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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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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue August 31, 2010

What Football Means to Small Towns in Iowa

IPR's Charity Nebbe and her guests take a look at high school sports and how they define important cultural aspects of small towns across the state. Guests include Randy Hinkel, Madrid high school football coach; Scott Gonzales, publisher of The Guthrie Center Times; and Bud Legg of the Iowa High School Athletic Association.

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News
11:00 pm
Mon August 30, 2010

"Project Talent" wants to know how the Class of 1960 turned out

  A 50-year follow-up is in the works for a study involving 400,000 American high school students - including those at about two-dozen Iowa schools - in 1960.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Mon August 30, 2010

Harvest Public Media, Annie's Project & the 2010 Farm Progress Show

We'll meet Kathleen Masterson, the new agriculture reporter for IPR and hear more about the CPB grant that funds her position. Then, the founder of Annie's Project talks about efforts to empower more women to be part of the decision making process on their farms. Finally, we get a preview of the 2010 Farm Progress Show from Frank Holdmeyer, a former Farm Progress Show manager.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon August 30, 2010

Writing About Iowa

What are the challenges and opportunities facing writers who write about Iowa people, places and events for a regional and national audience? Guests are Trevor Meers, Executive Editor, Midwest Living magazine; Mike Chapman, publisher, Iowa History Journal; and Beth Wilson, editor, The Iowan magazine.

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Signals From Space
11:00 pm
Sun August 29, 2010

Signals From Space

Astronomers at the University of Iowa are learning that the sun is more unique that we used to believe. The key tool in their research is a massive radio telescope. Iowa Public Radio's Rick Fredericksen visited the observatory in this Radio Field Trip to eastern Iowa.

River to River
1:00 pm
Fri August 27, 2010

Iraqi Education Initiative & Flooding in Pakistan

The first students to be part of the Iraq Education Initiative at the University of Iowa have arrived on campus. Host Ben Kieffer speaks with Scott King, Assistant Dean of International Programs at University of Iowa, who will tell us more about the effort. We'll also have a conversation with Rauf Arif, a University of Iowa graduate student from Pakistan. As the tremendous flooding in Pakistan continues we'll talk about how Pakistanis in the U.S. are keeping tabs on what's happening back home and how they think the U.S. media is doing at covering the catastrophe.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri August 27, 2010

Horticulture Day

IPR's Charity Nebbe speaks with horticulturalists Richard Jauron and Cindy Haynes of Iowa State University. We'll hear about dividing perennials and getting them ready for winter and planting the bulbs that brighten the spring.

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News
11:00 pm
Thu August 26, 2010

Cristo Rei school

The latest concept in the ongoing struggle by educators in the state to stem the tide of high school dropouts is coming from the Des Moines Catholic Diocese. School officials there are looking into opening what's known as a Cristo Rei school. Iowa Public Radio's Rob Dillard tells us it would blend a rigorous academic program with a professional workplace experience.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Thu August 26, 2010

Hostile Takeover Attempt of Casey's General Stores & Business Philanthropy

Host Ben Kieffer talks about a Canadian company's hostile takeover attempt of Casey's General Stores. Casey's is based in Ankeny and operates more than fifteen hundred convenience stores. We'll discuss what Casey's is doing to defend itself and how the Canadian company is fighting back. Later in the hour, a conversation about business philanthropy and how businesses decide what to sponsor.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu August 26, 2010

Making Music Together

The project that has placed pianos in the Iowa City ped-mall demonstrates a well-understood truth: music draws people together. What is it about someone sitting down at a piano in a public place that makes us want to join in and sing? We'll talk to Steve West of West Music in Coralville; music therapist Mary Adamek; Eric Saylor, Drake University Musicologist; and Jennifer Hamilton with Prairie Harmony of Southeast Iowa, a "sacred harp" singer.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Wed August 25, 2010

Politics Day

Host Ben Kieffer talks with New Hampshire Political Analyst Arnie Arneson and University of Iowa Professor Emeritus Bruce Gronbeck. Among the topics discussed- a Republican official from Iowa questioning the authenticity of President Obama's faith and Iowa Gubernatorial Candidate Terry Branstad's plan to scrap the Iowa Department of Economic Development.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed August 25, 2010

Iowa's Art Museums

IPR's Charity Nebbe speaks with the next Director of the University of Iowa Museum of Art, Sean O'Harrow, currently Director of the Figge Art Museum in Davenport. The UI Museum has been without a home since the flood of 2008. Also, we hear about current exhibits and events at the Charles H. MacNider Art Museum in Mason City from Director Edie Blanchard and we'll get an update on how recent flooding in Ames has affected the Brunnier Art Museum at Iowa State. We'll talk to Allison Juull of University Museums at ISU.

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News
11:00 pm
Tue August 24, 2010

Economists say floods of 2008 had minimal impact statewide

Morning Edition Host Sarah McCammon talks with Iowa State University Economist Dave Swenson about findings that floods and other severe weather two years ago didn't mean a major economic hit to the state as a whole.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Tue August 24, 2010

Comedy Central's Aasif Mandvi & Congressman Bruce Braley

Actor and Writer Aasif Mandvi has been a regular on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart since 2007. Known as the shows "Senior Islamic Correspondent", Mandvi often appears in segments satirizing and commenting on Islam and India-related issues. Ben Kieffer talks with Mandvi about his work and his lecture this week at The University of Iowa. Later in the hour, Iowa Congressman Bruce Braley joins the program. He'll discuss the egg recall, the future of the Lake Delhi Dam recreation area, and his U.S. manufacturing tour.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue August 24, 2010

Dreaming of Nature

Robert Waggoner of Ames returns to the program. His book is: "Lucid Dreaming; Gateway to the Inner Self." This time, Robert discusses dreaming of nature, dreams and lucid dreams of animals, plants and the natural world.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Mon August 23, 2010

Books and a Paperless Society

Students across Iowa are returning to school this week. College students are purchasing books at university bookstores, but some are bypassing the process and seeking other alternatives. Amazon.com is selling more electronic books than printed ones. Are we moving toward a paperless book society? Ben Kieffer's guests are Nancy Simpson-Brice, founder of The Book Vault in Oskaloosa and Gary Frost, Book Conservator for the University of Iowa Main Library.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon August 23, 2010

Simon Estes

We welcome renowned operatic bass-baritone and Iowa native Simon Estes. Mr. Estes is an artist-in-residence at Wartburg College and is teaching for the next few weeks at Iowa State University. IPR's Charity Nebbe speaks with him about his new CD, "Save the Children, Save Their Lives," and his "Wings and Roots" tour of Iowa, presenting a concert in each of the state's 99 counties.

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