According to a study by the Iowa Council on Homelessness, in 2011 roughly 17,900 individuals in Iowa were homeless at some point throughout that year. What are the causes of homelessness and what can communities do to help? Also, Iowa City has a new ordinance which aims to further restrict panhandling in the downtown area.
Iowa Citian Andy Douglas has published his memoir, The Curve of the World: Into the Spiritual Heart of Yoga. When he was in his 20s, Douglas turned aside from his minister father’s Christian beliefs and took up a life of yoga and meditation, eventually going on to becoming an Ananda Marga monk, leading the organization’s Seoul office. We hear about his life as a monk and his eventual return to the United States to fight Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
Iowa City is testing new parking meters for their downtown shopping district, known as smart meters. They take credit cards and allow parkers to pay with their phones, and are slowly popping up in communities throughout Iowa.
But the hard part is often teaching people how to use them.
Recently Ames was ranked as the second best college town in the US by the American Institute of Economic Research's 2013 College Destination Index. Iowa City came in close behind at fourth place. What goes into making a great college town? On "River to River" we talk about the attributes and special challenges of these communities.
Over a year ago the band “Stew and the Negro Problem” visited Iowa City to learn about the town and write songs based on their observations. Now they’re back in town and are going to perform the songs they've created. Host Charity Nebbe talks with band member Mark Stewart, "Stew", about his songs which were inspired by the black angel, flooding, and a local book shop.
A town that is home to a college or university is always changing. There are always new students, new faculty, new staff, and the population ebbs and flows from semester to semester. On today's "Talk of Iowa" we continue our summer series on Iowa towns and cities with a look at college towns. The pros, the cons, the economics and the history.