Josiah Bushnell Grinnell was a congressman, a minister, the founder of Grinnell College and a radical. Today on Talk of Iowa, Charity Nebbe talks with a group of students at Grinnell College, who spent the semester exploring the life and beliefs of JB Grinnell. She will talk with them about what they uncovered on the life, works, and legacy of a complicated man.
Recently Ames was ranked as the second best college town in the US by the American Institute of Economic Research's 2013 College Destination Index. Iowa City came in close behind at fourth place. What goes into making a great college town? On "River to River" we talk about the attributes and special challenges of these communities.
A town that is home to a college or university is always changing. There are always new students, new faculty, new staff, and the population ebbs and flows from semester to semester. On today's "Talk of Iowa" we continue our summer series on Iowa towns and cities with a look at college towns. The pros, the cons, the economics and the history.
A tornado devastated Parkersburg in 2008, fire gutted Grinnell in 1889, and in the 1980s Bell Plaine was laid low by the farm crisis. When disaster strikes, the repercussions can be felt for decades to come. We continue our series on Iowa towns, with communities that have been shaped by disaster.
A young composer who is seen by many as an up-and-coming talent will soon have his new piece performed on the East Coast. His work was written for and premiered this spring by the Grinnell College choir. It combines the unlikely pairing of Irish poetry about Iowa with biblical passages about an apocalypse sung in Arabic.