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4:23 am
Thu May 29, 2014

WWI Trench Excavation at Camp Dodge

Camp Dodge, circa 1917
Iowa National Gaurd

Many WWI soldiers prepared for deployment  at Iowa's Camp Dodge, just north of Des Moines.  This week archeologists are excavating long-forgotten training trenches at Camp Dodge to better understand trench warfare.

Archeologist Adam Meseke says these trenches were designed and built like those on the Western Front. "Trench warfare would have been an absolute nightmare for everyone involved. Being several yards away from the enemy, or constant ammunition fire, gas attacks..."

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Books
9:34 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

2014 Summer Book List

Wikimedia Commons

Summer brings with it many pleasures, and if you’re lucky one of those is the time to dig into a great book.  During this hour on Talk of Iowa, Jan Weismiller and Paul Ingram of Prairie Lights Book Store in Iowa City and Annie Leonard of The Next Chapter in Knoxville join host Charity Nebbe. 

FICTION:

 My Name is Resolute by Nancy E. Turner

Norwegian by Night by Derek E. Miller

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Agriculture and Harvest Public Media
4:16 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Congress OKs River System Improvement Bill

Farmers are hopeful improvements are coming to the Midwest river system, which is crucial for shipping grain, in the form of the Waterways Resource Reform and Development Act (WRRDA).

After years of work on the bill, Congress recently smashed together separate bills passed by each chamber and sent the White House a new $12.3 billion water infrastructure bill with bipartisan support. President Obama has yet to state whether he plans to sign the bill.

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Politics Day
3:29 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Crowded Primary Contests Could Send Decisions to Conventions

USA.gov

Iowa's primary election is next week.  Both major parties will be choosing their candidates for the November election.  Host Dean Borg talks with Des Moines Register Political Columnist Kathie Obradovich and Donna Hoffman, Chair of the Political Science Department at University of Northern Iowa about the two congressional races drawing the most attention.  Iowa's third and first districts will be open contests, with no incumbent seeking re-election.  You can learn more about the candidates and their positions on a variety of issues

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Education
4:18 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Teaching History to Kids Living in the Now

Bill Erickson

Social studies doesn't fall under the three Rs in education, and it shows. From school district to school district, the way that history, government, and world culture courses are taught varies dramatically.

Today on Talk of Iowa, we focus on civics education in our state, and talk with some extraordinary teachers.

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Crime, Justice and Public Safety
3:06 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Medical Billing Class-Action Suit

Zachary Korb

A class-action lawsuit that could involve thousands of Iowans has been filed against HealthPort Technologies.

The Georgia-based company is a medical records and billings statement provider.  The suit alleges HealthPort overcharges costumers for duplications of their medical records and billing statements.

The lead attorney for the plaintiffs is James Bisconglia of the Des Moines law firm LaMarca & Landry. Bisconglia says that Iowa Code limits the amount a consumer can be charged for a records request.

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2014 Voter Guide
1:38 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Candidate Profile: Pat Murphy

First District Democratic Congressional candidate Pat Murphy
Credit IowaHouse.gov

Read this candidate profile of 1st District Democratic candidate Pat Murphy. He was interviewed as part of IPR's 2014 Primary Voter Guide series.

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2014 Voter Guide
1:24 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Candidate Profile: Dave O'Brien

First District Democratic Congressional candidate Dave O'Brien
Credit O'Brien for Iowa

Read this candidate profile of 1st District Democratic candidate Dave O'Brien. He was interviewed as part of IPR's 2014 Primary Voter Guide series.

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2014 Voter Guide
12:17 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Candidate Profile: Scott Schaben

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Scott Schaben
Credit ScottSchaben.com

Read this candidate profile of Republican U.S. Senate candidate Scott Schaben. He was interviewed as part of IPR's 2014 Primary Voter Guide series.

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Agriculture
12:11 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Espionage in a Corn Field

Kernels of corn. About a third of Iowa's land (12 million-plus acres) is used to grow corn each year, making Iowa the national leader in corn production in most years.
Photo by Tim McCabe, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Last week, the U.S. Government indicted Chinese government hackers on charges of stealing trade secrets, claiming that the espionage has gone too far. When it comes to intellectual property, the internet isn’t the only place the Chinese are looking for U.S. trade secrets.

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2014 Voter Guide
11:04 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Candidate Profile: Mark Jacobs

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mark Jacobs
Credit Iowa GOP

Read this candidate profile of Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mark Jacobs. He was interviewed as part of IPR's 2014 Primary Voter Guide series.

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2014 Voter Guide
10:07 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Candidate Profile: Sam Clovis

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Sam Clovis
Credit Iowans for Sam Clovis

Read this candidate profile of Republican U.S. Senate candidate Sam Clovis. He was interviewed as part of IPR's 2014 Primary Voter Guide series.

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2014 Voter Guide
9:35 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Candidate Profile: Robert Cramer

Third District Republican Congressional candidate Robert Cramer

Read this candidate profile of 3rd District Candidate Robert Cramer. He was interviewed as part of IPR's 2014 Primary Voter Guide series.

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2014 Voter Guide
9:19 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Candidate Profile: Brad Zaun

Third District Republican Congressional candidate Brad Zaun
Credit Iowa GOP

Read this candidate profile of 3rd District Candidate Brad Zaun.  He was interviewed as part of IPR's 2014 Primary Voter Guide series.

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2014 Voter Guide
3:27 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Candidate Profile: Swati Dandekar

First Congressional District Democratic candidate Swati Dandekar
Credit Swati Dandekar for Congress

Read this candidate profile of 1st District Candidate Swati Dandekar. She was interviewed as part of IPR's 2014 Primary Voter Guide series

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2014 Legislative Session
2:04 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Governor Branstad to Sign Bills on Cannabis Oil and HIV Transmission, but REAP Funding in Question

Governor Terry Branstad
John Pemble IPR

A bill legalizing the possession and medical use of cannabis oil for epilepsy patients passed the Iowa House and Senate.  But will the Governor sign it?  In this News Buzz edition of the show, Host Ben Kieffer talks with Governor Terry Branstad about the loose ends from the 2014 legislative session and which bills will or will not gain his signature.

 

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Horticulture Day
12:26 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

The Annual Battle Against Pond Scum

Iowa Farm Pond
Todd Ehlers

Put heat, light, water and nitrogen together and you get lakes and ponds that are choked with plant growth.  It's Horticulture Day and host, Charity Nebbe, talks with Allen Patillo, Iowa State University Extension Fisheries and Aquaculture Specialist about aquatic plant management.  Later in the hour ISU Extension Horticulturist Richard Jauron and DNR District Forester Mark Vitosh join the conversation to answer listener questions about plants and trees. 

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Agriculture and Harvest Public Media
5:05 am
Fri May 23, 2014

"Fed Up" Links Obesity Epidemic to Sugar, Industry and Government

A shot from the movie "Fed Up".
Courtesy RADiUS-TWC

Just who’s to blame for the childhood obesity epidemic? Over the years, the finger has been pointed at parents, video games and vending machines, to name a few.

To the makers of the new activist documentary, “Fed Up,” the bottom line of blame lies with a simple substance poured into our diets every day: sugar. And the pushers of what this film calls a drug and “the new tobacco” are the food industry and our own government.

“What if our whole approach to this epidemic has been dead wrong?” the film’s narrator, TV journalist Katie Couric, says in the film’s open.

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News Buzz
5:22 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Virtual Reality for Chickens

Courtesy of Austin Stewart

Would you eat the eggs of a hen lost in virtual reality?

On this River to River segment - a proposal by Austin Stewart of Iowa State University to give real, captive chickens a true virtual experience of roaming a free range.

“All the chickens in this world would have microphones so they can squawk at one another and socialize," says Stewart.

Spoiler alert: While Stewart admits that this is not a real business proposal, he is trying to provoke discussion on our lives as people living in "boxes" as well as communication on our livestock practices.

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Education
5:12 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

The Cost of College

On average, Iowa students owe $29,000 in college loan debt when they graduate with a bachelor's degree
BankSimple

When they receive their bachelor’s degree, a majority of Iowa graduates are in debt. On average, these students owe $29,000 in college loan debt when they graduate with a bachelor's degree.

The Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism, IowaWatch.org, has been examining students who live in the now while in college, and then face the prospects of paying huge amounts off in debt.

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2014 Voter Guide
2:58 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Candidate Profile: David Young

Third District Republican candidate David Young

Read this candidate profile of 3rd District Candidate David Young. He was interviewed as part of IPR's 2014 Primary Voter Guide series.

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Java Blend
2:56 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Java Blend Exclusive Hour With Roxi Copland

Tune in this weekend for the soulful, minimalist sounds of Roxi Copland.

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host, Ben Kieffer will chat with soulful Milwaukee artist, Roxi Copland.

Listen to and download the podcast to find out more about the making of their debut album.

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2014 Voter Guide
1:18 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Candidate Profile: Monte Shaw

Third District Republican candidate Monte Shaw
Credit http://iowansforshaw.com/

Read this candidate profile of 3rd District Candidate Monte Shaw. He was interviewed as part of IPR's 2014 Primary Voter Guide series.

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Iowa Life
11:28 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Beating the Odds: How to Grow a Small Town

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Time changes everything, and in Iowa, that’s glaringly apparent in many of the state’s communities with populations of less than 5,000 people. So the story goes, small towns are dying. But according to Iowa State Professor Terry Besser, that’s not exactly true. She has been monitoring Iowa’s rural communities  for more than two decades, trying to put her finger on what it is that keeps towns alive… and what contributes to the rural blight.

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2014 Voter Guide
10:49 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Candidate Profile: Joe Grandanette

Third Congressional District Republican candidate Joe Grandanette
Credit Facebook

Read this candidate profile of 3rd District Candidate Joe Grandanette. He was interviewed as part of IPR's 2014 Primary Voter Guide series.

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News
4:58 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Arts Education Initiative to Expand on Des Moines' North Side

A Des Moines elementary school that was once on a list of the state’s lowest-achieving schools has been removed, after significant improvements to annual scores and disciplinary issues. As Iowa Public Radio’s Durrie Bouscaren reports, an arts education program at Findley Elementary will soon expand to four other schools in the district.

Administrators say math and reading scores at Findley Elementary have improved significantly. Students miss fewer days of school, and parents are more involved.

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Politics Day
3:06 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Primaries a Bellweather for Iowa's U.S. Senate Race?

USA.gov

On Tuesday, six states held nominating contests and the Republican establishment scored big wins. Are the results a bellwether for Iowa’s primaries in less than two weeks?  Political analysts Dennis Goldford of Drake University and Tim Hagle of the University of Iowa give us their thoughts on the primaries for open congressional seats here in Iowa.  Host Ben Kieffer asks how the issues of minimum wage and the Affordable Care Act are being talked about by Iowa's GOP candidates for U.S. Senate.
 

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Healthcare
12:31 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Iowa's Children's Mental Health Care Crisis

a child at Tanager Place in Cedar Rapids
Stacie Mitchell, Director of Clinical Services, LMHC RPT CCDP-D

More than 1600 families are on Iowa’s children's mental health wavier waiting list. That means there are 1600 families who can’t access certain services they need in order to care for their children. For the past two years, Kim Jensen’s family has been one of those. She says it got really hard not having help caring for her daughter, Grace, who she and her husband adopted through the Iowa foster care system. “She was severely aggressive when she was 5 and 6 years old. She is little, but she is strong. After a while, we couldn’t find anyone to watch her.

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Agriculture and Harvest Public Media
9:36 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Flour Milling Merger Moves Forward

Ardent Mills would control about a third of the American flour milling market.
Wikimedia Commons

Federal regulators Tuesday gave the final go-ahead for two of the country’s largest flour milling companies to merge.

Food giants ConAgra and Cargill said last year they wanted to put their flour mills under one roof in a new company called Ardent Mills. But a chorus of antitrust watchdogs said the deal would further consolidate an already concentrated industry.

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Agriculture and Harvest Public Media
5:05 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Treated Seeds May Contribute to Honeybee Losses

Cherokee, Iowa farmer Nathan Anderson wears beekeeping gear to protect himself when he opens or closes the pollen traps on the hives on his farm. He’s allowed researchers to place three pairs of hives on his fields.
Amy Mayer/IPR

Nathan Anderson stops his red pick-up truck alongside a cornfield on his farm near Cherokee, Iowa. The young farmer pulls on a heavy brown hoodie, thick long, sturdy yellow gloves and a beekeeper’s hat with a screened veil. He approaches a pair of hives sitting on the edge of a field recently planted with corn.

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