Sarah McCammon http://wyso.org en Music Education For Creativity, Not A Tool For Test Scores http://wyso.org/post/music-education-creativity-not-tool-test-scores In a mobile classroom — basically a trailer outfitted with a desk and some chairs — music teacher Chris Miller works with a group of active kindergartners dressed in green and khaki school uniforms. He teaches them the basics: musical concepts, artists and styles of music.<p>"Everybody repeat after me," he says. "Wade in the water." Kids sing back, "Wade in the water."<p>Though classes like Miller's still exist, the arts have been known to fall down the priority list amid pressure on schools to improve test scores. Tue, 18 Feb 2014 22:49:00 +0000 Sarah McCammon 46074 at http://wyso.org Music Education For Creativity, Not A Tool For Test Scores In Rural Iowa, Distance Makes Health Care Sign-Ups A Challenge http://wyso.org/post/rural-iowa-distance-makes-health-care-sign-ups-challenge Broadlawns Medical Center has been serving low-income residents of Des Moines, Iowa, and the surrounding countryside for decades. Now there's a twist in Broadlawns' mission as a public hospital: helping people sign up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act.<p>On a recent Saturday morning, Jerrine Sanford traveled half an hour from the small town of Runnells to get her insurance questions answered at a hospital-run event.<p>Sanford, 47, is out of work because of a back injury. Wed, 27 Nov 2013 20:42:00 +0000 Sarah McCammon 42657 at http://wyso.org In Rural Iowa, Distance Makes Health Care Sign-Ups A Challenge The Silver Lining In Drought: 5 Upsides To Rain-Free Weather http://wyso.org/post/silver-lining-drought-5-upsides-rain-free-weather Drought is mostly seen as a bad thing — and for good reason. It dries up crops, destroys landscaping and stops ships from moving. But even the lack of rain clouds has a bright side.<p><strong>Good For Grapes</strong><p>Last summer it seemed like all Midwestern farmers were upset over the lack of rain. But not all of them were; those growing grapes were embracing the drought.<p>John Larson makes wine at Snus Hill Winery in Madrid, Iowa. This time of year, he's not growing grapes but instead mixing wine in giant, silver tanks. Mon, 28 Jan 2013 22:09:00 +0000 Sarah McCammon 28222 at http://wyso.org The Silver Lining In Drought: 5 Upsides To Rain-Free Weather On The Trail In Iowa, The 'Death Tax' Gets New Life http://wyso.org/post/trail-iowa-death-tax-gets-new-life <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DKhjhJWKmX4</p> Sun, 21 Oct 2012 21:46:00 +0000 Sarah McCammon 23956 at http://wyso.org On The Trail In Iowa, The 'Death Tax' Gets New Life Iowa Voters Who Are — Literally — Done With The Election http://wyso.org/post/iowa-voters-who-are-literally-done-election Early in-person voting has begun in Iowa, the first swing state to open polling sites.<p>Residents of the battleground state can now vote in person at their local county auditors' offices or turn them in by mail. Some areas will offer additional satellite locations.<p><p>At the Polk County Auditor's office in downtown Des Moines Thursday morning, a line of voters stretched down the block as the door opened.<p>Peter Clay, 62, was among the many supporters of President Obama. Thu, 27 Sep 2012 23:21:00 +0000 Sarah McCammon 22921 at http://wyso.org Iowa Voters Who Are — Literally — Done With The Election