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. 

Affordable Housing in Iowa

Apr 12, 2017

April is affordable housing month. Iowa leaders are getting the word out about an online resource to help Iowans find housing. It’s at

Executive Director of the Iowa Finance Authority Dave Jamison featured the site yesterday at the governor’s weekly news conference.

The Jamison said the site aims to help all Iowans locate rental housing and help landlords find renters.



This month is the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into World War One.  At that time, the country was largely divided on whether to join the battle.  Russ Gifford is local historian known for his lively presentations at Western Iowa Tech Community College.  In an interview with Siouxland Public Media’s Mary Hartnett, Gifford talks about the status of the United States before and after the war, and how that conflict shaped the rest of the 20th Century.

Tape  7:35

In: “you know, we were not . . .”

Out: “ . . . in American history.”

Iowa's Graduation Rate is Up, As Is Siouxland's

Apr 12, 2017

Iowa’s high school graduation rate has increased for the fifth year

in a row.  Sioux City schools’ graduation rates also improved. However, dropout rates were slightly higher across the state.  Siouxland Public Media’s Mary Hartnett has more.

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Nebraska Internet Sales Tax

Apr 12, 2017

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The Nebraska Legislature approved a measure yesterday that would require remote sellers or online retailers without a physical presence to collect and remit sales tax.  Retailers would have to comply if their gross revenue in Nebraska exceeds $100 thousand dollars.  Senator Rick Kowalski of Douglas County said people in Nebraska already owe this tax.



Cory Weaver


Globetrotting wasn’t the goal. Suzanne Hendrix-Case pursued a travel-intensive opera career to gain credibility as a vocal coach. She always wanted to teach.

By a fortuitous turn of events, that desire led the classically-trained singer to perform with the San Francisco Opera, the Lyric Opera of Chicago and Oper Frankfurt in Germany, one of the leading opera houses in Europe.

For Andy Langin

Apr 5, 2017
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My friend Andy passed away late in the night on January 19th. Text messages and Facebook notifications woke me. We knew this was coming. My husband Chris had visited him the night that he died. He had fallen asleep that night worrying about Andy. I arose, carrying this terrible news, to wake my family. My husband was devastated. My children cried. We all tried to push forward that morning. The kids went to school. Chris went to work. I readied myself for work, but in the silence of my empty house, I broke down and cried.

Part of the lineup for Saturday in the Park was announced today. Headliners include jazz-blues-funk player Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, rock hybrid The Revivalists and soul sensation Joss Stone. 

The 27th annual free music festival will be held in Grandview Park on July 1.

Stone was set to perform at Saturday in the Park in 2012 but dropped out due to a delay in her recording schedule.

Tolerance Week Events

Apr 4, 2017

Tolerance Week continues today in Siouxland.  There are several different exhibits, films and presentations that highlight both tolerance and intolerance. 

The Sioux City Public Museum’s exhibit “The Diaries of Humanity,” shows some of both.  It’s a collection of handwritten notes and diaries from around Europe at the time of the Holocaust.  Curator Matt Anderson says the writings of those who were changed by the Holocaust are sad and hopeful.



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The Iowa Constitution would protect against unreasonable searches and seizures of electronic communications and data, under an amendment that’s moving through the Iowa Legislature. Siouxland Public Media’s Mary Hartnett has more.

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Safe Haven Bill

Mar 30, 2017

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Iowa's Safe Haven law would be expanded under a bill approved by the state Senate yesterday.