Ten more YouTube channels worth your time

YouTube has a seemingly endless amount of content, this includes a massive amount of average and bad content.  Here are some of the channels I believe to be a cut above. Sesame street – Clips from the popular children’s shows. You tube help – Most people are unaware that youtube has a help channel.  If you…

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…

Ten Youtube clips from Des Moines past

  Des Moines River 1993 flood – The C-span account of the 1993 flooding in Des Moines. Bamies Restaurant – The story of Bamies restaurant, and its unique owner. Downtown Ymca building imploded – The 2015 implosion of the Ymca building in downtown Des Moines. The history of the Salisbury house –  A video explaining the history of the Weeks…

Ten Youtube channels worth your time

Youtube seems to have a little bit of something for everyone if you are willing to dig a bit.  There are many talented people out there making quality content in subjects ranging from travel, comedy, politics, and history.  This by no means is a complete list of all the worthwhile channels I have found in my…

Quirky Des Moines #12 Ask for the well balanced beer

As time marches on, attitudes towards what a crime is exactly changes.  What was looked at as a crime in past generations is sometimes in the present day looked upon with a kinder eye.   We will look today at a case that fits this description, but in an odd way. Ruthie Fontanini was a 26…

The Music Concerts we are looking forward to in 2017

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill – One of the stalwarts of the country music scene for the last few decades this power couple tours together and sells out concert venues around the world.  Tim and Faith play Wells Fargo Arena June 10th. A couple of my favorite songs are Mississippi Girl, and Indian outlaw. The Red…

My Favorite Podcast Episodes of 2016

Podcasts have proliferated into a seemingly endless menagerie of stories, historical information, and analysis of past and current affairs.  Here are a few of my favorite episodes from 2016.  Although I do listen to quite a few podcasts that have a continuing storyline, I will try to concentrate on episodes that stand alone here. 1….

Quirky Des Moines – #11 The Cow War of 1931

In September of 1929, the stock market crashed dramatically and caused a worldwide great depression.  Banks closed, thousands of people were plunged into poverty. Some people even ended their own lives, distraught over the loss of their livelihood.  Iowa and the Midwest were not immune to the decline in living conditions with many farmers losing…