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. 

Rent A Chick Program

Apr 12, 2017

As Easter approaches, a lot of parents are faced with children who want a baby chick.  But what to do when the chick becomes a full grown bird?  An Omaha farm has come up with a solution.  Siouxland Public Media’s Mary Hartnett has details.

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Iowa Golden Dome Under Repair

Apr 12, 2017

A $10 million repair project has begun on the Iowa Capitol's golden dome.  Siouxland Public Media has more.

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Governor Branstad on New Gun Rights Measure

Apr 12, 2017

Republican Governor Terry Branstad says he believes the gun rights bill passed by the Iowa House and Senate is fair and balanced. It would allow children to use handguns under adult supervision, enhance stand your rules, allow Iowans to sue cities or counties that enact gun-free zones, legalize short-barreled rifles and shotguns and allow permit-holders to carry handguns in the Capitol.  Speaking at his weekly news conference in Des Moines yesterday. the governor didn’t go as far as saying he would sign the bill.



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
Angie Sewalson

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.