JOHNSTON, IOWA (October 13, 2021) — Join Iowa PBS virtually on Tuesday, November 9, 7PM, for a Pop-Up Film Series event featuring Iowa's Wild Weather: Drought. This new program from Iowa PBS examines the struggles Iowans have faced as drought conditions dry up rural life and the opportunities that go along with it. Follow along as we discover the history of drought in Iowa, what is being done to protect Iowa's landscape and how climate change continues to increase the pressure on Iowa's rural communities.

"Producing this project has opened my eyes to the struggles rural communities face when it comes to drought. Aging infrastructure and wells, coupled with limited fiscal resources, can cripple a town's ability to respond to a natural disaster," said Iowa PBS Producer and Director John Torpy. "As weather extremes grow in both scope and intensity, the people in these communities are coming together to do what they can to preserve their heritage and way of life."

Following the hour-long show, the producer of the program will continue the conversation with Dr Justin Glisan, State Climatologist with the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. Through the online shared media viewing platform, audience members can discuss the film and ask questions during the live discussion.

For more information and to register for this free virtual event, visit

Iowa's Wild Weather: Drought premieres on statewide Iowa PBS on Wednesday, November 24, 7PM.

In addition to its statewide broadcast, Iowa PBS .1 is available to livestream on, the PBS Video App, and YouTube TV. Iowa PBS programs, behind-the-scenes extras, and more can be enjoyed on iowapbs.orgFacebook, and YouTube. Viewers can also stream their favorite shows on demand using the PBS Video App, available on iOS, Android, and many streaming devices.

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As Iowa's only statewide television network, Iowa PBS's mission to educate, inform, enrich, and inspire Iowans guides its quality, non-commercial programming that tells Iowa's stories like no one else can. Four statewide, public channels offer programs of lasting value to Iowans, regardless of where they live or what they can afford: Iowa PBS .1, Iowa PBS KIDS .2, Iowa PBS WORLD .3 and Iowa PBS Create .4 on Channel 11, Des Moines; Channel 12, Iowa City; Channel 21, Fort Dodge; Channel 24, Mason City; Channel 27, Sioux City; Channel 32, Waterloo; Channel 32, Council Bluffs; Channel 36, Davenport; and Channel 36, Red Oak. More information can be found at

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