Being in Iowa http://iowapublicradio.org en Top IPR Reporter Picks of 2013 http://iowapublicradio.org/post/top-ipr-reporter-picks-2013 <p>2013 has been a busy year for Iowa Public Radio's news team. Today on River to River, host Ben Kieffer talks with reporters and correspondents about some of the most meaningful and challenging stories they covered. It's a "reporter's notebook" edition of the show.</p><p>Here is a list of the full features heard on today's show:</p><blockquote><p>January 10 - <a href="http://iowapublicradio.org/post/undocumented-immigrants-university">Undocumented Immigrants at University</a></p> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 20:24:40 +0000 Ben Kieffer, Emily Woodbury, Joyce Russell, Rob Dillard, Amy Mayer, Durrie Bouscaren, Clay Masters, John Pemble & Dean Borg 34194 at http://iowapublicradio.org Top IPR Reporter Picks of 2013 Being a Caregiver in Iowa http://iowapublicradio.org/post/being-caregiver-iowa <p></p><p>All this week, IPR’s Rob Dillard has been exploring what it means to be a caregiver in Iowa.</p><p>We wrap up the series by having a discussion with a number of caregivers in our state about the challenges of care giving and their hopes for the future.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 08 Feb 2013 20:49:38 +0000 Ben Kieffer 14754 at http://iowapublicradio.org Being a Caregiver in Iowa Being in Iowa: Caregivers Home http://iowapublicradio.org/post/being-iowa-caregivers-home <p></p><p>We’ve spent the week with people who perform some of the toughest work there is – the professionals and families who care for the sick and dying. &nbsp;We conclude with a road trip to the south side of Des Moines. Correspondent Rob Dillard rides along with a home health nurse as she makes one of her 20 or so weekly patient visits. She delivers a style of health care reminiscent of bygone days when medical personnel often arrived at their patients’ doors to provide services. This kind of direct care is still in demand for those who are unable to venture far from home.</p> Fri, 08 Feb 2013 06:00:00 +0000 Rob Dillard 14671 at http://iowapublicradio.org Being in Iowa: Caregivers Home Being in Iowa: Caregivers Hospice http://iowapublicradio.org/post/being-iowa-caregivers-hospice <p></p><p>Iowa Public Radio has been bringing attention to the families and professionals who tend to the health needs of Iowans. It can be stressful and emotional work, perhaps never more so than when the person in need of care nears the end of life. Correspondent Rob Dillard takes us to a comfortable, peaceful place set on the edge of woods in Des Moines. It’s a hospice, a home where many people move to spend their final days.</p> Thu, 07 Feb 2013 06:00:00 +0000 Rob Dillard 14600 at http://iowapublicradio.org Being in Iowa: Caregivers Hospice Being in Iowa: Caregivers Dementia http://iowapublicradio.org/post/being-iowa-caregivers-dementia <p></p> Wed, 06 Feb 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Rob Dillard 22586 at http://iowapublicradio.org Being in Iowa: Caregivers Dementia Being in Iowa: Caregivers Autism http://iowapublicradio.org/post/being-iowa-caregivers-autism <p></p><p></p><p>Today, we continue our week-long series “Being a Caregiver in Iowa.” Yesterday we looked at professional caregivers, who face low pay and lack of training. In most cases, however, the responsibilities of direct care-giving fall to families. When it comes to families with an autistic child, this work can last a lifetime. In Part Two of our series, Iowa Public Radio correspondent Rob Dillard takes us to West Des Moines, where we meet the parents of an autistic boy, and their teenage daughter, who keeps an eye on her kid brother.</p> Tue, 05 Feb 2013 06:00:00 +0000 Rob Dillard 14482 at http://iowapublicradio.org Being in Iowa: Caregivers Autism Being in Iowa: Caregivers Direct http://iowapublicradio.org/post/being-iowa-caregivers-direct <p>Iowa Public Radio is returning this week to its “Being in Iowa” series. Over the next five days, correspondent Rob Dillard will be asking the question, what does it mean to be a caregiver in the state? We begin today by talking about those who provide direct care for a living. It’s an occupation dominated by women and it’s one of the fastest growing workforces in the state. It’s also a job that pays very little and that many end up leaving. Rob Dillard reports on why – and how the state may be changing that.</p> Mon, 04 Feb 2013 14:14:37 +0000 Rob Dillard 14369 at http://iowapublicradio.org Being in Iowa: Caregivers Direct Being in Iowa: Quakers http://iowapublicradio.org/post/being-iowa-quakers <p>In the final segment of this week's "Being in Iowa," we meet some Christians who go by a couple of names. We know them as Friends or as Quakers. There are also two branches of this religion in Iowa, representing two distinct approaches to worship.</p><p></p> Fri, 26 Oct 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Rob Dillard 9864 at http://iowapublicradio.org Being in Iowa: Hindus http://iowapublicradio.org/post/being-iowa-hindus <p>The Hindu Temple south of Madrid is an eye-catching structure with plaster images of animals and deities carved all over the outside surfaces. It’s where 500 families pray to the God they call Brahman, which they say is found in everything.</p><p></p> Thu, 25 Oct 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Rob Dillard 9841 at http://iowapublicradio.org Being in Iowa: Hindus Being in Iowa: Atheists http://iowapublicradio.org/post/being-iowa-atheists <p>It’s impossible to put an exact number on how many people in the state describe themselves as atheist or agnostic. Many of them prefer to stay quiet about it.&nbsp;Iowa Public Radio&nbsp;correspondent Rob Dillard asked several Iowans who do not believe in a supernatural power about where they stand in a society that generally thinks religion is a good thing.</p> Wed, 24 Oct 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Rob Dillard 9769 at http://iowapublicradio.org Being in Iowa: Atheists Being in Iowa: Sikhs http://iowapublicradio.org/post/being-iowa-sikhs <p>Iowa Public Radio is&nbsp;looking at how different groups of Iowans connect with God. Today, we examine the beliefs held within a 500-year old religion established in the Punjab region of northwest India and northeast Pakistan. In Punjabi it’s pronounced Sikhism (SICK-ism). Over the years, it’s been Anglicized to Sikhism (SEEK-ism). The practitioners at a Temple in West Des Moines pronounced it both ways.</p> Tue, 23 Oct 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Rob Dillard 9725 at http://iowapublicradio.org Being in Iowa: Sikhs Being in Iowa: Mormons http://iowapublicradio.org/post/being-iowa-mormons <p>With a devout Mormon running for president, pundits have labeled this period “the Mormon moment.” But polls indicate half the American public admits to knowing very little or nothing about the religion. Rob met with some practicing Mormons in Iowa City to understand more about their faith.</p><p></p> Mon, 22 Oct 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Rob Dillard 9618 at http://iowapublicradio.org Being in Iowa: Mormons Being Southeast Asian in Iowa http://iowapublicradio.org/post/being-southeast-asian-iowa <p>All this week, we’ve been hearing what it’s like “Being Southeast Asian in Iowa.”&nbsp; Our reports from IPR’s Rob Dillard have highlighted why so many Southeast Asians – many of them refugees -- settled in Iowa. Today, we’ll explore the culture of people from Vietnam, Thailand, Laos, and more --- and the efforts to preserve the culture in Iowa.</p><p></p> Fri, 17 Aug 2012 19:13:18 +0000 Ben Kieffer 6536 at http://iowapublicradio.org Being Southeast Asian in Iowa Being in Iowa: Southeast Asian: Burmese http://iowapublicradio.org/post/being-iowa-southeast-asian-burmese <p>Nearly every transplant to Iowa from Southeast Asia who we’ve met this week has been in the state for a number of years. Iowa has a long history of welcoming them. That’s partially why refugees from that corner of the world continue to arrive. The latest are from the country now known as Myanmar. But it’s almost impossible to lump these new arrivals into a single group of refugees.</p> Fri, 17 Aug 2012 00:00:00 +0000 Rob Dillard 6480 at http://iowapublicradio.org Being in Iowa: Southeast Asian: Burmese Being in Iowa: Southeast Asian: Integration http://iowapublicradio.org/post/being-iowa-southeast-asian-integration <p>In part four&nbsp;of our series “Being Southeast Asian in Iowa.”&nbsp; we explore what it takes to integrate into a place where the people speak a different language and practice different customs. Is it possible to maintain the traditions from back home and embrace the American way of doing things?</p> Thu, 16 Aug 2012 00:00:00 +0000 Rob Dillard 6414 at http://iowapublicradio.org Being in Iowa: Southeast Asian: Integration Being In Iowa: Southeast Asians: Culture http://iowapublicradio.org/post/being-iowa-southeast-asians-culture <p>Thousands of Southeast Asians&nbsp;left behind the familiar culture of their homeland for a fresh start in Iowa. Although they’re now living on the opposite side of the world from their birthplace, these&nbsp;immigrants strive to maintain the traditions of their native countries. Correspondent Rob Dillard explains the lengths to which they go to bring a touch of Southeast Asia to the American Midwest.</p> Wed, 15 Aug 2012 00:00:00 +0000 Rob Dillard 6347 at http://iowapublicradio.org Being In Iowa: Southeast Asians: Culture Being in Iowa: Southeast Asian: Boat People http://iowapublicradio.org/post/being-iowa-southeast-asian-boat-people <p>A few years after former Governor Robert Ray found a home in Iowa for the Tai Dam refugees of Laos, he did the same thing for another group who was seeking sanctuary. These were the “boat people”, most of them from Vietnam, who risked everything on the high seas to escape communism.</p><p></p> Tue, 14 Aug 2012 00:00:00 +0000 Rob Dillard 6133 at http://iowapublicradio.org Being in Iowa: Southeast Asian: Boat People Being in Iowa: Southeast Asian: Tai Dam http://iowapublicradio.org/post/being-iowa-southeast-asian-tai-dam <p><span style="line-height: 115%; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; font-size: 14pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;">The number of Southeast Asians in Iowa received a boost almost 40 years ago, when about&nbsp;1,200 refugees who were fleeing the Communist takeover of Laos and Vietnam were allowed to resettle here. Mon, 13 Aug 2012 00:00:00 +0000 Rob Dillard 6132 at http://iowapublicradio.org Being in Iowa: Southeast Asian: Tai Dam Being in Iowa: Learning Disabled http://iowapublicradio.org/post/being-iowa-learning-disabled <p>In a weeklong series IPR reporter Rob Dillard connected with Iowans to share how their learning disability&nbsp;impacted their life. Host Ben Kieffer talks with doctors and people&nbsp;featured in the series&nbsp;about&nbsp;learning disabilities&nbsp;and how their lives have changed.</p><p></p> Fri, 15 Jun 2012 18:38:43 +0000 Ben Kieffer 3254 at http://iowapublicradio.org Being in Iowa: Learning Disabled Being Learning Disabled in Iowa: Adults http://iowapublicradio.org/post/being-learning-disabled-iowa-adults <p>Today, Iowa Public Radio concludes its week-long series “Being Learning Disabled in Iowa.” Over the past four days, correspondent Rob Dillard has been looking into the difficulties people with specific learning disabilities have while moving through the lower grades, into high school and on to college. Now, Rob tells us about the adjustments these people must continue to make throughout their lifetimes in order to function with a disorder that never completely disappears.</p><p></p> Fri, 15 Jun 2012 06:45:00 +0000 Rob Dillard 3179 at http://iowapublicradio.org Being Learning Disabled in Iowa: Adults Being Learning Disabled in Iowa: College http://iowapublicradio.org/post/being-learning-disabled-iowa-college <p>Iowa Public Radio is presenting Part Four in its week-long series “Being Learning Disabled in Iowa.” Yesterday we heard about the challenges faced by young students when it first becomes apparent they are having difficulties learning to read and write. Today, reporter Rob Dillard explores the struggles they may encounter in higher education, and the accommodations some colleges are making.</p><p></p> Thu, 14 Jun 2012 10:52:48 +0000 Rob Dillard 3153 at http://iowapublicradio.org Being Learning Disabled in Iowa: College Being Learning Disabled in Iowa: Early Intervention http://iowapublicradio.org/post/being-learning-disabled-iowa-early-intervention <p>It’s estimated between six and seven percent of Iowa’s K-through-12 students have specific learning disabilities. This minority of kids are often separated from their classmates, and labeled as different. In part three of our series, we look at how this impacts the psyche&nbsp;of these students.</p><p></p><p><em>Being in Iowa</em> is funded in part by&nbsp;<a href="http://www.principal.com/">The Principal Financial Group Foundation</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://alliantenergy.com/index.htm">Alliant Energy</a>.</p> Wed, 13 Jun 2012 01:23:47 +0000 Rob Dillard 3089 at http://iowapublicradio.org Being Learning Disabled in Iowa: Early Intervention Being Learning Disabled in Iowa: Treatment http://iowapublicradio.org/post/being-learning-disabled-iowa-treatment <p>A variety of teaching approaches are employed to help people who have trouble reading, writing or comprehending. Some of the pioneering research in the field took place at the University of Iowa.</p><p><em>Being in Iowa</em> is funded in part by&nbsp;<a href="http://www.principal.com/">The Principal Financial Group Foundation</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://alliantenergy.com/index.htm">Alliant Energy</a>.</p><p></p> Tue, 12 Jun 2012 11:13:30 +0000 Rob Dillard 3041 at http://iowapublicradio.org Being Learning Disabled in Iowa: Treatment Being Learning Disabled in Iowa: Diagnosing Learning Disabilities http://iowapublicradio.org/post/being-learning-disabled-iowa-diagnosing-learning-disabilities <p>It’s estimated as many as one in five Americans experience some form of specific learning disability. Identifying who these people are, however, is not a precise science.</p><p>It took years before Jefferson-Scranton High School senior Mary Larson and her parents figured out why she couldn’t read. She depended on her father to read her grade school textbooks out loud. By fifth grade, she still showed no signs of grasping the meaning of written words.</p><p>“I went to Iowa City hospital and they had a professional test me, I had to do some reading tests, comprehension.”</p> Mon, 11 Jun 2012 12:07:35 +0000 Rob Dillard 2984 at http://iowapublicradio.org Being Learning Disabled in Iowa: Diagnosing Learning Disabilities Being Homeschooled in Iowa http://iowapublicradio.org/post/being-homeschooled-iowa <p></p><p>All this week, we’ve been hearing what it’s like “Being Home Schooled in Iowa.”&nbsp; Our reports from IPR’s Rob Dillard have highlighted the reasons why parents choose to home school their children, assistance programs for home school students, and the transition from home schooling to college.&nbsp; Join host Ben Kieffer as we discuss what it means to be home schooled in Iowa.</p> Fri, 30 Mar 2012 18:30:00 +0000 Ben Kieffer 21697 at http://iowapublicradio.org Being Homeschooled in Iowa Being Homeschooled in Iowa: College http://iowapublicradio.org/post/being-homeschooled-iowa-college <p>Iowa Public Radio concludes its week-long series “Being Home Schooled in Iowa” today with a look at the transition from home schooling to college. More students on Iowa’s campuses are entering a traditional classroom for the first time after being taught primarily by their parents. How smoothly do they make that move? What do professors see in students who were home schooled? And how do admission offices evaluate applicants who have never been given a letter grade? Reporter Rob Dillard went looking for answers to these questions.</p> Fri, 30 Mar 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Rob Dillard 1709 at http://iowapublicradio.org Being Homeschooled in Iowa: College Being Homeschooled in Iowa: Assistance http://iowapublicradio.org/post/being-homeschooled-iowa-assistance <p>All this week, Iowa Public Radio has been bringing you a series of stories about home schooled students. We’ve met several parents who have chosen to take charge of their children’s education for a variety of reasons. Occasionally, they seek help, especially as their kids get older. In today’s story, reporter Rob Dillard tells us that many of them turn to publicly supported Home School Assistance Programs.</p><p></p> Thu, 29 Mar 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Rob Dillard 22592 at http://iowapublicradio.org Being Homeschooled in Iowa: Assistance Being Homeschooled in Iowa: Secular Reasons http://iowapublicradio.org/post/being-homeschooled-iowa-secular-reasons <p>Today, we continue our week-long series “Being Home Schooled in Iowa.” As we heard in yesterday’s segment, a significant number of parents who decide to home school do so to follow their religious convictions. But Iowa Public Radio’s Rob Dillard has discovered there are many reasons families choose to keep their children out of public and private schools.</p><p><em>Being in Iowa</em> is funded in part by <a href="http://www.principal.com/">The Principal Financial Group Foundation</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://alliantenergy.com/index.htm">Alliant Energy</a>.</p> Wed, 28 Mar 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Rob Dillard 25 at http://iowapublicradio.org Being Homeschooled in Iowa: Secular Reasons Being Homeschooled in Iowa: Religious Reasons http://iowapublicradio.org/post/being-homeschooled-iowa-religious-reasons <p>More than a third of families who home school nationwide do it for religious purposes. That’s by far the Number One reason for keeping kids out of public or private schools. These parents say they want to be in charge of building the moral character of their children, and not leave it to teachers or peer groups. Reporter Rob Dillard looks into the significance of faith in home education.</p> Tue, 27 Mar 2012 10:30:06 +0000 Rob Dillard 17 at http://iowapublicradio.org Being Homeschooled in Iowa: Religious Reasons Being Homeschooled in Iowa: Homeschooling legislation http://iowapublicradio.org/post/being-homeschooled-iowa-homeschooling-legislation <p>Iowa Public Radio returns today to its ongoing series, “Being in Iowa.” This week, reporter Rob Dillard asks what does it mean to be home schooled in the state? He begins our series by examining the law that applies to home schools.</p><p><em>Being in Iowa</em> is funded in part by <a href="http://www.principal.com/">The Principal Financial Group Foundation</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://alliantenergy.com/index.htm">Alliant Energy</a>.</p> Mon, 26 Mar 2012 10:00:15 +0000 Rob Dillard 22 at http://iowapublicradio.org Being Homeschooled in Iowa: Homeschooling legislation