One sister risks it all to prove that her sister is not insane by sneaking into the infamous Goldengrove Asylum. But she realizes that many of the women in the asylum aren't acutally insane but are merely inconvenient.  As her search for the truth continues, it threatens to unearth some secrets that some very powerful people would rather keep hidden. 

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Hillary Purrington

Apr 5, 2019
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Gretchen welcomes Hillary Purrington, the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra's 2019 Composer of the Year, and conductor Ryan Haskins to Opus. 

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Heart Disease is very dangerous for women. For every minitue of the the day a women falls victum to heart disease in the nation. A healthier diet can help prevent Heart Disease. The interview above can elaborate more.

The cost of medical drugs can be to much for someone to pay. Patients of multiple sclerosis can sometimes not have enough money to cover thier bill. Resulting in no medication for the patient. The interview above can elaborate more.

Check It Out: The Power by Naomi Alderman

Jul 24, 2018

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Willa Cather’s My Antonia is 100 years old, published the same year tens of thousands of doughboys were killed in France and Belgium, thousands more dying of epidemic influenza even before they arrived in Europe. Cather’s classic novel brings the region alive, just as does “Roll Call on the Prairie,” an essay she published in the Red Cross magazine.

Today, Willa Cather’s tall-grass people are the “small wonders.” Here’s what she wrote.

You got to love Carry A. Nation, a woman who listened when the Lord God almighty told her to uphold the law in Kansas and bring to an glorious end the miserable indecency of those who pedaled booze in utter disregard of the law.

This book highlights important women in wrestling from the past and present and also shows the evolution of women’s wrestling from its beginnings as a sideshow act to its current state in 2017, where female wrestlers are big stars, just like their male counterparts.

Senate Subcommitte Votes to Defund Planned Parenthood

Jan 24, 2017

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Iowa Republicans have succeeded in advancing a bill to “defund” Planned Parenthood. Siouxland Public Media’s Mary Hartnett has this report.

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Seems downright amazing today, but in the years just following the Civil War, two activist groups determined to get women the right to vote, went toe-to-toe for reasons that, in retrospect, seem as lightweight as their skirmishing. The National Women’s Suffrage Association (NWSA) actually opposed the passing of the 15th amendment to the U. S. Constitution (prohibiting states from denying male citizens the right to vote, thus admitting African-American men). The NWSA was not the least bit racist.

SPM’s Gretchen Gondek speaks with volunteers Dr. Mary Day and Bobbi Segura from Iowa Women Lead Change about the 2nd annual IWLC conference taking place on Tuesday, February 16, at the Marina Inn.  IWLC is a non-profit organization striving to educate, inspire, and challenge women to be the leaders of today and tomorrow.