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. 

Caroline Fraser says that what Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote down about Kansas, long ago, says a great deal about her, even though the Kansas prairie was home to her very first memories. She wrote those memories down on "Big Chief" tablets and never intended them for publication, unlike so much else she put to writing. Just for the record, Caroline Fraser's Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder, just won the Pulitzer. It's a great read.


His newest works are described as “metals that look like wood, wood that looks like bronze and clay that looks like stone.” 

James C Schaap

We were standing atop a miniature mountain, looking out over the Big Sioux River from a statuesque bluff not all that far from the confluence of the Missouri and the Big Sioux, over the prairie land of Broken Kettle Grasslands Preserve, 3000 acres of sheer beauty.  No one else was there.

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Welcome to The Exchange, I’m Mary Hartnett.  This week, there were major decisions made on the state and local level.  First, we hear about the lawsuit that’s been filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa and Planned Parenthood of the Heartland yesterday.  

The law would effectively ban most abortions after about six weeks into pregnancy. The plaintiffs say the law needs to be struck down as unconstitutional. 

Cultural Continuum 5-18-18

May 18, 2018

It's the last Cultural Continuum for a couple of weeks. Linda Santi is our guest today and we talk about theater, music, art and other cultural things that you should know about.

Mars, our neighbor.

May 17, 2018

This summer, Mars will highlight the night sky as it will be closer and brighter than it has been in years.  In honor of this, this week we’ll continue talking about Mars.  Mars is named after the Roman god of war, presumably due to its red color and reds association with blood and violence.  Mars gets its red color from the large amount of iron oxide in the soil of Mars; we know iron oxide better as rust.  How exactly Mars’ soil was oxidized is still a bit of mystery that is connected to the speculation of ancient life on Mars, but that discussion will be saved for another week in the nea

Welcome. Sit. Stay. Bert.

May 11, 2018

Bert is currently looking for a new home and can be found at the Siouxland Humane Society.

Support for Welcome. Sit. Stay. Comes from Priscilla E. Forsyth, Attorney at Law. Providing criminal defense and immigration law services to the Siouxland Community.

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Cultural Continuum 5-11-18

May 11, 2018

Today we will conclude the astronomical tale of how the motion of Mars arguably sparked the origin of modern astronomy and science.  Last week we discussed how Nicolaus Copernicus presented a heliocentric, or Sun-centered, model of the universe with the all the planets, including Earth and Mars, orbiting the Sun.  But Copernicus’ model was not well received because it did not predict the positions of the planets much better than Ptolemy’s geocentric, or Earth-centered, model, and religious influences during the time period also wanted to maintain that the Earth was the center of the univer

The Exchange, May 9, 2018, Legislative Wrap Up

May 9, 2018

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Welcome to The Exchange on Siouxland Public Media, I’m Mary Hartnett.  The 2018 Iowa Legislative Session wrapped up on Saturday, two weeks overdue.  This was another historic year for Republican lawmakers who control the House and the Senate.  They passed a major tax overhaul, an abortion bill that is the strictest in the nation, and.

With me to discuss the session are four Siouxland area lawmakers.

Democrat Chris Hall of Sioux City represents the 13 House District.

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