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11:00 pm
Sun July 25, 2010

Wadena Rocks at 40

Forty years ago, the big news story was a controversial court battle to block a massive rock concert from taking place on a farm in northeast Iowa. The legal efforts failed and the little town of Wadena became part of Iowa folklore. This is look back at the Wadena Rock Festival, produced by Iowa Public Radio's Rick Fredericksen. Photo courtesy of The Fayette County Union.

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11:00 pm
Sun July 25, 2010

Lake Delhi resident recounts wall of water

What once was Lake Delhi in Northeast Iowa today is a muddy creek after floodwater from the Maquoketa River Saturday ate a 30 foot hole in the earthen portion of a dam releasing the water much like pulling the plug on a bathtub. Jeff Conrad has a vacation home on the lake, he tells Iowa Public Radio's Pat Blank that he and his family watched as the surge came and went changing the landscape forever.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Fri July 23, 2010

Iowa's biodiversity

Iowa is one of the most transformed landscapes in the country. We talk about what that transformation has meant for the state's biodiversity. We'll hear about efforts to preserve the varied genetic material in both domesticated and wild, plant and animal species. Guests include Shanyn Siegel and Tom Wahlberg from Seed Savers Exchange in Decorah, Bruce Ehrsman from the Iowa DNR and Tom Rosburg from Drake University.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri July 23, 2010

Hort Friday

IPR's Charity Nebbe speaks with Iowa State University horticulturalists Richard Jauron and Linda Naeve. We'll hear about the upcoming All Horticulture Field Day and of course, we expect lots of calls from listeners about this season's tomato problems.

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11:00 pm
Thu July 22, 2010

Love of Iowa

In the recently released novel "What Cheer", the main character finds love in Iowa. Inspired by his leading man, the author, Zachary Michael Jack is now on a quest to perhaps create his own "happily ever after." Iowa Public Radio's Blank reports

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River to River
1:00 pm
Thu July 22, 2010

Iowa's Environment

Host Ben Kieffer talks with the newly appointed administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency's Region 7 which includes Iowa. Then the Director of Iowa's Department of Natural Resources, Rich Leopold joins us. We'll talk about a recent state audit which shows the agency is not enforcing more than a dozen state laws.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu July 22, 2010

"Team Archaeology"

As riders in RAGBRAI cross the state next week, cyclists will have a chance to find out what lies beneath the gently rolling hills. IPR's Charity Nebbe and our IPR listeners will hear about the history and geology of this year's RAGBRAI route. Guests include "Team Archaeology" leader John Hall; State Archaeologist John Doershuk and geologist Raymond Anderson of the Iowa Geological and Water Survey.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Wed July 21, 2010

Take Me Out to the Ballgame

Guest host Jeff Schmidt discusses the minor leauge baseball atmosphere in Iowa with Iowa Cubs owner Michael Gartner and Cedar Rapids Kernels General Manager Jack Roeder.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed July 21, 2010

Politics Wednesday

Immigration and jobless benefits are two of the topics that our pundits will discuss on the program. Participating with IPR's Charity Nebbe are Bruce Gronbeck, retired Univ. of Iowa professor and expert on political communication and Arnie Arnesen, New Hamphsire political blogger.

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Arts and Culture
11:00 pm
Tue July 20, 2010

Harvester Artspace Lofts & Art Funding in Council Bluffs

Next month the Harvester Artspace lofts will open in Council Bluffs and by the end of the year thirty six units will house artists in a live / work environment. It's one of a few dozen artist lofts in the country overseen by Artspace a non profit real estate developer based in Minnesota. Tonight, the public gets their first look at the New Harvester lofts. It's part of an effort in Council Bluffs to use art to stimulate the economy and move the city forward.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Tue July 20, 2010

Health Care Overhaul and Changes for the Banking Industry

Host Ben Kieffer examines the latest overhaul efforts passed by Congress on the health care and financial fronts and what it means for Iowa. Ben talks with the AARP's State Governmental Relations Representative JoAnn Lamphere who is in Iowa to discuss health care changes. Later, Iowa Bankers Association President and CEO John Sorenson discusses his concerns with the just-passed Financial Regulatory Reform Bill.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue July 20, 2010

RAGBRAI 38, "A Million Spokes"

The Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa begins its 38th run this weekend. We hear about a new feature-length documentary about the event, "A Million Spokes." Charity Nebbe's guests include Varda Hardy, the film's director; Susan Gorrell, assistant producer; and Jason Parkin: meteorologist and RAGBRAI enthusiast.

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News
11:00 pm
Mon July 19, 2010

Iowans facing long-term unemployment struggle to make ends meet

A record number of Iowa workers have run out of unemployment benefits and still have not found jobs.

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11:00 pm
Mon July 19, 2010

Iowa's Changing Gun Laws: Risks vs. Rights?

Big changes are on the way for Iowa's gun laws. Starting in January, Iowa sheriffs lose the right to deny gun permits, unless the applicant has been convicted of a felony or aggravated assault. The new law will also loosen restrictions on weapons training, how long a permit lasts, and the out-of-state permits accepted in Iowa. Altogether, the changes have left some sheriffs concerned for their counties' safety.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Mon July 19, 2010

Juvenile Lifers

In May, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that it’s unconstitutional to put juveniles in prison for life - without the possibility of parole for crimes other than murder. Seven Iowa cases will potentially be impacted by that decision. We’ll talk about what happens to these seven inmates… how the court ruling could change sentencing in Iowa… and whether minors should be treated differently than adult offenders. Guests include Kevin Cmelik from the Iowa Attorney General's Office, Brenda Bash a counselor/advocate for Polk County Crisis and Advocacy and Randall Wilson from the ACLU of Iowa.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon July 19, 2010

Amish Life in Iowa

Today, we hear from two Iowans, one who left the Amish community when he married in 1986 but still farms nearby; and the second an "outsider" who lives in a old schoolhouse in the middle of Amish country south of Iowa City. Charity Nebbe's guests are farmer Wayne Ropp and Iowa Poet Laureate Mary Swander.

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Arts and Culture
11:00 pm
Sun July 18, 2010

Colts Compete in West Des Moines

Some college kids spend their summers working a part time job, an internship, or going back home to relax but some choose to spend every day of the summer committing to a rigorous training and performance environment. This is the life of a drum and bugle corps member rehearsing and competing across the country from Memorial day through the middle of August. Last night six world class drum and bugle corps competed in West Des Moines including the Colts from Dubuque.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Fri July 16, 2010

Arne Duncan and Russell Osgood

Guest host Alex Heuer interviews U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan during a discussion about teacher jobs, Race to the Top funding and No Child Left Behind. Then, a conversation with the retiring President of Grinnell College, Russell Osgood. What has changed on Grinnell's campus since 1998? This plus tuition affordability and financial aid reform.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri July 16, 2010

Hort Friday

Horticulture gang members Richard Jauron and Jennifer Bousselot of Iowa State University take your phone and e-mail questions. IPR's Charity Nebbe hosts.

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News
11:00 pm
Thu July 15, 2010

Guard Seeks Retirees

The Iowa National Guard this week announced more than two-dozen send-off ceremonies for the 28-hundred soldiers headed for Afghanistan. The large deployment will make it difficult for the guard to fulfill one of its core missions, to respond to disasters in its home state. To increase the number of boots on the ground, the Guard is now recruiting retired service men and women to serve as its eyes and ears in local communities.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Thu July 15, 2010

CopShock & Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

The Department of Veterans Affairs has made it easier for veterans to receive benefits after being diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. But who else is affected by PTSD? We speak with Allen Kates, author of "CopShock, Surviving Post Traumatic Stress Disorder" during a discussion about how the disorder affects more than just military servicemen and women and investigate how it affects policemen and women and emergency first responders.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu July 15, 2010

Home Improvement Day

Home Improvement Guru Bill McAnally of Ft. Dodge speaks with IPR's Charity Nebbe and takes your calls. From concerns about drafty old windows to leaky basements during this wet summer, Bill will share his wisdom with IPR listeners.

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News
11:00 pm
Wed July 14, 2010

Emus

The annual convention for emu (ee-mew) ranchers is in Des Moines this weekend. Many people started raising these big birds from Australia as an alternative source of revenue when times turned tough on the farm in the 1980s and 90s. There are far fewer in the business today. But Iowa Public Radio's Rob Dillard reports those who persevered say the sales of emu meat and emu oil are about to take off.

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Arts and Culture
11:00 pm
Wed July 14, 2010

American Dream Machine

Despite the sluggish auto economy, sales never did slow down for an exclusive Iowa car dealership. In fact, the company has attracted some of the nation's biggest celebrities. Iowa Public Radio's Rick Fredericksen reports from American Dream Machines.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Wed July 14, 2010

Technology on the Brain

A recent Iowa State University study suggests that some kinds of technology contribute to attention problems in children, specifically television and video games. What is technology doing to our brains? Is the internet changing how we process information? Does it affect how well we pay attention? We speak with Iowa State University Associate Professor Douglas Gentile about his findings along with Nicholas Carr, author of "The Shallows, What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains."

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed July 14, 2010

Politics Wednesday

An hour of political chat, covering both Iowa and national issues. IPR's Charity Nebbe speaks with New Hampshire political analyst Arnie Arnesen; Dianne Bystrom of Iowa State University and Todd Dorman of the Cedar Rapids Gazette.

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Arts and Culture
11:00 pm
Tue July 13, 2010

Daytrotter.com Highlighting Independent Musicians

Recording music is often a long process. It's not unusual for each song to have multiple takes, edits, and mixes taking weeks to complete. But a small studio in the Quad Cities keeps the recording process quick and simple and has gained a national reputation.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Tue July 13, 2010

Proclaiming Disaster

With a third of Iowa's counties proclaimed disaster areas after being ravaged by severe storms and rain, we take a look at state disaster proclamations. What do they mean and how do they effect the populous living in them? Guest host Alex Heuer speaks with Iowa's Administrator of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and the Emergency Management Coordinator from Warren county. Then, a discussion of price-gouging in the wake of severe weather.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue July 13, 2010

Second Annual Iowa City Book Festival

Iowa City, a UNESCO City of Literature, hosts its second annual Book Festival July 16-18. IPR's Charity Nebbe speaks to event co-director Kristi Bontrager; Jeanette Pilak, executive director, UNESCO City of Literature; and John Coy, 2010 Resident Author at the Iowa City Public Library.

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