Train-hopping hobos were once needed for Iowa's ag industry – Iowa Public Radio

Talk of Iowa host Charity Nebbe chats with historian Nathan Tye about the presence and passage of migratory workers across Iowa during the period of the 1870s and past the turn of the century.
While some legislators, law enforcement and others found their illicit train riding disruptive to the social order, Tye says the history of these transient lives raises questions about the treatment of the poor and homeless in the state, and the wider history of migrant labor in the region.
Tye is giving a free online presentation Thursday through the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs.
Later in the episode, University of Northern Iowa sophomore Olivia Chambers won two gold medals and a bronze at the United States Paralympic National Championships last December. A swimmer most of her life, Chambers is UNI’s first-ever para-swimming national champion, after losing her eyesight three years ago to a mitochondrial disorder.
Nebbe talks with the Little Rock, Arkansas native about what it was like to lose her eyesight, and her goal to qualify for the U.S. Paralympic Team for the 2024 games in Paris.


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