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6:14 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Baby It's Cold INSIDE

Many Iowans are still struggling to pay off last winter's utility bills.

The U.S Energy Administration this week predicted Midwesterners could enjoy utility bills as much as 38 percent lower than last winter. While that sounds good, the man who oversees a low income heating assistance program believes the numbers are flawed.

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River to River
4:37 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Elder Financial Abuse Cost Eldora Resident His Life Savings

Although believed to be underreported, it's estimated that seniors lose approximately $2.6 billion per year due to financial abuse
Daniel Foster

While it often goes unreported, elder financial abuse costs older Americans 2 to 3 billion dollars per year.

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Supreme Court Case
3:50 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Juvenile Life Sentence Challenged

Iowa Judicial Building
iprimages

Attorneys are keeping an eye on a juvenile sentencing case before the Iowa Supreme Court.  

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News
1:33 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Sen. Grassley: Congress Has December to Act on Taxes

New machinery like this Case IH combine is more affordable when farmers can depreciate up to $500,000 in equipment expenses. But that tax provision has not yet been extended for 2014.
Amy Mayer/IPR file photo

Several dozen tax provisions remain unsettled as Congress returns home for the Thanksgiving holiday.

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Talk of Iowa
12:38 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Living in 100 Square Feet

Small House Society President Greg Johnson sits on the porch of his tiny house,
Photo Courtesy of Greg Johnson

According to the 2012 Census, the average size of an American home is 2,598 square feet. 

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Special Election Needed
5:22 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Ernst Resignation Pending in Iowa Senate

U.S. Senate Electee Joni Ernst
John Pemble/IPR

Iowa’s first woman elected to the U.S. Senate will be vacating her Iowa Senate seat. 

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River to River
10:43 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Iowa Prison Population Likely to Increase

Mitchellville, Iowa
Emily Woodbury

A recent report from the Iowa Department of Human Rights indicates the number of inmates in Iowa will increase by four thousand in 10 years. The report looks at the number of people going into prison, how long they are staying, and how many people are released each year.

The Director of Research at the Iowa Department of Corrections, Lettie Prell, says prison officials have seen high numbers like this before.

“We view this forecast as being not set in stone, but as an indication of where we might be going if we don’t examine our current policies and practices."

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Arts and Culture
10:25 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Native Iowan One of Nation's First Pot Critics

Smokers High Life / flickr

We know movie and wine critics, but what about a career as a pot critic?

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Talk of Iowa
9:06 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Inked: Getting Tattooed in Iowa

Michelle works on the black lines of the mermaid tattoo
Clare Roth Iowa Public Radio

Do you have a tattoo? Why did you get it, and what does it mean to you? 

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Agriculture and Harvest Public Media
5:00 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Crop Dusting Pilots Navigate Dangerous Airspace

A pilot for Earl’s Flying Service sprays chemicals on a field in southeastern Missouri.
Courtesy of Mike Lee

Mike Lee steers his plane over the Missouri-Arkansas state line, checking out a checkerboard of green and brown fields of rice, cotton, corn and soybeans.

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News Buzz
5:29 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Iowa DREAMer Responds to President Obama's Announcement on Immigration

Justin Valas

The President's order to protect five million undocumented immigrants from deportation has been welcomed by some, condemned by others.

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Crime, Justice and Public Safety
4:28 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

High Court Strenghtens Right Of Attorney-Client Privilege

Joe Gratz

The Iowa Supreme Court agrees the legal rights of a man arrested for drunk driving were violated when the arresting officer failed to fully explain attorney-client privilege.

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Crime, Justice and Public Safety
4:04 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Iowa Supreme Court Defines Harassment

Twentyfour Students

The Iowa Supreme Court has clarified what constitutes harassment in the state. The court says a harasser must purposely seek out the victim to commit the offense.  

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Agriculture and Harvest Public Media
3:48 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Ag Groups Mixed on Immigration Plan

Immigrants often work on farms where fruits and vegetables are grown. Dairies also often employ immigrants.
Peggy Lowe/Harvest Public Media file photo

After spending years pushing for immigration reform, the agriculture sector has mixed reviews on changes to the immigration system that President Obama announced Thursday.

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Agriculture and Harvest Public Media
1:03 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

EPA: No Final Ethanol Rules This Year

Ethanol plants, like this one in Adams, Neb., use corn from Midwest farms to pump out millions of gallons of biofuel.
Grant Gerlock/Harvest Public Media file photo

The Environmental Protection Agency said Friday that it won’t release rules for how much ethanol oil refiners have to mix in to our gasoline supply this year.

The ethanol rules, called the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), are meant to prop up the U.S. biofuels industry by creating demand for ethanol. Without the rules, both oil companies and the biofuel sector will be left in the dark as to what the demand for ethanol will be.

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Horticulture
12:39 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Caring for Holiday Houseplants

Poinsettia blooms
Wikimedia Commons

Poinsettia are beautiful holiday plants, but if you’re given one as a host or hostess or pick up one in the store, how do you care for it after the holidays?  

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Agriculture and Harvest Public Media
5:00 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Women Have Always Farmed; Now They’re Being Counted

The co-owner of a dairy near Fort Morgan, Colo., Mary Kraft says the skills needed to be a successful farmer have changed in recent years.
Luke Runyon/Harvest Public Media

When farmer Sondra Pierce had her first child, she decided to forgo daycare. During harvest on her sugar beet farm in rural Boulder County, Colo., she’d buckle him up in the seat right next to her.

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Arts and Culture
4:43 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Public Art Bus Exhibition

Images of Alex Brown’s paintings are wrapped around a Des Moines city bus. The Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation is funding four artists to have their art on a bus at six-month intervals.
Credit Photo by John Pemble

The Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation is using a city bus to display new art.  Painter Alex Brown is the first of four artists to have his work photographed then printed on a vinyl seal surrounding the bus.  Brown says his paintings are comprised of aircraft and faces that are hard to make out at close range, but they become clearer from a distance.

“I was playing with the registry of things sort of slipping and being out of focus,” he says. “Kind of a varied combination of things that my eye was attracted to.”

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Health
3:47 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

How Iowa Can Keep Its Healthcare Subsidies

Dr. Pete Damiano at Iowa Public Radio to discuss insurance enrollment under the Affordable Care Act on the talk show “River to River."
Credit IPR/John Pemble

The result of an upcoming U.S. Supreme Court case may stop federal subsidies to some 30,000 Iowans who have bought insurance on Iowa’s state-federal partnership exchange.

Arts and Culture
3:32 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Profound Quotations can have Profound Impact

One of President John F. Kennedy's most famous quotes is etched on the JFK Memorial at Arlington National Cemetary
L.C. Nøttaasen Licensed under Creative Commons from Flickr

The profound words of another can have a profound impact on our lives.  JFK inspired a generation with, "Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country."

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Statehouse and Politics
8:36 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Grassley Delivers Heartfelt Tribute to Harkin

Sen. Grassley (left) and Sen. Harkin check their messages while inspecting flood in Iowa City
Credit Mauro Heck Photography

U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley delivered an emotional tribute to his fellow Iowa senator Tom Harkin, who turned 75 today and is retiring at the end of January. 

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Health
4:41 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Pharmacy Board Tables Marijuana Question Until January

Medical cannabis growing operation in Oakland, California.
Rusty Blazenhoff

The Iowa Board of Pharmacy is holding off on recommending that the Iowa Legislature reclassify marijuana.

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Literature
4:41 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Pioneer Girl: The True, Gritty Story of Laura Ingalls Wilder

South Dakota Historical Society Press

Laura Ingalls Wilder completed the original draft of her autobiography, Pioneer Girl, in the spring of 1930. It was never published, but it led to one of the most beloved series of books of all time.

Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography is finally in print. Editor Pamela Smith Hill has painstakingly researched that original draft, sharing light on the events that Wilder wrote about, and painting a picture about a remarkable family that lived through momentous times.

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Politics Day
11:46 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Takeaways from the G20 Summit

President Obama speaking at the G20 Summit in Brisbane, Australia
G20 Australia

World leaders who attended this year’s G20 Summit in Australia agreed there is a need to tackle climate change and crack down on tax avoidance.

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Immigration
9:19 am
Wed November 19, 2014

How Could Immigration Reform Impact Iowa’s Economy?

The Des Moines skyline
Flickr

According to a report released earlier this year by Iowa Policy Project, immigrants make up about 4.5 percent of the state’s economic output.

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Wildlife Day
9:50 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Wildlife Day: Wild Creatures of Brazil

Caiman thermoregulating
Jim Pease

Jaguars don’t roam the prairies and Hyacinth Macaws don’t perch in our oak trees, but today on Talk of Iowa we learn about the wild creatures of Brazil with wildlife biologist, Jim Pease.

Big cats, small primates, colorful birds, and rodents of unusual size. We also find out why the biodiversity of the Amazon matters here in Iowa.

"While we still celebrate the wildlife that we have here in Iowa, I think we need to remember how diverse it once was," says Pease. "Visiting places that are these 'mega-diversity' places is important for a number of reasons."

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Health
5:00 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Medicaid Expansion Helps Iowa Hospitals and Patients

Credit Jennifer Morrow

Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act, 110,000 Iowans have enrolled in Medicaid through the Iowa Health and Wellness Plan.  The income threshold for those eligible went from 100 percent of the poverty level, to 138 percent. 

CEO of the Iowa Hospital Association Kirk Norris talks with Morning Edition about how Medicaid expansion has affected Iowan hospitals. 

Clay Masters: It’s Morning Edition on Iowa Public Radio. Good Morning. I’m Clay Masters.

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Arts and Culture
2:00 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Training to be a 4-H Judge

Anna Lewandoski helps Cindy Arbogast learn how to be a judge during a 4-H training day in Fort Dodge.
Credit Photo by John Pemble

 

The school year is well underway and hundreds of 4-H kids are working on projects to take to county fairs later this summer.

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Talk of Iowa
5:20 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Video Games: The New Spectator Sport?

A listener submission of a comic published in "Toons" (published in Ames, Iowa since 1987)
Richard Lem

Do you know a teenager who plays video games as if it is his or her job? Well, some of those gamers are going pro - playing games in front of an audience and occasionally, getting paid.

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River to River
3:40 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

The Modern Harvest: Managing "by the square foot instead of by the field"

Jim Sladek and Ben Kieffer on the combine
Emily Woodbury

This year, U.S. farmers are bringing in what is expected to be a record breaking harvest. On this edition of River to River - the modern day harvest.

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