"The Schaffner Players" and "The Age of Miracles"

Apr 24, 2013

In the early 20th Century entertainment could be hard to come by and a great deal of excitement greeted troops of traveling actors when they arrived in small Iowa towns. As radio, movies and later television became popular, most of these troops disappeared. But one Iowa based company--The Schaffner Players--outlasted all the others, touring until 1998.  "Talk of Iowa" sits down with Michael Kramme, a former Schaffner Player and author of the new book "The Schaffner Players" to discuss the early years of the group.

Also, later in the hour we speak with best-selling author and recent Iowa transfer Karen Thompson Walker about her novel "The Age of Miracles."