Top Ten Reasons to visit the Amana’s this weekend

A group of German Pietists moved to what has become the Amana Colonies in 1855 and lived a communal lifestyle until the 1930’s forming seven villages. They managed to maintain a self sufficient local economy for 80 years which is quite the feat considering how small this community is. Today, the Amana’s a charming retreat for…

Top Ten Ice Cream spots in Des Moines

Des Moines has a lot of options when it comes to ice cream besides the national chains. When it comes to ice cream, the following are worth the calories. Fiss’ Ice Cream – This is in Carlisle but they are well worth the extra drive. I have stuck with Peanut Butter cup each time I’ve…

Nine political podcasts worth your time

Planet Money – Planet Money covers mostly economics in a pretty much non partisan way.  Economics are seemingly intertwined forever with politics, and Planet Money is a good place to learn the basics from real world examples. Pod Save America – Four of former president Obamas aides started Crooked media and have an insight into what is going…

Eight storytellers you should check out

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Edgar Oliver at the Moth/Photo source 1.Edgar Oliver – Edgar Oliver speaks in such a way he would make reading the ingredient list on a muffin box interesting. If I had to describe his voice in one word I suppose it would be Transylvanian.  He has a slow delivery and…