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River to River
11:35 am
Mon June 11, 2012

Practical Wisdom

Greek philosopher Aristotle called it practical wisdom; we know it as common sense. Is there a lack of it in our society? In an encore show, listen back to when host Ben Kieffer spoke with Political Science Professor Kenneth Sharpe who, along with Barry Schwartz, wrote a book that argues much dissatisfaction with institutions comes from people within the system being unable to use their practical wisdom – or common sense. Also listen to callers who share personal stories of instances where practical wisdom was abundant, or abundantly lacking.

Arts & Culture
9:15 pm
Sun June 10, 2012

Cedar Rapids Mural Reveals Post Flood Optimism

Tom Torluemke and his mural "You Know, We're all in this Together" in a gallery at the CSPS in Cedar Rapids.

Last Friday a new painting was unveiled in Cedar Rapids titled “You Know, We’re all in This Together”.  The work features dozens of optimistic community members in a scene about a city still recovering from the devastating flood of 2008.

Science/Technology
3:47 pm
Sat June 9, 2012

Prehistoric Mammoth Bone Discovery

A prehistoric mammoth bone was discovered sticking up out of the ground on an Oskaloosa farm last weekend days after a heavy rain. Archeologist Marlin Ingalls of the Office of the State Archeologist says the femur or thighbone, which measures four feet, may be just the tip of a rare find.  The location of the farm is being kept confidential to protect the site. 

Agriculture/Harvest Public Media
3:43 pm
Sat June 9, 2012

Language and Agriculture

There is a culture war raging in the heartland. It’s not about abortion or religion or same sex marriage. It’s about how food is produced in this country. As in any war, language is playing a big role.  Now some groups are borrowing from another hot button issue in the news, bullies and bullying.

Talk of Iowa
3:43 pm
Fri June 8, 2012

Religion/Spirituality and its Impacts on Physical Health

We all know that eating fruits and vegetables is good for you, but is "God" good for you too? A study published last year found an 18% lower mortality level for patients who had higher rates of spirituality or religiosity. This hour, we explore the link between spirituality and physical well-being.  Charity speaks with Dr. Richard Deming of the Mercy Cancer Center in Des Moines, who has taken cancer survivors and caregivers on journeys to such places as the Mt. Everest Base Camp and Mt. Kilimanjaro.  He's planning to take his next group to Mt.

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Arts & Culture
3:35 pm
Fri June 8, 2012

Depot Spared

A 100 year old railroad depot set for demolition this summer, will instead be the site of a birthday party. The Gilbertville Depot now belongs to a non-profit organization which is hoping to re-open it as a stop along the Cedar Valley Nature Trail.  Iowa Public Radio’s Pat Blank talks with the group’s Dick DeWater.  The birthday event is set for the afternoon of July 7th.

 

 

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River to River
1:34 pm
Fri June 8, 2012

Villisca Axe Murder 100th Anniversary

One hundred years ago, an entire family was wiped out by an axe wielding killer in the southwestern Iowa town of Villisca, a crime that remains unsolved to this day. Host Ben Kieffer re-examines Iowa’s worst mass homicide with award-winning filmmakers Tammy and Kelly Rundle who made a documentary about the incident. Ben also talks with historian Edgar Epperly.

Talk of Iowa
3:33 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

Horticulture Day: Gardening with the First Lady

Some young gardeners in Ames got a surprise package from the White House last weekend.  This hour, it’s Horticulture Day on Talk of Iowa with Charity Nebbe.   Charity talks with a student from Kate Mitchell School in Ames about gardening with Michelle Obama.  Also on the program,  Richard Jauron and Cindy Haynes of Iowa State University will be here to answer your lawn, garden and plant questions.

River to River
1:23 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

Iowa City Landfill Fire Update and Homeless Animals

This hour on River to River, we get an update on the Iowa City Landfill fire which currently covers 7 acres of land and is producing a toxic, tar-like liquid that is highly flammable. In the second half of the hour, we'll talk about the record number of animals in the care of the Animal Rescue League of Iowa and what can be done about the problem. 

Talk of Iowa
9:31 am
Thu June 7, 2012

"Suds," Brewing History of the Quad Cities

This Sunday, a new exhibit opens at the German American Heritage Center in Davenport, called "Suds."  The Quad Cities has a long and glorious brewery legacy.   This hour, we'll find out about the exhibit, which describes the breweries and taverns that operated in the area during the 19th century and the saloons where settlers gathered for their favorite brands.  The second-largest private beer can collector in America lives the Quad Cities and many of his 25,000 cans are on display.   "Suds" also features material on how Prohibition affected local brewery traditions and the lives of working

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Agriculture/Harvest Public Media
7:15 am
Thu June 7, 2012

ISU Climate Change Expert Briefing USDA on Implications for Agriculture

Iowa State University

Farmers are already making changes to adjust to global warming. A researcher from Iowa State University meets with agriculture officials, including USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack, in Washington, D.C. Thursday.  ISU Climate Science Program Director Dr. Gene Takle is briefing Vilsack and other officials on how to prepare and plan for global warming.  He says climate change actually has some benefits for farmers, at least in the short-term. But he the greatest risk for the industry is unpredictability and wild fluctuations in weather patterns.

River to River
1:48 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

Politics Day - Wisconsin Recall Results

 Tuesday’s Wisconsin recall election revealed Scott Walker will retain his seat as governor. IPR’s Dean Borg talks with political scientists from the University of Wisconsin at Green Bay, the University of Iowa, and the University of Northern Iowa about what Scott Walker’s success in overcoming a recall election means for Democrats and Republicans. Later, Dean also analyzes the races in Iowa’s Congressional districts now that the general election ballot is set.

Politics
8:21 am
Wed June 6, 2012

State Races in Iowa Primary

Most incumbents in the Iowa legislature have held on to their jobs for now  following yesterday’s primary voting.   Iowa Public Radio’s Joyce Russell reports .

River to River
1:57 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

Mount Everest Overcrowding and World Record Juggling in Iowa

A recent photo by Outside Magazine shows a line of 300 climbers on Mt. Everest creating a bottleneck which contributed to the deaths of four people. On this River, program, guest host Alex Heuer talks with the first Iowan to summit Mount Everest,  Charlie Wittmack , and Iowa City physician and mountain climber Chuck Huss. They’ll talk about the increasing popularity of climbing the world’s tallest peak and the implications. Then, Alex talks with the world’s fastest juggler, Iowan Mark Hanson of Kanawha. His juggling attempt was recently certified by Guinness World Records.

Talk of Iowa
1:41 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

Iowa Beekeeping and Honey Production

Honey bees are at risk around the world.   On today's Talk of Iowa we’ll discuss bees, bee behavior and biology, why we need them, and why they’re in jeopardy.  We’ll also talk about beekeeping as a hobby and the business end of honey production and pollination.  Guests are the State Apiarist, Andrew Joseph, beekeeper Jesse Randall, a professor at Iowa State University, and honey-producer Curt Bronnenberg of the Spring Valley Honey Farms of Perry.

Talk of Iowa
11:28 am
Tue June 5, 2012

Volunteer Firefighters and Paramedics

There are more than 18,000 volunteer firefighters in the state of Iowa. Men and women who would risk their lives to save yours. On today’s Talk of Iowa, we speak with several volunteers from across the state, including service members from Pella, Evansdale, and Coralville. But first, we talk with members of the Butler family, who are featured in the documentary “Iowa’s Firefighting Family”. The documentary premieres on Iowa Public Television tonight at 7 p.m.

Talk of Iowa
12:07 pm
Mon June 4, 2012

Life On The Iowa Prairie

Jerry Twedt’s great grandparents, Ole and Helena Branjord, settled on the Iowa frontier in the late 1860s. He has researched his family’s history and turned it into a novel. Host Charity Nebbe talks with Jerry about his novel “Land of Promise, Land of Tears”, and the fictional world he built around his family’s true story. Later, Charity talks with Teresa White from Usher’s Ferry History Village in Cedar Rapids and Dan Jones from Living History Farms in Des Moines about camp opportunities for young people to live history this summer.

River to River
12:00 pm
Mon June 4, 2012

Iowans in the NBA

We’ve reached the final four in the National Basketball Association Playoffs.  We’ll get insights and analysis from two Iowans who are pro-basketball lifers- Fort Madison native Ryan Bowen, an eleven-year NBA veteran who works on the Denver Nuggets coaching staff.  And West Des Moines’ Matt Bullard, who played 12 NBA seasons, and works as the color commentator on Houston Rockets broadcasts.  We’ll also hear  how they’re Iowa roots have helped them on the professional basketball stage.

 

 

 

Health
8:30 am
Mon June 4, 2012

Growing need for physician assistants prompts new training program

        In the Quad Cities, Davenport’s St. Ambrose University will soon be opening a new program for training physician assistants.
      The job market is good for the female-dominated profession, but class sizes are limited.

Education
12:08 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

Low enrollment spells end of court reporting program

A steno machine used by court reporters.
National Court Reporters Association

Iowa’s premier school for training court reporters is phasing out the curriculum. AIB, a private business college based in Des Moines, says there is not enough interest to keep the program going.

River to River
12:02 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

Inside the Fort Madison State Penitentiary - Part 2

Alex Heuer Iowa Public Radio

Host Ben Kieffer continues the second hour of the special, two-part program featuring conversations he had on a recent trip to the Iowa State Penitentiary in Ft. Madison. The current building dates back to 1839 but a new prison is under construction. Ben talks with two inmates serving life sentences to find out about their lives now and how that may change at the new facility. Ben later talks with Director of the Iowa Department of Corrections John Baldwin.

Talk of Iowa
10:31 am
Fri June 1, 2012

Horticulture Day: Strawberries are Ready!

Great news for Iowa strawberry lovers: the crop this year is two-weeks early!  And even better, growers report the berries are especially sweet and abundant.  It's Hort Friday on Talk of Iowa, and we'll hear about this season's strawberries from Judy and Dean Henry, owners of "The Berry Patch," located south of Nevada.  Richard Jauron and Linda Naeve of Iowa State University Extension will add their berry expertise to the conversation and will answer your lawn, garden and plant questions as well.

River to River
1:21 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

Inside the Fort Madison State Penitentiary

Alex Heuer Iowa Public Radio

Have you ever wondered what life is like behind bars? On River to River today, we aired the first of a special two-part program from inside the Iowa State Penitentiary in Ft. Madison, the oldest prison west of the Mississippi still in use. During this hour, we hear from Warden Nick Ludwick, a counselor who was taken hostage during a prison riot in the 1980’s and from offenders serving life sentences.

Talk of Iowa
1:17 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

Encore Edition: ADHD in Iowa

Every year thousands of Iowa children are diagnosed with ADHD - Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. This hour on Talk of Iowa, we take a listen back to program from last fall as Charity looks at the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD with a two Child Psychiatrists from the University of Iowa. She'll talk with a child diagnosed with the disorder and his mother.

Politics
3:12 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Ben Lange and Rod Blum both hope to represent GOP in 1st District Congressional race

Yard signs for both Rod Blum and Ben Lange are common sights in the new first district
Dean Borg/IPR

In next Tuesday’s primary election, two Republicans are seeking the party’s First District Congressional nomination. Independence attorney Ben Lange and Dubuque businessman Rod Blum are campaigning for a chance at denying incumbent  Democrat Bruce Braley a fourth term representing the newly-configured northeast Iowa district.

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Talk of Iowa
11:25 am
Wed May 30, 2012

How do Iowans use meditation?

There are several recent studies showing how meditation can help fight cancer, PTSD, learning disabilities, as well as everyday physical and mental ailments. Host Charity Nebbe talks with meditators across the state to find out how the practice of meditation impacts their lives. Charity also talks with Dr. Luke Hansen about how stress affects the body and why meditation is an effective method to fight pain.

 

River to River
8:47 am
Wed May 30, 2012

Politics Day - Primary Preview

All eyes are on Texas, but attention will soon turn to Iowa's primary elections and the efforts to recall a sitting Governor in Wisconsin.  Host Ben Kieffer will analyze results and look ahead for signs of what's to come with Drake University Political Scientist Dennis Goldford and University of Iowa Professor Emeritus of Communications Bruce Gronbeck.

Politics
5:03 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Archer and Dolan seek GOP Nomination in 2nd District

John Archer (left), University of Iowa Political Science Professor Tim Hagle (center) and Dan Dolan at a recent debate.
IA02RawFootage

There are going to be a lot of political fireworks in Iowa between now and November: President Obama and Governor Romney, Congressman Steve King and challenger Christie Vilsack to name a couple examples. But one race that’s flying mostly under the radar so far is in Eastern Iowa, where Republicans are hoping they have a shot at Democratic congressman Dave Loebsack. Iowa Public Radio’s Kate Wells has the story.

Talk of Iowa
11:31 am
Tue May 29, 2012

Steve Berry

Steve Berry has captivated millions of readers with his best-selling novels, he is also the co-founder of History Matters, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving our heritage. Charity talks with Berry about his latest novel, The Columbus Affair and his work in historic preservation.  

River to River
10:26 am
Tue May 29, 2012

Animal Tool Behavior

Tools are not only used by humans- ground squirrels kick sand in the faces of venomous snakes, mice set out markers to find their way home and apes do all kinds of things with tools - crack open nuts, apply herbal medications, open locks and doors, stir liquids, saw wood and even dig with a shovel. In a program that originally aired last June, Ben talks with the authors of the revision of the seminal book Animal Tool Behavior.   We ask if tool use is evolutionary important and what it indica

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