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River to River
11:00 pm
Tue February 21, 2012

Politics Day

The latest polls show Mitt Romney retaking the lead in Michigan, although the race for the republican presidential nomination is still extremely tight.  Join host Ben Kieffer as we talk about that race and the lead up to Super Tuesday.  We’ll also discuss the controversy over requiring insurance coverage for contraception and now, some prenatal testing, and how it’s impacting the discussion of faith in the campaign.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Mon February 20, 2012

The Vets in Our Lives

It's been said the best doctor in the world is a veterinarian--she can't ask her patients what's the matter, she's got to just know. This hour, we look into the worlds of four Iowa vets, whose patients run the spectrum from kittens to giraffes. We'll find out why each chose the job for their life's work and how the profession has changed of late. Charity speaks to: Dr. June Olds, Blank Park Zoo vet; Dr. Loras Wilgenbusch, retired large animal vet from Victor, IA; Dr. Kirk Heisterkamp, equine vet from Cedar Rapids; and small animal vet, Dr. Ryan Steen of Cedar Rapids.

River to River
11:00 pm
Mon February 20, 2012

Online Virtual Education

Open enrollment allows parents to register their children in any Iowa school district.  Join host Ben Kieffer as we talk about how two Iowa school districts are poised to take advantage of open enrollment by offering a solely on-line virtual education.  Ben will talk with the superintendent of one of those school districts and with a state senator who has concerns about virtual schools.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Sun February 19, 2012

Encore Edition: The Meskwaki Tribe - Past, Present and Future

The Meskwaki people, often known to outsiders as the Sac and Fox Tribe, have long been a part of Iowa history. In 1856 the Iowa Legislature passed an unprecedented act allowing the Meskwaki to purchase land in Iowa. A year later, the Tribe purchased the first 80 acres in Tama County. Today the Meskwaki Settlement is a thriving community of over 4,000 residents which maintains a tribal school and a profitable casino. In a program that originally aired last September, we look at the history of the Meskwaki people in Iowa and the challenges they face today.

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River to River
11:00 pm
Sun February 19, 2012

National Guard 132nd Fighter Wing, New Navy Ships, USS Iowa Update

The U.S. Air Force is recommending eliminating the F-16 fighter squadron of the Iowa Air National Guard in Des Moines.  Join guest host Dean Borg as he talks with Wing Commander, Colonel Drew DeHaes about the potential cuts.  Dean will also talk with Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus about the naming of two new ships after Midwest cities, the USS Sioux City and USS Omaha.  Finally, we’ll get an update on efforts to restore the historic World War II era battleship, USS Iowa.

Iowa Archives
5:00 am
Fri February 17, 2012

Saving Ottumwa Naval Air Station

A post card showing the old Admin Building at the Ottumwa Naval Air Station.

As Iowa tries to retain its last jet fighter base in Des Moines, a non-profit group is hoping to save one of the last remnants of an air station that closed at the end of World War Two. Historic audio from Stearman training film and You Tube.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Thu February 16, 2012

Horticulture Day: Maple Syrup

When maple trees experience the freezing nights and warm days of late winter, the sap starts to slowly rise. It's "Hort Friday" on Talk of Iowa, and we'll talk about maple syrup production. It's one of North America's oldest agricultural crops and there are a few commercial producers in Northeast Iowa. Guests are Richard Jauron, Iowa State University Extension Horticulture and Jesse Randall, Iowa State University Extension Forestry. We'll also answer your questions about the plants in your life.
 

River to River
11:00 pm
Thu February 16, 2012

Bob Garfield

Media is the lens through which we see the world, and through which the world sees us.  Host Ben Kieffer talks with the man who has made it his job to observe and analyze media for public radio – Bob Garfield co-host of "On The Media."  Garfield is coming to Iowa next week as part of Iowa Public Radio’s Insight Series. Also, a look at the latest trends in television advertising with Jay Newell from Iowa State University's Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication and Alan Oldfield of Frank Magid Associates in Cedar Rapids.

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