The Ruralists is a band from Sioux Center, Iowa who believes art and beauty can be found hidden in the back of any old garage in small town America. On this episode of Flyover Folk, Luke Hawley and Laremy De Vries of the Ruralists discuss creativity and music in the center of America's farm country.
Iowa Congressman Steve King in many ways has become the face of rural American politics. He often attracts the national spotlight through his racist anti-immigrant rhetoric and rants against a multicultural America. King made national news again recently, this time for saying that “We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies.” But ironically for King, Latino immigrants are the single biggest hope for rebuilding rural America — specifically his rural America. Populations in 31 of the 39 counties King represents have declined between 2010 and 2015.
Americans are living through the worst addiction epidemic in our nation’s history.
n this episode we speak with a group of United Methodist Clergy in Wichita, Kansas behind the band, Brutal Bear and non-profit SoCe Life. Adam and Ashley Barlow-Thompson originally connected with Matt Johnson through their love of folk music but later turned the community generated through their group into non-profit serving their neighborhood.
On this episode, we hear from Burns Strider.