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Talk of Iowa
11:37 am
Fri August 24, 2012

Horticulture Day: Master Gardeners

Do you have what it takes to be a master gardener? Cindy Haynes, professor of horticulture and head of the Iowa Master Gardener Program at ISU, along with the program's new coordinator, Dennis Schrock, share tips on how to become a master gardener, further improve gardening skills, and master gardening projects throughout the state. Then, Richard Jauron from the Iowa State University Extensions to answer listeners' gardening questions.

River to River
1:19 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

The "Rock Island Clean Line" and Wind Energy Tax Credits

Elkton, IA
Jim Hammer / flickr

One of the limitations of the wind energy industry has been connecting it to the power grid. On today's "River to River", we hear about The Rock Island Clean Line, a project to deliver 35-hundred megawatts of wind power from Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota and Minnesota to communities in Illinois and states to the East. We also find out what will happen to the effort if wind energy tax credits are eliminated.

Talk of Iowa
11:48 am
Thu August 23, 2012

Diabetes in Iowa

BodyTel / flickr

Type II Diabetes has reached epidemic proportions in the United States and in Iowa 7.5% of all adults have been diagnosed with the disease. On today's "Talk of Iowa" we talk about diabetes, Type I, Type II and gestational diabetes. We discuss risk factors, prevention, advances in treatment and find out what it’s like to live with the disease. 

Politics
7:43 am
Thu August 23, 2012

Romney Pushes Small-Government Solutions in Eastern Iowa

Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney has been calling for fewer regulations as a solution to economic troubles.
Romney campaign

Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney made a campaign stop at a manufacturing plant in Bettendorf Wednesday - not far from where President Obama wrapped up his three-day campaign swing through Iowa a week earlier.

Agriculture
5:57 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

Drought Does Not Discriminate

U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley stands in his soybean field near New Hartford, Iowa. In a non drought year, the beans would be waist high.

In May of 2008, an EF5 tornado hit Parkersburg and New Hartford in Northeast Iowa. Two weeks later. the entire town of New Hartford was evacuated because of flooding. In both cases, property owned by U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley and his family was spared. This summer’s natural disaster however is different.  Although the Grassleys' farmland in Butler County will still produce a crop, the yields are greatly reduced. Iowa Public Radio's Pat Blank walked with Senator Grassley through his corn and soybean fields on Wednesday afternoon.

River to River
1:16 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

Politics and Religion

The U.S. Constitution says "Congress shall make no law, respecting an establishment of Religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof," and the true meaning of those words can evoke discord still today.


Host Ben Kieffer talks with Dennis Goldford, author and professor of politics at Drake University, about religion, which he tackles in his new book "The Constitution of Religious Freedom: God, Politics and the First Amendment."


Then, we look at religion's role in the 2012 election.

Talk of Iowa
11:21 am
Wed August 22, 2012

Animal Cognition

Rob Kleine Flickr

For centuries humans have been trying to better understand the mind of animals, but one researcher believes humans can find some of the answers by looking at our own behavior. University of Iowa Psychology Professor Ed Wasserman, discusses animal cognition, human invention, and intelligent design.

Agriculture/Harvest Public Media
7:45 am
Wed August 22, 2012

My Farm Roots: Rhonda McClure

Rhonda McClure raises sheep for wool on a small farm outside Wahoo, Neb., and uses some of the wool in fiber art projects.
Grant Gerlock Harvest Public Media

This is the seventh installment of My Farm Roots, Harvest Public Media’s series chronicling Americans’ connection to the land. Click here to explore more My Farm Roots stories and to share your own.

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Politics
7:07 am
Wed August 22, 2012

Is the Political Fringe Moving Into the Mainstream?

Randi Shannon dropped out of the race to represent Iowa State Senate District 34 to join a movement supporters call the Republic for the United States.

One of the wackier sideshows in Iowa’s political theater happened earlier this summer  - when the Republican State Senate candidate in the 34th district declared the United States Government illegitimate, and dropped out of the race.

Randi Shannon then announced she was becoming a State Senator in something called the Republic for the United States of America.  Iowa Public Radio’s Sandhya Dirks took a closer look at the political fringe.

River to River
1:27 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

Borlaug-Ruan International Internships and the Creator of Farm Manuals Fast

Tyler Finchum, Creator and Owner of Farm Manuals Fast
Tim Schoon

The Borlaug-Ruan International Internship program plays a critical role in inspiring the next generation of young Iowans to pursue education and careers in agriculture and food science. Each year, this World Food Prize internship program sends over 20 high school students on all-expenses-paid, eight-week international internships at research centers in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East where they gain firsthand experience in the field and lab, become familiar with other cultures and learn from renowned experts and mentors.

Talk of Iowa
12:18 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

Health and Safety of Iowa’s Children

VA State Parks Staff / flickr

Many Iowans will tell you that our state is a great place to raise kids. A new study from the University of Iowa shows that for the most part, we're right. We'll find out what makes Iowa a great place for kids, what we're lacking, and what individuals and communities can do to make things better.

Talk of Iowa
12:54 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

The Farm at Holstein Dip

The task of daily chores, attending class picnics, and the uneasiness of the Cold War days are just some of the memories Carroll Englehardt, author and professor emeritus of history at Concordia College, shares in his book, “The Farm at Holstein Dip: An Iowa Boyhood.” Then  Jeff Morgan, public information officer at the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs Office, talks about the art of  historical preservation with Pete Sixbey, a conservator at the State Historical Society of Iowa.

River to River
11:38 am
Mon August 20, 2012

Voices of Multiple Sclerosis

It's a disease that effects 2.5 million people worldwide, including hundreds of thousands of Americans. Listen back to a conversation from 2010 with several people whose compelling stories are featured in the book "Voice of Multiple Sclerosis" - essays offering candid, heartfelt, and inspiring testimonials of people who have been impacted by the crippling disease.

Education
12:58 am
Mon August 20, 2012

Burlington School Named After Voyager Project’s Chief Scientist

Ed Stone speaks in his hometown Burlington during the Edward Stone Middle School dedication.

A Burlington Middle School is now named after a key scientist in NASA’s Voyager program.  Today the Edward Stone Middle School opens for classes and Ed Stone returned to the hometown where his journey as a space scientist began. 

River to River
2:13 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

Being Southeast Asian in Iowa

All this week, we’ve been hearing what it’s like “Being Southeast Asian in Iowa.”  Our reports from IPR’s Rob Dillard have highlighted why so many Southeast Asians – many of them refugees -- settled in Iowa. Today, we’ll explore the culture of people from Vietnam, Thailand, Laos, and more --- and the efforts to preserve the culture in Iowa.

Talk of Iowa
2:01 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

Horticulture Day: Springtails

Jean Hort / flickr

What do you know about spring-tail bugs? Today for Horticulture Day, we discuss these little critters, as well as taking all your gardening and planting questions.

Arts & Culture
7:00 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

Being in Iowa: Southeast Asian: Burmese

Myanmar is bordered by China, India and Thailand

Nearly every transplant to Iowa from Southeast Asia who we’ve met this week has been in the state for a number of years. Iowa has a long history of welcoming them. That’s partially why refugees from that corner of the world continue to arrive. The latest are from the country now known as Myanmar. But it’s almost impossible to lump these new arrivals into a single group of refugees.

River to River
2:43 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

Back-to-school: Digital Learning and Bully Prevention

Ngo Quang Minh / flickr

On today’s "River to River", we’re taking a look at  how digital technology is revamping the way today’s students learn. Many districts are renting out laptops to students and doing away with the traditional textbook model of learning. Then, we speak with several experts on how bullying can be prevented in Iowa’s schools and communities.

Talk of Iowa
10:29 am
Thu August 16, 2012

Iowa State Fair 2012

The Grand Concourse during the 2012 Iowa State Fair
John Pemble

We're at the Iowa State Fair, and we're taking you with us. From the grand concourse for a Zumba lesson, to Pioneer Hall for a classic radio play, to an outdoor stage for square dancing...and monster arming wrestling to butterfly tagging. Join us for this special edition of "Talk of Iowa".

Politics
6:02 am
Thu August 16, 2012

President Obama, First Lady, Wrap Up Iowa Swing

President Obama closed out his three-day bus trip across Iowa with an assist— from First Lady Michelle Obama. Her visit helped to highlight the president’s softer side—and remind Iowa why it holds such a special place for the first family.

Arts & Culture
7:00 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

Being in Iowa: Southeast Asian: Integration

In part four of our series “Being Southeast Asian in Iowa.”  we explore what it takes to integrate into a place where the people speak a different language and practice different customs. Is it possible to maintain the traditions from back home and embrace the American way of doing things?

River to River
2:55 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

Politics Day

Gage Skidmore / flickr

Iowa is once again at the center of the race for the White House – President Obama is on a three day bus tour of the state and newly minted Republican V-P pick Representative Paul Ryan was at the Iowa State Fair. This River to River, we’ll talk about Mitt Romney’s selection of Paul Ryan and what the effect might be in swing states such as Iowa. Our guests are political analysts Steffen Schmidt of Iowa State University and Tim Dale of the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse.

Talk of Iowa
2:36 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

The Science of Obesity

David D Flickr

Losing weight sounds simple in mathematical terms. Burning more calories than you consume equals weight loss, but reality is far more complicated. Host Charity Nebbe explores the science of weight loss with several doctors and nutrition experts to find out why it so difficult for some people to lose weight and why keeping the weight off can be a daily challenge.

Agriculture/Harvest Public Media
7:01 am
Wed August 15, 2012

My Farm Roots: Ryan Brady

Ryan Brady has traveled widely, but says his farm north of Cimarron, Kan., remains the "most beautiful" place he has been.
Justine Greve Harvest Public Media

This is the sixth installment of My Farm Roots, Harvest Public Media’s series chronicling Americans’ connection to the land. Click here to explore more My Farm Roots stories and to share your own.

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Arts & Culture
7:00 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Being In Iowa: Southeast Asians: Culture

Thousands of Southeast Asians left behind the familiar culture of their homeland for a fresh start in Iowa. Although they’re now living on the opposite side of the world from their birthplace, these immigrants strive to maintain the traditions of their native countries. Correspondent Rob Dillard explains the lengths to which they go to bring a touch of Southeast Asia to the American Midwest.

River to River
12:07 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

The Hominid Species from Two Million Years Ago

Australopithecus sediba juvenile male skull - Smithsonian Museum of Natural History
Tim (dctim1) / flickr

We listen back to Ben’s conversation with Lee Berger, American Paleoanthropologist who in 2010 discovered the bones of a new hominid species that lived almost two million years ago.  Later, researchers from UI and ISU discuss the historic find.

Talk of Iowa
11:33 am
Tue August 14, 2012

"Oh My Gods"

The Greek and Roman myths are stories that have remained steadfast through the ages and continue inspiring artists, playwrights, writers, and filmmakers to this day. Host Charity Nebbe talks with Qualley Professor of Classics at Luther College and author, Philip Freeman, about his book “Oh My Gods”.  The book retells the tales of Zeus, Hades, and the other Olympian gods for the readers of this generation.

Politics
8:02 am
Tue August 14, 2012

Ryan and Obama Woo Voters at State Fair

President Obama made stops in Council Bluffs, Boone, and the Iowa State Fair Monday. GOP Vice Presidential hopeful Rep. Paul Ryan was also at the fair.
Obama campaign Facebook page

The state of Iowa – and the Iowa State Fair— once again became the center of the political Universe this week.  Two skinny politicians from bordering Midwestern states stopped by the fair to try and drum up support for their respective campaigns—and along the way they threw a few punches. In the ring for the Republicans was the newly announced pick for vice president — Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI). Stopping by in the evening for a beer and a pork chop? President Barack Obama.

Arts & Culture
7:00 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

Being in Iowa: Southeast Asian: Boat People

The "boat people" of Vietnam risked everything to escape Communist control

A few years after former Governor Robert Ray found a home in Iowa for the Tai Dam refugees of Laos, he did the same thing for another group who was seeking sanctuary. These were the “boat people”, most of them from Vietnam, who risked everything on the high seas to escape communism.

River to River
10:32 am
Mon August 13, 2012

Career Criminals And Global Warming's Potential To Spark Violence

Dave Dehetre Flickr

Are career criminals born or made? Host Ben Kieffer talks with Matt DeLisi, an associate professor of sociology and director of the criminal justice program at Iowa State University, about how a lifetime of events can impact an individual and has the potential to mold them into a repeat offender. Then, Iowa Sate University Psychologist Craig Anderson discusses a study that shows as the average temperature of earth rises, so does the potential for violent tendencies.

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