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River to River
1:00 pm
Fri September 10, 2010

Benefits of time outdoors

A new study by the National Wildlife Federation highlights findings that show children who spend more time outdoors have better attention spans, do better academically, and perform better on standardized tests. But, children are spending less and less time outdoors than ever before. We'll talk about what schools can and are doing to get kids outside, and explore opportunities outside of school to reconnect with nature.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri September 10, 2010

Horticulture Friday

Dave Minner and Cindy Haynes of Iowa State University talk to Charity Nebbe and answer your questions about fall lawn care and other topics.

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News
11:00 pm
Thu September 9, 2010

Transitioning Iowa's Farms

In the next decade or so, Iowa could be facing some big changes in land ownership. Nearly 60 percent of farmland in Iowa is owned by people aged 65 and older. As landowners age there will likely be lots turnover. Some are worried that much of the land will get bought up by big businesses. One program called FarmOn is working to keep family farms in family hands, though not necessarily the same family.

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News
11:00 pm
Thu September 9, 2010

Grassley vs. Conlin

Iowa Republican Senator Chuck Grassley and his Democratic challenger Roxanne Conlin had their first joint appearance of the campaign, sparring on a range of issues on Iowa Public Television’s Iowa Press. Conlin questions what the incumbent can do in another 6 years in the Senate that he hasn’t already done in 30.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Thu September 9, 2010

Suicide Prevention Efforts in Iowa

This week is National Suicide Prevention Week. We'll have a conversation about steps being taken to prevent suicide in Iowa. We'll talk with the brother of someone who took his life in 2007 and how he's coping. Also, we'll have a conversation about prevention efforts in communities.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu September 9, 2010

Home Improvement Day

Bill McAnally of Ft. Dodge, our home improvement guru, answers your questions. Topics include getting ready for frost and frozen ground and what happens if we pressure wash our houses to prep for these last warm painting days.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Wed September 8, 2010

Politics Day

Host Ben Kieffer talks with ISU Political Science Professors Dick Mansbach and Steffen Schmidt about U.S. policy in Iraq and Afghanistan and the next round of Middle East peace negotiations.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed September 8, 2010

Ape House: a Novel

Writer Sara Gruen speaks with IPR's Charity Nebbe. Gruen, author of the highly-regarded "Water for Elephants," did much of her research for her new novel at the Great Ape Trust in Des Moines. Gruen says most of the conversations between the bonobos and humans in Ape House are based on actual conversations with great apes, including Koko, Washoe, Booey, Kanzi, and Panbanisha.

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News
11:00 pm
Tue September 7, 2010

Al Bell

If you grew up in small town Iowa during the 1950s, 60s and 70s, you probably met Al Bell. He was the charismatic world traveler who delighted thousands of school kids with his adventures to such far flung places as the Peruvian jungle and the Egyptian desert. Now, as Iowa Public Radio's Rob Dillard tells us, he's being remembered this weekend at a film festival that bears his name.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Tue September 7, 2010

International Writers on Current Events

Within the past few days, 38 writers from more than 30 different countries have arrived in Iowa. They're the newest residents of the University of Iowa's International Writing Program. Host Ben Kieffer talks with resident writers from Russia, Pakistan and New Zealand, along with the program's director poet and essayist Christopher Merrill. We'll see how their work is informed by current events and what they hope to accomplish during their 10 weeks in Iowa.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue September 7, 2010

Word Maven

Iowa native Patrica O'Conner, author of "Words Fail Me" and other language books, returns to the program with Charity Nebbe to talk about our use and misuse of the English language. One of the hour's topics will be Midwest colloquialisms.

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News
11:00 pm
Mon September 6, 2010

Deja vu candidates

When voters head to the polls this fall, in some districts the names of the challengers will look as familiar as the incumbents. The most obvious of course is Terry Branstad as he vies for another stint as Governor following a 12 year absence. But Iowa Public Radio's Jeneane Beck reports he's not the only Republican looking to return to the statehouse after some time away.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Fri September 3, 2010

Tailgating Rules

New rules for tailgating in Iowa City will take effect this weekend at the Hawkeyes' home opener. We'll talk about what's driving the crackdown and find out how other Big Ten schools are trying to curb drinking at home football games. Guests include Paula Jantz, Associate Athletic Director and David Visin, Associate Director of Public Safety at University of Iowa… David Crum, University of Minnesota Associate Athletic Director and Jeremy Freerks Board member for The Magic Bus tailgate.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri September 3, 2010

Hort Friday

Iowa State horticulturalists Richard Jauron and Kathleen Delate are Charity Nebbe's guests. They'll begin with a discussion of organic and sustainable horticultural practices.

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News
11:00 pm
Thu September 2, 2010

Rural Schools Scrambling To Meet Education Standards

As Iowa's population is shifting from rural to urban, the schools they're leaving behind are partnering to provide educational excellence while remaining fiscally solvent.

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News
11:00 pm
Thu September 2, 2010

Iowa Struggles to Help the Mentally Ill Homeless

Homelessness in Iowa has risen nearly forty percent since last year. With some 28,000 people homeless across the state, there's increasing pressure on a system that's struggled to help one population in particular: the homeless and mentally ill. Iowa Public Radio's Kate Wells reports.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Thu September 2, 2010

Zappos' CEO Tony Hsieh on "Delivering Happiness" & Entrepreneurship in Iowa

In 1999, twenty-four year old Tony Hsieh (pronounced Shay) sold an internet company to Microsoft for $265 million. Now, the CEO of the online shoe retailer, Zappos, Hsieh writes and speaks about delivering happiness through great customer service. Thursday on "The Exchange" Tony Hsieh joins host Ben Kieffer. We'll also talk about entrepreneurial training at the college level in Iowa and we'll speak with one University of Northern Iowa student, Nick Cash, who's a finalist for college entrepreneur of the year.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu September 2, 2010

Technology Day

Iowa State University computer consultant Jeff Balvanz joins IPR's Charity Nebbe for a technology update, and of course, we welcome your calls, e-mails and tweets.

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News
11:00 pm
Wed September 1, 2010

Drake's "D+" recruitment campaign raises some eyebrows

Morning Edition Host Sarah McCammon talks with Tom Delahunt of Drake University about the new D+ logo and marketing campaign.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Wed September 1, 2010

Politics Day

Host Ben Kieffer will be joined by Dennis Goldford, Professor of Politics in the Department of Politics and International Relations at Drake University, and Cary Covington, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Iowa. They'll dissect President Barack Obama's address to the nation on Tuesday. Also, the Iowa GOP has announced that Sarah Palin is coming to the state for the party's annual Ronald Reagan dinner later this month. The appearance is fueling speculation that Palin will seek the GOP presidential nomination in 2012.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed September 1, 2010

Laura Ingalls Wilder Remembered

We look at the life and work of the author of the "Little House" series of books, who will be celebrated Sept. 6 at the Hoover Presidential Library and Museum in West Branch. Charity Nebbe's guests include Solon resident Sarah Uthoff, vice-president of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Legacy and Research Foundation and Amy Lauters, professor at Minnesota State University in Mankato, author of "The Rediscovered Writings of Rose Wilder Land" and founder of the website Beyondlittlehouse.com and Laurapolooza.

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News
11:00 pm
Tue August 31, 2010

Tractor Rides

Organizers of The Farm Progress show underway near Boone are boasting that one the exhibits is Big Bud the World's Largest Tractor. Even so, a growing number of agriculture enthusiasts are content to remember the good old days when tractors could share the road with other vehicles. Iowa Public Radios Pat Blank reports.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Tue August 31, 2010

The Mother Mosque of America & Pulitzer-prize winning and University of Iowa author Marilynne

Host Ben Kieffer talks with Imam Taha Tawil, the Imam for the Mother Mosque of America, which has been in Cedar Rapids since 1934. Then, we'll have a conversation with Pulitzer-prize-winning author Marilynne Robinson of the Iowa Writers' Workshop. In her new book, "Absence of Mind," she takes up the religion vs. science debate, challenging those who crusade against religion under the banner of science.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue August 31, 2010

What Football Means to Small Towns in Iowa

IPR's Charity Nebbe and her guests take a look at high school sports and how they define important cultural aspects of small towns across the state. Guests include Randy Hinkel, Madrid high school football coach; Scott Gonzales, publisher of The Guthrie Center Times; and Bud Legg of the Iowa High School Athletic Association.

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News
11:00 pm
Mon August 30, 2010

"Project Talent" wants to know how the Class of 1960 turned out

  A 50-year follow-up is in the works for a study involving 400,000 American high school students - including those at about two-dozen Iowa schools - in 1960.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Mon August 30, 2010

Harvest Public Media, Annie's Project & the 2010 Farm Progress Show

We'll meet Kathleen Masterson, the new agriculture reporter for IPR and hear more about the CPB grant that funds her position. Then, the founder of Annie's Project talks about efforts to empower more women to be part of the decision making process on their farms. Finally, we get a preview of the 2010 Farm Progress Show from Frank Holdmeyer, a former Farm Progress Show manager.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon August 30, 2010

Writing About Iowa

What are the challenges and opportunities facing writers who write about Iowa people, places and events for a regional and national audience? Guests are Trevor Meers, Executive Editor, Midwest Living magazine; Mike Chapman, publisher, Iowa History Journal; and Beth Wilson, editor, The Iowan magazine.

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Signals From Space
11:00 pm
Sun August 29, 2010

Signals From Space

Astronomers at the University of Iowa are learning that the sun is more unique that we used to believe. The key tool in their research is a massive radio telescope. Iowa Public Radio's Rick Fredericksen visited the observatory in this Radio Field Trip to eastern Iowa.

River to River
1:00 pm
Fri August 27, 2010

Iraqi Education Initiative & Flooding in Pakistan

The first students to be part of the Iraq Education Initiative at the University of Iowa have arrived on campus. Host Ben Kieffer speaks with Scott King, Assistant Dean of International Programs at University of Iowa, who will tell us more about the effort. We'll also have a conversation with Rauf Arif, a University of Iowa graduate student from Pakistan. As the tremendous flooding in Pakistan continues we'll talk about how Pakistanis in the U.S. are keeping tabs on what's happening back home and how they think the U.S. media is doing at covering the catastrophe.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri August 27, 2010

Horticulture Day

IPR's Charity Nebbe speaks with horticulturalists Richard Jauron and Cindy Haynes of Iowa State University. We'll hear about dividing perennials and getting them ready for winter and planting the bulbs that brighten the spring.

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