Speakers 2009-2010

Khrushchev: The Man and His Era

 

 

 

 

Authors William Taubman and Sergei Khrushchev discussed Nikita Khrushchev’s controversial 1959 visit to Roswell Garst's farm in Coon Rapids, where they discussed food production.

Khruschev

Prairie City, Iowa: Three Seasons at Home

 

 

 

Doug Bauer discusses his book Prairie City, Iowa: Three Seasons at Home. Dubbed "a quiet but elegant look at a Midwestern farm community that proves you can go home again", Bauer's nonfiction work give us a glimpse of the same town from two perspectives: that of native and of a stranger.


Editorial Cartoonist Brian Duffy

  

Award-winning editorial cartoonist Brian Duffy discussed his craft and state and national issues. For 25 years Duffy's cartoons graced the front page of the Des Moines Register.

Duffy

Methland: The Death and Life of an American Small Town

Methland
 
 
 
 
 
 
Nick Reding discussed his book Methland: The Death and Life of an American Small Town.  That small town is Oelwein, Iowa, an agricultural community whose members have been gripped by the toxic effects of meth.

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