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The Sun

Oct 25, 2017

The Sun has been observed and worshipped throughout much of human history. One of the first known monuments to the Sun was built in Newgrange, Ireland more than 5,000 years ago. One of the first Sun gods was Shamash of Babylonia, who was the all-seeing, all-knowing eye of justice. Later, the Egyptians believed that the Sun was the god Ra, who would sail across the sky by day in a boat.

Gretchen Gondek talks with Ryan Haskins about this Saturday Night's concert at the Orpheum Theater. It features Iowa Piano Competition Winner Mackenzie Melemed as soloist and an entire evening of scary music. Also featured, although off-stage, will be special bells on loan from the Dallas Symphony Orchestra brought in just for this Saturday evening's performance.


Russell and Diana Wooley, the founders of LAMB Arts Regional Theatre & School, announced a capital campaign to turn Sioux City’s old auditorium, at 625 Douglas St., into the Center for the Performing Arts.

The Exchange  101817

Coming up on The Exchange, Tyson Foods is heading up a new program that introduces college interns to non-profits, to promote civic responsibility and work experience.

Also, a new recurring segment on faith in Siouxland.  Today we learn about the B’Hai faith.

And we talk with the owner a successful overnight desitination in Southwest Iowa, the Villisca Murder House.

Argentinian artist Martin Ron has painted a mural of a man and his dog sitting under a giant sea turtle in Buenos Aires. He’s painted people picnicking on the tail of a shark in Benalla, Australia. And now, he’s working on painting two people lounging on top of buffalo in downtown Sioux City.

Silence, suppression and shame—Mike Goll knows them well.

It’s been nearly a month since Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico. There’s limited water, food, fuel, cell phone service and Internet access. Restoring power is expected to take months.

Today, I’m recommending Born to Run, legendary rock star Bruce Springsteen’s long-awaited memoir. Inspired by his remarkable 2009 Super Bowl halftime show performance with the E Street Band, Springsteen has spent the last several years devoting himself to writing down the story of his life. Born to Run is the extraordinary result.


Being one of those artsy “theatre geeks” didn’t make Lindsay Bauer very popular when she was growing up. But when she went to a conference a few months ago, she couldn’t sit down to eat because everyone wanted to sit by her.

The MOC-Floyd Community School Board has its first Hspanic board member, Hermencgildo Reyes Rodriguez of Orange City. At a recent organizational meeting of the Board of Education, a new member was sworn in: Hermenegildo Reyes Rodriguez.

Doug Calsbeek of the Sioux County Capital Democrat has this report.

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