News

Pages

River to River
1:00 pm
Thu March 25, 2010

Maquoketa Portraits & National Parks Series

A conversation from last November with Maquoketa native Rose Frantzen. Frantzen set up a storefront on main street last summer and painted portraits of all the residents willing to participate. The project was one of three featured in the Smithsonian's portrait gallery as part of an exhibition examining "community." Later in the hour we listen back to an interview with Dayton Duncan. The Indianola native co-produced "The National Parks" series with Ken Burns for PBS.

Read more
Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu March 25, 2010

Lebowski Studies/Olivia's Story

In archive segments for Pledge Week, IPR's Dennis Reese speaks with Drake University Professor Craig Owens, who wrote a chapter on the "White Russian" for the new book, "The Year's Work in Lebowski Studies." Also, IPR's Jonathan Ahl talks to Jeffrey Copeland, Professor of English at the University of Northern Iowa about his book, "Olivia's Story," about Shelley v. Kraemer, one of the most important legal decisions of modern times.

Read more
River to River
1:00 pm
Wed March 24, 2010

Cyber Bullying

Ben Kieffer talks with Tina Meier, the mother of a cyber bullying victim that ended in the teenager's suicide. Meier will deliver the keynote address at the Des Moines Area Community College Electronic Crime Seminar fcusing on cyber bullying. Later in the hour, Iowa State University Asscoaite Professor Warren Blumenfeld discusses his research studying cyberbullying.

Read more
Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed March 24, 2010

Politics Wednesday

IPR's Jonathan Ahl speaks with Arnie Arneson, New Hampshire political pundit, and Steffen Schmidt of Iowa State University.

Read more
River to River
1:00 pm
Tue March 23, 2010

National Public Radio Ombudsman

National Public Radio’s Ombudsman Alicia Shepard joins host Ben Kieffer in a program that aired last November. Part of Shepard’s job is to respond to queries, comments and criticisms regarding NPR programming. Also, Iowa Public Radio News Director Jonathan Ahl will join us to address journalistic issues faced at the state level.

Read more
Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue March 23, 2010

Sleep Doctor

We have our bi-monthly chat with Dr. Eric Dyken, Director of the Sleep Disorders Center at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

Read more
News
11:00 pm
Mon March 22, 2010

Pages Read

Come to the statehouse, and you’ll see dozens of uniformed teenagers serving as legislative pages. They leave their classrooms for weeks at a time to help out at the capitol. But there’s some down time involved ….and that’s time to read, either for classwork back home or for pleasure. Iowa Public Radio’s Joyce Russell took this unscientific survey of what the pages are reading this year.

Read more
River to River
1:00 pm
Mon March 22, 2010

Health of Iowa Schools

Iowa school districts are in the middle of tough contract negotiations with teachers. Funding from the state has declined and some districts are turning to property taxes or cash reserve accounts to make up the difference. Meanwhile the Iowa Association of School Boards embroiled in scandal. Host Jeneane Beck looks at the fiscal health of our schools with school administrators and the head of the Iowa Association of School Boards.

Read more
Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon March 22, 2010

The Park Inn Hotel/The Welsh in Iowa

In fund-raising archive editions of the program, Jonathan Ahl discusses the major restoration underway in Mason City of the Park Inn, the last remaining Frank Lloyd Wright-designed hotel in the world. Later, Dennis Reese talks to Cherilyn Walley, author of "The Welsh in Iowa." (University of Wales Press)

Read more
Statehouse and Politics
11:00 pm
Sun March 21, 2010

Legislative Preview Week 11

Morning Edition Host Sarah McCammon interviews Statehouse Reporter Jeneane Beck about what's happening in the Iowa Legislature.

Read more
Education
11:00 pm
Sun March 21, 2010

Revenue Woes Jeopardizing Teacher Pay Gains

Iowa teachers are quickly closing pay gaps with educators in other states. Iowa Governor Chet Culver is citing National Education Association statistics showing Iowa teachers average pay is now 26th best in the nation….jumping from 37th a year ago.But the ISEA teachers union and some state legislators fear the gains are eroding.

Read more
River to River
1:00 pm
Fri March 19, 2010

Backyard Chickens

In an archived program from last November, we discuss the movement in several Iowa communities to allow town residents to keep backyard chickens. Among the guests- the President of McMurray Hatchery in Webster City, the largest rare-breed poultry hatchery in the world. And a representative of CLUCK-Citizens for the Legalization of Urban Chickens in Cedar Rapids.

Read more
Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri March 19, 2010

Hort Friday

Our horticulture experts from Iowa State University are in the studio to answer your questions. Spring begins on March 20!

Read more
Education
11:00 pm
Thu March 18, 2010

Male Elementary School Teachers

Elementary school administrators are wrestling with a long-standing issue. How do you recruit more men to teach young children? Iowa Public Radio’s Rob Dillard reports attitudes are beginning to change. But it’s still rare to see a male teacher in the classrooms of the lower grades.

Read more
River to River
1:00 pm
Thu March 18, 2010

The 2010 Census

The once-a-decade population count is underway and census forms are arriving in millions of mailboxes across the country. Host Alex Heuer looks at the challenges and benefits to participation and examines demographic trends and how the census could affect Iowa's congressional representation.

Read more
Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu March 18, 2010

Movie Day

IPR's Rob Dillard talks to our movie pundit, Prof. Tom Beell of Iowa State University and award-winning movie maker, Andy Brodie of Iowa City.

Read more
News
11:00 pm
Wed March 17, 2010

The Census in Iowa's Second Largest County

Census forms are arriving in millions of mailboxes throughout the country. The results of the government’s once a decade population count are especially important for Linn County. The state’s second largest county is on the verge of officially reaching a population level that would put it in a special category for receiving increased federal dollars. Community leaders are uncertain of how the flood will affect the count.

Read more
River to River
1:00 pm
Wed March 17, 2010

Moms Off Meth

In a show that first aired in October of last year, we hear from members of the unique substance abuse help group Moms Off Meth. The first Moms Off Meth group started in Ottumwa over ten years ago after numerous mothers had their children taken away do to their addictions. Now ten years later, several Moms Off Meth groups are assisting mothers across the state.

Read more
Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed March 17, 2010

Politics Wednesday

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

Read more
News
11:00 pm
Tue March 16, 2010

Panther Pride

For the first time in school history, the University of Northern Iowa men’s and women’s basketball teams are in the N-C-A-A tournament. Iowa Public Radio’s Pat Blank reports.

Read more
River to River
1:00 pm
Tue March 16, 2010

Biodiesel in Iowa

Backers say Iowa is losing its position as a top biodiesel state. In January, a plant in Keokuk was put on the auction block. The U.S. Senate has voted to revive a biodiesel tax credit through 2010, but the Iowa legislature has rejected efforts to require diesel be blended with biodiesel. Host Jonathan Ahl talks with backers and opponents of government efforts to boost biodiesel sales.

Read more
Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue March 16, 2010

Edible Forest Gardens/Bosnian Anniversary

Walk into your backyard and pick an edible perennial, it's one of the concepts behind Forest Gardening, championed by guests Dave Jacke and Fred Meyer. Later in the hour, we'll hear about the "Fields of Opportunity" events in Waterloo, set for late March, which will celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Bosnian resettlement in the Cedar Valley.

Read more
News
11:00 pm
Mon March 15, 2010

Green Iowa Americorps

A group known as Green Iowa Americorps (Ameri-core), paid with federal grant money, has been busy in Cedar Rapids and Cedar Falls for the past 18 months working on flood recovery projects. While similar organizations have left the state, these teens and 20-somethings from all over the country are still here. Iowa Public Radio's Pat Blank reports this past weekend their focus was on saving energy.

Read more
River to River
1:00 pm
Mon March 15, 2010

Job Creation in Iowa

With more than 100,000 Iowans out of work and just two weeks left in the legislative session, minority Republicans are ramping up criticism of Democrats for failing to introduce a job creation bill. But as the majority party scrambles to find consensus on the measure, a state labor analyst says the employment picture is improving. Host Jeneane Beck discusses the job outlook with state lawmakers.

Read more
Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon March 15, 2010

Heartland Portrait

IPR's Dennis Reese talks to Robert Wolf of Decorah, editor of the new anthology, "Heartland Portrait; Stories from the Rural Midwest." We'll also talk to contributors Mary Klauke and John Prestemon.

Read more
Iowa Archives
5:00 am
Mon March 15, 2010

Iowa's Worst Train Crash

Passenger cars telescoped together near Green Mountain in 1910.
Credit Marshall County Historical Society

Railroad historians and several communities are remembering a grim anniversary; the worst train crash in Iowa history occurred 100 years ago on March 21st, 1910. More than 100 passengers were killed or injured. The story includes an original telegraph recording from the 1930s.

Read more
Statehouse and Politics
11:00 pm
Sun March 14, 2010

Legislative Week 10

Morning Edition host Sarah McCammon interviews Statehouse Reporter Joyce Russell about what's coming up this week at the Legislature.

Read more
River to River
1:00 pm
Fri March 12, 2010

Tea Party

In a program broadcast live from the Java House in downtown Iowa City, we look at the emergence of the Tea Party as a grass roots political organization. We'll talk with Iowa Tea Party organizers and get their take on the influence they have in the political process and the conservative movement.

Read more
Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri March 12, 2010

Hort Day

The "Hort Gang" returns from Iowa State University. Spring is about a week away and we're starting to think horticulture!

Read more
Arts and Culture
11:00 pm
Thu March 11, 2010

Modern Independent Women of Hopper's Paintings

Edward Hopper’s oil paintings feature scenes of emotionally detached New Yorkers in metropolitan environments where the viewer is often forced to fill in the dramatic blanks as to what his subjects are doing. The most famous of which is "Nighthawks", depicting three customers at a late night diner. The early 20th century American artist frequently depicted women in his paintings that some say are vulnerable scenarios.

Read more

Pages