Clay Masters

Clay Masters is a reporter for Iowa Public Radio and formerly for Harvest Public Media. His stories have appeared on NPR

6:59am

Sat January 18, 2014
Music Interviews

'Made For This': The Rootless Life Of A Roving Musician

Originally published on Sat January 18, 2014 10:35 am

David Dondero performs at D.G.'s Tap House in Ames, Iowa.
John Pemble

Guitarist and songwriter David Dondero is a transient. He's lived all over the country, from Alaska to Texas. When he's not touring, he finds work — most recently as a carpenter in California. But it never lasts. Music always finds its way back into his life.

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3:21pm

Thu December 26, 2013
Shots - Health News

Iowa Opens The Doors To Medicaid Coverage, On Its Own Terms

Originally published on Thu December 26, 2013 4:52 pm

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At the Central Iowa Shelter and Services in Des Moines, Iowa, health insurance navigator Andrea Pearce stood in a crowded dining hall on a recent day, shouting instructions on how residents can sign up for Medicaid.

"If you do not have insurance and you want to enroll and you have an e-mail address where you know the password," she said, "come to the computer lab we will guide you through the application."

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11:11am

Thu August 22, 2013
Music News

A Unique Digital Music Service, For Locals Only

Originally published on Wed August 28, 2013 12:30 pm

Iowa City librarian Jason Paulios reviews recently donated CDs. Paulios says donations of old music give the library greater freedom to purchase new stuff, as well as license digital versions directly from smaller artists.
Clay Masters

Iowa City librarian Jason Paulios pulls out his smartphone, enters his library-card number and begins downloading an album by local metal band Blizzard at Sea.

"So it's extracting now," he says, eyes on the screen. "It's at about 90 percent."

The download takes about five minutes to complete. Paulios says it's a great way to check out local music: You could be waiting for a concert to start, download an album by the band you're about to see and then listen to it on the way home.

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1:03am

Sat August 17, 2013
Music

William Tyler Speaks 'Truth' Through His Guitar

Originally published on Sun August 18, 2013 6:35 am

William Tyler performs in Iowa City.
Clay Masters

William Tyler takes the stage at the Trumpet Blossom Café, a vegan restaurant and bar in Iowa City. Surrounded by effects pedals for his guitar, he wears jeans and black cowboy boots, and his fingernails are about an inch long.

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3:46am

Wed January 9, 2013
Business

Mississippi River Level Disrupts Supply Chain

Originally published on Wed January 9, 2013 5:26 am

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5:31am

Sat August 18, 2012
Election 2012

King, Vilsack Take House Battle To The Fairground

Originally published on Sat August 18, 2012 1:14 pm

Republican Rep. Steve King of Iowa (right) flips pork chops at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines while Terry Aupperle of Wiota watches. Aupperle lives in Cass County. He can't vote for King anymore because of redistricting.
Clay Masters Iowa Public Radio

One of the country's toughest congressional races is in Iowa between Republican Rep. Steve King and the state's former first lady, Christie Vilsack.

Iowa is losing a seat in the House after the election, due to redistricting. Now ultra-conservative King is facing a more moderate electorate as he runs in the newly redrawn 4th Congressional District against a political newcomer.

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7:01am

Thu July 19, 2012
Around the Nation

Drought Hits Farmers And Residential Landscapers

The drought is beginning to really sink its teeth into the Midwest. More than three-quarters of the nation's corn acres are in a drought zone. In Iowa, Illinois and Indiana, corn crops are burning up and its causing commodity prices to shoot up. Suburban residents are paying to water their lawns, but it isn't doing much good.

1:53am

Tue April 17, 2012
Election 2012

Democrat Bob Kerrey Faces Uphill Race In Nebraska

Originally published on Tue April 17, 2012 5:15 pm

Former Nebraska Sen. Bob Kerrey campaigns at a Democratic caucus site on April 14 at Bellevue University in Bellevue, Neb. Kerrey has decided to run again for his old seat in the U.S. Senate.
Clay Masters for NPR

Former Nebraska Gov. and two-term Sen. Bob Kerrey, who faces long odds in reclaiming the seat left open by retiring Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson, is in his home state trying to get his old job back.

After a full of morning of shaking hands, smiling and trying to win over voters, Kerrey settles on lunch at the Taqueria Tijuana in south Omaha.

After lunch, he takes off walking down 24th Street, telling his staffers to catch up with him. He says things are different now from when he first sought public office in 1982.

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