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Iowa's Radio Homemakers: Up a Country Lane

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  • Iowa's Radio Homemakers: Up a Country Lane

    In the 1950s, domesticity dominated the lives of most rural Iowa women. Somewhat isolated on the farm, many turned on the radio to hear a friendly voice – someone to share their sometimes-lonely lives. Radio homemakers were a popular radio program choice. They served as "neighbors on the air" and helped women with everything from menu planning to child rearing. In this heartwarming documentary, Evelyn Birkby, famed KMA radio homemaker, shares her knowledge about Shenandoah, Iowa's radio homemakers and offers personal and engaging stories about rural life in the 1950s. "The Iowa Boy" Chuck Offenburger along with Iowa historian Tom Morain also give perspective on a simpler time when the American family ideal was foremost on Iowans' minds. [62 minutes]

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