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11:00 pm
Sun June 20, 2010

Bil Baird

There was a time when puppets and marionettes played featured roles in American pop culture not just for children, but for adults too. They starred in plays, operas, movies, TV commercials, even news programs. If you doubt this, Iowa Public Radio’s Rob Dillard invites you to tour a museum in Mason City to see the proof.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Fri June 18, 2010

Discussion on the Debt & Slovenia Green Bike Tour

Des Moines has been selected as one of only 18 sites for an unprecedented national discussion on the national debt. A diverse group of local citizens will come together June 26th at Drake University, linked online with the eighteen other sites across the country. Host Ben Kieffer talks with organizers of the discussion. Later in the hour, State Senator Joe Bolkom of Iowa City discusses his recent bike trip across Slovenia to learn about the country's efforts to reduce its consumption of energy.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri June 18, 2010

Hort Gang

Host Julie Englander talks with Iowa State University Extension Entomologist Donald Lewis and Extension Horticulturalist Richard Jauron. They'll examine the threat of the emerald ash borer and Japanese beetles plus take your comments and questions.

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Business and Economy
11:00 pm
Thu June 17, 2010

Immigration economics expert advocates legal path to citizenship

Morning Edition Host Sarah McCammon talks with Raul Hinojosa, founder of the North American Integration and Development Center in California, about the economics of immigration in Iowa.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Thu June 17, 2010

Toxicology and Children's Toys

We discuss the toxicology of children's toys with toxicologist Steven Gilbert and a toy store owner from Des Moines in light of the Consumer Product Safety Commission's recent cadmium related recalls.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu June 17, 2010

Keepers of the Trees

Host Julie Englander talks with author Ann Linnea. In her new book "Keepers of the Trees", Linnea interviews fourteen tree keepers about their life and work saving North America's forests. Also joining the program is President and CEO of Marion-based Trees Forever Shannon Ramsay.

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Education
11:00 pm
Wed June 16, 2010

Iowa Searches for Education Director

Iowa's Department of Education is without a permanent director. Education leaders are suggesting what should be considered in hiring a new director.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Wed June 16, 2010

The World Triathlon

He is famous for becoming the first Iowan to climb Mount Everest. Now, Des Moines resident Charlie Wittmack is embarking on his greatest challenge ever- a 12,000 mile intercontinental triathlon that reaches the frigid waters of the English Channel to the snow-covered summit of Mount Everest. Host Ben Kieffer talks with Charlie about the adventure and how his family agreed to take part in the journey.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed June 16, 2010

Politics Wednesday

Host Jonathan Ahl breaks down President Obama's speech to the nation on the oil spill in the Gulf with New Hampshire Political Analyst Arnie Arneson, Drake University Political Science Professor Dennis Goldford and University of Iowa Professor of Political Communication Bruce Gronbeck.

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Arts and Culture
11:00 pm
Tue June 15, 2010

Leslie Hall: Gem Sweaters, Gold Spandex, & Hip Hop

Leslie Hall is an artist who defies description. When she was a senior at Ames High School she amassed flamboyant sweaters decorated with shiny rhinestones. In 2002 Hall launched an online picture gallery featuring her favorite gem sweaters and quickly gained a large following of fans. Five years ago Hall released her first hip hop music album where she raps about her gem sweaters and her love of do it yourself crafts. She also published several music videos on the Internet many of which have been viewed over one hundred thousand times.

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Pharmacy Board Director wants more...
11:00 pm
Tue June 15, 2010

Pharmacy Board Director wants more direction on medical marijuana from Legislature

Morning Edition Host Sarah McCammon interviews Iowa Board of Pharmacy Executive Director Lloyd Jessen about where the board stands on medical marijuana, now that Statehouse leaders have said a legislative study isn't needed.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Tue June 15, 2010

The Passage and Lisa Koll

We talk about The Passage, a new book authored by a University of Iowa Writer's Workshop graduate. Then, an interview with Lisa Koll, a nine-time All American Iowa State distance runner who has been named the nation's top collegiate female athlete in track and field.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue June 15, 2010

Best of Iowa Archives Part II

In a special edition of Talk of Iowa, more highlights from our award-winning historic sound project. It's an audio museum on the air with Iowa Public Radio's Rick Fredericksen. Among the destinations, an antique roller rink, the site of a nuclear explosion and the Amana Colonies.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Mon June 14, 2010

Iowa's Connections to the World Cup

With the World Cup underway host ben Kieffer talks with coaches and players of Iowa's premier development league soccer team, the Des Moines Menace. What kind of foothold does soccer have in Iowa's sports landscape? Have you caught World Cup fever?

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Business and Economy
11:00 pm
Sun June 13, 2010

Cedar Rapids: Two Years After the Flood

Two years ago at this time communities across Iowa were underwater. The floods of 2008 impacted dozens of neighborhoods but those in Cedar Rapids were among the hardest hit. Iowa Public Radio's Kate Wells and Alex Heuer report on signs of progress and the challenges still facing the community.

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Arts and Culture
11:00 pm
Fri June 11, 2010

Harvest of Grief

A documentary film about the high rate of suicides among farmers in northern India will have a single screening Sunday night in Des Moines. Iowa Public Radio’s Rob Dillard reports the movie may bring back memories of the 1980s Midwest farm crisis.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Fri June 11, 2010

The Engineer Perspective & College Conference Realignment

Engineers bring a critical perspective to the economic models and mathematical predictions that are used to influence public policy. People making policy and economic decisions tend to take models on their face, but engineers bring a great skepticism about what the models say. We'll find out more from Iowa State University Mechanical Engineer Ross Morrow. Later in the hour- The wild scramble is on in major college athletics as Universities are leaving their respective conferences for greener pastures, or Super Conferences.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri June 11, 2010

Hort and Tree Friday

Mark Vitosh, D.N.R. District Forester and Richard Jauron of Iowa State University take your calls. IPR's Julie Englander hosts.

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Agriculture and Harvest Public Media
11:00 pm
Thu June 10, 2010

National Guard group heading for the agricultural fields of Afghanistan

The Guard's Agribusiness Development Team will work with farmers in northeastern Afghanistan as part of a larger effort to improve the nation's agriculture infrastructure.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Thu June 10, 2010

Boating Safety and Regulation

In light of Memorial weekend boating accidents, a discussion of boating safety laws with Susan Stocker, Boating Safety Educator with the Iowa DNR. Then, an Iowa lawmaker talks about his renewed push for stricter laws to combat drinking and boating.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu June 10, 2010

Home Improvement Day with Bill McAnally

Home repair guru Bill McAnally speaks with IPR's Dennis Reese about fences and back-yard projects, and of course, we'll take your calls.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed June 9, 2010

Politics Wednesday

On this day after the June primary election, IPR's Jonathan Ahl and Des Moines Register political columnist Kathie Obradovich and New Hampshire political pundit Arnie Arnesen discuss the results.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Tue June 8, 2010

Activism and Fulbright

We talk with Marisa Handler, UI Writer's Workshop graduate and author of "Loyal to the Sky," an award-winning memoir that documents her coverage of activist communities worldwide. Then, we discuss the Fulbright Scholarship program with a coordinator and a former scholar.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue June 8, 2010

Wildlife Day with Jim Pease

"Wild Parenting" is our topic for the hour with Iowa State University Emeritus Professor, Dr. Jim Pease. The parenting styles of our wild critters may surprise us, we'll have some tips about understanding and living with them.

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Statehouse and Politics
11:00 pm
Mon June 7, 2010

Lots of Republican hats in today's primary ring

Morning Edition Host Sarah McCammon talks with Drake University Professor of Politics Dennis Goldford about what to expect from Iowa's primary election. Goldford says candidates tend to run when they think the tide may turn in their favor.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Mon June 7, 2010

The Trouble with Psychiatry

In his new book "Unhinged", Dr. Daniel Carlat says psychiatry has changed from a profession in which we try to understand people and talk to them, into a profession that diagnoses disease and medicates. Host Ben Kieffer explores the topic with Dr. Carlat and University of Iowa Professor of Psychiatry Dr. Robert Philibert.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon June 7, 2010

Antique Roadshow/American Pickers

This hour, we hear about our fascination with antiquing. IPR's Jonathan Ahl talks to Antiques Roadshow's executive producer Marsha Bemko about the show's upcoming visit to Iowa. Later, we hear from Mike Wolfe of LeClaire and his experiences as one of the History Channel's "American Pickers."

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News
11:00 pm
Sun June 6, 2010

Sight for Soldiers

When nearly three thousand Iowa Army National Guard soldiers deploy to Afghanistan in August, they will be in an environment unlike anything most have experienced. They could encounter dangerous situations in which being able to see well could mean the difference between life and death. Iowa Public Radio's Pat Blank tells us about a program that allows the soldiers to perform tasks without the burden of contact lenses or glasses.

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Arts and Culture
11:00 pm
Sun June 6, 2010

Orchestra Iowa: Pied Piper

Cedar Rapids- classical music ensemble Orchestra Iowa has several education programs to teach children the basics of classical music. One of these outreach programs, the Pied Pieper series, introduces preschool-aged children to the sound of each section of the orchestra. The season’s series concluded over the weekend as the bass section played popular and classical music for the next generation of classical music listeners.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Fri June 4, 2010

Animal Abuse

We'll hear the amazing story of a Sioux City cat that was rescued after having a nail driven through its head, and discuss the implications of that horrific case of animal abuse. Guests include Executive Director of the Animals and Society Institute and the Animal Rescue League of Iowa.

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