Iowa Public Radio listeners share their memories of the death of President John F. Kennedy on the 50th anniversary of his assassination.Â Also historian Tom Schwartz of the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum joins the conversation to share his own reflections of the event and to discuss the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address.
In war or in peace, thousands of Iowans have served in the armed forces.Â With both archival audio and original interviews, "In Uniform" honors and remembers Iowa veterans who sacrificed and served the country since the Civil War all the way up to the War on Terror.
The crisis in Syria has been in the headlines for weeks, but the roots of the two-year-long conflict can be traced back decades. Today host Ben Kieffer gets an in-depth understanding of how history of the region brought Syria to the point of civil war, how terrorism figures in and the conflict's potential outcomes.
In this encore edition of River to River, listen back to host Ben Kieffer'sÂ tour of the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum with its Director Tom Schwartz. Â Schwartz talks about the role of presidential museums and libraries in light of the recent opening of the George W. Bush Library in Dallas. Â Schwartz also discusses President Hoover himself and the museumâ€™s exhibit that commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Â Itâ€™s called Iowans and the Civil War: The Western Theater.
Host Ben KiefferÂ takes a tour of the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum with its Director Tom Schwartz. Â He talks about the role of presidential museums and libraries in light of the recent opening of the George W. Bush Library in Dallas. Â Schwartz also discusses President Hoover himself and the museumâ€™s exhibit that commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Â Itâ€™s called Iowans and the Civil War: The Western Theater. Â The exhibit includes a Civil War field hospital, and signed copies of the Emancipation Proclamation and the Thirteenth Amendment.Â
In 1862 Private Silas W. Haven marched off to fight in the Civil War.Â He left behind his wife and three small children for four long years.Â During that time he wrote nearly 200 letters home. Those letters have now been published in the new book, â€śA Punishment on the Nation: An Iowa Soldier Endures the Civil War.â€ťÂ Iâ€™ll talk with editor Brian Miller.
Thanksgiving traditions may reach back to the Pilgrims, but Thanksgiving didnâ€™t become an official holiday until 1863.Â On today's Talk of Iowa, we explore the history of Thanksgiving.Â We find out how the holiday was celebrated during the Civil War, how Iowans made it their own and, of course, weâ€™ll talk about food!Â
More than six hundred thousand men died during the Civil War andÂ twice as many men died of disease than of gunshot wounds. Charity talks with Dr. Kendall Reed from Des Moines University medical practices during the war and how the period led to numerous medical advancements.Â Later, Lester Menke,Â Â author of Â â€śWhen Apples Had No Wormsâ€ť, shares his stories fromÂ growing up in the 1920s and 30s.