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Talk of Iowa
12:05 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

Unconventional, Creative Writers in Iowa

Most novels don’t come with soundtracks, most summer road tippers aren’t creating original artwork in the back of their vans, and most 12-year-olds aren’t published authors. On this Talk of Iowa, we’ll meet some creative Iowans… A man sending quirky postcards all over the world, a writer who created a novel with an original soundtrack, and a 12 year old who wrote a book on a brave young woman during the Revolutionary War.

Talk of Iowa
9:50 am
Mon June 25, 2012

Exploring the life and work of landscape architect, Jens Jensen

Even if you have never heard of landscape architect Jens Jensen, you have been touched by his work. Jensen came to the United States from Denmark in 1884. He fell in love with the Iowa landscape, and it influenced his work for the rest of his life. On this Talk of Iowa, we will talk about his designs, his life, and his legacy.

Arts & Culture
7:25 am
Mon June 25, 2012

Grotto of the Redemption Turns 100

The Grotto of the Redemption in West Bend turned 100 this weekend.
Sandhya Dirks Iowa Public Radio

The Midwest is known for its roadside attractions — world's largest ear of corn, heaviest ball of twine, biggest truck stop.

But it's also home to one of the largest collections of grottoes in the world. Most of these man-made caves were created by immigrant priests at the beginning of the 20th century. And the mother of them all — encrusted in $6 million worth of semiprecious stones — is in West Bend, Iowa.

This weekend, the Grotto of the Redemption turned 100.

River to River
1:15 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

Western Iowa Flood Recovery

It’s been a year since the Missouri River flooded homes, farmland and businesses, and people in Western Iowa and Nebraska are still recovering and waiting for disaster aid. Host Clay Masters talks with soil expert Dr. Mahdi Al-Kaisi, and farmer Scott Olson about efforts to get the soil back to a functional state. Later, Clay talks with groups involved in flood recovery efforts who share their ideas on how to best manage the river for the future.

Arts & Culture
1:24 am
Fri June 22, 2012

Iowa Opera House Project

Sam Knudson on the opera house stage at the Weiting Theater in Toledo Iowa.

In the early 20th century Iowa had close to 1,000 opera houses but now only a few hundred are still standing and many of them are abandoned.  This summer an Iowa musician is doing a series of performances in restored opera houses highlighting these building’s historic value while showcasing contemporary musicians. 

Agriculture/Harvest Public Media
10:50 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Water Control Fight Continues Along Missouri River Part 2

Jim Redmond, with the Northwest Iowa Sierra Club, stands along the Missouri River in Sioux City, Iowa. Redmond said the river could handle the rainfall of the 2011 flood, but not when it’s cutoff from the flood plain.
Clay Masters IPR

The mighty Missouri River flows through 7 states and drains one-sixth of the water in the United States.  It’s a powerful force that gives life to the land.  But last year’s flood that lasted over 110 days has people talking… and fighting for the future. Here’s Iowa Public Radio’s Clay Masters, with part two of our special report.

Talk of Iowa
3:05 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Hort Day: Planting New Windbreaks

For many decades Colorado Blue Spruce were a very popular choice for windbreaks in Iowa.  Now a lot of those trees are dead or dying.  On today's Talk of Iowa it’s Horticulture Day. D.N.R. District Forester Mark Vitosh of Iowa City and I.S.U. Extension Horticulturist Richard Jauron will be here.  We’ll talk about planting new windbreaks and rehabilitating old ones.  We’ll also be answering your questions about plants and trees.   We look forward to your questions!

 

River to River
11:41 am
Thu June 21, 2012

University President Sally Mason and Rural Attorneys

Receiving basic legal services such as drafting a contract or selling a house is becoming more difficult in some rural Iowa communities. Rural attorneys are retiring and many are not being replaced. I’m Ben Kieffer, and next time on River to River we’ll talk about a new collaboration between the Iowa State Bar Association and Iowa law programs encouraging young attorneys to practice in small towns. And, a conversation with University of Iowa President Sally Mason.

Talk of Iowa
11:18 am
Thu June 21, 2012

80/35 Play-In Finalists

Today on Talk of Iowa, Charity talks with the finalists for Wellmark's 80/35 Play-in presented by Iowa Public Radio's Studio One. We'll hear from Love Songs For Lonely Monsters, Holy White Hounds and Seedlings in addition to Iowa Public Radio's Music Director Al Schares. 

River to River
1:30 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Politics Day: Voter Fraud

openmarket.org

The general election is just over four months away and some may already know how and when they’re voting. Host Ben Kieffer talks with University of Iowa Political Science Professor Tim Hagle and Associate Professor and author Doug Jones about the attempts made to improve the voting process and if the U.S. elections have gotten better. Later, Ben talks with Bill Schickel, Co-Chair of the Republican Party of Iowa and Caucus Review Committee Chairman about lessons learned from the GOP caucus counting mix-up.

Talk of Iowa
9:25 am
Wed June 20, 2012

How Kids Can Affect Parents' Health

Having a child changes everything including how you eat and how you move.  On today's Talk of Iowa, Charity talks with Dr. Helene Laroche, Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Iowa about how becoming a parent can change your diet.  Later, we hear from Matt Stancel, Assistant Director of Fitness Programs for Recreational Services at the U of I about how becoming a parent might change your exercise routine.  

 

River to River
2:06 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Des Moines Turning Into Hub for Entrepeneurship

More and more entrepreneurs are finding niches for creative business ventures in Iowa. This hour on River to River, we'll talk with Mike Colwell, the Executive Director of the Business Innovation Zone about how that state is becoming a hub for young professionals. We're also joined by two attorneys who started a B-Amazing Foods, a nutrition bar company, and a video producer who found her entrepreneurial spirit by moving to Des Moines. Veel Hoeden, a shared workspace in Pella.

Talk of Iowa
1:32 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Summer Travel Destinations in Iowa

Looking to travel this summer? On today's Talk of Iowa, travel writer Jennifer Wilson joins us to talk about the best places to visit in Iowa during the heat of summer. She'll give us a glimpse of some of the best festivals, state parks, and restaurants to tour across the state.

Politics
11:51 am
Tue June 19, 2012

Nuns on the Bus in Iowa

If you were driving across Iowa Monday you might have seen something unique—a big bus emblazoned with the slogan: Nuns on the Bus. It’s a nine state bus tour by Catholic Sisters who are pushing back against the republican budget —at the same time they are feeling heat from the Vatican. Iowa public Radio’s Sandhya Dirks joined the sisters on the road. 

 

Politics
11:15 am
Tue June 19, 2012

Romney rallies the base in Iowa

The Romneys in Dubuque.
(Holly Bailey/Yahoo News)

 

Mitt Romney’s bus tour through small towns in swing states stopped in Davenport on Monday. 

It was, for the most part, your typical campaign event: lots of flag waving, patriotic music, even a boy scout troop in the audience.

But these days Governor Romney seems a lot more relaxed, and has a lot more momentum, than the candidate Iowans remember from the caucuses.

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River to River
2:22 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

Sleep Doctor Eric Dyken

What keeps you awake at night? This hour on River to River, Ben Kieffer talks with neurologist Dr. Eric Dyken of the University of Iowa Sleep Disorder Center. We'll hear about a new study on restless leg syndrome being conducted at the University of Iowa, a study linking sleep apnea to cancer and new research showing that most managers sleep with their smartphones. Dyken also tells us about how sleeping with a spouse can be beneficial. 

Talk of Iowa
9:45 am
Mon June 18, 2012

Encore Edition: Learning to Speak Iowan

Learning to speak English is one thing, learning to speak Iowan may be something else entirely. Iowa, especially in its more rural areas, has many foreign-born physicians practicing in clinics and hospitals. In an archive program from last September, we’ll find out about an innovative program in Mason City that helps doctors understand our state with courses like "Topics for Small Talk with Iowans." We'll talk to the teachers in the program at Mercy Medical Center North Iowa, University of Northern Iowa professors Mark Grey and Michele Devlin.

Health
7:29 pm
Sun June 17, 2012

Adapting Well

Wheelchair athletes prepare for track and field events
Pat Blank

As athletes around the world fine tune their skills in order to compete in the London Olympics, another much smaller, specialized group has just completed a four day camp in Cedar Falls.  Iowa Public Radio’s Pat Blank takes us to the Adapted Sports Camp at UNI.

River to River
1:38 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Being in Iowa: Learning Disabled

In a weeklong series IPR reporter Rob Dillard connected with Iowans to share how their learning disability impacted their life. Host Ben Kieffer talks with doctors and people featured in the series about learning disabilities and how their lives have changed.

Talk of Iowa
11:20 am
Fri June 15, 2012

Horticulture Day: Insects

It's summer and gardens are buzzing with numerous insects. Host Charity Nebbe talks with Richard Jauron and Donald Lewis from the Iowa State University Extension about how some insects have made an early appearance this year and some upcoming garden deadlines. 

Arts & Culture
7:00 am
Fri June 15, 2012

Railroad enthusiasts flocking to Iowa

For nine days, starting next week, Iowa will be railroad heaven for fans of old trains. Thousands of people will be climbing aboard, photographing, or just admiring the romance of an earlier time. An organization of railroad buffs is bringing its national meeting to Iowa for the first time.

Flood Recovery
3:27 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

Four years after flood, Cedar Rapids still recovering

Waters rose to 31 feet in parts of the city
http://www.cedarrapidsfloodstory.com/statistics/

 

This weeks marks four years since the 2008 flood in Cedar Rapids.

The worst natural disaster in Iowa’s history dislocated tens of thousands of people from their homes and is costing many millions of dollars in public money.

As Iowa Public Radio’s Kate Wells reports, even now the impacts of the flood are everywhere you look.

River to River
1:18 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

Retired Hy-Vee CEO Ric Jurgens & Health and Wellness

Earlier this month Ric Jurgens retired as CEO and Chairman of Hy-Vee after 43 years with the company. The Iowa-based supermarket chain operates 235 stores in eight states. This hour on River to River, Ben Kieffer talks with Ric Jurgens about the evolution of Hy-Vee and trends in the grocery business. During the second half of the hour, we'll talk with two dieticians about healthy eating and changes to school lunch menus which take effect this year.

Talk of Iowa
3:48 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

Home Improvement Day: Curb Appeal

Does your house look a little rough around the edges?  Dingy siding? Rusty fixtures? Weeds growing up through the sidewalk?  This hour, our home improvement expert Bill McAnally of Ft. Dodge  joins us.  He'll talk with Charity about how the investment of a little bit of elbow grease can pay off with a major spike in curb appeal.  First impressions are everything, and that's no different for our homes. 

 

Talk of Iowa
11:43 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Dr. Charles Read: Surviving the Nabob and health breakthroughs

During World War II, Canadian forces had only two aircraft carriers and one, the Nabob, was torpedoed by German forces. Filling in for Charity Nebbe, IPR’s Dennis Reese talks with Iowan Charles Read about his time on the Nabob and surviving the attack. Dr. Read, a University of Iowa emeritus professor of pediatrics, also talks about his time in the Navy and afterwards his work on developing diabetes treatments. Dennis also talks with recent graduate Carmen Smith, a former student ambassador for the UI College of Public Health about her  health research efforts in Gambia.

River to River
2:07 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Politics Day: Political Gaffes

On Politics Day, IPR’s Dean Borg talks with two political scientists, Bruce Nesmith from Coe College and Donna Hoffman from the University of Northern Iowa, about the current strategies of President Obama and Republican Mitt Romney including the recent political gaffes and how the incidents may impact the candidates. Later on, Dean talks about the potential influence Ron Paul could have in Iowa’s Republican party in light of the coming GOP state convention.

River to River
10:44 am
Tue June 12, 2012

2012 World Food Prize Laureate

Daniel Hillel

The 2012 World Food Prize Laureate is Daniel Hillel. Hillel is a pioneer in water irrigation systems, and his work transformed farming in dry desert areas in the Middle East through a trickle irrigation method. We’ll talk with Ambassador Kenneth Quinn, President of the World Food Prize Foundation, to find out more about Hillel and the award that is increasingly called, the “Nobel Prize of Food.”  And, we’ll listen back to past interviews with the 2009 and 2010 Laureates.

Talk of Iowa
8:52 am
Tue June 12, 2012

Wildlife Day: Responsibility for the Land

Aldo Leopold once wrote, “We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us.  When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.”  Today, it's our monthly wildlife program and Charity's guest is Wildlife Biologist Jim Pease of Ames.  We’ll talk about our relationship with and responsibility for the land we live on.  

 

 

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.

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