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River to River
1:00 pm
Wed June 30, 2010

Iowa's Connections to Gulf Oil Spill

Researchers at the University of Iowa are studying the native grasses along the gulf, hoping to restore marshlands once they become contaminated with oil. Host Alex Heuer talks with UI Professor Jerry Schnoor about the study. Later, a conversation with Jerry Enzler, Executive Director of the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium in Dubuque. The museum has just unveiled a Gulf of Mexico exhibit that depicts the effects of the oil spill.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed June 30, 2010

Politics Wednesday

IPR's Jeneane Beck takes up the wide world of politics with political pundit Arnie Arnesen and Drake University Professor Rachel Caufield.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Tue June 29, 2010

New Iowa Laws

Host Dean Borg talks with a researcher about Iowa's new texting ban, a victim advocate and law enforcement trainer about the firearms possession ban for those convicted of domestic assault, a state senator about floodplain mapping, and a preschool teacher and director about the expansion of preschool grants. All are new laws going into effect July 1st in Iowa.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue June 29, 2010

Team PrISUm/Sen. Dennis Black, "Profiles of Valor"

IPR's Dennis Reese speaks with Pat Sanderson, an mechanical engineering major at Iowa State and Project Director of Team PrISUm. The group of students built "Anthelion," Iowa State's entry in the American Solar Challenge. Later, we hear from State Senator Dennis Black of Lynnville, his new book, "Profiles of Valor," tells the story of 56 men and one woman from Iowa who served in the Civil War. Sen. Black also tells us about his discovery of a rare copy of the Declaration of Independence in the Iowa Historical Building.

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Agriculture and Harvest Public Media
11:00 pm
Mon June 28, 2010

Fair weather crops

The effects of severe weather over the weekend continue to be felt today (Tuesday) with wind damage and heavy rain in Northwest Iowa and potential flooding in Central Iowa. Thousands of acres of cropland are underwater in Western Iowa and will not be able to be salvaged, but for farmers in other parts of the state, this week’s sunshine and low humidity is a welcome break. Iowa Public Radio’s Pat Blank talks with Iowa State University extension agronomist Mark Westgate.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Mon June 28, 2010

Fireworks in Iowa

With the Fourth of July quickly approaching, we discuss fireworks in our state. We speak with a firework display operator from J & M Displays, Iowa's own professional firework display company. What goes on behind the scenes before, during and after a display? Then a conversation about the dangers of playing with pyrotechnics without professional training.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon June 28, 2010

Breathless: Jean Seberg

IPR's Dennis Reese talks to Iowa author Garry McGee about his new biography of the late actress and Marshalltown native, Jean Seberg, who had roles in 37 films in the United States and Europe.

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Statehouse and Politics
11:00 pm
Sun June 27, 2010

GOP Chair says he's not concerned about a possible Vander Plaats third-party run

Morning Edition Host Sarah McCammon talks with Republican Party of Iowa Chairman Matt Strawn about the Lieutenant Governor nominee vote at the party's convention over the weekend.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Fri June 25, 2010

Iowa Regents University Presidents

Host Ben Kieffer talks with Iowa State University President Gregory Geoffroy about the Cyclones' Big 12 scare, and state funding for the Regents institutions. Then, University of Northern Iowa President Benjamin Allen talks about competition for Iowa college students.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri June 25, 2010

Horticulture Day

Julie Englander hosts ISU Extension Horticulturist Richard Jauron and Extension Plant Pathologist Laura Jesse to answer your lawn and garden questions.

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Arts and Culture
11:00 pm
Thu June 24, 2010

Des Moines Metro Opera with less Robert Larsen

Tonight when the Des Moines Metro Opera begins its new season it will be the first time a production is directed by someone other than Doctor Robert Larsen. Since he founded the organization in nineteen seventy three Larsen has overseen nearly every aspect of the Des Moines Metro Opera but this year he decided to significantly reduce his role as sole leader.

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News
11:00 pm
Thu June 24, 2010

University of Iowa team researching ways to preserve plant life, clean up Gulf oil

Morning Edition Host Sarah McCammon talks with University of Iowa graduate student researcher Aaron Gwinnup about his work along the southern Louisiana coast.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Thu June 24, 2010

Gangs in Iowa

Earlier this month in Iowa City a group of kids, some as young as twelve years old, were arrested during a gang initiation ritual. We'll talk about gang activity in Iowa and what's being done to stop it. Guests include the founder and CEO of Creative Visions in Des Moines. Part of the group's mission is to work with at-risk youth and families affected by gangs. Also, a conversation with a man who just finished serving time in prison for gang-related activities.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu June 24, 2010

Film, Character and Gem Sweaters

Jonathan Ahl talks to Tanna Frederick one the founders of Clear Lake’s Annual Iowa Film Festival. The fourth festival happens July 16-18th. Then Amy Smit of Character Counts in Iowa tells us about the annual awards that honor Iowas who uphold the six pillars of character. In the second half, John Pemble talks to Ames artist Leslie Hall about her Des Moines Art Center exhibit featuring flamboyant gem sweaters, profile pictures and videos of her hip hop songs about crafting.

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Statehouse and Politics
11:00 pm
Wed June 23, 2010

Raw milk advocates challenge FDA

Two Iowans are among a group of plaintiffs asking a court to assert their right to buy unpasteurized milk from surrounding states where it is legal, and bring it back to Iowa.

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News
11:00 pm
Wed June 23, 2010

Dumont evacuation

Governor Chet Culver has added Franklin County to a disaster empergency proclamation because of severe weather. The county was added today after powerful storms hit North Iowa with heavy rains and caused flash flooding. Residents of Butler County are also feeling the affects of the severe weather. 60 of the 600 residents of Dumont have been forced from their homes after the river that runs though their town spilled over its banks. Butler County Emergency Services Director Mitch Nordmeyer talks with Iowa Public Radio's Pat Blank.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Wed June 23, 2010

Disability Essays

We speak with authors and editors of essays included in "From My Perspective: Essays About Disability." The book includes essays by seventeen authors who have a disability or provide support as a parent or other caregiver. We'll also hear about how the book is being used in a Warburg College social work class.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed June 23, 2010

Politics Day

New Hampshire political analyst, Arnie Arnesen, and Professor Emeritus of Politics at the University of Iowa, Bruce Gronbeck, join host Jeneane Beck for a discussion of the week's political news.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Tue June 22, 2010

K2 and legal drugs

State drug control officials are warning residents about a new "fake" marijuana being called K2 or Spice after the death of an Indianola teen. They're also suggesting that the substance be banned during the next legislative session. How much do we know about it, and how does it compare with "legal" drugs like salvia, nictoine and alcohol? We'll talk with Gary Kendell, Director for the Governor's Office of Drug Control Policy and Jonathan Kahl, Cognitive Neuroscientist at Iowa State University.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue June 22, 2010

Dreams and Lucid Dreams of the Departed

Anthropologists have discovered that "visitation dreams" or dreams about the departed are part of almost every culture. While modern dream researchers find that visitation dreams represent less than one percent of dream reports, they note that dreams of the deceased can be unusually intense, vivid and emotionally meaningful. We talk with author, Robert Waggoner, about this curious, yet common phenomenon, of dreams and lucid dreams of the departed.

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News
11:00 pm
Mon June 21, 2010

Clergy Burnout in Cedar Rapids

Some religious leaders in Cedar Rapids say clergy are leaving since the flood of 2008. That’s in line with national disaster recovery statistics. Iowa Public Radio's Kate Wells has the story.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Mon June 21, 2010

Prescription Drug Abuse

In an archive program from last September, host Ben Kieffer examines the rise of prescription drug abuse with the Governor's Office of Drug Control Policy Director Gary Kendall. A number of national studies indicate that the intentional abuse of prescription drugs, such as pain relievers, tranquilizers and sedatives is a growing concern.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon June 21, 2010

Best of Iowa Archives III

In a special edition of Talk of Iowa, more highlights from our award-winning historic sound project. It's an audio museum on the air with Iowa Public Radio's Rick Fredericksen. Among the destinations, Clear Lake where three rock and roll pioneers died in a tragic plane crash, plus the birth places of baseball great Bob Feller and actor George Reeves.

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News
11:00 pm
Sun June 20, 2010

Embedded

Nearly three thousand Iowa National Guard soldiers are preparing for a mission to Afghanistan later this summer. The Guard is also deploying members of the media to a training facility in Minnesota to help them understand some of the skills the troops must learn before they leave..Iowa Public Radio’s Pat Blank was one of those invited and has this report.

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Arts and Culture
11:00 pm
Sun June 20, 2010

Bil Baird

There was a time when puppets and marionettes played featured roles in American pop culture not just for children, but for adults too. They starred in plays, operas, movies, TV commercials, even news programs. If you doubt this, Iowa Public Radio’s Rob Dillard invites you to tour a museum in Mason City to see the proof.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Fri June 18, 2010

Discussion on the Debt & Slovenia Green Bike Tour

Des Moines has been selected as one of only 18 sites for an unprecedented national discussion on the national debt. A diverse group of local citizens will come together June 26th at Drake University, linked online with the eighteen other sites across the country. Host Ben Kieffer talks with organizers of the discussion. Later in the hour, State Senator Joe Bolkom of Iowa City discusses his recent bike trip across Slovenia to learn about the country's efforts to reduce its consumption of energy.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri June 18, 2010

Hort Gang

Host Julie Englander talks with Iowa State University Extension Entomologist Donald Lewis and Extension Horticulturalist Richard Jauron. They'll examine the threat of the emerald ash borer and Japanese beetles plus take your comments and questions.

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Business and Economy
11:00 pm
Thu June 17, 2010

Immigration economics expert advocates legal path to citizenship

Morning Edition Host Sarah McCammon talks with Raul Hinojosa, founder of the North American Integration and Development Center in California, about the economics of immigration in Iowa.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Thu June 17, 2010

Toxicology and Children's Toys

We discuss the toxicology of children's toys with toxicologist Steven Gilbert and a toy store owner from Des Moines in light of the Consumer Product Safety Commission's recent cadmium related recalls.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu June 17, 2010

Keepers of the Trees

Host Julie Englander talks with author Ann Linnea. In her new book "Keepers of the Trees", Linnea interviews fourteen tree keepers about their life and work saving North America's forests. Also joining the program is President and CEO of Marion-based Trees Forever Shannon Ramsay.

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