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5:00 am
Sat January 30, 2010

Frankie Sardo, Last Interview

The Surf Ballroom is holding its Winter Dance Party next week in Clear Lake. Among the rock and roll legends scheduled to attend is the man who performed the opening act at the tragic Winter Dance Party in 1959. This will be his first trip back.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Fri January 29, 2010

Red Light Cameras and Iowa State experts discuss the egg industry

Should we use technology to catch people running red lights and reduce accidents? Cedar Rapids is the latest city to install red light cameras at intersections. Other cities are thinking about installing them while some states are voting to ban them altogether. We debate the pros and cons of red light cameras with representatives from law enforcement, the insurance industry and the American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa. Then, a look at the evolution of the egg industry with two Iowa State University professors featured on the History Channel Modern Marvels program.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri January 29, 2010

The Big Lebowski/Relief Supplies

We'll hear from an Iowa contributor, Craig Owens of Drake Univ., a contributor to the new book "The Year's Work in Lebowski Studies," also a update on transporting relief to supplies to Haiti from Univ. of Iowa Prof. Ann Campbell.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Thu January 28, 2010

Radon in Iowa

January is Radon Action Month in Iowa. We'll talk with Rick Welke from the Iowa Department of Public Health's Radon program about why the colorless, odorless gas is such a problem in Iowa.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu January 28, 2010

Iowa Museum Updates

We'll hear about the latest news from two of Iowa's museums, The National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library in Cedar Rapids and the Figge Art Museum in Davenport.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Wed January 27, 2010

The history of the ACT and standardized testing

Dick Ferguson, CEO and Chairman of ACT will talk about the history of the test, which is the subject of a new exhibit at the State Historical Museum, and how the test has evolved over time. Then, College Admissions officials from Iowa State University will discuss how the ACT and other tests are used for college admissions.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed January 27, 2010

Politics Wednesday

It's politics day with Steffen Schmidt of Iowa State University and Arnie Arnesen, host of New Hampshire's "Political Chowder"

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River to River
1:00 pm
Tue January 26, 2010

Native American sports nicknames and Coach Ben Jacobson

Are team names like the Redskins racially offensive? Anthropologist Christina Gish Berndt of Iowa State University says the use of indian imagery goes back to pre-Revolutionary War times when Americans wanted to set themselves apart from Europeans. Then, UNI men's basketball Coach Ben Jacobson talks about the secret to the success of mid-major conferences. The Panthers won an automatic birth to the NCAA tournament last year, and this year boasted one of the longest winning streaks in college basketball.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue January 26, 2010

Sleep Doctor

Dr. Mark Dyken, Univ. of Iowa Professor of Neurology and Director of the UI Sleep Disorders Center, takes your calls about your sleep concerns.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Mon January 25, 2010

Tax Credit Debate

In 2007, the state awarded more than 400 million dollars in tax credits. In these lean economic times, are tax credits a necessary stimulus or a drain on state resources better spent on schools and kids? Among the guests- Peter Fischer of the Iowa Policy Project, Chris Nelson of Kemin Industries in Des Moines and State Senator Herman Quirmbach.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon January 25, 2010

Barney on Brahms/Ag News

Barney Sherman, IPR's morning classical host, discusses his new articles exploring the composer Johannes Brahms and his complicated relationship with an instrument that was transformed during his era, the horn. Later, an agriculture update with Doug Cooper.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Fri January 22, 2010

Reverend James Lawson and Northern Iowa Negro Spiritual

The Reverend James Lawson spent 14 months in prison after declaring himself a conscious objector and refusing to report for the draft in 1951. He later went to India to study the principles of nonviolent resistance from Ghandi. He met Martin Luther King Jr. and worked with him until King's death. Lawson is in Iowa City this week to discuss King and the human rights movement. Then a conversation with Celeste Bembry of the University of Northern Iowa's College of Humanities and Fine Arts. Bembery discusses UNI's School of Music concert focusing on the negro spiritual genre.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri January 22, 2010

The Hort Gang

Julie Englander talks to the horticulture team from Iowa State University and takes your calls.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Thu January 21, 2010

Iowa Community College Report and Teacher of the Year candidate

Members of the state Board of Education have received an update on the condition of community colleges. Enrollment numbers have continued to spike and the 15 state institutions are struggling to deal with budget cuts and one-time federal stimulus funds at a time when more displaced workers are seeking new employment skills. We discuss the report with Steve Ovel of Kirkwood Community College. Later in the hour, a conversation with Johnston High School teacher Sarah Brown Wessling, a finalist for the National Teacher of the Year award.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu January 21, 2010

Patterns of the Past

We hear about the latest exhibit at the Hoover Presidential Museum in West Branch, exploring a century of American quilting.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Wed January 20, 2010

Copyright Criminals

The practice of remixing existing bits and pieces of sound to create new music is a central component of hip-hop and other musical forms. But, recycling someone else’s music without permission is also copyright Infringement. Ben Kieffer talks with U of I Associate professor Kembrew McLeod and UI alum Benjamin Franzen about their documentary film "Copyright Criminals" which examines this ongoing debate.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed January 20, 2010

Politics Wednesday

IPR News Director Jonathan Ahl talks to Steffen Schmidt of Iowa State and Arnie Arnesen, host of New Hampshire's "Political Chowder."

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River to River
1:00 pm
Tue January 19, 2010

Chimpanzees

ISU Associate Professor of Anthropology, Jill Pruetz and Dr. Ben Beck, Conservation Director of the Great Ape Trust of Iowa discuss chimp research and findings.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue January 19, 2010

The Decade in Iowa Food

We'll hear three views on how Iowa eating habits and restaurants have changed since 2000. Guests are Kurt Friese of Edible Iowa River Valley, Kim Friese of Devotay Restaurant and Matt Steigerwald of the Lincoln Cafe in Mt. Vernon.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Mon January 18, 2010

Government Reorganization with Governor Chet Culver

Jeneane Beck talks about Governor Culver's push for government reorganization. Guests in the first half of the program include State Representative Mary Mascher and State Senator Randy Feenstra. Then, Governor Culver discusses reorganizaion and other legislative priorities.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon January 18, 2010

Wapsipinicon Almanac/Ag News

Issue 16 of Iowa's Wapsipinicon Almanac is out, still published on a 19th century letterpress in Anamosa. We'll hear from publisher Tim Fay and contributors Joe Artz and Will Thomson. Later, the latest agriculture news from Doug Cooper.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Fri January 15, 2010

Haiti update and American Psyche Spreading Overseas

Ben Kieffer talks with U of I Emergency Room Dr. Christopher Buresh. Dr. Buresh recently returned from Haiti, and is now collecting relief supplies to take on a return trip. Then, author Ethan Watters talks about his book, "Crazy Like Us," in which he contends the U.S. is changing the sypmptoms and prevalence of mental illness around the world.

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