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2:57 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Ban on Telemed Abortions Upheld

Polk County Courthouse by Jimmy Emerson

A Polk County judge today ruled in favor of the Iowa Board of Medicine on so-called telemed abortions, which involve administering medical abortions without a doctor present.   The judge upheld the Board’s ban on the procedure.

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Mental Health
5:52 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Suicide "Post-vention" Done Right

Robin Williams's death catalyzed a flood of suicide coverage in the media. Beck-Cross explains there are best practices in covering this type of death that news media need to follow.
Milosz Reterski Navy NewsStand

Robin Williams's death has dominated news coverage in the past week. But how much of that coverage has been helpful and how much as been harmful?

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Crime, Justice and Public Safety
3:28 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

UNI Seeks to Recover Funds in Investment Fraud

Photo by Fried Dough

The University of Northern Iowa is going to bankruptcy  court to try to get money back from the now defunct Cedar Falls-based investment fund  Peregrine Financial  group.   The firm’s CEO Russell Wasendorf, Sr. is serving a 50-year prison term for defrauding investors of more than 200 million dollars. 

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Statehouse and Politics
3:02 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Branstad and Hatch Spar over Tax Credits

photo by CleOpatra

Iowa’s major party candidates for governor  traded barbs over Democrat Jack Hatch’s career as a property developer in Des Moines.   

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Agriculture and Harvest Public Media
5:46 am
Mon August 18, 2014

History's Seeds

Seed Savers Exchange Heritage Farm in Decorah.
Chiot's Run

Most vegetable seeds today are bred by seed companies to be hearty and easier to grow. They’re created by cross-breeding different varieties and selecting for specific characteristics.

Heirloom seeds are different. Like your grandmother’s engagement ring or a dusty old photo album, these seeds have been passed down through generations.

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River to River
2:22 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

IPR’s Rick Fredericksen Remembers a Day with Robin Williams

Courtesy of Rick Fredericksen

Robin Williams' death earlier this week sparked many stories of how he touched the lives of his fans and the people he met.

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River to River
1:52 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

The Iowa State Fair: Soap Boxes, Social Media, and News Coverage

A 25-foot tall replica of the figures in Grant Wood's "American Gothic" at the 2014 Iowa State Fair
John Pemble

Today on a "news buzz" edition of River to River - news from the 2014 Iowa State Fair.

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Horticulture
11:22 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Shabby Looking Lawn?

Wikimedia Commons

How does your lawn look?  If the answer is, “not so good,” now is the time to do something about it.

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News
5:30 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Inside "Iowa Outdoors" Magazine

Iowa Outdoors is printed every two months, with limited exposure online
Rick Fredericksen Iowa Public Radio

In this ‘digital age,’ from telephones to newspapers, there’s a rare magazine that is flourishing as a hard copy edition. Of all places, it is published by state government. We go inside Iowa Outdoors.

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Election Coverage
11:07 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Gubernatorial Candidates Debate at the Fair

Iowa’s two major party candidates for governor staked out sharply different priorities  in a debate Thursday at the Iowa State Fair.   Democrat Jack Hatch had his first chance  to go before a statewide audience with incumbent Governor Terry  Branstad. And Branstad’s long record in office  gave his challenger plenty to take potshots at.     

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Talk of Iowa
4:46 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light

Miroslav Petrasko

An inky black sky full of stars is one of the most breathtaking views on Earth, but for most Americans the stars have dimmed because of artificial light.

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Agriculture and Harvest Public Media
4:00 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

What's Behind That Tomato's Price?

Vegetable farmer Tom Goeke of St. Charles, Mo., sells his Red Deuce tomatoes wholesale at about $1.50 per pound.
Kristofor Husted/Harvest Public Media

Late summer in the Midwest is tomato season. For tomato growers around that country, it’s time to pick their bounty and calculate their earnings.

While sun and rain might be free, tomato farmers have to carefully weigh everything else they put in to growing their crop. Research and the development of new tools – from novel seed varieties resistant to diseases to additional fertilizers – has changed the input costs for growers.

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Politics
3:56 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Miller-Meeks: Troops Should Have Stayed in Iraq

Courtesy of the Miller-Meeks

Republican Candidate for Iowa’s second congressional district Dr. Marianette Miller-Meeks says a mishandling of the U.S.’ withdrawal from Iraq is to blame for the current crisis in the region.

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Politics
2:50 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Blum: Secure the US/Mexico Border

Republican candidate for Iowa's 1st Congressional District, Rod Blum
Rod Blum for Congress

The Republican candidate for Iowa’s first congressional district, Rod Blum, says we need to stop the flow of undocumented immigrants into the U.S. 

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Agriculture and Harvest Public Media
5:00 am
Thu August 14, 2014

My Farm Roots: Rich with Life

Farmer John Curtis traces his farming roots back to a stint running a model farm in the Peace Corps.

Farmers are used to waking up with the rooster’s crow. But having grown up a suburban kid, John Curtis was used to a more conventional alarm clock.

As a Peace Corps volunteer in the Caribbean, he managed a farm for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). A long way from his Wisconsin home, he found a love for the most Midwestern job – that of a farmer.

“I loved walking out on the landscape and finding things I could eat,” Curtis said. “I found agriculture to be fascinating.”

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Agriculture and Harvest Public Media
5:00 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Art Tangoes Over Time with Ag

Beekeeper Julia McGuire fits a veil on photographer Marji Guyler-Alaniz before they approach a hive.
Amy Mayer/IPR

  In a living room converted to a theater for the evening, Ethan Peterson and Madeleine Russell portray the characters from Mary Swander’s play, “VANG.” In it, the actors share the emotional stories of four immigrant couples who farm in Iowa. Swander used transcriptions of conversations with Hmong, Mexican, Sudanese and Dutch farmers to create the play.

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Iowa State Fair
11:30 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Iowa State Fair 2014

This 25-foot tall replica of the figures in Grant Wood's "American Gothic," are capturing the attention of fairgoer and amateur photographers.
John Pemble

In this special edition of Talk of Iowa, IPR Arts and Culture reporter John Pemble and Executive Producer Katherine Perkins report on the sights and sounds of the 2014 Iowa State Fair.  Listen as we attend the 75th annual photography salon and talk with the photographer who seeks to capture the spirit of the fair in his new book.  We visit a food stand that's been serving pie and beef burgers to hungry fairgoers for 65 years, and witness the awarding of a blue ribbon for mechanical innovation on the farm.  We'll milk a cow, learn about Herbert Hoover and listen to some bluegrass.  It's all

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Politics Day
11:21 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Watergate's Lessons, 40 Years Later

President Nixon with his first cabinet.
White House photo office Wikimedia Commons

Nixon resigned the office of president 40 years ago this month. But the question remains: What were the lessons of Watergate? And has our country learned them? Former Iowa State University Political Science Professor Jim Hutter and David Yepsen, political reporter for the Des Moines Register for a quarter of a century, join host Ben Kieffer to discuss how Watergate and Nixon's resignation changed our political scene, our media landscape and our nation. 

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Business and Economy
10:50 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Proposed Pipeline Would Cut Across Iowa

Landowners in rural Keokuk County, Iowa discuss a proposed pipeline that would be built in some of their farmground.
Credit Clay Masters / IPR

 Business is booming in North Dakota’s Bakken Shale oilfields. With that boom comes a need for infrastructure. More than half of the oil out of the Bakken leaves by train or truck.  But companies are working on pipelines.  One proposed pipeline would cut clear through the state of Iowa. 

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News
3:34 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Home Base Iowa Update

Kaanan Mackey and her five children visit the grave of Matthew Mackey who was killed in an accident while on active duty
Submitted photo

    Governor Terry Branstad signed a bill in May designed to provide more benefits for Iowa's military veterans. At the same time, companies and communities have pledged to make Iowa veteran friendly by offering incentives to live and work here.  It's hoped that those who have completed their service or have left the military as the result of downsizing by the Department of the Defense will find a new "home base"  : Iowa.

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Politics
11:38 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Senator Tom Harkin on Immigration, Health Care

Senator Tom Harkin poses with President Barack Obama after the Affordable Care Act passed Congress.
Pete Souza Official White House Photo

Tom Harkin has served in Congress for nearly 40 years. During this River to River interview, Harkin talks with host Ben Kieffer about immigration, health care and the Americans with Disabilities Act, one of Harkin's landmark pieces of legislation 24 years later. 

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Wildlife Day
11:31 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Wildlife Day: Paddling Down Iowa's Waterways

A snapping turtle basks on his perch along the river.
Jim Pease

So far this summer, wildlife biologist Jim Pease has paddled hundreds of miles down Iowa’s waterways to gather biological data for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Today on Talk of Iowa, he shares his experience.

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Sports
11:23 am
Tue August 12, 2014

When Should College Athletes Be Paid?

Kinnick Stadium
Wikimedia Commons

After a ruling Friday, the N.C.A.A. has lost the right to restrict colleges from paying student athletes.  Should we pay certain student athletes? 

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Iowa State Fair
10:20 am
Tue August 12, 2014

The Iowa State Fair in Black and White

Goat Bridesmaid
Kurt Ullrich University of Iowa Press

A new photography book sets out to capture what the author describes as, "the joy of the Iowa State Fair."  It's Kurt Ullrich's first book, and IPR's Katherine Perkins traveled to Jackson County to find out what inspired this fresh look at an event that's 160-years-old.

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Home Improvement
5:01 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Assessing the Damage

Repairing a damaged roof can be a costly and exhausting endeavor--Bill McAnally elucidates how the claims process works.
Patsy Lynch FEMA

When your home becomes damaged, it's hard to know who to trust and what to do.

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River to River
11:21 am
Mon August 11, 2014

From Iowa to Texas: "How to Unmarry Your Wife"

Sarah Viren and her family hiking near Williams Lake
Sarah Viren

Imagine you are married. You have a daughter, and when your spouse gets a job in another state, you plan for everything - including the fact that your new state does not recognize your same-sex marriage.

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Agriculture and Harvest Public Media
8:10 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Activists Aim to Skirt 'Ag Gag' Laws with Drones

Using unmanned aerial vehicles is a controversial practice, whether to scout farmland or to skirt laws outlawing the filming of farms.
Lima Pix/Flickr

An independent journalist says he’s found a way around the so-called “ag-gag” laws – flying drones over large livestock operations to document animal welfare problems and pollution.

Will Potter, a Washington D.C.-based environmental blogger, raised $75,000 on Kickstarter to buy drones and other equipment to do investigative work tracking animal abuse and pollution problems on large livestock operations.

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Studio One
1:45 am
Sun August 10, 2014

Featured Release this week from The Fresh & Onlys

Credit David Black

House Of Spirits is the fifth full-length album (and 8th release overall) from the San Francisco band The Fresh & Onlys. Written partly at a horse ranch in the Arizona desert, the album has a dreamy feel to it, and features huge arrangements that still offer a lot of space. It rarely makes any sort of literal sense, but at the same time, that’s what makes it relatable. Listeners will notice a definite ‘80s guitar pop/New Wave influence.

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Classical
11:07 pm
Sat August 9, 2014

Which IPR Stream Would Beethoven Listen To?

He would have cranked up his radio louder and louder as his hearing got worse, but there's no doubt that if public radio had existed, Beethoven would have been an addict. And according to Jan Swafford, "People who knew Beethoven said politics was his favorite subject." So in addition to IPR Classical, I'd bet LvB would have had a preset for IPR's News/Talk stream. Do you seriously think this man would have missed an episode of All Things Considered?

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News Buzz
3:54 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Ebola Vaccines in Ames and Algae Blooms in Lake Red Rock

Blue-green algae is dangerous to drink and to swim in.
Chris Tomlinson Geograph

Ebola and algae scares hit in Western Africa and Toledo respectively this week. The threats may feel far away, but they hit home closer than you think.

On this News Buzz edition of River to River, host Ben Kieffer talks with Anne Pham, in charge compliance and enforcement of the drinking water program at the Department of Natural Resources. She explains what made the water in Toledo undrinkable and how we can protect Iowa water.

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