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River to River
1:00 pm
Fri October 22, 2010

Michele Norris

How well do you know the people who raised you? That’s a central question in a new book by Michele Norris, co-host of NPR’s All Things Considered. Norris talks to host Ben Kieffer about her book "The Grace of Silence" and how she found herself unexpectedly confronting hard truths about her own family’s racial history that had been left unsaid by her parents. From her grandmother’s work as an itinerant Aunt Jemima peddling pancake mix, to her father’s shooting by the Birmingham police within weeks of his discharge from service in World War II.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri October 22, 2010

Hort Friday

We welcome Dr. Richard Jauron of Iowa State University's Horticulture Dept., and Dr. Donald Lewis, Iowa State University Extension Entomologist. A major topic will be the "creepy-crawlies" that try to make their way indoors as the weather turns colder.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Thu October 21, 2010

Balancing Life

Polls say Americans want it all: rewarding, well-paying jobs, healthy, stable and secure lives, modest material comforts, and adequate time for friends, family and community. But for many, the reality is quite different. A seminar this week at the University of Iowa brings together experts from government, academia, business, and the community to explore ways to make our lives more rewarding in a sustainable way. Among Ben Kieffer's guests- author and filmmaker John de Graaf who examines overwork and overconsumption in America.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu October 21, 2010

Word Maven

We welcome "Word Maven" Patricia O'Conner to the program. Should people who love English get all hot and bothered when the language changes? O'Conner, author of a number of best-selling language books, will discuss how English changes and why and she'll have lots of examples.

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News
11:00 pm
Wed October 20, 2010

4th Congressional District Preview

Iowa's fourth congressional district is big; it spans from Warren county in the south, along the western part of the Des Moines Metro area, up to the Minnesota border and over to the northeast corner of the state. It's also solidly Republican, and incumbent Tom Latham is seeking a 9th term in office.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Wed October 20, 2010

Politics Day

Host Ben Kieffer talks about the prospects for republicans and democrats nationally with the election less than two weeks away. Then, we preveiw the last Iowa gubernatorial debate. Guests include Bruce Gronbeck, Professor Emeritus at U of I, Wayne Moyer, Professor of Political Science at Grinnell College, and Kathie Obradovich, Political Columnist for the Des Moines Register.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed October 20, 2010

Dewey's Nine Lives

For 19 years Dewey the cat made friends, warmed hearts and changed lives at the Spencer public library. Even after his death, Dewey’s story has touched hundreds of thousands of people. In her new book Vicki Myron tells two new stories about Dewey and the tales of many other remarkable cats. We'll talk to Myron and Carol Griglione, cat behavior expert and President of the Board of the Animal Rescue League of Des Moines.

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News
11:00 pm
Tue October 19, 2010

3rd District Race

Republicans are hoping an anti-incumbent mood will finally help them win the 3rd District congressional race this year against seven-term Democratic incumbent Leonard Boswell. The one-time southern Iowa farmer who now lives in Des Moines faces a challenge from Republican state senator Brad Zaun of Urbandale. Iowa Public Radio’s Joyce Russell caught up with both campaigns in the Des Moines suburbs.

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News
11:00 pm
Tue October 19, 2010

Women Wrestlers

A small school in northern Iowa is launching an athletic experiment. Waldorf College is the first college in the state to begin a women’s wrestling program. Iowa Public Radio’s Rob Dillard went to Forest City to meet a couple of the grapplers.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Tue October 19, 2010

Iowa's 3rd Congressional District

Host Dean Borg questions Iowa's incumbent third district Congressman Leonard Boswell and his republican challenger Brad Zaun. Boswell, a democrat, has spent 14 years in the House of Representatives and is seeking an 8th term. State Senator Zaun, the former mayor of Urbandale, hopes to replace him. It's a bruising campaign that's getting national attention. Join in with your own questions.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue October 19, 2010

Iowa's Hiking and Water Trails

Before it gets too cold, it might be a great time to explore Iowa's great outdoors. We'll find out about exploring Iowa on land and water and hear about the best places to hike and canoe or kayak. Guests include Elizabeth Hill, author of "Hiking Iowa" and Todd Robertson, Outreach Coordinator for River Programs at the Iowa Department of Natural Resources

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Iowa's Second Congressional District:...
11:00 pm
Mon October 18, 2010

Iowa's Second Congressional District: Dems Battle to Hold Ground

Iowa's second congressional district was originally considered safe for Democrats. But the race is getting some national attention as a possible litmus test for just how big this year's conservative wave will really be. Democrat Dave Loebsack is battling to hold off his Republican opponent and repeat challenger, Dr. Mariannette Miller Meeks. Iowa Public Radio's Kate Wells reports.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Mon October 18, 2010

Judge Retention on November Ballot

Host Jeneane Beck examines the political movement to unseat Iowa Supreme Court justices with the retention election in November. Her guests are Chuck Laudner from Iowa For Freedom, whose group is campaigning for a "no" vote on retention, and Chief Justice Marsha Ternus and Justice David Baker, who are standing for retention.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon October 18, 2010

Gordon Grice

IPR's Charity Nebbe speaks with Wisconsin author Gordon Grice, author of the new book "Deadly Kingdom," a compendium of animal predation.

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News
11:00 pm
Sun October 17, 2010

First District Race

The race for Iowa’s First Congressional District pits a young lawyer from Independence against a two term incumbent from Waterloo. Iowa Public Radio’s Pat Blank has this profile.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Fri October 15, 2010

Congressional Candidates in Iowa's 4th and 5th Districts

Host Ben Kieffer talks with Democratic candidate Bill Maske from Iowa's 4th district. Maske is challenging incumbent Republican Tom Latham in the November election. Later Ben talks with Matt Campbell, the Democratic candidate from the 5th district. Campbell faces incumbent Republican Steve King.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri October 15, 2010

Hort Friday

Iowans feed the world, but 85% of the food that Iowans eat comes from outside the state. It’s Horticulture Day and we’re going to talk about growing horticultural crops in the state and the demand for local food. Guests are Richard Jauron and Linda Naeve from Iowa State University.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Thu October 14, 2010

Living Medal of Honor Recipient: Staff Sergeant Sal Giunta of Hiawatha

Host Ben Kieffer talks with Army Staff Sergeant Salvatore Giunta of Hiawatha. Later this year Sal Giunta will become the first living recipient of the Medal of Honor since Vietnam. There have only been eight recipients of the military's highest honor in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Giunta, who serves with the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, exposed himself to enemy fire in October 2007, when an insurgent force ambush split his squad into two groups. Later, Ben speaks with Rabbi Jay Holstein, the J.J.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu October 14, 2010

Home Improvement Day

Home improvement expert Bill McAnally talks to us live from a builder's conference at Kirkwood Community College about some new green building ideas. He'll have some home weatherization tips as well. Dave Hade of Iowa Homecrafters joins Bill and IPR's Charity Nebbe.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Wed October 13, 2010

Iowa Gubernatorial Race

On this Wednesday, politics day, with the midterm elections less than three weeks away, we focus on the Iowa gubernatorial race. First, we'll speak with former GOP governor Terry Branstad. He's challenging first-term incumbent Democrat Chet Culver. A new poll paid for by the Culver campaign shows Culver has gained ground against Branstad and is now within eight points. We'll ask Terry Branstad about the new poll numbers and, of course, the top issues in the campaign.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed October 13, 2010

Wildlife Day with Jim Pease

This month, wildlife expert Dr. Jim Pease of Ames discusses "Goose Reflections on Iowa's History," including the various species of geese that frequent Iowa Canada, Snow, and White-Fronted, and how their histories reflect our impacts on the landscape. We'll talk about wetlands, streams and rivers, what's happened to them and how that has impacted goose populations.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Tue October 12, 2010

World Food Prize Laureates 2010

We talk with the 2010 World Food Prize Laureates David Beckmann of Bread for the World and Jo Luck of Heifer International. The two are in Iowa this week for the World Food Prize Borlaug Dialog and Symposium. We’ll talk about how they’ve built two of the world's foremost grassroots organizations aimed at ending hunger and poverty for millions of people around the globe. And as this year’s discussion centers around small producers, we’ll hear what challenges and successes they’ve witnessed firsthand.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue October 12, 2010

David Plowden

We welcome back to Iowa Public Radio, renowned photographer and author David Plowden. His new books is a reverent tribute to the steam era, "Requiem for Steam: The Railroad Photographs of David Plowden" (W.W. Norton & Co.).

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River to River
1:00 pm
Mon October 11, 2010

Iowa's Second Congressional Race

Host Ben Kieffer talks with the congressional candidates vying to represent Iowa's second district. First we'll speak with two-term Democratic incumbent Congressman Dave Loebsack, then with his Republican challenger Mariannette Miller-Meeks. Loebsack is accusing Miller-Meeks of flip-flopping her position on privatizing social security while Miller-Meeks says Loebsack changed his position on the Bush tax cuts.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon October 11, 2010

Culturing Community/Possum Trot

Four new art exhibitions in Grinnell are designed to bring the community into the gallery in more ways that one. We'll talk to three of the people behind "Culturing Community: Projects about Place," Lesley Wright and Lee Emma Running of Grinnell College and Jane Gilmor of Mt. Mercy University in Cedar Rapids. Later in the hour, Charity Nebbe speaks with J. Harley McIlrath of Grinnell, author of the new book, "Possum Trot," stories of the family farm and the small town.

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News
11:00 pm
Sun October 10, 2010

Des Moines zoo and Dubuque river museum in a race for Facebook fans

Morning Edition Host Sarah McCammon talks with Ryan Bickel of Blank Park Zoo and John Sutter of the National Mississippi River Museum about the competition to drum up supporters on the social networking site.

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News
11:00 pm
Sun October 10, 2010

The Campaign for Preschool

The state’s voluntary pre-school program has become a prominent issue in the Governor’s race. The Democratic incumbent is promising to expand free pre-school but his Republican challenger says the state can’t afford it. Iowa Public Radio’s Jeneane Beck examines how the program is impacting kids, private businesses, and the state budget.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Fri October 8, 2010

Until it Hurts: Sports Injuries and Youth Sports

Teen girls are 6 to 7 times more likely to injure an ACL than boys their same age and the number of knee surgeries performed to correct an anterior cruciate ligament tear has risen sharply over the past decade. This hour host Ben Kieffer speaks with Paul Pursley, a physical therapist with University of Iowa Sports Medicine about a new program that will be offered to female basketball players with hopes of teaching young girls how to avoid injuries. We also hear from a Western Iowa teen about her two ACL reconstructions before she turned 18.

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