Just who’s to blame for the childhood obesity epidemic? Over the years, the finger has been pointed at parents, video games and vending machines, to name a few.
To the makers of the new activist documentary, “Fed Up,” the bottom line of blame lies with a simple substance poured into our diets every day: sugar. And the pushers of what this film calls a drug and “the new tobacco” are the food industry and our own government.
“What if our whole approach to this epidemic has been dead wrong?” the film’s narrator, TV journalist Katie Couric, says in the film’s open.
Jean Seberg knew from a very early age that she wanted to be a movie star, and she became one. The documentary Movie Star: The Secret Lives of Jean Seberg will premiere at the Jean Seberg International Film Festival in Marshalltown next week. Join host Charity Nebbe to explore the life of Jean Seberg.
The farm crisis of the 1980s meant high interest rates; it’s estimated that farmland values dropped nearly 60 percent in some areas of the Midwest during the early '80s. But it was not just an economic disaster. A new documentary also tries to capture the personal stories. Guest host Ben Stanton talks with the producer of "The Farm Crisis" Laurel Bower Burgmaier. Later in the show is an update to the flood-related weather outlook for Iowa, and hear about NPR's programing changes now in effect and how they will affect Iowa Public Radio.
Though the Great Recession ended in 2009, families that were once considered middle-class still struggle to get by. Host Ben Kieffer talks with filmmaker and University of Iowa graduate Devon Terrill about her new documentary “An American Winter,” which profiles eight families who fell out of the middle class during the Great Recession. IPR's Sandhya Dirks tells us about the push to get an Iowa inmate's sentence commuted. And is your NCAA pool legal? Geoff Greenwood from the Iowa Attorney General's Office outlines the regulations governing social gambling.