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Tom Tomorrow: 25 Years of Tomorrow

Image courtesy of Witching Hour Festival

Iowa City native Dan Perkins, aka Tom Tomorrow, is the creator of This Modern World, a weekly political and satirical cartoon which has been a mainstay of the alternative press for more than two and a half decades. He says that the country's tense political environment lately has been challenging in many ways, and the speed at which news is made is particularly difficult. 

"I can't count the number of times that I've had to rewrite a cartoon or a line or replace a panel or something because I would file the cartoon on a Friday afternoon and hope to take the weekend off and something would happen over the weekend. There is no more time off; I'm keeping on eye on Twitter all the time to see what will happen next," he says. 

During this River to River interview, Perkins talks with host Ben Kieffer about his work, the changing political climate in the United States, and growing up in Iowa City.

Perkins will be speaking on Saturday, Oct. 21 at 4 p.m. at the Englert Theatre as part of The Witching Hour festival. 

Lindsey Moon served as IPR's Senior Digital Producer - Music and the Executive Producer of IPR Studio One's All Access program. Moon started as a talk show producer with Iowa Public Radio in May of 2014. She came to IPR by way of Illinois Public Media, an NPR/PBS dual licensee in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, and Wisconsin Public Radio, where she worked as a producer and a general assignment reporter.
Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River