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Agriculture/Harvest Public Media
7:16 am
Wed August 8, 2012

My Farm Roots: Nolan Strawder

Despite working full time as a mechanical engineer, 25-year-old Nolan Strawder is rehabbing his family's farm in his spare time.
Peggy Lowe Harvest Public Media

This is the fifth installment of My Farm Roots, Harvest Public Media’s series chronicling Americans’ connection to the land. Click here to explore more My Farm Roots stories and to share your own.

When a guy is a mechanical engineer at a nuclear power plant, you figure he puts in a pretty good day of work.

Not so for Nolan Strawder, whose day job, as he calls it, is at the Wolf Creek Nuclear Power Plant in Burlington, Kan.

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River to River
2:36 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Digital Deception and Solder Patents

Brandon Warren / flickr

When someone is trying to lie to you in  face-to-face exchange, you may be able to tell by their shifting eyes.  But what if that deception comes in text communication or in an email?  We listen back to Ben’s conversation with Joey George, an Iowa State University professor of Management Information Systems.  He’s studied computer mediated deceptive communication and will tell us how we’re learning to lie digitally.  Then, a look at the Ames Laboratory and patents developed there- including a 40-million dollar lead-free solder patent.  In 2011, the patent become the top royalty income gener

Talk of Iowa
11:50 am
Tue August 7, 2012

Janiva Magness In-Studio

Charity Nebbe with Janiva Magness and her band outside IPR's Iowa City studio
Emily Woodbury

Growing up fast on the streets of Detroit, Janiva Magness earned the right to sing the blues.  Now, Magness is a renowned singer who has recently released her tenth album, "Stronger For It". Host Charity Nebbe talks with Magness about her life, her music, and her work as an advocate for foster care.

Environment
11:31 am
Tue August 7, 2012

A year after flood, Hamburg hopes to keep levee

The rising Missouri River swallows a home near Hamburg, Iowa, in 2011.
Nati Harnik AP

Last summer, Iowa and Nebraska were in the grips of major flooding along the Missouri River. Now, a small southwest Iowa community hopes to make permanent a levee that protected them from the river. 

To find out more about the levee project, click here.

Talk of Iowa
11:57 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Home Improvement In A Time Of Drought

Community Environmental Center Flickr

The heat has placed a lot of stress on gardens and other vegetation, but what about your home? Host Charity Nebbe talks with home improvement expert, Bill McAnally, about problems that can arise with your roof, deck, foundation, or other areas because of the dry weather and how to fix them.

River to River
11:49 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Capturing Reactions to Disability And Aiding Nepalese Children

Photogrpaher Kevin Connolly captured reactions to him, a legless man, zooming around on a skateboard all over the world.

Listen back to host, Ben Kieffer’s, conversation with Kevin Connolly, a photographer who was born without legs. He traveled the world taking pictures of people reacting to him -- a legless man zooming by on a skateboard. Then, Conor Grennan talks with Ben about his work helping Nepalese children who are victims of child trafficking.

Agriculture/Harvest Public Media
7:43 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Hog farmers worry as more consumers demand phaseout of gestation stalls

Craig Rowles (right), and one of his employees, Dan Sander, at Elite Pork Partnership.
Sarah McCammon IPR

North America’s largest food distributor, Sysco, is the latest company to announce it will phase out pork produced with a controversial technology known as gestation crates. A growing number of consumers say they want more humanely produced meat on their plates, but many farmers worry they’ll be left picking up the tab.

Craig Rowles grew up on an Iowa farm, and like a lot of farm kids, he’s done his share of heavy lifting.

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Education
2:32 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

UNI President Allen Announces Retirement

University of Northern Iowa President Ben Allen has announced plans to retire "no later than July 1, 2013."  Iowa Public Radio's Pat Blank reports.

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River to River
1:21 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

Keeping Your Children Safe

AP Photo/FBI

The story of two missing Evansdale girls has captured the state's and the nation's attention. Host Ben Kieffer talks with the Black Haw County Sheriff's Department to get an update on the case. Then the National Safety Director of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children talks about what parents and the public can do to help with the case and how we can use the Evansdale case as an opportunity to talk with our children about staying safe.

Talk of Iowa
11:44 am
Fri August 3, 2012

Horticulture Day: Oak Trees

Beatrice Murch Flickr

The oak tree became Iowa's official state tree in 1961 but it has been an important part of the landscape for much longer than that. Host Charity Nebbe talks with DNR District Forester Mark Vitosh about the oak tree. Later, Associate Professor of Horticulture at Iowa State University joins the conversation to answer listeners gardening questions.

River to River
1:16 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Changing Media Landcsape and Taking a Media Diet

We all realize the media landscape is changing very quickly. But where are we headed? And have you ever considered putting yourself on a media diet?  We’d originally scheduled Governor Branstad to join us live today. However, late this morning, the Governor’s office let us know that he now has a scheduling conflict. We’ll try to reschedule that conversation for a future date.

Instead today, we’ll listen back to conversation about changes in the media with Executive Director of the Iowa Broadcast News Association Jeff Stein.

Arts & Culture
11:22 am
Thu August 2, 2012

The Word Maven

Words like tornado and Derecho fascinate and frighten and they both have surprising histories. Charity talks with English language expert Patricia O’Connor who looks at  the origins of weather related words.  Patricia answers all questions that relate to the English language.

Crime, Justice and Public Safety
6:44 am
Thu August 2, 2012

Des Moines Police Mounted Patrol preps for Iowa State Fair

The Mounted Patrol has been training in preparation for the Iowa State Fair.
Des Moines Police Department

When the Iowa State Fair opens, one week from today, not all the animals will be on display or in competition; some will be working. It's one of the last mounted patrols in Iowa.

River to River
9:23 am
Wed August 1, 2012

The Politics of Foreign Policy

Dave Lawerence Flickr

This week Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney wrapped up a three-nation international trip – to England, Israel and Poland. Some of his comments abroad sure put him in the media limelight, but will it help or hurt his campaign? Host Ben Kieffer talks with political science professors  Lindsay Cohn from the University of Northern Iowa and Jim McCormick from Iowa State University about the politics of foreign policy in this presidential election year.

Talk of Iowa
9:15 am
Wed August 1, 2012

How the Railroad Transformed America

W.W. Norton & Company Publishing

The coming of the railroad transformed Iowa and the rest of the nation in more ways than you can imagine. Host Charity Nebbe  talks with historian and author Richard White, from Standford University, about how the railroads shaped our land, our economy, our political system and touched every part of life in America. His latest book is Railroaded: The Transcontinentals and the Making of Modern America.

Agriculture/Harvest Public Media
7:43 am
Wed August 1, 2012

My Farm Roots: Jan Phillips

When Jan Phillips was a baby, her parents said they knew by her laughter in response to a cow-driven buggy ride that she would be adventurous. Seventy years later, she's still proving them right. This is her last year on a trip to Asia.
Courtesy Jan Phillips Harvest Public Media

This is the fourth installment of My Farm Roots, Harvest Public Media’s series chronicling Americans’ connection to the land. Click here to explore more My Farm Roots (http://www.harvestpublicmedia.org/myfarmroots) stories and to share your own.

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Statehouse
5:05 am
Wed August 1, 2012

Public and Private Sector Wage Gap Back in Spotlight

Gov. Terry Branstad (with Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, right) is asking state workers to help pay for their health insurance premiums.
Office of Governor Branstad Facebook

Starting Wednesday, Governor Terry Branstad starts paying 20 percent of his healthcare premium costs. He signed an executive order last month allowing other state workers to do the same. It has pushing the difference between private and public sector compensation back into the spotlight.

Right now Iowa is among only a handful of states where public workers don’t pay any of those costs.

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Business/Economy
7:59 am
Tue July 31, 2012

Iowa's Population Growth

While Iowa's total population grew by 2.8 percent over the past nine years, the 2010 Census Report shows that the growth has occurred in the state's largest cities and their suburbs, while the rural areas are losing residents.

Business/Economy
7:44 am
Tue July 31, 2012

Iowa Communities Struggling to Survive

Iowa's smallest towns are shrinking- the total population living in towns of one-thousand people or less decreased by seven percent in the last decade.  We conclude our summer series on Iowa towns and cities with a look at communities struggling to survive.  Charity talks with Jeff Schott of the University of Iowa's Institute of Public Affairs.  Schott reveals the latest census numbers focusing on parts of the state experiencing population loss.  Also joining the conversation- Sac County Economic Development Director Shirley Phillips, Decorah author Robert Wolf and Cedar Rapids entrepreneur

Health
6:36 am
Tue July 31, 2012

Reproductive Health Access a Challenge for Some Rural Iowa Women

Brenda Banker, a Clinton nurse practitioner, makes the drive to Maquoketa once a week to provide reproductive health care to women and men in the area.
Clare Roth IPR

In recent months, several small-town Iowa reproductive health care clinics have closed. And now, more may be in danger. Bills introduced this month in Congress threaten to cut Title X funding, which provides for reproductive health care across the nation, and supplies it to places with few other options like rural Iowa.

Teacher Test
2:57 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

New Teachers to Take Required Exam

State education officials are laying the groundwork for an  exam prospective teachers will have to take before they are licensed in Iowa.   Those graduating from teacher preparation programs  this summer may be the last to squeak through without facing the new requirement.  Joyce Russell reports.

River to River
11:53 am
Mon July 30, 2012

Comedian Nathan Timmel and Remembering Lauren Reece Flaum

Iowa comedian and author Nathan Timmel's new book.
Nathan Timmel

One Iowa comedian says he turns to his uncommon experiences growing up for his profession. Host Ben Kieffer talks with comedian and author, Nathan Timmel, about his memoir “I Was a White Knight…Once.”

Then, listen back to excerpts from Ben’s conversation with Lauren Reece Flaum, who died this month after living with breast cancer for 17 years. In 2008, Redbook magazine asked its readers to submit their stories about living with breast cancer and Flaum beat out thousands of entries to win the contest.

Talk of Iowa
9:12 am
Mon July 30, 2012

Exploring the Mississippi, Missouri, and Platte Rivers

University of Missouri Press

The state of Iowa is defined physically by the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers. We, in turn, have done a great deal to shape the rivers. Host Charity Nebbe, talks with author Lisa Knopp about her book “What the River Carries: Encounters with the Mississippi, Missouri and Platte”. Her book takes readers on a personal journey along these rivers, exploring their history, geography, and ecology.

River to River
9:14 am
Fri July 27, 2012

A Runner Without a Country and Champion Debaters

Former Iowa State University runner Guor Marial from South Sudan. Marial will compete in the Olympic marathon under the Olympic flag.
Iowa State University

He’s been dubbed the ‘runner without a country’ – Guor Marial is a 28-year-old marathon runner and refugee from the newly independent African nation of South Sudan. After Marial escaped Sudan as a child, he came to the United States and competed in cross country at Iowa State University. Though he’s a U.S. resident, he’s not a citizen and South Sudan does not yet have a national Olympic body, but after months of consideration, the International Olympic Committee ruled Marial could compete under the Olympic flag – joining three others who will do the same during the London games.

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Talk of Iowa
9:10 am
Fri July 27, 2012

Horticulture Day: Landscaping

This summer it’s not really a question of making sure that the plants in your landscape thrive, it’s a question of making sure that they survive. Host Charity Nebbe talks with Iowa State University's  Extension Entomologist, Donald Lewis, and the Head of the Horticulture Department, Jeff Iles, about ways to reduce the stress on your plants right now and how to design a landscape that demands less water for the future

Agriculture/Harvest Public Media
8:28 am
Fri July 27, 2012

Livestock Producers Caught Without Safety Net

Clint Alley / flickr

Farmers growing crops have insurance to ward off the financial failure of their season during this terrible drought. But there’s no safety net like that in place for livestock producers. They are being turned away from government offices when they ask for help. What’s the holdup? Harvest Public Media’s Peggy Lowe reports that aid for livestock producers is tied up in Washington politics. 

Business/Economy
3:38 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

Wasendorf Waits

Russell Wasendorf Sr. outside his now closed 18 million dollar office building in rural Cedar Falls
Waterloo Courier

Russell Wasendorf had hoped tomorrow would be the day he’d be released on bail...

But the hearing's been postponed, so the former head of Peregrine Financial Group remains in jail…

and the business empire he built,  first in Chicago and then later in Iowa,  continues to crumble. 

His once fairy tale like existence came to an abrupt end earlier this month.

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River to River
2:00 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

Checking in with Upper Iowa University and Wartburg College

Upper Iowa University has 10,000 students worldwide, but only 1,000 of them study at northeast Iowa town of Fayette where it’s based. As part of our summer series of conversations with Iowa university and college presidents, host Ben Kieffer talks with Upper Iowa’s President Alan Walker about his university’s global reach. Also, a conversation with Wartburg College President Darrel Colson.

Talk of Iowa
1:38 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

Iowa's Olympic Past

Lolo Jones, Gabby Douglas, Miranda Leek, Lisa Uhl, and Jake Varner, these are the athletes Iowans will be watching particularity closely at the Olympic games in London. On today’s “Talk of Iowa” we take a look back at the trials and triumphs of Iowa Olympians past.

River to River
9:08 am
Wed July 25, 2012

Politics Day: Swing Votes

League of Women Voters of California Flickr

If you’re like many Americans, you’ve become increasingly frustrated with a lack of bipartisan cooperation in congress and the disappearance of centrist politicians willing to work together to solve the nation’s problems. Host Ben Kieffer talks with columnist and Woodrow Wilson Center Scholar, Linda Killian, about her new book The Swing Vote: The Untapped Power of Independents. Also, Wayne Moyer of Grinnell College and Bruce Gronbeck from the University of Iowa analyze political events from the past week.

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