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Business and Economy
11:00 pm
Sun May 23, 2010

Community banks fear impact of Wall Street reforms

Some small-town Iowa bankers say while they support reforms aimed at big banks, they shouldn't have to deal with additional regulations aimed at Wall Street.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Fri May 21, 2010

Reporters Roundtable

Des Moines Register Columnist Kathie Obradovich and Cedar Rapids Gazette Political Reporter James Lynch join Ben Kieffer to discuss the recent visit by the Dalai Lama, the last gubernatorial debate before the primary and Vice-President Joe Biden's trip to Iowa to endorse Governor Culver.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri May 21, 2010

Hort Gang Friday

IPR's Julie Englander speaks with Richard Jauron of Iowa State University and D.N.R. District Forester Mark Vitosh of Iowa City.

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Education
11:00 pm
Thu May 20, 2010

Healthy Kids Act

As Iowa schools wind down the academic year students may have to say goodbye to some of their favorite snacks in the lunch room. Starting next fall schools must follow new healthy food guidelines. Iowa Public Radio's Jeneane Beck reports the rules are getting mixed reviews from school administrators and students.

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Statehouse and Politics
11:00 pm
Thu May 20, 2010

Abortion Protest

Planned Parenthood of Eastern Iowa observed its 30th anniversary in Cedar Rapids. Protesters from several states showed up. Anti-abortion activists are unhappy about a new program expanding abortion services to small rural communities.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Thu May 20, 2010

Cashless Society

Debit card usage has climbed fourfold since 1999 and the Payments Council predicts that banknotes and coins will be used for fewer than half of all transactions in the next five years. We examine the prospects of a cashless society with a University of Iowa Finance Professor and the leader of a Des Moines business offering a web-based technology for transferring money.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu May 20, 2010

Radon/Dog Bites/Iowa Youth Diaries

An interview with University of Iowa environmental health expert Dr. R. William Field begins this eclectic hour. Dr. Field discusses a recent report from the President's Cancer Panel that says radon is an underestimated cancer risk that needs to be better addressed. Next we hear from Mick McAuliffe of the Animal Rescue League of Iowa about the increasing number of reported dog bite cases. In segment three, Kathrine Moermond and University of Iowa student assistant Molly Moser talk about the "Iowa Youth Diaries" exhibit at the Old Capitol Museum in Iowa City.

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Statehouse and Politics
11:00 pm
Wed May 19, 2010

Final Gubernatorial Debate

Two of the Republican candidates for Governor attacked one another’s creditability during the final debate of the Primary season. Bob Vander Plaats questioned Terry Branstad's trustworthiness, while Branstad questioned Vander Plaats understanding of state government. The third candidate Rod Roberts tried to remain above the fray and afterward warned the bickering is dividing the party.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Wed May 19, 2010

Iowa Refugees

Since 1975 more than 30-thousand refugees have come to Iowa to find a home. It began with Governor Robert Ray as Vietnamese families fled war and persecution. Now 35 years later, two of Iowa's three refugee resettlement agencies are suspending their programs. What does it mean for the state and the refugees currently living in Iowa? Host Jeneane Beck talks with Governor Robert Ray and the Bureau Chief of the Iowa Bureau of Refugee Services.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed May 19, 2010

Politics Wednesday

IPR's Jonathan Ahl hosts a political update with analysts Steffen Schmidt of Iowa State and Arnie Arneson of New Hampshire.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Tue May 18, 2010

American-Chinese Connection

In the past few years the number of Chinese students seeking an American education has seen a considerable increase. Even American prep schools have been busy recruiting China's best and brighest. We examine the great U.S.-China student exchange with Chinese students in Iowa and Iowa students seeking an education overseas. Plus, an interview with NPR Shanghai correspondent Louisa Lim.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue May 18, 2010

Concurrent Sexual Partnerships/The Hotel at Kirkwood Center

IPR's Dennis Reese talks to Univ. of Iowa Sociology Professor Anthony Paik about his recent study on the potential dangers of "hooking up" with a stranger or acquaintance. Later, we hear about the nation's newest "teaching" hotel about to open in Cedar Rapids. "The Hotel at Kirkwood Center" will be one of only seven such facilities in the nation, designed to train students in Hospitality Arts programs. We hear from Lee Belfield, Melanie Ewalt and Jean Rogers.

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Education
11:00 pm
Mon May 17, 2010

Dalai Lama visits UNI

Three or four Tibetan students typically study at the University of Northern Iowa each year as part of a program involving about a dozen universities.. This week not only are the students on campus, so is the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhists, the Dalai Lama.. Iowa Public Radio’s Pat Blank reports.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Mon May 17, 2010

Human Origins

A conversation with Lee Berger, the American paleoanthropologist who last month discovered the bones of a new hominid species. Australopithecus sediba lived almost two-million years ago during a mysterious period spanning the emergence of the human family. Then, two Iowa paleoanthropologists discuss the questions raised and answered by this discovery.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon May 17, 2010

Eleanor Catton/Iowa Ballooning

IPR's Dennis Reese speaks with Eleanor Catton. The 2010 University of Iowa Writers' Workshop graduate has a highly-acclaimed debut novel, "The Rehearsal." Later we hear from Becky Wigeland and Dennis Nicholson, co-authors of the new book, "Indianola: Ballooning Capital of Iowa."

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Sports
11:00 pm
Sun May 16, 2010

Girls Track Stars

Arguably the finest season in Iowa high school girls' track and field history is winding down. This year's athletes have not only set state records in running and jumping events; they've recorded some of the top marks in the nation. Iowa Public Radio's Rob Dillard reports these high achievers have little in common, beyond their athletic success.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Fri May 14, 2010

Long Term Care for Seniors

A look at the challenges that lie ahead for the baby boomer generation when it comes to care for their aging parents. What are the best options when it comes to long-term care? Ben Kieffer talks with Ingrid Wensel of the Heritage Area Agency on Aging. Later in the hour, a conversation with author Gail Sheehy. Her new book "Passages in Caregiving" examines her role as a caregiver after her husband was diagnosed with cancer.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri May 14, 2010

"Hort" Friday

Richard Jauron and Cindy Haynes of Iowa State University's Horticulture staff are on the air with IPR's Julie Englander.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Thu May 13, 2010

Medical Marijuana Research

We discuss medical marijuana research, now that two Iowa organizations (Iowa Board of Pharmacy and the Iowa Medical Society) have endorsed the idea of reclassifying marijuana to allow for more clinical study. Guests include the co-director of the only facility in the U.S. currently doing clinical trials, an Iowa physician and State Senator Joe Bolkcom.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu May 13, 2010

Home Improvement Day

Bill McAnally of Iowa Central Community College in Ft. Dodge is back in our studio to answer your home repair and remodeling questions.

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Business and Economy
11:00 pm
Wed May 12, 2010

Lyon County Casino

The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission is granting just one new casino license. Commissioners say only Lyon County in the northwest corner of the state can move ahead with its project. Iowa Public Radio’s Rob Dillard reports the commissioners say they’re worried casinos in Ottumwa, Fort Dodge and Tama County would pull business away from existing casinos.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Wed May 12, 2010

Religious Cults

We examine religious cults with Iowa State University Asscoiate Professor Nikki Bado. Then a conversation with author Carolyn Jessop who is in Iowa to promote her book "Triumph". The book chronicles her life after escaping an extremist Mormon sect.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed May 12, 2010

Politics Wednesday

It's our weekly political hour, joining IPR's Jonathan Ahl are Prof. Steffen Schmidt of Iowa State University and New Hampshire political pundit Arnie Arnesen.

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Statehouse and Politics
11:00 pm
Tue May 11, 2010

State considering alcohol ban at Iowa Great Lakes for Fourth of July

State regulators say wild Fourth of July parties at the Iowa Great Lakes are endangering public safety. Morning Edition Host Sarah McCammon talks with Department of Natural Resources Director Rich Leopold.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Tue May 11, 2010

Physical Fitness

In Grundy Center this week, national and international representatives will meet to discuss ways to change physical education in schools. Host Ben Kieffer talks with University of Northern Iowa alumn Shellie Fole who serves as the Executive Director of the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. We'll also talk with a P.E. teacher at Grundy Center Elementary School and the Director of the Iowa Department of Public Health.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue May 11, 2010

Wildlife Day with Jim Pease

Dr. Jim Pease, emeritus professor at Iowa State, talks to IPR's Dennis Reese about "Hairy Wetland Critters," otters, mink, beaver and muskrats and their roles in Iowa's wetlands. Of course we're live and we'll take your calls and e-mails.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Mon May 10, 2010

Rural Economic Development

The "brain drain" - a rapid exodus of young adults has been a concern in Iowa for decades. Now, small Iowa communities are being proactive in reaching out to native sons and daughters to keep them close to home. We'll talk with economic development representatives and find out how they're working to keep small town Iowa vibrant.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon May 10, 2010

Blue Waters/Blank Park Zoo/Bonnie Koloc

An eclectic hour: IPR's Dennis Reese talks to Prof. Monica Lamm of Iowa State University as she gets set to use the world's fastest computer called "Blue Waters," and Ryan Bickel of Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines, as they try to find a name for their baby dromedary camel. Later, Jonathan Ahl speaks with legendary singer/songwriter Bonnie Koloc. Koloc grew up in Waterloo and has a new album, "Beginnings," from recently discovered tapes recorded in 1969.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Fri May 7, 2010

Midwifery in Iowa

There has been a significant increase in midwife attendance at Iowa births. We talk with a midwife, one of her clients and Democratic State Representative Mary Mascher who is supporting a bill to expand the number of midwives certified to practice in Iowa.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri May 7, 2010

Horticulture Friday

Two members of the Iowa State University "Hort Gang," Richard Jauron and Linda Naeve speak with IPR's Julie Englander and take your calls.

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