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River to River
1:00 pm
Tue May 18, 2010

American-Chinese Connection

In the past few years the number of Chinese students seeking an American education has seen a considerable increase. Even American prep schools have been busy recruiting China's best and brighest. We examine the great U.S.-China student exchange with Chinese students in Iowa and Iowa students seeking an education overseas. Plus, an interview with NPR Shanghai correspondent Louisa Lim.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue May 18, 2010

Concurrent Sexual Partnerships/The Hotel at Kirkwood Center

IPR's Dennis Reese talks to Univ. of Iowa Sociology Professor Anthony Paik about his recent study on the potential dangers of "hooking up" with a stranger or acquaintance. Later, we hear about the nation's newest "teaching" hotel about to open in Cedar Rapids. "The Hotel at Kirkwood Center" will be one of only seven such facilities in the nation, designed to train students in Hospitality Arts programs. We hear from Lee Belfield, Melanie Ewalt and Jean Rogers.

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Education
11:00 pm
Mon May 17, 2010

Dalai Lama visits UNI

Three or four Tibetan students typically study at the University of Northern Iowa each year as part of a program involving about a dozen universities.. This week not only are the students on campus, so is the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhists, the Dalai Lama.. Iowa Public Radio’s Pat Blank reports.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Mon May 17, 2010

Human Origins

A conversation with Lee Berger, the American paleoanthropologist who last month discovered the bones of a new hominid species. Australopithecus sediba lived almost two-million years ago during a mysterious period spanning the emergence of the human family. Then, two Iowa paleoanthropologists discuss the questions raised and answered by this discovery.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon May 17, 2010

Eleanor Catton/Iowa Ballooning

IPR's Dennis Reese speaks with Eleanor Catton. The 2010 University of Iowa Writers' Workshop graduate has a highly-acclaimed debut novel, "The Rehearsal." Later we hear from Becky Wigeland and Dennis Nicholson, co-authors of the new book, "Indianola: Ballooning Capital of Iowa."

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Sports
11:00 pm
Sun May 16, 2010

Girls Track Stars

Arguably the finest season in Iowa high school girls' track and field history is winding down. This year's athletes have not only set state records in running and jumping events; they've recorded some of the top marks in the nation. Iowa Public Radio's Rob Dillard reports these high achievers have little in common, beyond their athletic success.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Fri May 14, 2010

Long Term Care for Seniors

A look at the challenges that lie ahead for the baby boomer generation when it comes to care for their aging parents. What are the best options when it comes to long-term care? Ben Kieffer talks with Ingrid Wensel of the Heritage Area Agency on Aging. Later in the hour, a conversation with author Gail Sheehy. Her new book "Passages in Caregiving" examines her role as a caregiver after her husband was diagnosed with cancer.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri May 14, 2010

"Hort" Friday

Richard Jauron and Cindy Haynes of Iowa State University's Horticulture staff are on the air with IPR's Julie Englander.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Thu May 13, 2010

Medical Marijuana Research

We discuss medical marijuana research, now that two Iowa organizations (Iowa Board of Pharmacy and the Iowa Medical Society) have endorsed the idea of reclassifying marijuana to allow for more clinical study. Guests include the co-director of the only facility in the U.S. currently doing clinical trials, an Iowa physician and State Senator Joe Bolkcom.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu May 13, 2010

Home Improvement Day

Bill McAnally of Iowa Central Community College in Ft. Dodge is back in our studio to answer your home repair and remodeling questions.

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Business and Economy
11:00 pm
Wed May 12, 2010

Lyon County Casino

The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission is granting just one new casino license. Commissioners say only Lyon County in the northwest corner of the state can move ahead with its project. Iowa Public Radio’s Rob Dillard reports the commissioners say they’re worried casinos in Ottumwa, Fort Dodge and Tama County would pull business away from existing casinos.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Wed May 12, 2010

Religious Cults

We examine religious cults with Iowa State University Asscoiate Professor Nikki Bado. Then a conversation with author Carolyn Jessop who is in Iowa to promote her book "Triumph". The book chronicles her life after escaping an extremist Mormon sect.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed May 12, 2010

Politics Wednesday

It's our weekly political hour, joining IPR's Jonathan Ahl are Prof. Steffen Schmidt of Iowa State University and New Hampshire political pundit Arnie Arnesen.

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Statehouse and Politics
11:00 pm
Tue May 11, 2010

State considering alcohol ban at Iowa Great Lakes for Fourth of July

State regulators say wild Fourth of July parties at the Iowa Great Lakes are endangering public safety. Morning Edition Host Sarah McCammon talks with Department of Natural Resources Director Rich Leopold.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Tue May 11, 2010

Physical Fitness

In Grundy Center this week, national and international representatives will meet to discuss ways to change physical education in schools. Host Ben Kieffer talks with University of Northern Iowa alumn Shellie Fole who serves as the Executive Director of the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. We'll also talk with a P.E. teacher at Grundy Center Elementary School and the Director of the Iowa Department of Public Health.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue May 11, 2010

Wildlife Day with Jim Pease

Dr. Jim Pease, emeritus professor at Iowa State, talks to IPR's Dennis Reese about "Hairy Wetland Critters," otters, mink, beaver and muskrats and their roles in Iowa's wetlands. Of course we're live and we'll take your calls and e-mails.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Mon May 10, 2010

Rural Economic Development

The "brain drain" - a rapid exodus of young adults has been a concern in Iowa for decades. Now, small Iowa communities are being proactive in reaching out to native sons and daughters to keep them close to home. We'll talk with economic development representatives and find out how they're working to keep small town Iowa vibrant.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon May 10, 2010

Blue Waters/Blank Park Zoo/Bonnie Koloc

An eclectic hour: IPR's Dennis Reese talks to Prof. Monica Lamm of Iowa State University as she gets set to use the world's fastest computer called "Blue Waters," and Ryan Bickel of Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines, as they try to find a name for their baby dromedary camel. Later, Jonathan Ahl speaks with legendary singer/songwriter Bonnie Koloc. Koloc grew up in Waterloo and has a new album, "Beginnings," from recently discovered tapes recorded in 1969.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Fri May 7, 2010

Midwifery in Iowa

There has been a significant increase in midwife attendance at Iowa births. We talk with a midwife, one of her clients and Democratic State Representative Mary Mascher who is supporting a bill to expand the number of midwives certified to practice in Iowa.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Fri May 7, 2010

Horticulture Friday

Two members of the Iowa State University "Hort Gang," Richard Jauron and Linda Naeve speak with IPR's Julie Englander and take your calls.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Thu May 6, 2010

Job Outlook in Law and Medical Fields

We focus on job prospects as our economy struggles to recover from the worst economic downturn since the 1930’s. Specifically, the job outlook for two careers that parents have often taken as a measure for success in their kids doctors and lawyers. Host Ben Kiffer talks with Drake University Law School Dean Allan Vestal and Roger Tracy of the University of Iowa's Carver College of Medicine.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Thu May 6, 2010

Tech Day

IPR's Dennis Reese speaks with Iowa State University computer consultant Jeff Balvanz, and we'll take your calls. Why the E-Waste industry loves the iPad, is there really a cyberwar?, and Apple, the App Store and antitrust, are some of the topics we'll discuss.

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News
11:00 pm
Wed May 5, 2010

Dalai Lama visit security

The Dalai Lama has accepted an invitation from the University of Northern Iowa to visit campus for a day of celebrating education and the pursuit of knowledge. That day is Tuesday May 18th. A planning committee has been hard at work since September of 2008 preparing for the visit. Iowa Public Radio's Pat Blank talks with UNI's director of public safety Dave Zarfis. He says the number of law enforcement officers needed to handle the event is four times that of a Presidential visit.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Wed May 5, 2010

Immigration Overhaul

Arizona's new immigration law is spurring debate about a possible federal immigration overhaul. Host Jeneane Beck talks with members of Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement who are behind the push for immigration changes on the local and state level. Also joining the conversation is the Media Director of the Federation for American Immigration Reform.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Wed May 5, 2010

Politics Wednesday

Political pundits Arnie Arneson and Steffen Schmidt with IPR's Jonathan Ahl.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Tue May 4, 2010

Waters to Watch

The National Fish Habitat Action Plan has selected Diamond Lake in northwest Iowa as one of the 10 "Waters to Watch" for 2010. The 2010 10 "Waters to Watch" list is a collection of rivers, streams and lakes that will benefit from strategic conservation efforts to protect, restore or enhance their current condition. Host Ben Kieffer talks with a Dickinson County Biologist and a DNR official about efforts to provide a cleaner and healthier habitat for Diamond Lake and other lakes across Iowa.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Tue May 4, 2010

"Word Maven" Patricia O'Conner

Language expert and Iowa native Pat O'Conner, author of "Origins of the Specious" and other word books, talks to IPR's Dennis Reese about more language myths and misconceptions. And we'll welcome your questions and comments.

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Business and Economy
11:00 pm
Mon May 3, 2010

Casino Hearing

Several hundred people crammed into a hotel conference room in Johnston today (Tuesday) to voice their support for, or opposition to, four new gaming licenses.

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River to River
1:00 pm
Mon May 3, 2010

Farm Bill

The House Agriculture Committee held its first hearing on the Farm Bill in Des Moines April 30th. We'll talk with Bruce Babcock, Director of the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development and others who testified in Des Moins, about the changes needed and likely in the 2012 Farm Bill.

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Talk of Iowa
11:00 am
Mon May 3, 2010

Sarah Brown Wessling/Yogi Reppmann

IPR's Dennis Reese speaks with Sarah Brown Wessling, a high school English teacher from Johnston, who last week was named the National Teacher of the Year. Later, a conversation with historian "Yogi" Reppmann, author of the new book, "Triumph of Will: Printer's Boy to Publisher: the Remarkable Story of German Immigrant Henry Finnern" (Hesperian Press)

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