Clay Masters

Clay Masters is a reporter for Iowa Public Radio and formerly for Harvest Public Media. His stories have appeared on NPR

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6:25am

Sat January 18, 2014
Music Interviews

'Made For This': The Rootless Life Of A Roving Musician

Originally published on Sat January 18, 2014 9:35 am

David Dondero performs at D.G.'s Tap House in Ames, Iowa.
John Pemble

Guitarist and songwriter David Dondero is a transient. He's lived all over the country, from Alaska to Texas. When he's not touring, he finds work — most recently as a carpenter in California. But it never lasts. Music always finds its way back into his life.

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2:50pm

Thu December 26, 2013
Shots - Health News

Iowa Opens The Doors To Medicaid Coverage, On Its Own Terms

Originally published on Thu December 26, 2013 3:52 pm

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At the Central Iowa Shelter and Services in Des Moines, Iowa, health insurance navigator Andrea Pearce stood in a crowded dining hall on a recent day, shouting instructions on how residents can sign up for Medicaid.

"If you do not have insurance and you want to enroll and you have an e-mail address where you know the password," she said, "come to the computer lab we will guide you through the application."

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10:11am

Thu August 22, 2013
Music

A Unique Digital Music Service, For Locals Only

Originally published on Wed August 28, 2013 11:30 am

Iowa City librarian Jason Paulios reviews recently donated CDs. Paulios says donations of old music give the library greater freedom to purchase new stuff, as well as license digital versions directly from smaller artists.
Clay Masters

Iowa City librarian Jason Paulios pulls out his smartphone, enters his library-card number and begins downloading an album by local metal band Blizzard at Sea.

"So it's extracting now," he says, eyes on the screen. "It's at about 90 percent."

The download takes about five minutes to complete. Paulios says it's a great way to check out local music: You could be waiting for a concert to start, download an album by the band you're about to see and then listen to it on the way home.

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12:03am

Sat August 17, 2013
Music

William Tyler Speaks 'Truth' Through His Guitar

Originally published on Sun August 18, 2013 5:35 am

William Tyler performs in Iowa City.
Clay Masters

William Tyler takes the stage at the Trumpet Blossom Café, a vegan restaurant and bar in Iowa City. Surrounded by effects pedals for his guitar, he wears jeans and black cowboy boots, and his fingernails are about an inch long.

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4:10am

Sun January 13, 2013
Music

A Married Duo Chases The Dream, Toddlers In Tow

Originally published on Sun January 13, 2013 12:37 pm

Stefanie Drootin-Senseny and Chris Senseny are the core of Big Harp, a band the married couple formed shortly after the birth of their second child.
Ryan Fox Courtesy of the artist

Big Harp guitarist and lead singer Chris Senseney pulls his minivan into a gas station off Interstate 80 near the small town of Walnut, Iowa. His wife, and the band's bassist, Stefanie Drootin-Senseney jostles through children's books and toys scattered on the floor. Their kids do what kids do on long car trips: sing.

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