precision drill team that represented Iowa for two decades. Audio clip from 1967 sound track filmed at Veterans Auditorium in Des Moines.

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Iowa Archives
5:00 am
Fri May 27, 2011

Sullivan Brothers

Credit Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum

On Memorial Day weekend 70 years ago, a large Irish family was at home in eastern Iowa enjoying its last spring together. No one knew that the five Sullivan brothers were bound for history, in a tragedy that would shake the nation in a time of war. Historic audio from 1943-1944.

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Iowa Archives
12:00 am
Tue May 3, 2011

WACS Train at Fort Des Moines

An old recruiting poster for the WACs

A new museum exhibit is coming together that will tell the story of how gender equality came to the U.S. Army. It all started at Fort Des Moines.

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Kilimanjaro Bowl
4:00 am
Tue April 19, 2011

Kilimanjaro Bowl

Spring practice is winding down and for most college football players they’ll have to wait until autumn to face their first opponent. Not so at Drake University, where the Bulldogs will make history next month in Tanzania. Iowa Public Radio’s Rick Fredericksen has the story.

Iowa Archives
5:00 am
Mon April 11, 2011

Classical and Classic (Des Moines Symphony)

Special guest Carlos Montoya performed with the Des Moines Symphony in 1965.

The Des Moines Symphony concludes its season next month with a classical Russian program. In 1965, the season ended with something entirely different and a recording of that performance has just surfaced. “Iowa Archives” looks back at the symphony’s early years.

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Iowa Archives
5:00 am
Thu March 10, 2011

Scottish Highlanders

A nationwide search is underway for graduates of the largest pipe and drum band in the world. It is all in preparation for a reunion in Iowa City. Historic sound extends back to 1948.

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Iowa Archives
5:00 am
Mon February 28, 2011

Mental Health Flashbacks

Cherokee Mental Health Institute
Credit Cherokee Chronicle Times

It was 150 years ago this week when the “Iowa Lunatic Asylum” opened in Mount Pleasant and the state’s first mental health patient was admitted. Just about everything has changed since then, but a series of old television documentaries reveals a glimpse of the dark days of mental health care in Iowa, including frightening treatments now abandoned. Original WOI-TV documentary was filmed in 1952.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed December 29, 2010

Best of Iowa Archives

Host Rick Fredericksen dives into archival material compiled from his Iowa Archives project. Among the audio documentaries explored- the story behind the voice of George Washington Carver; the centennials of Camp Dodge; a look back at the state's worst train crash disaster and audio letters from Vietnam.

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Iowa Archives
5:00 am
Tue November 16, 2010

Salute to Vet's Auditorium

Veterans Memorial Auditorium
Credit Iowa Events Center

This is the first time we've applied our historic sound project to a building. Iowa's largest memorial to war veterans is closed for renovation. Sometimes called the "barn," it will never be the same. Historic audio clips come from Iowa Public Television, the Archives of Iowa Broadcasting and IPR. Note: Vets reopened in 2012.

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Iowa Archives
5:00 am
Tue November 9, 2010

Andy Williams (Part Two)

Credit Andy Williams Birthplace Museum

It has been 45 years since the Williams Brothers broke up. That’s when the youngest member launched his own act. Iowa Public Radio's Rick Fredericksen was in the audience recently, and concludes his profile on Iowa native Andy Williams, who passed away in 2012. (Part One is posted below) Historic audio courtesy of Iowa Public TV, Andy Williams, his birthplace museum and You Tube.

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Iowa Archives
5:00 am
Mon November 8, 2010

Andy Williams (Part One)

The Williams Brothers quartet, in Chicago.
Credit Andy Williams Birthplace Museum

It was just over 75 years ago when a young Iowa boy joined his brothers in a church choir in western Iowa. Until 2012, when Andy Williams passed away, he was one of the most productive octogenarians in entertainment. Iowa Public Radio's Rick Fredericksen traveled to Wall Lake and Branson, Missouri, for this 2-part, Iowa Archives special. Historic audio comes from Andy Williams, his birthplace museum, and You Tube.

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Iowa Archives
5:00 am
Thu September 30, 2010

Hoover Dam Turns 75

Still an engineering marvel today.
Credit US Department of Interior

It was the biggest shovel-ready, public works project of its time. 75-years ago today, a mammoth dam, named after Herbert Hoover, was dedicated on the Colorado River. It remains, perhaps, the biggest accomplishment in the former Iowan's presidency. Historic audio dates back to 1928.

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