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Agriculture/Harvest Public Media
1:10 am
Thu July 5, 2012

Farmers question farm bill restrictions

Marc Benson stands in one of his corn fields near Winfield, Iowa.
Clay Masters IPR

Next week the farm bill makes its way to the House. That’s the big piece of legislation that sets food and agriculture policy for the next 5 years. How does this impact the average Iowan that isn’t on the farm?  Iowa State Agriculture economist Bruce Babcock says for the most part it doesn’t… except for one thing. 

"Are the taxpayer dollars being well spent subsidizing really well managed farms, very smart farmers and very wealthy farmers?" he said.

Arts & Culture
1:47 pm
Wed July 4, 2012

Memories of the USS Iowa

The USS Iowa in the Port of Los Angeles

One of the largest battleships to serve during World War II was the USS Iowa. Now the Iowa has found a place to rest, rather than rust, as a museum in the port of Los Angeles.  On Tuesday she welcomed many of her seamen back home. Iowa Public Radio’s Sandhya Dirks visited the ship to hear their stories.

 

River to River
2:07 pm
Tue July 3, 2012

Iowa Citizen Diplomacy and Ambassador Dan Mozena

We start the program with a conversation with Dan Mozena, member of the United States Foreign Service, currently U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh – a post he has held since November of last year. Mozena was born and raised on his family’s dairy farm in northeast Iowa near Dubuque.  He graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in political science and history. Dan Mozena has served in many other countries –in Zambia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, India, Pakistan, and Angola.  Later, what is it about Iowa that has spawned so many U.S.

Talk of Iowa
11:45 am
Tue July 3, 2012

Skin Safety and Vitamin D

Jalal Hameed Bhatti / flickr

Many people know the basics of skin safety- wear sunscreen, protective clothing, avoid sunburns, but there are still many misconceptions and questions on sun-related concerns. On today's "Talk of Iowa" we explore the myths and questions you have about skin cancer and the sun. We also discuss the prevalence of tanning salons in the state, as well as find out why vitamin D is so important, and how you can be sure you are getting enough.

Business/Economy
6:53 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

New Skills=New Life

Tanaha Pettit of Waterloo, who was in prison in 2009, has completed the new manufacturing careers certificate program and works at Bruns Machine in Cedar Falls.
Pat Blank

The job market can be a challenge for anyone these days, but imagine what it’s like for someone who’s spent time in prison or who has a less than stellar work history for other reasons.  Iowa Public Radio’s Pat Blank reports on an innovative program in Northeast Iowa that’s slowly making a difference.

Education
3:51 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

Morrill Act Anniversary

On July 2nd 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Morrill Act, which created Land Grant Colleges and made higher education accessible to millions of working class Americans. Today's "Talk of Iowa" focused on how the legislation’s impacted Iowa, the first state to accept it’s provisions. One of the show's guests, Allison Sheridan, oversaw the Morrill Act exhibit at Iowa State University and edited the book, “The Land-Grant Act and the People’s College: Iowa State University". Sheridan is the Museum Collections Manager and Communications Coordinator at ISU. 

River to River
9:21 am
Mon July 2, 2012

Violent Crime: One Victim’s Story

Jonna Williams

Host Ben Kieffer’s recent conversations with offenders inside the Iowa State Penitentiary prompted this look at the victim’s perspective on violent crime. This hour, Ben talks with Jonna Williams of Waterloo, the victim of a kidnapping and rape in 1994, when she was just 13 years old. Also joining the conversation are Black Hawk County Prosecutor Tom Ferguson and Mary Roche, Director of Victim Programs with the Iowa Department of Corrections.

Contact Jonna about victim’s advocacy through her Facebook page

River to River
12:04 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Andrew Chaikin's "A Man on the Moon" and Grinnell College President, Raynard Kington

Today's "River to River" features noted space historian, Andrew Chaikin. Chaikin is author of the acclaimed A Man on the Moon and several other books about space. He’ll be visiting Iowa to talk about the search for life in the solar system. Then, Grinnell College President Raynard Kington as part of our summer series talking with Iowa university and college presidents.

Talk of Iowa
11:40 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Horticulture Day: Wildlife

Leo Papandreou / flickr

It’s a practice that improves your local environment and is a rewarding way to learn about the animals in your back yard.  On the next Hort Day, we look at tailoring your garden to the needs of wildlife. ISU Extention's Rebecca Christoffel and Richard Jauron join the discussion and answer your gardening questions.

Health
5:54 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Hospital System Chief Praises Healthcare Ruling

Bill Leaver is CEO of Iowa Health System, the state's largest network of hospitals and clinics.  He says the ruling will pave the way for more streamlined and prevention-focused healthcare.

Iowa Archives
5:00 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Army Band Prepares for Big Parade

Credit 34th Army Band

When Iowans gather in Des Moines tomorrow to thank veterans for their service, one of the National Guard's most decorated units will be among those leading the parade. Historic 1965 audio from the 34th Army Band in Burlington and the Val Air Ballroom in 1967.

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River to River
1:51 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Health Care Law Reaction and President David Maxwell of Drake University

The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the health care mandate proposed by President Obama. Today on "River to River", we hear what Iowans have to say about the decision. We also speak with political science professor, Dennis Goldford, on how the ruling may affect Iowa voters. Later in the program, Drake University President David Maxwell joins us as part of our summer series of conversations with Iowa university and college presidents. We’ll talk about what private universities can do to be attractive and affordable during a challenging economy.

Health
8:21 am
Thu June 28, 2012

Counties offer split opinions on Mental Health Redesign

Daniela Hartmann flickr

July 1 is a big date for mental health care in Iowa—that’s the day funding switches over to a redesigned model. The legislature approved a plan to equalize mental health care funding for low income residents across the state.  Some counties are crying foul, saying programs will be gutted. But other’s say the change they say finally gives all counties a level playing field.

Talk of Iowa
9:32 am
Wed June 27, 2012

Simple French Food

When you think of French food, the word simple probably does not come to mind. Wini Moranville, restaurant reviewer for the Des Moines Register, will introduce us to simple French home cooking. Her new cookbook is the Bonne Femme cookbook…simple splendid food that French women cook every day. Later, we’ll hear from the authors of Farmstead Chef, a book full recipes that rely on locally grown ingredients.

 

River to River
2:41 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

Mammoth Bones and Iowa's Barefoot Runner

An Iowa man and his sons made a huge discovery on their Oskaloosa farm recently. Now scientists are in the process of excavating a mammoth skeleton.  We’ll hear what they hope to learn from the find. Then, 18-year-old Rae Heim of Carroll is running barefoot across the country this year from Boston to Huntington Beach, CA. She has reached Iowa – raising money for an organization called souls4soles – a Christian organization which supplies shoes to needy kids.  Rae talks with River to River's Ben Kieffer about her journey.

Sports
12:15 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

Iowa Woman Runs Barefoot Across America

18 year old Rae Heim of Carroll is running barefoot across the country this year from Boston to Huntington Beach, CA. She has reached Iowa – raising money for an organization called souls4soles – a Christian organization which supplies shoes to needy kids.  Rae talks with River to River's Ben Kieffer about her journey.

 

River to River
1:23 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

Secret Intelligence in the FBI

Sometimes we tend to think of the FBI as America’s police force, but the bureau’s primary mission is actually secret intelligence. Host Ben Kieffer talks about the history of the FBI with award-winning author Tim Weiner and his new book Enemies: A History of the FBI. Later, Ben talks with Jim McMillan, a special agent stationed in the Quad Cities, about the facts and fiction behind being an agent.

Talk of Iowa
12:05 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

Unconventional, Creative Writers in Iowa

Most novels don’t come with soundtracks, most summer road tippers aren’t creating original artwork in the back of their vans, and most 12-year-olds aren’t published authors. On this Talk of Iowa, we’ll meet some creative Iowans… A man sending quirky postcards all over the world, a writer who created a novel with an original soundtrack, and a 12 year old who wrote a book on a brave young woman during the Revolutionary War.

Talk of Iowa
9:50 am
Mon June 25, 2012

Exploring the life and work of landscape architect, Jens Jensen

Even if you have never heard of landscape architect Jens Jensen, you have been touched by his work. Jensen came to the United States from Denmark in 1884. He fell in love with the Iowa landscape, and it influenced his work for the rest of his life. On this Talk of Iowa, we will talk about his designs, his life, and his legacy.

Arts & Culture
7:25 am
Mon June 25, 2012

Grotto of the Redemption Turns 100

The Grotto of the Redemption in West Bend turned 100 this weekend.
Sandhya Dirks Iowa Public Radio

The Midwest is known for its roadside attractions — world's largest ear of corn, heaviest ball of twine, biggest truck stop.

But it's also home to one of the largest collections of grottoes in the world. Most of these man-made caves were created by immigrant priests at the beginning of the 20th century. And the mother of them all — encrusted in $6 million worth of semiprecious stones — is in West Bend, Iowa.

This weekend, the Grotto of the Redemption turned 100.

River to River
1:15 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

Western Iowa Flood Recovery

It’s been a year since the Missouri River flooded homes, farmland and businesses, and people in Western Iowa and Nebraska are still recovering and waiting for disaster aid. Host Clay Masters talks with soil expert Dr. Mahdi Al-Kaisi, and farmer Scott Olson about efforts to get the soil back to a functional state. Later, Clay talks with groups involved in flood recovery efforts who share their ideas on how to best manage the river for the future.

Arts & Culture
1:24 am
Fri June 22, 2012

Iowa Opera House Project

Sam Knudson on the opera house stage at the Weiting Theater in Toledo Iowa.

In the early 20th century Iowa had close to 1,000 opera houses but now only a few hundred are still standing and many of them are abandoned.  This summer an Iowa musician is doing a series of performances in restored opera houses highlighting these building’s historic value while showcasing contemporary musicians. 

Agriculture/Harvest Public Media
10:50 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Water Control Fight Continues Along Missouri River Part 2

Jim Redmond, with the Northwest Iowa Sierra Club, stands along the Missouri River in Sioux City, Iowa. Redmond said the river could handle the rainfall of the 2011 flood, but not when it’s cutoff from the flood plain.
Clay Masters IPR

The mighty Missouri River flows through 7 states and drains one-sixth of the water in the United States.  It’s a powerful force that gives life to the land.  But last year’s flood that lasted over 110 days has people talking… and fighting for the future. Here’s Iowa Public Radio’s Clay Masters, with part two of our special report.

Talk of Iowa
3:05 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Hort Day: Planting New Windbreaks

For many decades Colorado Blue Spruce were a very popular choice for windbreaks in Iowa.  Now a lot of those trees are dead or dying.  On today's Talk of Iowa it’s Horticulture Day. D.N.R. District Forester Mark Vitosh of Iowa City and I.S.U. Extension Horticulturist Richard Jauron will be here.  We’ll talk about planting new windbreaks and rehabilitating old ones.  We’ll also be answering your questions about plants and trees.   We look forward to your questions!

 

River to River
11:41 am
Thu June 21, 2012

University President Sally Mason and Rural Attorneys

Receiving basic legal services such as drafting a contract or selling a house is becoming more difficult in some rural Iowa communities. Rural attorneys are retiring and many are not being replaced. I’m Ben Kieffer, and next time on River to River we’ll talk about a new collaboration between the Iowa State Bar Association and Iowa law programs encouraging young attorneys to practice in small towns. And, a conversation with University of Iowa President Sally Mason.

Talk of Iowa
11:18 am
Thu June 21, 2012

80/35 Play-In Finalists

Today on Talk of Iowa, Charity talks with the finalists for Wellmark's 80/35 Play-in presented by Iowa Public Radio's Studio One. We'll hear from Love Songs For Lonely Monsters, Holy White Hounds and Seedlings in addition to Iowa Public Radio's Music Director Al Schares. 

River to River
1:30 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Politics Day: Voter Fraud

openmarket.org

The general election is just over four months away and some may already know how and when they’re voting. Host Ben Kieffer talks with University of Iowa Political Science Professor Tim Hagle and Associate Professor and author Doug Jones about the attempts made to improve the voting process and if the U.S. elections have gotten better. Later, Ben talks with Bill Schickel, Co-Chair of the Republican Party of Iowa and Caucus Review Committee Chairman about lessons learned from the GOP caucus counting mix-up.

Talk of Iowa
9:25 am
Wed June 20, 2012

How Kids Can Affect Parents' Health

Having a child changes everything including how you eat and how you move.  On today's Talk of Iowa, Charity talks with Dr. Helene Laroche, Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Iowa about how becoming a parent can change your diet.  Later, we hear from Matt Stancel, Assistant Director of Fitness Programs for Recreational Services at the U of I about how becoming a parent might change your exercise routine.  

 

River to River
2:06 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Des Moines Turning Into Hub for Entrepeneurship

More and more entrepreneurs are finding niches for creative business ventures in Iowa. This hour on River to River, we'll talk with Mike Colwell, the Executive Director of the Business Innovation Zone about how that state is becoming a hub for young professionals. We're also joined by two attorneys who started a B-Amazing Foods, a nutrition bar company, and a video producer who found her entrepreneurial spirit by moving to Des Moines. Veel Hoeden, a shared workspace in Pella.

Talk of Iowa
1:32 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Summer Travel Destinations in Iowa

Looking to travel this summer? On today's Talk of Iowa, travel writer Jennifer Wilson joins us to talk about the best places to visit in Iowa during the heat of summer. She'll give us a glimpse of some of the best festivals, state parks, and restaurants to tour across the state.

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