Decorah history and today's presidential politics MPR's Morning Edition visited Decorah, Iowa Monday to preview the Iowa caucuses, which take place in early January. MPR's Jim Bickal spoke with John Christiansen, an emeritus professor of history at Luther College, to talk about the history of Decorah, where the college is located.6:36 a.m.
How do the Iowa caucuses work? MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Ben Steines, the chair of Winneshiek County, Iowa, Republicans, and Pat Brockett, co-chair of the Winneshiek County Democrats, about how the Iowa caucuses work.6:50 a.m.
The view of the Iowa caucuses from the Decorah News Many of the presidential candidates have been criss-crossing Iowa for months and will continue to do so throughout the holidays, right up until caucus day. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke Paul Scott, a reporter for the Decorah News, about all that attention.7:36 a.m.
Luther College political scientists talk presidential politics MPR's Cathy Wurzer talked about local and presidential politics with two political science professors at Luther College. Michael Englehardt is also the former chair of the Winneshiek County Republicans. Jim Rhodes has been caucusing with the Democrats since the 1970s.7:45 a.m.
Ron Paul finds enthusiastic support at Luther College GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul has attracted an eclectic and passionate group of supporters at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with one of them, Karl Amlie, who chairs Ron Paul's campaign at Luther.8:36 a.m.
Most Iowans stay at home for the caucuses About 10 percent of Iowa's voting population actually participates in the caucuses. MPR's Cathy Wurzer presents some of the voices of those who do not intend to go to the caucuses.8:40 a.m.
Obama worker tells of working Decorah for votes Sen. Barack Obama's campaign has rented a storefront in Decorah, Iowa. The Obama office is run by field organizer Victoria McCullough, who has been there for six months. She spoke with MPR's Jim Bickal about her experiences in Decorah.8:43 a.m.
News Cut's Bob Collins takes a look at the caucuses from Iowa MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Minnesota Public Radio's online reporter Bob Collins, the author of a new Web feature called News Cut -- a fresh take on the latest news headlines. Collins was in Decorah to scope out Ron Paul's popularity.8:53 a.m.
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