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Joplin Anniversary

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Liam Kieffer
A former neighborhood in Joplin ten months after the tornado.

One year after one of the deadliest tornadoes in U.S. history struck Joplin, Missouri, host Ben Kieffer takes us on trip to Joplin to talk with survivors of the disaster.

We hear from Martha Goldman and Ian Coday, the young couple who survived in their closet as the house around them was ripped away. Also, 76-yr old Carolyn Pendergraft talks about surviving in her basement while above her half century-old donut shop was destroyed.

Iowa State University researchers who visited the aftermath share the lessons learned from the disaster. Professor Bill Gallus and graduate student Chris Karstens tell us what their survey of the structural damage in Joplin reveals about how best to survive a tornado. 




Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River