Being in Iowa

 

Being in Iowa is a series of multi-part reports that goes in-depth to examine what it is like to be a minority in Iowa. The reports look at the issues, history, cultural traditions, challenges and future of each diverse group of people that are part of Iowa. Reporter Rob Dillard tells the stories by talking with the leaders and having intimate discussions with some members of each group, and taking listeners to the places that exemplify these communities.

Being in Iowa is funded in part by The Principal Financial Group Foundation and Alliant Energy.

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Education
5:00 am
Fri February 3, 2012

Being Gay in Iowa: Children

Today, Iowa Public Radio continues its series “Being Gay in Iowa.” Many same-sex couples have children. Some had them while in opposite-sex marriages before coming out. Others are becoming parents through sperm donors or adoption. What is life like for these kids who were raised in homes that are out-of-the-norm? Reporter Rob Dillard introduces us to some young people whose family life made them a curiosity while growing up.

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Education
5:00 am
Thu February 2, 2012

Being Gay in Iowa: Bullying

Today, Iowa Public Radio continues its week-long series “Being Gay in Iowa.” It’s often a tumultuous experience when young people acknowledge they’re gay. It opens them up for teasing and downright bullying from classmates.  In part-four of our series, reporter Rob Dillard looks into what’s being done in Iowa to protect gay students from the taunts of their peers.

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Education
5:00 am
Wed February 1, 2012

Being Gay in Iowa: Coming Out

Today we have Part Three of our week-long series “Being Gay in Iowa.”  Often, the most emotionally stressful time in a gay person’s life is when they come out to their family and friends. The announcement is so difficult for many, they don’t make it until middle age, after they’ve been married and raised children.  It’s getting easier for younger gays, who are coming out in high school or even before.  Iowa Public Radio’s Rob Dillard met with a number of gay Iowans to find out what it was like to step out of the closet.

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Education
5:00 am
Tue January 31, 2012

Being Gay in Iowa: Religions

Today we continue our exploration of what it means to be gay in Iowa. Members of various faith communities approach questions surrounding gay lifestyles from widely different perspectives. Some church leaders were quite vocal in protesting the Iowa Supreme Court ruling that allowed same-sex couples to marry. Others were among the first clergy to lead marriage ceremonies for gays and lesbians as soon as they were able. Iowa Public Radio’s Rob Dillard looks into the divide among religions on matters of gay rights.

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Education
5:00 am
Mon January 30, 2012

Being Gay in Iowa: Marriage

Iowa Public Radio today returns to its ongoing series “Being in Iowa.” This week we look into what it means to be gay in Iowa. The most recent poll to gather public sentiment about same-sex marriage taken a year ago shows more Iowans oppose it than support it – but by a narrow margin, 38 to 34 percent. Almost as many people – 30 percent – say they don’t care one way or the other. Iowa Public Radio’s Rob Dillard revisits attitudes toward gay marriage nearly three years after the Iowa Supreme Court ruled it legal.

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River to River
11:00 pm
Sun January 15, 2012

Encore Edition: Being African-American in Iowa

On this Martin Luther King, Jr. Day we listen back to a program from September of last year. As part of IPR's Being in Iowa series, we examine the African-American experience in Iowa. Ben's guest's are Waterloo East High School Principal Dr. Willy Barney, counselor Shannon Harrington and Des Moines University Medical Director Dr. Carolyn Beverly.

River to River
12:00 pm
Fri December 2, 2011

Being Physically Disabled in Iowa

All this week we've been hearing what it's like being physically disabled in Iowa. Reports from Iowa Public Radio's Rob Dillard have highlighted many facets from the lives of people who are blind, deaf, and who have trouble with mobility. Today we wrap up the series with several different perspectives on the topic, including that of a blind twenty-two year old college student and a disabled man from Ankeny, who recently grabbed headlines for climbing to the top of Chicago's tallest building.

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Sports
5:00 am
Fri December 2, 2011

Being Physically Disabled in Iowa: Sports

Today, Iowa Public Radio concludes its week-long series “Being Physically Disabled in Iowa.” It’s estimated that 96-thousand Iowans between the ages of 16-and-64 have some type of physical disability. Many of them are keeping their competitive fires burning by joining adaptive sports programs. Reporter Rob Dillard takes us to a gym and a ball field to meet a group of disabled athletes.

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Education
5:00 am
Thu December 1, 2011

Being Physically Disabled in Iowa: Farmer

Today Iowa Public Radio has the third segment in a five-part series titled “Being Physically Disabled in Iowa.” It’s estimated that some 20 percent of the nation’s farmers are working the land with some type of physical disability. That compares with six percent of the overall workforce who are disabled. Reporter Rob Dillard takes us to a farm in Central Iowa, where a long-time farmer is adjusting to a missing limb.

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Education
5:00 am
Wed November 30, 2011

Being Physically Disabled in Iowa: Special Schools

Today we continue with our five-part series about what it means to be physically disabled in Iowa. There are two special schools for disabled students in the state – The Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School in Vinton and the Iowa School for the Deaf in Council Bluffs. They both fall under the auspices of the Iowa Board of Regents. But as reporter Rob Dillard tells us, they are taking different approaches to providing an education for the young people they serve.

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Education
5:00 am
Tue November 29, 2011

Being Physically Disabled in Iowa: Accessibility

Today, Iowa Public Radio continues its week-long series “Being Physically Disabled in Iowa.” Over the past 20 years, access to public buildings for people in wheelchairs has vastly improved. The 1992 Americans with Disabilities Act gets much of the credit. This federal law requires facilities to take reasonable, achievable steps to remove barriers for people with disabilities. Reporter Rob Dillard spent a recent afternoon with a wheelchair-bound woman, checking out various public buildings in Des Moines. They found a few roadblocks still in place.

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Education
5:00 am
Mon November 28, 2011

Being Physically Disabled in Iowa: Blind

Today we return to our series “Being in Iowa,” produced by reporter Rob Dillard.  Iowa Public Radio has been bringing you the stories of Iowans who make up various pockets of the state’s population. So far, we’ve examined aspects in the lives of Latinos, military veterans, Muslims and African-Americans. This week, we focus on the physically disabled. To begin, Rob introduces us to some residents with vision problems. It’s estimated there are 69-thousand Iowans who are visually impaired, a thousand of them completely blind.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Fri September 30, 2011

Being African-American in Iowa

All this week Rob Dillard has continued his series, "Being in Iowa," on Iowa Public Radio with a look at the African-American experience in the state. Today we wrap up this week's series with a discussion about the gaps that exist between African-Americans and the rest of the country: gaps in the areas of education, jobs, and health. We'll find out what's behind those gaps and how we can cover them. Guests include Waterloo East High School Principal Dr. Willy Barney, Shannon Harrington - the owner of a counseling business in Waterloo, and Des Moines University Medical Director Dr.

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Education
6:00 am
Fri September 30, 2011

Being African-American in Iowa: Spirituality

Today, Iowa Public Radio concludes its five-part series on African-Americans in the state. Reporter Rob Dillard has looked into the issues they face in the areas of education, employment, politics and health. He ends with a story about faith. The church has historically played a crucial role in the lives of many African-Americans.  It has been in the pews of black churches where they’ve found comfort and inspiration. Rob takes us to a Sunday-morning service in Waterloo where parishioners are charting their paths toward spirituality.

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Health
6:00 am
Thu September 29, 2011

Being African-American in Iowa: Health

Iowa Public Radio’s week-long look at African-Americans in the state continues today with reporter Rob Dillard considering the multiple health risks they face. Blacks have a higher propensity than whites for such chronic diseases as diabetes and heart disease. The occurrence of infant deaths among African-Americans in Iowa is at three times the rate of whites. Rob talked to a number of health professionals about why this is and what, if anything, blacks can do to lower the risks.

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Statehouse and Politics
6:00 am
Wed September 28, 2011

Being African-American in Iowa: Politics

Today, Iowa Public Radio continues its look at African-Americans living in Iowa. So far, reporter Rob Dillard has examined some of the educational and economic challenges they face. Now he turns to the political scene. There have been very few black politicians elected to public office in Iowa – none to statewide office. Rob met with some of these African-American leaders to find out what their time in office has meant to the state.

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Business and Economy
6:00 am
Tue September 27, 2011

Being African-American in Iowa: Economy

Today, we continue with our “Being in Iowa” series. All this week, IPR reporter Rob Dillard is asking the question, what does it mean to be African-American in the state? Nearly a third of all blacks in Iowa live below the poverty line. They earn on average less than half of white households, and their unemployment rate is more than double the overall state figure. Rob introduces us to three African-Americans, who are working to improve their economic standing with some assistance along the way.

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Education
6:00 am
Mon September 26, 2011

Being African-American in Iowa: Education

Today, Iowa Public Radio returns to its series “Being in Iowa.”  Reporter Rob Dillard has been exploring what it means to be Latino, a military veteran, and Muslim in the state. Now, he shifts his attention to African-Americans. The 2010 census pegs the number of blacks living in Iowa at nearly 90-thousand, or just below three percent of the total population. Most of them are clustered around the urban centers of Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Davenport and Waterloo.

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Education
1:00 pm
Fri July 29, 2011

Being Muslim in Iowa

This week, Rob Dillard's series, "Being Muslim in Iowa," has highlighted Iowa's rich Muslim history. It's a history that includes the establishment of the Mother Mosque of America in Cedar Rapids nearly eighty years ago. This hour we'll explore Iowa's Muslim connections. We'll talk with Lisa Killinger, an Iowa woman who was raised Episcopalian and eventually converted to Islam. Also, Professor Mahmoud Hamed of Drake University and Miriam Amer, Executive Director of the Iowa chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

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Education
6:00 am
Fri July 29, 2011

Being Muslim in Iowa: Elkader

All this week, Iowa Public Radio reporter Rob Dillard has been exploring what it means to be Muslim in Iowa. Much of his reporting for this series has taken him to metropolitan areas, where most of the state’s Muslims live. But to conclude the week, Rob travels to a berg in northeast Iowa where one Muslim man has found a home.

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Education
6:00 am
Thu July 28, 2011

Being Muslim in Iowa: Converts

Iowa Public Radio continues its week-long series called “Being Muslim in Iowa.” Reporter Rob Dillard has traveled extensively around the state, meeting a few of the estimated 20,000 Iowans who follow Islam. Most of these people have practiced the faith all of their lives, growing up in families who stretch their roots to the Middle East, Africa or Eastern Europe. But a handful of Iowans have converted to Islam from other religions. Today, Rob introduces us to three of them.

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Education
6:00 am
Wed July 27, 2011

Being Muslim in Iowa: Food

We’re looking at the lives of Muslims in Iowa this week. So far, reporter Rob Dillard has traced the history of Islam in the state, which dates back to the 19th century. He’s also asked a few Muslims living here why public opinion goes against their faith. Today, he looks at how Islam determines what food Muslims eat. The diets for strict adherents of Islamic law are free of pork and alcohol.  Today, Rob visits an eastern Iowa company that’s in the business of ensuring the food consumed by Muslims in the state and around the world meets this guideline. 

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Education
6:00 am
Tue July 26, 2011

Being Muslim in Iowa: Myths

Iowa Public Radio is taking a look this week at Muslims living in the state. Opinion polls indicate Americans remain conflicted over Islam a decade after the terrorist attacks of 9-11. A survey by the Pew Research Center a year ago shows the percentage of people in the U.S. with a favorable opinion of Islam has tumbled from 41 percent in 2005 to 30 percent.  Muslims have been put on the defensive in recent years, asked to defend Islam against charges it’s a violent religion.

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Education
6:00 am
Mon July 25, 2011

Being Muslim in Iowa: History

Today, Iowa Public Radio returns to its series, "Being in Iowa." Reporter Rob Dillard brings us the first of five installments on what it means to be Muslim in the state. A majority of Americans say they know very little about Islam. In fact, a recent Pew Research Poll showed a quarter of those surveyed said they knew nothing at all about the religion, which is followed by one-and-a-half billion people in the world. Muslims make up a small portion of Iowa’s population, well below one percent.

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