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Talk of Iowa
2:36 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

The Science of Obesity

David D Flickr

Losing weight sounds simple in mathematical terms. Burning more calories than you consume equals weight loss, but reality is far more complicated. Host Charity Nebbe explores the science of weight loss with several doctors and nutrition experts to find out why it so difficult for some people to lose weight and why keeping the weight off can be a daily challenge.

Agriculture/Harvest Public Media
7:01 am
Wed August 15, 2012

My Farm Roots: Ryan Brady

Ryan Brady has traveled widely, but says his farm north of Cimarron, Kan., remains the "most beautiful" place he has been.
Justine Greve Harvest Public Media

This is the sixth installment of My Farm Roots, Harvest Public Media’s series chronicling Americans’ connection to the land. Click here to explore more My Farm Roots stories and to share your own.

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Arts & Culture
7:00 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Being In Iowa: Southeast Asians: Culture

Thousands of Southeast Asians left behind the familiar culture of their homeland for a fresh start in Iowa. Although they’re now living on the opposite side of the world from their birthplace, these immigrants strive to maintain the traditions of their native countries. Correspondent Rob Dillard explains the lengths to which they go to bring a touch of Southeast Asia to the American Midwest.

River to River
12:07 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

The Hominid Species from Two Million Years Ago

Australopithecus sediba juvenile male skull - Smithsonian Museum of Natural History
Tim (dctim1) / flickr

We listen back to Ben’s conversation with Lee Berger, American Paleoanthropologist who in 2010 discovered the bones of a new hominid species that lived almost two million years ago.  Later, researchers from UI and ISU discuss the historic find.

Talk of Iowa
11:33 am
Tue August 14, 2012

"Oh My Gods"

The Greek and Roman myths are stories that have remained steadfast through the ages and continue inspiring artists, playwrights, writers, and filmmakers to this day. Host Charity Nebbe talks with Qualley Professor of Classics at Luther College and author, Philip Freeman, about his book “Oh My Gods”.  The book retells the tales of Zeus, Hades, and the other Olympian gods for the readers of this generation.

Politics
8:02 am
Tue August 14, 2012

Ryan and Obama Woo Voters at State Fair

President Obama made stops in Council Bluffs, Boone, and the Iowa State Fair Monday. GOP Vice Presidential hopeful Rep. Paul Ryan was also at the fair.
Obama campaign Facebook page

The state of Iowa – and the Iowa State Fair— once again became the center of the political Universe this week.  Two skinny politicians from bordering Midwestern states stopped by the fair to try and drum up support for their respective campaigns—and along the way they threw a few punches. In the ring for the Republicans was the newly announced pick for vice president — Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI). Stopping by in the evening for a beer and a pork chop? President Barack Obama.

Arts & Culture
7:00 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

Being in Iowa: Southeast Asian: Boat People

The "boat people" of Vietnam risked everything to escape Communist control

A few years after former Governor Robert Ray found a home in Iowa for the Tai Dam refugees of Laos, he did the same thing for another group who was seeking sanctuary. These were the “boat people”, most of them from Vietnam, who risked everything on the high seas to escape communism.

River to River
10:32 am
Mon August 13, 2012

Career Criminals And Global Warming's Potential To Spark Violence

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Are career criminals born or made? Host Ben Kieffer talks with Matt DeLisi, an associate professor of sociology and director of the criminal justice program at Iowa State University, about how a lifetime of events can impact an individual and has the potential to mold them into a repeat offender. Then, Iowa Sate University Psychologist Craig Anderson discusses a study that shows as the average temperature of earth rises, so does the potential for violent tendencies.

Talk of Iowa
9:51 am
Mon August 13, 2012

Life As A Surgeon

Many of the tools found in a state of the art operating room are 21st century, but in her new book surgeon Carol Scott-Conner refers to cutting people open as a “primitive and brutal” way to make a living. Host Charity Nebbe talks with Scott-Conner about her collection of fictional short stories, “A Few Small Moments” and her life as a surgeon.

Agriculture/Harvest Public Media
1:32 am
Mon August 13, 2012

The Fumbles of the Farm Bill

Ed Greiman, a cattle producer and president-elect of the Iowa Cattlemen, climbs onto the front of a truck hauling silage on his ranch near Garner, IA.
Clay Masters IPR

While Iowa’s congressional candidates are campaigning at the state fair, piles of unresolved legislation wait for them back in Washington. Including the farm bill – that large piece of legislation from food stamps to crop insurance. But with 13 days left in the session, passage is looking pretty bleak.  Could there really be no farm bill this year?

Roy Pralle is an 85-year-old retired farmer from Latimer, Iowa. He spends most afternoons playing cribbage with other retired farmers at Dudley's Corner. A diner attached to a gas station in north central Iowa. 

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River to River
12:01 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Autism As Diversity

Most view Autism as a devastating disorder- one that needs to be cured—but could it be viewed as a form of diversity? We listen back to Ben Kieffer’s conversation with two Grinnell residents, Emily Thornton Savarese and Ralph James Savarese, parents of an autistic child. They are the editors of a special issue of Disabilities Studies Quarterly entitled "Autism and the Concept of Neurodiversity". Then, a Syracuse college student diagnosed with Autism joins the conversation.

Talk of Iowa
11:58 am
Fri August 10, 2012

Horticulture Day: Soilmates

Scott Koepke during a gardening demonstration with children at the Iowa City Pedestrian Mall.
Iowa City Public Library Facebook

Some parents try to get  their children into the garden, but one man is bringing the garden straight to children.  Scott Koepke, garden educator at New Pioneer in Iowa City, talks about his efforts to get children into the garden at school, church, and throughout the community.  Then, Richard Jauron, Iowa State University horticulturist, and Laura Jesse with Iowa State University Plant Diagnostics lab, answer listeners' gardening questions.

Health
7:12 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Unraveling the mystery of SCAD

Tracy Hjelle and her husband John at their home in Decorah. Tracy is recovering from a life threatening heart condition known as SCAD.
Pat Blank

A northeast Iowa woman is part of a study that’s helping unravel a rare heart condition that strikes young, otherwise healthy people. 42- year- old Tracy Hjelle (YELL-ee)  is the picture of health, she’s athletic and is in great shape, that’s because she’s the pitching coach for the Luther College softball team, but her world turned upside down on a Sunday morning in April as she and the team were preparing to leave Decorah for a game in Wisconsin.

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Health
5:50 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Iowa State Fair Food and Healthiest State Initiative

The 2012 Iowa State Fair begins with a ZUMBA dance on the Grand concourse.

This morning the Iowa State Fair began with activities promoting the one year old Healthiest State Initiative.  It’s also the first day a dozen new food items high in fat or sugar are available, including the double bacon corn dog. 
 

River to River
11:21 am
Thu August 9, 2012

Patterns of the Iowa Supreme Court

On today's "River to River", we take look at the inner workings of the Iowa Supreme Court -  including patterns emerging that provide clues as to how individual judges view issues before the court.  Katherine talks with Des Moines attorney Ryan Koopmans who’s analyzed Iowa Supreme Court Decisions over the past year. Later, host Ben Kieffer talks with author and historian Lawrence Goldstone. Goldstone has studied the U.S. Supreme Court and its interpretation of several amendments to the Constitution.

Talk of Iowa
10:12 am
Thu August 9, 2012

Geral Blanchard on Ancient Healing

Geral Blanchard spent 35 years working as a counselor. He embraced modern theory and practices. Then, he traveled to Africa. One encounter with a shaman changed his world forever. Host Charity Nebbe talks with Blanchard about that encounter, the journey it began, and his book, Ancient Ways: Indigenous Healing Innovations for the 21st Century.

Romney in Des Moines
5:51 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

Romney blasts Obama in Des Moines

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney wrapped up a two-day campaign trip to Iowa Wednesday.   At a rally in downtown Des Moines, he did not back off a controversial claim that President Obama wants to end work requirements for welfare recipients.   Iowa Public Radio’s Joyce Russell reports:

River to River
1:23 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

Politics Day: Iowa Visits

Dave Lawerence Flickr

Presidential candidate Mitt Romney wraps up his two-day visit to Des Moines as President Barack Obama gets ready for a three-day stop in Iowa next week. IPR's Dean Borg talks with two political science experts about the heavy candidate presence in Iowa and the issues the candidate's are driving home during their stay.

Talk of Iowa
11:23 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Iconic Black Women

Michelle Obama, Gabby Douglas, and Alice Walker are just three women who are reshaping the images of black women in America. Host Charity Nebbe talks with Grinnell College Associate Professor and author Lakesia Johnson about how black women have changed history and defied prejudice. Johnson explores the subject in her book "Iconic: Decoding Images of the Revolutionary Black Woman".

Agriculture/Harvest Public Media
7:16 am
Wed August 8, 2012

My Farm Roots: Nolan Strawder

Despite working full time as a mechanical engineer, 25-year-old Nolan Strawder is rehabbing his family's farm in his spare time.
Peggy Lowe Harvest Public Media

This is the fifth installment of My Farm Roots, Harvest Public Media’s series chronicling Americans’ connection to the land. Click here to explore more My Farm Roots stories and to share your own.

When a guy is a mechanical engineer at a nuclear power plant, you figure he puts in a pretty good day of work.

Not so for Nolan Strawder, whose day job, as he calls it, is at the Wolf Creek Nuclear Power Plant in Burlington, Kan.

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River to River
2:36 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Digital Deception and Solder Patents

Brandon Warren / flickr

When someone is trying to lie to you in  face-to-face exchange, you may be able to tell by their shifting eyes.  But what if that deception comes in text communication or in an email?  We listen back to Ben’s conversation with Joey George, an Iowa State University professor of Management Information Systems.  He’s studied computer mediated deceptive communication and will tell us how we’re learning to lie digitally.  Then, a look at the Ames Laboratory and patents developed there- including a 40-million dollar lead-free solder patent.  In 2011, the patent become the top royalty income gener

Talk of Iowa
11:50 am
Tue August 7, 2012

Janiva Magness In-Studio

Charity Nebbe with Janiva Magness and her band outside IPR's Iowa City studio
Emily Woodbury

Growing up fast on the streets of Detroit, Janiva Magness earned the right to sing the blues.  Now, Magness is a renowned singer who has recently released her tenth album, "Stronger For It". Host Charity Nebbe talks with Magness about her life, her music, and her work as an advocate for foster care.

Environment
11:31 am
Tue August 7, 2012

A year after flood, Hamburg hopes to keep levee

The rising Missouri River swallows a home near Hamburg, Iowa, in 2011.
Nati Harnik AP

Last summer, Iowa and Nebraska were in the grips of major flooding along the Missouri River. Now, a small southwest Iowa community hopes to make permanent a levee that protected them from the river. 

To find out more about the levee project, click here.

Talk of Iowa
11:57 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Home Improvement In A Time Of Drought

Community Environmental Center Flickr

The heat has placed a lot of stress on gardens and other vegetation, but what about your home? Host Charity Nebbe talks with home improvement expert, Bill McAnally, about problems that can arise with your roof, deck, foundation, or other areas because of the dry weather and how to fix them.

River to River
11:49 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Capturing Reactions to Disability And Aiding Nepalese Children

Photogrpaher Kevin Connolly captured reactions to him, a legless man, zooming around on a skateboard all over the world.

Listen back to host, Ben Kieffer’s, conversation with Kevin Connolly, a photographer who was born without legs. He traveled the world taking pictures of people reacting to him -- a legless man zooming by on a skateboard. Then, Conor Grennan talks with Ben about his work helping Nepalese children who are victims of child trafficking.

Agriculture/Harvest Public Media
7:43 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Hog farmers worry as more consumers demand phaseout of gestation stalls

Craig Rowles (right), and one of his employees, Dan Sander, at Elite Pork Partnership.
Sarah McCammon IPR

North America’s largest food distributor, Sysco, is the latest company to announce it will phase out pork produced with a controversial technology known as gestation crates. A growing number of consumers say they want more humanely produced meat on their plates, but many farmers worry they’ll be left picking up the tab.

Craig Rowles grew up on an Iowa farm, and like a lot of farm kids, he’s done his share of heavy lifting.

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Education
2:32 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

UNI President Allen Announces Retirement

University of Northern Iowa President Ben Allen has announced plans to retire "no later than July 1, 2013."  Iowa Public Radio's Pat Blank reports.

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River to River
1:21 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

Keeping Your Children Safe

AP Photo/FBI

The story of two missing Evansdale girls has captured the state's and the nation's attention. Host Ben Kieffer talks with the Black Haw County Sheriff's Department to get an update on the case. Then the National Safety Director of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children talks about what parents and the public can do to help with the case and how we can use the Evansdale case as an opportunity to talk with our children about staying safe.

Talk of Iowa
11:44 am
Fri August 3, 2012

Horticulture Day: Oak Trees

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The oak tree became Iowa's official state tree in 1961 but it has been an important part of the landscape for much longer than that. Host Charity Nebbe talks with DNR District Forester Mark Vitosh about the oak tree. Later, Associate Professor of Horticulture at Iowa State University joins the conversation to answer listeners gardening questions.

River to River
1:16 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Changing Media Landcsape and Taking a Media Diet

We all realize the media landscape is changing very quickly. But where are we headed? And have you ever considered putting yourself on a media diet?  We’d originally scheduled Governor Branstad to join us live today. However, late this morning, the Governor’s office let us know that he now has a scheduling conflict. We’ll try to reschedule that conversation for a future date.

Instead today, we’ll listen back to conversation about changes in the media with Executive Director of the Iowa Broadcast News Association Jeff Stein.

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