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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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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri August 6, 2010

Hort Day

The horticulture gang at Iowa State University joins IPR's Charity Nebbe to answer your lawn, garden and tree questions.

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News
11:00 pm
Thu August 5, 2010

Anti-Judges

Opponents of same-sex marriage in Iowa are mounting campaigns against three Supreme Court judges who ruled in 2009 the state's ban on gay marriage was unconstitutional. Iowa Public Radio's Rob Dillard reports their action is drawing quick response from court watchers who think politics should stay out of the judiciary

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River to River
1:00 pm
Thu August 5, 2010

Iowa and GMO's

Iowa has much at stake in the debate over GMO's. We'll look at the role GMO's are playing in Iowa agriculture. Guests include the 2001 World Food Prize Laureate, Director of the Plant Sciences Institute at Iowa State University and two producers with experience "on the ground."

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu August 5, 2010

Technology Day

There have long been privacy concerns when it comes to cell phones, but smart phones have made it harder to protect your information. We'll talk about this and other technology news with Iowa State University computer consultant Jeff Balvanz. Your host IPR's Charity Nebbe.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Wed August 4, 2010

Genentically Modified Organisms Pro and Con

GMO's have generally been regarded as "frankenfoods" and portrayed in the media as environmentally dangerous. Some scientists, however, say many fears have no basis and are proven to be unfounded. This hour, we speak with James McWilliams, the author of "Just Food: Where Locavores Get it Wrong and How We Can Truly Eat Responsibly" about his argument in favor of GMO's and how he thinks they could actually benefit the environment. Are our fears in "frankenfoods" unfounded? Should GMO's be clearly labeled?

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed August 4, 2010

Politics Wednesday

On this week's Politics Day, Democrats are coping with two high profile ethics trials. We'll talk about how ethics allegations might affect the party in the midterm elections. Other topics include congressional earmarks and the Branstad and Culver war of words over job creation. Joining IPR's Charity Nebbe will be Kathie Obradovich, political columnist for the Des Moines Register.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Tue August 3, 2010

The Iowa Lottery & Iowa Documentary Getting National Attention

Host Ben Kieffer talks with Iowa Lottery Vice President Mary Neubauer. Iowa Lottery players won a record $150.5 million dollars in the just ened fiscal year and figures show record sales for the lottery. Neubauer talks about the fiscal health of the lottery as it celebrates its 25th anniversary. Later, producers of the Iowa documentary "A Little Salsa on the Prairie" discuss renewed popularity for the 2007 film that depicts a growing immigrant population in the central Iowa town of Perry.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue August 3, 2010

Iowa's Hardacre and Landlocked Film Festivals

We'll hear about two upcoming Iowa film festivals, the Hardacre, the state's original festival that starts this week in Tipton and the fourth annual Landlocked Film Festival, which gets underway in late August in Iowa City. Plus, we'll speak to the producer of one of the featured movies, Amy Elliott of "World's Largest." Other guests are Will Valet of "Hardacre" and Mary Blackwood of "Landlocked."

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River to River
1:00 pm
Mon August 2, 2010

Freaks of Nature

In an archived edition of our program, Ben Kieffer speaks with University of Iowa neuro-scientist Mark Blumberg about his book "Freaks of Nature." The book turns a scientist's eye on the oddities of nature, showing how a subject once relegated to the sideshow can help explain some of the deepest complexities of biology.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon August 2, 2010

Iowa African-American Hall of Fame

We'll hear about the 2010 inductees into the Iowa African-American Hall of Fame, located at Iowa State University and we'll find out about African-Americans' contributions to the history and culture of Iowa. With IPR's Charity Nebbe will be inductees Elaine Estes and Melvin Harper of Des Moines; Dr. Tom Hill of Iowa State University; and Tom Moore, Executive Director of the African-American Museum in Cedar Rapids.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Fri July 30, 2010

Hunting Decline

The number of hunters in Iowa is declining. The reasons are many and complicated. Fewer pheasants in the state, for instance, have meant fewer pheasant hunters. But, the overall result is less revenue for the state, declining funding for wildlife programs and, some say, a weaker connection to the land and nature. We talk about what's driving the trend and what it all means for the future. Guests include, Willie Suchy from the Iowa DNR, John Linquist with Pheasants Forever, John Quintas, Ventura Fire Chief and Andy Long from JAX Outdoor Gear in Ames.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri July 30, 2010

Hort Friday

Two of our "Hort Gang" regulars, Richard Jauron and Cindy Haynes of Iowa State University answer your yard and garden questions. Also, we'll talk about how to get kids excited about working in the garden.

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News
11:00 pm
Thu July 29, 2010

No Place to Hunt

Starting this weekend any extra deer licenses for out-of-state hunters go on sale by the Department of Natural Resources. The licenses are typically a hot commodity, despite complaints that there's not enough land in Iowa open for hunting. Iowa Public Radio's Jeneane Beck takes a look at the lengths to which hunters will go to find a place to hunt…and what the state is doing to improve access.

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News
11:00 pm
Thu July 29, 2010

Obama Official on RAGBRAI

A frontline worker in the Obama administration is riding RAGBRAI this week. Dubuque native and UNI graduate Shellie Pfohl heads the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. She's promoting a new fitness initiative with the Iowa Department of Public Health. Pfohl says on Friday it was hard to stay dry.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Thu July 29, 2010

John Carlson & Kyle Munson

A view of the world through the eyes of the newspaper columnist. First up, an interview from last December with retiring Des Moines Register Columnist John Carlson. Carlson discusses his 31 years at the paper and how his best training ground for a career in journalism was time spent as a child at his father's filling station. Then a conversation with Kyle Munson who succeeded Carlson as the Des Moines Register columnist.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu July 29, 2010

Can Iowa Feed Itself?

What does Iowa grow that its residents can actually eat? We'll talk about Iowa grown foods, sustainable food systems and the increasing number of farmers' markets in the state. Guests include Rich Pirog of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture; Ginny Gieske of the Iowa Farmers Market Association and Matt Russell, State Food Policy Project Coordinator at Drake University.

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News
11:00 pm
Wed July 28, 2010

Green House

The movement toward more energy-efficient and sustainable buildings has changed the way architects approach commercial projects for several years. But this revolution has been slow to take hold in residential construction. Iowa Public Radio's Rob Dillard traveled to Fairfield recently to tour the state's greenest house.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Wed July 28, 2010

Archeological Dig Site Near Oakville & Paper-making

This hour we have an archive edition of our show. First, a conversation from last July about a new archeological dig site in southeast Iowa near Oakville. More than 100,000 artifacts have been uncovered there and they give clues about how people lived 1,700 years ago. Then, a conversation from last September with Timothy Barrett of the University of Iowa Center for the Book. We discuss the history of paper-making 1,300 years ago and how advances in the field landed Barrett a 2009 McArthur Fellowship award.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed July 28, 2010

Politics Wednesday

New Hampshire political analyst Arnie Arnesen and Coe College political scientist Bruce Nesmith join IPR's Charity Nebbe for our weekly program. Topics include the Target Corporation's controversial political contributions and the debate over federal flood assistance to Iowa.

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News
11:00 pm
Tue July 27, 2010

Police Substations: Small Posts for Tough Beats

Across Iowa, police substations are becoming popular in troubled neighborhoods.Police in Iowa City are set to open one in their southeast neighborhood next month. And last September, Cedar Rapids police opened a substation in the Wellington Heights neighborhood. Now, almost a full year later, Iowa Public Radio's Kate Wells reports on the challenges and achievements of a small police post in one of the state's toughest beats.

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News
11:00 pm
Tue July 27, 2010

Missouri River public meetings

The US Army Corps of Engineers is holding a series of public meetings to determine if changes are warranted to the way the Missouri River is being used. Iowa Public Radio's Pat Blank talks with the Public Affairs officer for the Corp's Omaha office, Paul Johnston who says the meetings are part of a first- ever review of the 1944 legislation that created the dams and reservoirs of the Missouri River system...

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