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1:59 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

News Buzz: Iowa's VA Hospitals, Recapping the GOP Primary Debate, Court Reporters

Eric Shinseki
Wikimedia Commons

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki has resigned his post in the wake of a series of scandals at Veterans Affairs hospitals across the country. During this News Buzz edition of River to River, Ben Kieffer talks with Des Moines Register Health Care Reporter Tony Leys about how the announcement could affect Iowa's VA hospitals. He also tells us about a possibly mismanaged case at the Iowa City VA

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Horticulture Day
12:31 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Pecans in Iowa? Yes!

Pecan trees being irrigated in New Mexico

Everyone knows you can grow black walnuts in Iowa.  But, there are actually a lot of other nuts we can grow too, and some of them may surprise you.  Host Charity Nebbe talks with Jeff Jensen of Trees Forever, and Tom Wahl of Red Fern Farm in Wapello about hickory nuts, pecans, chestnuts, hazelnuts, pine nuts and more.  Horticulturist Richard Jauron answers non-nut related questions.

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News Buzz
11:36 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Marshalltown Native Toby Huss to Appear in New AMC Series

John Bosworth (Toby Huss) and Joe MacMillan (Lee Pace)
Photo by James Minchin III/AMC

Marshalltown native Toby Huss’ latest project reaches back into history into the burgeoning computer revolution of the 1980’s, when IBM was out in from of the PC wars. The new series, AMC’s Half and Catch Fire, premiers this Sunday.

Huss, along with a small group of people at a midlevel computer company in Texas called Cardiff Electric, try to reverse engineer an IBM PC, steal the technology and improve upon it. He talks with host Ben Kieffer about the new series. 

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Statehouse and Politics
7:40 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Hopes of Breaking up the Political Boys Club in Iowa

Appel Women for Change make phone calls on May 21, 2014.
Credit Clay Masters / IPR

Iowa will hold its primary on Tuesday, June 3. Democratic Senator Tom Harkin is retiring and that’s set off a domino effect of politicians vying for higher office and this midterm election could make history if voters send a woman to Washington. It’s just one of two states that have never done so or elected a woman as governor; the other is Mississippi.

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News Buzz
5:34 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Do You Live Along I-35?

New York Times reporter Damien Cave and photographer Todd Heisler are spending the summer driving north along Interstate 35. Why? They're hoping to paint a picture of how immigration is transforming communities along that route. Cave is normally based in Mexico City, Mexico and says in the week they’ve spent traveling north through Texas, they’re already hearing drastically different ideas about immigration and Mexican culture has changed certain communities in the United States.

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River to River
5:15 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Self-Driving Cars: No Longer Science Fiction

epSos .de / flickr

Decades ago, researchers dreamed about cars that could park themselves and avoid accidents. And now, it’s no longer science fiction.

Today on River to River, a look at the latest transportation-related news. We look at modern advances to our transportation systems, including self-driving cars, an update on the controversy surrounding traffic cameras in Iowa, the effects of cannabis on a driver, the hazards of all-terrain vehicles, and efforts by the Iowa DNR to crack down on drinking while driving on the water.

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2014 Voter guide
2:32 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Candidate Profile: Steve Rathje

First District Republican Congressional candidate Steve Rathje

Read this candidate profile of 1st District Republican candidate Steve Rathje. He was interviewed as part of IPR's 2014 Primary Voter Guide series.

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2014 Voter Guide
1:54 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Candidate Profile: Gail Boliver

First District Republican Congressional candidate Gail Boliver
Credit Boliver for Congress

Read this candidate profile of 1st District Republican candidate Gail Boliver. He was interviewed as part of IPR's 2014 Primary Voter Guide series. 

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2014 Voter Guide
1:31 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Candidate Profile: Anesa Kajtazovic

First District Democratic Congressional candidate Anesa Kajtazovic
Credit legis.iowa.gov

Read this candidate profile of 1st District Democratic candidate Anesa Kajtazovic. She was interviewed as part of IPR's 2014 Primary Voter Guide series.

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2014 Voter Guide
1:16 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Candidate Profile: Monica Vernon

First District Democratic Congressional candidate Monica Vernon

Read this candidate profile of 1st District Democratic candidate Monica Vernon. She was interviewed as part of IPR's 2014 Primary Voter Guide series.

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2014 Voter Guide
8:29 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Candidate Profile: Rod Blum

First District Republican Congressional candidate Rod Blum
Credit Rod Blum for Congress

Read this candidate profile of 1st District Republican candidate Rod Blum. He was interviewed as part of IPR's 2014 Primary Voter Guide series.

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News
4:23 am
Thu May 29, 2014

WWI Trench Excavation at Camp Dodge

Camp Dodge, circa 1917
Iowa National Gaurd

Many WWI soldiers prepared for deployment  at Iowa's Camp Dodge, just north of Des Moines.  This week archeologists are excavating long-forgotten training trenches at Camp Dodge to better understand trench warfare.

Archeologist Adam Meseke says these trenches were designed and built like those on the Western Front. "Trench warfare would have been an absolute nightmare for everyone involved. Being several yards away from the enemy, or constant ammunition fire, gas attacks..."

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Books
9:34 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

2014 Summer Book List

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Summer brings with it many pleasures, and if you’re lucky one of those is the time to dig into a great book.  During this hour on Talk of Iowa, Jan Weismiller and Paul Ingram of Prairie Lights Book Store in Iowa City and Annie Leonard of The Next Chapter in Knoxville join host Charity Nebbe. 

FICTION:

 My Name is Resolute by Nancy E. Turner

Norwegian by Night by Derek E. Miller

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Agriculture and Harvest Public Media
4:16 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Congress OKs River System Improvement Bill

Farmers are hopeful improvements are coming to the Midwest river system, which is crucial for shipping grain, in the form of the Waterways Resource Reform and Development Act (WRRDA).

After years of work on the bill, Congress recently smashed together separate bills passed by each chamber and sent the White House a new $12.3 billion water infrastructure bill with bipartisan support. President Obama has yet to state whether he plans to sign the bill.

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Politics Day
3:29 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Crowded Primary Contests Could Send Decisions to Conventions

USA.gov

Iowa's primary election is next week.  Both major parties will be choosing their candidates for the November election.  Host Dean Borg talks with Des Moines Register Political Columnist Kathie Obradovich and Donna Hoffman, Chair of the Political Science Department at University of Northern Iowa about the two congressional races drawing the most attention.  Iowa's third and first districts will be open contests, with no incumbent seeking re-election.  You can learn more about the candidates and their positions on a variety of issues

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Education
4:18 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Teaching History to Kids Living in the Now

Bill Erickson

Social studies doesn't fall under the three Rs in education, and it shows. From school district to school district, the way that history, government, and world culture courses are taught varies dramatically.

Today on Talk of Iowa, we focus on civics education in our state, and talk with some extraordinary teachers.

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Crime, Justice and Public Safety
3:06 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Medical Billing Class-Action Suit

Zachary Korb

A class-action lawsuit that could involve thousands of Iowans has been filed against HealthPort Technologies.

The Georgia-based company is a medical records and billings statement provider.  The suit alleges HealthPort overcharges costumers for duplications of their medical records and billing statements.

The lead attorney for the plaintiffs is James Bisconglia of the Des Moines law firm LaMarca & Landry. Bisconglia says that Iowa Code limits the amount a consumer can be charged for a records request.

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2014 Voter Guide
1:38 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Candidate Profile: Pat Murphy

First District Democratic Congressional candidate Pat Murphy
Credit IowaHouse.gov

Read this candidate profile of 1st District Democratic candidate Pat Murphy. He was interviewed as part of IPR's 2014 Primary Voter Guide series.

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2014 Voter Guide
1:24 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Candidate Profile: Dave O'Brien

First District Democratic Congressional candidate Dave O'Brien
Credit O'Brien for Iowa

Read this candidate profile of 1st District Democratic candidate Dave O'Brien. He was interviewed as part of IPR's 2014 Primary Voter Guide series.

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2014 Voter Guide
12:17 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Candidate Profile: Scott Schaben

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Scott Schaben
Credit ScottSchaben.com

Read this candidate profile of Republican U.S. Senate candidate Scott Schaben. He was interviewed as part of IPR's 2014 Primary Voter Guide series.

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Agriculture
12:11 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Espionage in a Corn Field

Kernels of corn. About a third of Iowa's land (12 million-plus acres) is used to grow corn each year, making Iowa the national leader in corn production in most years.
Photo by Tim McCabe, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Last week, the U.S. Government indicted Chinese government hackers on charges of stealing trade secrets, claiming that the espionage has gone too far. When it comes to intellectual property, the internet isn’t the only place the Chinese are looking for U.S. trade secrets.

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2014 Voter Guide
11:04 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Candidate Profile: Mark Jacobs

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mark Jacobs
Credit Iowa GOP

Read this candidate profile of Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mark Jacobs. He was interviewed as part of IPR's 2014 Primary Voter Guide series.

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2014 Voter Guide
10:07 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Candidate Profile: Sam Clovis

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Sam Clovis
Credit Iowans for Sam Clovis

Read this candidate profile of Republican U.S. Senate candidate Sam Clovis. He was interviewed as part of IPR's 2014 Primary Voter Guide series.

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2014 Voter Guide
9:35 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Candidate Profile: Robert Cramer

Third District Republican Congressional candidate Robert Cramer

Read this candidate profile of 3rd District Candidate Robert Cramer. He was interviewed as part of IPR's 2014 Primary Voter Guide series.

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2014 Voter Guide
9:19 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Candidate Profile: Brad Zaun

Third District Republican Congressional candidate Brad Zaun
Credit Iowa GOP

Read this candidate profile of 3rd District Candidate Brad Zaun.  He was interviewed as part of IPR's 2014 Primary Voter Guide series.

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2014 Voter Guide
3:27 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Candidate Profile: Swati Dandekar

First Congressional District Democratic candidate Swati Dandekar
Credit Swati Dandekar for Congress

Read this candidate profile of 1st District Candidate Swati Dandekar. She was interviewed as part of IPR's 2014 Primary Voter Guide series

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2014 Legislative Session
2:04 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Governor Branstad to Sign Bills on Cannabis Oil and HIV Transmission, but REAP Funding in Question

Governor Terry Branstad
John Pemble IPR

A bill legalizing the possession and medical use of cannabis oil for epilepsy patients passed the Iowa House and Senate.  But will the Governor sign it?  In this News Buzz edition of the show, Host Ben Kieffer talks with Governor Terry Branstad about the loose ends from the 2014 legislative session and which bills will or will not gain his signature.

 

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Horticulture Day
12:26 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

The Annual Battle Against Pond Scum

Iowa Farm Pond
Todd Ehlers

Put heat, light, water and nitrogen together and you get lakes and ponds that are choked with plant growth.  It's Horticulture Day and host, Charity Nebbe, talks with Allen Patillo, Iowa State University Extension Fisheries and Aquaculture Specialist about aquatic plant management.  Later in the hour ISU Extension Horticulturist Richard Jauron and DNR District Forester Mark Vitosh join the conversation to answer listener questions about plants and trees. 

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Agriculture and Harvest Public Media
5:05 am
Fri May 23, 2014

"Fed Up" Links Obesity Epidemic to Sugar, Industry and Government

A shot from the movie "Fed Up".
Courtesy RADiUS-TWC

Just who’s to blame for the childhood obesity epidemic? Over the years, the finger has been pointed at parents, video games and vending machines, to name a few.

To the makers of the new activist documentary, “Fed Up,” the bottom line of blame lies with a simple substance poured into our diets every day: sugar. And the pushers of what this film calls a drug and “the new tobacco” are the food industry and our own government.

“What if our whole approach to this epidemic has been dead wrong?” the film’s narrator, TV journalist Katie Couric, says in the film’s open.

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News Buzz
5:22 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Virtual Reality for Chickens

Courtesy of Austin Stewart

Would you eat the eggs of a hen lost in virtual reality?

On this River to River segment - a proposal by Austin Stewart of Iowa State University to give real, captive chickens a true virtual experience of roaming a free range.

“All the chickens in this world would have microphones so they can squawk at one another and socialize," says Stewart.

Spoiler alert: While Stewart admits that this is not a real business proposal, he is trying to provoke discussion on our lives as people living in "boxes" as well as communication on our livestock practices.

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