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Agriculture/Harvest Public Media
6:54 am
Thu May 24, 2012

Who are you calling a corporate farmer?

Chris Boeckmann grows turkeys for Cargill on his Loose Creek, Mo., farm. But he also raises grass-fed all-natural beef for his private label.
Peggy Lowe Harvest Public Media

A surprising thing happens while touring Chris Boeckmann’s turkey farm, where 50,000 birds are grown each year for Cargill Inc.

After seeing the huge brooder barn, after looking into a second enormous facility for the older birds and after spying the Cargill sign, the obvious conclusion is that this is a corporate farm.

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River to River
4:12 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

Polk County Sheriff Visits Israel & Life of Secret Service Agent

Polk County Sheriff Bill McCarthy has just returned from Israel, chosen by the National Sheriff's Association to learn about homeland security measures. McCarthy talks about the experience, including learning about the mindset of suicide bombers and new security technologies. Later, members of the U.S. Secret Service are in the state, providing security for President Obama's central Iowa campaign stop. Ben talks with former secret service agent Dan Emmett about what it takes to protect the nation's top executive.

Talk of Iowa
3:49 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

Farmers of the Future

The 2007 U-S Census of Agriculture reveals these trends… the percentage of women and Hispanic farmers is growing.  And farmers are getting older.  For today's Talk of Iowa, in cooperation with Harvest Public Media, we talk with Farmers of the Future.  Young farmers trying to break into the business tell us how they’re overcoming obstacles and planning for changes in agriculture.

Talk of Iowa
11:49 am
Wed May 23, 2012

A Look Into Women's History with Author Sandra Dallas and ISU Theatre Professor Jane Cox

 In the 1850s more than 3,000 people attempted to walk 1,300 miles from Iowa City to Salt Lake City pushing all of their worldly belongings in a handcart. Host Charity Nebbe talks with Sandra Dallas, author of the new novel “True Sisters.” The book follows The Martin Company, a group of Mormon pioneers who traveled west to what they called Zion in 1856. Then, Charity talks with Jane Cox, a professor and director for Iowa State University Theatre, about her play “The Yellow Rose of Suffrage.” The play highlights the life of Carrie Chapman Catt, a women’s rights activist.

River to River
9:16 am
Wed May 23, 2012

Politics Day

President Obama is back in the state this week, visiting a wind turbine manufacturer in Newton. We'll look at how the pending loss of two wind energy tax credits could affect Iowa's economy. Also, a new poll shows the President and Mitt Romney locked in a dead heat over who could fix the economy.  Ben's guests are University of Northern Iowa Political Science Chair Donna Hoffman and University of Iowa Associate Political Science Professor Tim Hagle. Iowa Public Radio Chief Correspondent Dean Borg joins the conversation to discuss the 1st District Primary debate held this week in Cedar Rapid

Agriculture/Harvest Public Media
7:46 am
Wed May 23, 2012

What does "sustainable" agriculture really mean?

Dan Howell, a farmer-rancher in Marshall County, Kan., is experimenting with his land like an idealistic young farmer.
Jessica Naudziunas Harvest Public Media

The farmer of future will grow food and raise animals with tomorrow in mind. They’ll know contributing to the food supply is not enough. If the soil, air and water they use to produce food is damaged, good luck feeding anyone.  

That’s the idea, anyway, behind “sustainability” — one of the big buzz words in agriculture today. It’s all about making sure natural resources are not depleted or permanently damaged so that we can farm into the future.

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River to River
2:31 pm
Tue May 22, 2012

Boating Safety on Iowa Waterways & Rescue at Maquoketa Caves State Park

This week is National Safe Boating Week, which comes after an unfortunate boating accident over the weekend on the Mississippi River which claimed the lives of four boaters and injured eight others. Host Ben Kieffer talks with Susan Stocker, Boating Safety Coordinator for the Iowa DNR and Robert Edwards, of the Maquoketa Fire Department and Rescue Squad. Edwards was one of the first rescuers on the scene of where a couple of spelunkers were trapped in a cave at Maquoketa Caves State Park – one for more than 20 hours.

Talk of Iowa
1:59 pm
Tue May 22, 2012

Home Improvement Day

Climbing up on the roof to clean out the gutters is tedious and treacherous.  It seems like everyone has a new system to sell you that will keep you off the roof forever.  On today's Talk of Iowa, our home improvement expert Bill McAnally of Ft. Dodge joins us to talk about what works and what doesn’t in the world of gutters and how to keep water flowing away from your house.

Agriculture/Harvest Public Media
7:27 am
Tue May 22, 2012

Could the 'Farmer of the Future' Be...A Robot?

Brent Ware, a member of the robotics team at Kansas State, stands next to a planting robot that won a national competition.
Jeremy Bernfeld/Harvest Public Media

There’s always work to be done on the farm, but often it’s the same work day, after day, after day. Parts of the job must feel a bit like an assembly line.

While it’s impossible to automate farming like many manufacturers have automated their assembly lines, using robotic technology on the farm might not be so far off.

The biological and agricultural engineering robotics team at Kansas State University knows a thing or two about agricultural robots. They’ve won national robotics competitions in each of the last five years.

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Talk of Iowa
12:19 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

Fostering Creativity in Iowa

What does it mean to be creative? If someone asked you if you were a creative person, what would you say? Host Charity Nebbe talks with Jonah Lehrer, the author of the new book "Imagine: How Creativity Works." He describes the processes of creative greats like Bob Dylan and delves into what really sparks a stroke of creative genius. Then, Charity talks with educators trying to foster creativity in Iowa through Students for a Creative Iowa and Destination Imagination. 

Agriculture/Harvest Public Media
7:00 am
Mon May 21, 2012

Farmer of the Future Part 1 - Immigration

Terry van Maanen bought Winding Meadows Dairy from his father in the '80s and has grown it to about 600 cows. He sells milk to Land O Lakes.
Kathleen Masterson/Harvest Public Media

Sioux County, in northwest Iowa, is known for its Dutch pastries. The landscape is dotted with Lutheran and reform churches.  But today, Catholic churches and tortillerias are creeping into the landscape — signs of the new residents joining this vibrant community.

In Sioux County, as in a scattering of communities across the Midwest, Hispanic immigrants are working in meat processing plants, dairies, egg-laying facilities and hog barns. In fact, the majority of U.S. farm laborers today were born outside the U.S.

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Environment
5:30 am
Mon May 21, 2012

Joplin, One Year Later

Ian Coday and Martha Goldman with a glass shard from their former home. The tornado leveled their neighborhood. The couple hid in their closet, which turned out to be the only part of the house left standing.
Liam Kieffer

One year ago – on May 22, 2011 – one of the deadliest tornados in U.S. history struck the city of Joplin, Missouri. The twister killed 160 people and injured hundreds more.

Recently, IPR’s Ben Kieffer traveled to Joplin to talk with tornado survivors. 

He also spoke with researchers from Iowa State University who went to Joplin in the immediate aftermath. They surveyed structural damage to find out what it reveals about how best to survive a tornado.  

River to River
3:07 pm
Fri May 18, 2012

Joplin Anniversary

A former neighborhood in Joplin ten months after the tornado.
Liam Kieffer

One year after one of the deadliest tornadoes in U.S. history struck Joplin, Missouri, host Ben Kieffer takes us on trip to Joplin to talk with survivors of the disaster.

We hear from Martha Goldman and Ian Coday, the young couple who survived in their closet as the house around them was ripped away. Also, 76-yr old Carolyn Pendergraft talks about surviving in her basement while above her half century-old donut shop was destroyed.

River to River
11:44 am
Fri May 18, 2012

Technology Free Getaways

The Inn at Irish Hollow

Cell phones, computers, televisions – they seem to be everywhere we go. Join host Ben Kieffer as we explore an effort by the Tri-State Tourism Council promoting technology-free getaways in eastern Iowa, southwest Wisconsin, and northwest Illinois.

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Talk of Iowa
8:14 am
Fri May 18, 2012

Horticulture Day- Plant and Tree Health

ISU Plant Disease Clinic

You've selected the right plant for your landscape, picked a good spot and planted it well, but your work is not done. On today's Horticulture Day program, we'll look at ways to keep your plants and trees healthy. Including identifying insect or disease problems, why proper pruning is essential and how to avoid stressing your plants and trees. Charity's guests are Iowa State University Extension Horticulturist Richard Jauron and D.N.R. District Forester Mark Vitosh.

Iowa Archives
5:00 am
Fri May 18, 2012

The Iowa Cornets

An Iowa Cornets Jacket, one of the items of memorabilia in the collection of Rich Cummins of Mitchellville.
Rick Fredericksen

The WNBA opens play this weekend and former University of Iowa player Tangela Smith will be in uniform for the San Antonio Silver Stars. It was here in Iowa, 34 years ago, where women's professional basketball was born. We look back at charter team and its biggest star. Historic audio from the Iowa Women's Archives.

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River to River
12:08 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

Dee Dee Myers & Speedo's Fastskin 3 Racing System

Iowa State kinesiology professor Rick Sharp called upon Cyclone swimmers (L to R) Amanda Paulson, Bri Carlberg and Imelda Wistey to test out Speedo's new Fastskin®3 Racing System.
Photo by ISU News Service

Join host Ben Kieffer as he talks with former White House Press Secretary Dee Dee Myers, who served during President Bill Clinton’s first term. Myers is the author of the 2008 New York Times best-selling book “Why Women Should Rule the World.”  She, along with former presidential advisor Karl Rove, will share insights on the presidential election Thursday evening, May 17th at Cornell College.

Talk of Iowa
11:11 am
Thu May 17, 2012

Jane Roper: "Double Time"

Jane Roper, Iowa Writer's Workshop graduate and author of the book "Double Time" and her twin daughters.
Photo by Jane Roper

Humorist Josh Billings wrote in the 19th century, “There are two things in life for which we are never truly prepared: twins.” When Jane Roper found out she was pregnant with twins, she tried hard to find a memoir from another mother who could give her some advice. She didn’t find it, so she has written her own, “Double Time.” (St. Martin’s Press) It’s an up-close look at her first three years raising twin daughters. This hour, Charity speaks with Roper, who has an M.F.A.

Business/Economy
4:40 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

Last Call for Flooded Residents

Nearly four years after the 2008 flood in Cedar Rapids, you can still sell your damaged home to the city. That window’s about to close, however. More than 100 people have signed up for the final round of buyouts – even though they’ve stuck it out this long. Iowa Public Radio’s Kate Wells reports.

River to River
3:11 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

Politics Day

Mitt Romney returned to Iowa for the first time since becoming his party's presumptive nominee, and likened President Obama's economic leadership to a "prairie fire" looming on the horizon.  Host Ben Kieffer talks with Steffen Schmidt, University Professor of Political Science at ISU, and Chris Larimer, Associate Professor of Political Science at UNI.  They discuss Romney's visit, Obama's talking points on JP Morgan Chase, Iowa's congressional races and Ron Paul's delegate strategy.

Talk of Iowa
11:24 am
Wed May 16, 2012

Word Maven: Money Words

For the past five years, we've been talking more about money than ever before.  From the 2007 Global Financial Crisis, to the recent mammoth loss at J.P. Morgan Chase, the language of finance seems to occupy more of our brain space.  Today, Charity speaks to our "Word Maven," Patricia O'Conner about the origins and changing use of such terms as "buck," "salary," "credit," "two bits," and many more.  O'Conner is the author of popular word books including "Origins of the Specious," "Woe is I," and "Words Fail Me."

Politics
6:00 am
Wed May 16, 2012

Romney visits Iowa

Presumptive GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks to voters in Des Moines on May 15, 2012
Clay Masters/IPR

Iowa supporters of presumptive GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney showed up at a hotel in downtown Des Moines to get a firsthand look at the presidential candidate. Romney spent the majority of his speech talking economic issues.

River to River
1:10 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

Agricultural Reporters Roundtable

Dow Chemical’s so-called “Agent Orange Corn” is being criticized by some in the agriculture community but is being praised by others as weed resistance plagues farmers. Corn producers fret about a possible decline in corn prices in a record planting year, and beef producers are concerned about affects of the controversy regarding “lean finely textured beef.” This hour we talk with Rob Swoboda, the editor of Wallace’s Farmer, Dan Piller of the Des Moines Register and Iowa Public Radio correspondent Clay Masters about issues facing Iowa’s agriculture industry.

Talk of Iowa
11:14 am
Tue May 15, 2012

Geraldine Brooks

Caleb Cheeshahteaumauk was the first native American to graduate from Harvard College, completing his degree in the 17th century. Very little is known about his life, but he has been reborn in the novel "Caleb’s Crossing" (Penguin Books) by Pulitzer prize-winning novelist Geraldine Brooks. Charity speaks with Brooks live this hour.

Politics
7:00 pm
Mon May 14, 2012

Ron Paul still in the race for delegates

Ron Paul isn't expecting to get the GOP nomination. He says he'll no longer campaign in states that haven't held primaries. But he and his supporters are pushing for delegates in states like Iowa - who've already voted but have yet to award delegates at the state convention.

River to River
1:35 pm
Mon May 14, 2012

Legislative Wrap-up

Iowa lawmakers have adjourned for the year… and now they’ll be hitting the campaign trail armed with accomplishments.  Host Joyce Russell talks with legislative leaders, Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal and Assistant Majority Leader in the House Steven Lukan, about what they’ll highlight in legislative races.  Then, statehouse reporters, James Lynch of the Cedar Rapids Gazette and Jason Clayworth of the Des Moines Register, offer their takes on what did and did NOT get done.

Talk of Iowa
1:18 pm
Mon May 14, 2012

Summer Books

Mary Ann Peters' Fiction Pick (New Bo, Cedar Rapids)

Whether you’re looking for scientific exploration, a captivating memoir, or an opportunity to get lost in a novel, we’ve got something that will make your summer reading list. On today's Talk of Iowa it’s our summer books show.

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