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Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Mon February 27, 2012

Robert Leleux's Healing Moments

When Robert Leleux’s grandmother began to lose her memory it felt like the beginning of the end, but it also turned out to be the beginning of something truly beautiful. Leleux has written about his grandmother’s final years in “The Living End: A Memoir of Forgetting and Forgiving.” (St. Martin's Press) This hour, Charity speaks with Leleux and also with Jade Angelica of Dubuque, founder of "Healing Moments: Alzheimer/Dementia Education and Advocacy."

River to River
11:00 pm
Mon February 27, 2012

Iowa Civil Rights and Afghan Writers

A recent analysis shows Iowa’s civil rights complaints are being systematically dismissed at an alarming rate.  A study calls the Iowa Civil Rights Commission’s handling of the complaints an indication of “a seriously flawed enforcement process.” Join host Ben Kieffer as he talks with Arnold Woods, the President of the Des Moines chapter of the NAACP and Beth Townsend, the director of the Iowa Civil Rights Commission.  Then, Ben talks with Chris Merrill, the director of the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program.  Merrill recently returned from Afghanistan where he conducted a s

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Sun February 26, 2012

Helping People with Eating Disorders

It’s hard to understand what forces can lead a person to purposely starve. We do know that the causes of eating disorders are not simple, and that no one has found a simple solution. On today's Talk of Iowa, Charity speaks with a woman who overcame a serious eating disorder, the mother of a teenage survivor and a mental health counselor, Michelle Roling, who specializes in helping people with eating disorders,

River to River
11:00 pm
Sun February 26, 2012

Legislative Monday: Health Exchanges and K2

States are forming health insurance exchanges in advance of a mandate from the federal government.  Host Joyce Russell talks about the bill to set up Iowa’s exchange.  Then, we talk about efforts to put further restrictions on synthetic marijuana, or K2.  That comes after a death, and several hospitalizations involving Iowa teenagers.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Thu February 23, 2012

Wilderness Camps for Kids

Living in a cabin in the woods with other kids, fighting mosquitoes, singing songs around a campfire--going to summer camp can be a powerful rite of passage. This hour, we'll talk about the summer camp experience with Steve Baskin, President of the American Camp Association; Abbie Parker of the Iowa 4-H Center; and James Martinson, of Camp Fire USA Heart of the Hawkeye Council.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Thu February 23, 2012

Wilderness Camps for Kids

Living in a cabin in the woods with other kids, fighting mosquitoes, singing songs around a campfire--going to summer camp can be a powerful rite of passage. This hour, we'll talk about the summer camp experience with Steve Baskin, President of the American Camp Association; Abbie Parker of the Iowa 4-H Center; and James Martinson, of Camp Fire USA Heart of the Hawkeye Council.

River to River
11:00 pm
Thu February 23, 2012

2011 Nobel Laureate Dan Shechtman

Join host Ben Kieffer as he talks with the 2011 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, Professor Dan Shechtman.  We’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.  Dan Shechtman is a professor of materials science and engineering at Iowa State University, a research scientist for the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory, and the Philip Tobias Professor of Materials Science at the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Wed February 22, 2012

Word Maven: Great Movie Quotes

There are movie lines so iconic that not only does almost everyone instantly recognize them, but they’ve actually become a part of our lexicon. Today, Charity talks with English Language expert and Iowa native Patricia O’Conner about the movie lines that endure and shape our language. O'Conner is the author of a number of popular word books, including "Woe is I: The Grammarphobe's Guide to Better English in Plain English; Words Fail Me, and others.

River to River
11:00 pm
Wed February 22, 2012

Expanding Safe Haven

Fourteen lives… It’s not often you can quantify the effects of a state law in such concrete terms.  But in Iowa, 14 newborns have been delivered safely to health care facilities, and then successfully adopted to families under the “Safe Haven” law.  Host Ben Kieffer talks about a bill that would expand the law to cover babies up to one year of age, and other approaches to expanding the reach of a well-intentioned law, as well as the concerns raised by any such expansion.  Guests include Missouri State Senator Eric Schmitt, Iowa State Representative Mark Smith, Stephen Scott of Prevent Child

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