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Siouxland Public Media Interviews and Features

Weekday mornings at 7:50
  • Hosted by Steve Smith, Mark Munger, Ally Karsyn, and Mary Hartnett

We talk with the people in our community who are making art, news, music, and more. 

Iowa Lawmakers Approve Collective Bargaining Bill

Feb 16, 2017

Iowa lawmakers have approved a controversial measure that will severely limit collective bargaining for public workers.  Siouxland Public Media’s Mary Hartnett has more.

House File 291 passed on a party line vote of 53-to-47.  Once the bill had passed, several watching the proceedings shouted with anger after a failed attempt stop the chamber from going into recess.

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Ultra Violet
Ally Karsyn

Meet Ultra Violet.

Angie Lambrecht–on vocals, acoustic guitar and feet percussion–is a full-time musician who performs and teaches lessons. Randall Wood–on keyboard–is a night-time emergency room doctor and runs a small business, called Azapaza, selling imported products from India, with his wife. Shawn Blomberg–on the bass guitar and sometimes ukulele–is a massage therapist. And Adrian Kolbo–on the electric guitar–is an event producer for the City of Sioux City.

Together, they are Ultra Violet.

The House Ends Debate on Collective Bargaining Bill

Feb 16, 2017

The Iowa House has set a time to end debate on a bill that would drastically reduce how public sector employees bargain over working conditions.  Republican House Majority Leader Chris Hagenow made a motion this morning to end floor debate at noon, and it was approved by Republicans.  After debate that has stretched over three days, the House will vote on the bill Thursday afternoon after some procedural moves.  The Senate is working on a similar deadline.

The House Ends Debate on Collective Bargaining Bill

Feb 16, 2017

The Iowa House has set a time to end debate on a bill that would drastically reduce how public sector employees bargain over working conditions.  Republican House Majority Leader Chris Hagenow made a motion this morning to end floor debate at noon, and it was approved by Republicans.  After debate that has stretched over three days, the House will vote on the bill Thursday afternoon after some procedural moves.  The Senate is working on a similar deadline.

The House Ends Debate on Collective Bargaining Bill

Feb 16, 2017

The Iowa House has set a time to end debate on a bill that would drastically reduce how public sector employees bargain over working conditions.  Republican House Majority Leader Chris Hagenow made a motion this morning to end floor debate at noon, and it was approved by Republicans.  After debate that has stretched over three days, the House will vote on the bill Thursday afternoon after some procedural moves.  The Senate is working on a similar deadline.

At age 92, our great uncle Howard Horii has many stories to tell, but one of the most compelling is his story of the Japanese- American internment camps during WWII.  Because of their Japanese-American heritage, after the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, many Americans viewed the Japanese, even those born in this country, with suspicion, and thousands were taken to prison camps to remain for the duration of the war. Howard’s family was in a camp at the Gila River Relocation Center in Arizona and while they tried to make it seem normal, they did feel like prisoners.

Saying What Can't Be Said: Modifying Love

Feb 13, 2017

When Sven Johnson, his wife and two children, left their native Norway, they spent the next eight weeks crossing the choleric Atlantic in a sailboat. Impossible to imagine.

A brother lived here in this new land, 100 miles from a place called Omaha, where that brother promised to meet Sven and his family, and did, although a couple days later than he'd said. If the Johnsons worried for a couple of homeless days, Sven doesn't mention it in his pioneer memoir.

A Conversation with Your Muslim Neighbor

Feb 9, 2017

More than 200 people showed up last night at the Sioux City Public Museum for the Conversation with a Muslim Neighbor gathering.  The venue had to be changed from a smaller site because so many people signed up. 

Siouxland Public Media’s Mary Hartnett has this report.

The event is a part of the Sioux City Human Rights Commission’s new on-going series, “Who Are the People in Our Neighborhood.” Two muslim doctors answered questions from the crowd about religion, the current immigration ban, terrorism and the role of women in Islam. 

Karen Sowienski, Darling of LAMB Theatre

Feb 7, 2017

Little did Karen Sowienski realize, more than 60 years ago, that she would become the “genius” of the costume department at LAMB Theatre in Sioux City.  But with all of her travels and all of her interests, she came back to the city where she started.

The story goes that a man named John H. MacColl suffered mountain fever after coming west to Nebraska for, of all things, his health. Wasn't just a setback either; inside of a day or two MacColl was unable to move from the waist down.

Somehow, he made it to Fort McPherson, forty miles away, to visit the post surgeon, who, after a long visit and checkup, simply told Mr. MacColl that there was nothing he could do. 

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