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5:00 am
Mon February 28, 2011

Mental Health Flashbacks

Cherokee Mental Health Institute
Credit Cherokee Chronicle Times

It was 150 years ago this week when the “Iowa Lunatic Asylum” opened in Mount Pleasant and the state’s first mental health patient was admitted. Just about everything has changed since then, but a series of old television documentaries reveals a glimpse of the dark days of mental health care in Iowa, including frightening treatments now abandoned. Original WOI-TV documentary was filmed in 1952.

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1:00 pm
Fri February 25, 2011

Funding for Public Broadcasting

The U.S. House of Representatives has voted to cut funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Join host Ben Kieffer as we discuss the possible end of taxpayer funding for public broadcasting. Guests include Ed Failor Jr. of Iowans for Tax Relief, Jeff Stein of Wartburg College and the Iowa Broadcast News Association, and representatives of Iowa Public Television and Iowa Public Radio.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri February 25, 2011

The Underground Railroad in Iowa

To carry on our discussion that was cut short recently because of live coverage of events in Egypt, we return to the topic of the Underground Railroad. We'll hear about what archeologists have discovered in recent years about Railroad locations and what historians know about the Iowans who helped freedom seekers make their way north. Charity Nebbe speaks with Lynn Koos, curator at the African American Museum of Iowa in Cedar Rapids; and Doug Jones, an archaeologist and the The Iowa Freedom Trail Project Manager with the State Historical Society of Iowa.

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11:00 pm
Thu February 24, 2011

Des Moines woman nominated for "Best New Chef"

Morning Edition Host Sarah McCammon talks with Carly Groben, the owner of Proof restaurant in downtown Des Moines. She's been nominated for Food & Wine magazine's "Best New Chef" award.

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1:00 pm
Thu February 24, 2011

Pollock's "Mural"

State lawmakers have scrapped a plan to force the University of Iowa to sell Jackson Pollock's "Mural" to raise money for scholarships, calling the issue too divisive to reach a compromise this session. But this is the third time in four years that selling the painting has been raised, so it's not likely a dead issue. We'll learn about the painting's history, talk about balancing the changing needs of institutions with the wishes of benefactors, and find out how a museum makes the decision to sell a work of art, and for what purpose.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu February 24, 2011

Better Homes and Gardens Food Factor Survey

Meredith Corporation's "Better Homes and Gardens" magazine has released its latest Food Factor Survey, working with 3,600 women across the United States. The report notes that compared to two years ago, women are still focused on healthy eating, with a rising tendency for home-served meals in order to cut back on spending and concentrate on health. The guest is Nancy Hopkins of Des Moines, Senior Deputy Editor of Food & Entertaining at Better Homes and Gardens.

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1:00 pm
Wed February 23, 2011

Politics Day

Labor interests are watching the protests in Wisconsin as Republicans at the Iowa statehouse talk about changing the level of benefits for state employees. We'll talk about what's happening in the relationship between elected officials and the workers who carry out the state's business. We'll look at the issues front and center at the Iowa statehouse with the University of Iowa's Tim Hagle and the University of Northern Iowa's Chris Larimer.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed February 23, 2011

Scott Cawelti on James Hearst/Landscape Painter Nancy Thompson

The late poet James Hearst lived and wrote in Cedar Falls. He was known to many as the Robert Frost of the Midwest. On this Talk of Iowa we speak with musician Scott Cawelti, who has given us a new way to experience the poetry of Hearst. Cawelti is also a writer and adjunct instructor in UNI's English Department. Also on the program, Charity Nebbe talks to Nancy Thompson, an Iowa landscape painter and Foundation Drawing Instructor at Iowa State.

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1:00 pm
Tue February 22, 2011

College Climate Survey: LGBT Students in Iowa

A new survey of lesbian and gay students at Iowa's colleges and universities shows harassment remains common throughout the state. Host Ben Kieffer explores the Iowa Pride Network's newest survey - about its implications and recommendations. We'll also talk about what colleges and universities are doing to foster a safe environment for gay students. Then, we'll be joined by Warren Blumenfeld of Iowa State University about the U.S. Department of Education's efforts to stop discrimination.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue February 22, 2011

Iowa "Smart Phone" App Developers

Smart phone applications can be useful, fun or even addictive and they are, undeniably, big business. This hour, IPR's Charity Nebbe talks to some of Iowa's leading app developers and we'll take a walk through the City of Literature with an iPhone app as our guide. Guests are: Karen Pease, CEO of Celadon Applications, Iowa City; Steve Mitchell, CEO of Componica, LLC, Iowa City; Karl Becker, founder of "Car Care," Coralville; Prof. John Winet, New Media artist at the University of Iowa; and Ben Holland, a graduate student at Iowa State University ("Zombie Strategies").

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1:00 pm
Mon February 21, 2011

Abortion Bills in Iowa Legislature

Two abortion bills are under consideration in the Iowa House. One would place restrictions on abortions after 20 weeks in a pregnancy. The other, which is aimed at triggering a court challenge, bans abortion altogether and sets conception as the time when life begins. We'll find out how common abortion is in the state, and talk with interests on both sides of the issue.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon February 21, 2011

Wapsipinicon Almanac

The Wapsipinicon Almanac comes out just about every year. It's a publication that doesn't shoot for a large audience, or to have universal appeal. It's a homegrown, homemade journal of great writing by and for Iowans. Host Charity Nebbe talks with publisher Tim Fey and contributors Michael Lewis-Beck, Shirley McDermott and Steve Maravetz.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri February 18, 2011

Hort Day/Spring Pruning

It's too early to get to work in the garden, but it is time to think about your trees and shrubs. We'll discuss spring pruning on this horticulture day, with guests Richard Jauron, Iowa State University Extension Horticulturalist and Mark Vitosh, forester with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (Johnson County district).

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11:00 pm
Thu February 17, 2011

Caught in the Middle

Author and award-winning foreign correspondent Richard Longworth joins host Ben Kieffer to examine rural America's fight to stay viable in the new global economy. Longworth is leading a panel discussion at Wartburg College next week looking at regional economic issues. His book 'Caught in the Middle: America's Heartland in the Age of Globalism' laments middle Ameria's failure to extricate itself from dying traditions and outmoded institutions.

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1:00 pm
Thu February 17, 2011

Congressman Bruce Braley & Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Cady

Iowa 1st district Congressman Bruce Braley discusses the President's 2012 Budget and his new leadership role on the House Veterans Affairs committee. Then the new leader of the Iowa Supreme Court talks about the November retention election vote that saw the removal of three judges from the bench. Chief Justice Cady also discusses the public's perception of the courts.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu February 17, 2011

Cedar Rapids - The Movie

The movie Cedar Rapids opens Friday, February 18 across the state of Iowa. This hour, host Charity Nebbe speaks with the film's star, Ed Helms, about his role in the film as small-town insurance agent Tim Lippe who has his world turned upside down in Iowa. She also talks with the film's screenwriter, Phil Johnston and producer, Jim Burke. Diana Nollen, arts and culture reporter for the Cedar Rapids Gazette joins the final segment of the show to talk about the portrayal of the city and other films made in and about Iowa.

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1:00 pm
Wed February 16, 2011

Politics Day

Host Jonathan Ahl welcomes to the program Iowa State University Political Science Professor Steffen Schmidt and New Hampshire political analyst Arnie Arnesen. Among the topics of discussion- President Obama's 2012 budget, the Middle East and North Africa are in the midst of government overhauls and Iowa Governor Terry Branstad's plans for pre-school funding.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed February 16, 2011

Alexander the Great/Philip Freeman

He was only thirty-two years old when he died, but in his short life Alexander the Great reshaped the world. Today, IPR's Charity Nebbe talks with author Philip Freeman of Decorah about the life and legend of the King of Macedon. Freeman's new book is titled, appropriately enough, "Alexander the Great" (Simon & Schuster). Freeman is a Professor of Classics at Luther College.

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