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Agriculture/Harvest Public Media
5:00 am
Wed December 19, 2012

Beef feedlots grapple with never-ending waste

Allan Sents co-owns McPherson County Feeders, a beef feedlot in central Kansas, with his wife Deanna. His 11,000 cattle produce a lot of waste.
Jeremy Bernfeld/Harvest Public Media

Had a hamburger lately? The cow it came from likely passed through a feedlot – a huge farm that fattens cattle before they’re slaughtered.  The thousands of cattle housed at a feedlot produce tons and tons of waste and if it’s not properly disposed, it could lead to an environmental disaster. In Part 3 of Harvest Public Media’s series, America’s Big Beef, Jeremy Bernfeld reports. 

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River to River
1:08 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Traffic Enforcement Cameras & Traffic Pet-Peeves

Traffic light cameras at intersection in New Mexico
cjc4454 / Flickr account

Several cities in Iowa are pushing for the controversial installment of traffic enforcement cameras, but the cities’ efforts are complicated by some state guidelines. Ben Kieffer talks with supporters and opponents to the installation of traffic cameras, and we’ll find out whether these cameras are a short, or long term goal for the state.

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Talk of Iowa
11:09 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Holidays and the Dysfunctional Family

'The Home for the Friendless' book cover
Betty Auchard

The holidays bring families together, that's a good thing. But sometimes you can have too much of a good thing. Charity Nebbe celebrates the holiday's dysfunctional family style with a survivor of a dysfunctional family, author Betty Auchard, and family therapist Volker Thomas.

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Agriculture/Harvest Public Media
5:00 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Judging a cow by more than its cover

Maddee Moore, a “cow-fitter,” helps competing heifers look their best at the American Royal livestock show.
Frank Morris/Harvest Public Media

The beef in the cooler at your grocery store is the product of thousands of years of selective breeding. For nearly all of that time, ranchers have made cattle-mating decisions based on the outward appearance of animals. That’s changed, in a big way, and as Frank Morris reports in Part 2 of Harvest Public Media's America's Big Beef series, an emerging understanding of cattle genetics promises to accelerate that change exponentially. 

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School Shooting React
8:03 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Iowans React to School Shooting

Statehouse News Conference

The Branstad administration as well as school districts all over the state are reacting to Friday’s school shootings in Connecticut.   One official  is  encouraging schools to review their security procedures.       But the governor and key lawmakers aren’t jumping to any conclusions about needed legislation to prevent such a tragedy here.       

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Crime, Justice and Public Safety
5:50 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Parents of Murdered Children Push Death Penalty

Heather and Drew Collins, the parents of slain Evansdale girl Elizabeth Collins, met with Governor Branstad Monday to talk about getting the death penalty reinstated in Iowa.
Credit Clay Masters / IPR

In the wake of the discovery the bodies of two northeastern Iowa girls earlier this month, the talk of reinstating the death penalty is back at the state capitol. But proponents of capital punishment know they face a tough fight.

Iowa parents who have lost children due to kidnapping and murder met with Governor Branstad Monday morning to talk about reinstating the death penalty. Afterwards at a press conference, the parents told their stories.

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River to River
1:06 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

State of Iowa's Unions

Union supporters on the Iowa Capital building steps in Des Moines
Mark Davitt / Flickr

Michigan is now a so-called right-to-work state, signing into law a bill that prevents unions from requiring employees to pay dues, even in unionized workplaces. It’s being called a political defeat for unions. Will the effects ripple into Iowa?

Ben Kieffer and guests examine the state of Iowa’s unions. Ben talks with leaders of three of the state’s unions, a labor historian, and a state lawmaker.

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Talk of Iowa
11:06 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Holiday Food Recipes

Holiday treats
Paula Fernanda / Flickr

It may be a certain kind of cookie, a soup, a casserole, or even a special way to make hot cocoa. Food can connect us with people we love even after they're gone. Charity Nebbe talks about how certain foods connect us to people and the past.

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Agriculture/Harvest Public Media
5:00 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Public research for private interests

Dr. Dan Thomson, a Kansas State veterinary professor and director of the Beef Cattle Institute, holds a “Beef Quality Assurance” training at the Beef Fest in Emporia, Kan., in August.
Peggy Lowe/Harvest Public Media

Abraham Lincoln established the land-grant colleges 150 years ago as the “peoples’ universities” – places where research could be done to help the common man. But times have changed and some public colleges are now often working for big business. Peggy Lowe has the story in part 1 of Harvest Public Media's series America’s Big Beef

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Education
11:23 pm
Sun December 16, 2012

Combating Bullying of Gay Youth in Iowa

Newton High School Senior Ella Daft stands outside Newton High School.
Credit Clay Masters / IPR

Same sex marriage is legal in Iowa and it appears to be gaining acceptance. A Supreme Court justice who was part of the ruling that paved the way for same-sex marriage was retained in a heated campaign this year. But advocates for gay teens say bullying is still a problem in schools. 

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Arts & Culture
8:35 am
Sat December 15, 2012

Lake Delhi Archeology

Some of the beer cans found when Lake Delhi emptied. They can fetch up to $50.
Credit Steve Gola

Lost treasures were revealed when Lake Delhi disappeared two summers ago. We conclude our series on the status of the eastern Iowa lake.

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River to River
1:17 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Climate Change In The Midwest

Fernando Tomás Wikimedia Commons

There has been a lot of talk about climate change in the news, with some experts saying super storms like Hurricane Sandy could be more frequent on the East Coast. But what’s the future of climate change in the Midwest? Ben Kieffer talks with University of Iowa Environmental Engineer Jerry Schnoor and others about what we might expect in the Midwest and how we might adapt to the change. Then, Ben talks with state Senator Rob Hogg, a vocal supporter of climate change policies.

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Talk of Iowa
11:41 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Music Highlights from 2012

Catfish Kieth, based in Iowa City, is one artist whose music was sampled on Talk of Iowa.
Dave Arcari

We listen back to some of the best new music of 2012 as Mark Simmet of Iowa Public Radio’s Studio One, talks with Charity Nebbe and shares  some of his new favorites in alternative and independent music. Then, Bob Dorr, host of IPR’s Blue Avenue, shares some of the new and great tracks in the world of blues.

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Talk of Iowa
11:20 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Horticulture Day: Holiday Gifts

Plants are a popular gift this time of year, like Christmas Cactus, Norfolk Pine, Amaryllis bulbs and of course, poinsettia. Charity Nebbe talks with Horticulturists Richard Jauron and Cindy Haynes about caring for seasonal plants and some great gift ideas for gardeners.

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Business/Economy
5:30 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Lake Delhi Frustration and Hope

The Maquoketa River runs through the Lake Delhi dam.
Rick Fredericksen

Complex negotiations continue as the State of Iowa partners with landowners in Delaware County, in hopes of bringing back Lake Delhi.  Part 2 of 3.

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River to River
1:14 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Marijuana's Legal Status in Iowa

Wild marijuana plant, Tadapani
Dey / Flickr account

After this year’s November election, where voters in Colorado and Washington voted to make marijuana legal for recreational use, people in Iowa are proposing similar legislation.Two bills will be proposed in the Iowa legislature, one on making medical marijuana legal in the state, and one decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of the substance.

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Talk of Iowa
11:14 am
Thu December 13, 2012

Queen Salome Alexandra & Hanukkah Foods

Queen Salome Alexandra
Wikipedia / World Vital Records

Queen Salome Alexandra once ruled Judea. She is the only woman whose name is written on the Dead Sea scrolls. But her story has been largely lost to history. Charity Nebbe uncovers the story of Queen Salome Alexandra with Kenneth Atkinson of UNI's Department of Philsophy and Religion.

And we also celebrate the food of Hanukkah with Rabbi Yossi Jacobson of the Chabad emissary in Des Moines who also runs Maccabee's Kosher Deli.

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Arts & Culture
8:20 am
Thu December 13, 2012

Iowa's "A Thief in the Night": Not Just a Horror Flick

The cover of the 1972 Christian apocalyptic film, "A Thief in the Night"

If you grew up in a conservative Christian household any time in the last few decades, you may have seen a movie called “A Thief in the Night.” Otherwise, think B-movie horror flick – for Christian kids.  The movie was made in Iowa and turns 40 this year.

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Business/Economy
5:30 am
Thu December 13, 2012

Lake Delhi's Massive Loss

Hartwick Marina, on the water line where Lake Delhi used to be.
Rick Fredericksen

It was almost 2 and a half years ago when flooding swamped Lake Delhi; the dam washed out, and the lake vanished down river. Today, efforts are underway to bring it back. The economic impact is mounting.

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Arts & Culture
4:39 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Iowa's "A Thief in the Night": More Than Just a Horror Flick

"Thief in the Night" 1972 movie cover

If you grew up in a conservative Christian household any time in the last few decades, you may have seen a movie called “A Thief in the Night.” Otherwise, think B-movie horror flick – for Christian kids.  The movie was made in Iowa and turns 40 this year.

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River to River
1:32 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

International Politics

U.S. Secretary of State meets with Syrian opposition leaders last year
U.S. Mission Geneva Flickr

Protests continue in Egypt in advance of voting on a new constitution. On politics day Ben Kieffer talks with political experts about why protestors say the draft constitution does not represent the hope inspired by the Arab spring. And why NATO fears the Syrian President may use chemical weapons on his own people.

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Education
8:45 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

New Tests for New Teachers

Starting next year, graduates  of Iowa’s teacher preparation programs will be required to pass exams with a minimum score in order to get a license to teach.   Iowa is one of the last  holdouts in the country in not requiring  testing of new teachers.  But at a statehouse committee meeting  today  there were complaints that this year’s graduating seniors  didn’t get enough advance warning.   

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Crime, Justice and Public Safety
7:12 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Birth Certificate Debate Heads to Iowa Supreme Court

Melissa and Heather Gartner with their daughter.
Credit / Courtesy of Des Moines Register

The Iowa Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in a lawsuit over whether a same-sex Des Moines married couple should BOTH stay on their daughter’s birth certificate. The Polk county district court already ruled in favor of the couple.

Representing the Iowa Department of Health was Deputy Attorney General Julie Pottorff. She argued opposite-sex couples and same-sex couples remain different in one immutable way. Only opposite sex couples can conceive a child.

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Agriculture/Harvest Public Media
6:30 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Robotic dairies becoming more common in Iowa

An ankle bracelet gathers information as cows are milked
IPR's Pat Blank

A Northeast Iowa dairy is the latest to invest in a mechanical employee to help with the milking chores. The farmers are hoping the device will enable them to stay competitive in an industry that’s losing producers at an alarming rate. Kevin and Cherish Kueker installed a robot in June. They’ve joined with a neighbor to milk 95 cows and raise calves. Each animal is fitted with an ankle bracelet with a computer chip. In the seven minutes it takes to milk the cow, the chip reveals a detailed history.

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River to River
1:13 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

The Recruitment of Teaching & Science Education

Employees of the U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center and U.S. Army Research Laboratory discuss science experiments for children and parents at Youth’s Benefit Elementary School
Research Development and Engineering Command / Flickr

Earlier this year, the director of the Iowa Department of Education unveiled 13 recommendations from the state’s Task Force on Teacher Leadership and Compensation. The goal - to improve education in part through getting better teachers. This hour we talk with several people about how to improve education in the state, including Linda Fandel, a special assistant for education to Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad. We’ll also hear from two faculty members at Iowa State’s School of Education about their national recognition for preparing science teachers.

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Talk of Iowa
11:14 am
Tue December 11, 2012

Wildlife Day: Giving Back to Nature

The Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary gives Christmas presents to their wolves.
Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary / Flickr

In this season of giving we’re going to spend some time thinking about ways we can give back to nature. Host Charity Nebbe chats with wildlife biologist Jim Pease about how you can give to wildlife and wild places. We also talk about gifts to indulge your love of nature or foster that love in someone else.

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Environment
7:16 am
Tue December 11, 2012

Des Moines street chosen for EPA partnership

Since 2010, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has picked five cities each year for its Greening America's Capitals project. On this year’s list? Des Moines.

The project will focus on revitalizing the 6th Avenue Corridor in downtown Des Moines.  The idea is to make the corridor friendlier to pedestrians, with wider sidewalks, improved lightning and larger bus stop shelters.

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River to River
2:36 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

Child Safety and Bystander Psychology

Lyric Cook and Elizabeth Collins

In the wake of the terrible discovery of the bodies of two missing Iowa cousins, new questions are arising about child safety. Host Ben Kieffer talks with Nancy McBride from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children about making your child feel safe. Then, he delves into bystander psychology with Iowa State University's Craig Anderson to find out why we might or might not intervene to prevent a tragedy.

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Talk of Iowa
11:13 am
Mon December 10, 2012

How Infants Learn & Remembering Dr. Ignacio Ponseti

Baby learning with colored stackable blocks
D. Sharon Pruitt / Flickr account

To keep a baby entertained parents often need to introduce new objects or toys every few minutes. When you do that, you're not just distracting the baby, you're helping them learn about the world.

Host Charity Nebbe finds out about new research into how infants learn, and the remarkable Dr. Ignacio Ponseti, the creator of the Ponseti Method for correcting clubfoot, is remembered by a life long friend.

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River to River
9:38 am
Mon December 10, 2012

Holiday Special: Hanukkah Lights 2012

A perennial NPR favorite, Hanukkah Lights features Hanukkah stories and memoirs written by acclaimed authors expressly for the show, as read by NPR's Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz.

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