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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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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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News
5:30 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Highway Construction Update

I-35 in West Des Moines
Rick Fredericksen Iowa Public Radio

The early snowfall signals that Iowa’s road construction season is winding down. IPR’s Rick Fredericksen reports one of the year’s biggest projects is set for completion next week. 

A $700-million budget makes this the most costly road building year in history. The massive widening project along I-35, near Iowa’s largest shopping center in West Des Moines, is set for completion next week. Mark Bortle is with the Department of Transportation.

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Science and Technology
7:23 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Facebook's Iowa Data Center Goes Online

Lighting a giant “Like” button to mark the opening of Facebook’s Altoona data center. From left, Facebook site manager Brice Towns, U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, head of the Iowa Economic Development Authority Debi Durham, Altoona Mayor Skip Conkling, and Facebook vice president of infrastructure Thomas Furlong.
Credit John Pemble

When Facebook users "like" a photo or update their relationship status, some of that information will be stored in Iowa.

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Horticulture
5:13 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Preserving the Nests of Bald-Faced Hornets

Monika Schnell IPR Listener, Iowa City

If you look closely at the trees right now, you can see things previous hidden, like the nests of bald-faced hornets.

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Studio One
3:44 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Hear Brooks Strause's Studio One Live Set

Brooks Strause performs in IPR's Studio One.
Credit IPR/Tony Dehner

Currently based out of Iowa City, the prolific singer-songwriter Brooks Strause, stopped by our Cedar Falls studios for a live performance on November 13. Brooks played a variety of songs from both his early and current releases. He also shared some details about his most recent LP, Renaissance Beast, as well as some of his forthcoming projects, which includes an opera. You can listen to the live set below. 

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News Buzz
3:38 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

"Farmer Wave Week" Celebrates a Friendly Highway Gesture

Todd Collins has created a week celebrating a hands-just-slightly-off-the-wheel motion that encapsulates 'Iowa Nice.'
Paul Hamilton Flickr

Most driver-to-driver hand gestures are decidedly unwelcome. But riding along a rural road in Iowa, you might encounter a friendly one--the farmer wave.

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News Buzz
2:52 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Iowa Leading in LGBT Equality Once Again

Iowa was third in the nation to legalize same-sex marriage, but how else are Iowa cities achieving equality for their LGBT residents?
Alan Light Flickr

In the third annual Municipality Equality Index released by the Human Rights Campaign, each of the five Iowa cities measured scored above the national average.

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News Buzz
2:29 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Do Pesticides Cause Depression?

Seven pesticides commonly used by farmers may be linked to depression.
jetsandzeppelins Flickr

Mining 20 years of data, a new study by the National Institutes of Health has found a link between some pesticides and depression. 

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Statehouse and Politics
8:01 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Iowans' Health Insurance Threatened

Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller
Joyce Russell/IPR

Obamacare critics have gone to court to eliminate federal tax credits in most states.

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Agriculture and Harvest Public Media
5:00 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Tougher Times Put Young Farmers' Dreams on Hold

Like many beginning farmers, Grant Curtis wants to invest in his operation but expectations of low prices are tying his hands.
Abby Wendle/Harvest Public Media

Grant Curtis remembers the day he went shopping for his first tractor. “It was an eye opening experience,” he said.

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Arts and Culture
12:00 am
Fri November 14, 2014

The History of Waterloo in Five Chapters

Francesca Soans and Robert Neimeyer in the recording studio for their five-part documentary series on the history of Waterloo.
Credit University of Northern Iowa

Two Waterloo-area residents are in the midst of producing a series of five documentaries that chronicle the history of the city. The filmmakers are focusing their camera on a few locations that are key to Waterloo’s past.

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Crime, Justice and Public Safety
8:47 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Fewer Meth Labs, But More Meth

A meth pipe.
michelle.irish

An annual report to the Iowa legislature and governor shows an increase in the amounts, potency, and use of methamphetamine in Iowa.

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Health
3:52 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Encore: Migraine Science Making Strides

Sasha Wolff Wikimedia Commons

36 million Americans suffer from migraine headaches, but understanding why exactly these types of headaches happen has been elusive. 

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Arts and Culture
3:47 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Billy Collins/NaNoWriMo

Billy Collins
AP

Billy Collins has been called "America's favorite poet," and the former Poet Laureate will be visiting Iowa.

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Business and Economy
2:29 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Grinnell Muffler Factory Closing

gb_packards

Donaldson Company, Inc. is closing its Grinnell plant, laying off 75 workers.

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Studio One
9:05 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Hear Peas and Carrot's Live Set on Studio One

Peas and Carrot live on IPR's Studio One
Credit IPR/Tony Dehner

Cedar Falls folk-punk trio, Peas and Carrot stopped by Studio One for a live performance Tuesday night. Consisting of Audrey Robinson on vocals and guitar, Walt Goodknight on bass, and Nathan Lantz on drums, the trio played several songs from their debut EP Big Girl Shoes—plus Audrey had some interesting things to say about the band’s name. If you missed Peas and Carrot the first time around or would like to hear them again, you can do so by clicking on the audio below. 

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News
5:30 am
Thu November 13, 2014

I-oh-wah Pronunciation Guide

A page from the Iowa pronunciation guide
Rick Fredericksen Iowa Public Radio

A new Iowa pronunciation guide has been launched; an online service where you can hear how locals pronounce their cities and towns. It’s the brainchild of a classical music producer on the radio, and Rick Fredericksen has his story.

Is it (EE-lee) or (EE-leye). (Less Hills), or (Luss Hills).  For announcers on the radio, this is treacherous territory.

"When you mispronounce an Iowa place name you’re likely to get a phone call or email from someone who knows how to say it right.”

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Politics Day
4:53 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

President Obama Makes Historic Deal with China on Carbon Emissions

A historic deal regarding carbon emissions has been reached between China and the U.S.  Is it realistic?

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