Stories from a Changing Midwest
Mid-Americana: Stories from a Changing Midwest explores the history and identity of the Greater Midwest through the lives and stories of individual people. Our debut season, Homecoming, features eight native Iowans who left the Midwest then came back to stay. We ask what pulled them away, what drew them back, and what they contribute now to a changing Midwest. Possible themes for future seasons of Mid-Americana include agriculture, immigration, climate change, education, energy, religion, and many more. Let us know if you have ideas for a future episode or season.
Brian Campbell is Director of Sustainability Education at Central College. His research utilizes oral history to explore how individuals’ sense of place shapes their concern for sustainability. He leads an annual “Prairie Project” faculty workshop training professors from across the Midwest on how to integrate place-based sustainability projects into their courses.
Joshua Doležal is Professor of English at Central College and author of the memoir Down from the Mountaintop: From Belief to Belonging (U of Iowa Press, 2014), which was shortlisted for the 2016 William Saroyan Prize. He also serves as an Associate Fellow for the Center for Great Plains Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Brad Linder is an award-winning journalist and audio producer with two decades of experience in radio and podcasting. He is co-producer of The Loving Project, a podcast about mixed-race marriage in the United States, and editor for My American Meltingpot, a podcast about the intersection of race and real life.
Mathew Kelly is Associate Professor of Art at Central College. Kelly’s specialties are in drawing, printmaking and book arts, with his work exhibited throughout the United States. Examples can be seen on his website.
Adam Bruce is a Des Moines-based Prairie Soul singer and songwriter, often appearing as a duo alongside his wife April Lynn. Adam also performs with groups Bruce & Parks as well as the alt-country band the New Bodies. Listen to his music and follow his concert schedule on his website.