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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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Arts and Culture
11:00 pm
Thu July 1, 2010

Magnificent Grant Wood Stained Glass Window Rededication in Cedar Rapids

A different type of Independence Day celebration will take place this weekend in Cedar Rapids. Community leaders and residents will gather for the rededication of a magnificent stained glass window which honors American veterans. Iowa Public Radio's Alex Heuer has the story of the only known stained glass window designed by Iowa artist Grant Wood.

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

Iowa Bourbon Whiskey Makes Debut & Iowa Connections to Al Capone

The first bourbon whiskey made from Iowa corn and distilled in the state since the end of Prohibition is making its debut. Host Ben Kieffer explores why a distillery in Swisher decided to create the new Iowa bourbon. We also travel back to the Prohibition Era with Jonathan Eig, author of a new biography of Al Capone. He will tell us about gangster Al Capone’s bootleg liquor connections in Iowa.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu July 1, 2010

Technology Day with Jeff Balvanz

It's our monthly tech update with Jeff Balvanz, computer consultant at Iowa State University. The discussion will include the latest security issues, Iowa's new interactive broadband availability website and looking ahead to Windows 8, and lots more.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Wed June 30, 2010

Iowa's Connections to Gulf Oil Spill

Researchers at the University of Iowa are studying the native grasses along the gulf, hoping to restore marshlands once they become contaminated with oil. Host Alex Heuer talks with UI Professor Jerry Schnoor about the study. Later, a conversation with Jerry Enzler, Executive Director of the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium in Dubuque. The museum has just unveiled a Gulf of Mexico exhibit that depicts the effects of the oil spill.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed June 30, 2010

Politics Wednesday

IPR's Jeneane Beck takes up the wide world of politics with political pundit Arnie Arnesen and Drake University Professor Rachel Caufield.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Tue June 29, 2010

New Iowa Laws

Host Dean Borg talks with a researcher about Iowa's new texting ban, a victim advocate and law enforcement trainer about the firearms possession ban for those convicted of domestic assault, a state senator about floodplain mapping, and a preschool teacher and director about the expansion of preschool grants. All are new laws going into effect July 1st in Iowa.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue June 29, 2010

Team PrISUm/Sen. Dennis Black, "Profiles of Valor"

IPR's Dennis Reese speaks with Pat Sanderson, an mechanical engineering major at Iowa State and Project Director of Team PrISUm. The group of students built "Anthelion," Iowa State's entry in the American Solar Challenge. Later, we hear from State Senator Dennis Black of Lynnville, his new book, "Profiles of Valor," tells the story of 56 men and one woman from Iowa who served in the Civil War. Sen. Black also tells us about his discovery of a rare copy of the Declaration of Independence in the Iowa Historical Building.

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Agriculture and Harvest Public Media
11:00 pm
Mon June 28, 2010

Fair weather crops

The effects of severe weather over the weekend continue to be felt today (Tuesday) with wind damage and heavy rain in Northwest Iowa and potential flooding in Central Iowa. Thousands of acres of cropland are underwater in Western Iowa and will not be able to be salvaged, but for farmers in other parts of the state, this week’s sunshine and low humidity is a welcome break. Iowa Public Radio’s Pat Blank talks with Iowa State University extension agronomist Mark Westgate.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Mon June 28, 2010

Fireworks in Iowa

With the Fourth of July quickly approaching, we discuss fireworks in our state. We speak with a firework display operator from J & M Displays, Iowa's own professional firework display company. What goes on behind the scenes before, during and after a display? Then a conversation about the dangers of playing with pyrotechnics without professional training.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon June 28, 2010

Breathless: Jean Seberg

IPR's Dennis Reese talks to Iowa author Garry McGee about his new biography of the late actress and Marshalltown native, Jean Seberg, who had roles in 37 films in the United States and Europe.

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Statehouse and Politics
11:00 pm
Sun June 27, 2010

GOP Chair says he's not concerned about a possible Vander Plaats third-party run

Morning Edition Host Sarah McCammon talks with Republican Party of Iowa Chairman Matt Strawn about the Lieutenant Governor nominee vote at the party's convention over the weekend.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Fri June 25, 2010

Iowa Regents University Presidents

Host Ben Kieffer talks with Iowa State University President Gregory Geoffroy about the Cyclones' Big 12 scare, and state funding for the Regents institutions. Then, University of Northern Iowa President Benjamin Allen talks about competition for Iowa college students.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri June 25, 2010

Horticulture Day

Julie Englander hosts ISU Extension Horticulturist Richard Jauron and Extension Plant Pathologist Laura Jesse to answer your lawn and garden questions.

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Arts and Culture
11:00 pm
Thu June 24, 2010

Des Moines Metro Opera with less Robert Larsen

Tonight when the Des Moines Metro Opera begins its new season it will be the first time a production is directed by someone other than Doctor Robert Larsen. Since he founded the organization in nineteen seventy three Larsen has overseen nearly every aspect of the Des Moines Metro Opera but this year he decided to significantly reduce his role as sole leader.

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News
11:00 pm
Thu June 24, 2010

University of Iowa team researching ways to preserve plant life, clean up Gulf oil

Morning Edition Host Sarah McCammon talks with University of Iowa graduate student researcher Aaron Gwinnup about his work along the southern Louisiana coast.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Thu June 24, 2010

Gangs in Iowa

Earlier this month in Iowa City a group of kids, some as young as twelve years old, were arrested during a gang initiation ritual. We'll talk about gang activity in Iowa and what's being done to stop it. Guests include the founder and CEO of Creative Visions in Des Moines. Part of the group's mission is to work with at-risk youth and families affected by gangs. Also, a conversation with a man who just finished serving time in prison for gang-related activities.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu June 24, 2010

Film, Character and Gem Sweaters

Jonathan Ahl talks to Tanna Frederick one the founders of Clear Lake’s Annual Iowa Film Festival. The fourth festival happens July 16-18th. Then Amy Smit of Character Counts in Iowa tells us about the annual awards that honor Iowas who uphold the six pillars of character. In the second half, John Pemble talks to Ames artist Leslie Hall about her Des Moines Art Center exhibit featuring flamboyant gem sweaters, profile pictures and videos of her hip hop songs about crafting.

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Statehouse and Politics
11:00 pm
Wed June 23, 2010

Raw milk advocates challenge FDA

Two Iowans are among a group of plaintiffs asking a court to assert their right to buy unpasteurized milk from surrounding states where it is legal, and bring it back to Iowa.

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News
11:00 pm
Wed June 23, 2010

Dumont evacuation

Governor Chet Culver has added Franklin County to a disaster empergency proclamation because of severe weather. The county was added today after powerful storms hit North Iowa with heavy rains and caused flash flooding. Residents of Butler County are also feeling the affects of the severe weather. 60 of the 600 residents of Dumont have been forced from their homes after the river that runs though their town spilled over its banks. Butler County Emergency Services Director Mitch Nordmeyer talks with Iowa Public Radio's Pat Blank.

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