News http://iowapublicradio.org en Got Goats? http://iowapublicradio.org/post/got-goats <p>A herd of goats are the newest employees of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. &nbsp;64 of them will be eating their way through a 7 acre patch in &nbsp;Ensign Hollow Wildlife Management Area in Northeast Iowa's Clayton County. &nbsp;There's dense vegetation there that's preventing hikers, bird watchers and anglers from using the area as much as they could. &nbsp;That dense vegetation is also a challenge for traditional heavy mowing equipment because of the steep terrain. The goats have with them a pair of chocolate colored miniature donkeys who will run off any would be predators. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 22:11:36 +0000 Pat Blank 43556 at http://iowapublicradio.org Got Goats? EPA Promotes Water Rule to Farmers http://iowapublicradio.org/post/epa-promotes-water-rule-farmers <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif; line-height: 1.5;">The head of the Environmental Protection Agency is touring farm country, trying to assure farmers that the agency isn’t asking for more authority over farmers and ranchers’ lands.</span></p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 19:00:00 +0000 Kristofor Husted & Amy Mayer 43515 at http://iowapublicradio.org EPA Promotes Water Rule to Farmers First Ladies and the Politics of Fashion http://iowapublicradio.org/post/first-ladies-and-politics-fashion <p>The first lady is a wife, a diplomat and often a social activist. We care&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">a great deal about her... and what she wears.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 14:13:31 +0000 Lindsey Moon & Charity Nebbe 43508 at http://iowapublicradio.org First Ladies and the Politics of Fashion My Farm Roots: Touch the Ground http://iowapublicradio.org/post/my-farm-roots-touch-ground <p></p><p><span style="font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif; line-height: 1.5;">As a young man, Elisha Pullen never imagined he would spend his days on the farm.</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif;">Growing up near rural Bell City in southeastern Missouri’s “Bootheel” region, Pullen longed to leave the farm and get an education.</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Jacob McCleland 43446 at http://iowapublicradio.org My Farm Roots: Touch the Ground Politics Day: International Developments http://iowapublicradio.org/post/politics-day-international-developments <p>The Obama administration is asking for #3.7 billion in emergency funds from Congress to address the flood of unaccompanied children coming illegally into the U.S.</p><p>Today on <em>River to River</em>, we talk about the politics behind this latest chapter in the immigration debate. Also, our guests analyze the latest developments in the Middle East, Ukraine and the disputed presidential election in Afghanistan.</p><p></p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 22:21:06 +0000 Ben Kieffer 43485 at http://iowapublicradio.org Politics Day: International Developments Money, Canoes or Oral Hygiene: Finding the Key to Happiness http://iowapublicradio.org/post/money-canoes-or-oral-hygiene-finding-key-happiness <p>According to research by the Gallup organization, North Dakotans are happier than Iowans. Or rather, they have a higher state of well-being.</p><p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 18:48:17 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Katherine Perkins 43459 at http://iowapublicradio.org Money, Canoes or Oral Hygiene: Finding the Key to Happiness 25 Years Later: Memories from Flight 232 http://iowapublicradio.org/post/25-years-later-memories-flight-232 <p>Chief Flight Attendant Jan Brown remembers the approximately forty minutes between engine failure and crash-landing with crystal clarity.</p><p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 14:11:28 +0000 Ben Kieffer 43427 at http://iowapublicradio.org 25 Years Later: Memories from Flight 232 Iowa's Rising Waters http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowas-rising-waters <p>Iowa’s rivers and reservoirs have not reached flood stages of 1993 or 2008, but many communities are still dealing with significant flooding.</p><p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 21:56:17 +0000 Charity Nebbe 43426 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowa's Rising Waters Palmer Amaranth Begins March Through Iowa http://iowapublicradio.org/post/palmer-amaranth-begins-march-through-iowa <p></p><p>A fast spreading, crop destroying weed may be coming to the farms near you.</p><p><a href="http://www.agweb.com/article/palmer_amaranth_pigweed_creeps_farther_into_the_midwest_NAA_Rhonda_Brooks/">Palmer amaranth</a>, which has plagued southern farms for decades, has been marching across the Midwest. It can decimate a crop. It can withstand many common herbicides. And it can cost farmers millions.</p><p>Roger Hargrafen, a farmer in Muscatine County, Iowa, is on the front lines in the battle against Palmer amaranth. His is one of four Iowa farms confirmed as having it.</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Amy Mayer 43345 at http://iowapublicradio.org Palmer Amaranth Begins March Through Iowa Garbage Meets Its Potential: Thousands of Plastic Bags Become a Park Bench http://iowapublicradio.org/post/garbage-meets-its-potential-thousands-plastic-bags-become-park-bench <p>Reduce, reuse, recycle. That’s been the mantra among the environmentally conscious for the last 25 years. This hour – an in-depth exploration of recycling in Iowa.</p><p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 22:14:30 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Emily Woodbury 43344 at http://iowapublicradio.org Garbage Meets Its Potential: Thousands of Plastic Bags Become a Park Bench Recycling 101: Are you doing it right? http://iowapublicradio.org/post/recycling-101-are-you-doing-it-right <p>Recycling can be a tricky process - whether you leave materials curbside or deposit them at a drop-site, it's often hard to know exactly what can or can't be recycled.</p><p>On this <em>Talk of Iowa</em> "short," Joe Hummel of City Carton and Theresa Kurtz of the Iowa Recycling Association share how recycling really works, answer common questions, and alleviate recycling myths.</p><p></p><p><strong>DO</strong> <strong>- </strong></p><p><em><strong>Clean out your glass and plastic bottles as much as you can.</strong></em></p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 21:52:40 +0000 Emily Woodbury 43357 at http://iowapublicradio.org Recycling 101: Are you doing it right? Nine Counties See Shipments of Bakken Crude http://iowapublicradio.org/post/nine-counties-see-shipments-bakken-crude <p>Officials with the Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management agency &nbsp;released to the general public the routes rail lines take to haul crude oil through the state from the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The rail lines are complying with a new federal mandate to report shipments of more than a million gallons. &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 20:57:11 +0000 Joyce Russell 43356 at http://iowapublicradio.org Nine Counties See Shipments of Bakken Crude "Backstage" at The Can Shed http://iowapublicradio.org/post/backstage-can-shed <p>Most people have probably taken a bag of aluminum cans to a redemption center to collect the nickel deposit.&nbsp; You walk in, get them counted and collect your money.&nbsp; But, what happens next?&nbsp; IPR’s Katherine Perkins recently visited The Can Shed in Cedar Rapids to take a tour with owner and operator Troy Willard.&nbsp; Willard says they process 1.5-million containers per week at the facility… and cans are their bread and butter.&nbsp; Turns out, a lot happens after you dump that bag of cans onto the counter.</p><p></p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 19:28:23 +0000 Katherine Perkins 43342 at http://iowapublicradio.org "Backstage" at The Can Shed Landfilling a Long Term Commitment; What's the Alternative? http://iowapublicradio.org/post/landfilling-long-term-commitment-whats-alternative <p>What do you throw away? Do you think about it? Do you care?</p><p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 18:30:23 +0000 Lindsey Moon & Ben Kieffer 43336 at http://iowapublicradio.org Landfilling a Long Term Commitment; What's the Alternative? Mutton busting a rodeo tradition for rough and tumble kids http://iowapublicradio.org/post/mutton-busting-rodeo-tradition-rough-and-tumble-kids <p></p><p><span style="font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif; line-height: 15px;">A furry beast, a brave rider and a roaring crowd make up the list of ingredients for the Western rodeo tradition known as “mutton busting.” Think of it as bull-riding, but for 6-year-olds, and the furry beast is actually a wooly sheep.</span></p> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Luke Runyon 43170 at http://iowapublicradio.org Mutton busting a rodeo tradition for rough and tumble kids Decades of Advocacy for Women: Leaders at RVAP and Planned Parenthood Retire http://iowapublicradio.org/post/decades-advocacy-women-leaders-rvap-and-planned-parenthood-retire <p></p><p>Great strides have been made in understanding and combating domestic and sexual violence, but much more needs to be done. In the first half of <em>River to River</em>, Ben Kieffer talks with Karla Miller, who just retired after 22 years as director of the Rape Victim Advocacy Program in Iowa City.</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 22:08:24 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Emily Woodbury 43211 at http://iowapublicradio.org Decades of Advocacy for Women: Leaders at RVAP and Planned Parenthood Retire Your Midwest Summer Music Festival Guide http://iowapublicradio.org/post/your-midwest-summer-music-festival-guide <p></p><p>The music festival season is well under way, and as the fourth of July weekend approaches there are several to choose from around the Midwest depending on what kind of music you enjoy, and how far you would like to travel. But even if you already have plans for this weekend there are several upcoming festivals that are taking place on various dates throughout the summer</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 19:45:54 +0000 Scarlett Cerna 43192 at http://iowapublicradio.org Your Midwest Summer Music Festival Guide Gentlemen Bootleggers, the True Story of Templeton Rye http://iowapublicradio.org/post/gentlemen-bootleggers-true-story-templeton-rye <p>During prohibition, there were people all over the United States making and selling spirits, but the people in Templeton, Iowa who were making fine whiskey were not your run of the mill bootleggers.&nbsp; Host Charity Nebbe digs in to the remarkable history of Templeton Rye with Bryce Bauer, author of <a href="http://wolflit.com/preview/gentlemen-bootleggers/"><em>Gentlemen Bootleggers: The True Story of Templeton Rye, Prohibition, and a Small Town in Cahoots</em></a> and historian Tim Walch.&nbsp; They talk about why Iowa went dry five years before the rest of the country and how this smal Thu, 03 Jul 2014 17:43:03 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Katherine Perkins 43178 at http://iowapublicradio.org Gentlemen Bootleggers, the True Story of Templeton Rye My Farm Roots: Smells Like Home http://iowapublicradio.org/post/my-farm-roots-smells-home <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif;">Most family vacations are remembered for endless car rides, packed tourist beaches and a string of poorly decorated hotel rooms.</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Luke Runyon 43111 at http://iowapublicradio.org My Farm Roots: Smells Like Home More Than Red and Blue, Political Typology Shades of Gray http://iowapublicradio.org/post/more-red-and-blue-political-typology-shades-gray <p>We often like to think of states in terms of red and blue, and people in terms of Democrats, Republicans and Independents.&nbsp; But, the Pew Research Center finds our politics offers many more shades of gray.&nbsp; Host Ben Kieffer talks with a Pew researcher about their latest <a href="http://www.people-press.org/2014/06/26/the-political-typology-beyond-red-vs-blue/">political typology study</a> and what hints it might provide for the upcoming midterm elections.&nbsp; Are you a "Young Outsider," or a "Hard Pressed Skeptic?"&nbsp; You can take the quiz <a href="http://www.people-press.org/ Wed, 02 Jul 2014 21:00:56 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Katherine Perkins 43141 at http://iowapublicradio.org More Than Red and Blue, Political Typology Shades of Gray Treasured Ink: Is Cursive a Thing of the Past? http://iowapublicradio.org/post/treasured-ink-cursive-thing-past <p>Between typing and texting we are a lot less likely to put pen to paper. What's lost when we don't?&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 14:11:56 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Lindsey Moon 43107 at http://iowapublicradio.org Treasured Ink: Is Cursive a Thing of the Past? Chef Camp Teaches Basics of Food Production http://iowapublicradio.org/post/chef-camp-teaches-basics-food-production <p></p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Sean Powers 43014 at http://iowapublicradio.org Chef Camp Teaches Basics of Food Production FFA Chapter "Beefs Up" Its Investments http://iowapublicradio.org/post/ffa-chapter-beefs-its-investments <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Students at Crestwood High School FFA are making a 20 thousand dollar investment in a soon to be opened beef processing facility near Lime Springs in North Iowa. They're using some of the 90 thousand dollars they had in the bank after selling some land a few years ago. Initially the FFA chapter was unable to take advantage of the opportunity because state law did not allow investment of taxpayer money in a private enterprise. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 00:54:08 +0000 Pat Blank 43091 at http://iowapublicradio.org FFA Chapter "Beefs Up" Its Investments The Washington Redskins: “I think it’s very derogatory; native people are not red” http://iowapublicradio.org/post/washington-redskins-i-think-it-s-very-derogatory-native-people-are-not-red <p>The U.S. Patent Office says the Washington Redskins' federal trademarks must be canceled. Today on <em>River to River</em> we ask - what’s in a name?</p><p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 22:52:30 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Emily Woodbury 43086 at http://iowapublicradio.org The Washington Redskins: “I think it’s very derogatory; native people are not red” Iowans Weigh in on Supreme Court Hobby Lobby Decision http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowans-weigh-supreme-court-hobby-lobby-decision <p>Monday's U.S. Supreme Court decision in favor of Hobby Lobby can be seen as "narrow" or "broad" - depending on how it's looked at. Today on <em>River to River</em>, we ask a political scientist and a legal expert what implications this ruling has for the future.</p><p>Today's guests include: Scott Peters, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Northern Iowa, and Mark Kende, Professor of Law at Drake and the Director of the Drake Constitutional Law Center.</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 22:52:28 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Emily Woodbury 43085 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowans Weigh in on Supreme Court Hobby Lobby Decision Great Waterbirds of Iowa http://iowapublicradio.org/post/great-waterbirds-iowa <p>With their long elegant necks, spindly legs and otherworldly calls, an encounter with one of Iowa's herons can take your breath away.&nbsp; Host Charity Nebbe talks with Wildlife Biologist Jim Pease about his summer spent paddling many of Iowa's waterways.&nbsp; On those trips he has gotten up close with Great Blue Herons, Green Herons and Egrets, some of Iowa's most impressive waterbirds.&nbsp; We learn about their mating, nesting and feeding habits.</p><p></p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 19:31:15 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Katherine Perkins 43062 at http://iowapublicradio.org Great Waterbirds of Iowa Testing New Weather Radar Over the Rocky Mountains http://iowapublicradio.org/post/testing-new-weather-radar-over-rocky-mountains <p style="margin-bottom: 0px; font-size: 15px; line-height: normal; font-family: Times;">Rockwell Collins is building advanced weather radar technology that analyzes storm clouds to provide aircraft pilots with predictions for hail, wind shear, and lightning threats in the plane’s flight path.&nbsp; The new radar, called “Threat Track Weather Radar” is built in the company’s Cedar Rapids and Decorah plants. Dean Borg travels hundreds of miles with engineers to see a demonstrate of this new technology in an experimental aircraft flying over the Rocky Mountains.</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 04:51:55 +0000 Dean Borg 43039 at http://iowapublicradio.org Testing New Weather Radar Over the Rocky Mountains Migraine Science Making Strides http://iowapublicradio.org/post/migraine-science-making-strides <p><a href="http://www.americanmigrainefoundation.org/support-the-foundation/36-million-migraine-campaign/" target="_blank">36 million Americans suffer from migraine headaches,</a> but understanding why exactly these types of headaches happen has been elusive. Until recently, scientists thought migraines were a vascular issue, caused by irregular blood flow to the brain, but Dr. Lynn Rankin of Unity Point Health in Des Moines says we’ve come to a new understanding in the last few years. Migraines are most likely a brain disorder that has to do with pain circuitry.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 21:28:02 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Lindsey Moon 43030 at http://iowapublicradio.org Migraine Science Making Strides Prairie Silence http://iowapublicradio.org/post/prairie-silence <p>Melanie Hoffert grew up on a farm in North Dakota.&nbsp; Like so many others, she left.&nbsp; But now she feels torn between the land and people she loves and the freedom to live an authentic life.&nbsp; Host Charity Nebbe talks with Hoffert about her memoir <em>Prairie Silence: A Rural Ex-Patriot's Journey to Reconcile, Home, Love and Faith.&nbsp; </em>In that book, she describes the month she returned to her family farm to help her father and brother during harvest.&nbsp; They also discuss what it was like to grow up as a gay woman in rural North Dakota.</p><p></p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 19:18:20 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Katherine Perkins 43013 at http://iowapublicradio.org Prairie Silence Immigrant Children Learn Through Art http://iowapublicradio.org/post/immigrant-children-learn-through-art <p>There are at least 15 thousand immigrant children living in Iowa, some of them are refugees. As that number continues to grow one Des Moines organization is trying a different approach to help them adapt to their new lives.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On the north side of Des Moines a dozen immigrant and refugee children produced a mini documentary.</span></p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 13:32:59 +0000 Amanda Horvath 42996 at http://iowapublicradio.org Immigrant Children Learn Through Art