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Putting Hats on the Map

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2020/08/19Aug20-Iowa-Hat-Lady-2020-2.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)People always ask who is the most interesting person I’ve interviewed?  It’s a question with many answers, and most of…

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The Hat Lady, Alvina Sellers

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2020/08/18Aug20-Iowa-Hat-Lady-2020-1.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)Dr. Suess wrote the cat in the hat, but he should have consulted an expert like Alvina Sellers for background…

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The National Championship Pedal Pull

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2019/09/12Sep19-Pedal-Pull-2.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:01 — 2.1MB)Every September kids from across the country come to the Corn Palace to compete in this national championship.  It’s a…

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Another Way to Invest Your Retirement Money

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2019/09/11Sep19-Pedal-Pull-1.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:01 — 2.1MB)People decide to do a multitude of things with their retirement money.  Ken Meyers decided to invest his in something…

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Everything Is For Sale

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2019/08/05Sep19-Auctioneer-Jared-Miller-2.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:01 — 2.1MB)What’s the most difficult genre of items for an auctioneer to sell?  That depends on the auctioneer you ask but…

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The Best Auctioneer

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2019/08/04Sep19-Auctioneer-Jared-Miller-1.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:01 — 2.1MB)The chant of an auctioneer – it is the sounds that calls for bids and brings items to their top…

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The Story of Kate Shelley

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2018/11/14Nov18-Kate-Shelley-2.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 2:59 — 2.1MB)If you live in the state of Iowa you perhaps know the name of Kate Shelly.  At one time she…

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Disaster Lurking in the Darkness

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2018/11/13Nov18-Kate-Shelley-1.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 2:59 — 2.1MB)There was a disaster lurking in the darkness.  A rail bridge had washed out and a passenger train would soon…

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The History of a Popular Apple

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2018/07/19Jul18-Red-Delicious-Apples-2018.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:02 — 2.1MB)It’s one of the world’s most popular varieties of fruit and we have it because one farmer couldn’t get a…

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The First Professional African American Baseball Player

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2018/06/05Jun18-Bud-Fowler-Keokuk-Baseball-2.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)Who was the first African American major league baseball player.  Most say Jackie Robinson.  However, residents of this town say…

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Keokuk, Iowa–Major League Baseball Town?

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2018/06/04Jun18-Bud-Fowler-Keokuk-Baseball-1.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:01 — 2.1MB)You probably don’t think of Keokuk, Iowa as a town that could support a Major League Baseball team.  But that…

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A Small Chapter of the Civil War

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2017/09/29Sept17-Keokuk-Famous-People.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)Whether you are a student of history or not, we each know something about the Civil War.  However, the next…

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A Rock Festival

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2017/09/28Sept17-Keokuk-Geodes-2.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)A lot of cities will hold a festival centered around rock – but we’re not talking about rock music.  For…

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An Odd Rock With An Odd Name

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2017/09/27Sept17-Keokuk-Geodes-1.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)The name of this rock is just as odd as it looks.  Yet it is a rock that puts this…

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The Barns With An Important Link to the Past

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2017/01/03Feb17-Maasdan-Barns-2.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)At one time these old barns were hard to see because of the trees and weeds that attempted to engulf…

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Saving the Old Barns

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2017/01/02Feb17-Maasdan-Barns-1.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)Sometimes communities wrestle with the challenge of preserving history while trying to stay progressive at the same time.  Such was…

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Getting An Ice Cold Drink

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2016/10/19Dec16-Cedar-Rapids-Ice-House-3.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)These days we don’t give a second thought to getting ice out of a machine to cool our drinks.  There…

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Using Your Tools In Another Trade

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2016/10/13Dec16-Cedar-Rapids-Ice-House-2.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)Some crop farmers may take on extra work in the winter once the harvest is complete.  For farmers near Waterloo,…

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The Big Winter Harvest in Iowa

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2016/10/12Dec16-Cedar-Rapids-Ice-House-1.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)The state of Iowa is well known for harvesting a strong percentage of the nation’s corn and soybeans.  Once upon…

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A Family Lost In The Pacific

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2016/10/07Dec16-Sullivan-Brothers-3.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)In the fall of 1942, the USS Juneau was sunk in the Pacific.  On board were some young men from…

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