Siouxland Public Media Interviews and Features

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  • 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. 

Sam Clovis Working for Trump Administration

Jan 20, 2017

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An Siouxland political adviser to President Donald Trump now has a job in the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  Siouxland Public Media’s Mary Hartnett has this report.


SD Chief Justice Mental Evaluations

South Dakota’s Supreme Court Chief Justice is urging lawmakers to ease regulations on who can perform mental health evaluations.  Siouxland Public Media’s Mary Hartnett has this report.


Bike Safety Bill

Jan 19, 2017

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A bike safety bill that would have required riders to add a back light to their bicycles has stalled in the state senate.  Siouxland Public Media’s Mary Hartnett has more.



Ben Pratt
Ally Karsyn



If art only exists in a private studio and no one sees it, does it still make a sound?

More often than not, art is created alone. Ben Pratt, a 30-year-old drafter and painter from Sioux City, works in solitude and silence with the exception of the occasional audiobook.

“Very few people see my stuff on a regular basis.”

The Children's Blizzard

Jan 17, 2017
Jeanne Reynal

A January thaw is what all of us look forward to right now, a breath of warmth that reopens our hope that someday soon April will return. Two cold-of-winter days, maybe three, of forty degrees. No wind.

Heaven comes to Siouxland.

That’s the relief people felt early on January 12, 1888, when most of those who’d put down homesteads had just arrived.

Here’s how David Laskin describes that morning:

Clara Osowski

Clara Osowski, mezzo-soprano, will return to Sioux City this Sunday. Accompanied by pianist Jamie Schmidt, a Briar Cliff University alumna, Osowski will perform a program of art songs that includes premiers of works by Martha Helen Schmidt and Jared Hedges. 

Nebraska Payday Loans Bill

Jan 12, 2017

Payday loan organizations are common in Nebraska.  The companies charge extremely high interest rates and operate with few restrictions. However, a new bill in the Nebraska legislature seeks to cap interest rates at 36 percent.  It also requires lenders to offer more affordable payments.  Bill co-sponsor Democratic Senator Tony Vargus of Omaha says payday loans with interest rates that can top 400 percent often leave people having to borrow more money. 


Iowa Republican Senator Joni Ernst is re-introducing a

bill that would allow individuals to buy contraceptive pills


Siouxland Public Media’s Mary Hartnett has this report.



Joni Ernst is co-sponsoring a bill that would allow women to pick

Up birth control pills when they need them at their local pharmacy. 

A companion bill has been introduced in the House.

The legislation also repeals the Affordable Care Act’s restriction on the

Housing Construction On the Rise in Siouxland

Jan 11, 2017

2016 was a record breaking year for residential housing construction in Sioux City.  A total of 241 housing units were built last year.  The previous high was 205 units in 2015.  City manager Robert Padmore says the city’s apartment complexes were aging and up until recently, there were few replacements.  Also, Padmore says the development of downtown housing has made a big difference.

Innovation Market Accepting Entries

Jan 11, 2017

The Sioux City Growth Organization (SCGO) soliciting new business ideas for the Annual Innovation Market competition set for Thursday, February 16 at the Sioux City Public Museum.   SCGO

 President Chris Jackson kicked off the search for new innovations yesterday at the museum.  Jackson says the innovation market has grown quite a bit over the years.


“Initially, the innovation market started seven years ago with approximately 50 people.  In the last seven years it’s really grown, last year I think we had 200-250 people attend the event.”