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. 

Today, I am recommending A Piece of the World, by Christina Baker Kline—a novel of historical fiction that imagines, through extensive research, the life of Anna Christina Olson—the subject of the painting Christina’s World by artist Andrew Wyeth.  This mysterious painting—of a young woman in a field, looking off into the distance towards a stark wood-framed house—has been a part of the Museum of Modern Art’s collection since 1949, and has become one of the most recognized images of American Art.  

Palace of the Governors Collections, Museum of New Mexico

It’s hard to know where to start because the roots of this incredible story originate all around the world.

That there were Frenchmen here long, long ago will surprise no one. The French arrived not long after the Sioux showed up—fur trappers, hundreds of them, and their dealers, men with largely unpronounceable names like Sioux City’s own founding father, Theophile Brugeiur.

How long ago? Ages. Ben Franklin, the Ben Franklin was 14. George Washington wasn’t even born—and wouldn’t be for a dozen years, Thomas Jefferson for 23. Early, early, early.

The Exchange 072617

Jul 28, 2017

Educator and activist Jean Carlson talks about this weekend's statewide healthcare discussions; one of them is in Sioux City Saturday morning, Woodbury County Democratic Party leader Jeremy Dumkrieger talks about encouraging grassroots organizing, John Giorgio of Siouxland Hospice talks about a camp for bereaved youth that's coming up in September, one-time Sioux City Journal reporter Bill Zahren talks about his new novel, John Wills describes an upcoming Prairie Lakes Conference in Okoboji and we hear from Shelby Pierce and Ike Rayford of We Are Not a Monolith.

Downtown Live - Shannon Curfman

Jul 27, 2017

Anthem from the Mud

Jul 26, 2017

Let’s get the objectionable stuff out on the table, okay? William Clayton had nine wives. Not nine lives, like the Tom catting around out back, but nine wives. William Clayton was a Mormon, baptized in his native Great Britain, a man of some rank among the saints, a man who worked alongside none other than Joseph Smith the Prophet.

Downtown Live - Shawn Holt & the Teardrops

Jul 20, 2017

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The Exchange, Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Jul 17, 2017

James Schaap

A full rack of ribs, with beans and slaw, will cost you twenty bucks at Buffalo Chip Saloon and Bar, Cave Creek, AZ. Sounds reasonable, even inviting. But seriously, who'd want to eat anything served up at a saloon named by way of ruminant excrement?

City Council to Revisit Fireworks Ordinance

Jul 7, 2017

On Monday, the Sioux City Council will reconsider its ordinance that allows several days for residents to discharge fireworks. The Iowa legislature legalized the private use of fireworks and cities in April.  Sioux City currently allows fireworks from June 25th until the 4th of July.   This morning at a city news conference, city councilor Dan Moore said he believed that the city allowed too many days for people to set off fireworks.

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You think it’s hot here? Try living in Houston. Each year, conductor and cellist Thomas Fortner looks forward to leaving urbanity for a lakeside retreat, where he can meet with others who share his passion for classical music and reconnect with why he does this work.

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