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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Arts and Culture
11:00 pm
Wed July 14, 2010

American Dream Machine

Despite the sluggish auto economy, sales never did slow down for an exclusive Iowa car dealership. In fact, the company has attracted some of the nation's biggest celebrities. Iowa Public Radio's Rick Fredericksen reports from American Dream Machines.

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Arts and Culture
11:00 pm
Mon July 5, 2010

Economy Impacts Family Pets

Iowans hit hard by the economy are losing more than their jobs or their houses. In many cases, they face losing their pets. Iowa Public Radio's Rick Fredericksen begins his story in southern Iowa.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon June 21, 2010

Best of Iowa Archives III

In a special edition of Talk of Iowa, more highlights from our award-winning historic sound project. It's an audio museum on the air with Iowa Public Radio's Rick Fredericksen. Among the destinations, Clear Lake where three rock and roll pioneers died in a tragic plane crash, plus the birth places of baseball great Bob Feller and actor George Reeves.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue June 15, 2010

Best of Iowa Archives Part II

In a special edition of Talk of Iowa, more highlights from our award-winning historic sound project. It's an audio museum on the air with Iowa Public Radio's Rick Fredericksen. Among the destinations, an antique roller rink, the site of a nuclear explosion and the Amana Colonies.

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Iowa Archives
11:00 pm
Thu May 27, 2010

Winterset Remembers "The Alamo"

The 1960 movie is still widely available.
Credit John Wayne Birthplace Museum

They're remembering the Alamo this weekend in Madison County. Specifically, the epic film that was the first movie ever directed by John Wayne. Iowa Public Radio's Rick Fredericksen reports from the actor's home town of Winterset.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue May 25, 2010

Best of Iowa Archives, Part One

The original program in the series of Best of Iowa Archives. In Part One, Rick Fredericksen presents a collection of his features crafted with historic sound from Iowa's past, this hour with the voices of Nan Wood, Karl King, John Wayne and others.

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Iowa Archives
5:00 am
Mon May 24, 2010

Buffalo Bill Speaks

William Cody, better known as Buffalo Bill, was an early Pony Express rider.

Long before email, and even the Postal Service, the fastest way to get a letter from point-A to point-B, was on horseback. This is the 150th anniversary of the Pony Express, and an Iowan was one of these early mail carriers. Iowa Public Radio's Rick Fredericksen profiles the man, who would later become an icon of the Wild West. Historic audio clips go back to 1914.

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Iowa Archives
5:00 am
Fri April 30, 2010

Audio Letters from Vietnam

Flares light up the night on the outskirts of Saigon, 1969.
Rick Fredericksen

An Iowa soldier took along a small tape recorder for his tour of duty in Vietnam and sent tapes home to his family in Burlington. We witness the Vietnam War through the voice recordings of Lt. Robert McKnight. John Pemble provided technical assistance. The 1968 recordings are held by the State Historical Society of Iowa.

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Iowa Archives
5:00 am
Tue April 6, 2010

The Voice of George Washington Carver

George Washington Carver

An author researching the life of famous agricultural scientist George Washington Carver has compiled a rare collection of his recordings. For a man who was educated in Iowa and contributed so much to mankind, Carver’s unusual voice was just as prominent as his vocation. Our oldest recording is about 1938.

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Iowa Archives
5:00 am
Mon March 15, 2010

Iowa's Worst Train Crash

Passenger cars telescoped together near Green Mountain in 1910.
Credit Marshall County Historical Society

Railroad historians and several communities are remembering a grim anniversary; the worst train crash in Iowa history occurred 100 years ago on March 21st, 1910. More than 100 passengers were killed or injured. The story includes an original telegraph recording from the 1930s.

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Iowa Archives
11:00 pm
Wed February 10, 2010

A Man and a Truck

1918 Liberty Truck
Credit Gold Star Museum

Camp Dodge has one of the last, operating, Liberty trucks in the country. One story linked to the rare vehicle details one of the Iowa National Guard’s most difficult missions, enforcing martial law. Note: The new Gold Star Museum is now open for visitors.

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Iowa Archives
5:00 am
Sat January 30, 2010

Frankie Sardo, Last Interview

The Surf Ballroom is holding its Winter Dance Party next week in Clear Lake. Among the rock and roll legends scheduled to attend is the man who performed the opening act at the tragic Winter Dance Party in 1959. This will be his first trip back.

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Jew's Harp Tribute
11:00 pm
Mon December 28, 2009

Jew's Harp Tribute

Only a few dozen people were there for an astonishing concert this month at Iowa Wesleyan College. It featured one of the oldest musical instruments known to mankind, played by some of the best musicians in the world. We join Iowa Public Radio’s Rick Fredericksen on a Radio Field Trip to Mount Pleasant.

Doodle Bug Reunion
11:00 pm
Wed October 14, 2009

Doodle Bug Reunion

They can get 100 miles to the gallon but are against the law on most streets and highways. They are called "Doodle Bugs," small scooters that have their origin in Webster City. Iowa Public Radio’s Rick Fredericksen takes us on a Radio Field Trip to the annual Doodle Bug Reunion.

Iowa Archives
5:00 am
Mon October 5, 2009

Norman Borlaug, 1914 to 2009

He is one of Iowa’s most famous native sons. Norman Borlaug is credited with averting widespread famine by introducing revolutionary agricultural techniques to farmers around the world. He was a distinguished professor at Texas A&M when he died at the age of 95. Historic audio comes from You Tube, Texas A&M and Iowa Public Radio News.

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Iowa Archives
5:00 am
Wed September 30, 2009

Reflections on a Papal Visit

This weekend, Iowans are remembering the visit of Pope John Paul the Second during his first year as leader of the Catholic Church. It was 30 years ago when the Pope stopped at a country parish near Cumming. Later, Living History Farms was overwhelmed by more than 300,000 people who attended a Papal Mass. Original audio from the historic occasion was recorded on Oct. 4th, 1979.

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Iowa Archives
5:00 am
Tue August 25, 2009

Remembering Khrushchev in Iowa (Part Two)

1959 photo shows Roswell Garst with Khrushchev and their wives.

The conclusion of our series marking the 50th anniversary of Nikita Khrushchev's visit to Iowa. (Part One is posted below) Additional historic audio comes from a Walter Cronkite documentary from CBS News.

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Iowa Archives
5:00 am
Mon August 24, 2009

Remembering Khruschev in Iowa (Part One)

The Soviet premier with young Harry Bookey in 1959.

Fifty years after Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev visited the United States, we re-live the historic two day visit to Iowa with original audio. Recordings are from the ISU Library, University Archives, Jack Shelley's papers, and You Tube.

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Amish in Lamoni
11:00 pm
Mon July 20, 2009

Amish in Lamoni

Since the last census was taken, hundreds of new citizens have moved into the countryside around Lamoni, in southern Iowa. They are not Hispanic immigrants, but rather they come from German stock. Iowa Public Radio's Rick Fredericksen reports on the state's newest enclave of Amish residents.

Lenox College Sequicentennial
11:00 pm
Mon July 13, 2009

Lenox College Sequicentennial

It is the season for class reunions across Iowa. A dwindling number of former students gathered in Hopkinton recently to re-live their college days at a school that closed 65-years ago. Iowa Public Radio's Rick Fredericksen reports on the sesquicentennial of Lenox College.

Iowa Archives
11:00 pm
Tue June 16, 2009

Fortnightly Club

Fortnightly Club officers in 1934.
Credit Fortnightly Club

Most of us listen to music on radio, CDs, iPods or smart phones. For one special audience, a club in central Iowa still performs live music, just as it has for a hundred years. Historic audio recorded in 1973 by Winifred Kelly.

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Iowa Archives
5:00 am
Fri May 29, 2009

Flying Fortress Museum

The Liberty Belle museum in Des Moines.
Khun Ohm

She is named Liberty Belle, a proud B-17 bomber that was built in 1945. The aircraft brings back memories, good and bad, for the veterans who flew them. More than 40,000 men went down in B-17s. Iowa Public Radio strapped in for a ride, in this look back at the Flying Fortress. Historic newsreels are from You Tube, circa 1944. Note: Two years after we did this story, The Liberty Belle was destroyed when she made an emergency landing and burned in a cornfield near Chicago.

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Singing Doctors of DMU
11:00 pm
Thu May 21, 2009

Singing Doctors of DMU

A new choir recently made its debut before one of the most critical audiences imaginable, at a ceremony to commemorate Iowans who donated their bodies for medical study. Iowa Public Radio's Rick Fredericksen produced this report from Des Moines University.

Iowa Archives
5:00 am
Mon May 18, 2009

Camp Dodge Centennial

Barracks at Camp Dodge
Credit Gold Star Museum

For its 100th birthday, we present oral histories from the people who worked and lived at Iowa’s largest military training facility near Des Moines. The recordings are held at the Gold Star Museum.

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