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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed December 22, 2010

Gratitude in Our Lives

We teach our children to say please and thank you, but how can we teach them to be truly grateful for what they have? This hour, we'll talk about cultivating a sense of gratitude in our children and ourselves and the positive impact that being grateful can have on our lives and the lives of those around us. Guests are Kimberly Greder, Professor of Human Development and Family Studies at Iowa State University, and Mary Jane Ryan, author of "Attitudes of Gratitude: How to Give and Receive Joy Everyday in Your Life."

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River to River
1:00 pm
Tue December 21, 2010

An Iowa soldier in Iraq & The Iowa Precinct Caucuses: The Making of Media Event

"The Iowa Precinct Caucuses, the Making of a Media Event," is now in its Third Edition. This latest edition adds results from 2000 (which saw the first winner of the Iowa caucuses to reach the White House since 1976), 2004 (and the roller-coaster fortunes of Howard Dean and John Kerry) and 2008 caucuses (and the unlikely emergence of Barack Obama as a presidential contender.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue December 21, 2010

Dance

You've seen them at weddings, the couple of a certain age gliding across the dance floor. It wasn't so long ago that people could Jitterbug, waltz and fox trot with ease. Popular TV shows and growing enrollment in dance classes may be an indication that coming generations are also looking at dance as a skill, or a form of self-expression that needs to be acquired. But are there still places to cut a rug in Iowa? Or, has the heyday of the dance hall long since past? Host Charity Nebbe will find out on Talk of Iowa.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Mon December 20, 2010

Year in Review - Top Ten Iowa News Stories of 2010

A lot of news happened in Iowa this past year, from the ousting of three state Supreme Court justices to the re-election of Iowa's longest serving governor. To an Iowa native receiving the Medal of Honor to the largest troop deployment for the Iowa National Guard since World War Two. Host Ben Kieffer talks with journalists about the top 10 Iowa news stories of 2010 as determined by Iowa Public Radio's news staff. He'll be joined by IPR statehouse reporter Jeneane Beck, Cedar Rapids Gazette columnist Todd Dorman, and Doug Burns of the Daily Times Herald in Carroll.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon December 20, 2010

History Day: The Changing Design of Iowa Towns

Since Iowa became a state in 1846, how did our towns develop? We'll hear about the state's Scandinavian, Dutch, German Catholic/Lutheran and other communities and the development of trade centers (county seats) versus small towns, plus the modern-day challenges facing our towns and cities. Guests are historian Loren Horton of Iowa City and Iowa State University Sociology Professor, Paul Lasley.

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News
11:00 pm
Sun December 19, 2010

Soldier in Iraq

Hundreds of Iowa National Guard and Reserve soldiers are spending the holidays far from home in Iraq and Afghanistan. One of them is Major Laurel Williamson of Des Moines. she's been on her first overseas deployment in Iraq since April and will return to Iowa in April 2011. We talked to her by phone from Balad Airbase north of Baghdad.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Fri December 17, 2010

New Federal School Nutrition Law & Shortened Lunches

We know that more Iowa students qualify for free and reduced lunch, making meals served at school more important than ever. The recently approved federal Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, should help more kids get healthy food but schools are giving students less time to eat. Is that healthy? Host Ben Kieffer talks with Iowa Public Radio reporter Kate Wells about her recent coverage of these issues and to Second District Congressman Dave Loebsack who is a strong advocate of the new law.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri December 17, 2010

Horticulture Day

The gift-giving season is upon us. We'll find out what gardeners want in their Christmas stockings. Charity Nebbe talks with Iowa State University Horticulturists Richard Jauron and Cindy Haynes.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Thu December 16, 2010

Scammed by Statistics & Net Neutrality

Ben Kieffer talks with Dubuque author Edward Zaccaro about his new book 'Scammed by Statistics'. The book examines the persuasive power of statistics to bolster weak arguments. Zacarro says in any field of discussion, we can be lied to, cheated and manipulated by statistics. Later, a conversation with Iowa State University's Jeff Blevins. The Associate Professor of the Greenlee School of Journalism looks at the FCC's options on regulating internet access.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu December 16, 2010

The Viability of Ethanol

In a special prgram in collaboration with KCUR Radio in Kansas City, we look at the corn-based fuel Ethanol. We'll ask if the making of ethanol takes more energy than it produces, or if that's just an urban myth. Joining the conversation will be the reporters from the Midwestern agriculture-reporting project Harvest Public Media, including Iowa Public Radio's Kathleen Masterson. Together, we'll fuel a conversation on the prospects of ethanol.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Wed December 15, 2010

Politics Day

Debate continues in Congress over the tax cut plan with liberals and conservatives alike unhappy with the compromise. Michael Steele is seeking a second term as Chair of the Republican National Committee, but there are other contenders for the job, including a prominent former Iowan. Host Jeneane Beck talks with Wayne Moyer from Grinnell College and Dennis Goldford from Drake University for analysis of these and other political developments.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed December 15, 2010

The Year's Best in Folk and Classical Music

Host Charity Nebbe discusses the top music releases of the year with Iowa Public Radio hosts Karen Impola and Barney Sherman. On IPR's 'Music Tree', Impola features music rooted in tradition, but spreads out in a variety of modern directions including blues and bluegrass. Sherman is the host on IPR's Classical Music Stream weekdays from 7:00 am to 11:00 am. Sherman offers up the world's greatest music played by the most accomplished and interesting musicians, new and old.Karen Impola's List:1. Tim O'Brien Old Joe - Chicken and Egg2. Grada Louis Collins - Natural Angle3.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Tue December 14, 2010

Problems with Age and Sexuality

According to the New England Journal of Medicine, a quarter of people between the ages 75 and 85 are still having sex. With a large portion of this age bracket migrating to increasingly popular retirement communities and with some living in nursing homes, what types of issues does this create? Join host Ben Kieffer this hour as he speaks with Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Iowa Emily Wentzell for a discussion about the implications of aged sex and the potential legal problems associated with it.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue December 14, 2010

Wildlife Day Bald Eagle

Our wildlife expert, Dr. Jim Pease of Ames, is here to talk about bald eagles, as it's been said, when the eagle soars, the blue sky is her limit. We'll find out about their history, biology, comeback, the dangers the majestic birds face today, and where to see them.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Mon December 13, 2010

Charlie Wittmack's World Triathlon - Physical Feats & Humanitarian Mission

Host Ben Kieffer follows up with Des Moines explorer and adventurer Charlie Wittmack. His 11 month journey is an unprecedented 10,000 mile triathlon from England to the summit of Mount Everest. Recently, Wittmack rode his bicycle over a more than 12,000 foot mountain range on the border between Kyrgyzstan and China. We'll also talk about his efforts to reduce maternal mortality in Nepal along with Dr. Yogi Shah of Des Moines University.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon December 13, 2010

Children's Books - New Releases and Hidden Gems

It might be the rhyme, the story, the pictures, or the way it felt to sit in your mom or dad's lap, but a great children's book can live in your memory forever. Host Charity Nebbe talks with two children's literature experts about the best new children's books and the books they love that never made the best seller list.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Fri December 10, 2010

Measuring Happiness in the Midwest & Throughout the World

Who are the world's happiest people and what is their secret to happiness? Host Ben Kieffer talks with New York Times bestselling author Dan Buettner about his findings from a five-year global study on the keys to personal happiness. The National Geographic Society recently sent Buettner to a handful of places around the world where people experience the highest levels of satisfaction and well-being. In his new book, "Thrive," Buettner reports on his findings. He'll also tell us how to incorporate these characteristics into our daily lives.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri December 10, 2010

Dumplings/Food Safety

This country was largely settled on dumplings - Puritan housewives of New England brought the dumpling tradition across the Atlantic, and nearly a century later, the pioneers took it with them in their covered wagons. Kurt Michael Friese of Iowa City says the cooked balls of dough give us the warm and cozy feelings of home. He'll tell us the story of his family's long-standing tradition of liver dumpling soup. Also, Jan Temple of Iowa State University Extension tells us about the "4-Day Throw-Away" campaign, an effort to keep us free from food-borne illnesses.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Thu December 9, 2010

Exercise Later in Life & Centenarians

Maintaining fitness later in life can be challenging with decreased mobility and access to health clubs. Host Ben Kieffer talks with Warren Franke of Iowa State University's Exercise Clinic about exercising later in life and about a new study concerning centenarians. We'll also talk with Jack Nothnagel, an 84 year old man from Iowa City who goes to the gym three times a week to maintain a healthy level of fitness. Finally, we'll have a conversation with Mildred Pierce, a centenarian living in Cedar Falls.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu December 9, 2010

Iowa's Mr. Country Music & Pieta Brown

Host Charity Nebbe talks with author Terry Manley, whose new book examines the life of radio disc jockey and country music promoter Smokey Smith. In the 1950's and 1960's Smith scheduled country music legends Johnny Cash and George Jones into the KRNT Theater in Des Moines. He was instrumental in bringing Elvis Presley to Veterans Auditorium in Des Moines and forged a number of relationships with country music performers. Smith is member of the Country Music Disc Jockey Hall of Fame. Later, a conversation with eastern Iowa's Pieta Brown.

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