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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri December 10, 2010

Dumplings/Food Safety

This country was largely settled on dumplings - Puritan housewives of New England brought the dumpling tradition across the Atlantic, and nearly a century later, the pioneers took it with them in their covered wagons. Kurt Michael Friese of Iowa City says the cooked balls of dough give us the warm and cozy feelings of home. He'll tell us the story of his family's long-standing tradition of liver dumpling soup. Also, Jan Temple of Iowa State University Extension tells us about the "4-Day Throw-Away" campaign, an effort to keep us free from food-borne illnesses.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Thu December 9, 2010

Exercise Later in Life & Centenarians

Maintaining fitness later in life can be challenging with decreased mobility and access to health clubs. Host Ben Kieffer talks with Warren Franke of Iowa State University's Exercise Clinic about exercising later in life and about a new study concerning centenarians. We'll also talk with Jack Nothnagel, an 84 year old man from Iowa City who goes to the gym three times a week to maintain a healthy level of fitness. Finally, we'll have a conversation with Mildred Pierce, a centenarian living in Cedar Falls.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu December 9, 2010

Iowa's Mr. Country Music & Pieta Brown

Host Charity Nebbe talks with author Terry Manley, whose new book examines the life of radio disc jockey and country music promoter Smokey Smith. In the 1950's and 1960's Smith scheduled country music legends Johnny Cash and George Jones into the KRNT Theater in Des Moines. He was instrumental in bringing Elvis Presley to Veterans Auditorium in Des Moines and forged a number of relationships with country music performers. Smith is member of the Country Music Disc Jockey Hall of Fame. Later, a conversation with eastern Iowa's Pieta Brown.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Wed December 8, 2010

Politics Day

What do you think of the tentative deal to extend all of the Bush tax cuts for two years? Host Ben Kieffer talks with Iowa State University Political Science Professor Steffen Schmidt and Chair of Political Science at Coe College, Bruce Nesmith. We'll get analysis of why this particular compromise was reached, how the sluggish economy fits into the picture, and what it indicates about how President Obama will deal with the shift toward the GOP in Congress.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed December 8, 2010

Word Maven: Holiday Words

You see it on signs around town. "Xmas" trees sold here, "Xmas" sale now through Friday... This hour, Talk of Iowa will explore the origins of the controversial abbreviation for Christmas and many other holiday words with our word expert Patricia O'Conner, author of the much-beloved "Woe Is I," "Origins of the Specious," and "Words Fail Me."

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River to River
1:00 pm
Tue December 7, 2010

Bed bugs

With reports of bed bug infestations in places like Ohio, New York City and Alaska, and the holiday travel season upon us, where does the pest stand in Iowa? Host Ben Kieffer talks with entomologist Ken Holscher, Kevin Wickam from the Iowa Department of Public Health and Steven Mandernach from the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue December 7, 2010

Holiday Cultural Traditions

What holiday traditions reflect your cultural heritage? Host Charity Nebbe talks with Iowa Folklife Coordinator Rikki Saltzman about some of the cultural traditions still being passed down through generations. Join in to tell us what special food or music is part of your family's holiday celebration.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Mon December 6, 2010

The Science of Happiness

Host Ben Kieffer talks with Iowa State University Professor Daniel Russell. Working in the Human Development and Family Studies Department, Russell has developed a scale that measures loneliness. His research finds millions of older Americans suffer from chronic loneliness. Plus, Iowa State University Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Studies Jennifer Margrett discusses the ISU gerontology program and identifiers in predicting happiness and long life among the elderly.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon December 6, 2010

From Peking to Paris/Top Secret Rosies

If you were traveling from Beijing to Paris, driving would probably not be your first choice of transportation. But two Des Moines men made that trip this fall in exactly 349 hours in a 1929 Model A Ford and the car never broke down. This hour, IPR's Charity Nebbe speaks with Lang Wightman and Fritz James about their adventures in the 2010 "Peking to Paris Motor Challenge." Later in the hour, we hear from LeeAnn Erickson, producer of the new documentary, "Top Secret Rosies," which tells the story of a group of female mathematicians who did secret research for the U.S.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Fri December 3, 2010

HIV/AIDS in Iowa in Conjunction with World AIDS Day

About 2,200 Iowans are estimated to be living with HIV or AIDS. Host Ben Kieffer talks with guests about this week's efforts to raise awareness about the disease in conjunction with World AIDS Day. We'll talk with someone about his experiences of living with the disease, prevention efforts throughout the state, and about a recent study which shows taking anti-retroviral medication can reduce the chance of contracting HIV.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri December 3, 2010

Horticulture Day

With snow on the way it's difficult to think about our lawns and gardens, but we still have plants inside that require attention. Host Dennis Reese talks with Iowa State University Horticulturist Richard Jauron and ISU Entomologist Donald Lewis. Dr. Lewis talks about all of the tiny bugs that could invade your indoor plants this winter.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Thu December 2, 2010

A New Look at Iowa's First-in-the-Nation Caucuses

What role do the Iowa caucuses really play in nominating candidates for President? Host Ben Kieffer talks with Caroline Tolbert, University of Iowa political science professor, and David Redlawsk, a political science professor at Rutgers University and former professor at the University of Iowa. They are co-authors of a new book, "Why Iowa? How Caucuses and Sequential Elections Improve the Presidential Nominating Process." Later in the show, we'll talk about polling in Iowa and how it relates to the caucuses. We'll be joined by J. Ann Selzer of Selzer & Company in Des Moines.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu December 2, 2010

Photographing Iowa Nature

Iowa's beauty is subtle sometimes you have to look closely to find it. This hour, capturing Iowa's beauty in photographs. Charity Nebbe will speak with Robert and Linda Scarth, their work is featured in "Deep Nature: Photos from Iowa," (Univ. of Iowa Press) and Bill Witt of Cedar Falls, his photos appear in "Enchanted by Prairie" (Univ. of Iowa Press).

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River to River
1:00 pm
Wed December 1, 2010

Politics Day

Host Ben Kieffer talks with New Hampshire political analyst Arnie Arnesen and UNI Assistant Professor of Political Science Chris Larimer about WikiLeaks the Culver to Branstad transition and negotiations over tax cuts and unemployment benefits. Join in the conversation with your political observations.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed December 1, 2010

Life Design: Building Your Future

Going to college is supposed to prepare you for life, but many college graduates find themselves lost once they get that diploma. This time, we talk about a new course at the University of Iowa that is designed to help students figure out what they want and need to get out of their college years. We'll hear about "Life Design: Building Your Future" from course instructor David Gould; Phil Johnson, a former Teaching Assistant in the class; and U.I. students Alex Brandt and Ben Welper, who are currently enrolled in the class.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Tue November 30, 2010

A Freelance Workforce

Freelancers and independent contractors now account for 30-percent of the U.S. workforce. Host Ben Kieffer talks with Iowans who were forced to reinvent themselves in the wake of a down economy and develop their own businesses. Among the guests- Ruth Paarmann of Cedar Rapids who lost her job as a copywriter in 2002 and started her own creative writing company. Plus, Sara Horowitz of the Freelancers Union discusses trends in the marketplace for freelancers and how to stay viable as an independent contractor.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue November 30, 2010

The Wilding by Benjamin Percy

Iowa State creative writing professor Benjamin Percy joins Talk of Iowa host Charity Nebbe to talk about his new novel, The Wilding. The novel, a dark tale of man versus nature, is set in the Oregon wilderness as three generations of men struggle with the elements in addition to their own emotions. This hour, we'll discuss his writing, the natural world and the inspiration to be drawn from it. We'll also talk about his experiences in Hollywood - one of his short stories is being made into a movie.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Mon November 29, 2010

Previewing the Iowa Legislative Session

Host Dean Borg talks with two power brokers in the new Iowa General Assembly- Republican House Speaker-elect Kraig Paulsen and Democratic Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal. Major philosophical differences separate their priorities for the state, but they are pledging cooperation. Then, a conversation with David Roederer, appointed by Governor-elect Terry Branstad to head the state's management department.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon November 29, 2010

Eddie Chuculate/Native American Literature

Jordan Coolwater is a young American Indian living with grandparents on Creek Indian land and he's the protagonist in a new collection of short stories. IPR's Charity Nebbe talks to Iowa City writer Eddie Chuculate about his book "Cheyenne Madonna." We'll also talk about American Indian literature through history with English professors Phillip Round of the University of Iowa and James Coppoc of Iowa State University.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Fri November 26, 2010

Civility/The Big Sort

Americans are self-segregating... clustering themselves into like-minded communities. That's according to Bill Bishop, the author of "The Big Sort." In re-broadcast program, we'll talk with Bishop who spoke at Drake University in September as part of the "Better Together Creating Community through Civility" speaker series. Then we talk with sponsors of the series about the state of civility in Iowa.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri November 26, 2010

Grant Wood

Much about Grant Wood's patriotism and masculinity has been read into "American Gothic," with its pitchfork-holding farmer and his dour companion standing in front of an Eldon, Iowa farmhouse. R. Tripp Evans, an art historian at Wheaton College in Massachusetts, argues that even more has been misread, overshadowing Wood's rich and varied artistic career. In a re-broadcast program, Charity Nebbe speaks with Evans, author of the new book, "Grant Wood: A Life."

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River to River
1:00 pm
Wed November 24, 2010

Politics Day

Host Jeneane Beck recaps the week in politics with ISU Political Sience Professor Steffen Schmidt and UI Professor Emeritus of Communication Studies Bruce Gronbeck.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed November 24, 2010

Deborah Whaley/Tyler Hakes

Alpha Kappa Alpha is the oldest sorority founded by African- American women. Alpha Kappa Alpha is a sisterhood like any other sorority, but this one was founded by a handful of women one generation out from slavery who wanted to make the most of their education and lives. We'll explore that history and the culture of black sororities today with Deborah Whaley, Prof.

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