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The Best Releases of May: Music Staff Picks

Squid – Bright Green Field Long before the release of their debut LP, Squid has been making waves in the post-punk community with their own brand of angular and uniquely provocative songwriting that has set them apart from peers in the genre. With the often deranged and purposely erratic vocal delivery of singer Ollie Judge and the driving pseudo-punk melodies conducted by the rest of the band, there is no doubt the group has emotional, musical, and lyrical potency. In their most recent works, including the two singles they released in 2020 and their latest LP, Squid has begun to incorporate … Continued

News
Vaccines in Iowa: How are we doing?

As of April 5th, all Iowans are eligible to receive vaccinations. Previously, state guidelines restricted vaccines to high-risk groups such as essential workers, adults aged 65 and up, or people with pre-existing medical conditions. Now that eligibility has expanded, securing an appointment may be a difficult task. (image via Global Gazette)

Sports
Iowa Spring Practice: QB’s duel, youth arrives, and defense shines

Not since Iowa beat Illinois 19-10 on Senior Day in 2019 had the Hawkeyes played in front of home fans outside of friends and family. That streak ended Saturday morning as Iowa held it’s first of two open practices this spring with fans in attendance. Fans arrived as early as before 7 AM to get the first chance to see their Hawkeyes in person since November of 2019. Many were pleased with the results, but it would’ve taken a natural disaster to ruin the moods of the black and gold this weekend. “Certainly is great to be back in Kinnick … Continued

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Vox Pop: Student Voices from President Obama’s UI Visit

By KRUI News Reporter Stephanie Nelson snelson@krui.fm President Barack Obama appeared in Iowa City on Wednesday, April 25th to speak at the University of Iowa Field House about the effects of increasing student loan interest rates and how doubling those rates could affect current and future college students in their quest for affordable education. KRUI News Reporters spoke with University of Iowa students about how doubling the interest rates of student loans would affect them and how they needed nation 21 bad credit and cash loans help. Listen to responses from various students here: [Audio clip: view full post to … Continued

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By KRUI News Reporter Kuper Bergman In the April 14th edition of Strange Stories, Kuper found that George Zimmerman, the alleged Trayvon Martin killer awaiting trial, now has a Twitter account despite being in jail; police say two people in ninja costumes robbed a medical marijuana delivery man; and a Floridian man beat a rattlesnake with his trusty golf club. Listen to the strange stories below: [Audio clip: view full post to listen]

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By KRUI News Staffers Emily Woodbury, Marissa Mehalek, Serena Collins, and Lauren Siebert The KRUI News staff spoke with Nick Troiano who is National Campus Director of Americans Elect, a non-partisan non-profit organization who hopes to host the first national online presidential primary in U.S. history. The organization’s sole purpose is to obtain signatures to get on the ballot throughout the United States and to build the technology to process an online nomination. Listen to the interview below: [Audio clip: view full post to listen]

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By The TechFire’s Chad Lieberman, Serena Collins and Crissa Toledo KRUI News Reporter Emily Woodbury sat in on the discussion with the TechFire contributors and Dr. Robert Cargill, an assistant professor in Judaism and Christianity as well as the Department of Classics, to discuss Google’s latest prototype called Project Glass. Project Glass looks to take smart phone technology and make it into a wearable device headed by Google’s X Labs where workers specializes in futuristic technologies including the possibility of a space elevator and self driving cars. Listen to the discussion below: [Audio clip: view full post to listen]

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By KRUI News Reporters Caitlin Fry, Emily Woodbury, and Kuper Bergman The KRUI News staff discussed mobile shopping trends with Natt Fry who is the mobile and cross-channel retailing leader at consultancy firm Accenture for the April 14th edition of the RoundTable. Mobile shopping trends are starting to gain increased traction due to smartphones and tablet computers changing the way retailers interact with shoppers as the mobile devices move from the margins into the mainstream. Mr. Fry believes that mobile web sites [themselves] will be the predominant method for delivering features and functions versus mobile apps within the next few … Continued

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By KRUI News Reporters Emily Woodbury, Meghan Horihan, Lauren Siebert, Marissa Mehalek KRUI News Staffers sat down with Jefri Palermo, the Development Coordinator at the UI School of Social Work, to discuss this year’s Bill Sackter Day which will focus on autism spectrum disorders and the various work that students, staff and faculty do in regards to spread awareness not only about Bill Sackter but also to encourage outside discussion about autism spectrum disorders. There are different types of autism, many young people with autism are usually very reserved and introverted, many often spend their time playing video games at … Continued

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By KRUI News Reporter Betsy Penisten bpenisten@krui.fm Actor and Obama enthusiast, Kal Penn, dropped by Iowa City to help round up youth and local support for President Barack Obama’s campaign at the Greater Together Youth Summit held at the Sheraton Hotel in Iowa City. Penn has been the associate director for the White House Office of Public Engagement since 2009. He has served as a liaison with the Asian-American and Pacific Islander communities as part of his position. KRUI News Reporter Betsy Penisten was able to ask Penn a few questions during his quick stop in Iowa City. Listen to … Continued

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By KRUI News Reporter Serena Collins serena-collins@uiowa.edu In this fast-changing world of business and technology, it can be difficult for students to stay up-to-date with the latest news. On Thursday, March 1st, the KRUI 89.7 News Team featured The Tech Fire, a brand new blog site that is all about giving students the knowledge they need to stay relevant and informed. The Tech Fire’s founder, Chad Lieberman, shared his thoughts on how The Tech Fire equips students with the knowledge they need to stay relevant and informed and Alexa Bennett shared how her journalism skills and hiring a company providing … Continued

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By KRUI News Reporter Kuper Bergman Your Strange Stories of the week for March 3rd include: •Ultimate Tazer Ball which involves players carrying a stun gun to electrically shock their opponent who is carrying the ball, •A Republican congressman from Maryland is in a hairy situation over a proposal to give tax breaks to Americans with mustaches, •The race for a Senate seat in Virginia may evolve into a cat fight now that one Springfield resident has tossed his collar into the ring. Listen to this week’s Strange Stories below: [Audio clip: view full post to listen]

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By KRUI News Reporter Serena Collins On Saturday, March 3rd University of Iowa Journalism Professor Melissa Tully joined the RoundTable to share her thoughts on how online companies use the Internet and privacy settings. To put the issue in context, the discussion began with an interview with University of Iowa Adjunct Instructor Nick Bergus. Bergus became an “unofficial” advertising salesman for a 55-gallon tub of lubricant on Facebook when he “liked” an ad as a Valentine’s Day joke. It was Valentine’s Day. Nick Bergus was surfing the Internet when he clicked on a link that led him to an ad … Continued

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By KRUI News Reporters Emily Woodbury, Caitlin Fry, and Kuper Bergman Kristian Day is the director of the documentary film, Capone’s Whiskey: The Story of Templeton Rye which played at the Bijou Theatre the weekend of May 2, 2012. Day’s film chronicles the history of the infamous whiskey cookers of Carroll county from their outlaw days of Prohibition to the legalized and much sought after liquor. Day called into the station to discuss the process of making the film and how the idea to revive the legend of Templeton Rye came to him with KRUI News Reporters, Emily Woodbury, Caitlin … Continued

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