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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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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue October 26, 2010

Life After Cancer

When surgery, chemotherapy and radiation treatments have ended, cancer survivors must live with the possibility of the disease returning. We'll discuss diet and lifestyle changes and the emotional toll of living with the fear of recurrence. Guests from the St. Luke's Cancer Wellness Program in Cedar Rapids include Amy Ganske, Emi Chapman and Matt Schmitz.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Mon October 25, 2010

3rd Party Gubernatorial Candidates

Voters will soon cast their ballots for a number of statewide races. het Culver and Terry Branstad are capturing most of the headlines in the race for governor but there are four other candidates. Guest host Jeneane Beck talks to the so-called third party candidates, Jonathan Narcisse of the Iowa Party, Libertarian Eric Cooper, David Rosenfeld of the Socialist Workers Party, and Gregory James Hughes who was nominated by petition.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon October 25, 2010

History of Dissent in Iowa

A number of political theorists have argued that a healthy society needs not only to protect, but also to encourage dissent. We'll look at two eras in Iowa's history where dissenters have flourished: the Civil War and the Vietnam War.University of Northern Iowa History Professor Wallace Hettle will look at the abolitionists and the Copperheads or Peace Democrats of the mid-19th century; and John Johnson, also a UNI History Professor, will discuss examples of dissent to the Vietnam War and the importance of the Supreme Court decision in the case "Tinker v. Des Moines."

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River to River
1:00 pm
Fri October 22, 2010

Michele Norris

How well do you know the people who raised you? That’s a central question in a new book by Michele Norris, co-host of NPR’s All Things Considered. Norris talks to host Ben Kieffer about her book "The Grace of Silence" and how she found herself unexpectedly confronting hard truths about her own family’s racial history that had been left unsaid by her parents. From her grandmother’s work as an itinerant Aunt Jemima peddling pancake mix, to her father’s shooting by the Birmingham police within weeks of his discharge from service in World War II.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri October 22, 2010

Hort Friday

We welcome Dr. Richard Jauron of Iowa State University's Horticulture Dept., and Dr. Donald Lewis, Iowa State University Extension Entomologist. A major topic will be the "creepy-crawlies" that try to make their way indoors as the weather turns colder.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Thu October 21, 2010

Balancing Life

Polls say Americans want it all: rewarding, well-paying jobs, healthy, stable and secure lives, modest material comforts, and adequate time for friends, family and community. But for many, the reality is quite different. A seminar this week at the University of Iowa brings together experts from government, academia, business, and the community to explore ways to make our lives more rewarding in a sustainable way. Among Ben Kieffer's guests- author and filmmaker John de Graaf who examines overwork and overconsumption in America.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu October 21, 2010

Word Maven

We welcome "Word Maven" Patricia O'Conner to the program. Should people who love English get all hot and bothered when the language changes? O'Conner, author of a number of best-selling language books, will discuss how English changes and why and she'll have lots of examples.

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News
11:00 pm
Wed October 20, 2010

4th Congressional District Preview

Iowa's fourth congressional district is big; it spans from Warren county in the south, along the western part of the Des Moines Metro area, up to the Minnesota border and over to the northeast corner of the state. It's also solidly Republican, and incumbent Tom Latham is seeking a 9th term in office.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Wed October 20, 2010

Politics Day

Host Ben Kieffer talks about the prospects for republicans and democrats nationally with the election less than two weeks away. Then, we preveiw the last Iowa gubernatorial debate. Guests include Bruce Gronbeck, Professor Emeritus at U of I, Wayne Moyer, Professor of Political Science at Grinnell College, and Kathie Obradovich, Political Columnist for the Des Moines Register.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed October 20, 2010

Dewey's Nine Lives

For 19 years Dewey the cat made friends, warmed hearts and changed lives at the Spencer public library. Even after his death, Dewey’s story has touched hundreds of thousands of people. In her new book Vicki Myron tells two new stories about Dewey and the tales of many other remarkable cats. We'll talk to Myron and Carol Griglione, cat behavior expert and President of the Board of the Animal Rescue League of Des Moines.

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News
11:00 pm
Tue October 19, 2010

3rd District Race

Republicans are hoping an anti-incumbent mood will finally help them win the 3rd District congressional race this year against seven-term Democratic incumbent Leonard Boswell. The one-time southern Iowa farmer who now lives in Des Moines faces a challenge from Republican state senator Brad Zaun of Urbandale. Iowa Public Radio’s Joyce Russell caught up with both campaigns in the Des Moines suburbs.

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News
11:00 pm
Tue October 19, 2010

Women Wrestlers

A small school in northern Iowa is launching an athletic experiment. Waldorf College is the first college in the state to begin a women’s wrestling program. Iowa Public Radio’s Rob Dillard went to Forest City to meet a couple of the grapplers.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Tue October 19, 2010

Iowa's 3rd Congressional District

Host Dean Borg questions Iowa's incumbent third district Congressman Leonard Boswell and his republican challenger Brad Zaun. Boswell, a democrat, has spent 14 years in the House of Representatives and is seeking an 8th term. State Senator Zaun, the former mayor of Urbandale, hopes to replace him. It's a bruising campaign that's getting national attention. Join in with your own questions.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue October 19, 2010

Iowa's Hiking and Water Trails

Before it gets too cold, it might be a great time to explore Iowa's great outdoors. We'll find out about exploring Iowa on land and water and hear about the best places to hike and canoe or kayak. Guests include Elizabeth Hill, author of "Hiking Iowa" and Todd Robertson, Outreach Coordinator for River Programs at the Iowa Department of Natural Resources

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Iowa's Second Congressional District:...
11:00 pm
Mon October 18, 2010

Iowa's Second Congressional District: Dems Battle to Hold Ground

Iowa's second congressional district was originally considered safe for Democrats. But the race is getting some national attention as a possible litmus test for just how big this year's conservative wave will really be. Democrat Dave Loebsack is battling to hold off his Republican opponent and repeat challenger, Dr. Mariannette Miller Meeks. Iowa Public Radio's Kate Wells reports.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Mon October 18, 2010

Judge Retention on November Ballot

Host Jeneane Beck examines the political movement to unseat Iowa Supreme Court justices with the retention election in November. Her guests are Chuck Laudner from Iowa For Freedom, whose group is campaigning for a "no" vote on retention, and Chief Justice Marsha Ternus and Justice David Baker, who are standing for retention.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon October 18, 2010

Gordon Grice

IPR's Charity Nebbe speaks with Wisconsin author Gordon Grice, author of the new book "Deadly Kingdom," a compendium of animal predation.

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News
11:00 pm
Sun October 17, 2010

First District Race

The race for Iowa’s First Congressional District pits a young lawyer from Independence against a two term incumbent from Waterloo. Iowa Public Radio’s Pat Blank has this profile.

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