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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed September 29, 2010

Blossom Project/Healthy Foods for Kids

Charity Nebbe speaks with Prof. Christina Campbell of Iowa State University about her "Blossom Project," an effort to improve the diet and exercise habits of pregnant women so they can give birth to healthier babies. Later, we'll hear from Prof. Irwin Levin of the University of Iowa. His latest research is about parents' tendencies to buy less healthy foods for their kids than for themselves.

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News
11:00 pm
Tue September 28, 2010

President Obama Visits Des Moines

President Barack Obama received a warm welcome in Des Moines Wednesday but faced tough questions about the economy, Afghanistan, and healthcare. Iowa Public Radio's Jeneane beck reports the President encouraged the give and take but was quick to defend his record.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Tue September 28, 2010

Obesity in Iowa

According to the National Center for Disease the number of obese Iowans increased in 2009. Now 25-29% of Iowans report being significantly overweight or obese. This hour, we discuss the obesity epidemic as it pertains to Iowa and what is being done to combat it with programs such as Live Healthy Iowa, Iowans Fit for Life and the Iowa Sports Foundation's Go the Distance Program.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue September 28, 2010

Triumph and Tragedy

IPR's Charity Nebbe speaks with Mike Chapman of Newton, author of the new book "Triumph and Tragedy: The Inspiring Stories of Football Legends Fred Becker, Jack Trice, Nile Kinnick and Johnny Bright (Culture House Books).

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River to River
1:00 pm
Mon September 27, 2010

Veterans' Oral History

A national project to record the stories of America's veterans is approaching its 10 year anniversary. Guest host Dean Borg is joined by guests who will talk about the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum's contributions to the project. We'll also talk with a veteran who's already shared his history and a veteran from one of the country's current wars.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon September 27, 2010

Lan Samantha Chang

Lan Samantha Chang, Director of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, discusses her new novel, "All is Forgotten, Nothing is Lost," a portrait of people caught up in the drive to write and of the personal bargains and self-deceptions that such an ambition can entail.

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News
11:00 pm
Sun September 26, 2010

More Iowa Babies Surviving First Year of Life

Overall, the outlook for a baby born in Iowa surviving to its first birthday is among the best in the nation.But even as health officials are celebrating Iowa's relatively low rate of infant mortality, there are lingering concerns about some demographic groups.

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News
11:00 pm
Sun September 26, 2010

Director Becky Smith - Distributing Independent Cinema in Iowa

In two thousand seven the movie "Sixteen to Life" was filmed in the Clayton county town McGregor by Los Angeles based director Becky Smith. Smith is an Iowa native and spent a lot of time this month attending screenings of her film across the state. This weekend her film was shown for the first time in her hometown of Okoboji.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Fri September 24, 2010

UNI Center for Holocaust & Genocide Education & modern-day human trafficking

A new center at the University of Northern Iowa seeks to inform Iowa school kids about the Holocaust and genocide. Host Ben Kieffer talks with the Center's director, Stephen Gaies. We'll also speak with an author who profiled concentration camp survivors who came to Des Moines. Finally, we'll get an update on the impacts that modern-day human trafficking have in Iowa and the efforts to stop it.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri September 24, 2010

Horticulture Friday

Fall is here and we'll talk about why and how leaves change color, the best places to see fall colors and some ways to get fall colors in your backyard. Guests are Iowa State University's Richard Jauron and D.N.R. district forester Mark Vitosh of Iowa City.

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News
11:00 pm
Thu September 23, 2010

Abandoned Mines

Underground coal mines once played a significant role in the state's economy. It's less well-known that miners also blasted or dug their way through Iowa hillsides to reach seams of coal buried below. Those strip mines, now abandoned, still mar the landscape in south central Iowa. A federal program is underway to put the ripped up acres back together.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Thu September 23, 2010

Fall Weather, Unemployment, & Housing

Thursday is the first full day of fall. We'll take the opportunity to examine Iowa’s climate on several fronts. State Climatologist Harry Hillaker will reflect on this past summer and look ahead to what kind of weather and harvest the new season is likely to bring. Also, Joe Walsh, Deputy Director of Iowa Workforce Development gives us the latest picture of Iowa's climate for those seeking jobs. Finally, Carey Jensen from the Iowa Association of Realtors gives us an update on the housing industry in the state.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu September 23, 2010

Mary Helen Stefaniak

IPR's Charity Nebbe speaks with Iowa City writer Mary Helen Stefaniak. Her new novel is "The Cailiffs of Baghdad, Georgia" (W.W. Norton). The story from the heart of 1930s-era Threestep, Georgia, manages to include stop-offs in 1775 Baghdad and 1864 Savannah along the way, loosely following the tradition of The Thousand and One Nights.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Wed September 22, 2010

Politics Day

Two former Iowa lawmakers are launching 50-50 in 2020, with the goal of recruiting and mentoring women to run for elected office in Iowa. We'll talk with Maggie Tinsman and Jean Lloyd-Jones about the effort and its chance for success. Then, we'll get analysis of the two Congressional races in Iowa with female candidates, and reflect on Sarah Palin's visit to the state. Guests include Kelly Thornburg, Iowa NEW Leadership Coordinator for the University of Iowa and Dianne Bystrom, Director of the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics at Iowa State University.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed September 22, 2010

From the Top/Guy Raz

NPR's From the Top, the showcase for young musicians, is presenting two programs in Iowa next month, both featuring 17-year-old Justin Moser, an alto saxophonist from Iowa City. IPR's Charity Nebbe speaks with Moser and his tutor, Jane Williams, of the Jane Williams Saxophone Studio in Coralville. Later on the program, we'll talk to NPR's Guy Raz, the host of Weekend All Things Considered, about the program's popular "Three-Minute Fiction" contest, which will judged in part by students from the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop.

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News
11:00 pm
Tue September 21, 2010

End of census jobs has Iowans looking for work

The U.S. Census employed more than 5,000 Iowans just a few months ago, but now that number has dwindled to almost none. Morning Edition Host Sarah McCammon reports many workers are now back out in the job market.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Tue September 21, 2010

Counter-terrorism & Comedy Overseas

Join us for a conversation with NPR counter-terrorism correspondent Dina Temple-Raston. She visits Grinnell College this week to discuss her unique role working with the FBI and CIA. She'll discuss the fundamental changes in the threat of terrorism. Also, Iowa comedian Nathan Timmel. He's just returned from another trip to Iraq to entertain the troops. He'll give us an update from his unique perspective.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue September 21, 2010

The Complex Dynamics of Alcoholism

For Recovery Month 2010, the Powell Chemical Dependency Center and Iowa Lutheran Hospital in Des Moines are presenting the play "Bill W. and Dr. Bob," from StageWest Theatre. The play is the story of the two men, Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith, who pioneered Alcoholics Anonymous, as well as the story of their wives, who founded Al Anon. We talk to Dr. David Kaptain, Program Manager of the Center and "Bob," a member of the 12-step community and an AA and Alanon historian.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Mon September 20, 2010

Child Pornography & Foster Care in Iowa

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Iowa is ramping up its prosecution of child pornography offenders. Guest host, Alex Heuer, will be joined by U.S. Attorney Stephanie Rose. We'll talk about the office's focus to stop the spread of images involving sexually explicit acts with children. We'll also get an update on foster care in Iowa and how the number of children in the system is decreasing.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon September 20, 2010

Alternative Sports in Iowa

Iowa is third in the nation in the number of Frisbee Golf courses. Is Iowa a "frolfing" hotspot? We'll hear from professional disc golfer Tanner Duncan. Iowa State University is said to have the most programs in intramural sports of any university in the nation. Garry Greenlee, associate director of intramural sports at ISU, explains the popularity of curling, broomball and Texas Hold'em. Finally, we hear from Austin Bayliss, the 23-year old owner and ringmaster of the Central Empire Wrestling Academy in Wellman, Iowa.

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News
11:00 pm
Sun September 19, 2010

Esperanza Spalding: Elements of Influence

Last week Jazz bassist and vocalist Esperanza Spalding started a worldwide tour for her new album Chamber Music Society. It’s receiving high praise from critics including the jazz magazine Downbeat where Spalding is featured on this month’s cover. One of her first tour stops took her to Des Moines this weekend where hours before her evening concert Iowa Public Radio’s John Pemble found her writing new music.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Fri September 17, 2010

Branding Iowa

Over the years various slogans have welcomed people to Iowa- The Tall Corn State, Fields of Opportunities and A place to Grow are just a few. We examine the perceptions of Iowa both from within the state's borders and outside. What is the best way to market the Hawkeye state?

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri September 17, 2010

Hort Gang

IPR's Charity Nebbe welcomes Linda Naeve, Iowa State University Extension, and Prof. Jeff Iles, head of the Horticulture Dept. at Iowa State University.

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News
11:00 pm
Thu September 16, 2010

Debates Passe?

The debate over whether or not to debate seems louder than usual this election cycle as challengers press the incumbents for more face to face time. But Iowa Public Radio’s Jeneane Beck reports political observers say the commotion is unlikely to impact the number of debates or influence voters.

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News
11:00 pm
Thu September 16, 2010

Not Alone

An unusual piece of dinner theater is being staged in Ames. Iowa Public Radio's Rob Dillard reports about a group that's telling the real-life stories of some townspeople who are down on their luck.

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News
11:00 pm
Thu September 16, 2010

Re-branding the "Technology Corridor"

The greater Cedar Rapids and Iowa City region is often considered a single area of Iowa. The region has tried to give itself a name, branding itself "The Technology Corridor." That name has met mixed success, and now business and economic development leaders are considering changing the brand.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Thu September 16, 2010

Sexual Signals

Host Ben Kieffer discusses sexual signals and intimate relationships with Harry Brod, professor of philosphy and humanities at the Unviersity of Northern Iowa and main speaker in "Asking For It: The Ethics and Erotics of Sexual Consent." We talk about the DVD and the implications of misconceived sexual cues. We also speak with Teresa Downing-Matibag, a sociologist from Iowa State University and Jerrod Koon, coordinator for the Men's Anti-Violence Council in Iowa City.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu September 16, 2010

Bonnie Rough

A graduate of the University of Iowa non-fiction writing program, Bonnie Rough's new book is "Carrier: Untangling the Danger in My DNA." Rough is a carrier of a rare genetic condition, hypohidriotic ectodermal dysplasia or HED. The memoir deals with modern medical science and the choices it offers new parents.

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News
11:00 pm
Wed September 15, 2010

Does "corn sugar" sound better than "high-fructose corn syrup"?

Morning Edition Host Sarah McCammon talks with Alan Willits of Cargill about a request before the FDA to allow the corn-based sweetener to be re-labeled as "corn sugar."

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

Politics Day

We get analysis of Tuesday's primaries in New Hampshire, Delaware and elsewhere from New Hampshire political analyst Arnie Arnesen and Political Science Professor Bruce Nesmith of Coe College. They'll also talk about the first Iowa gubernatorial debate between Chet Culver and Terry Branstad.

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