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4:44 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Lightning Follows the Path of Least Resistance (Don't let that be you!)

The last Iowa death caused by lightning was in 2008
William Ingram

True or False - If taller things are around you, you're safe from getting hit by lightning.

True or False - You should determine whether it is safe to be outside based on the amount of seconds between lightning and thunder.

True or False - You can develop tree looking "tattoos" if you survive a lightning strike.

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News Buzz
4:26 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Taking Flight This Weekend: Iowa's Air Shows

A fan plays with his Thunderbird F-16 souvenir during the Quad City Air show at the Davenport Municipal Airport in Iowa
U.S. Air Force photo/ Tech. Sgt. Manuel J. Martinez

Fly Iowa "takes flight" in Iowa City this weekend, for the first time since 2001, showcasing the role of aviation in Iowa.

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News Buzz
4:02 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Former State Official Says Branstad Aides Involved in Secret Settlements

John Pemble IPR

Des Moines Register political columnist, Kathie Obradovich, joins River to River to discuss the ongoing investigation into settlement agreements given to former state employees for their silence upon termination.

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Health
2:27 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Chiropractic School Must Accommodate Blind Students

Lumbar spine with right (R) x-ray marker.
Michael Dorausch

The Iowa Supreme Court ruled Davenport’s Palmer College of Chiropractic discriminated against a blind student when the school did not provide accommodations for his disability.

A few years before Aaron Cannon entered Palmer’s graduate program, the school started requiring students to read and interpret X-rays, to meet industry standards.

Cannon told the school he could complete the course work with the assistance of a sighted aid. Palmer said this wouldn’t suffice since the aid would be interpreting X-rays by describing photos to Cannon. 

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Horticulture Day
12:08 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Dandelion Donuts and Mulberry Taffy

Eat your dandelions
Leo Seta under Creative Commons Attribution License 2.0 Flickr

Everyone knows that morel mushrooms are delicious, but our forests and fields hold a lot of other wild delicacies too.

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Arts and Culture
1:07 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Dead Man Walking: Intimate View of Death Row through Opera

Sister Helen Prejean speaks during a lecture at Drake University, May 2014. Her work with death row inmates is the basis for the opera “Dead Man Walking”, which is being presented by the Des Moines Metro Opera's summer 2014 season.
Photo by John Pemble

The Des Moines Metro Opera's summer 2014 season includes “Dead Man Walking”, the company’s first work from the 21st century.  It’s an adaptation of Sister Helen Prejean’s 1994 book about her experiences of ministering to death row inmates.  The story is based on Prejean’s early prison ministry work when she became the spiritual advisor for death row inmate, Patrick Sonnier until his execution in 1984 at the Louisiana State Penitentiary.  While the opera is based on Sonnier’s case, the story uses a fictious character, Joseph De Rocher.

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Talk of Iowa
5:51 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Surrogacy: Stories of Love, Pain, and Giving

Talk of Iowa host Charity Nebbe (left), surrogate mother Kate Duffus (middle), and psychologist Stacey Pawlak (right)
Emily Woodbury

Kate Duffus is pregnant for the fourth time, but the little girl she is carrying will not be her little girl.

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Politics
4:44 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Sister Activism: An Opera and Reflections from a Nun on a Bus

Sister Simone Campbell
Wikimedia Commons

When Sister Simone Campbell first heard about Congressman Paul Ryan’s budget deal, she was less than impressed. “America was not founded on individualism, you can’t have a quilting bee alone. We need to encourage solidarity. He made it seem like it’s the responsibility of the poor to pull themselves up by the bootstrap, that’s not right.”

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News
6:30 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Siouxland Recovers from Floods

Dawn De Wit, of Rock Valley, stands beside a flooded farm field on the outskirts of this town of more than 3,000 residents in northwest Iowa.
Credit Clay Masters / IPR

  Torrential downpours in northwest Iowa caused rivers to swell… floodwaters damaged homes, businesses and farmland.  Federal Emergency Management Agency officials are assessing the area to see if it qualifies for federal help. State officials on Monday said public infrastructure sustained more than $15 million worth of damage in the state.

That doesn’t include homes, businesses and farmland in Rock Valley and other parts of the region that were destroyed.

“We’ve had a few (floods), but nothing remotely close to this,” said Rock Valley Mayor Kevin Van Otterloo.

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Bakken Crude
10:49 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Bakken Crude Routes Revealed

Photo by Cha gia Jose

The United States Department of Transportation  has ordered the nation’s rail lines to let states know how much crude oil is coming through from the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota.  The  Bakken crude is especially  flammable and a number of derailments have resulted in disastrous fires.   Iowa officials are  in dispute with the rail lines about whether to release  the information to the general  public.  

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Politics Day
4:24 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

November Matchups Set

David Young, the Republican nominee for Congress from Iowa's third district
Young for Iowa

The last round of primary elections until August was held on Tuesday.  Most of the matchups for the November midterm elections are set, including Iowa's contests.  In a surprise victory this weekend, delegates to the third district Republican convention, chose David Young, former Chief of Staff for Senator Charles Grassley, as their nominee.  That despite his fifth place finish in June 3rd voting.  Host Ben Kieffer talks with Tim Hagle, Associate Professor of Political Science at University of Iowa and Chris Larimer, Associate Professor of Political Science at University of Northern Iowa ab

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Music
3:20 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Women in Song: From Codependence to Independence

from "Respect: A Musical Journey of Women" in Chicago
Courtesy of Dorothy Marcic

When Professor Dorothy Marcic was asked to give a talk about how women have been portrayed in song lyrics over the course of the 21st century, she was shocked to find that nobody had really look into it, so she did.

“What I found was that the songs that resonated on Top 40 charts, have shadowed the women’s empowerment movement. Songs start out being very co-dependent, like in Little Peggy March’s ‘I Will Follow Him’ and end up being very empowering. Take ‘I Will Survive’ by Gloria  Gaynor," she explains.

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News
4:59 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Data Centers in Iowa: Are the Incentives Worth It?

17-year-old Jacob Higgins explains the small-scale data center his class built with a grant from Google.
Durrie Bouscaren Iowa Public Radio

Google, Facebook and Microsoft have all made large investments to build large data center facilities in the state of Iowa. All three have also received multi-million dollar tax exemptions, rebates, and grants to entice them to come. In Part One of Iowa Public Radio’s data center series, we talked about why our state appeals to these Silicon Valley titans. Today, reporter Durrie Bouscaren visits Council Bluffs to ask, what’s in it for our state? 

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River to River
4:34 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Vegetables or Candy?

Martin Cathrae/Creative Commons

When you ask people what is important to eat, they'll tell you vegetables.  When you quietly watch, they'll mostly eat candy.  It turns out the same is true of news.  The launching board for our conversation is a new study showing that while people consistently rank news coverage of international news, business and politics as being most important to their lives, an analysis of their online behavior tells a different story.  The study sparked this recent article in

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Talk of Iowa
3:28 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Conspiracy Theories: Half of Americans Believe in at Least One

President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy descend the stairs from Air Force One at Love Field, Dallas, Texas
Cecil Stoughton John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston

Do you believe the moon landing was faked? Do you think the “Great Recession” was orchestrated by a small group of Wall Street bankers?

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Business and Economy
5:37 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Why Data Centers Are Choosing Iowa

Jimmy Emerson

Data centers store digital information off site from a company’s headquarters.  In the past couple years tech giants Google, Facebook and Microsoft have all announced plans for new facilities in Iowa.  

John Rath blogs for Data Center Knowledge and works as a facilities manager for OneNeck IT Solutions in Cedar Falls. He says one advantage to building in Iowa is a low incidence natural disasters.

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River to River
3:27 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Procrastination at Bedtime: How Late Activity Ruins Plans for Shut Eye

"The Nightmare" by Henry Fuseli is thought to be a rendition of a condition known as sleep paralysis
Penn State

Procrastination - a problem for many of us at the workplace and at home; and now, a study shows it’s a problem at bedtime, too.

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From the Archives
3:06 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

The Evolution Of The Divorce

Chris Hayvard Berge / flickr

More than forty percent of first marriages in the United States end in divorce. Many members of today's generation of divorcees are trying to learn from the mistakes made by their divorced parents. They are seeking a better divorce. Today on Talk of Iowa, we talk about the evolution of divorce with a happily divorced couple, a family therapist, and a mediator.

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Studio One
6:32 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Jolie Holland's 'Wine Dark Sea' Influenced by Many Art Forms

Credit Anti-records

    Singer and Songwriter Jolie Holland has been making music since the 1990s. Her new album 'Wine Dark Sea' is this week's CD of the Week on IPR's Studio One. IPR's Clay Masters spoke with Holland soon after she finished recording the album. 

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Agriculture and Harvest Public Media
5:00 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Hunger Help from the Heartland

Kurt Rosentrater keeps bins of various types of feed in his lab at Iowa State. Characteristics such as size and sponginess tell him what type of diet the feed is for, while the smell hints at the ingredients.
Amy Mayer/IPR

Global hunger has no easy answer.

But as part of a partnership with the federal government called Feed the Future, researchers at land-grant universities are trying new approaches to the decades-old dilemma.

“The world’s poorest people, and hungriest people, generally, the majority of them are small farmers living in rural areas,” said Tjada D’oyen McKenna, deputy coordinator for development for Feed the Future. “And agriculture is the most effective means of bringing them out of poverty and under-nutrition.”

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Horticulture Day
2:38 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Summer Lull for Plants

Nikos Koutoulas

Spring is a riot of blossoms and fall brings with it beautiful changes in color. But in the midst of summer, there can be a bit of a lull.

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News Buzz
2:20 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Flooding Closes State Parks

Flooding in downtown Cedar Rapids in 2008
Wikimedia Commons

Earlier this week, a levee broke in Rock Valley, Iowa, flooding several homes and businesses. Yesterday Sioux City residents flew into action sandbagging along the river.

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News Buzz
2:18 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Fort Madison Prison Move Delayed

Fort Madison's Maximum Security State Penitentiary, established in 1839
Alex Heuer

In Fort Madison, 550 inmates were scheduled to be transferred to a new $132 million state maximum security  prison - that was three months ago.

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News Buzz
12:47 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

World Class Auctioneers Compete in Des Moines This Weekend

An auction at the Knoxville Regional Livestock Auction
Courtesy of Knoxville Regional Livestock Auction

If Russele Sleep wins this year’s World Livestock Auctioneering Championships, he says it would be a huge honor. “I used to go to markets with my dad and watch the auctioneers sell calves. I loved it… winning would be like getting my super bowl ring.”

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News
5:32 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Evictions Looming for Des Moines Homeless

Rod Mundy, Rick Mundy, and Bonnie Schroeder at their camp near downtown Des Moines.
Durrie Bouscaren Iowa Public Radio News

Just south of downtown Des Moines, and tucked away from the families and bicyclists visiting Grey’s Lake, six people live under the Martin Luther King Bridge.

“It’s a lot scarier than people think,” says 52-year-old Bonnie Schroeder.

For the second time in two years, the city of Des Moines is evicting about 40 people who are homeless and living in camps within the city. Some have already packed up and moved on—others, including Schoeder, are appealing the city’s decision.

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Environment
5:21 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Pollutants in Iowa's Watershed

The Des Moines River.
slappytheseal

A report released today by Environment Iowa Research and Policy Center listed Cargill Meat Solutions’s pork processing plant in Ottumwa as the state’s number one disposer of toxic chemicals into waterways.

In 2012 Cargill disposed more than 2,800,000 lbs of chemicals into the Lower Des Moines River.

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Talk of Iowa
1:42 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Why Do We Call It Soccer?

The 2010 World Cup
Wikimedia Commons

Have you ever wondered where the word "soccer" come from and why we use it?

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River to River: From the Archives
1:32 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Complications with Diagnosing Depression

Amanda Hatfield

Today's River to River examines the diagnosis of depression, treatment options, and the possibility of prescribing anti-depressants to people with mild symptoms of depression or even merely sadness. Guests also evaluate how depression in farmers is treated and viewed differently than others.

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Statehouse and Politics
3:58 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

What Quinnipiac Reveals About Gender

Jan Egil Kristiansen

Today’s Quinnipiac University poll shows if the election for U.S. Senate were held today, 44 percent favor Democrat Bruce Braley and 40 percent favor Republican Joni Ernst.

Additionally, Quinnipiac finds Braley polling stronger with women by 11 percentage points, and Ernst holding a 4 percent lead with men.*

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Politics Day
3:40 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Iraq: "A Situation where there are Some Really Bad Choices"

An Australian Special Air Service patrol in Iraq during the 2003 Iraq War
Australian Department of Defence Copyright: © Commonwealth of Australia 2005; Wikipedia licensed under Fair Use

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, ISIS, has made major advances and taken control of portions of Iraq where U.S. soldiers once fought.  Three years after the U.S. military's role ended in Iraq, following a decade of conflict, Iraq has devolved into a sectarian conflict.  Host Ben Stanton talks with Jim McCormick, Professor and Chair of Political Science at Iowa State University and Wayne Moyer, Rosenfield Professor of Political Science at Grinnell College about how the U.S. should respond to the Iraqi crisis.

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