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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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Iowa Archives
5:00 am
Thu September 30, 2010

Hoover Dam Turns 75

Still an engineering marvel today.
Credit US Department of Interior

It was the biggest shovel-ready, public works project of its time. 75-years ago today, a mammoth dam, named after Herbert Hoover, was dedicated on the Colorado River. It remains, perhaps, the biggest accomplishment in the former Iowan's presidency. Historic audio dates back to 1928.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Wed September 29, 2010

Politics Day

President Obama drops in on a Beaverdale backyard today. New polls conducted by the Des Moines Register show Terry Branstad leads Chet Culver by nineteen points in the race for governor, and incumbent Senator Chuck Grassley has a commanding lead over challenger Roxanne Conlin. This hour we talk about the latest political news, inlcuding efforts to vote on retaining Iowa Supreme Court justices. Host Ben Kieffer discusses these issues with guests Dennis Goldford and Rachel Caufield of Drake University and Wayne Moyer of Grinnell College.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed September 29, 2010

Blossom Project/Healthy Foods for Kids

Charity Nebbe speaks with Prof. Christina Campbell of Iowa State University about her "Blossom Project," an effort to improve the diet and exercise habits of pregnant women so they can give birth to healthier babies. Later, we'll hear from Prof. Irwin Levin of the University of Iowa. His latest research is about parents' tendencies to buy less healthy foods for their kids than for themselves.

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News
11:00 pm
Tue September 28, 2010

President Obama Visits Des Moines

President Barack Obama received a warm welcome in Des Moines Wednesday but faced tough questions about the economy, Afghanistan, and healthcare. Iowa Public Radio's Jeneane beck reports the President encouraged the give and take but was quick to defend his record.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Tue September 28, 2010

Obesity in Iowa

According to the National Center for Disease the number of obese Iowans increased in 2009. Now 25-29% of Iowans report being significantly overweight or obese. This hour, we discuss the obesity epidemic as it pertains to Iowa and what is being done to combat it with programs such as Live Healthy Iowa, Iowans Fit for Life and the Iowa Sports Foundation's Go the Distance Program.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue September 28, 2010

Triumph and Tragedy

IPR's Charity Nebbe speaks with Mike Chapman of Newton, author of the new book "Triumph and Tragedy: The Inspiring Stories of Football Legends Fred Becker, Jack Trice, Nile Kinnick and Johnny Bright (Culture House Books).

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River to River
1:00 pm
Mon September 27, 2010

Veterans' Oral History

A national project to record the stories of America's veterans is approaching its 10 year anniversary. Guest host Dean Borg is joined by guests who will talk about the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum's contributions to the project. We'll also talk with a veteran who's already shared his history and a veteran from one of the country's current wars.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon September 27, 2010

Lan Samantha Chang

Lan Samantha Chang, Director of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, discusses her new novel, "All is Forgotten, Nothing is Lost," a portrait of people caught up in the drive to write and of the personal bargains and self-deceptions that such an ambition can entail.

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News
11:00 pm
Sun September 26, 2010

Director Becky Smith - Distributing Independent Cinema in Iowa

In two thousand seven the movie "Sixteen to Life" was filmed in the Clayton county town McGregor by Los Angeles based director Becky Smith. Smith is an Iowa native and spent a lot of time this month attending screenings of her film across the state. This weekend her film was shown for the first time in her hometown of Okoboji.

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News
11:00 pm
Sun September 26, 2010

More Iowa Babies Surviving First Year of Life

Overall, the outlook for a baby born in Iowa surviving to its first birthday is among the best in the nation.But even as health officials are celebrating Iowa's relatively low rate of infant mortality, there are lingering concerns about some demographic groups.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Fri September 24, 2010

UNI Center for Holocaust & Genocide Education & modern-day human trafficking

A new center at the University of Northern Iowa seeks to inform Iowa school kids about the Holocaust and genocide. Host Ben Kieffer talks with the Center's director, Stephen Gaies. We'll also speak with an author who profiled concentration camp survivors who came to Des Moines. Finally, we'll get an update on the impacts that modern-day human trafficking have in Iowa and the efforts to stop it.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri September 24, 2010

Horticulture Friday

Fall is here and we'll talk about why and how leaves change color, the best places to see fall colors and some ways to get fall colors in your backyard. Guests are Iowa State University's Richard Jauron and D.N.R. district forester Mark Vitosh of Iowa City.

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News
11:00 pm
Thu September 23, 2010

Abandoned Mines

Underground coal mines once played a significant role in the state's economy. It's less well-known that miners also blasted or dug their way through Iowa hillsides to reach seams of coal buried below. Those strip mines, now abandoned, still mar the landscape in south central Iowa. A federal program is underway to put the ripped up acres back together.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Thu September 23, 2010

Fall Weather, Unemployment, & Housing

Thursday is the first full day of fall. We'll take the opportunity to examine Iowa’s climate on several fronts. State Climatologist Harry Hillaker will reflect on this past summer and look ahead to what kind of weather and harvest the new season is likely to bring. Also, Joe Walsh, Deputy Director of Iowa Workforce Development gives us the latest picture of Iowa's climate for those seeking jobs. Finally, Carey Jensen from the Iowa Association of Realtors gives us an update on the housing industry in the state.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu September 23, 2010

Mary Helen Stefaniak

IPR's Charity Nebbe speaks with Iowa City writer Mary Helen Stefaniak. Her new novel is "The Cailiffs of Baghdad, Georgia" (W.W. Norton). The story from the heart of 1930s-era Threestep, Georgia, manages to include stop-offs in 1775 Baghdad and 1864 Savannah along the way, loosely following the tradition of The Thousand and One Nights.

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