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. 

Time Keeping: Part 2

Jan 18, 2018

This week, let's continue discussing how we keep track of time. To summarize last week's discussion, the year is based upon the annual motion of the Earth around the sun, and the month is based on the moon's orbit around the Earth. The week is actually based upon the seven objects you can see in the sky that are moving differently that the stars. Specifically, the moon, the Sun, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn. A few days of the week are obvious: Monday for the Moon, Sunday for the Sun, and Saturday for Saturn.

 

 


When a hip-hop duo decided to rap about clipping coupons, packing school lunches and changing diapers, they found their voice and fans around the world.

Des Moines Local History

That it was a government in absentia was not unusual. Several freshly-born northwest Iowa counties were run from afar in the 1860s, if run has any meaning. 

Sioux County's first government declared such jobs as bridge-building and road-construction to be their work and paid themselves royally for their labor, even if there wasn’t any. Government was a hoax, a racket, a fraud, a scam--but if you were part of it, you could pocket some cash.

Welcome. Sit. Stay. Minnie.

Jan 12, 2018

Minnie, a newcomer to Iowa from Texas, is currently looking for a new home here in SIouxland and the surrounding area! She is available for adoption today at the Siouxland Humane Society.

Support for Welcome. Sit. Stay. comes from Priscilla E Forsyth, Attorney at Law, providing immigration law services to the Siouxland community. Legal services in both Spanish and English. For more information, the telephone number is 712-224-2371.

Cultural Continuum 1-12-18

Jan 12, 2018
Visit Sioux City

Three theatrical presentations in addition to a presentation about an old theater also it's the last week to have the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center turn your old Christmas tree into mulch.

Movie Review: Coco and Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Jan 11, 2018

Come listen in as Jay Rosenberg reviews and talks about two recent movies: Coco and Star Wars: The Last Jedi!

Time Keeping

Jan 11, 2018

Given that we all just entered a new year, I thought we could talk today about the calendar and time keeping. The calendar we use today is called the Gregorian calendar proposed by Pope Gregory in 1582 to replace the previous Julian calendar set by Julius Caesar about 1600 years earlier. Both calendars were fundamentally created to track the annual cycles of the skies, specifically focusing on the location of constellations in the night sky, and or when the sun will be at certain altitudes during the day.

Public Domain Pictures

Some psychologists want to drop the last initial in PTSD. They claim that to call PTSD a “disorder” makes the condition appear unusual. It isn’t. They claim that if you’ve been to war, you have post-traumatic stress because war is trauma.

I can’t help thinking such distinctions wouldn’t have mattered to the woman in the casket yesterday. Her husband took Nazi fire at the Battle of the Bulge and came home with a purple heart from wounds that were visible–and some that were not. “He just wasn’t the same when he came back from the war,” one of his relatives said.

Welcome. Sit. Stay. Dexter.

Jan 5, 2018

Dexter is this weeks featured pet of the week from the Siouxland Humane Society! He is a quiet, lovable pup who is looking for his new home. Find him at the Siouxland Humane Society today.

Support for Welcome. Sit. Stay. comes from Priscilla E Forsyth, Attorney at Law, providing immigration law services to the Siouxland community. Legal services in both Spanish and English. For more information, the telephone number is 712-224-2371.

Animal Song of the Week:

Cultural Continuum 1-05-18

Jan 5, 2018
Sioux City Journal

A virtual 5K with the troops at WITCC, test yourself against monsters in the Land of Lambia, a traveling exhibit on Coney Island at the Sioux City Public Museum and handbells galore at Central Baptist Church all part of this week's Cultural Continuum with Steve Smith and Amy Roth.

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