If Oscar Howe’s Wounded Knee Massacre (1960) is rarely seen these days, it’s because Dwight David Eisenhower’s Presidential Museum is seldom visited. The place is undergoing a major renovation right now, so having a look at Howe’s memorable work is likely impossible. But even if that masterpiece wasn’t presently under wraps, Abilene, Kansas, hasn’t seen much traffic since the Chisholm Trail Days, more than a century ago.

Custer's Gold Rush

Sep 12, 2017
Humboldt State University

There was no good reason for General George Armstrong Custer to ride into the Black Hills in 1874, nefarious reasons abound, however, including Washington’s determination to set yet another fort out there to make sure untoward things didn’t happen to that multitude of white folks on their way west.

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?

Bad Village

Jun 29, 2017
Smithsonian Institute

Her father doesn’t ask her consent, but promises his greatly-admired daughter to the old warrior anyway, despite her silent protest. Many years separate the girl from the man she is bound to marry, and secretly—her parents know nothing of it—she had promised herself already to a young warrior from the village.

All of that is the first act of this somehow familiar drama. What it clearly suggests is an ancient human conflict: love versus community, tradition, and family. This version belongs to Omaha lore.

Jim Schaap

What’s there today is more of a grave than a memorial. Once upon a time—well, for more than 100 years—an obelisk stood mightily atop that chunk of granite, rose twenty feet into the air above the Missouri River.

But the obelisk is gone. A naked steel bolt reminds you that something once stood there. But then, maybe that’s okay. The issues aren’t mine to determine.

Today, I’m recommending Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void by Mary Roach.

Music of 66: The Sounds of Blonde

Sep 26, 2016

As Western Iowa Tech Community College turns 50 this year, we are taking a look back at the music of its infancy. Today, historian Russ Gifford recalls the influence of Bob Dylan and the far out idea of having a woman anchor the news.     

Ode: Ryan Allen "Living on the Edge"

May 25, 2016


   I’ve lived in many places in my life.   I’ve wandered, I’ve been lost. I’ve searched for things and people I didn’t even know I was looking for.

   I spy through a camera. The world is mad. I try but can’t find any sense. I turn the lens inward and I get even more confused. Where am I supposed to go? How am I supposed to be? I can’t seem to find my place. I’m in-between worlds: between clarity and madness, between being a father and being a son, between a prairie of wild grass and a forest of planted trees.

Zapateado Duo

The Zapateado Duo, composed of cellist Marie-Elaine Gagnon and pianist Angelica Sganga, will present a program entitled "Onda Nueva" as part of the Sioux City Chamber Music Series this Sunday. In this feature, Marie-Elaine talks us through the works we will hear; however, she refuses to let us in on the jokes she plans to tell during the recital.  

Revisiting Martin's

Dec 17, 2015
Sioux City Journal

Department stores reflected the time and the culture within which they were situated. Talking with Cecil Ogle, who began cutting hair in the Martin's solon in 1960, I learned about the styles, the conditions, and the culture. Join us on this trip back into Younker Martin's, and its predecessor, TS Martin Co. You will also hear from Saundra Hayes and Flora Lee.