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

Peter Buffett/Scott Simon

The guest for the first part of the program is the son of the billionaire investor Warren Buffett, who talks to IPR's Charity Nebbe about his recent memoir "Life is What You Make It." In the second half-hour, Charity speaks with NPR's Scott Simon. The beloved host of "Weekend Edition Saturday" has a new book: "Baby, We Were Meant for Each Other: In Praise of Adoption."

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Iowa Archives
5:00 am
Wed September 15, 2010

Jack Shelley 1912-2010

Jack Shelley (left) helps news reporter Rick Fredericksen with IPR awards won at the Iowa Broadcast News Association
Credit Rick Fredericksen

A beloved Iowa journalist is being remembered today. Jack Shelley passed away last night at the age of 98. Shelley was there in the early days of radio and television and sent home riveting stories from WWII. We look back at the career of this pioneer broadcaster. Sounds from 1945-1953 in Guam, Belgium, Tokyo Bay and the state of Nevada. Major events related to the atomic bomb are closely linked to Shelley's news coverage. Old audio is from WHO's original recordings, on fire at the Archives of Iowa Broadcasting.

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

Liberal Universities

Numerous studies have found that University campuses are liberal places and the vast majority of faculty self-identify as "liberal" when asked about their political leanings. New research, however, shows that a professor's political beliefs have little impact on the political beliefs of their students. Additionally, faculty rarely report being the victims of political discrimination. Host Ben Kieffer is joined by researchers to talk about these findings.

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

Wildlife Day with Jim Pease

Wildlife expert, Dr. Jim Pease, is Charity Nebbe's guest. This time, it's "Do the Shuffle!" not a new dance, but the annual mass movement of critters each fall.

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

Civility/The Big Sort

Americans are self-segregating… clustering themselves into like-minded communities. That’s according to Bill Bishop, the author of "The Big Sort." We’ll talk with Bishop in advance of an appearance at Drake University as part of the "Better Together Creating Community through Civility" speaker series. Then we talk with sponsors of the series about the state of civility in Iowa.

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

American Terroir/A Taste of Heaven

Terroir, a French term usually associated with wine, is what James Beard Award winning author Rowan Jacobsen defines as "foods that are what they are because of where they come from." IPR's Charity Nebbe talks to Jacobsen and another food-writer, Madeline Scherb, author of "A Taste of Heaven, a Guide to Food and Drink Made by Monks and Nuns," which includes a section on Our Lady of the Mississippi Abbey (near Dubuque).

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News
11:00 pm
Sat September 11, 2010

Long time University of Iowa Softball coach Gayle Blevins retires.

University of Iowa Softball coach Gayle Blevins is the second most winning coach in Division one history. In thirty-one years of coaching, she never had a losing season. She's led her teams to seven Women's College World Series appearances and has won eight Big Ten titles, five of them at Iowa. Blevins retired earlier this year after leading the Hawkeyes for twenty-three years. She explains what she plans to do next.

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

Benefits of time outdoors

A new study by the National Wildlife Federation highlights findings that show children who spend more time outdoors have better attention spans, do better academically, and perform better on standardized tests. But, children are spending less and less time outdoors than ever before. We'll talk about what schools can and are doing to get kids outside, and explore opportunities outside of school to reconnect with nature.

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

Horticulture Friday

Dave Minner and Cindy Haynes of Iowa State University talk to Charity Nebbe and answer your questions about fall lawn care and other topics.

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News
11:00 pm
Thu September 9, 2010

Transitioning Iowa's Farms

In the next decade or so, Iowa could be facing some big changes in land ownership. Nearly 60 percent of farmland in Iowa is owned by people aged 65 and older. As landowners age there will likely be lots turnover. Some are worried that much of the land will get bought up by big businesses. One program called FarmOn is working to keep family farms in family hands, though not necessarily the same family.

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News
11:00 pm
Thu September 9, 2010

Grassley vs. Conlin

Iowa Republican Senator Chuck Grassley and his Democratic challenger Roxanne Conlin had their first joint appearance of the campaign, sparring on a range of issues on Iowa Public Television’s Iowa Press. Conlin questions what the incumbent can do in another 6 years in the Senate that he hasn’t already done in 30.

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

Suicide Prevention Efforts in Iowa

This week is National Suicide Prevention Week. We'll have a conversation about steps being taken to prevent suicide in Iowa. We'll talk with the brother of someone who took his life in 2007 and how he's coping. Also, we'll have a conversation about prevention efforts in communities.

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

Home Improvement Day

Bill McAnally of Ft. Dodge, our home improvement guru, answers your questions. Topics include getting ready for frost and frozen ground and what happens if we pressure wash our houses to prep for these last warm painting days.

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

Politics Day

Host Ben Kieffer talks with ISU Political Science Professors Dick Mansbach and Steffen Schmidt about U.S. policy in Iraq and Afghanistan and the next round of Middle East peace negotiations.

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

Ape House: a Novel

Writer Sara Gruen speaks with IPR's Charity Nebbe. Gruen, author of the highly-regarded "Water for Elephants," did much of her 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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News
11:00 pm
Tue September 7, 2010

Al Bell

If you grew up in small town Iowa during the 1950s, 60s and 70s, you probably met Al Bell. He was the charismatic world traveler who delighted thousands of school kids with his adventures to such far flung places as the Peruvian jungle and the Egyptian desert. Now, as Iowa Public Radio's Rob Dillard tells us, he's being remembered this weekend at a film festival that bears his name.

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

International Writers on Current Events

Within the past few days, 38 writers from more than 30 different countries have arrived in Iowa. They're the newest residents of the University of Iowa's International Writing Program. Host Ben Kieffer talks with resident writers from Russia, Pakistan and New Zealand, along with the program's director poet and essayist Christopher Merrill. We'll see how their work is informed by current events and what they hope to accomplish during their 10 weeks in Iowa.

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

Word Maven

Iowa native Patrica O'Conner, author of "Words Fail Me" and other language books, returns to the program with Charity Nebbe to talk about our use and misuse of the English language. One of the hour's topics will be Midwest colloquialisms.

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News
11:00 pm
Mon September 6, 2010

Deja vu candidates

When voters head to the polls this fall, in some districts the names of the challengers will look as familiar as the incumbents. The most obvious of course is Terry Branstad as he vies for another stint as Governor following a 12 year absence. But Iowa Public Radio's Jeneane Beck reports he's not the only Republican looking to return to the statehouse after some time away.

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

Tailgating Rules

New rules for tailgating in Iowa City will take effect this weekend at the Hawkeyes' home opener. We'll talk about what's driving the crackdown and find out how other Big Ten schools are trying to curb drinking at home football games. Guests include Paula Jantz, Associate Athletic Director and David Visin, Associate Director of Public Safety at University of Iowa… David Crum, University of Minnesota Associate Athletic Director and Jeremy Freerks Board member for The Magic Bus tailgate.

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

Hort Friday

Iowa State horticulturalists Richard Jauron and Kathleen Delate are Charity Nebbe's guests. They'll begin with a discussion of organic and sustainable horticultural practices.

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News
11:00 pm
Thu September 2, 2010

Rural Schools Scrambling To Meet Education Standards

As Iowa's population is shifting from rural to urban, the schools they're leaving behind are partnering to provide educational excellence while remaining fiscally solvent.

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News
11:00 pm
Thu September 2, 2010

Iowa Struggles to Help the Mentally Ill Homeless

Homelessness in Iowa has risen nearly forty percent since last year. With some 28,000 people homeless across the state, there's increasing pressure on a system that's struggled to help one population in particular: the homeless and mentally ill. Iowa Public Radio's Kate Wells reports.

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

Zappos' CEO Tony Hsieh on "Delivering Happiness" & Entrepreneurship in Iowa

In 1999, twenty-four year old Tony Hsieh (pronounced Shay) sold an internet company to Microsoft for $265 million. Now, the CEO of the online shoe retailer, Zappos, Hsieh writes and speaks about delivering happiness through great customer service. Thursday on "The Exchange" Tony Hsieh joins host Ben Kieffer. We'll also talk about entrepreneurial training at the college level in Iowa and we'll speak with one University of Northern Iowa student, Nick Cash, who's a finalist for college entrepreneur of the year.

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

Technology Day

Iowa State University computer consultant Jeff Balvanz joins IPR's Charity Nebbe for a technology update, and of course, we welcome your calls, e-mails and tweets.

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News
11:00 pm
Wed September 1, 2010

Drake's "D+" recruitment campaign raises some eyebrows

Morning Edition Host Sarah McCammon talks with Tom Delahunt of Drake University about the new D+ logo and marketing campaign.

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

Politics Day

Host Ben Kieffer will be joined by Dennis Goldford, Professor of Politics in the Department of Politics and International Relations at Drake University, and Cary Covington, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Iowa. They'll dissect President Barack Obama's address to the nation on Tuesday. Also, the Iowa GOP has announced that Sarah Palin is coming to the state for the party's annual Ronald Reagan dinner later this month. The appearance is fueling speculation that Palin will seek the GOP presidential nomination in 2012.

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

Laura Ingalls Wilder Remembered

We look at the life and work of the author of the "Little House" series of books, who will be celebrated Sept. 6 at the Hoover Presidential Library and Museum in West Branch. Charity Nebbe's guests include Solon resident Sarah Uthoff, vice-president of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Legacy and Research Foundation and Amy Lauters, professor at Minnesota State University in Mankato, author of "The Rediscovered Writings of Rose Wilder Land" and founder of the website Beyondlittlehouse.com and Laurapolooza.

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News
11:00 pm
Tue August 31, 2010

Tractor Rides

Organizers of The Farm Progress show underway near Boone are boasting that one the exhibits is Big Bud the World's Largest Tractor. Even so, a growing number of agriculture enthusiasts are content to remember the good old days when tractors could share the road with other vehicles. Iowa Public Radios Pat Blank reports.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Tue August 31, 2010

The Mother Mosque of America & Pulitzer-prize winning and University of Iowa author Marilynne

Host Ben Kieffer talks with Imam Taha Tawil, the Imam for the Mother Mosque of America, which has been in Cedar Rapids since 1934. Then, we'll have a conversation with Pulitzer-prize-winning author Marilynne Robinson of the Iowa Writers' Workshop. In her new book, "Absence of Mind," she takes up the religion vs. science debate, challenging those who crusade against religion under the banner of science.

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