In Iowa, many of us are proud of our progressive history, but that doesn't mean we don't have skeletons in our closets, and even some Ku Klux Klan robes in the attic.Â After World War I, life in Iowa changed dramatically, and a lot of people didn't like it.Â That disorientation opened the door to the Ku Klux Klan.Â Host Charity Nebbe talks with two historians from Mason City about the history of the Klan in Iowa.Â We heard from numerous listeners whose families had direct experience with the KKK, including Larry in Des Moines.Â Charity talked with Larry after the show, and he shared this st
Hundreds of Olympic gold medalists have competed at the Drake Relays, but the event isnâ€™t just for the track and field elite; itâ€™s also a career highlight for many high school athletes.
Today on Talk of Iowa, 105 years of the Drake Relays. Host Charity Nebbe talks with Relays Director Brian Brown and Pulitzer Prize Winning photographer David Peterson. Also, Knoxville's Randy Wilson joins to remember his record winning 800 meter race - a record that still stands today.
The Drake Relays - history, highlights, and what it means to Iowa.
The City of Dubuque has reached an informal agreement with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, over allegations the city discriminated against African Americans applying for housing assistance. The city has denied the HUDâ€™s claims.
On this River to River program, host Ben KiefferÂ talks with NPR host and special correspondent MicheleÂ Norris who will discuss her Race Card Project and how it has become much broader in scope since she launched it. Norris will be speaking Wednesday at Coe College.
Then, a conversation with award-winning broadcast journalist Soledad Oâ€™Brien about race and identity as reflected in the media.Â Her parents had to leave Maryland in 1958 to get married due to that stateâ€™s laws against interracial marriage.
Once a prominent stop on the Underground Railroad and later the seat of the Ku Klux Klan in Iowa, Centerville is a small town with a rich history. Today on Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe talks with historian Enfys McMurry, author of Centerville: A Mid American Saga. They explore the ups and downs of this remarkable town.
Today on River to River, host Ben Kieffer speaks with two guests. First, he sits down with stef shuster, a Ph.D. candidate who specializes in medical sociology and gender. As part of the University of Iowaâ€™s annual MLK Celebration of Human Rights, stef is giving a talk on â€śBuilding Positive Care Relationships Between Health Care Workers and Transgender Patients.â€ť
Iowa is becoming more diverse.Â When cultures come together, there are often challenges, but there are also tremendous rewards.Â Host Charity Nebbe finds out what some Iowa organizations are doing to explore and celebrate the diversity throughout the state.
One day in 1968, the day after the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. was murdered, Jane Elliott, a teacher in the small town of Riceville, divided her third-grade class into blue-eyed and brown-eyed groupsâ€¦and gave them a lesson in discrimination.Â
President Obama is expected to highlight the Reverend Martin Luther King Juniorâ€™s economic agenda as he marks the fiftieth anniversary of the March on Washington. Today on River to River, Ben Kieffer hosts a discussion on how the President can successfully talk about race and class.
And, action against Syria for the use of chemical weapons seems more and more likely. We talk about the options with listeners and guests, Tim Hagle, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Iowa, and Wayne Moyer, Rosenfield Professor of Political Science at Grinnell College.
Thursday, August 28, marks the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington.Â Host Ben Kieffer looks back on this historic day with Rev. Milton Cole-Duvall who attended the March when he was a 19-year-old college student and former Iowa state Rep. Wayne Ford who was an 11-year-old boy living in Washington, D.C.
In this archive edition of Talk of Iowa, hear about the legacy of Maria Pearson and her contributions to the Native American repatriation movement. While Pearson was not directly involved with the writing of â€‹the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act Â (NAGPRA), her work in Iowa and around the country was a catalyst for the passage of the law.Â
Marshalltown-native Toby Huss, plays the part of baseball scout Clyde Sukeforth in the new movie â€ś42â€ť â€“ a film about baseball legend Jackie Robinson, the Major Leaguesâ€™ first black player in the modern era. Host Ben Kieffer talks with actor Toby Huss about his role, working with Harrison Ford in the film, and racism in the 1940â€™s.
We've been hearing about some of the challenges with diversity in the Iowa City School District. There are other districts in Iowa with diversity policies, some of them much smaller.Â Two and a half hours from Iowa City is the town ofÂ Postville. Â
Postville made national news five years ago when the federal governmentÂ raided the town's Hasidic owned meat packing plant and hundreds of undocumented workers were arrested.
Parents crowd the room to discuss Iowa City's new diversity policy. There was a notable lack of minority faces in the room-- Henry Harper says he came in order to represent and report back to many in the African American community.
Yesterday we heard how the public outcry over the Iowa City School District Diversity policy continues to fuel a bitter debate in Iowa City. Like much of Iowa, Iowa City is facing a changing population and with that has comes a widening achievement gap. In the second part of a series about diversity in Iowa schools, reporter Sandhya Dirks takes a closer look at balancing school integration with divided neighborhoods and a new influx of residents.Â
Millions of readers were captivated by the relationships between African American maids and the white families they served in the novel, The Help. Now a new book tells the true stories of people who lived that reality. Host Charity Nebbe talks with the authors and some of the people featured in the book, The Maid Narratives: Black Domestics and White Families in the Jim Crow South.
Asian-American civil rights activist Grace Lee Boggs has traveled from her home in Detroit to
speak at Grinnell College as part of the campus celebration of Martin Luther King's birthday. She tells Iowa Public Radio's Pat Blank, she wasn't a fan of the idea when it was first proposed.Â At 97, Boggs continues to be active with a program known as Detroit Summer.Â It's a project that's been underway for several years involving the city's young people withÂ activities such as gardening and renovating inner city buildings.
If you've new to the Iowa Archives project, thisÂ special broadcast is the bestÂ link to click; featuring more than 100 years of music with connections to Iowa. We've reached into our collection of historic sound treasures for old radio clips, rare recordings and cherished interviews. You will be astonished at the depth of Iowa's contributions to music, from composers, to vocalists and even places that have become music landmarks. It is like a variety show for the ages, with performances byÂ Glenn Miller, Andy Williams, SupermanÂ and much more.Â Highly recommended!
In 1971, a highway crew uncovered the bones of 28 people: Twenty-six were Caucasian. These remains were moved and reburied. Two were Native American. Their bones were sent to the Office of the State Archeologist.
In India, motorized rickshaws serve as taxis for short trips. In America, these vehicles are rare but over the weekend you could see them in Iowa albeit for a different purpose. A Des Moines businessman organized a rickshaw race, called â€śTuk Tuk Gooseâ€ť.
David Bartemis, a cancer survivor journeyed to climb Africa's highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro with the group â€śAbove and Beyond Cancer.â€ť Bartemis wrote about his experience with the 19 other cancer survivors 21 caregivers in the book, We Call Her Kili.
Talk of Iowa will also speak with cyclists of the Race Across America, an ultra marathon bicycle race across the United States, who hope to raise money for cancer research.
Michelle Obama, Gabby Douglas, and Alice Walker are justÂ three women who are reshaping the images of black women in America. Host Charity Nebbe talks with Grinnell College Associate Professor and author Lakesia Johnson about how black women have changed history and defied prejudice.Â Johnson explores the subject in her book "Iconic: Decoding Images of the Revolutionary Black Woman".
In the Iowa Statehouse, and in statehouses across the nation, representatives are finding themselves separatedâ€”not by party lines, but by whether they come from an urban or rural district.Â This weekend, the first national Urban Ag Academy was held in Des Moines. The goal? To look at that divide and to give a voice to minority farmers.
In the Iowa Statehouse, and in statehouses across the nation, representatives are finding themselves separatedâ€”not by party lines, but by whether they come from an urban or rural district.Â This weekend, the first Urban Ag Academy was held in Des Moines. The goal? To look at that divide and to give a voice to minority farmers. More than sixty state representatives from across the country came together to in an effort to help bridge the divide between city and country.Â