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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue November 9, 2010

Ape House: a Novel

In an archive program, writer Sara Gruen speaks with IPR's Charity Nebbe. Gruen, author of the highly-regarded "Water for Elephants," did much of the 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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Iowa Archives
5:00 am
Tue November 9, 2010

Andy Williams (Part Two)

Credit Andy Williams Birthplace Museum

It has been 45 years since the Williams Brothers broke up. That’s when the youngest member launched his own act. Iowa Public Radio's Rick Fredericksen was in the audience recently, and concludes his profile on Iowa native Andy Williams, who passed away in 2012. (Part One is posted below) Historic audio courtesy of Iowa Public TV, Andy Williams, his birthplace museum and You Tube.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Mon November 8, 2010

An International View of Iowa and Elections

Host Ben Kieffer talks with established writers from around the world tell about how they experienced the U.S. elections, and how our political process differs from theirs. The writers from Argentina, Egypt and Kenya ... along with more than 30 other foreign writers have spent the last ten weeks in residency as part of the University of Iowa's International Writing Program.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon November 8, 2010

Russell Valentino/Kee Malesky

Today, we hear about a University of Iowa professor's quest to save a rare and dying Romance language, Rovignese, spoken by a dwindling number of people in a part of Croatia. IPR's Charity Nebbe speaks with Prof. Russell Valentino and later with NPR's librarian Kee Malesky. Her first book is just out, "All Facts Considered: The Essential Library of Inessential Knowledge."

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Iowa Archives
5:00 am
Mon November 8, 2010

Andy Williams (Part One)

The Williams Brothers quartet, in Chicago.
Credit Andy Williams Birthplace Museum

It was just over 75 years ago when a young Iowa boy joined his brothers in a church choir in western Iowa. Until 2012, when Andy Williams passed away, he was one of the most productive octogenarians in entertainment. Iowa Public Radio's Rick Fredericksen traveled to Wall Lake and Branson, Missouri, for this 2-part, Iowa Archives special. Historic audio comes from Andy Williams, his birthplace museum, and You Tube.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Fri November 5, 2010

Rare Earths and China

Rare Earth metals like neodymium are used in devices you use every day, like ear buds, computers and flat screen TV's. It's also a critical component in hybrid engines and wind turbines. The element is not rare, as the name implies, but the bulk of the world supply about 90-percent - is currently mined in China. Host Ben Kieffer talks with two scientists at the Ames Lab about research and development related to rare earths and why federal officials are holding hearings and closely monitoring rare earth exports.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri November 5, 2010

Hort Day/Green Roofs

A roof can be so much more than tarpaper and shingles. This hour, we'll look at green roof technology, discuss the benefits of such a roof and find out how you build one. Plus, we'll take your questions about the plants in your life.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Thu November 4, 2010

Public Relations Industry and Violent Video Games

In the first half-hour host Ben Kieffer talks with writer and political activist John Stauber. Stauber's work examines propoganda by governments, private interests and the Public Relations Industry. Stauber discusses corporate contributions to political candidates during this years election. Stauber visits the University of Northern Iowa next week. Later, Iowa State University Psychology Professor Douglas Gentile examines the U.S. Supreme Court case brought by the State of California against the video game industry.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu November 4, 2010

Grant Wood: A Life

Much about Grant Wood's patriotism and masculinity has been read into "American Gothic," with its pitchfork-holding farmer and his dour companion standing in front of an Eldon, Iowa farmhouse. R. Tripp Evans, an art historian at Wheaton College in Massachusetts, argues that even more has been misread, overshadowing Wood's rich and varied artistic career. This hour, IPR's Charity Nebbe speaks with Evans, author of the new book, "Grant Wood: A Life." (Knopf)

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River to River
1:00 pm
Wed November 3, 2010

Politics Day & Election Analysis

The day after votes have been cast and tallied we'll look at election results, what they mean, and how they impact policy issues moving forward. We'll get analysis from Dennis Goldford, Professor of Politics in the Department of Politics and International Relations at Drake University. We'll also talk with some winners from last night about their priorities moving past the campaign, including Governor Terry Branstad.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed November 3, 2010

Fall Books

'Tis the season for great new books.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Tue November 2, 2010

Election Day 2010

A look at the American political process from a unique angle; host Ben Kieffer talks with Max Lindemann of the German Social Democratic Party. Lindemann is visiting Iowa to observe the election process to compare and contrast with his native Germany. Later in the hour, a look at new voting machines in Iowa polling places to help blind and vision-imparied voters to cast their ballots. Among the guests- Rick Shannon of the State Devolopment and Disability Council and Mike Hoenig of the University of Iowa's Center for Excellence on Disabilites.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue November 2, 2010

Anniversary of the 150th Start of the Civil War

Seven score, 10 years and one day ago our forefathers declared war. We mark the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War with a conversation about the days leading up to the outbreak of war, the role that Iowans played in the war and the politics surrounding it. Guests are historians Tom Morain of Graceland University in Lamoni and Adam Goodheart of Washington College.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Mon November 1, 2010

New Amtrak Line in Eastern Iowa

By 2015, passenger rail service is expected to resume between Iowa City and Chicago for the first time since the 1970's. We'll discuss the federal government's decision to spend 230 million dollars on the project and what it means for travel.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon November 1, 2010

Reclaim Your Holidays

The holiday season is on its way. If your holidays revolve around frantic trips to the mall instead of time spent with family and friends this Talk of Iowa is for you. Charity Nebbe will talk about ways to "Reclaim Your Holidays" make them more meaningful, easier on you and easier on the environment. Guests include Carol Yates of the Univ. of Northern Iowa.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Fri October 29, 2010

"Herding Donkeys" and statehouse races

Host Ben Kieffer talks with Ari Berman, contributing writer for The Nation magazine, an Investigative Journalism Fellow at The Nation Institute and a native Iowan about his book, "Herding Donkeys." Then, we hear about some of the more contentious Iowa legislative races. Guests include Douglas Burns with the Daily Times Herald, James Lynch with The Gazette and the Des Moines Register's Jason Clayworth.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri October 29, 2010

Sarah Vowell/Carl Klaus

Sarah Vowell has been entertaining public radio listeners since 1996. Through her books she's taken readers on bizarre and enlightening journeys through history. IPR's Charity Nebbe will talk to Vowell, who will be speaking in Des Moines on Nov. 1. Later, Charity speaks with Univ. of Iowa emeritus English Professor Carl Klaus, author of the new book "The Made Up Self: Impersonation in the Personal Essay." (Univ. of Iowa Press)

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River to River
1:00 pm
Thu October 28, 2010

Brain Science Research & New Grinnell College President Raynard Kington

It's Brain Awareness Week at The University of Iowa. Host Ben Kieffer speaks with visiting brain scientist Dr. Donald Stuss of the Rotman Research Institute at Baycrest in Toronto. He'll tell us about brain health as we age and the latest research on brain trauma whether it's on the football field or the battlefield. Then, we'll have a conversation with the new President of Grinnell College, Dr. Raynard Kington. We'll talk about his vision for Grinnell College, one of the top liberal arts schools in the country.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu October 28, 2010

Organic Farming/Sustainability Program/Gene Logsdon

This hour, IPR's Charity Nebbe takes a look at the upcoming 10th Annual Organic Conference at Iowa State University. We'll hear from Kathleen Delate, a professor of Agronomy and Horticulture and Extension Organic Specialist at Iowa State. Later, we'll speak with Linda Barnes, the coordinator for the Sustainable and Entrepreneurial Agriculture program at Marshalltown Community College about how the program helps introduce new farmers to the organic farming process. Finally, Charity will interview Gene Logsdon, author of "Holy S**t: Managing Manure to Save Mankind."

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River to River
1:00 pm
Wed October 27, 2010

Politics Day

With the midterm election less than a week away, host Ben Kieffer talks with Iowa State University political science professor Steffen Schmidt and Coe College's Joan and Abbott Lipsky Professor and Chair of political science, Bruce Nesmith. They'll talk about the interest groups pouring money into Iowa races, about the national figures visiting the state and what that may tell us about 2012.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed October 27, 2010

Driftless/Growing Up Country

This hour, we talk to Danny Wilcox Frazier, an Iowa freelance photographer about his documentary "Driftless," which investigates the death of family farming in Iowa. Later, Charity Nebbe speaks with Carol Bodensteiner of Des Moines, author of "Growing Up Country."

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River to River
1:00 pm
Tue October 26, 2010

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture candidates

Host Ben Kieffer talks with Republican incumbent Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey and his Democratic challenger Francis Thicke. The two candidates will discuss their visions for restructuring wind and biofuels industries and their differing views on control over citing for hog confinement operations.

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