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River to River
1:00 pm
Wed December 15, 2010

Politics Day

Debate continues in Congress over the tax cut plan with liberals and conservatives alike unhappy with the compromise. Michael Steele is seeking a second term as Chair of the Republican National Committee, but there are other contenders for the job, including a prominent former Iowan. Host Jeneane Beck talks with Wayne Moyer from Grinnell College and Dennis Goldford from Drake University for analysis of these and other political developments.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed December 15, 2010

The Year's Best in Folk and Classical Music

Host Charity Nebbe discusses the top music releases of the year with Iowa Public Radio hosts Karen Impola and Barney Sherman. On IPR's 'Music Tree', Impola features music rooted in tradition, but spreads out in a variety of modern directions including blues and bluegrass. Sherman is the host on IPR's Classical Music Stream weekdays from 7:00 am to 11:00 am. Sherman offers up the world's greatest music played by the most accomplished and interesting musicians, new and old.Karen Impola's List:1. Tim O'Brien Old Joe - Chicken and Egg2. Grada Louis Collins - Natural Angle3.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Tue December 14, 2010

Problems with Age and Sexuality

According to the New England Journal of Medicine, a quarter of people between the ages 75 and 85 are still having sex. With a large portion of this age bracket migrating to increasingly popular retirement communities and with some living in nursing homes, what types of issues does this create? Join host Ben Kieffer this hour as he speaks with Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Iowa Emily Wentzell for a discussion about the implications of aged sex and the potential legal problems associated with it.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue December 14, 2010

Wildlife Day Bald Eagle

Our wildlife expert, Dr. Jim Pease of Ames, is here to talk about bald eagles, as it's been said, when the eagle soars, the blue sky is her limit. We'll find out about their history, biology, comeback, the dangers the majestic birds face today, and where to see them.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Mon December 13, 2010

Charlie Wittmack's World Triathlon - Physical Feats & Humanitarian Mission

Host Ben Kieffer follows up with Des Moines explorer and adventurer Charlie Wittmack. His 11 month journey is an unprecedented 10,000 mile triathlon from England to the summit of Mount Everest. Recently, Wittmack rode his bicycle over a more than 12,000 foot mountain range on the border between Kyrgyzstan and China. We'll also talk about his efforts to reduce maternal mortality in Nepal along with Dr. Yogi Shah of Des Moines University.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon December 13, 2010

Children's Books - New Releases and Hidden Gems

It might be the rhyme, the story, the pictures, or the way it felt to sit in your mom or dad's lap, but a great children's book can live in your memory forever. Host Charity Nebbe talks with two children's literature experts about the best new children's books and the books they love that never made the best seller list.

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

Measuring Happiness in the Midwest & Throughout the World

Who are the world's happiest people and what is their secret to happiness? Host Ben Kieffer talks with New York Times bestselling author Dan Buettner about his findings from a five-year global study on the keys to personal happiness. The National Geographic Society recently sent Buettner to a handful of places around the world where people experience the highest levels of satisfaction and well-being. In his new book, "Thrive," Buettner reports on his findings. He'll also tell us how to incorporate these characteristics into our daily lives.

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

Dumplings/Food Safety

This country was largely settled on dumplings - Puritan housewives of New England brought the dumpling tradition across the Atlantic, and nearly a century later, the pioneers took it with them in their covered wagons. Kurt Michael Friese of Iowa City says the cooked balls of dough give us the warm and cozy feelings of home. He'll tell us the story of his family's long-standing tradition of liver dumpling soup. Also, Jan Temple of Iowa State University Extension tells us about the "4-Day Throw-Away" campaign, an effort to keep us free from food-borne illnesses.

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

Exercise Later in Life & Centenarians

Maintaining fitness later in life can be challenging with decreased mobility and access to health clubs. Host Ben Kieffer talks with Warren Franke of Iowa State University's Exercise Clinic about exercising later in life and about a new study concerning centenarians. We'll also talk with Jack Nothnagel, an 84 year old man from Iowa City who goes to the gym three times a week to maintain a healthy level of fitness. Finally, we'll have a conversation with Mildred Pierce, a centenarian living in Cedar Falls.

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

Iowa's Mr. Country Music & Pieta Brown

Host Charity Nebbe talks with author Terry Manley, whose new book examines the life of radio disc jockey and country music promoter Smokey Smith. In the 1950's and 1960's Smith scheduled country music legends Johnny Cash and George Jones into the KRNT Theater in Des Moines. He was instrumental in bringing Elvis Presley to Veterans Auditorium in Des Moines and forged a number of relationships with country music performers. Smith is member of the Country Music Disc Jockey Hall of Fame. Later, a conversation with eastern Iowa's Pieta Brown.

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

Politics Day

What do you think of the tentative deal to extend all of the Bush tax cuts for two years? Host Ben Kieffer talks with Iowa State University Political Science Professor Steffen Schmidt and Chair of Political Science at Coe College, Bruce Nesmith. We'll get analysis of why this particular compromise was reached, how the sluggish economy fits into the picture, and what it indicates about how President Obama will deal with the shift toward the GOP in Congress.

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

Word Maven: Holiday Words

You see it on signs around town. "Xmas" trees sold here, "Xmas" sale now through Friday... This hour, Talk of Iowa will explore the origins of the controversial abbreviation for Christmas and many other holiday words with our word expert Patricia O'Conner, author of the much-beloved "Woe Is I," "Origins of the Specious," and "Words Fail Me."

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

Bed bugs

With reports of bed bug infestations in places like Ohio, New York City and Alaska, and the holiday travel season upon us, where does the pest stand in Iowa? Host Ben Kieffer talks with entomologist Ken Holscher, Kevin Wickam from the Iowa Department of Public Health and Steven Mandernach from the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals.

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

Holiday Cultural Traditions

What holiday traditions reflect your cultural heritage? Host Charity Nebbe talks with Iowa Folklife Coordinator Rikki Saltzman about some of the cultural traditions still being passed down through generations. Join in to tell us what special food or music is part of your family's holiday celebration.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Mon December 6, 2010

The Science of Happiness

Host Ben Kieffer talks with Iowa State University Professor Daniel Russell. Working in the Human Development and Family Studies Department, Russell has developed a scale that measures loneliness. His research finds millions of older Americans suffer from chronic loneliness. Plus, Iowa State University Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Studies Jennifer Margrett discusses the ISU gerontology program and identifiers in predicting happiness and long life among the elderly.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon December 6, 2010

From Peking to Paris/Top Secret Rosies

If you were traveling from Beijing to Paris, driving would probably not be your first choice of transportation. But two Des Moines men made that trip this fall in exactly 349 hours in a 1929 Model A Ford and the car never broke down. This hour, IPR's Charity Nebbe speaks with Lang Wightman and Fritz James about their adventures in the 2010 "Peking to Paris Motor Challenge." Later in the hour, we hear from LeeAnn Erickson, producer of the new documentary, "Top Secret Rosies," which tells the story of a group of female mathematicians who did secret research for the U.S.

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

HIV/AIDS in Iowa in Conjunction with World AIDS Day

About 2,200 Iowans are estimated to be living with HIV or AIDS. Host Ben Kieffer talks with guests about this week's efforts to raise awareness about the disease in conjunction with World AIDS Day. We'll talk with someone about his experiences of living with the disease, prevention efforts throughout the state, and about a recent study which shows taking anti-retroviral medication can reduce the chance of contracting HIV.

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

Horticulture Day

With snow on the way it's difficult to think about our lawns and gardens, but we still have plants inside that require attention. Host Dennis Reese talks with Iowa State University Horticulturist Richard Jauron and ISU Entomologist Donald Lewis. Dr. Lewis talks about all of the tiny bugs that could invade your indoor plants this winter.

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

A New Look at Iowa's First-in-the-Nation Caucuses

What role do the Iowa caucuses really play in nominating candidates for President? Host Ben Kieffer talks with Caroline Tolbert, University of Iowa political science professor, and David Redlawsk, a political science professor at Rutgers University and former professor at the University of Iowa. They are co-authors of a new book, "Why Iowa? How Caucuses and Sequential Elections Improve the Presidential Nominating Process." Later in the show, we'll talk about polling in Iowa and how it relates to the caucuses. We'll be joined by J. Ann Selzer of Selzer & Company in Des Moines.

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

Photographing Iowa Nature

Iowa's beauty is subtle sometimes you have to look closely to find it. This hour, capturing Iowa's beauty in photographs. Charity Nebbe will speak with Robert and Linda Scarth, their work is featured in "Deep Nature: Photos from Iowa," (Univ. of Iowa Press) and Bill Witt of Cedar Falls, his photos appear in "Enchanted by Prairie" (Univ. of Iowa Press).

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

Politics Day

Host Ben Kieffer talks with New Hampshire political analyst Arnie Arnesen and UNI Assistant Professor of Political Science Chris Larimer about WikiLeaks the Culver to Branstad transition and negotiations over tax cuts and unemployment benefits. Join in the conversation with your political observations.

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

Life Design: Building Your Future

Going to college is supposed to prepare you for life, but many college graduates find themselves lost once they get that diploma. This time, we talk about a new course at the University of Iowa that is designed to help students figure out what they want and need to get out of their college years. We'll hear about "Life Design: Building Your Future" from course instructor David Gould; Phil Johnson, a former Teaching Assistant in the class; and U.I. students Alex Brandt and Ben Welper, who are currently enrolled in the class.

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