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Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Sun March 18, 2012

Tracy Kidder and The McDonagh Project

This year's "All Iowa Reads" selection is Tracy Kidder's 2009 book, "Strength in What Remains." It's the gripping story of of Deogratias, or Deo for short, who grew up in the E. Central African county of Burundi. Deo was a young man with dreams, the biggest of which was to become a doctor. He was working at a rural hospital in the country when in Oct. 1993, a Hutu militia attacked the building and started slaughtering everyone they thought was a Tutsi. Deo escaped, running for six months and eventually settling in New York City, knowing no one.

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River to River
11:00 pm
Sun March 18, 2012

Legislative Monday: Education Reform

Governor Terry Branstad has proposed sweeping reforms to Iowa’s education system and the debate is likely to intensify now that the Republican-controlled Iowa House has approved its reform package.  The measure now goes to the Democratically-controlled Iowa Senate.  Host Joyce Russell discusses topics ranging from third grade retention and online learning to new teacher probation and end of course exams on our next legislative show from the law library at the state capitol.

Sports
5:00 am
Fri March 16, 2012

Thais Drive ISU Golf Team

2013 Cyclone Lady Golfers
Credit Iowa State University

It has to be one of the most unusual golf teams in America. In-between tournament play, the coach and 8 women are on the prowl for Asian food. Why? Half the team is from Thailand.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Thu March 15, 2012

Horticulture Day: A Homegrown Lifestyle

Can you picture your back yard as a small farm--with herbs, flowers and vegetables growing in place of the Kentucky Blue Grass? It can happen, if you learn a few basics. On today's Horticulture Friday, we hear about a spring course from Iowa State University Extension, "Learn How to Have a Homegrown Lifestyle." It will be offered at 11 Iowa locations beginning March 29. It's for folks who want to reconnect with the land, grown food for their own use and create a sustainable landscape. Andy Larson of ISU Extension will tell us more about the course.

River to River
11:00 pm
Thu March 15, 2012

Encore Edition: Thinking About Time

Setting our clocks ahead in the spring reminds us that keeping track of time is a human invention. But have we changed the way we think about time over tens of thousands of years? In a program that originally aired last November, Ben's talks with astrophysicist and commentator Adam Frank. Frank's book About Time: Cosmology and Culture at the Twilight of the Big Bang looks at how the human experience of time is braided together with cosmological theories of time.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Wed March 14, 2012

Encore Edition: Seed Savers co-founder Diane Ott Whealy

For more than 35 years, Diane Ott Whealy has been a national leader in the heirloom seed movement and a strong advocate for the protection of the earth's genetic food stocks. In 1986, she helped to develop Heritage Farm, Seed Saver's scenic 890-acre headquarters near Decorah. In a program that originally aired last October, Diane talks about her book Gathering: Memoir of a Seed Saver. It tells the story people's dream that became reality with the help of like-minded individuals and led to the establishment of the Seed Savers Exchange.

River to River
11:00 pm
Wed March 14, 2012

Consul of Canada and Senator Tom Harkin

They are known as our friendly neighbors to the north- host Dean Borg examines Iowa's relationship with Canada with Mary Lawyer, the new Honorary Consul of Canada in Iowa. She'll discuss her role advising Canadians on policy and trade issues and helping Iowans make business contacts north of the border. Later, Dean talks with Iowa Senator Tom Harkin. The Senator will discuss prospects for a 2012 Farm Bill and his recent meeting with education officials in Washington.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Tue March 13, 2012

Encore Edition: Iowa Past to Present

If everything you know about Iowa history you learned in fifth grade, now might be a good time for a refresher course. In a program that originally aired last September, Charity speaks with historians Dorothy Schwieder, Professor Emerita of History at Iowa State University and Thomas Morain of Graceland University in Lamoni. Their book is Iowa Past to Present: The People and the Prairie.

River to River
11:00 pm
Tue March 13, 2012

Politics Day

Earlier this week a U.S. soldier allegedly shot and killed sixteen Afghan civilians. President Barack Obama has called the killings tragic while questions re-emerge about the U.S. strategy. Join guest host Jonathan Ahl as we talk about the way forward in Afghanistan.  Plus we’ll discuss the effect Alabama and Mississippi primaries will have on the race for the GOP Presidential nomination. Our guests are Dennis Goldford of Drake University and Jim McCormick of Iowa State University.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Mon March 12, 2012

Iowa in the Civil War

The Battle of Pea Ridge, fought in Arkansas in March of 1862, is known as the Civil War battle that secured the West. It was also the first time Iowans saw major combat. This hour we’ll remember the Battle of Pea Ridge and Iowans young and old who fought in the Civil War. Charity speaks with David V. Wendell, curator of "More Than Any: Iowa in the Civil War," a new exhibit at the Marion Heritage Center. Later, we speak with historian Floyd E. Pearce of Cumberland, about "The Graybeards," older Iowans who served in the Civil War.

River to River
11:00 pm
Mon March 12, 2012

Affirmative Action and Public Schools

Affirmative action and how it relates to college admissions is back on the radar. The U.S. Supreme Court is likely to hear an admissions case involving the University of Texas and the ruling could have ramifications at colleges across the nation. Host Dean Borg talks with University of Iowa Law Professor Angela Onwuachi-Willig and UI Sociology Professor Mary Campbell about how the court is likely to rule. Later, a look at the changing landscape in Iowa's public schools; including school closings in Cedar Rapids, statewide school consolidations and the trend toward home-schooling.

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