When Professor Dorothy Marcic was asked to give a talk about how women have been portrayed in song lyrics over the course of the 21st century, she was shocked to find that nobody had really look into it, so she did.
“What I found was that the songs that resonated on Top 40 charts, have shadowed the women’s empowerment movement. Songs start out being very co-dependent, like in Little Peggy March’s ‘I Will Follow Him’ and end up being very empowering. Take ‘I Will Survive’ by Gloria Gaynor," she explains.
In the early 20th Century entertainment could be hard to come by and a great deal of excitement greeted troops of traveling actors when they arrived in small Iowa towns. As radio, movies and later television became popular, most of these troops disappeared.
The play "Farmscape" gives us a glimpse into many different aspects of the changing rural environment. Talk of Iowa talks with Mary Swander who wrote "Farmscape" along with a class of MFA students from Iowa State University. And we’ll meet the man, Duncan Sheik, who wrote the music for the Broadway musical "Spring Awakening" and find out about the University of Iowa's production.
For those of us who haven't served in the military, it's hard to imagine what it must be like. A new theatrical performance called, "Telling: Des Moines" gives Iowa veterans and change for them to share their stories and gives the audience and opportunity to understand the experience.
Charity talks with Peggy Chong, who has spent the past twenty years researching the history of the Blind. Her recent article Blind Iowan Pioneers Succeed looks at the story of Lillian Blanche Fearing, a blind Iowan who grew up to be one of the very first woman lawyers in the country. Later, a conversation with playwright Sean Christopher Lewis who brings his creation, Mayberry, to Iowa City. The play explores the impact of the Johnson County town's increasing African American population and how a lily white community engages in true discourse about its diversity.
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.
"Walking the Wire", Riverside Theatre’s annual festival of original work from playwrights across North America, will bring to the stage a wide variety of potentially implausible scenarios as part of this year’s theme, "This Will Never Work." Today, we'll hear from three actors in the Iowa City theatre's Annual Monologue Festival. Later, Charity speaks with Lynne Rossetto Kasper, host of "The Splendid Table," about America's changing relationship with food. She'll tell us what she does to make cooking dinner less of a chore and more of a pleasure.