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The Best Releases of August: Music Staff Picks

Tropical Fuck Storm – Deep States Aussie noise rock band Tropical Fuck Storm’s third album, Deep States, is as messy and disorienting as the doomed political landscape it was birthed out of. Reflecting mind-poisoning social media discourse twisted through the filter of a distortion pedal, vocalists Gareth Liddiard and Fiona Kitschin deliver some of their most compelling melodies over lacerating guitar and synth lines. The opening track, “The Greatest Story Ever Told”, writes from the perspective of Jesus’ second coming to Earth to proclaim in a grand chorus “There ain’t no end of days.” Even at its loudest, a sense … Continued

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The Best Releases of June: Music Staff Picks

Spellling – The Turning Wheel The Turning Wheel, Chrystia Cabral’s third album under the project Spellling, offers bewitchingly captivating progressive folk and neo-soul songs. A shift towards natural instrumentation marks a stark change from 2019’s synth-heavy Mazy Fly, giving these songs a new liveliness, and pushing Cabral’s songwriting towards the theatrical. The sonic palette on its own can be bewildering at first–veering off without warning into performances of soul, hard rock, classical, folk, and of course, synthwave. It’s no surprise that the personnel list reveals more than thirty performers–all of whom sound great. The songs are left with an enchanting … Continued

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Americans Elect Interview w/ Nick Troiano

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 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 Emily Woodbury Below are two interviews discussing the recent hot topic of “pink slime” or textured lean beef trimmings. This type of beef is a combination of the last amounts of useable meat, it is treated with ammonia, and often is mixed with ground beef. Back in 2002, a Food Safety and Inspection Service microbiologist coined the term “pink slime”, but just recently this name has come up in the public. After consumer complaints, several food suppliers, grocery stores, and schools have either discontinued or outright banned the use of these beef trimmings in food products. … 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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By KRUI News Reporters Emily Woodbury, Caitlin Fry, Jen Hoch, and Kuper Bergman UI assistant professor in the journalism school, Melissa Tully, joined us for our weekly RoundTable discussion to examine how the recent changes in internet privacy have caused ads to become more tailored to web users and Google’s recent “for dummies” privacy statement to help limit the time users spend reading privacy policy (it would take a person 25 days out of the year to read privacy policies). Listen to the RoundTable discussion below: [Audio clip: view full post to listen] We also spoke with Nick Bergus, an … Continued

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By KRUI News Reporter Emily Woodbury [Audio clip: view full post to listen] “Five of the eight major GOP candidates reject or doubt the theory of evolution as an explanation for life’s origin on Earth. Although it is not as pertinent of an issue as unemployment or taxes, where candidates stand on such a prominent scientific theory could have an effect on the way people vote. KRUI News Reporter, Emily Woodbury, hit the streets of Iowa City to find out how much the religious or scientific beliefs of a candidate influences voters.”

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By KRUI Reporter Caitlin Fry Recently, the Iowa City City Council approved the second reading on the ordinance amendment that would allow red light cameras on certain Iowa City intersections with a 4-3 vote. Those in favor of the red light cameras believe it will cut down on traffic accidents and increase safety for drivers and pedestrians. Personal injury attorney near downtown Nashville believes that everything that can prevent an accident is a change for the better. Those who oppose the red light cameras argue that they are unnecessary and that any tickets issued from a citation will be received … Continued

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