Cultural Continuum 9-14-18

Sep 14, 2018

We get to the second and third acts of the Sioux City International Film Festival, Five Free Bands at the festival formerly known as WITStock, Mexico's 4th of July (on September 16th) and all that doesn't even get us through the weekend!

Cultural Continuum 4-06-18

Apr 6, 2018
Visit Sioux City

Ode plays at the Marquee with opening act Edem Soul Music, there's art at the Benson Building and we blast off into a month of One Book One Siouxland with Margot Lee Shetterly's, Hidden Figures.

Jim Schaap
Ally Karsyn

On an ordinary day in rural Niger, sheep are everywhere.

I’m convinced that meeting the parents often happens over a meal so you have something to stick in your mouth—besides your foot.

Ode: Food, insecure

Jan 10, 2018
Patti Strong
Ally Karsyn

My mom grew up eating lard sandwiches. No meat or cheese. Just lard on bread.

Ode: Experiencing faith through food

Jan 3, 2018
Molly Dowell Baum
Ally Karsyn


On a sunny Saturday morning in California, my spouse Ryan and I arrived at the Chabad House of Oakland for Shabbat.

Devon Cadwell
Ally Karsyn

After a week of being sedated in the ICU with a feeding tube down my throat, I awoke hungry and confused.

Ode: Breastfeeding in public

Dec 22, 2017
Amelia Saint
Ally Karsyn

When my oldest son was about six months old, I took him to his first Royals game.

Ode: A game of lentils and wits

Dec 20, 2017
Nesrin Abu Ata
Ally Karsyn

I was in the Hispanic food aisle in Walmart when I heard a white woman say, “What is this?”

Ode: Finding joy after loss around the holidays

Dec 14, 2017
Kelly Burds
Ally Karsyn

In college, I was the girl who would low-key judge people for playing Christmas music the second Thanksgiving was over.