Sarah Boden en The End of Session and Soil Conditions <p>Host Ben Kieffer sits down with Iowa Public Radio statehouse correspondent <a href="">Joyce Russell</a> about developments surrounding the confidential settlements within Governor Branstad's administration and the end of the legislative session.</p><p>Also, planting season is right around the corner. Iowa State University agronomist and ISU Extension climatologist <a href="">Elwynn Taylor</a> discusses soil conditions throughout Iowa.</p><p></p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 20:24:47 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Sarah Boden 39009 at The End of Session and Soil Conditions No More VEISHEA? <p>On Wednesday, the rest of <a href="">the 2014 VEISHEA celebration was suspended</a> due to a riot on Tuesday that left one student with severe head injuries and extensive property damage.&nbsp; Rioters in the <span class="st">Campustown area of Ames </span>turned over cars, tore down light poles, and pelted police with rocks and beer cans.</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 19:36:32 +0000 Ben Kieffer, Katherine Perkins & Sarah Boden 38991 at No More VEISHEA? Decoding Dyslexia <p>Thanks to new legislation, a definition of dyslexia will now be included in the Iowa Code.&nbsp; The neurological condition, which often runs in families, causes individuals difficultly with learning to read, write and spell.</p><p>The law is the result of strong advocacy from a number of groups, including the parent-lead, grassroots organization <a href="">Decoding Dyslexia</a>. DD aims to bring attention to educational intervention for dyslexic students.</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 18:51:03 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Sarah Boden 38860 at Decoding Dyslexia Understanding the Crimean Crisis <p>Russia has warned that any use of force in Ukraine's eastern region could lead to civil war. This comes as Kiev seeks to regain control after pro-Moscow uprisings in three cities.&nbsp; This hour, host Ben Kieffer listens to two perspectives on the crisis.</p><p><a href="">Roman Skaskiw</a> is a Ukrainian-American software developer and graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop living in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv.&nbsp; He sees most of the pro-Putin sentiment as fake and orchestrated</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 20:29:24 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Sarah Boden 38798 at Understanding the Crimean Crisis The Death of Iowa's Honeybees <p>This past winter was particularly harsh on Iowa's honeybees.&nbsp; Experts estimate that 65-70 percent of Iowa's honeybee colonies didn't survive.&nbsp; Iowa State University Extension entomologist <a href="">Donald Lewis</a> talks with host Charity Nebbe about the plight of honeybees as well as pesticides that may pose a further risk to the state's pollinators. Fri, 04 Apr 2014 19:19:40 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Sarah Boden 38629 at The Death of Iowa's Honeybees Reflections on Varnum <p>Five years ago the Iowa Supreme Court ruled in <em><a href="">Varnum v. Brien</a></em> that same-sex marriage was legal in Iowa.&nbsp; Host Charity Nebbe talks with people who have been affected by the decision including Ryan Roemerman of the<a href=""> Iowa Pride Network</a>, retired Presbyterian minister Rev. Greg Smith, and events planner <a href="">Beau Fodor</a>.&nbsp; Also, Heather Yoeman and Dean Genth discuss being able to marry their same-sex spouses.</p><p></p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 19:03:15 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Sarah Boden 38566 at Reflections on Varnum Technology and Health <p>Today, kids average six hours of screen time a day.&nbsp; According to a <a href="">new study</a> published in JAMA Pediatrics, children whose parents limit screen time get more sleep, do better in school, have fewer behavior problems and lower their risk of obesity.&nbsp; <a href="">Doug Gentile</a>, associate professor of psychology at Iowa State University, discusses the reverse results on the studies.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 19:12:07 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Sarah Boden 38452 at Technology and Health Iowa City's Oculus Rift <p><a href="">Fab Labs</a>, started in 2007 by MIT, aim to democratize access to tools and technology. In May, <a href="">The S.T.E.A.M. Room Fab Lab</a>, will open on the eastside of Iowa City.&nbsp; S.T.E.A.M Room Director of Operations Kirk Cheyeny says visitors will have access, "To any tool you need to build anything that you want."</p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 20:25:07 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Sarah Boden 38271 at Iowa City's Oculus Rift News Buzz: Cyclones at the Sweet 16 <p>Host Ben Kieffer talks with Iowa Public Radio's Des Moines correspondent <a href="">Rick Fredricksen</a> about how lobotomies became common practice for curing PTSD in Iowa veterans after WWII.&nbsp; Also, the Des Moines Register's <a href="">Bryce Miller</a> discusses the Cyclones in the Sweet 16, and the <a href="">University of Iowa turns down</a> HBO's <a href="http://www. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 19:59:02 +0000 Ben Kieffer, Katherine Perkins, Sarah Boden & Ben Stanton 38270 at News Buzz: Cyclones at the Sweet 16 It’s Electric! Rural Electrification in Iowa <p>When a storm knocks out power for a few hours, it's an inconvenience; if the outage lasts much longer it becomes a crisis.&nbsp; However, not so long ago electricity was far from ubiquitous in Iowa.</p><p>Iowan Kieth Wirt was 10 years old when electricity came to his family’s farm in Panora. Like most households, the first appliance the Wirts purchased was a refrigerator, and soon after indoor plumbing.</p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 21:37:05 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Sarah Boden 38166 at It’s Electric! Rural Electrification in Iowa Honoring Veterans in Hospice <p>Serving in the military changes one's perspective on life, but often it also alters the way they face death.&nbsp; Ben Kieffer speaks with Deborah Grassman, the CEO and co-founder of <a href="">Opus Peace</a>.&nbsp; Opus Peace&nbsp; is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help people work through trauma.</p><p>Prior to Opus Peace, Grassman worked as a nurse practitioner for three decades at the Department of Veterans Affairs. She was also the director of the VA's hospice program and personally took care of over 10,000 dying veterans.</p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 20:16:45 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Sarah Boden 38097 at Honoring Veterans in Hospice News Buzz: Sports Edition <p>March Madness has returned and several Iowa teams are doing well.&nbsp; Des Moines Register sports columnist <a href="">Bryce Miller</a> discusses this year's tournament.</p> Sat, 22 Mar 2014 03:29:17 +0000 Ben Stanton & Sarah Boden 37935 at News Buzz: Sports Edition News Buzz: All-Vet, Farm Fatalities, Drones <p>Today on News Buzz Ben Stanton fills in as host.&nbsp; He tackles Iowa's All-Vet designation, farm accident fatalities and the use of drones in agriculture.</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 18:45:34 +0000 Ben Stanton & Sarah Boden 37909 at News Buzz: All-Vet, Farm Fatalities, Drones Before the Chefs Battle <p>Before the chefs do battle at Iowa Public Radio’s <a href="">Battle of the Chefs</a> they sit down with host Charity Nebbe to talk about the food and recipes that inspire them. Chefs Sam Auen of <a href="">Tacopocalypse</a>, <a href="">Le Jardin's</a> Tag Grandgeorge, <a href="">The Des Moines Embassy Club West's </a>Michael Bailey and Tawnya Zerr from <a href="">Cupcake Emporium </a>join the show.</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 13:14:43 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Sarah Boden 37896 at Before the Chefs Battle CSI: Iowa <p>Over a hundred years ago, searching for fingerprints became routine for crime scene investigation. In the intervening years the tools of forensic investigation have greatly evolved.</p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 19:03:14 +0000 Ben Kieffer, Sarah Boden & Ben Stanton 37738 at CSI: Iowa Murky Waters and Pi Day <p>Is winter almost over?&nbsp; And how has the long, harsh season affect Iowa's waterways and aquatic life?&nbsp; Also, the latest Quinnipiac <a href="">poll</a>, 2014's Cancer in Iowa <a href="">report</a>, Iowa's new tourism <a href="">ad campaign</a> and <a href="">Pi Day</a> at the <a href="">Science Center of Iowa Fri, 14 Mar 2014 19:15:33 +0000 Ben Kieffer, Sarah Boden & Ben Stanton 37564 at Murky Waters and Pi Day Putting Global Income Inequality into Context <p>How does where someone is born affect how much money they'll earn over a lifetime? What does income inequality indicate about a country's society and basic economic health?</p><p><a href="">Branko Milanovic</a> tackles these questions as a lead economist in the <a href=",,menuPK:476823~pagePK:64165236~piPK:64165141~theSitePK:469372,00.html">World Bank's research department</a>, where he works on the topics of income inequality and globalization.</p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 19:02:30 +0000 Ben Kieffer, Katherine Perkins & Sarah Boden 37173 at Putting Global Income Inequality into Context The Brilliance of Winged Rats <p>Many Iowans find the common pigeon, or <a href="">rock dove</a>, a pest and call them "winged rats." However, this bird's brain is deceptively clever.</p><p><a href="">Ed Wasserman</a> runs the <a href="">Comparative Cognition Laboratory</a> at the University of Iowa. Wasserman is world renowned for his work in animal intelligence, including proving that pigeons recognize individual human faces.</p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 21:19:33 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Sarah Boden 37112 at The Brilliance of Winged Rats The Tenacity of a Small Town Newspaper <p>For 125 years, four generations of the Sidey family have delivered the news of Adair County.&nbsp; While many small, independently owned papers perished or became parts of large conglomerates the <a href="">Adair County Free Press</a> persisted.</p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 00:46:30 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Sarah Boden 37037 at The Tenacity of a Small Town Newspaper Fighting for Education Equality <p>Knowledge is power and throughout history groups with power have denied it to others by limiting their access to education.&nbsp; Even in Iowa, always a free state, the barriers to education for African-Americans were high.</p><p>Host Charity Nebbe speaks with <a href="">Richard Breaux</a> of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and <a href="">Kesho Scott</a> of Grinnell College about the history of African-American students at Iowa's universities and colleges.</p><p></p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 20:40:43 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Sarah Boden 36924 at Fighting for Education Equality The Teenaged Brain <p>The drama of mood swings, impulsiveness and bizarre behaviors during adolescence<br />can take a toll on both teens and their parents. Neuropsychiatrist and bestselling author <a href="">Dr. Daniel Siegel</a> says that there is a lot of misinformation about this developmental period.</p><p>“There are common myths that we all hear about…that are actually not only wrong, they’re misleading and in some ways they’re disempowering. &nbsp;So by learning the truths you can actually understand things as they actually are and then do something about them.”</p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 21:12:24 +0000 Ben Kieffer, Katherine Perkins & Sarah Boden 36873 at The Teenaged Brain News Buzz: Funnel Week and Northwood Evacuation <p>Residents of Northwood are back in their homes after being asked to evacuate yesterday due to an explosion and fire at the city's municipal airport.&nbsp; Iowa Public Radio statehouse <span class="st">correspondent </span>Joyce Russell discusses which bills in the legislature might become laws in 2014.&nbsp; The Blank Park Zoo's Amur tiger has died, and what Iowa City is doing about a recent rash of sexual assaults in taxicabs.&nbsp; Also, an Olympics update from the Des Moines Register's sports columnist Bryce Miller in Sochi.</p><p></p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 20:11:54 +0000 Ben Kieffer, Sarah Boden, Ben Stanton & Emily Woodbury 36610 at News Buzz: Funnel Week and Northwood Evacuation Politics, Sex, AIDS, and Survival <p>Iowan <a href="">Sean Strub</a> has lead a distinguished career as a gay rights activist and advocate for people with <a href="">HIV/AIDS</a>.&nbsp; He founded <a href="">POZ Magazine</a>, designed to serve those living with the disease, a community he knows very well since he has been living with HIV since 1980.</p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 17:59:23 +0000 Charity Nebbe, Dennis Reese & Sarah Boden 36536 at Politics, Sex, AIDS, and Survival Iowa Supreme Court: 2013-2014 Session <p>Host Ben Kieffer examines several cases before the Iowa Supreme Court this term dealing with a wide breadth of issues including <a href="">HIV criminalize</a>,<a href=";nclick_check=1"> solar energy</a>, <a href=";gcheck=1">defamation in campaign ads</a>, and the <a href=" Tue, 18 Feb 2014 20:24:22 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Sarah Boden 36444 at Iowa Supreme Court: 2013-2014 Session Mast Brothers' Red Wine Bonbons <p><u><strong>THE MAST BROTHERS' RED WINE BONBONS</strong></u></p><p><em>A full-bodied red wine works best here, as it won't be overpowered by the dark chocolate.&nbsp; Try a Criollo-heavy chocolate with notes of dark fruit, like Madagascar. </em></p><p></p><p><strong>&nbsp;GANACHE</strong></p><ul><li>Heavy cream, 1/2 cup</li><li>Dark chocolate, 6 ounces, chopped</li><li>Red wine, 2 ounces (just over 1/3 cup)</li><li>Unsalted butter, 1 tabled spoon</li></ul><p><strong>COATING</strong></p><ul><li>Dark chocolate, 8 ounces, melted and tempered</li></ul><p></p><p></p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 20:52:18 +0000 Sarah Boden 36295 at Mast Brothers' Red Wine Bonbons The Sweetest Part of Valentine's Day <p>Every year for Valentine's Day Americans spend over $1 billion on chocolate. Host Charity Nebbe speaks with some of Iowa's finest chocolatiers from <a href="">Chocolaterie Stam</a>, <a href="">Chocolate Storybook</a>, and <a href="">Our Lady of the Mississippi Abbey</a>.</p><p></p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 20:28:17 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Sarah Boden 36294 at The Sweetest Part of Valentine's Day Falling Out of the Middle Class <p><span dir="ltr" id=":u0">In <a href="">last month’s State of the Union address</a>, President Obama said this year he hoped to strengthen and build ladders of opportunity into the middle class. Host Ben Kieffer talks with University of Iowa <span dir="ltr"><span dir="ltr"><span dir="ltr" id=":u0">sociologist <a href="">Kevin Leicht </a>and John Gallo of the <span class="st"><a href="">Henry B. Tippie College of Business</a>. Thu, 13 Feb 2014 20:00:12 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Sarah Boden 36232 at Falling Out of the Middle Class Connecting Habitats in Iowa <p>Every year more wildlife friendly habitat disappears from Iowa and many different species are paying the price.&nbsp; Host Charity Nebbe discusses the importance of wildlife corridors and roadside prairies with wildlife biologist <a href="">Jim Pease</a> and Rebecca Kauten, program manager for <a href="">Integrated Roadside Vegetation Management</a>.&nbsp; They explain how Iowa's species are suffering due to a lack of connecting habitat as well as both the history of the state's roadside prairies, and the pros and con Tue, 11 Feb 2014 20:39:13 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Sarah Boden 36130 at Connecting Habitats in Iowa The Human-Dog Connection <p>The domestication of dogs started around 30,000 years ago when wolves started to self-select to live on the edges of human society in Eurasian. It wasn’t until about 14,000 years ago that we had the animal of dog as we know it.</p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 22:43:01 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Sarah Boden 35922 at The Human-Dog Connection Overcoming Eating Disorders <p><a href="">Approximately 11 million Americans suffer from an eating disorder.&nbsp;</a> These diseases are hard to understand, difficult to treat and often deadly.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 18:15:53 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Sarah Boden 35893 at Overcoming Eating Disorders