© 2023 Iowa Public Radio
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

Looking Back At The "Roaring 20s" In Iowa

Courtesy of the State Historical Society of Iowa
The rise of the automobile in the 1920s afforded the middle-class a new sense of independence and adventure.

After the flu pandemic of 1918 and 1919 and the completion of World War I, life changed pretty dramatically in the United States and here in Iowa. As we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, some people believe we’re on the cusp of another roaring 1920s. Therefore, this feels like a very good time to learn about the first one.

On this Talk of Iowa podcast, host Charity Nebbe discusses the 1920s, also known as The Jazz Age, a time of great music, dancing, drinking and flappers breaking down all kinds of social norms with Leo Landis of the State Historical Society of Iowa.


  • Leo Landis, state curator, State Historical Society of Iowa
Charity Nebbe is the host of IPR's Talk of Iowa
Rick Brewer was a producer for IPR's Talk of Iowa and River to River