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July in Iowa
...it's hot, it's summer, it's RAGBRAI, sports, food, and politics
What is more indicative of summer in Iowa than RAGBRAI, Hedgeapples, crop dusting, food judging at the Fair, and cabaret singer Marilyn Maye performing in Okoboji?
Yes, you’ll read your share of political analysis and news, but with temperatures soaring outside, your Iowa Writers’ Collaborative members also have other things on their minds. Our newest columnist, Jeff Morrison, debunks a long-held belief about a mythical newspaper headline.
We have presidential candidates scouring the state, and many on our team are here to offer their perspectives. Laura Belin reported on the speeches by the 13 presidential candidates in town last week, and Dave Price was in the room when they appeared together. Julie Gammack wrote a welcome letter to Ron DeSantis. Doug Burns is on a mission to tell us about some of those who are lesser known. And our D.C. correspondent revisits slavery with a memory from his youth in a Van Meter grade school.
Metro foodies: Wini Moranville has two column morsels for you this week.
Chuckle along with Fern and Joe, whose column can be found in the ‘Politics’ category because they touch on the country singer/vigilante who found a unique way to promote himself.
Beth Hoffman says: Here’s about the funnest thing you can do in the garden—plant garlic. Yes, I know...
Steph Copley writes about her friend, Brooke, and Chuck Offenburger revives his cinnamon roll judging prowess.
Larry Stone reviews a new book by Neil Hamilton: The River Knows: How Water and Land Will Shape Our Future (Gammack will host Hamilton on her Monday Zoom Lunch call).
Jody Gifford saw the movie Barbie AND has Tik Tok life hacks from grandmothers worldwide.
First, Dave Busiek reports on serious issues uncovered by student journalists.
DAVE BUSIEK, ON MEDIA
Presidential candidates are popping up all over. Some are well known, others not so much. Read Doug Burns on a candidate you might not know much about, Ed Tibbetts on Ernst, Dave Price on the candidates in town last week, Julie Gammack’s advice to De Santis, and Dana James introduces us to a new opinion writer.
FERN AND JOE
ENTERTAINMENT AND DINING OUT
POETRY WITH SUZANNA DE BACA
THE IOWA CONNECTION
Iowa Writers’ Collaborative Columnists
Laura Belin: Iowa Politics with Laura Belin, Windsor Heights
Doug Burns: The Iowa Mercury, Carroll
Dave Busiek: Dave Busiek on Media, Des Moines
Iowa Writers’ Collaborative, Roundup
Steph Copley: It Was Never a Dress, Johnston
Art Cullen: Art Cullen’s Notebook, Storm Lake
Suzanna de Baca: Dispatches from the Heartland, Huxley
Debra Engle: A Whole New World, Madison County
Julie Gammack: Julie Gammack’s Iowa Potluck, Des Moines and Okoboji
Joe Geha: Fern and Joe, Ames
Jody Gifford: Benign Inspiration, West Des Moines
Rob Gray: Rob Gray’s Area, Ankeny
Nik Heftman: The Seven Times, Los Angeles and Iowa
Beth Hoffman: In the Dirt, Lovilla
Dana James: New Black Iowa, Des Moines
Pat Kinney: View from Cedar Valley, Waterloo
Fern Kupfer: Fern and Joe, Ames
Robert Leonard: Deep Midwest: Politics and Culture, Bussey
Letters from Iowans, Iowa
Tar Macias: Hola Iowa, Iowa
Kurt Meyer: Showing Up, St. Ansgar
Wini Moranville: Wini’s Food Stories, Des Moines
Jeff Morrison: Between Two Rivers, Cedar Rapids
Kyle Munson: Kyle Munson’s Main Street, Des Moines
Jane Nguyen: The Asian Iowan, West Des Moines
John Naughton: My Life, in Color, Des Moines
Chuck Offenburger: Iowa Boy Chuck Offenburger, Jefferson and Des Moines
Barry Piatt: Piatt on Politics Behind the Curtain, Washington, D.C.
Dave Price: Dave Price’s Perspective, Des Moines
Macey Spensley: The Midwest Creative, Iowa
Larry Stone: Listening to the Land, Elkader
Mary Swander: Mary Swander’s Buggy Land, Kalona
Mary Swander: Mary Swander’s Emerging Voices, Kalona
Cheryl Tevis: Unfinished Business, Boone County
Ed Tibbetts: Along the Mississippi, Davenport
Teresa Zilk: Talking Good, Des Moines
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