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River to River
1:00 pm
Fri July 16, 2010

Arne Duncan and Russell Osgood

Guest host Alex Heuer interviews U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan during a discussion about teacher jobs, Race to the Top funding and No Child Left Behind. Then, a conversation with the retiring President of Grinnell College, Russell Osgood. What has changed on Grinnell's campus since 1998? This plus tuition affordability and financial aid reform.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri July 16, 2010

Hort Friday

Horticulture gang members Richard Jauron and Jennifer Bousselot of Iowa State University take your phone and e-mail questions. IPR's Charity Nebbe hosts.

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News
11:00 pm
Thu July 15, 2010

Guard Seeks Retirees

The Iowa National Guard this week announced more than two-dozen send-off ceremonies for the 28-hundred soldiers headed for Afghanistan. The large deployment will make it difficult for the guard to fulfill one of its core missions, to respond to disasters in its home state. To increase the number of boots on the ground, the Guard is now recruiting retired service men and women to serve as its eyes and ears in local communities.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Thu July 15, 2010

CopShock & Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

The Department of Veterans Affairs has made it easier for veterans to receive benefits after being diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. But who else is affected by PTSD? We speak with Allen Kates, author of "CopShock, Surviving Post Traumatic Stress Disorder" during a discussion about how the disorder affects more than just military servicemen and women and investigate how it affects policemen and women and emergency first responders.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu July 15, 2010

Home Improvement Day

Home Improvement Guru Bill McAnally of Ft. Dodge speaks with IPR's Charity Nebbe and takes your calls. From concerns about drafty old windows to leaky basements during this wet summer, Bill will share his wisdom with IPR listeners.

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Arts and Culture
11:00 pm
Wed July 14, 2010

American Dream Machine

Despite the sluggish auto economy, sales never did slow down for an exclusive Iowa car dealership. In fact, the company has attracted some of the nation's biggest celebrities. Iowa Public Radio's Rick Fredericksen reports from American Dream Machines.

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News
11:00 pm
Wed July 14, 2010

Emus

The annual convention for emu (ee-mew) ranchers is in Des Moines this weekend. Many people started raising these big birds from Australia as an alternative source of revenue when times turned tough on the farm in the 1980s and 90s. There are far fewer in the business today. But Iowa Public Radio's Rob Dillard reports those who persevered say the sales of emu meat and emu oil are about to take off.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Wed July 14, 2010

Technology on the Brain

A recent Iowa State University study suggests that some kinds of technology contribute to attention problems in children, specifically television and video games. What is technology doing to our brains? Is the internet changing how we process information? Does it affect how well we pay attention? We speak with Iowa State University Associate Professor Douglas Gentile about his findings along with Nicholas Carr, author of "The Shallows, What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains."

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed July 14, 2010

Politics Wednesday

An hour of political chat, covering both Iowa and national issues. IPR's Charity Nebbe speaks with New Hampshire political analyst Arnie Arnesen; Dianne Bystrom of Iowa State University and Todd Dorman of the Cedar Rapids Gazette.

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Arts and Culture
11:00 pm
Tue July 13, 2010

Daytrotter.com Highlighting Independent Musicians

Recording music is often a long process. It's not unusual for each song to have multiple takes, edits, and mixes taking weeks to complete. But a small studio in the Quad Cities keeps the recording process quick and simple and has gained a national reputation.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Tue July 13, 2010

Proclaiming Disaster

With a third of Iowa's counties proclaimed disaster areas after being ravaged by severe storms and rain, we take a look at state disaster proclamations. What do they mean and how do they effect the populous living in them? Guest host Alex Heuer speaks with Iowa's Administrator of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and the Emergency Management Coordinator from Warren county. Then, a discussion of price-gouging in the wake of severe weather.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue July 13, 2010

Second Annual Iowa City Book Festival

Iowa City, a UNESCO City of Literature, hosts its second annual Book Festival July 16-18. IPR's Charity Nebbe speaks to event co-director Kristi Bontrager; Jeanette Pilak, executive director, UNESCO City of Literature; and John Coy, 2010 Resident Author at the Iowa City Public Library.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Mon July 12, 2010

Homeless in Iowa

Last year there was a 38 percent increase in Iowa's homeless population bringing the state to over 23,000 people without shelter. We hear the story of one young man fighting to get back on his feet and speak with representatives from the YMCA of Greater Des Moines to talk about plans for a $243,000 grant to help Iowa’s homeless.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon July 12, 2010

Brain Drain in Iowa

Iowa is losing its young people. Young professionals in the state look elsewhere for opportunity and excitement. IPR's Charity Nebbe talks with guests about the problem of brain drain and what can and is being done to attract and retain young professionals in the state. Guests include: Bill Menner, State Director of Rural Development, Rachel Judisch, former chair of the Generation Iowa Commission and blogger Pete Jones, creator of desmoinesisnotboring.com.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Fri July 9, 2010

Drugs, Inc.

We investigate the most abused drugs in our society - cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin and how they affect the lives of their abusers. Host Ben Kieffer speaks with Dr. Greg Scott who will be featured in an upcoming National Geographic Channel mini-series, Drugs, Inc. and Gary Kendell from the Governor's Office of Drug Control Policy.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri July 9, 2010

Horticulture Friday

IPR's Julie Englander hosts the program with Richard Jauron of the horticulture faculty at Iowa State University and Mark Vitosh of Iowa City, DNR District Forester.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Thu July 8, 2010

Air Quality in Iowa

Later this year, the Environmental Protection agency will implement stricter air quality standards. Host Ben Kieffer discusses Iowa's current air quality with specialists from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, the Iowa Environmental Council, and the Environmental Health Science Research Center at the University of Iowa. Iowa has pretty good air quality, doesn't it?

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu July 8, 2010

Roman Religion and the Cult of Diana/William Golding

IPR's Dennis Reese speaks with Carin and Peter Green, professors of Classics at the University of Iowa. Carin's new book is: "Roman Religion and the Cult of Diana at Aricia." Later, Peter Green will discuss his New Republic review of a new book about the life of author William Golding. The author of "Lord of the Flies" was a close friend of Green.

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Business and Economy
11:00 pm
Wed July 7, 2010

China's labor shortage hits home

Soaring labor costs in China and a strengthening Chinese currency that makes exports more expensive is being felt in Iowa. Products, especially electronic components are becoming harder to get and in some cases are slowing the progress of building projects. Iowa Public Radio's Pat Blank talks with Des Moines architect Tim Hickman about how China's economy and the economic climate of other countries factors into the budget of projects here.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Wed July 7, 2010

Toying with Religion

We speak with the author of Toying with God, the World of Religious Games and Dolls and discuss the increasing commercialization of religion. Does the sale of religious toys make faith less sacred or does it make faith less abstract? We also discuss how children take to religous games and dolls with Superintendent Robert Stouffer of Des Moines Christian Schools.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed July 7, 2010

Politics Day

IPR's Jonathan Ahl speaks with New Hampshire political pundit Arnie Arnesen and Jason Clayworth, statehouse reporter for the Des Moines Register.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Tue July 6, 2010

Tattoos

In an archived program from last August, host Ben Kieffer talks with tattoo artist Jeff Johnson. Johnson's book "Tattoo Machine" chronicles his 18 years working as a tattoo artist. Also joing the conversation is Katie Armetta of Advanced Laser Clinics in the Quad Cities. Katie discusses the process of removing body tattoos.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue July 6, 2010

Wildlife Day with Jim Pease

Wildlife expert, Dr. Jim Pease, gives us a refresher course on Iowa's herons, part of the "Colonial Waterbird Group." Also, we hear about this fall's referendum on the Iowa Constitutional Amendment called "IWiLL," the Iowa Water and Land Legacy.

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Arts and Culture
11:00 pm
Mon July 5, 2010

Economy Impacts Family Pets

Iowans hit hard by the economy are losing more than their jobs or their houses. In many cases, they face losing their pets. Iowa Public Radio's Rick Fredericksen begins his story in southern Iowa.

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News
11:00 pm
Sun July 4, 2010

Bellevue parade tragedy

Officials in the eastern Iowa town of Bellevue are trying to sort out the events that led to one person being killed and another two dozen injuries during the annual Fourth of July parade. Iowa Public Radio's Pat Blank reports (IPR's Dean Borg provided audio).

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Arts and Culture
11:00 pm
Sat July 3, 2010

Spoon's Britt Daniel: Indy rock sound appealing to large audiences

Yesterday was first day for the third annual 80/35 two day music festival. 17,000 went downtown Des Moines to hear twenty bands on three stages including last night’s headliner Spoon a group that has gained wide popularity in the indy rock and mainstream music world. Hours before Spoon played Iowa Public Radio’s John Pemble talks with Spoon’s lead singer Britt Daniel about how the band’s independent sound is doing well with large audiences across the country.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Fri July 2, 2010

University of Iowa President Sally Mason & USDA Rural Development

Guest host Dean Borg talks with University of Iowa President Sally Mason. They'll talk about the University’s continuing efforts to recover from the floods of 2008 and the economic recession. Also, a conversation about the University’s partnership with the city of Iowa City to maintain the law which bans people under the age of 21 from bars after 10pm. Later in the hour, guest host Katherine Perkins talks with the United States Department of Agriculture’s Under Secretary for Rural Development, Dallas Tonsager.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri July 2, 2010

Hort Friday

IPR's Julie Englander host Horticulture Friday with Iowa State University's Richard Jauron and Donald Lewis.

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News
11:00 pm
Thu July 1, 2010

Iowa town grilling world's largest pork burger this July 4th weekend

Morning Edition Host Sarah McCammon talks with Tom Greene, an organizer of an effort in Humboldt to set a world record for the largest pork burger ever.

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