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11:00 pm
Mon April 26, 2010

Crowded Debate

An unusually crowded field of candidates is vying for the Republican nomination in Iowa's third congressional district. Seven men are competing to take on incumbent Leonard Boswell in the general election. That's causing headaches when it comes to holding candidate forums.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Mon April 26, 2010

School Food Nutrition

We look at nutrition in Iowa schools. Last week, retired military leaders released a report critical of food in schools. They conclude 27-percent of young adults are ineligible to serve because they are overweight. We'll talk about the report and what schools in Iowa re doing to improve nutrition.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon April 26, 2010

Spring Books

We'll hear about what books people are buying and our listeners are invited to call-in and tell us what they are reading. Guests will be Alice Meyer of Beaverdale Books in Des Moines and Jan Weismiller and Paul Ingram of Prairie Lights Books in Iowa City.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Fri April 23, 2010

Outgoing State Ombudsman and David Lipsky

After 32 years on the job, state Ombudsman Bill Angrick is retiring. We'll talk with Angrick about his position dealing with complaints about state government and hear what he thinks are the most serious issues facing lawmakers today. Then a conversation with author David Lipsky. His new book is a biography of David Foster Wallace, who gained fame and acclaim for his novel 'Infinite Jest'. Lipsky is coming to the Des Moines Public Library as part of their author series.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri April 23, 2010

Hort Friday

IPR's Julie Englander speaks with Richard Jauron of Iowa State University's Horticulture Dept., and DNR District Forester Mark Vitosh of Iowa City.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Thu April 22, 2010

Earth Day

We look at how Iowa colleges are staying on the cutting edge of the green revolution- Luther College Sustainability Director Dan Bellrichard discusses energy saving programs at the Decorah school. Later in the hour, a conversation with author Heather Rogers. Her new book 'Green Gone Wrong' explores the concepts of ecopolitics and fear mongering that she argues have infected environmentalism.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu April 22, 2010

Joel Best/Douglas Wood

IPR's Dennis Reese talks to renowned sociologist Joel Best, author of "Damned Lies and Statistics." Best is addressing the Iowa Sociological Association's annual meeting this week. Later, we hear from Minnesota's "renaissance man" Douglas Wood, an author, artist, musician, naturalist and wilderness guide, who is speaking and singing in Iowa this week as a guest of the Iowa Wildlife Center.

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Agriculture and Harvest Public Media
11:00 pm
Wed April 21, 2010

Agri-Star Rising

After a long stretch of dark days, Iowa cattle farmers and residents of Postville say they have a reason to be optimistic. That’s because kosher beef production has resumed at Agri-Star Meat and Poultry. Iowa Public Radio’s Pat Blank reports.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Wed April 21, 2010

Crime Victims Rights Week

As part of National Crime Victims Rights Week, we listen back to a conversation from April of last year and the firsthand accounts of what it’s like to have someone in your family murdered. The shock, the grief, the media coverage, and facing the accused in court. Among the guests- Julie Paulson, the aunt of Katie Hill and Molly Edmundson. The two young women were murdered in Cedar Rapids in 2006. And Tami Stephens, her sister Shelly a single mother of three - was killed in Hiawatha in 2003.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed April 21, 2010

Politics Wednesday

Arnie Arnesen, political consultant from New Hampshire and Steffen Schmidt, Iowa State political scientist, speak with IPR's Jonathan Ahl and take your calls.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Tue April 20, 2010

Iowa soldier pens book based on combat tour of Iraq

A conversation with Loras college student Jake Krapfl, whose new book 'Shadows of War' is a fictional account of war's effects on soldiers and families. In 2007, Krapfl contemplated suicide as he struggled with the transition to life on the homefront after two combat tours with the U.S. Army in Iraq.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue April 20, 2010

Componica/Iowa History Journal

IPR's Dennis Reese speaks with Steven Mitchell, the founder and senior software engineer of Componica, located at the University of Iowa's Technology Innovation Center. The firm is now developing apps for the iPhone. Later, we hear from the publisher of "The Iowa History Journal," Mike Chapman. The magazine is now in its second year, focusing on popular Iowa history.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Mon April 19, 2010

Changing Face of Media Content

A look at the changes taking place in on-line media. Among the guests, University of Iowa Journalism Professor Stephen Berry who discusses a new collaboration of some of the state and nation's media and education leaders to form a new, non-profit, non-partisan news outlet that will serve the state of Iowa.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon April 19, 2010

Gladys Black: The Legacy of Iowa's Bird Lady

IPR's Dennis Reese talks to Jon W. Stravers and Larry A. Stone, co-authors of a new book about the late Gladys Black of Pleasantville, who for a generation taught Iowans the science and hobby of bird-watching.

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

On the Job Hunt

Are you looking for a job or ready to make a career change? Or a college graduate looking to dive into the job market? We discuss Iowa's employment landscape with Kerry Koonce of Iowa Workforce Development and career counselor Katharine Brooks.

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

Hort Day

Iowa State University Extension Horticulture staffers Linda Naeve and Richard Jauron take your calls. Hosted by IPR's Julie Englander.

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

The Iowa Dream Project, Meteor in the Sky and Emotions associated with memory loss

Former Iowa gubernatorial candidate Christian Fong unveils what he calls "The Iowa Dream Project". The effort aims to promote conservative solutions to tackle the challenges in education, economic development and community renewal. Then a conversation with University of Iowa Astronomy Professor Steven Spangler who discusses the meteor that streaked across the sky in parts of Iowa Wednesday night.

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

Roadside Beautification/Slipstream

We hear about a program to disperse grass and flower seeds native to Iowa to county roadside managers. IPR's Dennis Reese talks to Kirk Henderson of UNI's Tallgrass Prairie Center. Later, Brian Guidry of the Acadiana Center for the Arts and Mel Andringa of Legion Arts in Cedar Rapids tell us about Guidry's installation at CSPS, "Slipstream," which evokes the power of the Cedar River by showcasing discarded items found by the riverbank.

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Education
11:00 pm
Wed April 14, 2010

ACT Testing Kids

ACT -- known for its college entrance exams -- is also testing children as young as 10-years old.

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

Reporters Roundtable and Pulitzer Prize Winning Photographer

A discussion of the latest state news stories with several Iowa journalists - the motion for a new trial in the Mark Becker case, the shakeup in Cedar Rapids city government, the Price Lab School scandal in Cedar Falls. And, how the race for governor is shaping up. Then a conversation with Des Moines Register photographer Mary Chind. Chind was just awarded the Pulitzer Prize for her dramatic photo of a construction worker rescuing a woman from the Des Moines River.

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

Politics Day

IPR's Jonathan Ahl speaks with Steffen Schmidt from Iowa State University and Arnie Arnesen, New Hampshire political blogger.

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

Changes with new health care law

An avalanche of queries are comig in, aimed at government officials, physicians and nonprofit groups as Americans struggle to understand the complexities of the new health care reform law. We'll look at some of the changes in store for hospitals, patients and small business. Among Ben Kieffer's guests- Grinnell Regional Medical Center President and CEO Todd Linden, University of Iowa Public Policy Director Peter Damiano and Iowa Small Business Administration Director Joseph Folsom.

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

Wildlife Day with Jim Pease

IPR's Dennis Reese talks to Jim Pease, professor emeritus, and Rebecca Christoffel, Iowa State University Extension Wildlife Specialist. They'll focus on Iowa's frogs and toads.

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

Laser Technology Identifies Burial Grounds

We learn about a new project from the Iowa State Archeology Department that will use airbourne lasers to survey hundreds of native American burial mounds in Iowa. Also, an interview with Professor of Natural Philosophy Marcelo Gleiser about his new book "A Tear at the Edge of Creation" which examines a radical new vision for life in the universe.

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

Iowa's James Beard Award Semi-Finalists

We'll hear from four of Iowa's semi-finalists in the James Beard Foundation Awards for culinary arts. The categories range from Best Chef to Rising Star Chef. Participating in the program: Carly Groben, Joe Logsdon, Steve Logsdon and Matt Steigerwald.

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Agriculture and Harvest Public Media
11:00 pm
Sun April 11, 2010

Ag Competition

The Obama administration is conducting an unprecedented series of public forums to explore competition in the agriculture industry. For the first time, the departments of justice and agriculture are working together to look into antitrust questions raised by the mergers of seed companies, meatpacking plants and corporate farms. Iowa Public Radio’s Rob Dillard reports government officials worry farmers are paying the price for consolidation.

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

U.S. Arms Pact with Russia

With President Obama signing the historic nuclear arms reduction pact, we examine U.S.-Russia relations. Among Ben Kieffer's guests- NPR reporter and Russia correspondent David Greene and University of Iowa Political Science Professor William Reisinger.

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

Hort Friday

April showers should bring plenty of May flowers this year. We'll talk horticulture with the Hort Gang from Iowa State University. Hosted by IPR's Dennis Reese.

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Sports
11:00 pm
Thu April 8, 2010

A New Derby Team Debuts: Des Moines Derby Dames' First Bout

Roller derby started in the thirties as a contact sport of women skaters engaging in extreme rivalry and outrageous behavior. Ten years ago a new kind of roller derby started with an emphasis on competition & athleticism. Today there are more than five hundred roller derby teams and eight of them are in Iowa including the new team the Des Moines Derby Dames. Their first home game happens tomorrow night.

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Arts and Culture
11:00 pm
Thu April 8, 2010

World Premier of Play about Herbert and Lou Hoover during the Boxer Rebellion

On Friday night in Cedar Rapids students at Kirkwood Community College will perform the world premier of a play about the only U.S. President to come from Iowa. The play is about Herbert Hoover’s early adult life as a mining engineer in China. At the turn of the 20th century the West Branch native and his newlywed wife, Lou, were trapped in the country during the Boxer Rebellion.

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