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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon March 15, 2010

Heartland Portrait

IPR's Dennis Reese talks to Robert Wolf of Decorah, editor of the new anthology, "Heartland Portrait; Stories from the Rural Midwest." We'll also talk to contributors Mary Klauke and John Prestemon.

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Iowa Archives
5:00 am
Mon March 15, 2010

Iowa's Worst Train Crash

Passenger cars telescoped together near Green Mountain in 1910.
Credit Marshall County Historical Society

Railroad historians and several communities are remembering a grim anniversary; the worst train crash in Iowa history occurred 100 years ago on March 21st, 1910. More than 100 passengers were killed or injured. The story includes an original telegraph recording from the 1930s.

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Statehouse and Politics
11:00 pm
Sun March 14, 2010

Legislative Week 10

Morning Edition host Sarah McCammon interviews Statehouse Reporter Joyce Russell about what's coming up this week at the Legislature.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Fri March 12, 2010

Tea Party

In a program broadcast live from the Java House in downtown Iowa City, we look at the emergence of the Tea Party as a grass roots political organization. We'll talk with Iowa Tea Party organizers and get their take on the influence they have in the political process and the conservative movement.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri March 12, 2010

Hort Day

The "Hort Gang" returns from Iowa State University. Spring is about a week away and we're starting to think horticulture!

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Arts and Culture
11:00 pm
Thu March 11, 2010

Modern Independent Women of Hopper's Paintings

Edward Hopper’s oil paintings feature scenes of emotionally detached New Yorkers in metropolitan environments where the viewer is often forced to fill in the dramatic blanks as to what his subjects are doing. The most famous of which is "Nighthawks", depicting three customers at a late night diner. The early 20th century American artist frequently depicted women in his paintings that some say are vulnerable scenarios.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Thu March 11, 2010

America's New Farmers & Cover Crop Debate

What obstacles do new farmers face? The challenge of access to land, the availability of finance and credit, creating new markets and implementing the 2008 Farm Bill are a just a few of the topics we'll explore with Neil Hamilton and Matt Russell from Drake Law School's Agriculture Law Center. Drake recently hosted a forum in Washington D.C. examining challenges for farmers. Later we examine the use of cover crops and their benefit to land sustainability.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu March 11, 2010

Home Improvement Day

We'll "deconstruct" on this edition of the program with Bill McAnally of Iowa Central Community College. The focus will be on dismantling buildings to create jobs, recycle waste and drastically reduce materials that would normally go to the landfill.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Wed March 10, 2010

Gambling in Iowa

A new state report shows revenues from Iowa's gambling casino industry dropped considerably in 2009. The report comes as Governor Culver urges the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission to approve new casino license requests. We'll talk with community leaders seeking gambling operations and examine the economic development aspect of casinos in Iowa.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed March 10, 2010

Politics Wednesday

IPR's Jonathan Ahl talks to Arnie Arnesen, New Hampshire political analyst, and Steffen Schmidt, Iowa State professor.

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News
11:00 pm
Tue March 9, 2010

Beer be gone

Some Iowa liquor stores are rushing to return their inventory of high alcohol beer because of a sudden change in state law. Late this morning the Governor signed legislation that changes the state’s beer distribution system leaving both retailers and the state scrambling to un-load a product with a very limited shelf life.

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News
11:00 pm
Tue March 9, 2010

Gun Debate

After a partisan and sometimes angry debate, the Iowa House passed a bill to restrict the gun rights of domestic abusers. The bill has the support of Iowa police and prosecutors.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Tue March 9, 2010

Human Rights

Host Ben Kieffer talks with Jane Olson, Chair of the International Board of Human Rights Watch about the "survivorship stories" she has witnessed in 30 years of travel to war zones in Nicuragua, the former Yugoslavia and the Soviet Union.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue March 9, 2010

Wildlife Day with Jim Pease

This month: Iowa's rabbits. They're an important part of Iowa's wild food chain and we'll find out about that role. Also, how to protect your garden and plants from their hearty and varied appetites.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Mon March 8, 2010

Recreation issues

Lawmakers have been debating the soundness of having a state run destination park (Honey Creek Resort State Park,) and new safeguards for bicyclists. Host Jeneane Beck talks with lawmakers involved in the discussions, including State Representative Clel Baudler and State Senator Matt McCoy. Join in the conversation to share your experiences as a cyclist on Iowa roadways, or as a vacationer at Honey Creek.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon March 8, 2010

Acedia & Me

Kathleen Norris, author of "The Cloister Walk" and "Amazing Grace" talks to IPR's Dennis Reese about her new book, the bestseller "Acedia & Me; a Marriage, Monks and a Writer's Life."

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Arts and Culture
11:00 pm
Sun March 7, 2010

Simon Estes Begins 99 Iowa County Scholarship Tour

Internationally-acclaimed vocalist Simon Estes has performed in opera houses and concert halls around the world. But the Centerville native is taking on a tour that in some ways will be his most ambitious. Estes will perform in every Iowa county to raise college scholarship funds for high school students. Friday night his ninety nine county tour started in Franklin county where he sang with high school students and community choirs to a sold out auditorium.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Fri March 5, 2010

Immigration Experiences

New York Times bestselling author, award-winning journalist and well-respected commentator Steven V. Roberts has always been fascinated by his grandparents’ migration to America from the Old World nearly one hundred years ago, and he traced their story in his stirring memoir 'My Fathers’ Houses'. In his latest book, 'From Every End of this Earth: 13 Families and the New Lives They Made in America', he explores the contemporary immigrant experience. Roberts will discuss his latest work during a stop at the Des Moines Central Library.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri March 5, 2010

Hort Day

IPR's Julie Englander speaks with Richard Juron and other members of the horticulture gang from Iowa State University. Spring is three weeks away!

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River to River
1:00 pm
Thu March 4, 2010

Violence in Culture

A conversation with award-winning author David Schmid who travels to Grinnell this week for a conference examining violence in American culture. Schmid is the author of "Natural Born Celebrities: Serial Killers in American Culture," and has published on a variety of subjects, including celebrity, Dracula and crime fiction. Later in the hour, Iowa State University Psychology Professor Craig Anderson talks about new research analyzing exposure to violent video games.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu March 4, 2010

Tech Day

We'll hear the latest news about computers, smart phones, the internet, and all things technology with Jeffrey Balvanz of Iowa State University.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Wed March 3, 2010

Hospitals Impact on Iowa Economy

A new report from the Iowa Hospital Association finds the state's community hospitals generate nearly 148,000 jobs that add more than $6.1 billion to the economy. According to the report, Iowa hospital employees by themselves spend nearly $2 billion on retail sales and contribute more than $117 million in state sales tax revenue. We’ll look into the economics and the debate over hospitals’ role in the cost of care and their role in health care reform.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed March 3, 2010

Politics Wednesday

IPR's Jonathan Ahl talks to Steffen Schmidt of Iowa State and Arnie Arnesen of New Hampshire's "Political Chowder."

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River to River
1:00 pm
Tue March 2, 2010

Kevin Connolly

Host Ben Kieffer talks with Kevin Connolly about his memoir "Doubletake," and his Rolling Exhibition. Connolly, who was born without legs, has photographically documented the reactions of people all over the world to his disability.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue March 2, 2010

Iowa's Local Food Heroes

We'll hear from the winners in several categories of Edible Iowa River Valley's "Local Food Heroes" awards, including: Jason Bandstra of Frisian Farms Gouda in Oskaloosa, Masae Judge and Harriet Woodford of Leaf Kitchen in Iowa City, Scott Ervin of Sutliff Cider, Lisbon and Laura Dowd of Local Foods Connection, Iowa City.

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