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11:00 pm
Thu February 17, 2011

Caught in the Middle

Author and award-winning foreign correspondent Richard Longworth joins host Ben Kieffer to examine rural America's fight to stay viable in the new global economy. Longworth is leading a panel discussion at Wartburg College next week looking at regional economic issues. His book 'Caught in the Middle: America's Heartland in the Age of Globalism' laments middle Ameria's failure to extricate itself from dying traditions and outmoded institutions.

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News
1:00 pm
Thu February 17, 2011

Congressman Bruce Braley & Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Cady

Iowa 1st district Congressman Bruce Braley discusses the President's 2012 Budget and his new leadership role on the House Veterans Affairs committee. Then the new leader of the Iowa Supreme Court talks about the November retention election vote that saw the removal of three judges from the bench. Chief Justice Cady also discusses the public's perception of the courts.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu February 17, 2011

Cedar Rapids - The Movie

The movie Cedar Rapids opens Friday, February 18 across the state of Iowa. This hour, host Charity Nebbe speaks with the film's star, Ed Helms, about his role in the film as small-town insurance agent Tim Lippe who has his world turned upside down in Iowa. She also talks with the film's screenwriter, Phil Johnston and producer, Jim Burke. Diana Nollen, arts and culture reporter for the Cedar Rapids Gazette joins the final segment of the show to talk about the portrayal of the city and other films made in and about Iowa.

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News
1:00 pm
Wed February 16, 2011

Politics Day

Host Jonathan Ahl welcomes to the program Iowa State University Political Science Professor Steffen Schmidt and New Hampshire political analyst Arnie Arnesen. Among the topics of discussion- President Obama's 2012 budget, the Middle East and North Africa are in the midst of government overhauls and Iowa Governor Terry Branstad's plans for pre-school funding.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed February 16, 2011

Alexander the Great/Philip Freeman

He was only thirty-two years old when he died, but in his short life Alexander the Great reshaped the world. Today, IPR's Charity Nebbe talks with author Philip Freeman of Decorah about the life and legend of the King of Macedon. Freeman's new book is titled, appropriately enough, "Alexander the Great" (Simon & Schuster). Freeman is a Professor of Classics at Luther College.

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News
1:00 pm
Tue February 15, 2011

Iowa Census Results & The Greensboro 4

In the first half of the program a look at results of the 2010 census. Iowa State University Economics Scientist Liesl Eathington breaks down what parts of Iowa are gaining and losing population. We'll look at what the numbers mean for job growth with Beth Waddle of the Adams Community Economic Development Corporation and Linda Schaut of the Greater Dallas County Development Alliance. Later, a conversation with Joseph McNeil, one of four African-American college freshman who in 1960 staged a sit-in at a North Carolina dime store lunch counter.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue February 15, 2011

Hope Deferred

The situation in Zimbabwe represents one of the worst humanitarian emergencies today. A new book asks the question: How did a country with so much promise go so wrong? We talk to University of Iowa visiting professor Peter Orner, editor of "Hope Deferred: Narratives of Zimbabwean Lives." (McSweeney's Books)

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News
1:00 pm
Mon February 14, 2011

Legislative gambling proposals

Iowa Lottery CEO Terry Rich told state lawmakers at a committee meeting that selling tickets on smart phones is the wave of the future. He says other states are looking at allowing online gambling in various forms, and Iowa doesn't want to be left behind. He says selling lottery tickets online makes sense in a "pay at the pump" era, and when young people are conducting more and more business on their smart phones. Lawmakers are skeptical after the uproar over Touchplay machines. But, other states are moving towards allowing certain forms of online gaming.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon February 14, 2011

The Anthropology of Love

Humans like all other animals are driven by their need to pass their genes along, but in our culture romantic love is much bigger than procreation. This hour, the anthropology of love. We'll talk about love, marriage, dating and sex in Iowa and around the world. Guests are Teresa Downing-Maitbag of Iowa State University and Sonia Ryang of the University of Iowa, both sociology professors.

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The Exchange
1:00 pm
Fri February 11, 2011

Breaking News in Egypt

Regularly scheduled programming was preempted by breaking news in Egypt. There is no podcast available for this hour.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri February 11, 2011

The Underground Railway in Iowa

Iowa was a little known hotbed of abolitionist and Underground Railroad activity. Much of what we know about the subject is the result of recent discoveries. Cedar County, especially the Quaker homes in Springdale and West Branch, was a major stop on the Underground Railroad. We'll hear about a new exhibit at the Hoover National Historic Site in West Branch, "Cedar County, Iowa: A Door to Freedom" with Bonnie Blaford of the National Park Service.

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News
1:00 pm
Thu February 10, 2011

School Fund-raising & New Ways of Evaluating Students

It used to be fund-raising for schools was only a matter of selling magazine subscriptions or candy bars. Now, it can involve a whole catalog of items. Join host Ben Kieffer as we examine the evolution of fund-raising for schools, how important it's become and ask whether in some cases, it's gone too far. Also, are letter grades the best way to evaluate and motivate students? Next fall, Waukee Middle School will abandon letter grades in favor of a standards-based approach.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu February 10, 2011

Volunteering in Iowa

Iowa ranks second in the nation among people who volunteer their time to charitable causes. Join host Charity Nebbe as she explores why more people in Iowa are volunteering than in other states. We'll talk about how more than 1,300 people give their time at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics each year. That's helped Iowa City garner a 2nd place ranking in volunteering among mid-size cities. Later in the show, we'll talk with Adam Lounsbury of the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service and Lauren Finke of the Volunteer Center of Cedar Valley.

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News
1:00 pm
Wed February 9, 2011

Politics Day

Host Ben Kieffer talks with Bruce Gronbeck from University of Iowa and Wayne Moyer from Grinnell College about developments in Egypt, President Obama meeting with the Chamber of Commerce and U.S. House republican leaders and the continuing debate over same sex marriage in Iowa.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed February 9, 2011

Kittie Weston-Knauer, theGrio 100

To mark the launch of their new black history section, theGrio.com this month unveiled "theGrio's 100: History Makers in the Making." The list honors Black History month by highlighting the next generation of African-American history makers and industry leaders who have the potential to make a difference in the lives of all Americans. IPR's Charity Nebbe speaks to the Iowan who made the list, Kittie Weston-Knauer of Des Moines, long-time teacher, principal, consultant, adjunct-professor at Drake University and one of the first competitive female BMX racers in the United States.

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News
1:00 pm
Tue February 8, 2011

Space Exploration

Host Ben Kieffer talks with Peter Smith, professor at the University of Arizona's Lunar and Planetary Laboratory. He was responsible for the $420-million Phoenix Mars Mission, part of NASA's search for elements of life in our solar system. During the five months of operations, the probe conducted science experiments and relayed more than 25,000 pictures of the Red Planet. Then, he talks with University of Iowa Physics Professor Craig Kletzing about the NASA mission he is leading to learn more about space weather. Radiation Belt Storm Probes is scheduled to launch in March 2012.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue February 8, 2011

Wildlife: Love is in the Air

This hour, we hear from wildlife biologist Dr. Jim Pease of Ames. It's almost that time: wild creatures will soon be "looking for love." Call in with your questions about these ancient rites of spring during our monthly wildlife program.

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News
1:00 pm
Mon February 7, 2011

Job Creation in Iowa

Governor Terry Branstad has an ambitious goal to create 200,000 jobs over the next five years. Host Jeneane Beck talks with the Governor about his job creation plan. We'll also talk about how businesses and community colleges use government incentives to create jobs. Later, join us for the launch of partnership effort between Iowa Public Radio and WNYC in New York, about one year before the Iowa caucuses. 

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