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. 

Check It Out: The Giver

Aug 4, 2015

As a parent of three, I am always looking for ways to engage the minds of my growing teenagers. Common books are a great way to provoke conversation that is mentally stimulating yet non-threatening for any of us. This summer I decided to read a title from their assigned reading list from school called The Giver by Lois Lowry. I remembered both of them being enthusiastic about the book while reading it.

Cultural Continuum 07.31.15

Jul 31, 2015
Sanford Center

The Jackson St. Cook-off for the Sanford Center Gang Prevention Program takes place Saturday, August 1. Nine churches on Jackson Street, including Iglesia La Biblia Abierta, the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, and St. John Lutheran Church, have been challenged to a cook off to be held on the playground of Hunt School. It begins at 11:00 a.m.

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Mark Twain penned the philosophy “Truth is stranger than fiction,” in his travelogue Following the Equator: A Journey Around the World.

This notion is illustrated in shades of humor and heartbreak in Jeanette Wall’s memoir, The Glass Castle.

Walls steers the reader through her nomadic childhood with the kind of turbulence and immediacy that left me feeling the need to buckle in from page one.

Saturday, July 25, the Disabilities Resource Center of Siouxland and the Sioux City Human Rights Commission will host a celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the ADA. Expert panelists from local agencies will be present to talk about issues facing the disabled community and answer questions. There will be food and activities. It takes place in the Sioux City Public Museum beginning at noon.

25 Years of the ADA

Jul 23, 2015
Tom Olin

"The Civil Rights Act of 1964 didn't include people with disabilities, and people didn't realize that. So what [the Americans with Disabilities Act] did is put in place specific parameters for what you could and could not do for employment and accommodations, and what type of barriers are or are not acceptable," described Don Dew, executive director for Disabilities Resource Center of Siouxland.

Check It Out: CJ Box

Jul 21, 2015


One of the connections I like to make between books and summer vacations is to read a story set in the place that you'll be visiting. Today I'm recommending author C.J. Box and his mystery series featuring Wyoming fish and game warden, Joe Pickett. Reading any of the Joe Pickett series will transport you to the Wyoming and Montana mountains.

Check It Out: Minimalism

Jul 14, 2015

For readers interested in downsizing or just minimizing the clutter and chaos in their lives, a useful guide for adopting a minimalist lifestyle is Marie Kondo's book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.  

Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes readers step-by-step through her revolutionary method for simplifying, organizing, and storing. She promises that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you’ll never have to do it again.

Sioux City Journal

Morningside College present's Hansel and Gretel and the Long Way Hometonight at  7:00 and tomorrow morning 10:00. The musical will be performed by LAMB Arts Regional Theatre’s LAMB Caravan. The original musical was written by Diana Guhin Wooley, CEO of LAMB Arts. It will take place in the Buhler Outdoor Performance Center.

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Check It Out: The Life We Bury

Jul 7, 2015

A good mystery thriller unravels thread by thread, making it impossible to put the book down. The plot grips you as tension builds, and you wait for the inevitable... sure you know what will happen next!

But a great mystery thriller leaves you doubting even what you were so certain of, and makes you question what you thought you knew about the characters. As I eagerly turned the pages of Allen Eskens's debut novel The Life We Bury by the light of my bedside lamb at 2 a.m., I knew I had found the latter. 

Mark Munger

The public garden is often designed for the eye: hedges shaped gracefully, flowers arranged colorfully. For many, visions of gardens, memories of past gardens, are sight dominant. But the Sioux City Lions Club has envisioned a garden to be experienced by our other senses. As you walk through it, signs with information written in high contrast letters as well as Braille direct you to touch, smell, and listen to the plants and environment. Tom Venesky, Iowa's only blind Master Gardener, gave us a tour. Join us.