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3:38 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

"Farmer Wave Week" Celebrates a Friendly Highway Gesture

Todd Collins has created a week celebrating a hands-just-slightly-off-the-wheel motion that encapsulates 'Iowa Nice.'
Paul Hamilton Flickr

Most driver-to-driver hand gestures are decidedly unwelcome. But riding along a rural road in Iowa, you might encounter a friendly one--the farmer wave.

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News Buzz
2:52 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Iowa Leading in LGBT Equality Once Again

Iowa was third in the nation to legalize same-sex marriage, but how else are Iowa cities achieving equality for their LGBT residents?
Alan Light Flickr

In the third annual Municipality Equality Index released by the Human Rights Campaign, each of the five Iowa cities measured scored above the national average.

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News Buzz
2:29 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Do Pesticides Cause Depression?

Seven pesticides commonly used by farmers may be linked to depression.
jetsandzeppelins Flickr

Mining 20 years of data, a new study by the National Institutes of Health has found a link between some pesticides and depression. 

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Statehouse and Politics
8:01 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Iowans' Health Insurance Threatened

Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller
Joyce Russell/IPR

Obamacare critics have gone to court to eliminate federal tax credits in most states.

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Agriculture and Harvest Public Media
5:00 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Tougher Times Put Young Farmers' Dreams on Hold

Like many beginning farmers, Grant Curtis wants to invest in his operation but expectations of low prices are tying his hands.
Abby Wendle/Harvest Public Media

Grant Curtis remembers the day he went shopping for his first tractor. “It was an eye opening experience,” he said.

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Arts and Culture
12:00 am
Fri November 14, 2014

The History of Waterloo in Five Chapters

Francesca Soans and Robert Neimeyer in the recording studio for their five-part documentary series on the history of Waterloo.
Credit University of Northern Iowa

Two Waterloo-area residents are in the midst of producing a series of five documentaries that chronicle the history of the city. The filmmakers are focusing their camera on a few locations that are key to Waterloo’s past.

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Crime, Justice and Public Safety
8:47 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Fewer Meth Labs, But More Meth

A meth pipe.
michelle.irish

An annual report to the Iowa legislature and governor shows an increase in the amounts, potency, and use of methamphetamine in Iowa.

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Health
3:52 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Encore: Migraine Science Making Strides

Sasha Wolff Wikimedia Commons

36 million Americans suffer from migraine headaches, but understanding why exactly these types of headaches happen has been elusive. 

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Arts and Culture
3:47 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Billy Collins/NaNoWriMo

Billy Collins
AP

Billy Collins has been called "America's favorite poet," and the former Poet Laureate will be visiting Iowa.

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Business and Economy
2:29 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Grinnell Muffler Factory Closing

gb_packards

Donaldson Company, Inc. is closing its Grinnell plant, laying off 75 workers.

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Studio One
9:05 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Hear Peas and Carrot's Live Set on Studio One

Peas and Carrot live on IPR's Studio One
Credit IPR/Tony Dehner

Cedar Falls folk-punk trio, Peas and Carrot stopped by Studio One for a live performance Tuesday night. Consisting of Audrey Robinson on vocals and guitar, Walt Goodknight on bass, and Nathan Lantz on drums, the trio played several songs from their debut EP Big Girl Shoes—plus Audrey had some interesting things to say about the band’s name. If you missed Peas and Carrot the first time around or would like to hear them again, you can do so by clicking on the audio below. 

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News
5:30 am
Thu November 13, 2014

I-oh-wah Pronunciation Guide

A page from the Iowa pronunciation guide
Rick Fredericksen Iowa Public Radio

A new Iowa pronunciation guide has been launched; an online service where you can hear how locals pronounce their cities and towns. It’s the brainchild of a classical music producer on the radio, and Rick Fredericksen has his story.

Is it (EE-lee) or (EE-leye). (Less Hills), or (Luss Hills).  For announcers on the radio, this is treacherous territory.

"When you mispronounce an Iowa place name you’re likely to get a phone call or email from someone who knows how to say it right.”

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Politics Day
4:53 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

President Obama Makes Historic Deal with China on Carbon Emissions

A historic deal regarding carbon emissions has been reached between China and the U.S.  Is it realistic?

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History
4:21 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Encore: The World War II Love Story of Otty and Fred Blodi

Otti and Freddy Blodi
Ben Stanton Iowa Public Radio

When Otty Schmakal left Austria at the beginning of World War II, she left behind her homeland and a fiancé who was training to be a doctor. 

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Environment
1:44 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Zoo Euthanizes Beloved Giraffe

Shani the giraffe eating lettuce. She was a willing participant in the public feeding program, say zoo officials.
courtesy of Blank Park Zoo

The Blank Park Zoo euthanized one of its giraffes last Thursday. Shani, a 21-year-old female, had lived at the Des Moines zoo since 1996. 

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Studio One
11:47 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Minneapolis Troubadour Has One Lucky Guitar

Listen to Minneapolis folk singer Jack Klatt's story about reuniting with his guitar.
Credit Image Provided by artist

If you don't already know Jack Klatt, he's a rambling, roving troubadour-type folk singer who made an appearance on IPR Studio One's "Java Blend" earlier this year. Klatt was born and raised in Michigan's Mississippi River Valley,  but his true story telling talent comes from his travels. 

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Agriculture and Harvest Public Media
11:23 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Who Stole the Beans?

A farmer harvests soybeans in 2013. This year, an unknown driver combined 18 acres of an Illinois soybean field without permission. A criminal investigation is ongoing.
Amy Mayer/IPR file photo

It may not be a classic “Whodunnit” but the mystery of who stole soybeans from a field in western Illinois certainly has intrigue.

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Health
12:00 am
Wed November 12, 2014

An Iowa-based Doctor Tracks Ebola

Dr. Samir Koirala trains a local health official in Sierra Leone on how to track Ebola.
Iowa Department of Public Health

A doctor on loan to the Iowa Department of Public Health is back in the state after a stint in Sierra Leone. The native of Nepal was there to track the ebola outbreak in West Africa. 

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River to River
5:23 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Iowa Veterans' Stories in Washington D.C.

Sign welcoming Iowa veterans to Reagan Washington National Airport in D.C. on October 16, 2013
Ben Kieffer / Iowa Public Radio

For Veterans Day, join host Ben Kieffer as he travels to Washington D.C. with more than 80 Iowa veterans.

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Home Improvement
4:58 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Is Insulation Enough?

Clayton Parker Flickr

The first snow fell last night and Iowa homes are starting to show where drafts and cold sneak in. 

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Grassley on Judiciary
3:10 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Grassley to Oversee Obama Judgeships

Senator Chuck Grassley
Gage Skidmore/Flickr

Iowa Republican Senator Chuck Grassley says the new Republican majority will carefully vet President Obama’s judicial appointments.

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Agriculture and Harvest Public Media
5:39 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Premium Processing

Iowa Premium Beef CEO Jeffrey Johnson stands outside the new 200, 000-square- foot beef processing plant in Tama
IPR's Pat Blank

Central Iowa is about to get a much needed economic shot in the arm as a long awaited beef processing plant opens its doors providing hundreds of new jobs. 

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Business and Economy
4:55 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Dahl's Foods Files Chapter 11

Sodanie Chea

Dahl’s Foods is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

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Books
3:20 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Iowa is in Two "American Nations," Which One Do You Live In?

Colin Woodard's 11 "American Nations"
Courtesy of Colin Woodard

Why do we classify states or regions as “red” or “blue”? How did certain areas of the country gain particular political reputations? 

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Studio One
2:40 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

A Different Sort Of Live Music Experience in Cedar Falls

Danika Holmes and Jeb Hart performing at Cedar Valley House Concerts in October 2014.
Credit Darice Mangin

If you're a fan of live music, or a performing musician, you might not think of a stranger's living room as a good choice for a performance venue. But that's exactly what's been happening in one Cedar Falls home for about six years.

Since 2008, Cedar Valley House Concerts has provided traveling singer-songwriters with a place to perform, along with a warm bed, an opportunity to do laundry, and other comforts that artists often miss while on tour. Open to the public, guests are asked for a small donation that goes directly to the artist, plus a side dish or snack to share.

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Environment
1:03 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Habitat Loss and Its Impact on Iowa's Biodiversity

An IPR listener photo submission of a Great Blue Heron, titled: "My pond is like stopping at McDonald's"
Kenneth Mertes

Many scientists believe that Earth is in the midst of a sixth great extinction. On this edition of Talk of Iowa, threats to biodiversity in the Midwest.

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News
11:26 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Update: Fort Des Moines Museum

Woman soldier in Iowa National Guard
Rick Fredericksen Iowa Public Radio

The historic Fort Des Moines Museum is formally reopening tomorrow morning (11-11-14)  with a Veterans Day program and public tours. Iowa Public Radio’s Rick Fredericksen has the story.

The first class of black officers graduated at Fort Des Moines in WW1. The Army’s first women trained there in WW2. Despite its rich background, the Fort Des Moines Museum went into debt and even closed for a time. A Veterans Day ceremony will announce its rebirth, according to curator Jack Lufkin.

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Crime, Justice and Public Safety
4:29 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Iowa Felon Sues Governor

Joe Gratz

An Iowa woman and the ACLU are suing Iowa officials, including Gov. Terry Branstad, for the right to vote. 

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Hort Day
2:11 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Hort Gang: History in the Trees

There's a great deal of history to be found on most university campuses--but not just in the buildings and the libraries.

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Newsbuzz
1:54 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

ISU Honors Students, Veterans Lost

ISU's Gold Star Hall
Iowa State University

Diane Rasmussen, who lives in Omaha, can't make impromptu trips to Arlington, Virginia, where her son Deric is buried. Now, if she wants to feel close to him, she can visit Gold Star Hall in ISU's Memorial Union.

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