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With Federal Support Waning, Wind Power Turns To Industry For Investment

Even as wind energy production has grown in recent years to be a large part of the country’s energy portfolio, a chill around federal funding for renewable energy has researchers increasingly turning to industry partners to bring the next generation of innovation to the marketplace. Today, wind makes up more than 40 percent of the country’s energy grid. Parts of the Midwest and Great Plains have led the way in wind energy production. The state of Iowa now generates nearly 37 percent of its...

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Meredith and Martha Holley-Miers live in a brick row house in Washington, D.C. with their two kids and a big rainbow flag in front. The couple has been legally married for seven years — and together for 14 years.

When they decided to have a baby, they "went through a lot of time and a lot of money and a lot of heartache trying to get pregnant," Martha says. They used an anonymous sperm donor, and it took them many months. When Martha gave birth to daughter Janey — now a bubbly 8-year-old — in 2009, they knew that they'd need to put forth yet more time, money, and heartache.

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This week the big story in baseball is pretty sobering. It's about the safety of fans at the ballpark.

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Nasty, brutish and short.

Until about the last decade or so, that's how many of us were accustomed to thinking about Neanderthal life.

But a lot has changed since then, not least of which is the emergence of smoking-gun DNA evidence that Neanderthals are, in fact, family.

Now a new study runs counter to earlier thinking by suggesting that Neanderthals reached maturity at about the same rate as modern humans.

The Colin Kaepernick Effect

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With guest host Jane Clayson.

Colin Kaepernick, the quarterback who took a knee during the national anthem, remains shunned by football. We’ll toss around why.

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Wow! Everything anyone has said about siblings singing together is true! Check out the amazing harmony of Jack Torrey and Page Burkum of The Cactus Blossoms. They dropped by IPR’s Studio One for a short performance and some conversation with IPR’s Mark Simmet. The harmonies are really striking and are, of course, reminiscent of a couple of Iowa’s favorite sons The Everly Brothers, but these Minneapolis brothers are top-notch writers and arrangers too! All four of these tunes are from their album “You’re Dreaming” and the final tune you may recognize from the TV series Twin Peaks.

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Though the brunt of Hurricane Maria has left Puerto Rico, the island's water worries continue. On Friday afternoon, the National Weather Service reported that the Guajataca Dam in the northwest is "failing," causing flash flooding. Buses were trying to evacuate people from the area "as quickly as they can," the service said.

Compounding Puerto Rico's devastation in the wake of Hurricane Maria is the fact that so much is still unknown. Because most of the island's cellphone sites are out of service and the power grid is down, it has been difficult or impossible to connect with the people who live there — whether from the mainland or from another part of the island.

Atlanta resident Silkia Babilonia, who lives in Atlanta, says that since the storm, she hasn't been able to reach friends and family on the island's west side.

Iran unveiled a new ballistic missile Friday, showing off the weapon during a military parade in Tehran. "When it comes to defending our country, we will ask nobody for their permission," President Hassan Rouhani said.

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This summer, IPR examined the impact of HF 517, as well as other gun issues.

From "stand your ground" provisions to how gun policies are received by communities of color and how gun owners train in self defense and gun safety, join us as we discuss this important topic.

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Featured Release This Week From Grizzly Bear + Studio One Tracks Top 30 Playlist

Songwriter, vocalist, guitarist and keyboard player Ed Droste began Grizzly Bear in the early 2000s (in Brooklyn) as a solo project. As often happens, the solo project grew into a full band by the time of the second Grizzly Bear full-length album in 2006. The time between albums has increased; the new (fifth) record Painted Ruins arrives five years after the last one, Shields. With rich, layered soundscapes and strong songwriting, most Grizzly Bear fans would say the wait was worthwhile....

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Legos and Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” – It’s a Match

Antonio Vivaldi wrote over 500 concertos for various instruments. Today, most people know four of them. The Four Seasons for violin and chamber orchestra can be heard in countless movie soundtracks and TV ads. Many modern composers have been so inspired by the concertos that they have reimagined them in their own style. One such composer is Max Richter of Germany. Richter follows the basic outline of the compositions while diverging from the specifics. “The thing about Vivaldi,” Richter says,...

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