Katherine Perkins http://iowapublicradio.org en Storing and Preserving your Harvest http://iowapublicradio.org/post/storing-and-preserving-your-harvest <p>Farmers' markets are hopping, CSA boxes are full to bursting, and gardens all over the state are starting to produce, but sometimes a bumper crop can be hard to handle.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 16:53:49 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Katherine Perkins 43589 at http://iowapublicradio.org Storing and Preserving your Harvest Conservative or Consistent? The 2013 - 2014 U.S. Supreme Court Session http://iowapublicradio.org/post/conservative-or-consistent-2013-2014-us-supreme-court-session <p>While some say this year's Supreme Court session was conservative, others have characterized it as consistent. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:38:32 +0000 Clay Masters & Katherine Perkins 43547 at http://iowapublicradio.org Conservative or Consistent? The 2013 - 2014 U.S. Supreme Court Session Money, Canoes or Oral Hygiene: Finding the Key to Happiness http://iowapublicradio.org/post/money-canoes-or-oral-hygiene-finding-key-happiness <p>According to research by the Gallup organization, North Dakotans are happier than Iowans. Or rather, they have a higher state of well-being.</p><p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 18:48:17 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Katherine Perkins 43459 at http://iowapublicradio.org Money, Canoes or Oral Hygiene: Finding the Key to Happiness "Backstage" at The Can Shed http://iowapublicradio.org/post/backstage-can-shed <p>Most people have probably taken a bag of aluminum cans to a redemption center to collect the nickel deposit.&nbsp; You walk in, get them counted and collect your money.&nbsp; But, what happens next?&nbsp; IPR’s Katherine Perkins recently visited The Can Shed in Cedar Rapids to take a tour with owner and operator Troy Willard.&nbsp; Willard says they process 1.5-million containers per week at the facility… and cans are their bread and butter.&nbsp; Turns out, a lot happens after you dump that bag of cans onto the counter.</p><p></p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 19:28:23 +0000 Katherine Perkins 43342 at http://iowapublicradio.org "Backstage" at The Can Shed Gentlemen Bootleggers, the True Story of Templeton Rye http://iowapublicradio.org/post/gentlemen-bootleggers-true-story-templeton-rye <p>During prohibition, there were people all over the United States making and selling spirits, but the people in Templeton, Iowa who were making fine whiskey were not your run of the mill bootleggers.&nbsp; Host Charity Nebbe digs in to the remarkable history of Templeton Rye with Bryce Bauer, author of <a href="http://wolflit.com/preview/gentlemen-bootleggers/"><em>Gentlemen Bootleggers: The True Story of Templeton Rye, Prohibition, and a Small Town in Cahoots</em></a> and historian Tim Walch.&nbsp; They talk about why Iowa went dry five years before the rest of the country and how this smal Thu, 03 Jul 2014 17:43:03 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Katherine Perkins 43178 at http://iowapublicradio.org Gentlemen Bootleggers, the True Story of Templeton Rye More Than Red and Blue, Political Typology Shades of Gray http://iowapublicradio.org/post/more-red-and-blue-political-typology-shades-gray <p>We often like to think of states in terms of red and blue, and people in terms of Democrats, Republicans and Independents.&nbsp; But, the Pew Research Center finds our politics offers many more shades of gray.&nbsp; Host Ben Kieffer talks with a Pew researcher about their latest <a href="http://www.people-press.org/2014/06/26/the-political-typology-beyond-red-vs-blue/">political typology study</a> and what hints it might provide for the upcoming midterm elections.&nbsp; Are you a "Young Outsider," or a "Hard Pressed Skeptic?"&nbsp; You can take the quiz <a href="http://www.people-press.org/ Wed, 02 Jul 2014 21:00:56 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Katherine Perkins 43141 at http://iowapublicradio.org More Than Red and Blue, Political Typology Shades of Gray Great Waterbirds of Iowa http://iowapublicradio.org/post/great-waterbirds-iowa <p>With their long elegant necks, spindly legs and otherworldly calls, an encounter with one of Iowa's herons can take your breath away.&nbsp; Host Charity Nebbe talks with Wildlife Biologist Jim Pease about his summer spent paddling many of Iowa's waterways.&nbsp; On those trips he has gotten up close with Great Blue Herons, Green Herons and Egrets, some of Iowa's most impressive waterbirds.&nbsp; We learn about their mating, nesting and feeding habits.</p><p></p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 19:31:15 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Katherine Perkins 43062 at http://iowapublicradio.org Great Waterbirds of Iowa Prairie Silence http://iowapublicradio.org/post/prairie-silence <p>Melanie Hoffert grew up on a farm in North Dakota.&nbsp; Like so many others, she left.&nbsp; But now she feels torn between the land and people she loves and the freedom to live an authentic life.&nbsp; Host Charity Nebbe talks with Hoffert about her memoir <em>Prairie Silence: A Rural Ex-Patriot's Journey to Reconcile, Home, Love and Faith.&nbsp; </em>In that book, she describes the month she returned to her family farm to help her father and brother during harvest.&nbsp; They also discuss what it was like to grow up as a gay woman in rural North Dakota.</p><p></p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 19:18:20 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Katherine Perkins 43013 at http://iowapublicradio.org Prairie Silence Dandelion Donuts and Mulberry Taffy http://iowapublicradio.org/post/dandelion-donuts-and-mulberry-taffy <p>Everyone knows that morel mushrooms are delicious, but our forests and fields hold a lot of other wild delicacies too. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 17:08:28 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Katherine Perkins 42898 at http://iowapublicradio.org Dandelion Donuts and Mulberry Taffy November Matchups Set http://iowapublicradio.org/post/november-matchups-set <p>The last round of primary elections until August was held on Tuesday.&nbsp; Most of the matchups for the November midterm elections are set, including Iowa's contests.&nbsp; In a surprise victory this weekend, delegates to the third district Republican convention, chose David Young, former Chief of Staff for Senator Charles Grassley, as their nominee.&nbsp; That despite his fifth place finish in June 3rd voting.&nbsp; Host Ben Kieffer talks with Tim Hagle, Associate Professor of Political Science at University of Iowa and Chris Larimer, Associate Professor of Political Science at University Wed, 25 Jun 2014 21:24:51 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Katherine Perkins 42801 at http://iowapublicradio.org November Matchups Set Vegetables or Candy? http://iowapublicradio.org/post/vegetables-or-candy <p>When you ask people what is important to eat, they'll tell you vegetables.&nbsp; When you quietly watch, they'll mostly eat candy.&nbsp; It turns out the same is true of news.&nbsp; The launching board for our conversation is a new study showing that while people consistently rank news coverage of international news, business and politics as being most important to their lives, an analysis of their online behavior tells a different story.&nbsp; The study sparked <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2014/06/news-kim-kardashian-kanye-west-benghazi/372906/">this recent article Tue, 24 Jun 2014 21:34:36 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Katherine Perkins 42741 at http://iowapublicradio.org Vegetables or Candy? Iraq: "A Situation where there are Some Really Bad Choices" http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iraq-situation-where-there-are-some-really-bad-choices <p>The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, ISIS, has made major advances and taken control of portions of Iraq where U.S. soldiers once fought.&nbsp; Three years after the U.S. military's role ended in Iraq, following a decade of conflict, Iraq has devolved into a sectarian conflict.&nbsp; Host Ben Stanton talks with Jim McCormick, Professor and Chair of Political Science at Iowa State University and Wayne Moyer, Rosenfield Professor of Political Science at Grinnell College about how the U.S. should respond to the Iraqi crisis.</p><p></p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 20:40:42 +0000 Ben Stanton & Katherine Perkins 42425 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iraq: "A Situation where there are Some Really Bad Choices" Growing Old and Dying in Prison http://iowapublicradio.org/post/growing-old-and-dying-prison-0 <p>Today we listen back to a show, part of Iowa Public Radio's <a href="http://iowapublicradio.org/topic/summer-corrections-series" target="_blank">corrections series</a> last summer, about what it is like to grow old and die in prison.</p><p>We hear from an offender who works in a hospice program. He has helped 20 fellow inmates face the end of life behind bars. Host Ben Kieffer also talk with a 74-year-old inmate about growing old. We also tour a hospice room at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center in Coralville.</p><p></p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 17:13:32 +0000 Ben Kieffer, Katherine Perkins & Ben Stanton 42353 at http://iowapublicradio.org Growing Old and Dying in Prison "He was All About Making Sure Everyone Around him was Having the Best Time" http://iowapublicradio.org/post/he-was-all-about-making-sure-everyone-around-him-was-having-best-time <p>Usually, when we tell somebody about a trip, we tell them about where we went, for how long, maybe even what we drove... Sat, 14 Jun 2014 21:50:49 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Katherine Perkins 42242 at http://iowapublicradio.org "He was All About Making Sure Everyone Around him was Having the Best Time" The Miserable Trip You Wouldn't Miss for the World http://iowapublicradio.org/post/miserable-trip-you-wouldnt-miss-world <p>Summer is the time of year when seemingly reasonable people load up the car for a family road trip.&nbsp; The misadventures of the Griswald family in <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i6G68ppe5C8"><em>National Lampoon's Vacation</em></a> captured the trials and tribulations of this summer ritual.&nbsp; Host Charity Nebbe talks with travel writer Jennifer Wilson about potential destinations on an Iowa road trip, and listeners share their family road trip memories.</p><p></p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 17:07:17 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Katherine Perkins 42109 at http://iowapublicradio.org The Miserable Trip You Wouldn't Miss for the World Washington D.C. - Hollywood’s New Wild West? http://iowapublicradio.org/post/washington-dc-hollywood-s-new-wild-west <p>From the idealistic public servants of "The West Wing" to the conniving anti-heroes of "House of Cards," the portrayal of Washington D.C. in popular culture has changed significantly over the last decade.</p><p>Today on <em>River to River</em> - what shows set in our nation's capital say about our political climate, and what we can and cannot learn from these programs.</p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 21:16:25 +0000 Emily Woodbury & Katherine Perkins 42071 at http://iowapublicradio.org Washington D.C. - Hollywood’s New Wild West? "Iowa Pints" a Guide for Iowa's Brewery Boom http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowa-pints-guide-iowas-brewery-boom <p>Iowa brewer and author Jay Wilson first gained notoriety for his all-beer lenten fast.&nbsp; Now he's back with a guide to help beer enthusiasts navigate Iowa's brewery boom.&nbsp; Host Ben Kieffer talks with him about his book, <em>Iowa Pints</em> due out June 12th.</p><p></p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 19:19:23 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Katherine Perkins 41935 at http://iowapublicradio.org "Iowa Pints" a Guide for Iowa's Brewery Boom "Unprecedented" Settlement Could Mean Jail Time for Elder DeCoster http://iowapublicradio.org/post/unprecedented-settlement-could-mean-jail-time-elder-decoster <p>Host Ben Kieffer talks with Seattle, Washington food safety lawyer Bill Marler, who represented some of those sickened in a 2010 salmonella outbreak caused by contaminated eggs.&nbsp; This week a settlement was reached with Quality Egg and two of its top executives, Jack and Peter DeCoster.&nbsp; Marler says Jack DeCoster comes to the court with a "checkered past," that could make jail time more likely in this case.</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 18:53:22 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Katherine Perkins 41857 at http://iowapublicradio.org "Unprecedented" Settlement Could Mean Jail Time for Elder DeCoster Regents Change University Funding Structure http://iowapublicradio.org/post/regents-change-university-funding-structure <p>The Iowa Board of Regents has adopted a plan to change how state funding is allocated to Iowa's three Regents' universities.&nbsp; Host Ben Kieffer talks with IPR's Dean Borg about the factors that will be used to set future funding levels, including numbers of in-state students and graduation rates.</p><p></p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 20:55:42 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Katherine Perkins 41849 at http://iowapublicradio.org Regents Change University Funding Structure 2014 Voter Guide http://iowapublicradio.org/post/2014-voter-guide <p>In an effort to provide voters with information about the candidates in the 2014 primary elections, Iowa Public Radio staff contacted the Democratic and Republican candidates competing in Iowa’s open congressional races.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 14:33:09 +0000 Katherine Perkins 41629 at http://iowapublicradio.org 2014 Voter Guide Candidate Profile: Joni Ernst http://iowapublicradio.org/post/candidate-profile-joni-ernst <p>Read this candidate profile of Republican U.S. Senate candidate Joni Ernst. She was interviewed as part of IPR's 2014 Primary Voter Guide <a href="http://iowapublicradio.org/topic/2014-voter-guide" target="_blank">series</a>.</p><p> Sun, 01 Jun 2014 17:19:24 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Katherine Perkins 41550 at http://iowapublicradio.org Candidate Profile: Joni Ernst Candidate Profile: Matt Whitaker http://iowapublicradio.org/post/candidate-profile-matt-whitaker <p>Read this candidate profile of Republican U.S. Senate candidate Matt Whitaker. He was interviewed as part of IPR's 2014 Primary Voter Guide <a href="http://iowapublicradio.org/topic/2014-voter-guide" target="_blank">series</a>.</p><p> Sun, 01 Jun 2014 16:54:00 +0000 Pat Blank & Katherine Perkins 41548 at http://iowapublicradio.org Candidate Profile: Matt Whitaker Pecans in Iowa? Yes! http://iowapublicradio.org/post/pecans-iowa-yes <p>Everyone knows you can grow black walnuts in Iowa.&nbsp; But, there are actually a lot of other nuts we can grow too, and some of them may surprise you.&nbsp; Host Charity Nebbe talks with Jeff Jensen of <a href="http://www.treesforever.org/">Trees Forever</a>, and Tom Wahl of <a href="http://www.redfernfarm.com/">Red Fern Farm</a> in Wapello about hickory nuts, pecans, chestnuts, hazelnuts, pine nuts and more.&nbsp; Horticulturist Richard Jauron answers non-nut related questions.</p><p></p> Fri, 30 May 2014 17:31:20 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Katherine Perkins 41476 at http://iowapublicradio.org Pecans in Iowa? Yes! Candidate Profile: Steve Rathje http://iowapublicradio.org/post/candidate-profile-steve-rathje <p>Read this candidate profile of 1st District Republican candidate Steve Rathje. He was interviewed as part of IPR's 2014 Primary Voter Guide series.</p><p> Thu, 29 May 2014 19:32:29 +0000 Katherine Perkins 41415 at http://iowapublicradio.org Candidate Profile: Steve Rathje Candidate Profile: Gail Boliver http://iowapublicradio.org/post/candidate-profile-gail-boliver <p>Read this candidate profile of 1st District Republican candidate Gail Boliver. He was interviewed as part of IPR's 2014 Primary Voter Guide series.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 29 May 2014 18:54:18 +0000 Emily Woodbury & Katherine Perkins 41386 at http://iowapublicradio.org Candidate Profile: Gail Boliver Candidate Profile: Anesa Kajtazovic http://iowapublicradio.org/post/candidate-profile-anesa-kajtazovic <p>Read this candidate profile of 1st District Democratic candidate Anesa Kajtazovic. She was interviewed as part of IPR's 2014 Primary Voter Guide <a href="http://iowapublicradio.org/topic/2014-voter-guide" target="_blank">series</a>.</p><p> Thu, 29 May 2014 18:31:50 +0000 Emily Woodbury & Katherine Perkins 41385 at http://iowapublicradio.org Candidate Profile: Anesa Kajtazovic Candidate Profile: Monica Vernon http://iowapublicradio.org/post/candidate-profile-monica-vernon <p>Read this candidate profile of 1st District Democratic candidate Monica Vernon. She was interviewed as part of IPR's 2014 Primary Voter Guide <a href="http://iowapublicradio.org/topic/2014-voter-guide" target="_blank">series</a>.</p><p> Thu, 29 May 2014 18:16:49 +0000 Pat Blank & Katherine Perkins 41384 at http://iowapublicradio.org Candidate Profile: Monica Vernon Candidate Profile: Rod Blum http://iowapublicradio.org/post/candidate-profile-rod-blum <p>Read this candidate profile of 1st District Republican candidate Rod Blum. He was interviewed as part of IPR's 2014 Primary Voter Guide <a href="http://iowapublicradio.org/topic/2014-voter-guide" target="_blank">series</a>.</p><p> Thu, 29 May 2014 13:29:57 +0000 Lindsey Moon & Katherine Perkins 41377 at http://iowapublicradio.org Candidate Profile: Rod Blum Crowded Primary Contests Could Send Decisions to Conventions http://iowapublicradio.org/post/crowded-primary-contests-could-send-decisions-conventions <p>Iowa's primary election is next week.&nbsp; Both major parties will be choosing their candidates for the November election.&nbsp; Host Dean Borg talks with Des Moines Register Political Columnist Kathie Obradovich and Donna Hoffman, Chair of the Political Science Department at University of Northern Iowa about the two congressional races drawing the most attention.&nbsp; Iowa's third and first districts will be open contests, with no incumbent seeking re-election.&nbsp; You can learn more about the candidates and their positions on a variety of issues<a href="http://iowapublicradio.org/topi Wed, 28 May 2014 20:29:34 +0000 Dean Borg & Katherine Perkins 41357 at http://iowapublicradio.org Crowded Primary Contests Could Send Decisions to Conventions Teaching History to Kids Living in the Now http://iowapublicradio.org/post/teaching-history-kids-living-now <p>Social studies doesn't fall under the three Rs in education, and it shows. From school district to school district, the way that history, government, and world culture courses are taught varies dramatically.</p><p>Today on Talk of Iowa, we focus on civics education in our state, and talk with some extraordinary teachers.</p><p></p> Tue, 27 May 2014 21:18:20 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Katherine Perkins 41310 at http://iowapublicradio.org Teaching History to Kids Living in the Now