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7:00 am
Tue April 17, 2012

Digital Upgrades Threaten Small Town Theatres

The theater in Forest City is one small town cinema that closed due to digital conversion costs.
IPR/Dean Borg

The familiar movie-opening theme is fading in many of Iowa’s small communities. Many main-street theaters, caught in a technological dilemma, are closing. But as Iowa Public Radio’s Dean Borg, reports some communities are scrambling to preserve main stret silver screens.

Education
6:00 am
Tue April 17, 2012

Iowa's Education Chief Takes College Entrance Test

Iowa Department of Education

Education Director Jason Glass talks with IPR's Sarah McCammon about why he took the ACT again, and why he wants all Iowa high school students to do the same.

Business
5:00 am
Tue April 17, 2012

Higher gas prices may affect volunteer programs

The Triple A’s average price for a gallon of regular gas this week is three dollars and ninety cents a gallon. That has a lot of people thinking about how much and where they drive. Iowa Public Radio’s Pat Blank reports, it’s also taking a bite out of some volunteer programs like Meals on Wheels.

River to River
1:00 pm
Mon April 16, 2012

Legislative Issues on the Campaign Trail

As we enter the waning days of the legislative session, behind-the-scenes negotiations on the big issues remaining to be resolved begin in earnest.  Lawmakers have yet to agree on budget targets, education reform or commercial property tax relief.  But, how will upcoming elections impact those negotiations?  Host Joyce Russell  talks with Democratic and Republican leaders about the issues lawmakers want to take on the campaign trail this fall… and how that may impact debate over issues yet to be decided. 

Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon April 16, 2012

Exploring Our Faith

In what ways does your religion shape the way you live your daily life? We'll examine how faith and spirituality support our basic psychological needs and look at the influence of culture on our religious beliefs. Charity's guests are Nikki Bado, Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Iowa State University and Krista Tippett, host of public radio's On Being.  Tippett visits Des Moines April 17th as part of Iowa Public Radio's Insights Series.   

Arts
6:57 am
Mon April 16, 2012

Grinnell College Choir Commissions Work

Composer Mohammed Fairouz, working with musicians at Grinnell College.
Grinnell College

A young composer who is seen by many as an up-and-coming talent will soon have his new piece performed on the East Coast.  His work was written for and premiered this spring by the Grinnell College choir.  It combines the unlikely pairing of Irish poetry about Iowa with biblical passages about an apocalypse sung in Arabic.

Statehouse
5:30 am
Mon April 16, 2012

Legislative Preview 4/16/12

The 2012 session was scheduled to end this week. But lawmakers still have a lot of work to do. IPR's Sarah McCammon and Joyce Russell discuss what's left.

River to River
1:33 pm
Fri April 13, 2012

Young Voters and 2012

In 2008 more voters UNDER the age of 35 participated in the election than voters OVER the age of 65. And voters under 30 overwhelmingly supported Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama. But, a lot can happen in four years. Host Ben Kieffer talks with young voters about who they’re supporting in 2012 and the issues important to them.  Guests include Scott Keeter, Director of Survey Research for the Pew Research Center, Steffen Schmidt, University Professor of Political Science at Iowa State University, and Heather Smith, President of Rock the Vote.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri April 13, 2012

Horticulture Day: Frost Damage

This April is now acting a lot more like a typical April in Iowa. Horticulturists Cindy Haynes and Richard Jauron of Iowa State University are our guests. We’ll talk about how the freezing overnight temperatures of late have affected fruit trees and other plants around the state and we'll take your questions.

Arts & Culture
6:00 am
Fri April 13, 2012

Petersen's Panthers

One of Christian Petersen's Panthers, soon to be on its way to Iowa State University.

A shipment of precious cargo will begin its journey from the east coast to Iowa tomorrow morning. Crouching on 2 pallets inside a box-truck, are a pair of panthers; they were sculpted by one of Iowa’s most famous artists. The lost-and-found story is told by Iowa Public Radio’s Rick Fredericksen.

River to River
1:05 pm
Thu April 12, 2012

Governor Branstad & Doctors Without Borders in South Sudan

One of the key issues that have yet to be resolved in the Iowa legislature this session is education reform.  The House and Senate have passed dueling plans and the Governor says the Senate’s version is “watered down.”  Join host Ben Kieffer as he’s joined by Governor Terry Branstad.  We’ll ask him about education reform and about the debate over finely textured lean beef – or what critics are calling “pink slime.”  Later, Ben talks with Elizabeth Wentzel, who after raising five children decided to chase her life-long dream to travel to a far away land to work and support others less fortun

Talk of Iowa
11:34 am
Thu April 12, 2012

Titanic's Iowa Connections

Early next Sunday morning will mark the moment exactly 100 years ago that the magnificent steamship R.M.S. Titanic sank in the N.

Agriculture/HPM
5:30 am
Thu April 12, 2012

For women farmland owners, a place at the (decision-making) table

Sarah McCammon

You’ve probably heard that America’s farmers are getting older. Something else you may know: women tend to outlive men. So, do the math, and what do you get? More women coming into agricultural land – and some who aren’t really sure what to do with it. Conservationists say this shift is both a challenge – and an opportunity – for Iowa’s farmland.

Environment
5:00 am
Thu April 12, 2012

Manufacturing means thriving economy, but polluted air and water for Muscatine

Mark Warner

A southeastern Iowa town located on one of the sharpest bends of the Mississippi River is known for its flourishing local economy and picturesque sunsets. While Muscatine is considered a shining example of American manufacturing, it’s also known as the most polluted city in Iowa, and one of the most poisonous cities in the U.S. Iowa Public Radio’s Joe Cadotte looks into one of Muscatine’s most thriving industries and the slew of environmental violations it’s collected over the past five years.

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