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12:00 am
Wed October 22, 2014

A Concert Pianist Adapts to Blindness

Concert pianist Tim Schmidt, a professor emeritus of music at Waldorf College, performs during the 50th anniversary of White Cane Day at the Iowa Department for the Blind.
Credit Rob Dillard

When the Iowa Department for the Blind threw a party to celebrate the 50th anniversary of White Cane Day, it called on a former client to provide entertainment. 

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Agriculture and Hunger
5:10 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

One Reporter's Journey to Understand How China Is Fed

Hicks says one surprising thing is the large amount of women in Chinese agriculture. Often they run the small family farms while their husbands work in industry in the city.
International Food Policy Research Institute Flickr

From buying Iowa feed to learning from farming practices to possibly buying into our hog market, China's ag ties to Iowa are strong.

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2014 Elections
4:44 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

First Lady Corrects Gaffe, Urges Iowans to Vote Early

First Lady Michelle Obama urging students to vote early at a campaign event in Iowa City Tuesday
Lindsey Moon Iowa Public Radio

At a campaign rally on the University of Iowa campus, First Lady Michelle Obama joked about a gaffe she made earlier this month when she called Democratic Congressman Bruce Braley, Bruce “Bailey.” 

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International News
4:44 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

UI Professor Encounters Hong Kong Protests First-Hand

The so-called "Umbrella Revolution" is made up in large part of students who want unrestricted choice of candidates in the 2017 elections.
Pasu Au Yeung Flickr

Art Durnev is a finance professor at the University of Iowa, but he got a crash course on political science when he encountered protests daily during a two-week stint at the UI's MBA program in Hong Kong.

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Talk of Iowa
3:16 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Jackson Pollock's Mural: The Transitional Moment

Jackson Pollock's "Mural"
courtesy: University of Iowa Museum of Art

This hour, we hear about the two-year restoration of the University of Iowa Museum of Art's most important holding: the mammoth (8 X 20 feet) 1943 painting "Mural" by Jackson Pollock.

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Music
4:15 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Reviving Classical Music

Pianist George Lepauw

Fan of classical music? Most likely, the answer is no. Pianist George Lepauw is trying to change that.

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River to River
3:35 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Age of the Microbrewery

More than half of all U.S. brewing facilities are microbreweries
John Bollwitt

Traditional, big American breweries are in the midst of a global identity crisis. Meanwhile, craft beer microbreweries in the U.S. are flourishing like never before.

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Ebola
6:30 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Iowa Hospitals Prepare for Ebola

The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics is undergoing
Jon Favrel Flickr

Though there’s only been two cases in the United States, hospitals across the nation and across Iowa are preparing for the possibility of caring for Ebola patients.

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Horticulture Day
3:09 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Autumn Plant Harvest: Pumpkins, Squashes, and Gourds

Usually Melancholy / flickr

They are easy to grow, decorative and delicious.

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Crime, Justice and Public Safety
10:15 am
Fri October 17, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court: "There's far more agreement than is commonly understood"

U.S. Supreme Court building
Jeff Kubina / flickr

Has the U.S. Supreme Court become a partisan institution? According to polls, many Americans think so.

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Agriculture and Harvest Public Media
8:00 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Farmers Gear Up for Record Harvest, Brace for Lower Prices

Nationwide, farmers are expected to harvest record-breaking amounts of corn and soybeans this year.
Grant Gerlock/Harvest Public Media

U.S. farmers are bringing in what’s expected to be a record-breaking harvest for both corn and soybeans. 

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Environment
12:00 am
Fri October 17, 2014

An Ojibwe Woman Protects Mother Earth

Carol Kramer in the regalia she wears when leading the Pine Point village Pow Wow.
Credit Photo extracted from a Dove Program poster circulated on the White Earth Indian Reservation.

The recipient of the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation’s highest honor is being recognized for her environmental work while serving on the Jasper County Conservation Board and elsewhere. The Newton woman credits her Native American heritage for instilling a love of Mother Earth.

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2014 Elections
10:10 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Final Debate: Ernst, Braley Differ over Abortion and Social Security

Ernst/Braley Campaign Facebook Pages

Democratic Congressman Bruce Braley and Republican State Senator Joni Ernst squared off in their final debate for Iowa's open U.S. Senate seat at Morningside College in Sioux City Thursday night. 

Braley and Ernst were asked to clarify their stances on fixing social security. Social Security's trust fund is projected to run out in about two decades, potentially reducing Social Security benefits by as much as 25%.

Congressman Braley wants millionaires and billionaires to pay the same portion of earned income into social security as less wealthy Americans.

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Agriculture and Harvest Public Media
9:56 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Vilsack Fustrated With Beef Industry

Cattle in Rowntree, MI.

For several years, the beef industry has struggled over how and whether to collect additional funds for industry promotion and research. The money is part of a program called the Beef checkoff.   

Last month U. S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack proposed a second, supplementary checkoff, implemented by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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LGBT Athletics
5:22 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

"Keep Telling as Many Stories as We Can": How Outsports Helps Athletes Come Out

Cyd Zeigler sits at Philadelphia book signing for his book "The Outsports Revolution: Truth and Myth in the World of Gay Sports."
reflexblue Flickr

Cyd Zeigler said the idea for Outsports.com came from the simple desire to talk about sports with other gay men.

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Agriculture and Harvest Public Media
2:00 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Get Ready for Cheaper Meat at the Grocery Store

Agriculture economist Chris Hurt said in 2007, the average pork price was $2.87 a pound. Now, we're paying a record high price of $4.20 a pound on average.
Amy Mayer/IPR file photo

Farmers are harvesting a record corn and soybean crop this year causing the price of grain commodities to tumble, which is great news for livestock producers and people who love bacon.

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2014 Elections
11:41 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Iowa's Non-Major Party Candidates in the 2014 Elections

Ulises Jorge / flickr

The Republican and Democratic parties dominate politics in our state and our country.

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Agriculture and Harvest Public Media
9:39 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Food Security Since Ebola

A woman drys cocoa beans in Liberia, 10/25/2010.
Laura Elizabeth Pohl

West African leaders attending the World Food Prize symposium in Des Moines discussed steps to prevent a food crisis in Ebola-affected countries, Wednesday.

President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development Kanayo Nwanze said 40 percent of farms in affected areas have been abandoned, thus dramatically harming food production.

"I think the regional trade is going to be very, very serious," Nwanze said.  "Like any other situation...where you have a crisis you should begin to plan for the aftermath."

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News
5:30 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Iowa's Combat Medic School

Final exam for Combat Life Savers
Rick Fredericksen Iowa Public Radio

Just outside Des Moines, in a building at Camp Dodge, medics and first responders are being trained under simulated battle conditions that look and sound like an episode of “Homeland,” or “24.” IPR’s Rick Fredericksen was there for the final exam.

  

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Food
4:59 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

PBS New Show “Food Forward” Features Iowa “Food Rebels”

Bison roaming on Bob Jackson's farm near Promise City
Screenshot

There are lots of opinions about how to eat and grow healthy food. The new PBS show Food Forward takes a look at some of them. 

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2014 Elections
4:01 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Mowrer to King: Pay Up for the Government Shutdown

Jim Mowrer outside Steve King's Ames office
Photo by Joyce Russell/IPR

Iowa Fourth District Democratic congressional candidate Jim Mowrer is calling out incumbent Republican Steve King for his role in the federal government shutdown last year.   

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Agriculture and Harvest Public Media
4:00 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Foodborne Illnesses Could Cost Us $15 billion a Year

Pathogens that can cause foodborne illness are often ingested by incorrectly cooked meat.
taryn/Flickr

Americans had to dig deep into their wallets to cover costs associated with foodborne illnesses, according to new estimatesfrom the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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News
3:25 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Cedar Falls is Google's eCity of the Year

Operations Manager for Google's Council Bluffs Data Center, Chris Russell announces Cedar Falls as the 2014 eCity of Iowa on Wednesday.
Credit IPR's Pat Blank

  Cedar Falls has been named the 2014 eCity for the state of Iowa. The award comes from Google and the independent research firm IPSOS. The recognition means the brick and mortar business community in Cedar Falls also embraces connecting online with their customers. They also use the web to find new ways to market their products. Chris Russell is Operations Manager for Goggle's Council Bluffs Data Center. He says, " the point of all this is that it's not always Des Moines that wins.

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Agriculture and Harvest Public Media
12:41 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Ag Careers an Opportunity Few Latinos Pursue

High school senior Melissa Garcia Rodriguez has managed the barn at the Des Moines ag campus for the past two summers.
Amy Mayer/IPR

In a dimly-lit lab on the Des Moines public schools’ agricultural science campus, students in aprons, safety goggles and plastic gloves poke and probe chicken wings. About 15 girls and just one boy in this vet careers class are looking for ligaments, tendons, cartilage and other features of this animal part that teenagers more often experience cooked and covered in barbecue sauce.

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2014 Elections
9:29 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Tax Talk in Last Governor's Debate

The gubernatorial candidates met for a final debate in Sioux City.
Brendan C/Flickr

Governor  Branstad and his Democratic challenger, state senator Jack Hatch, staked out sharply different tax policies in a debate last night in Sioux City.  

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Agriculture and Harvest Public Media
5:00 am
Wed October 15, 2014

At Harvest, These Corn Huskers Still Pick By Hand

Competitor Harlan Jacobson races to pick rows of corn at the annual Illinois State Corn Husking Competition in September.
Abby Wendle/Harvest Public Media

Dick Humes squinted and sweat as he moved down a row of corn. He sliced through the husk with a metal hook in his right hand, snapped the ear from its stalk with his left, and threw it over his shoulder into a wagon rolling alongside him.

Every other second, the corn hit the floor of the wagon with a thud. Humes was setting a steady pace for the men’s 50-and-older division at the 34th annual Illinois State Corn Husking Competition.

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Hoglot Inspections
4:42 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Critics: Hoglot Inspections Fall Short

Photo by Joyce Russell

Controversial new rules for  large animal confinement operations got another airing  at the statehouse Tuesday.   

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Food
4:06 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

2014 World Food Prize Laureate Sanjaya Rajaram on Working with Norman Borlaug

Norman Borlaug with Sanjaya Rajaram working in a field in Mexico
Photo Courtesty of the World Food Prize

There are just over 7 billion people in the world today, and by 2050, our population is predicted to reach 9 billion.

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Agriculture and Harvest Public Media
2:14 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Humanitarian Recognized at Iowa Hunger Summit

Governor Terry Branstad presents Merry Fredrick with the Robert D. Ray Iowa SHARES Humanitarian Award at the Iowa Hunger Summit on 10/14/2014.
Sarah Boden Iowa Public Radio

Merry Fredrick was awarded the second annual Robert D. Ray Iowa SHARES Humanitarian Award, Tuesday in Des Moines at the Iowa Hunger Summit.

Fredrick is the former executive director of Self-Help International.  The Waverly-based organization helps farmers in Ghana and Nicaragua grow high protein maize.

"I'm very humbled by the award," said Fredrick, who hopes the award will heighten Self-Help International's profile so that it may grow and eventually end hunger. 

Self-Help International also provides micro-credit loans to women for starting small-scale businesses.

Science and Technology
12:35 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Young People Inheriting a Situation That's 'Out of Their Control'

Cracks in the ice cover of the arctic ocean. As Earth's climate warms thes cracks are allowing methane to escape into the atmosphere, where it can add to global warming.
Eric Kort, Creative Commons 2.0 NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

One of the nation's best-known climate scientists is joining a lawsuit against the government to pressure for policies to address global warming.

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