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Agriculture/HPM
7:44 am
Fri May 4, 2012

Fixing Farmland along the Missouri River

Last fall, officials predicted that farmland along the Missouri River might be out of production for at least a year. The flood of 2011 piled up sand dunes, gouged out deep holes and killed off many of the microbes that help crops grow.

But now it’s spring, and farmers are back on the land trying to fix what nature broke.

There’s something not quite picture-perfect about this picturesque farmland, known as Blackbird Bend, along the Missouri River near Onawa.   A 24-row corn planter is brushing over the tops of an already stunning winter wheat crop, twelve inches high. 

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Fixing Farmland along the Missouri...
4:30 am
Fri May 4, 2012

Fixing Farmland along the Missouri River

River to River
1:03 pm
Thu May 3, 2012

Osama bin Laden Anniversary and Pakistan

Pakistan went on high alert this week over fears militants would launch revenge attacks on the anniversary of Osama bin Laden’s killing. The anniversary caps a devastating year for the country as it’s alliances with the west remain strained. We'll get an update on the U.S.-Pakistan relationship with Aakif Ahmad of the U.S.-Muslim Engagement Initiative who visits Iowa next week to talk about relations with Pakistan.

Talk of Iowa
12:38 pm
Thu May 3, 2012

An Iowa Teacher Inspires a Writer

School was torture for Nancy Sprowell Geise. With severe dyslexia she struggled to read and write, but in high school she had an English teacher at Ames High School who recognized her potential. On this Talk of Iowa from Iowa Public Radio, Charity speaks with novelist Nancy Sprowell Geise and the teacher, John Forssman, who changed her life. Her novel is called "The Eighth Sea."

Crime, Justice and Public Safety
8:22 am
Thu May 3, 2012

Gun Violence Spreads in Cedar Rapids

Gun violence in Cedar Rapids is at an all-time high.
Police say they’re not sure what’s behind the massive spike.
And the violence is spreading to parts of town once considered safe.

Wellington Heights is not one of those parts of town. You could say it has a bad rep in Cedar Rapids,
thanks to some of the highest crime rates in the city. But lately, things are getting worse.

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Agriculture/HPM
8:17 am
Thu May 3, 2012

Early Planting of Lots of Acres Could Mean Record Corn Crop

Across the Corn Belt, farmers are hoping this fall’s harvest could be one for the record books. With planting season already off to a roaring start, farmers say they’re putting in more acres of corn than they have since the Great Depression.

Handgun Violence Spreading in Cedar...
4:30 am
Thu May 3, 2012

Handgun Violence Spreading in Cedar Rapids

River to River
1:21 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

Politics and Partisanship

Approval ratings for Congress are holding steady in the teens, but as bad as you think partisanship is – the authors of a new book say “It’s Even Worse Than It Looks.” Host Jonathan Ahl talks with some of Iowa’s former Congressmen to get their impressions of partisanship today, as compared to when they were serving in office. What’s your solution for getting our dysfunctional Congress back on track?

Talk of Iowa
11:09 am
Wed May 2, 2012

Dental Crisis for Children/Cost of Sexual Violence

There is a cavity epidemic among preschoolers in this country. According to the CDC, for the first time in 40 years tooth decay is on the rise. In fact, it is not unusual for young kids at all income levels to have cavities in half or even more of their teeth. We look at challenges in pediatric dentistry and what you can do to prevent tooth decay with the University of Iowa head of pediatric dentistry, Dr. Rebecca Slayton. Later, Charity speaks with Dr. Ginger Yang, Prof. of Community and Behavioral Health at the U.I.

Talk of Iowa
10:55 am
Tue May 1, 2012

Roller Derby and Frank Deford

Roller Derby was wildly popular for decades, but almost disappeared in the 1970's. Now it's back and has gained a die-hard following.  We'll look at its growing popularity with Lisa Edwards and Kimberly Hendricks, members of the Old Capitol City Roller Girls from Iowa City. Later, a conversation with award-winning author and commentator Frank Deford. He'll talk about his autobiography out this week, Over Time: My Life as a Sportswriter.

River to River
2:41 pm
Mon April 30, 2012

Digital Discourse and Online Civility (Encore)

In a program that originally aired last May, we host a conversation about cyber civility. With a rapidly advancing technological society, we investigate how technology plays a roll in communication. In light of a controversial email sent from University of Iowa Professor Ellen Lewin, we take a look at how people are communicating digitally and how their digital communication differs from how they would communicate face to face. Is there a need for more digital discourse?

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River to River
1:06 pm
Mon April 30, 2012

Author Erik Larson and Statehouse Update

History offers the benefit of hindsight. But New York Times Bestselling author Erik Larson tries to transport readers back in time, before the outcome of events was known.  In his latest book, In the Garden of Beasts he takes us to pre-war Berlin with the family of the first U.S. Ambassador to Nazi Germany, William E. Dodd.  Host Ben Kieffer talks with him about narrative non-fiction in advance of a visit to Des Moines.  And Statehouse Correspondent Joyce Russell tells us how close Iowa lawmakers may be to adjournment.

Talk of Iowa
11:42 am
Mon April 30, 2012

Iowa Summer Olympic Hopefuls

Competitions are taking place across the country for U.S. Olympic hopefuls looking to earn berths in the 2012 Summer Games in London. Charity talks with Des Moines' Shawn Johnson about her preparation after a lay-off and knee injury sustained in a ski accident and the four medals she took home after the 2008 Olympics. Charity also speaks with Lauren Pfeiffer, a field hockey player on the US National Team; Miranda Leek, an archer currently leading the field in women's archery; and Matt Stutzman of Fairfield. Stutzman has qualified for the 2012 Paralympics Games as an archer.

Arts & Culture
7:36 am
Mon April 30, 2012

Got Government Data? There's an App for That

You might have heard about the Drake Relays this weekend. Turns out there was another kind of relay going on - a race to make phone and computer applications - using government data.

The event was called the Open Iowa Code-a-thon. It involved around 50 people, 52 sets of data, and approximately 54 hours to get it done. Government agencies made information available, so coders could capture open-source data to turn into useful applications.

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Got Government Data? There's an App...
4:30 am
Mon April 30, 2012

Got Government Data? There's an App for That

River to River
11:35 am
Fri April 27, 2012

Police K-9's/Denise O'Brien

How are canines aiding in crime fighting efforts? We'll find out when Ben talks to Officer Cordell Miller of the Des Moines Police Department. Miller's German Sheppard Bello tracked down a crime suspect that would have escaped if not for Bello's crime fighting abilities. Later, a conversation with Denise O'Brien from Atlantic, Iowa. She's just returned from a year-long mission in Afghanistan working on a reconstruction team with Afghan farmers.   

Talk of Iowa
11:25 am
Fri April 27, 2012

Hort Day: Insect Revival

Insects got a head start this year. On today's program, it’s Horticulture Day. Entomologist Dr. Donald Lewis of Iowa State University will be here. We’ll talk about red admiral butterflies, European sawflies and why we’re seeing so many moths. Horticulturist Richard Jauron of I.S.U. Extension will also be here to answer your lawn, garden and plant questions.

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