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11:51 am
Mon August 4, 2014

What Makes Someone a Creative Genius?

University of Iowa researcher Dr. Nancy Andreasen has been trying to answer that question for most of her professional career. She talks with Ben Kieffer today on River to River

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Agriculture and Harvest Public Media
9:09 am
Mon August 4, 2014

‘Right to Farm’ Pits Farmer Against Farmer

Farmer Jeff Jones and his daughters feed grain to their foraging cattle once a day in Callaway County, Mo. They’re concerned about the health and environmental effects a potential hog farm next door might have.
Kris Hustead/Harvest Public Media

The agriculture industry is a cornerstone of the Midwest economy. In some states, it may even become a right.

In Missouri, the so-called “right to farm” is on the ballot in the form of an amendment to the state Constitution. And the controversial provision could be a model for Constitutional additions on other ag-heavy states.

Though the “right to farm” provision is focused on agriculture, it has pitted farmer against farmer with some worried that the results could change the face of farming in the Midwest.

Accountability concerns

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News Buzz
4:10 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

U of I Cancels Trip to Israel

Building shelled by the Israeli army in Gaza
ISM Palestine Wikimedia Commons

Assistant Professor of Classics and Religious Studies at the University of Iowa Bob Cargill was supposed to take his students to Tel Azekah in Israel this summer. Thursday morning, rockets landed in the next city over. 

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News Buzz
3:51 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Understanding Ebola Through an Iowan Lens

Scanning electron microscopic image of Ebola virions
From "Charting the Path of the Deadly Ebola Virus in Central Africa" Wikimedia Commons

With the Ebola outbreak continuing to take lives in Western Africa, Iowans working in the region are feeling the effects. 

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News Buzz
3:34 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

A Wind Turbine Waltz

Bates used Iowa windmills and PVC pipes to fashion his own version of "Blue Danube."
Daniel Arnold Wikimedia Commons

Will Bates doesn’t understand how people dislike the noise of wind turbines. It’s music to his ears—literally.

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Horticulture Day
1:53 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Tree Diseases and Other Plant Problems

"Apple tree with fire blight"
Sebastian Stabinger Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

If your tree is looking a little tired with the leaves curling up and falling off, or the needles on your pine turning brown, it could be a disease. 

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Agriculture and Harvest Public Media
7:22 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Modern-Day Dust Bowl Challenges Prairie Farmers

Farmer John Schweiser, 80, has had to take shelter from recent dust storms.
Luke Runyon/Harvest Public Media

When the wind picked up from the south on John Schweiser’s farm outside Rocky Ford, Colo., the sky would go black. A charging wall of dust would force the 80-year-old farmer and his wife to hunker down in their ranch-style farmhouse.

“You’d look up and here’d come this big ol’ rolling dirt,” Schweiser said. “You couldn’t see how high it was.”

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Talk of Iowa
3:28 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

The New Face of Hunger

Kyera Reams of Osage cans homegrown fruits and vegetables when they are in season so that her family can eat healthfully all year
Amy Toensing, National Geographic

The irony is poignant that hunger exists in a state with the nation's richest soil and the nation's number-one ranking in corn and soybean production.   But despite the bounty around them, many Iowans experience what is now called "food insecurity."   In simpler terms, they can't find the means to feed themselves or their family, despite many having full-time jobs. 

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Medicine
11:24 am
Thu July 31, 2014

On the Spectrum: How Iowa Legislation is Helping Children with Autism

Autism diagnoses have risen steadily over the last decade. This chart shows the number of children (per 1,000) aged 6–11 who were served under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) with a diagnosis of autism, from 1996 through 2005.
Eubulides Wikimedia Commons

All kids need some guidance when it comes to appropriately interacting with others. But for kids with autism, learning social skills could be the key to becoming independent adults.

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Agriculture and Harvest Public Media
10:01 am
Thu July 31, 2014

My Farm Roots: Coming Home to Roost

The poultry farm Dan Hromas started near York, Neb., since returning from military service in Iraq, has helped him re-integrate in to civilian life.
Grant Gerlock/Harvest Public Media

When they heard Dan Hromas’ truck rolling in, the chickens came strutting. The auburn-feathered Rhode Island Reds stood out, even in the tall, green brome grass of Hromas’ rented 3-acre pasture outside of York, Neb.

The pasture is the center of Hromas’ new farming enterprise. For a little over a year he’s been selling farm eggs to local restaurants, grocery stores, and direct to customers in southeast Nebraska.

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Technology
9:23 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Driverless Cars Okayed in Johnson County, What Now?

Dan McGehee (left) shows Ben Kieffer how the lane correct function works in a level 2 semi-autonomous car.
Lindsey Moon Iowa Public Radio

Driverless cars could hit the roads in Johnson County within the next few years. 

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Politics Day
3:58 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Politics Day: Latest Developments at Home and Abroad

Barack Obama Flickr

Several Republicans, including Iowa’s Congressman Steve King, have called for President Obama’s impeachment.

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River to River
5:03 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Regretted Wars: Veterans of Vietnam and Iraq Compare Experiences

Protest sign at United for Peace rally and march on Washington, DC
Jonathon Colman

A recent poll shows that a majority of Americans (71%) now say the war in Iraq “wasn’t worth it.” That’s similar to sentiments from the Vietnam era about that conflict.

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Education
4:39 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Research Libraries Not Just for Research Anymore

Iowa State University main library

The mission of Iowa's university libraries hasn't changed, but how they fulfill that mission has.

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Agriculture and Harvest Public Media
3:26 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Forensics for the Farm Keep Food Safe

Hans Coetzee, a professor at the Iowa State College of Veterinary Medicine, says forensic testing can offer farmers and veterinarians reassurance that nothing unwanted is in milk, meat or feed.
Amy Mayer/IPR

TV shows like “CSI” have made forensics a hot topic, spawning books and even science programs for kids. The same technology used at crime scenes to link a stray hair to a suspect can also find antibiotics or other medications in milk and meat. And the use of sophisticated testing is becoming increasingly available for livestock producers, who stand to lose lots of money if their products are tainted.

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Ripple Effects
3:41 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Carrot or Stick? The Government's Role in Environmental Policy

A sunrise near Decorah
Katherine Perkins IPR

The Clean Air Act was most recently amended in 1990, with overwhelming bipartisan support.  Is that kind of sweeping environmental policy possible today? 

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Statehouse and Politics
12:31 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Ernst Says It's Up to Braley to Refute VA Attacks

Joni Ernst, The Republican Nominee seeking Tom Harkin's U.S. Senate Seat, greets guests at a campaign event in Urbandale, Iowa on July, 28 2014.
Credit Clay Masters / IPR

Joni Ernst, who’s running as the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate, held her first campaign event after returning from active duty with the Iowa National Guard.

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Ripple Effects
9:50 am
Mon July 28, 2014

The True Cost of Energy

Iowa leads the nation in wind energy. Host Charity Nebbe speaks with three guests to discover the state of energy in Iowa.
Kwerdenker Wikimedia Commons

"Cheap energy isn't cheap."

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News
5:30 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Capitol Mower

Madeline McClure on her Toro
Rick Fredericksen Iowa Public Radio

You’ve never heard her name, but many Iowans admire her work; thousands have even sat on it.  Mattie McClure cuts the grass around the State Capitol and Iowa Public Radio’s Rick Fredericksen found her on the west lawn.

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News Buzz
4:59 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

News Buzz: Iowa State Fair News and Iowa Rankings in a National Children's Report

Iowa State Fair

Last year at the Iowa State Fair, Jason Powell of Des Moines said his free speech rights were violated after security guards ordered him to stop preaching on public sidewalks. Today on River to River, we find out the status of his lawsuit as well as whether he will be allowed at this year’s fair. We also find out about an Iowa developed vaccine that could cure dust-mite allergies. That and all the week’s Iowa stories on a news buzz edition of River to River.

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Studio One
4:55 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

CD Review: Scythian's "Jump at the Sun"

The band Scythian (pronounced SITH-ee-unn - they’re named after a nomadic Eurasian tribe) has an unlikely combination of influences.  Three of the members are siblings: fiddler Alexander, guitarist Danylo and cellist Larissa Fedoryka are from a family of Ukrainian immigrant, and were classically trained.  Bassist Josef Crosby, who also doubles on fiddle, was classically trained as well. Drummer Tim Hepburn started out in jazz, and banjo player Ben-David Warner grew up on a diet of Celtic music via NPR’s Thistle and Shamrock.

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Horticulture Day
4:51 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Millions of Mayflies Emerge in Northeast Iowa

On July 20 the National Weather Service picked up what registers as “light-moderate rain” on their radar. It was actually huge swarms of mayflies emanating from the Mississippi River.
National Weather Service/NOAA

This week, thick clouds of millions of mayflies emanated from the Mississippi River in Northeast Iowa.

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News
5:30 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Thorazine: The Brain Drug

Mental patients received acute, intensive care in the wards of building 102
Rick Fredericksen Iowa Public Radio

It was 60 years ago when mental health professionals welcomed a new option for their patients. Instead of radical brain surgery and dangerous forms of shock treatment, doctors could prescribe a simple oral medication for the first time. An Iowa woman was a nurse during this crucial turning point and IPR’s Rick Fredericksen has her story. 

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News
2:05 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

'Food Dome' Will Provide Vegetables Year-Round for Shelter Kitchen

Volunteers begin work on the 'Food Dome' at Central Iowa Shelter and Services.
Tom Vance Central Iowa Shelter & Services

A giant ‘food dome’ is almost complete next to Central Iowa Shelter and Services in Des Moines. As Iowa public Radio’s Durrie Bouscaren reports, the unusually shaped greenhouse will grow vegetables year round and supply the shelter’s kitchen.

Rodney Volkmar and a team from the Colorado-based company Growing Spaces are attaching triangular sheets of reflective insulation on a 30-foot, dome-shaped scaffolding. They expect to finish work by Friday.

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River to River: From the Archives
10:56 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Depression During College Years

Art major Jordon Deutmeyer stands outside of the University of Northern Iowa Honors Cottage in December 2013
Linh Ta/IowaWatch IowaWatch.org

Accommodations are available for college students struggling with depression, but university counseling centers are struggling to keep up with the demand. Hear about an IowaWatch.org report on the difficulty these students experience including what is often a harsh stigma associated with being depressed.

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Talk of Iowa: From the Archives
10:56 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Interracial Marriage in the US

Alice Rhinelander's lawyer forced his client to bare her breasts and legs to the all-white, all-male jury in order to prove that her mixed background was obvious in the 1925 divorce case “Rhineland v. Rhineland.”
New York Evening Graphic
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Agriculture and Harvest Public Media
5:00 am
Thu July 24, 2014

My Farm Roots: Carrying On A Farm Family Legacy

For four generations, Riley Lewis’ family has farmed a plot of land near Forest City, Iowa. Lewis currently raises corn, soybeans and hogs with his son, the fifth generation.
Amy Mayer/IPR

In his home in Forest City, Iowa, Riley Lewis has the original warranty deed for his farm, signed by President James Buchanan and issued to one Elias Gilbert, a soldier who served in the War of 1812.

“He moved here, northeast of Forest City, and lived there for one year,” Lewis said, which was the obligation veterans had if they homesteaded. “And then he sold it to Robert Clark, who was the founder of Forest City.”

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Politics
5:06 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Politicians Weigh In On Immigrant Children

Governor Terry Branstad raised eyebrows and questions last week when he said immigrant children crossing the United States-Mexico border illegally shouldn't be sent to Iowa.
Gage Skidmore Wikimedia Commons

More than 52,000 have crossed the southern border since October and US politicians are having trouble finding solutions and the right rhetoric. 

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Talk of Iowa: From the Archives
4:50 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

History Of The Iowa State Patrol

Iowa Highway Safety Patrol Officers
Iowa Department of Public Safety

In 1935 fifty men were sworn in as the first officers of the Iowa Highway Safety Patrol.

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Sports
8:28 am
Wed July 23, 2014

A Tourist Town Takes on RAGBRAI

RAGBRAI riders pass through Bancroft, Iowa on July 22, 2014.
Credit Clay Masters / IPR

The Okoboji area is known for its tourism industry. The most recent data from the Dickinson County Chamber of Commerce says 255 million dollars are spent annually from tourism. But for last 40 years, cyclists on the Register’s Great Bike Ride Across Iowa have never stayed overnight in the Iowa Great Lakes. The natural barrier is a winding highway that goes from four to two lanes to wind around the lakes and an amusement park. But the RAGBRAI moved through the Iowa Great Lakes with no major problems.

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