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Education
3:57 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

Two Million to Support DMACC and Ankeny Schools

Ankeny developer Dennis Albaugh with DMACC President Rob Denson, left, and Ankeny School Board member George Tracy.
Credit Rob Dillard

An Ankeny couple is making two major gifts to support projects in their hometown. The money from Dennis and Susan Albaugh will be split between Des Moines Area Community College and the Ankeny School District.

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Agriculture and Harvest Public Media
5:00 am
Mon December 22, 2014

California Dairies Look to Midwest’s Greener Pastures

Dairy farmer Brian Azevedo plans to sell his dairy in Merced, Calif., and move to South Dakota.
Ezra David Romero for Harvest Public Media

California is branded as the state with happy cows, but increasingly, the dairy owners are not necessarily so happy. 

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News Buzz
3:35 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

News Buzz: Stories from Iowa, Cuba, and West Africa

Havana, Cuba
Mauro Heck

This week, Havana erupted in celebration with the announcement of a new era of relations between Cuba and the United States. On this news buzz edition of River to River, host Ben Kieffer sits down with Iowan Mauro Heck, who has just returned from Cuba.

Heck says that while Cuba is beautiful and the people are inviting, the country is "organized chaos."

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Horticulture
2:10 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Greenhouse Poinsettias Created with a Virus

poinsettia blooms grown in greenhouses in the United States
Wikimedia Commons

The poinsettia, traditionally given as a gift around the holidays, is native to Northern Guatemala and Northern Mexico. 

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Agriculture and Harvest Public Media
11:34 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Politics Dominates the Top Ag and Food Stories of 2014

The Jamie L. Whitten Building in Washington, home to the USDA.
Wikipedia

2014 was the year even the lunch ladies got political.

Harvest Public Media was created four years ago to report on agriculture and food production in the geographic area where the majority of that takes place – the Midwest. This year, my third of counting the top ag stories of the year, I find that the issues taking center stage were set not here, but in the politics, policies and processes of Washington D.C., state legislatures or the ballot box.

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Profile
12:00 am
Fri December 19, 2014

A Playhouse for People with Down Syndrome

Megan Christofferson and her son, Bo, at GiGi's Playhouse in Windsor Heights.
Credit Rob Dillard

A newly redesigned building sits on a heavily traveled stretch of road in Windsor Heights, a Des Moines suburb.  GiGi's Playhouse is a lively spot where people with Down syndrome gain self-confidence.


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Religion
4:33 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Sisters Pleased with Vatican Report

a screenshot of the press conference held in Rome Tuesday morning to announce results of a report about nuns in the U.S.

In 2012, the Vatican accused Catholic nuns in the US of straying from church doctrine, but in a report released this week, the church now says it welcomes the efforts of the sisters.

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Books
4:20 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

When it Comes to Persuasion, Little Things Make a Big Difference

Martin found that when there is graffiti in an alley, people are more likely to litter in it.
Wikimedia Commons

You can significantly increase your ability to influence others by making very small shifts. 

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River to River
2:50 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Deer Hunting in Iowa

Deer in Mount Vernon, IA
Rich Herrmann

It’s deer hunting season. On this edition of River to River, hunting concerns in Iowa, including the problem of poaching.

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Agriculture and Harvest Public Media
8:56 am
Thu December 18, 2014

At this Abbey, "The Lord is My Cowboy"

Sisters Ann, left, and Elizabeth tend to Yoda, a young water buffalo calf during his morning feeding at the Abbey of St. Walburga.
Sonja Salzburg for Harvest Public Media

Many beer aficionados are familiar with the rare breweries run by Trappist monks. The beer is highly sought after, but it’s not the only food or drink made by a religious order.

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Pilot Project
6:53 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Student Teachers Buckle Down

Joanne Johnson/flickr

A pilot program to beef up Iowa teacher preparation is underway.

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Politics Day
5:03 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Politics Day: Congressmen Legacies and the Invisible Primary

Jeb Bush announced this week he's "actively exploring" a presidential run.
The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia Flickr

The invisible primary has ramped up with Jeb Bush's declaration that he is "exploring" a presidential run.

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Arts and Culture
3:44 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

IPTV: Friends Dollars Falling Short

Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds and Governor Terry Branstad during budget hearings this week.
John Pemble/IPR

Officials with Iowa Public Television are asking for more than a quarter of a million dollars from the state.

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Studio One
2:59 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Dependable Bands, Innovators and Pleasant Surprises: Studio One Hosts' 2014 Favorites

Cover art for TV On the Radio's album Seeds
TV on the Radio

Several dependable bands, some innovators and a few pleasant surprises made the list of IPR's Studio One hosts' favorite music of 2014.

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Agriculture and Harvest Public Media
5:00 am
Wed December 17, 2014

What's Behind the "Non-GMO" Label?

In a lab at Food Chain ID in Fairfield, technician Tammy Raman works with samples that will be tested to determine if they contain any genetic modifications.
Amy Mayer/IPR

Demand for products that don’t contain genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, is exploding.  

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Business and Economy
6:31 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Investors Want a Piece of Fannie and Freddie

Adjustable-rate mortgages lead to the subprime mortgage crisis. This practice played a large part in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s 2008 insolvency.
Dale Calder

Urbandale’s Continental Western and other investors in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac aren't receiving dividend checks since all profits from the mortgage lenders are being turned over to the U.S. Treasury. 

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River to River
2:53 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Controversial Rolling Stone Article May Discourage Reports of Sexual Assault

Protesters at the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity after the initial release of Rolling Stone's UVA piece
Bob Mical

The controversy over the retracted Rolling Stone story about an alleged gang rape of a student identified only as "Jackie" at a fraternity house on the University of Virginia campus has sparked many debates. On this segment of River to River - the lessons learned in journalism, ethics, and the way new media impacts how these stories are told and discussed.

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2016 Elections
2:22 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Branstad to Bush: Welcome to Iowa

Governor Terry Branstad talking to national media about a Jeb Bush candidacy.
Jimmy Centers Office of Governor Terry Branstad

Governor Branstad is surprised that Florida Governor Jeb Bush has announced his potential candidacy for President so early.   

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Science and Technology
12:27 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Resolve to be a Better Homeowner

A worker sprays foam insulation in a home
Ellzabeth Bule Flickr https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/legalcode

Home improvement expert Bill McAnally has some suggestions to help you be a better homeowner in 2015.

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River to River
5:19 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Practices Detailed in Torture Report "not evidence-based"

Truthout.org / flickr

The U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee report on torture contains some very grisly findings, detailing CIA interrogation techniques, like mock execution and sleep deprivation.

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News
12:28 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Ash Borer Hits Woodlands

A log showing tunnels made by the ash borer
Rick Fredericksen Iowa Public Radio

The Emerald Ash Borer now has a foothold in Iowa’s woodlands. Officials have confirmed the destructive beetle is present in ash trees across five new counties. Rick Fredericksen has the story.

So far, the destructive pest has been mostly found in urban areas. Now, experts have revealed the state's largest woodland infestation; starting in eastern Lucas County and invading the adjacent counties of Mahaska, Marion, Monroe, and Appanoose. One official found infected ash trees for mile after mile. Paul Tauke is State Forester.

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Statehouse and Politics
9:50 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Candidate Schools Planned Ahead of 2015 Elections

iprimages

The state board that oversees campaign finance laws plans to take its show on the road.

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News
8:51 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Slingshot: Made in Iowa

Slingshots are made in Spirit Lake, Iowa.
Polaris Industries

You probably haven’t seen one yet, but the newest motor vehicle made exclusively in Iowa is set to go global next year. The story from Iowa Public Radio’s Rick Fredericksen.

It is called the “Slingshot,” a futuristic-looking, three-wheeled vehicle that is part car and part motorcycle. Polaris Industries is now in full production at Spirit Lake, having added 300 workers in the factory that also builds Indian and Victory motorcycles. Chris Doucet is Commercial Director of Slingshot.

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News
5:30 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Battle of the Bulge Remembered

Lt. John Phillips, who died in 2013 at the age of 90
Gold Star Museum

Tomorrow (Dec. 16) marks the 70th anniversary of Hitler’s last ditch campaign to save Nazi Germany.  A surprise attack on Allied forces in a sprawling forest over Western Europe would become known as the “Battle of the Bulge.” Americans are remembering the largest land battle of World War Two.

Americans took the brunt of the German offensive, as the enemy stormed through Allied forces, forming a bulge in the front line. The winter of 1944 was one of the harshest in European history.

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Crime, Justice and Public Safety
3:40 pm
Sat December 13, 2014

Homeowners, Not Banks and Developers Get Warranty Protections

DerekA

Iowa Supreme Court ruled Friday, only individual homeowners are protected under the Warranty of Workmanlike Construction, which holds builder venders accountable for shoddy workmanship.

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Pets
8:00 am
Sat December 13, 2014

Pets as Gifts: Wonderful Option or Bad Idea?

Cats for adoption at the Iowa City Animal Care and Adoption Center
Julie Englander Iowa Public Radio

Local animal shelters and rescues are filled with unwanted pets, and for a long time vets and shelters discouraged people from giving animals as gifts. 

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Newsbuzz
6:04 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

UI Student Claims 'Excessive Force' in Police Incident

Grayson Scogin

The refrain can be heard more than 20 times. "My hands are behind my head."

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Arts and Culture
3:53 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Iowa Toymakers Busy This Time of Year

wooden trucks made by Bannor toys

We all had toys that we loved as children, do you remember your favorite?

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Statehouse and Politics
3:32 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Harkin Bids Farewell to the Senate

Sen. Tom Harkin will retire from the U.S. Senate in January after 40 years in Congress.
John Pemble

Retiring Sen. Tom Harkin delivered his Farewell speech on the Senate floor today.  He is retiring after 40 years in Congress.

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History
4:54 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Encore Edition: Watergate's Lessons, 40 Years Later

Nixon, pictured with Leonid Brezhnev.
That Hartford Guy Flickr

Nixon resigned the office of president 40 years ago this month. But the question remains: What were the lessons of Watergate? And has our country learned them?

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