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River to River
1:00 pm
Wed August 4, 2010

Genentically Modified Organisms Pro and Con

GMO's have generally been regarded as "frankenfoods" and portrayed in the media as environmentally dangerous. Some scientists, however, say many fears have no basis and are proven to be unfounded. This hour, we speak with James McWilliams, the author of "Just Food: Where Locavores Get it Wrong and How We Can Truly Eat Responsibly" about his argument in favor of GMO's and how he thinks they could actually benefit the environment. Are our fears in "frankenfoods" unfounded? Should GMO's be clearly labeled?

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed August 4, 2010

Politics Wednesday

On this week's Politics Day, Democrats are coping with two high profile ethics trials. We'll talk about how ethics allegations might affect the party in the midterm elections. Other topics include congressional earmarks and the Branstad and Culver war of words over job creation. Joining IPR's Charity Nebbe will be Kathie Obradovich, political columnist for the Des Moines Register.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Tue August 3, 2010

The Iowa Lottery & Iowa Documentary Getting National Attention

Host Ben Kieffer talks with Iowa Lottery Vice President Mary Neubauer. Iowa Lottery players won a record $150.5 million dollars in the just ened fiscal year and figures show record sales for the lottery. Neubauer talks about the fiscal health of the lottery as it celebrates its 25th anniversary. Later, producers of the Iowa documentary "A Little Salsa on the Prairie" discuss renewed popularity for the 2007 film that depicts a growing immigrant population in the central Iowa town of Perry.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue August 3, 2010

Iowa's Hardacre and Landlocked Film Festivals

We'll hear about two upcoming Iowa film festivals, the Hardacre, the state's original festival that starts this week in Tipton and the fourth annual Landlocked Film Festival, which gets underway in late August in Iowa City. Plus, we'll speak to the producer of one of the featured movies, Amy Elliott of "World's Largest." Other guests are Will Valet of "Hardacre" and Mary Blackwood of "Landlocked."

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River to River
1:00 pm
Mon August 2, 2010

Freaks of Nature

In an archived edition of our program, Ben Kieffer speaks with University of Iowa neuro-scientist Mark Blumberg about his book "Freaks of Nature." The book turns a scientist's eye on the oddities of nature, showing how a subject once relegated to the sideshow can help explain some of the deepest complexities of biology.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon August 2, 2010

Iowa African-American Hall of Fame

We'll hear about the 2010 inductees into the Iowa African-American Hall of Fame, located at Iowa State University and we'll find out about African-Americans' contributions to the history and culture of Iowa. With IPR's Charity Nebbe will be inductees Elaine Estes and Melvin Harper of Des Moines; Dr. Tom Hill of Iowa State University; and Tom Moore, Executive Director of the African-American Museum in Cedar Rapids.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Fri July 30, 2010

Hunting Decline

The number of hunters in Iowa is declining. The reasons are many and complicated. Fewer pheasants in the state, for instance, have meant fewer pheasant hunters. But, the overall result is less revenue for the state, declining funding for wildlife programs and, some say, a weaker connection to the land and nature. We talk about what's driving the trend and what it all means for the future. Guests include, Willie Suchy from the Iowa DNR, John Linquist with Pheasants Forever, John Quintas, Ventura Fire Chief and Andy Long from JAX Outdoor Gear in Ames.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri July 30, 2010

Hort Friday

Two of our "Hort Gang" regulars, Richard Jauron and Cindy Haynes of Iowa State University answer your yard and garden questions. Also, we'll talk about how to get kids excited about working in the garden.

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News
11:00 pm
Thu July 29, 2010

No Place to Hunt

Starting this weekend any extra deer licenses for out-of-state hunters go on sale by the Department of Natural Resources. The licenses are typically a hot commodity, despite complaints that there's not enough land in Iowa open for hunting. Iowa Public Radio's Jeneane Beck takes a look at the lengths to which hunters will go to find a place to hunt…and what the state is doing to improve access.

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News
11:00 pm
Thu July 29, 2010

Obama Official on RAGBRAI

A frontline worker in the Obama administration is riding RAGBRAI this week. Dubuque native and UNI graduate Shellie Pfohl heads the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. She's promoting a new fitness initiative with the Iowa Department of Public Health. Pfohl says on Friday it was hard to stay dry.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Thu July 29, 2010

John Carlson & Kyle Munson

A view of the world through the eyes of the newspaper columnist. First up, an interview from last December with retiring Des Moines Register Columnist John Carlson. Carlson discusses his 31 years at the paper and how his best training ground for a career in journalism was time spent as a child at his father's filling station. Then a conversation with Kyle Munson who succeeded Carlson as the Des Moines Register columnist.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu July 29, 2010

Can Iowa Feed Itself?

What does Iowa grow that its residents can actually eat? We'll talk about Iowa grown foods, sustainable food systems and the increasing number of farmers' markets in the state. Guests include Rich Pirog of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture; Ginny Gieske of the Iowa Farmers Market Association and Matt Russell, State Food Policy Project Coordinator at Drake University.

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News
11:00 pm
Wed July 28, 2010

Green House

The movement toward more energy-efficient and sustainable buildings has changed the way architects approach commercial projects for several years. But this revolution has been slow to take hold in residential construction. Iowa Public Radio's Rob Dillard traveled to Fairfield recently to tour the state's greenest house.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Wed July 28, 2010

Archeological Dig Site Near Oakville & Paper-making

This hour we have an archive edition of our show. First, a conversation from last July about a new archeological dig site in southeast Iowa near Oakville. More than 100,000 artifacts have been uncovered there and they give clues about how people lived 1,700 years ago. Then, a conversation from last September with Timothy Barrett of the University of Iowa Center for the Book. We discuss the history of paper-making 1,300 years ago and how advances in the field landed Barrett a 2009 McArthur Fellowship award.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed July 28, 2010

Politics Wednesday

New Hampshire political analyst Arnie Arnesen and Coe College political scientist Bruce Nesmith join IPR's Charity Nebbe for our weekly program. Topics include the Target Corporation's controversial political contributions and the debate over federal flood assistance to Iowa.

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News
11:00 pm
Tue July 27, 2010

Police Substations: Small Posts for Tough Beats

Across Iowa, police substations are becoming popular in troubled neighborhoods.Police in Iowa City are set to open one in their southeast neighborhood next month. And last September, Cedar Rapids police opened a substation in the Wellington Heights neighborhood. Now, almost a full year later, Iowa Public Radio's Kate Wells reports on the challenges and achievements of a small police post in one of the state's toughest beats.

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News
11:00 pm
Tue July 27, 2010

Missouri River public meetings

The US Army Corps of Engineers is holding a series of public meetings to determine if changes are warranted to the way the Missouri River is being used. Iowa Public Radio's Pat Blank talks with the Public Affairs officer for the Corp's Omaha office, Paul Johnston who says the meetings are part of a first- ever review of the 1944 legislation that created the dams and reservoirs of the Missouri River system...

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River to River
1:00 pm
Tue July 27, 2010

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

The Metro Waste Authority in Des Moines has had the largest single year increase in recycling intake thanks to their Curb It! Program. This hour we take a look at efforts to recycle and manage waste around the state. Guest host Dean Borg speaks with one of the organizers for the 3rd annual 20 ton rummage sale held in Iowa City.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue July 27, 2010

Sleep Doctor

Our "sleep doctor" returns to the studio with Charity Nebbe.Dr. Erik Dyken, Prof. of Neurology and Director of the Sleep Disorders Clinic at the University of Iowa answers your sleep questions and discusses a U.I. study concerning traumatic brain injury and sleep disorders.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Mon July 26, 2010

Iowa's prison population

The latest figures show that Iowa's prison population has grown over the past year, after three years of declines. Statistics also show that a significant percentage (16%) of inmates in Iowa prisons have a serious mental illness. And, the population of women inmates is growing. What does all of this mean for those inside Iowa's prisons, both the employees and the inmates? We'll talk with Corrections Director John Baldwin, State Senator Bob Dvorsky, a correctional officer and a former inmate to find out.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon July 26, 2010

Michelle Hoover, "The Quickening"

For her first novel Michelle Hoover took inspiration from a family heirloom, a 15 page journal left behind by her great-grandmother. IPR's Charity Nebbe will speak with Iowa native Hoover about her debut novel, "The Quickening," a vivid account of the landscapes, lives and relationships of two farm women who struggled to survive the Great Depression.

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News
11:00 pm
Sun July 25, 2010

Wadena Rocks at 40

Forty years ago, the big news story was a controversial court battle to block a massive rock concert from taking place on a farm in northeast Iowa. The legal efforts failed and the little town of Wadena became part of Iowa folklore. This is look back at the Wadena Rock Festival, produced by Iowa Public Radio's Rick Fredericksen. Photo courtesy of The Fayette County Union.

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News
11:00 pm
Sun July 25, 2010

Lake Delhi resident recounts wall of water

What once was Lake Delhi in Northeast Iowa today is a muddy creek after floodwater from the Maquoketa River Saturday ate a 30 foot hole in the earthen portion of a dam releasing the water much like pulling the plug on a bathtub. Jeff Conrad has a vacation home on the lake, he tells Iowa Public Radio's Pat Blank that he and his family watched as the surge came and went changing the landscape forever.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Fri July 23, 2010

Iowa's biodiversity

Iowa is one of the most transformed landscapes in the country. We talk about what that transformation has meant for the state's biodiversity. We'll hear about efforts to preserve the varied genetic material in both domesticated and wild, plant and animal species. Guests include Shanyn Siegel and Tom Wahlberg from Seed Savers Exchange in Decorah, Bruce Ehrsman from the Iowa DNR and Tom Rosburg from Drake University.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri July 23, 2010

Hort Friday

IPR's Charity Nebbe speaks with Iowa State University horticulturalists Richard Jauron and Linda Naeve. We'll hear about the upcoming All Horticulture Field Day and of course, we expect lots of calls from listeners about this season's tomato problems.

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News
11:00 pm
Thu July 22, 2010

Love of Iowa

In the recently released novel "What Cheer", the main character finds love in Iowa. Inspired by his leading man, the author, Zachary Michael Jack is now on a quest to perhaps create his own "happily ever after." Iowa Public Radio's Blank reports

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River to River
1:00 pm
Thu July 22, 2010

Iowa's Environment

Host Ben Kieffer talks with the newly appointed administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency's Region 7 which includes Iowa. Then the Director of Iowa's Department of Natural Resources, Rich Leopold joins us. We'll talk about a recent state audit which shows the agency is not enforcing more than a dozen state laws.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu July 22, 2010

"Team Archaeology"

As riders in RAGBRAI cross the state next week, cyclists will have a chance to find out what lies beneath the gently rolling hills. IPR's Charity Nebbe and our IPR listeners will hear about the history and geology of this year's RAGBRAI route. Guests include "Team Archaeology" leader John Hall; State Archaeologist John Doershuk and geologist Raymond Anderson of the Iowa Geological and Water Survey.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Wed July 21, 2010

Take Me Out to the Ballgame

Guest host Jeff Schmidt discusses the minor leauge baseball atmosphere in Iowa with Iowa Cubs owner Michael Gartner and Cedar Rapids Kernels General Manager Jack Roeder.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed July 21, 2010

Politics Wednesday

Immigration and jobless benefits are two of the topics that our pundits will discuss on the program. Participating with IPR's Charity Nebbe are Bruce Gronbeck, retired Univ. of Iowa professor and expert on political communication and Arnie Arnesen, New Hamphsire political blogger.

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