Tue, 25 November 2008
Dan Clark and Shirley Calvert welcome New England native Barbara Woodstra for a conversation about Puritans who came to Iowa plus the meaning of Thanksgiving. They discuss family values and customs for the practice of gratitude. Reminder to listeners: There is a new holiday the day after Thanksgiving. Learn more at http://www.nationaldayoflistening.org/.
Tue, 18 November 2008
Dan Clark talks historic preservation--again. Which old Muscatine buildings are most important to fix up and save before it's too late? And how can we afford saving "eyesore" buildings in a time of no money for frills? And just when is "too late" anyway? Dan reads e-mail about the City's acquisition (and possible upcoming demolition) of the 1900 Henry Jayne House next door to the Art Center, and he takes calls from listeners. Learn more at http://muscatinepreservation.org and http://www.muscatinejournal.com/articles/2008/11/18/news/doc4922e607839c8083487003.txt.
Tue, 11 November 2008
Jeff Shay joins Dan Clark in conversation with Bob Nagler, retired chemistry professor and World War II conscientious objector. When Bob was a boy in Iowa City, his father Floyd A. Nagler taught hydraulic engineering at the university, and Bob recalls his father's "best graduate student" visiting their home. That student was Max Stanley, later of Muscatine. Floyd Nagler's detailed surveys of Iowa rivers and streams are important historical benchmarks, and his collection of mill relics went to the UI hydraulics laboratory now named for Stanley. Floyd was also a World War I veteran whose "thorough disgust with war" moved him to promote the Oxford Peace Pledge, and he was his son's hero. Three months before Floyd died in 1933, 10-year-old Bob signed the pledge himself--a pledge not to fight in any war. Read more of the Nagler story at http://www.commondreams.org/archive/2007/11/11/5149.
Tue, 4 November 2008
Dave Casstevens and Dave Metz join Dan Clark for an update from Friends of the Old Barn. The historic 1926 "Lowden Barn" would have been been demolished but for John Haskins' single-handed initiative nearly three years ago that led to creation of the preservation organization. Hear John at http://muscatinetours.libsyn.com/index.php?post_id=399731 (Jan. 17, 2006).