Iowa State University http://iowapublicradio.org en After 40 Years, Rasberry Williams and his Daughter Reconnect http://iowapublicradio.org/post/after-40-years-rasberry-williams-and-his-daughter-reconnect <p>Happy Friday! It's a "news buzz" edition of <em>River to River</em>, bringing you several Iowa news stories of the week.</p><p>Charletta Sudduth was eight years old when her father was incarcerated for shooting and killing a man outside a Waterloo pool hall, a crime he has maintained was in self-defense. Now her father, Rasberry Williams, will be released on parole to an assisted living facility, after serving nearly 40 years of a life sentence. We hear from her:</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:01:17 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Emily Woodbury 39342 at http://iowapublicradio.org After 40 Years, Rasberry Williams and his Daughter Reconnect Jill Pruetz on Empathy Among Primates http://iowapublicradio.org/post/jill-pruetz-empathy-among-primates <p>Increasingly recognized as "the next Jane Goodall" in primatology circles, Iowa State University primatologist Jill Pruetz brings incredible research and stories back to Iowa from Senegal in western Africa, where she studies the lives of savanna chimpanzees.</p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 21:53:00 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Emily Woodbury 37168 at http://iowapublicradio.org Jill Pruetz on Empathy Among Primates Buying Seeds: Advice for Spring Garden Planning http://iowapublicradio.org/post/buying-seeds-advice-spring-garden-planning <p>We all have different ways of coping with the winter, and seed catalogs get many gardeners dreaming of spring. Today on Talk of Iowa, it’s Horticulture Day. Host Charity Nebbe talks with Tom Wahlberg, Seed Manager at Seed Savers Exchange in Decorah. Also, horticulturists Richard Jauron and Cindy Haynes answer listener questions.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 18:21:12 +0000 Charity Nebbe 34688 at http://iowapublicradio.org Buying Seeds: Advice for Spring Garden Planning Remembering the Legendary Johnny Orr http://iowapublicradio.org/post/remembering-legendary-johnny-orr <p>Legendary Cyclone basketball coach Johnny Orr passed away on Tuesday at the age of 86. Today on Talk of Iowa, we remember Coach Orr.</p><p>Host Charity Nebbe talks with Bryce Miller, Des Moines Register Sports Columnist, Jim Hallihan, former assistant coach for ISU Basketball, Bump Elliot, former Athletic Director at the University of Iowa, and Jeff Hornacek who played for Orr and is now Head Coach of the Phoenix Suns. We also hear stories from listeners.</p><p></p> Fri, 03 Jan 2014 18:03:29 +0000 Charity Nebbe 34373 at http://iowapublicradio.org Remembering the Legendary Johnny Orr Scientists Fight Bat Fungus in a "Race Against Time" http://iowapublicradio.org/post/scientists-fight-bat-fungus-race-against-time <p>As the weather gets colder, bats will soon head into hibernation. But Iowa’s bat population is at an important juncture: Scientists are watching to see whether a devastating fungus that has already been discovered once in the state, will infect cave-dwelling bats.</p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 14:04:11 +0000 Sarah McCammon 29565 at http://iowapublicradio.org Scientists Fight Bat Fungus in a "Race Against Time" ISU Mendelssohn (&"Godzilla Eats Las Vegas") http://iowapublicradio.org/post/isu-mendelssohn-godzilla-eats-las-vegas <p>Tune in Saturday at 7AM or Sunday at 6PM to hear the ISU Wind Ensemble led by Michael Golemo playing Mendelssohn's Overture for Winds and three modern works for the ensemble - including Eric Whitacre's riotous "Godzilla Eats Las Vegas." Written when Whitacre&nbsp; was an undergrad at Juilliard, it has become a modern classic.&nbsp; Says Whitacre, "The idea that this piece is being played all over the world in serious concert venues is the single funniest thing I have ever heard. Fri, 24 May 2013 19:34:38 +0000 Barney Sherman 21339 at http://iowapublicradio.org ISU Mendelssohn (&"Godzilla Eats Las Vegas") Iowa's Dance Marathons http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowas-dance-marathons <p>The college students who participate in Dance Marathon do a lot of dancing but that is just the beginning. Dance Marathon is an event designed to raise money for kids with cancer. Two weekends ago, dancers in Ames at <a href="http://www.dm.stuorg.iastate.edu/" target="_blank">Iowa State University</a> raised more than $380,000. Last weekend dancers in Iowa City at the <a href="http://dancemarathon.uiowa.edu/">University of Iowa </a>raised more than $1,529,000. Fri, 08 Feb 2013 17:40:49 +0000 Charity Nebbe 14697 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowa's Dance Marathons Horticulture Day: Homegrown Lifestyle http://iowapublicradio.org/post/horticulture-day-homegrown-lifestyle-0 <p>Now is a good time to plant a garden, a good time to dream of Spring, and a great time to learn a few things that will help your garden grow when the time comes. On today's Horticulture Day, host Charity Nebbe talks about Iowa State University's extension <a href="http://www.extension.iastate.edu/article/learn-how-have-homegrown-lifestyle" target="_blank">homegrown lifestyle course</a>.</p><p></p> Fri, 01 Feb 2013 17:08:19 +0000 Charity Nebbe 14347 at http://iowapublicradio.org Horticulture Day: Homegrown Lifestyle Horticulture Day http://iowapublicradio.org/post/horticulture-day-4 <p>Super Bowl 47 is coming up on February 3<sup><font size="2"> </font></sup>and on game day a horticulture student from Iowa State University will be on the sidelines. Charity Nebbe talks with Kevin Hansen about his turf management internship at the Super Bowl. Then, Horticulturists Richard Jauron and Cindy Haynes answer listener questions about the plants in their lives.</p><p></p> Fri, 18 Jan 2013 17:09:01 +0000 Charity Nebbe 13722 at http://iowapublicradio.org Horticulture Day Future Of The Iowa Caucuses and Eyewitness Testimony http://iowapublicradio.org/post/future-iowa-caucuses-and-eyewitness-testimony <p>Iowa holds the coveted first in the nation contest to decide who will be nominated for President. But, how secure is the future of the Iowa caucuses? Ben Kieffer talks with David Yepsen of the Paul Simon Institute and JoDee Winterhof, who helped lead Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, about how Iowa can keep its leadoff spot. Then, an Iowa State University researcher is causing courts to rethink eyewitness testimony in criminal cases.</p><p></p> Mon, 03 Dec 2012 19:14:21 +0000 Ben Kieffer 11515 at http://iowapublicradio.org Future Of The Iowa Caucuses and Eyewitness Testimony Farm bill is more than subsidies and food stamps http://iowapublicradio.org/post/farm-bill-more-subsidies-and-food-stamps <p></p><p>With the election over, lawmakers now return to Washington for the final weeks of the 112<sup>th</sup> Congress. Their schedule is packed, but House majority leader Eric Cantor has said addressing the now <u>expired</u> Farm Bill <u>is</u> on the agenda. With Harvest Public Media, Iowa Public Radio’s Amy Mayer reports that it’s not just farmers facing the challenge of planning for an unknown future.</p><p></p> Mon, 12 Nov 2012 11:00:00 +0000 Amy Mayer 10535 at http://iowapublicradio.org Farm bill is more than subsidies and food stamps 2011 Nobel Laureate Dan Shechtman http://iowapublicradio.org/post/2011-nobel-laureate-dan-shechtman-0 <div>In 1982, Dan Shechtman of Iowa State University and the Ames Laboratory discovered a type of crystal so strange, so unusual it upended the scientific world. Thu, 08 Nov 2012 17:49:24 +0000 Ben Kieffer 10486 at http://iowapublicradio.org 2011 Nobel Laureate Dan Shechtman Dry Summer Means Real-Life Test for Drought-Resistant Corn http://iowapublicradio.org/post/dry-summer-means-real-life-test-drought-resistant-corn <p>One of Iowa’s largest agribusiness companies has a huge investment riding on this year’s prolonged drought. A new hybrid seed corn developed by DuPont Pioneer is being touted for its ability to improve yields under the driest conditions.</p> Fri, 31 Aug 2012 10:30:00 +0000 Rick Fredericksen 7195 at http://iowapublicradio.org Dry Summer Means Real-Life Test for Drought-Resistant Corn Digital Deception and Solder Patents http://iowapublicradio.org/post/digital-deception-and-solder-patents <p>When someone is trying to lie to you in&nbsp; face-to-face exchange, you may be able to tell by their shifting eyes.&nbsp; But what if that deception comes in text communication or in an email?&nbsp; We listen back to Ben&rsquo;s conversation with Joey George, an Iowa State University professor of Management Information Systems.&nbsp; He&rsquo;s studied computer mediated deceptive communication and will tell us how we&rsquo;re learning to lie digitally.&nbsp; Then, a look at the Ames Laboratory and patents developed there- including a 40-million dollar lead-free solder patent.&nbsp; In 2011 Tue, 07 Aug 2012 19:36:41 +0000 Ben Kieffer 5927 at http://iowapublicradio.org Digital Deception and Solder Patents Iowa University Presidents: ISU and UNI http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowa-university-presidents-isu-and-uni <p>Iowa public universities continue to face difficult decisions such as financial backing and enrollment. IPR&rsquo;s Dean Borg talks with Iowa State University President Steven Leath and President Ben Allen from the University of Northern Iowa about challenges they face including&nbsp;program closings, financial backing, and future plans for their schools.</p> Mon, 09 Jul 2012 18:25:02 +0000 Dean Borg 4409 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowa University Presidents: ISU and UNI Morrill Act Anniversary http://iowapublicradio.org/post/morrill-act-anniversary <p>On July 2nd 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Morrill Act, which created Land Grant Colleges and made higher education accessible to millions of working class Americans. Today&#39;s &quot;Talk of Iowa&quot; focused on how the legislation&rsquo;s impacted Iowa, the first state to accept it&rsquo;s provisions. One of the show&#39;s guests, Allison Sheridan, oversaw the Morrill Act exhibit at Iowa State University and edited the book, &ldquo;The Land-Grant Act and the People&rsquo;s College: Iowa State University&quot;. Mon, 02 Jul 2012 20:51:17 +0000 Charity Nebbe 4129 at http://iowapublicradio.org Morrill Act Anniversary The Morrill Act's Impact in Iowa http://iowapublicradio.org/post/morrill-acts-impact-iowa <p>On July 2nd 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Morrill Act, which created Land Grant Colleges and made higher education accessible to millions of working class Americans.&nbsp; Today&#39;s &quot;Talk of Iowa&quot; focused on how the legislation&rsquo;s impacted Iowa, the first state to accept it&rsquo;s provisions. One of the show&#39;s guests, Allison Sheridan, oversaw the Morrill Act exhibit at Iowa State University and edited the book, &ldquo;The Land-Grant Act and the People&rsquo;s College: Iowa State University&quot;. Mon, 02 Jul 2012 16:43:29 +0000 Charity Nebbe 4111 at http://iowapublicradio.org The Morrill Act's Impact in Iowa Calm before the Corn http://iowapublicradio.org/post/calm-corn <p>Corn has been good to farmers. Helping fuel a boom in the ag sector. And as this year&rsquo;s record corn forecast indicates, Midwestern farmers can&rsquo;t seem to plant enough of the grain. Even with concerns growing about the effectiveness of today&rsquo;s high-tech genetically engineered seeds, farmers aren&rsquo;t backing down.</p><p>The land is dry and the wind blows hard in Sac County, Iowa.&nbsp; For Darwin Bettin&nbsp;it&rsquo;s a good day to be inside selling insurance. He also farms 500 acres of corn and soybeans in western Iowa.</p> Tue, 29 May 2012 06:00:00 +0000 Clay Masters 2297 at http://iowapublicradio.org Calm before the Corn Horticulture Day: Frost Damage http://iowapublicradio.org/post/horticulture-day-frost-damage <p>This April is now acting a lot more like a typical April in Iowa. Horticulturists Cindy Haynes and Richard Jauron of Iowa State University are our guests. We&rsquo;ll talk about how the freezing overnight temperatures of late have affected fruit trees and other plants around the state and we&#39;ll take your questions.</p> Fri, 13 Apr 2012 16:00:00 +0000 Charity Nebbe 116 at http://iowapublicradio.org Petersen's Panthers http://iowapublicradio.org/post/petersens-panthers <p>A shipment of precious cargo will begin its journey from the east coast to Iowa tomorrow morning. Crouching on 2 pallets inside a box-truck, are a pair of panthers; they were sculpted by one of Iowa&rsquo;s most famous artists. The lost-and-found story is told by Iowa Public Radio&rsquo;s Rick Fredericksen.</p> Fri, 13 Apr 2012 11:00:00 +0000 Rick Fredericksen 799 at http://iowapublicradio.org Petersen's Panthers Horticulture Day: Early Spring Warning http://iowapublicradio.org/post/horticulture-day-early-spring-warning <p>Our unusually warm late winter and early spring weather has transformed the landscape and lulled some of us into a false sense of security. On this week&#39;s Horticulture program, Charity speaks to Richard Jauron, Iowa State University Extension Horticulture and Linda Naeve, Iowa State University Extension Value Added Agriculture, about what we can plant right now what we should absolutely not plant now, even if the weather is so nice.</p> Fri, 06 Apr 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Charity Nebbe 136 at http://iowapublicradio.org Spring Planting with Record Warmth http://iowapublicradio.org/post/spring-planting-record-warmth <p>It&rsquo;s too early to plant, but it&rsquo;s not too early for farmers to get out in their fields.&nbsp;This hour we&nbsp;discuss strips of prairie that can strengthen a field of corn or soybeans and other soil conservation techniques. We&rsquo;ll also talk about how farmers decide when to plant in a year that&#39;s turned out be one of the warmest late winters in Iowa history. Guests include Jim Gillespie of the Iowa Department of Agriculture; Dr. Richard Cruse of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University; and Forest City-area farmer, Riley Lewis.</p> Wed, 21 Mar 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Charity Nebbe 123 at http://iowapublicradio.org Horticulture Day: A Homegrown Lifestyle http://iowapublicradio.org/post/horticulture-day-homegrown-lifestyle <p>Can you picture your back yard as a small farm--with herbs, flowers and vegetables growing in place of the Kentucky Blue Grass? It can happen, if you learn a few basics. On today&#39;s Horticulture Friday, we hear about a spring course from Iowa State University Extension, &quot;Learn How to Have a Homegrown Lifestyle.&quot; It will be offered at 11 Iowa locations beginning March 29. It&#39;s for folks who want to reconnect with the land, grown food for their own use and create a sustainable landscape. Andy Larson of ISU Extension will tell us more about the course. Fri, 16 Mar 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Charity Nebbe 119 at http://iowapublicradio.org Encore Edition: Iowa Past to Present http://iowapublicradio.org/post/encore-edition-iowa-past-present <p>If everything you know about Iowa history you learned in fifth grade, now might be a good time for a refresher course. In a program that originally aired last September, Charity speaks with historians Dorothy Schwieder, Professor Emerita of History at Iowa State University and Thomas Morain of Graceland University in Lamoni. Their book is <em>Iowa Past to Present: The People and the Prairie.</em></p> Wed, 14 Mar 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Charity Nebbe 117 at http://iowapublicradio.org 2011 Nobel Laureate Dan Shechtman http://iowapublicradio.org/post/2011-nobel-laureate-dan-shechtman <p>Join host Ben Kieffer as he talks with the 2011 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, Professor Dan Shechtman.&nbsp; We&rsquo;ll hear the story behind his discovery of a type of crystal so unusual at the time that it upended the scientific world and about his reaction to the moment he was given the news of his Nobel Prize.&nbsp; Dan Shechtman is a professor of materials science and engineering at Iowa State University, a research scientist for the U.S. Fri, 24 Feb 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Ben Kieffer 193 at http://iowapublicradio.org Horticulture Day: Plant Hardiness Zone Map http://iowapublicradio.org/post/horticulture-day-plant-hardiness-zone-map <p>&quot;Punxsutawney Phil&quot; may have predicted six more weeks of winter, but we all know that gardening season is just around the corner. It&#39;s Horticulture Friday today, and Charity looks at organic gardening and the new Plant Hardiness Zone map from the USDA. We&#39;ll find out why you might not want to invest in too many &quot;Zone 5&quot; plants just yet. Guests are Richard Jauron, Iowa State University Extension Horticulture and Kathleen Delate, Prof. of Horticulture at ISU.</p> Fri, 03 Feb 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Charity Nebbe 87 at http://iowapublicradio.org Spelling Bee/Spelling Education http://iowapublicradio.org/post/spelling-beespelling-education <p>Iowa State University will host the Iowa final for the 2012 Scripps National Spelling Bee. Charity talks with Spelling Bee Director Paige Kimball about the growth and popularity of the event and how television has changed the perception of the competition. Also joining the conversation is an Iowa educator who served as the Head Judge for the competition, plus a Des Moines student who reached the spelling bee finals. Later, a literary consultant looks at effective teaching of spelling in early childhood education.</p> Thu, 02 Feb 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Charity Nebbe 86 at http://iowapublicradio.org Life in the Next America and Lead-free solder http://iowapublicradio.org/post/life-next-america-and-lead-free-solder <p>Host Ben Kieffer talks with PBS senior correspondent and former &ldquo;Talk of the Nation&rdquo; host Ray Suarez who will deliver the 2012 UI Health Care Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Fri, 13 Jan 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Ben Kieffer 152 at http://iowapublicradio.org Congressman Braley and New Video Games Research http://iowapublicradio.org/post/congressman-braley-and-new-video-games-research <p>The 112th Congress convenes next week. &nbsp;We&#39;ll check in with Iowa 1st District Congressman Bruce Braley on his priorities, including working with the Postal Service to streamline costs in an effort to keep a number of small town post offices open. Later, Iowa State University Associate Professor of Psychology Doug Gentile sheds light on new research understanding the positive and negative ways in which video games can affect cognition and behavior.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 12 Jan 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Ben Kieffer 151 at http://iowapublicradio.org