small towns

Iowa Life
11:28 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Beating the Odds: How to Grow a Small Town

Wikimedia Commons

Time changes everything, and in Iowa, that’s glaringly apparent in many of the state’s communities with populations of less than 5,000 people. So the story goes, small towns are dying. But according to Iowa State Professor Terry Besser, that’s not exactly true. She has been monitoring Iowa’s rural communities  for more than two decades, trying to put her finger on what it is that keeps towns alive… and what contributes to the rural blight.

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Talk of Iowa
3:50 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Small Towns Spawn Big Ideas

University Press of Kansas

Many of the big ideas that have changed the world have started in small towns.  Host Charity Nebbe talks with John Miller about his new book, Small Town Dreams: Stories of Midwestern Boys Who Shaped America, we’ll talk about how the place you come from shapes who you are, how small towns have changed over the years and about some remarkable men who came from Midwestern small towns. Then, sociologist Paul Lasley talks about what it means to grow up in a small town today.

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Talk of Iowa
6:46 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

The Tenacity of a Small Town Newspaper

Greenfield’s Fourth of July watermelon run race, 1932.
K.H. Sidey Adair County Free Press

For 125 years, four generations of the Sidey family have delivered the news of Adair County.  While many small, independently owned papers perished or became parts of large conglomerates the Adair County Free Press persisted.

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Iowa History
3:30 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Centerville: A Mid American Saga

photolibrarian / flickr

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.

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Business
7:00 am
Tue April 17, 2012

Digital Upgrades Threaten Small Town Theatres

The theater in Forest City is one small town cinema that closed due to digital conversion costs.
IPR/Dean Borg

The familiar movie-opening theme is fading in many of Iowa’s small communities. Many main-street theaters, caught in a technological dilemma, are closing. But as Iowa Public Radio’s Dean Borg, reports some communities are scrambling to preserve main stret silver screens.