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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon August 23, 2010

Simon Estes

We welcome renowned operatic bass-baritone and Iowa native Simon Estes. Mr. Estes is an artist-in-residence at Wartburg College and is teaching for the next few weeks at Iowa State University. IPR's Charity Nebbe speaks with him about his new CD, "Save the Children, Save Their Lives," and his "Wings and Roots" tour of Iowa, presenting a concert in each of the state's 99 counties.

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News
11:00 pm
Sun August 22, 2010

Iowa Teacher of the Year

A teacher from the Des Moines suburb of Waukee was today named Iowa Teacher of the Year. Molly Boyle is currently teaching third grade. Iowa Public Radio's Pat Blank caught up with her as she left her classroom for the day.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Fri August 20, 2010

Iowa Egg Recall & Consumer Behavior

Wright County Egg of Galt, Iowa has recalled more than 350 million eggs nationwide and there are suspected outbreaks of salmonella poisoning in more than ten states. Friday on "The Exchange" we'll talk about the recall and what you can do to protect yourself from getting sick. We'll also explore how grocery stores are affected by mass recalls and how consumer behavior changes.Guests Include: Dr.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri August 20, 2010

Hort Friday

It's another edition of our live chat with horticulturists from Iowa State University, of course, we'll take your calls and e-mails. Our "Hort Gang" this week is Richard Jauron and Linda Naeve. We'll focus on how this summer's heavy rainfall has impacted vegetables fruits, trees and shrubs.

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News
11:00 pm
Thu August 19, 2010

Theater Camp

In the waning days before the start of school, most summer camps have shut down. Not in Des Moines, where an unusual camp for kids is still in session. Iowa Public Radio's Rob Dillard took a day off this week to attend theater camp.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Thu August 19, 2010

Highlights from the Iowa State Fair

Katherine Perkins and John Pemble take listeners to the Iowa State Fair. We'll hear the true stories of Iowa heroes, melt aluminum with Project AWARE, and talk with Jason Brown about the life of a fulltime country music singer and part-time truck driver.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu August 19, 2010

Canning/State Fair Vet

On the first part of the hour, Charity Nebbe speaks with nutritionist Jill Weber of Iowa State University Extension about the growing practice of canning fruits and vegetables grown in Iowa's gardens; later, we talk to the official veterinarian of the Iowa State Fair, Dr. Bruce Leuschen of Iowa State University.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Wed August 18, 2010

Politics Day

Host Ben Kieffer talks with Political Science professors Steffen Schmidt of Iowa State University and Wayne Moyer of Grinnell College. Among the topics of discussion- the verdict in the Rod Blagojevich trial, Mike Huckabee with the lead in the Iowa polls among GOP contenders and former Senator John Culver's campaign for his son, Governor Chet Culver.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed August 18, 2010

The Search for the Perfect Tomato

IPR's Charity Nebbe talks to writer Arthur Allen. His new book is: "Ripe: the Search for the Perfect Tomato," a robust tale of how tomatoes get to the table and why some don't taste very good when they get there.

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News
11:00 pm
Tue August 17, 2010

National atheists' group to meet in Iowa

Morning Edition Host Sarah McCammon talks with American Atheists, Inc. President Ed Buckner about why the group is holding its annual convention in Des Moines next spring.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Tue August 17, 2010

Encore: The Elder Generation

Tuesday on The Exchange, we listen to back to a conversation host Ben Kieffer had with Theodore Roszak. In 1969, Roszak wrote the award-winning social commentary "The Making of a Counter Culture." His most recent work is a call to arms for the same generation called "The Making of an Elder Culture." In the book, Roszak suggests ways in which baby boomers can uniquely transform our society by picking up on the ideals they formed in the 60's.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue August 17, 2010

Highlights from the Iowa State Fair

IPR's Katherine Perkins and John Pemble bring us highlights from the 2010 Iowa State Fair in Des Moines. We talk with Richard Jacobson about the newest building on the fairgrounds, which bears his name. We hear fairgoers reading from "Green Eggs and Ham," while waiting to see the butter sculpture commemorating the book's 50th anniversary. And, we get a firsthand account of what's it like to bathe a chicken.

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News
11:00 pm
Mon August 16, 2010

Casinos' costs, benefits cut across state lines

In part two of our series on problem gambling, Sarah McCammon visits the site of what will be the Grand Falls Casino Resort in northwest Iowa, and explores the costs and benefits to the community.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Mon August 16, 2010

A New Look at the Floods of 2008

Host Ben Kieffer takes a looks back at the floods of 2008 through the eyes of author Stephen Lyons. Lyons' new book "The 1,000-Year Flood" looks back on the epic events of two years ago and how the city of Cedar Rapids has attempted to rebound from the devastation. We'll also get an update on the small southeast Iowa town of Oakville and its efforts to recover after major flooding in '08 nearly wiped out the entire town.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon August 16, 2010

Prairies and Bison

We'll hear about efforts to expand and restore Iowa's tallgrass prairies and how prairies are necessary to re-introduce and sustain bison in Iowa. Guests are Daryl Smith of the University of Northern Iowa and Christy Smith and Karen Viste Sparkman of the Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge.

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News
11:00 pm
Sun August 15, 2010

Number of Iowans seeking help for problem gambling increasing

Preliminary data show about 5 percent more Iowans seeking help for gambling addiction through state-funded treatment programs. That follows three years of declining numbers.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Fri August 13, 2010

Colonel Ben Corell & Chaplain Martha Kester

Host Ben Kieffer talks with Iowa Army National Guard Colonel Ben Corell. Col. Corell will lead 2,800 Iowa soldiers into Afghanistan in a mission to work with Afghan troops in stablizing the war-torn country. Then a conversation with Iowa National Guard Chaplain Martha Kester. Kester is the first female Iowa chaplain and is part of the Afghanistan deployment.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri August 13, 2010

Hort Friday

IPR's Charity Nebbe speaks with Richard Jauron of Iowa State University and Mark Vitosh, District Forester from the Iowa D.N.R. They'll be ready to answer your calls, e-mails and tweets.

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News
11:00 pm
Thu August 12, 2010

School Tax Credit

A popular tax credit that benefits Iowa's private schools will soon be under scrutiny at the statehouse. A legislative committee is reviewing all tax credits which cost the state treasury as much as 500 million dollars a year. Iowa Public Radio along with Iowa Watch, an Iowa City based non-profit news service, examined what's called the school tuition organization tax credit. The tax break has critics on financial and legal grounds.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Thu August 12, 2010

World Tri Update & Overcoming Disability

Host Ben Kieffer talks with Des Moines resident Charlie Wittmack about his ten-thousand mile World Triathlon adventure. Wittmack just finished swimming the English Channel and will next embark on a biking trek from France to India before attempting a climb of Mount Everest. Wittmack's trip will cover 13 nations in just under one year. Later, Ben talks with photographer Kevin Connolly. Connolly was born without legs and writes about his experiences traveling the world on a skateboard. His memoir recounts the stories of how people have tried to understand his disability.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu August 12, 2010

Home Improvement Day

Our home improvement guru, Bill McAnally of Ft. Dodge will be in our studio with Charity Nebbe to take your calls.

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If you love to laugh
11:00 pm
Wed August 11, 2010

If you love to laugh

If you love to laugh, this weekend might be a good time to be in Des Moines. The first-ever Jestfest will occupy four venues over three days. Iowa Public Radio's Rob Dillard reports festival organizers hope it will shine a spotlight on Central Iowa's burgeoning comedy scene.

News
11:00 pm
Wed August 11, 2010

Hospice Care in Iowa: On the Rise, but Obstacles Persist

Half of all people who die in Iowa do so under hospice care. That's well above the national average, which makes sense for a state with an aging population. Yet as the hospice industry has boomed over the past decade, experts say patients and their families still face serious obstacles to getting the best end-of-life care. Iowa Public Radio's Kate Wells reports on the communication barriers and information gaps that surround hospice care in Iowa.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Wed August 11, 2010

Politics Day

We discuss the campaign launched by former republican gubernatorial candidate Bob VanderPlaats to oust three Iowa Supreme Court Justices who are up for retention in November, along with other political issues. Guests include political scientists Tim Hagle from University of Iowa and Bruce Nesmith from Coe College.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed August 11, 2010

Same-Sex Weddings in Iowa

Same-sex marriage in Iowa became legal on April 3, 2009. We'll hear about the economic benefits of the ruling to Iowa and what obstacles remain for GLTB couples. Guests include Beau Fodor, Iowa's Premier Gay Wedding Planner, Lee Badgett, author of "Why Gay People Get Married," and newly married Newton, Iowa couple Cindy Pollard and Gayla Snook.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Tue August 10, 2010

Nuclear Workers Compensation

Laboratory workers from the Cold War era and before were exposed to various toxics and radiation at the Ames Laboratory. Now that they have cancer or are suffering from an ailment associated with their work, they are regularly denied compensation. During this hour, host Ben Kieffer speaks with Ethelwyn Fellinger, the widow of the late Michael Fellinger, an Ames Laboratory worker who suffered from idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and received a letter denying his compensation claim on his death bed. Why is it so hard for these workers to receive compensation? We speak with Dr.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue August 10, 2010

Wildlife Day

IPR's Charity Nebbe speaks with wildlife expert Dr. Jim Pease of Ames. We'll focus on the "The Big White Birds" of Iowa.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Mon August 9, 2010

Beauty is Pain

An Iowa State University study has found that the wearing of high heeled shoes can lead to knee degeneration and osteoarthritis in women. This hour we speak with one of the researchers who conducted the study along with a participant. Why do women do the things they do to be beautiful? Now that the participant knows that wearing high heeled shoes can be harmful, will she continue to wear them? What other things do women do for beauty that are proven to be harmful, and what motivates them to do it?

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon August 9, 2010

FFA and 4-H Youth in Iowa

With the changing dynamic of the family farm in Iowa, we'll try to find out what programs like the Future Farmers of America and the 4-H Council are doing to get youth interested in agriculture. Guests include Iowa 4-H Director Dr. Chuck Morris, Jane Runneals, 4-H volunteer leader, Story County; and Dale Gruis of the FFA.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Fri August 6, 2010

Long-Term Care Options

By 2020, twelve million elderly Americans will need long-term care. It's anticipated that most will be cared for at home. What are the best options for seniors? Host Ben Kieffer talks with Di Findley, Executive Director of the Iowa Care Givers Association and Dana Petrowsky, Presdient and CEO of the Iowa Association of Homes and Services for the Aging.

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