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Emily Anderson
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I either heard or read recently that, of the top two tragedies that can happen in a person’s life, the most challenging is for someone you love to die. The second? Moving.

Today, I’m recommending Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century by award-winning journalist Jessica Bruder. This compelling, eye-opening tale describes the author’s experience immersing herself into the “workamper” community, a contemporary nomadic population largely made up of transient older Americans living on the road.

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Some may believe that standing, hand over heart, for "The Star-Spangled Banner" is a profoundly patriotic gesture, but as a measure of homage to homeland it out-and-out pales in comparison to the giddy excesses America--and the world--took when going off to war a hundred years ago. 

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Some may believe that standing, hand over heart, for "The Star-Spangled Banner" is a profoundly patriotic gesture, but as a measure of homage to homeland it out-and-out pales in comparison to the giddy excesses America--and the world--took when going off to war a hundred years ago. 

Did you know last year in Iowa nearly 2000 Master Gardeners  volunteered over 119,000 hours for community garden and beautification projects.  Who are Master Gardeners? Master Gardeners come from a variety of backgrounds. They are passionate about serving their communities and sharing gardening best practices. They are individuals who have taken the Master Gardener training and share their time and expertise as volunteers in community gardens, city beautification projects, farmers markets and many other community-based horticultural efforts.

Ten O'Clock Blues 11.11.17

Nov 12, 2017

Kim Wilson sets the tone for a night of Blues and Boogie from an album that promises an entire volume of just that. The TOB follows suit with both blues AND boogie from a variety of other sources, Tab Benoit, Corey Dennison Band, Buddy Guy and many others.

Pianist Boris Slutsky is the next guest on Opus. Slutsky grew up in Russia and burst onto the scene winning every major prize at the William Kapell International Piano Competition in 1981. He is now Chair of Piano at The Peabody Conservatory and recently began teaching at Northwestern University. Gretchen Gondek had a chance to talk to Slutsky after a recent performance at the Morningside College Piano Recital Series.

Cultural Continuum 11-10-17

Nov 10, 2017

Siouxland Public Media's next Siouxland Arts Live concert will be happening at the Diving Elk on Monday, but there are scads more events too! There are several Veteran's Day exhibits and talks, among them, an exhibition at the Sioux City Art Center (with an opening reception NEXT Saturday). Plus up in Sioux County the Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra plays some B-list composers, who are actually all very good!

This week on The Exchange, we talk with Iowa Third District Senate Candidate Todd Wendt of Le Mars. Wendt retired earlier this year after 17 years as the Superintendent of the Le Mars public schools. 

At the airport this past summer, I overheard a young child ask his mother a wonderfully inquisitive question: "Why can't we just fly the plane into space? And then we can see the stars and the moon, right?" The Mother, to her credit, gave a correct although short answer: "Planes aren't built for that, honey."

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