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7:15 am
Thu June 7, 2012

ISU Climate Change Expert Briefing USDA on Implications for Agriculture

Iowa State University

Farmers are already making changes to adjust to global warming. A researcher from Iowa State University meets with agriculture officials, including USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack, in Washington, D.C. Thursday.  ISU Climate Science Program Director Dr. Gene Takle is briefing Vilsack and other officials on how to prepare and plan for global warming.  He says climate change actually has some benefits for farmers, at least in the short-term. But he the greatest risk for the industry is unpredictability and wild fluctuations in weather patterns.

River to River
1:48 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

Politics Day - Wisconsin Recall Results

 Tuesday’s Wisconsin recall election revealed Scott Walker will retain his seat as governor. IPR’s Dean Borg talks with political scientists from the University of Wisconsin at Green Bay, the University of Iowa, and the University of Northern Iowa about what Scott Walker’s success in overcoming a recall election means for Democrats and Republicans. Later, Dean also analyzes the races in Iowa’s Congressional districts now that the general election ballot is set.

Politics
8:21 am
Wed June 6, 2012

State Races in Iowa Primary

Most incumbents in the Iowa legislature have held on to their jobs for now  following yesterday’s primary voting.   Iowa Public Radio’s Joyce Russell reports .

River to River
1:57 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

Mount Everest Overcrowding and World Record Juggling in Iowa

A recent photo by Outside Magazine shows a line of 300 climbers on Mt. Everest creating a bottleneck which contributed to the deaths of four people. On this River, program, guest host Alex Heuer talks with the first Iowan to summit Mount Everest,  Charlie Wittmack , and Iowa City physician and mountain climber Chuck Huss. They’ll talk about the increasing popularity of climbing the world’s tallest peak and the implications. Then, Alex talks with the world’s fastest juggler, Iowan Mark Hanson of Kanawha. His juggling attempt was recently certified by Guinness World Records.

Talk of Iowa
1:41 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

Iowa Beekeeping and Honey Production

Honey bees are at risk around the world.   On today's Talk of Iowa we’ll discuss bees, bee behavior and biology, why we need them, and why they’re in jeopardy.  We’ll also talk about beekeeping as a hobby and the business end of honey production and pollination.  Guests are the State Apiarist, Andrew Joseph, beekeeper Jesse Randall, a professor at Iowa State University, and honey-producer Curt Bronnenberg of the Spring Valley Honey Farms of Perry.

Talk of Iowa
11:28 am
Tue June 5, 2012

Volunteer Firefighters and Paramedics

There are more than 18,000 volunteer firefighters in the state of Iowa. Men and women who would risk their lives to save yours. On today’s Talk of Iowa, we speak with several volunteers from across the state, including service members from Pella, Evansdale, and Coralville. But first, we talk with members of the Butler family, who are featured in the documentary “Iowa’s Firefighting Family”. The documentary premieres on Iowa Public Television tonight at 7 p.m.

Talk of Iowa
12:07 pm
Mon June 4, 2012

Life On The Iowa Prairie

Jerry Twedt’s great grandparents, Ole and Helena Branjord, settled on the Iowa frontier in the late 1860s. He has researched his family’s history and turned it into a novel. Host Charity Nebbe talks with Jerry about his novel “Land of Promise, Land of Tears”, and the fictional world he built around his family’s true story. Later, Charity talks with Teresa White from Usher’s Ferry History Village in Cedar Rapids and Dan Jones from Living History Farms in Des Moines about camp opportunities for young people to live history this summer.

River to River
12:00 pm
Mon June 4, 2012

Iowans in the NBA

We’ve reached the final four in the National Basketball Association Playoffs.  We’ll get insights and analysis from two Iowans who are pro-basketball lifers- Fort Madison native Ryan Bowen, an eleven-year NBA veteran who works on the Denver Nuggets coaching staff.  And West Des Moines’ Matt Bullard, who played 12 NBA seasons, and works as the color commentator on Houston Rockets broadcasts.  We’ll also hear  how they’re Iowa roots have helped them on the professional basketball stage.

 

 

 

Health
8:30 am
Mon June 4, 2012

Growing need for physician assistants prompts new training program

        In the Quad Cities, Davenport’s St. Ambrose University will soon be opening a new program for training physician assistants.
      The job market is good for the female-dominated profession, but class sizes are limited.

Education
12:08 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

Low enrollment spells end of court reporting program

A steno machine used by court reporters.
National Court Reporters Association

Iowa’s premier school for training court reporters is phasing out the curriculum. AIB, a private business college based in Des Moines, says there is not enough interest to keep the program going.

River to River
12:02 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

Inside the Fort Madison State Penitentiary - Part 2

Alex Heuer Iowa Public Radio

Host Ben Kieffer continues the second hour of the special, two-part program featuring conversations he had on a recent trip to the Iowa State Penitentiary in Ft. Madison. The current building dates back to 1839 but a new prison is under construction. Ben talks with two inmates serving life sentences to find out about their lives now and how that may change at the new facility. Ben later talks with Director of the Iowa Department of Corrections John Baldwin.

Talk of Iowa
10:31 am
Fri June 1, 2012

Horticulture Day: Strawberries are Ready!

Great news for Iowa strawberry lovers: the crop this year is two-weeks early!  And even better, growers report the berries are especially sweet and abundant.  It's Hort Friday on Talk of Iowa, and we'll hear about this season's strawberries from Judy and Dean Henry, owners of "The Berry Patch," located south of Nevada.  Richard Jauron and Linda Naeve of Iowa State University Extension will add their berry expertise to the conversation and will answer your lawn, garden and plant questions as well.

River to River
1:21 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

Inside the Fort Madison State Penitentiary

Alex Heuer Iowa Public Radio

Have you ever wondered what life is like behind bars? On River to River today, we aired the first of a special two-part program from inside the Iowa State Penitentiary in Ft. Madison, the oldest prison west of the Mississippi still in use. During this hour, we hear from Warden Nick Ludwick, a counselor who was taken hostage during a prison riot in the 1980’s and from offenders serving life sentences.

Talk of Iowa
1:17 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

Encore Edition: ADHD in Iowa

Every year thousands of Iowa children are diagnosed with ADHD - Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. This hour on Talk of Iowa, we take a listen back to program from last fall as Charity looks at the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD with a two Child Psychiatrists from the University of Iowa. She'll talk with a child diagnosed with the disorder and his mother.

Politics
3:12 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Ben Lange and Rod Blum both hope to represent GOP in 1st District Congressional race

Yard signs for both Rod Blum and Ben Lange are common sights in the new first district
Dean Borg/IPR

In next Tuesday’s primary election, two Republicans are seeking the party’s First District Congressional nomination. Independence attorney Ben Lange and Dubuque businessman Rod Blum are campaigning for a chance at denying incumbent  Democrat Bruce Braley a fourth term representing the newly-configured northeast Iowa district.

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Talk of Iowa
11:25 am
Wed May 30, 2012

How do Iowans use meditation?

There are several recent studies showing how meditation can help fight cancer, PTSD, learning disabilities, as well as everyday physical and mental ailments. Host Charity Nebbe talks with meditators across the state to find out how the practice of meditation impacts their lives. Charity also talks with Dr. Luke Hansen about how stress affects the body and why meditation is an effective method to fight pain.

 

River to River
8:47 am
Wed May 30, 2012

Politics Day - Primary Preview

All eyes are on Texas, but attention will soon turn to Iowa's primary elections and the efforts to recall a sitting Governor in Wisconsin.  Host Ben Kieffer will analyze results and look ahead for signs of what's to come with Drake University Political Scientist Dennis Goldford and University of Iowa Professor Emeritus of Communications Bruce Gronbeck.

Politics
5:03 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Archer and Dolan seek GOP Nomination in 2nd District

John Archer (left), University of Iowa Political Science Professor Tim Hagle (center) and Dan Dolan at a recent debate.
IA02RawFootage

There are going to be a lot of political fireworks in Iowa between now and November: President Obama and Governor Romney, Congressman Steve King and challenger Christie Vilsack to name a couple examples. But one race that’s flying mostly under the radar so far is in Eastern Iowa, where Republicans are hoping they have a shot at Democratic congressman Dave Loebsack. Iowa Public Radio’s Kate Wells has the story.

Talk of Iowa
11:31 am
Tue May 29, 2012

Steve Berry

Steve Berry has captivated millions of readers with his best-selling novels, he is also the co-founder of History Matters, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving our heritage. Charity talks with Berry about his latest novel, The Columbus Affair and his work in historic preservation.  

River to River
10:26 am
Tue May 29, 2012

Animal Tool Behavior

Tools are not only used by humans- ground squirrels kick sand in the faces of venomous snakes, mice set out markers to find their way home and apes do all kinds of things with tools - crack open nuts, apply herbal medications, open locks and doors, stir liquids, saw wood and even dig with a shovel. In a program that originally aired last June, Ben talks with the authors of the revision of the seminal book Animal Tool Behavior.   We ask if tool use is evolutionary important and what it indica

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Agriculture/Harvest Public Media
1:00 am
Tue May 29, 2012

Calm before the Corn

Clay Masters IPR

Corn has been good to farmers. Helping fuel a boom in the ag sector. And as this year’s record corn forecast indicates, Midwestern farmers can’t seem to plant enough of the grain. Even with concerns growing about the effectiveness of today’s high-tech genetically engineered seeds, farmers aren’t backing down.

The land is dry and the wind blows hard in Sac County, Iowa.  For Darwin Bettin it’s a good day to be inside selling insurance. He also farms 500 acres of corn and soybeans in western Iowa.

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River to River
1:51 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

Wind Energy in Iowa

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Following President Obama’s stop at an Iowa wind turbine blade manufacturer to warn of the pending loss of wind energy tax credits, host Ben Kieffer talks with wind energy businessman Rob Hoch from Alta who sat down with the President this week. Also, David Kreutzer, a senior policy analyst from the Heritage Foundation talks about the potential problems with wind energy. Later, Ben talks with author Philip Warburg whose new book, “Harvest the Wind”, looks at the hope and promise wind energy could bring to declining rural communities.

Talk of Iowa
1:26 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

Tackling Dry Weather Gardening

The weather has been windy and dry, but gardens are still growing. On Horticulture Day host, Charity Nebbe, talks with a Des Moines meteorologist about the recent dry weather. Charity also talks with horticulturist Richard Jauron, from Iowa State University Extension about growing conditions and what to do during a dry spell.

Agriculture/Harvest Public Media
7:38 am
Fri May 25, 2012

Making it in the Middle: the mid-sized farmer

Eric Neill always wanted to be a farmer. So in 2008, he made the leap, launching a mid-size grazing dairy operation in western Missouri.
Frank Morris Harvest Public Media

A few years ago, things were going smoothly for Eric Neill and his family.

Neill was making good money as a construction superintendent for a commercial contractor in Kansas City, traveling the country, running challenging job sites. But he wasn’t satisfied.

“I decided I wanted to be a farmer,” he said. “I’ve always wanted to be a farmer.”

So Neill and his wife, Julie Neill, met with an extension agent and asked how they could make a living with a farm.

That is a tall order.

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Politics
6:54 am
Fri May 25, 2012

Obama takes on Romney's private-sector record, rallies supporters, in Des Moines

President Obama spoke to a crowd of about 2,500 supporters at the Iowa State Fair grounds in Des Moines.
Sarah McCammon Iowa Public Radio


President Obama is becoming a familiar face in Iowa again. Yesterday, he made his third visit to the state this year, which he won in 2008.
Mr. Obama discussed renewable energy at a manufacturing plant in Newton before rallying about 2500 supporters at the Iowa State Fairgrounds.

If Mr. Obama’s job four years ago was to woo voters, this time the message is more like “I Still Need You.”

"This election’s gonna be even closer than the last one. And by the way the last one was close. People don’t remember, it was close," he says.

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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

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