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The Exchange 02.24.23: Local entertainer Garie Lewis tells of life with long COVID; How the Lincoln Highway ended muddy travel in Iowa; The story of civil rights pioneer Emma Coger

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This week on The Exchange on Siouxland Public Media . . .

We talk with the president of Northeast Community College in South Sioux City and Norfolk, Nebraska about expanding workplace training programs in commercial trucking and welding to fill jobs in Siouxland.

Also, we talk with Darcy Dougherty Maulsby, the author of a new book about the Lincoln Highway in Iowa. She explains how the revolutionary paved road made traveling across the Hawkeye state less muddy and much more pleasant. The highway also was boon for several cities and towns in northwest Iowa that served travelers along the way.

We hear from Siouxland actor and comedian Gary Lewis who explains his journey with long COVID and how it has affected his life.

And we have a preview of a new event at Vangarde Arts called Art Brawl. We talk with Brent Stockton of Vangarde Arts.

We also hear an excerpt from an archive interview with the narrator a podcast that tells the story of how music fueled the civil rights battle. Soundtrack to the Struggle is produced by KCCK in Cedar Rapids and narrated by afternoon jazz host Hollis Monroe.

Soundtrack to the Struggle
Soundtrack to the Struggle

Emma Coger, the plaintiff in Coger v. Northwestern Union Packet Company (1873), was a young schoolteacher who physically resisted steamboat officers when they refused to treat her as a lady because of her color. Emma's suit was one of the earliest civil rights lawsuits brought under the Fourteenth Amendment and led the Iowa Supreme Court to outlaw race segregation on common carriers. In the 1870s, when she orchestrated her challenge to the discrimination practiced by a steamboat company. Her case went all the way to the Iowa Supreme Court, and it is still used cited in legal decisions today. Jim Schaap tells the story of Emma Coger in a new Small Wonder.