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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri October 15, 2010

Hort Friday

Iowans feed the world, but 85% of the food that Iowans eat comes from outside the state. It’s Horticulture Day and we’re going to talk about growing horticultural crops in the state and the demand for local food. Guests are Richard Jauron and Linda Naeve from Iowa State University.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Thu October 14, 2010

Living Medal of Honor Recipient: Staff Sergeant Sal Giunta of Hiawatha

Host Ben Kieffer talks with Army Staff Sergeant Salvatore Giunta of Hiawatha. Later this year Sal Giunta will become the first living recipient of the Medal of Honor since Vietnam. There have only been eight recipients of the military's highest honor in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Giunta, who serves with the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, exposed himself to enemy fire in October 2007, when an insurgent force ambush split his squad into two groups. Later, Ben speaks with Rabbi Jay Holstein, the J.J.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu October 14, 2010

Home Improvement Day

Home improvement expert Bill McAnally talks to us live from a builder's conference at Kirkwood Community College about some new green building ideas. He'll have some home weatherization tips as well. Dave Hade of Iowa Homecrafters joins Bill and IPR's Charity Nebbe.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Wed October 13, 2010

Iowa Gubernatorial Race

On this Wednesday, politics day, with the midterm elections less than three weeks away, we focus on the Iowa gubernatorial race. First, we'll speak with former GOP governor Terry Branstad. He's challenging first-term incumbent Democrat Chet Culver. A new poll paid for by the Culver campaign shows Culver has gained ground against Branstad and is now within eight points. We'll ask Terry Branstad about the new poll numbers and, of course, the top issues in the campaign.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed October 13, 2010

Wildlife Day with Jim Pease

This month, wildlife expert Dr. Jim Pease of Ames discusses "Goose Reflections on Iowa's History," including the various species of geese that frequent Iowa Canada, Snow, and White-Fronted, and how their histories reflect our impacts on the landscape. We'll talk about wetlands, streams and rivers, what's happened to them and how that has impacted goose populations.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Tue October 12, 2010

World Food Prize Laureates 2010

We talk with the 2010 World Food Prize Laureates David Beckmann of Bread for the World and Jo Luck of Heifer International. The two are in Iowa this week for the World Food Prize Borlaug Dialog and Symposium. We’ll talk about how they’ve built two of the world's foremost grassroots organizations aimed at ending hunger and poverty for millions of people around the globe. And as this year’s discussion centers around small producers, we’ll hear what challenges and successes they’ve witnessed firsthand.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue October 12, 2010

David Plowden

We welcome back to Iowa Public Radio, renowned photographer and author David Plowden. His new books is a reverent tribute to the steam era, "Requiem for Steam: The Railroad Photographs of David Plowden" (W.W. Norton & Co.).

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River to River
1:00 pm
Mon October 11, 2010

Iowa's Second Congressional Race

Host Ben Kieffer talks with the congressional candidates vying to represent Iowa's second district. First we'll speak with two-term Democratic incumbent Congressman Dave Loebsack, then with his Republican challenger Mariannette Miller-Meeks. Loebsack is accusing Miller-Meeks of flip-flopping her position on privatizing social security while Miller-Meeks says Loebsack changed his position on the Bush tax cuts.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon October 11, 2010

Culturing Community/Possum Trot

Four new art exhibitions in Grinnell are designed to bring the community into the gallery in more ways that one. We'll talk to three of the people behind "Culturing Community: Projects about Place," Lesley Wright and Lee Emma Running of Grinnell College and Jane Gilmor of Mt. Mercy University in Cedar Rapids. Later in the hour, Charity Nebbe speaks with J. Harley McIlrath of Grinnell, author of the new book, "Possum Trot," stories of the family farm and the small town.

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News
11:00 pm
Sun October 10, 2010

The Campaign for Preschool

The state’s voluntary pre-school program has become a prominent issue in the Governor’s race. The Democratic incumbent is promising to expand free pre-school but his Republican challenger says the state can’t afford it. Iowa Public Radio’s Jeneane Beck examines how the program is impacting kids, private businesses, and the state budget.

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News
11:00 pm
Sun October 10, 2010

Des Moines zoo and Dubuque river museum in a race for Facebook fans

Morning Edition Host Sarah McCammon talks with Ryan Bickel of Blank Park Zoo and John Sutter of the National Mississippi River Museum about the competition to drum up supporters on the social networking site.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Fri October 8, 2010

Until it Hurts: Sports Injuries and Youth Sports

Teen girls are 6 to 7 times more likely to injure an ACL than boys their same age and the number of knee surgeries performed to correct an anterior cruciate ligament tear has risen sharply over the past decade. This hour host Ben Kieffer speaks with Paul Pursley, a physical therapist with University of Iowa Sports Medicine about a new program that will be offered to female basketball players with hopes of teaching young girls how to avoid injuries. We also hear from a Western Iowa teen about her two ACL reconstructions before she turned 18.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri October 8, 2010

Hort Friday

This week, we welcome back Iowa State horticulture professor Richard Jauron and D.N.R. district forester Mark Vitosh of Iowa City. We'll discuss fall garden chores such as over-wintering geraniums, planting spring-flowering bulbs, planting trees and shrubs and harvesting and storing squash.

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News
11:00 pm
Thu October 7, 2010

Retention Vote

A full-fledged campaign is underway to unseat three Iowa Supreme Court Justices because of their ruling clearing the way for same sex marriage. Iowa hasn't seen such a campaign since it adopted a merit system instead of a political system for appointing and retaining judges almost fifty years ago. But some voters are angry at the courts, and these unusual campaigns are also underway in other states.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Thu October 7, 2010

Congressman Bruce Braley and Ben Lange

Host Ben Kieffer talks with candidates vying to represent Iowa's first congressional district. For the first half of the program, we'll ask two-term Democrat, Congressman Bruce Braley, about the success or failure of Cash for Clunkers and what it's like to be the target of attack ads by out-of-state interest groups. Then we'll hear from Republican candidate Ben Lange and ask how his approach to representing the district would differ from his opponent's.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu October 7, 2010

Technology Day with Jeff Balvanz

IPR's Charity Nebbe welcomes Iowa State University computer consultant Jeff Balvanz. From Foursquare to Skype, from BlackBerry to You Tube, we'll have a wide-ranging discussion and of course, take your calls, e-mails and tweets.

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News
11:00 pm
Wed October 6, 2010

Sour Milk

On paper it looked like a wonderful opportunity…Dutch dairy farmers faced with high priced land, over production and strict regulations could move to the United States. In return, the areas in which they located would see an economic boost and a cultural enrichment. But in reality, the project in at least four states including Iowa has turned sour and no one is sure why. Iowa Public Radio’s Pat Blank reports.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Wed October 6, 2010

Politics Day

Join host Ben Kieffer for Politics Day. Christine O'Donnell, the tea-party backed candidate from Delaware, declares she's not a witch. Rahm Emanuel leaves the White House to run for mayor of his hometown of Chicago. What does this mean for the Obama administration? Who's the new guy and what do we know about him? Who else has been Chief of Staff and changed jobs midstream? A Sioux City church is under investigation by the IRS for advocating that congregants vote against the retention of three Iowa Supreme Court justices.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed October 6, 2010

Train to Nowhere/Luis Argueta

When the bodies of 11 Central Americans and Mexicans were found inside a boxcar in Denison, the nation took notice. The documentary, "Train to Nowhere; Inside an Immigrant Death Investigation," looks into the 2002 deaths of the eleven undocumented immigrants. We'll talk to the director, Paul Kakert of Davenport and the writer and co-producer, Colleen Krantz of Adel. Later, Charity Nebbe speaks with Guatamalan-born filmmaker Luis Argueta. His new documentary is "Abused: The Postville (Iowa) Raid."

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News
11:00 pm
Tue October 5, 2010

Joan Becker speaks out

In June of 2009, Joan Becker’s son Mark shot and killed Aplington-Parkersburg football coach Ed Thomas. For several weeks this year, the Becker and Thomas families were in the spotlight as Mark went on trial and was convicted of first degree murder. Psychiatrists who testified at the trial diagnosed him with schizophrenia. Once the trial was over, Joan Becker could have disappeared from the public eye, instead she’s speaking out about mental illness. She talks with IPR’s Pat Blank

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River to River
1:00 pm
Tue October 5, 2010

U.S. Ambassador Mary Kramer & U.S. Senate Candidate Roxanne Conlin

Host Ben Kieffer talks with Ambassador Mary Kramer. Kramer is speaking at the University of Northern Iowa this afternoon about the increasing polarization of American politics. Kramer served in the Iowa Senate representing West Des Moines from 1991-2003. She was nominated by President George W. Bush to become U.S. Ambassador to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean in 2003. Later in the hour, we talk with the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, Roxanne Conlin. Conlin is a Des Moines trial attorney and former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Iowa.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue October 5, 2010

"It Gets Better" Project

The "It Gets Better" Project is inspired by the suicide of 15-year-old Indiana teenager Billy Lucas, who hanged himself in his family's barn after enduring bullying from his classmates. Writer Dan Savage is reaching out to LGBT teenagers to let them know life may be difficult now, but "it gets better." IPR's Charity Nebbe speaks with Savage; Ryan Roemerman of the Iowa Pride Network; and Jeremy Youde of the University of Minnesota at Duluth.

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News
11:00 pm
Mon October 4, 2010

Iowa's Student Debt Crisis

Iowa's college students have some of the most student debt in the nation - twenty five percent more than the national average. The state's been at the top of the student debt rankings for years. And despite promises of change from schools, the Board of Regents, and the statehouse, Iowa is still expected to be near the top of this year's list. Iowa Public Radio's Kate Wells investigates how we got here, and what is - and is not - being done to reverse the trend.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Mon October 4, 2010

Bill McKibben and 10-10-10

We talk with Bill McKibben, one of the nation's leading environmentalists about his new book "EAARTH: Making Life on a Tough New Planet," and his 350.org effort to plan a global work party on 10-10-10. Then, we'll talk with organizers of 10-10-10 events in Iowa. Guests include Jonathan Durst, an Iowa City student organizer, Stephen Lauer, Susan Temere and Hillary Williams who are organizing events in Des Moines and an Ames organizer.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon October 4, 2010

Agritourism

Turning the farm into a destination, agritoursim is growing in Iowa. IPR's Charity Nebbe speaks with Marsha Laux, who is promoting a five-county region in Southeast Iowa; Malinda Geisler of Geisler Family Farms of Bondurant; and Kathy Hohl, co-owner of Kathy's Pumpkin Patch of Donnellson.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Fri October 1, 2010

Natural Resources and Recreation Trust Fund

In November voters will decide whether to amend the Iowa Constitution to create the Natural Resources and Recreation Trust Fund. The fund would be used to enhance and protect water and soil quality and natural areas. The ballot measure does not raise taxes, but would be funded through any future increase in the sales tax.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri October 1, 2010

Iowa Apples on Horticulture Friday

On our "Hort Friday" broadcast, Iowa State University horticulturalists tell us about the fall Iowa apple harvest, the history of apple-growing in the state, and how to best store what you've picked.

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News
11:00 pm
Thu September 30, 2010

Fighting Saints

In Iowa's oldest city, a gleaming new ice arena is the talk of the town. Iowa Public Radio's Rob Dillard traveled to Dubuque recently to tour a facility that helped attract a United States Hockey League franchise back to the banks of the Mississippi after a near ten-year absence.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Thu September 30, 2010

Nuclear Arms Reduction & U.S.-China Relations

Host Ben Kieffer talks with Iowa native and Grinnell College graduate Greg Thielmann. Thielmann is a Senior Fellow at the Arms Control Association in Washington, DC. He has been instrumental in pushing for ratification of the New START treaty for Strategic Arms Reduction- the bilateral nuclear arms reduction treaty between the U.S. and Russia. Later, Ben talks with Henry Levine, Senior Director for Stonebridge, China, a consulting firm that advises clients on China-related strategies and plans. Levine will discuss U.S.-China relations during a stop at Drake University.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu September 30, 2010

Greener Homes for Iowa

We'd all love for our homes to be "green" and have the utility company pay US. But how practical is it for a homeowner to install and pay for solar panels, geothermal systems or even a wind turbine? We'll talk to Keith Kutz of the Iowa Energy Center in Ames; Carole Yates of the Center for Energy and Environmental Education at the University of Northern Iowa; and Carole's husband Jack Yates, a psychology professor at UNI who has installed two solar systems on their home and had geothermal installed last year.

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