The thing about derby fans and derby drivers and derby organizers is that they are incredibly “in” on the joke, whatever jokes that can be made about them and their chosen vocation.
A poem by Avery Gregurich.
The National Audio Company is keeping the cassette tape —and tape culture —alive in the Midwest and around the world. [...]
The Studs Terkel Radio Archive provides an entry point into his wide-ranging and influential work.
How one Midwestern record company changed the course of popular music.
After fifty years and hundreds of hip hop samples, the iconic Chicago musician’s only record remains urgent and imperative listening.
Steve Cushing’s long-running radio program remains a singular and imperative cultural exploration of America’s blues heritage.
In eastern Iowa, we’re a long way from recovery.
"It feels so foreign now, this kind of shared experience in real time."
"If you listen long enough, you’ll find your own Prine line, the one that makes you feel real lonesome and want to laugh, all at once."
"We went last night to stand and/be counted at the high school/gymnasium."
Approaching six decades of existence, one of the strangest places in the Midwest continues to defy easy description.