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11:22 am
Thu August 2, 2012

The Word Maven

Words like tornado and Derecho fascinate and frighten and they both have surprising histories. Charity talks with English language expert Patricia O’Connor who looks at  the origins of weather related words.  Patricia answers all questions that relate to the English language.

Crime, Justice and Public Safety
6:44 am
Thu August 2, 2012

Des Moines Police Mounted Patrol preps for Iowa State Fair

The Mounted Patrol has been training in preparation for the Iowa State Fair.
Des Moines Police Department

When the Iowa State Fair opens, one week from today, not all the animals will be on display or in competition; some will be working. It's one of the last mounted patrols in Iowa.

River to River
9:23 am
Wed August 1, 2012

The Politics of Foreign Policy

Dave Lawerence Flickr

This week Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney wrapped up a three-nation international trip – to England, Israel and Poland. Some of his comments abroad sure put him in the media limelight, but will it help or hurt his campaign? Host Ben Kieffer talks with political science professors  Lindsay Cohn from the University of Northern Iowa and Jim McCormick from Iowa State University about the politics of foreign policy in this presidential election year.

Talk of Iowa
9:15 am
Wed August 1, 2012

How the Railroad Transformed America

W.W. Norton & Company Publishing

The coming of the railroad transformed Iowa and the rest of the nation in more ways than you can imagine. Host Charity Nebbe  talks with historian and author Richard White, from Standford University, about how the railroads shaped our land, our economy, our political system and touched every part of life in America. His latest book is Railroaded: The Transcontinentals and the Making of Modern America.

Agriculture/Harvest Public Media
7:43 am
Wed August 1, 2012

My Farm Roots: Jan Phillips

When Jan Phillips was a baby, her parents said they knew by her laughter in response to a cow-driven buggy ride that she would be adventurous. Seventy years later, she's still proving them right. This is her last year on a trip to Asia.
Courtesy Jan Phillips Harvest Public Media

This is the fourth installment of My Farm Roots, Harvest Public Media’s series chronicling Americans’ connection to the land. Click here to explore more My Farm Roots (http://www.harvestpublicmedia.org/myfarmroots) stories and to share your own.

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Statehouse
5:05 am
Wed August 1, 2012

Public and Private Sector Wage Gap Back in Spotlight

Gov. Terry Branstad (with Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, right) is asking state workers to help pay for their health insurance premiums.
Office of Governor Branstad Facebook

Starting Wednesday, Governor Terry Branstad starts paying 20 percent of his healthcare premium costs. He signed an executive order last month allowing other state workers to do the same. It has pushing the difference between private and public sector compensation back into the spotlight.

Right now Iowa is among only a handful of states where public workers don’t pay any of those costs.

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Business/Economy
7:59 am
Tue July 31, 2012

Iowa's Population Growth

While Iowa's total population grew by 2.8 percent over the past nine years, the 2010 Census Report shows that the growth has occurred in the state's largest cities and their suburbs, while the rural areas are losing residents.

Business/Economy
7:44 am
Tue July 31, 2012

Iowa Communities Struggling to Survive

Iowa's smallest towns are shrinking- the total population living in towns of one-thousand people or less decreased by seven percent in the last decade.  We conclude our summer series on Iowa towns and cities with a look at communities struggling to survive.  Charity talks with Jeff Schott of the University of Iowa's Institute of Public Affairs.  Schott reveals the latest census numbers focusing on parts of the state experiencing population loss.  Also joining the conversation- Sac County Economic Development Director Shirley Phillips, Decorah author Robert Wolf and Cedar Rapids entrepreneur

Health
6:36 am
Tue July 31, 2012

Reproductive Health Access a Challenge for Some Rural Iowa Women

Brenda Banker, a Clinton nurse practitioner, makes the drive to Maquoketa once a week to provide reproductive health care to women and men in the area.
Clare Roth IPR

In recent months, several small-town Iowa reproductive health care clinics have closed. And now, more may be in danger. Bills introduced this month in Congress threaten to cut Title X funding, which provides for reproductive health care across the nation, and supplies it to places with few other options like rural Iowa.

Teacher Test
2:57 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

New Teachers to Take Required Exam

State education officials are laying the groundwork for an  exam prospective teachers will have to take before they are licensed in Iowa.   Those graduating from teacher preparation programs  this summer may be the last to squeak through without facing the new requirement.  Joyce Russell reports.

River to River
11:53 am
Mon July 30, 2012

Comedian Nathan Timmel and Remembering Lauren Reece Flaum

Iowa comedian and author Nathan Timmel's new book.
Nathan Timmel

One Iowa comedian says he turns to his uncommon experiences growing up for his profession. Host Ben Kieffer talks with comedian and author, Nathan Timmel, about his memoir “I Was a White Knight…Once.”

Then, listen back to excerpts from Ben’s conversation with Lauren Reece Flaum, who died this month after living with breast cancer for 17 years. In 2008, Redbook magazine asked its readers to submit their stories about living with breast cancer and Flaum beat out thousands of entries to win the contest.

Talk of Iowa
9:12 am
Mon July 30, 2012

Exploring the Mississippi, Missouri, and Platte Rivers

University of Missouri Press

The state of Iowa is defined physically by the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers. We, in turn, have done a great deal to shape the rivers. Host Charity Nebbe, talks with author Lisa Knopp about her book “What the River Carries: Encounters with the Mississippi, Missouri and Platte”. Her book takes readers on a personal journey along these rivers, exploring their history, geography, and ecology.

River to River
9:14 am
Fri July 27, 2012

A Runner Without a Country and Champion Debaters

Former Iowa State University runner Guor Marial from South Sudan. Marial will compete in the Olympic marathon under the Olympic flag.
Iowa State University

He’s been dubbed the ‘runner without a country’ – Guor Marial is a 28-year-old marathon runner and refugee from the newly independent African nation of South Sudan. After Marial escaped Sudan as a child, he came to the United States and competed in cross country at Iowa State University. Though he’s a U.S. resident, he’s not a citizen and South Sudan does not yet have a national Olympic body, but after months of consideration, the International Olympic Committee ruled Marial could compete under the Olympic flag – joining three others who will do the same during the London games.

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Talk of Iowa
9:10 am
Fri July 27, 2012

Horticulture Day: Landscaping

This summer it’s not really a question of making sure that the plants in your landscape thrive, it’s a question of making sure that they survive. Host Charity Nebbe talks with Iowa State University's  Extension Entomologist, Donald Lewis, and the Head of the Horticulture Department, Jeff Iles, about ways to reduce the stress on your plants right now and how to design a landscape that demands less water for the future

Agriculture/Harvest Public Media
8:28 am
Fri July 27, 2012

Livestock Producers Caught Without Safety Net

Clint Alley / flickr

Farmers growing crops have insurance to ward off the financial failure of their season during this terrible drought. But there’s no safety net like that in place for livestock producers. They are being turned away from government offices when they ask for help. What’s the holdup? Harvest Public Media’s Peggy Lowe reports that aid for livestock producers is tied up in Washington politics. 

Business/Economy
3:38 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

Wasendorf Waits

Russell Wasendorf Sr. outside his now closed 18 million dollar office building in rural Cedar Falls
Waterloo Courier

Russell Wasendorf had hoped tomorrow would be the day he’d be released on bail...

But the hearing's been postponed, so the former head of Peregrine Financial Group remains in jail…

and the business empire he built,  first in Chicago and then later in Iowa,  continues to crumble. 

His once fairy tale like existence came to an abrupt end earlier this month.

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River to River
2:00 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

Checking in with Upper Iowa University and Wartburg College

Upper Iowa University has 10,000 students worldwide, but only 1,000 of them study at northeast Iowa town of Fayette where it’s based. As part of our summer series of conversations with Iowa university and college presidents, host Ben Kieffer talks with Upper Iowa’s President Alan Walker about his university’s global reach. Also, a conversation with Wartburg College President Darrel Colson.

Talk of Iowa
1:38 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

Iowa's Olympic Past

Lolo Jones, Gabby Douglas, Miranda Leek, Lisa Uhl, and Jake Varner, these are the athletes Iowans will be watching particularity closely at the Olympic games in London. On today’s “Talk of Iowa” we take a look back at the trials and triumphs of Iowa Olympians past.

River to River
9:08 am
Wed July 25, 2012

Politics Day: Swing Votes

League of Women Voters of California Flickr

If you’re like many Americans, you’ve become increasingly frustrated with a lack of bipartisan cooperation in congress and the disappearance of centrist politicians willing to work together to solve the nation’s problems. Host Ben Kieffer talks with columnist and Woodrow Wilson Center Scholar, Linda Killian, about her new book The Swing Vote: The Untapped Power of Independents. Also, Wayne Moyer of Grinnell College and Bruce Gronbeck from the University of Iowa analyze political events from the past week.

Talk of Iowa
9:07 am
Wed July 25, 2012

The Last River Rat

Kenny Salwey, 1981

Kenny Salwey lives along the upper Mississippi River. He hunts, fishes, traps, and writes; while he lives off the land in a cabin he built with his own two hands. He’s known as the "last river rat". Host Charity Nebbe speaks with him about his life, the river he’s built his life around, and his latest book, Muskrat for Supper.

Agriculture/Harvest Public Media
11:24 am
Tue July 24, 2012

My Farm Roots: Tom Karst

Tom Karst feels right at home on a summer morning at a farmer's market in Overland Park, Kan.
Donna Vestal Harvest Public Media

In this week's installment, we meet Tom Karst. He's the national editor for "The Packer," a trade newspaper covering the fruit and vegetable industry. For more than 25 years, he’s been reporting on issues of importance to the produce industry, including immigration, farm policy, and food safety.

To explore more "My Farm Roots" stories, and share your own, visit: http://harvestpublicmedia.org/myfarmroots

Arts & Culture
7:15 am
Tue July 24, 2012

"Papergirl" Project Rethinks Street Art

Some of the works were displayed in the Figge Art Museum lobby for one day only.
Clare Roth IPR

If you’re walking down the street this evening in Davenport, someone might hand you a work of art. "Papergirl" is an art movement where participants collect artworks from community members, roll it up newspaper-style, and distribute it to random passers-by via bicycles, like the paperboys of old.

River to River
2:59 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Summer Series: Prison Communities

Iowa State Penitentiary in Ft. Madison
Alex Heuer

The Iowa Department of Corrections operates nine institutions throughout the state, and together, they employ more than 3,000 people to supervise more than 8,000 adult inmates. On today's "River to River" we continue our summer series on Iowa towns with a look at how prisons, or correctional facilities, shape the communities where they are located.

Talk of Iowa
2:46 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Summer Series: College Towns

Downtown Iowa City
Emily Woodbury

A town that is home to a college or university is always changing.  There are always new students, new faculty, new staff, and the population ebbs and flows from semester to semester.  On today's "Talk of Iowa" we continue our summer series on Iowa towns and cities with a look at college towns.  The pros, the cons, the economics and the history.

River to River
10:50 am
Mon July 23, 2012

Innovative Iowa Businesses

Mark Ginsberg next to his 3D printer. He's holding a printed wrench and bicycle chain / Ben Kieffer

Our area is home to a host of unique and innovative entrepreneurs. Ben talks with Mark Ginsberg, owner of M.C. Ginsberg Jewelers in Iowa City, about how he is utilizing 3D printing technology in his jewelry business and in other areas of the city.

Later, Chad Dutler, owner of Shrimp 59 in Holstein, talks about what made him embark on the shrimp farming business. 

Talk of Iowa
10:03 am
Mon July 23, 2012

Reinventing Education

dcJohn / Flickr

At no time in history have schools been asked to do so much. Author, businessman, and attorney, Jamie Vollmer, experiences the challenges first hand in his book Schools Can't Do It Alone. Charity talks with Vollmer about the struggles education leaders face and how they can redevelop the system to increase student success.

River to River
9:51 am
Fri July 20, 2012

Cold Cases

Early one morning in 1995, anchorwoman Jodi Huisentruit didn’t show up for work at her Mason City TV station.

Her disappearance is one of Iowa’s most discussed unsolved cases. Listen back to host, Ben Kieffer’s, discussion with Beth Bednar about her book on the case called Dead Air.

Then, a look into how state law enforcement goes about investigating dozens of cold cases.

Talk of Iowa
9:18 am
Fri July 20, 2012

Horticulture Day: Trees

Derschueler/Wikimedia Commons

The drought continues throughout much of the state. On today's Horticulture Day Richard Jauron, horticulturist with the Iowa State University Extension, and Forester Mark Vitosh, talk about the stress the lack of rain has placed on trees.

Agriculture/Harvest Public Media
7:38 am
Fri July 20, 2012

Hoop Barns Protect Cattle From Heat

Row of six hoop barns at Grand Meadow Feeders near Washta
Rick Fredericksen Iowa Public Radio

Crops are not the only things wilting in the sweltering summer of 2012; cattle, the largest animals, on the farm are also under stress.

Some cattle producers are protecting their herds by putting them hoop barns, which are gaining acceptance across the Midwest. The simple structures are made from stretching fabric over strong metal arches, or hoops, providing vital shade and protection from rain, snow or sun.

Tanner Rowe, a cattle producer near Dallas Canter, Iowa, has found hoop barns can give cattle a much-needed break from sweltering heat.

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Politics
6:27 am
Fri July 20, 2012

Iowa Secretary of State Checking Voter Rolls for Non-Citizen Immigrants

League of Women Voters of California Flickr

Iowa’s Republican Secretary of State Matt Schultz  hopes to match  Iowa voter registration lists  against a federal database to purge non-citizens from the rolls.   Critics  call it  a solution in search of a problem.   

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